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Frozen star Kristen Bell to host a special Nickelodeon episode addressing COVID-19

Frozen fame Kristen Bell is helping kids and families to come over their anxiety about the coronavirus outbreak. Nickelodeon will present #KidsTogether: The Nickelodeon Town Hall, an exclusive hour-long special offering a kid’s-eye view of life today amid Covid-19, on 30 March. The special will also feature a...

Voice Artist William Dufris dies at the age of 62

American voice actor William Dufris, who voiced iconic kids’ character Bob the Builder in the U.S. and Canadian versions of the hit series for its first nine seasons, has died of cancer at age 62. His passing was confirmed on social media Tuesday by Pocket Universe Productions,...

Ameba TV and Toonz Media partners for new programmes

North American kids streaming platform Ameba has added, Indian animation studio and production company, Toonz Media Group as its newest content partner, adding 300+ episodes to its expanding roster of programs. Immediately available to Ameba’s young viewing audience are Toonz’s popular series: Cat and Keet (92 Episodes);...

Asterix’ comic creator Albert Uderzo dies at the age of 92

French comic-book artist Albert Uderzo, the creator of hugely popular character Asterix (with writer Rene Goscinny) has passed away at the age of 92. According to his family, “Uderzo died in his sleep at his home in Neuilly from a heart attack unrelated to the coronavirus. He...

Viacom 18 launches a new campaign #PauseForACause amidst Coronavirus pandemic

Supporting Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s appeal towards social distancing and call for a Janta Curfew on Sunday, 22 March, leading media and entertainment conglomerate Viacom18, launched #PauseForACause. Cheer and Applause. campaign across all its media assets. #PauseForACause. Cheer and Applause is a social awareness and...

Disney to release ‘Onward’ sooner on Disney+

Disney has announced that its latest Pixar animated movie, Onward, will be getting an early release for digital download and will hit Disney+ in the U.S. on 3 April. The film premiered in theatres on 6 March and earned rave reviews from audiences. Last weekend already saw...

During Social Distancing, ACK Media to provide kids with free subscription

The growing coronavirus pandemic may have made many office-goers stay at home happily, with no daily travels and relief from crowded trains and metros, the kids are definitely feeling stuck at home. The vacations have come early, but meeting friends, playing out is a strict no-no. Given...

Marvel Comics to introduce its first ‘non-binary’ character in ‘New Warriors’

Marvel Comics is all set to launch brand new superheroes who’ll be promoting diversity. The comics behemoth is finally introducing its first non-binary character, Snowflake and Safespace, as part of the New Warriors reboot. While the announcement has been received with mixed reviews and feedback, Daniel Kibblesmith...

Karadi Tales named the ‘Audiobook Publisher of the Year’ at London

The Indian publishing house and kids content company, Karadi Tales has been awarded ‘The Audiobook Publisher of the Year’ by the London Book Fair Excellence Awards. It was also shortlisted for The Education Initiative Award and The Educational Learning Resources Award. Karadi Tales were also the producers...

Discovery launches new OTT platform Discovery Plus

Discovery, India’s one of the leading real-life entertainment networks, has forayed into the Indian OTT landscape with the launch of ‘Discovery Plus’, a new D2C streaming app, to meet the need of a differentiated product offering premium real-life entertainment. Priced competitively with an introductory offer of Rs....