The world of kids TV has long been thought to be a peaceful one, a place where Blue’s Clues, The Baby-Sitters’ Club, Phineas and Ferb and Rugrats are left alone to ramble and play. As more consumers move to streaming-video services, however, kids properties are taking on new importance — and many major entertainment outlets, both traditional and upstart, are gearing for battle.
AT&T’s Warner Bros. unit has hired Disney exec Tom Ascheim as president of global kids, young adults and classics at Warner Bros. Ascheim, who had headed Freeform at Disney, will be responsible for global strategy for Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang, managing the Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. animation studios and overseeing Turner Classic Movies.
New streaming services are competing for kids’ eyeballs not only from each other but also from shows on YouTube and traditional broadcast channels. Often the safest way forward is piggybacking on established titles that parents already know from their childhood and leaning into the nostalgia.
The FCC has resolved its investigation into a couple of Nexstar stations that failed to comply with children’s TV reporting requirements, which follows its dismissal of a retrans complaint against the broadcaster that comes in the context of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s circulation of an item approving Nexstar’s merger with Tribune. The commission likes to resolve pending issues with a merger party that could impact its standing as a licensee before deciding whether to let it own more stations.
As the groundbreaking children’s series celebrates five decades with 150 million viewers, its producers offer The Hollywood Reporter extraordinary access to Big Bird, Cookie Monster and the minds behind one of media’s only universally loved franchises — and reveal how a $100 million-a-year mainstay nearly went out of business.
NBC/Telemundo has agreed to pay $495,000 to settle an FCC investigation into whether it fulfilled its children’s TV programming obligation — in several instances, it didn’t. (The amount of the settlement was initially incorrectly reported as in the millions of dollars).
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Children in lower-income families spend more time watching TV and using electronic devices than kids in more affluent homes, according to a survey released Thursday. The report by the nonprofit group Common Sense Media on the viewing habits of more than 1,400 children nationwide age 8 and under found that less-affluent […]
The FCC’s 1996 requirement that stations air three hours a week of educational or informational programming was well meaning, but its later expansion to each of a station’s subchannels has proven to be overreach, rendered moot by the explosion of sources of such programming. It’s time the FCC let the diginets stick to their intended brands of programming.
When the FCC extended its three-hour weekly requirement for kidvid programming to subchannels in 2004, the NAB said, the commission promised to reconsider the move within three years, but never did. “Given technological developments, changes in how consumers access video programming and the growth in child-oriented content online and on-demand over the past two decades, the FCC should initiate this long overdue proceeding forthwith,” NAB said.
The Parents Television Council today urged the Senate to approve Jessica Rosenworcel’s renomination to the FCC, and called on President Trump to fill the remaining commissioner slot with a nominee who will advocate for children and families. PTC said: “Most pressing among pro-family FCC issues is the reform of the TV content ratings system, which has […]
Jack Goodman says that after 20 years, it’s time to reconsider the FCC guideline effectively requiring TV stations to air three hours of educational and informational children programming each week. If it cannot be demonstrated that such programming is effective, the intrusion on broadcasters’ First Amendment rights cannot be justified.
Some new kids shows coming out now may look familiar to you. Producers are looking to the past for ideas, even if the titles predate the target audience’s birth by decades.
There’s serious stuff ahead for advertisers next week — a series of glitzy presentations from TV companies seeking up to $9 billion in advance commitments for primetime commercials. Talks for the $800 million kids-TV “upfront” market have begun to percolate, according to executives on both sides of the negotiations.
Ramping up to reach toddlers’ money-spending moms and dads, rivals to perennial favorites like Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network are making new bids to grab young viewers’ attention. Kids are being harvested to lure advertiser interest as part of the annual upfront market, where $800 million in advance ad commitments from toy-makers, movie studios and other kid-oriented advertisers is at stake.
The free, 24-hour channel will provide child-friendly fare during primetime and other periods that draw kids, said Paula Kerger, PBS CEO. Member stations now get up to 12 hours daily of kids’ programming from PBS. The service also will be available online as a live stream on the pbskids.org website and on the PBS Kids video app for mobile devices and platforms such as Roku and Apple TV.
The most authoritative study ever done on the impact of Sesame Street, to be released today, finds that the famous show on public TV has delivered lasting educational benefits to millions of American children — benefits as powerful as the ones children get from going to preschool.
Madison Avenue is moving more quickly than anticipated to ensure pitches for electronic toys and holiday movies get put in front of the consumers most likely to be interested in them — kids and teens.
Litton Entertainment and its partners have been honored by the Parents’ Choice Foundation with 14 awards for quality children’s media, Litton announced today. The award-winning programs air as part of the three-hour block titled Litton’s Weekend Adventure on ABC stations, the three-hour block on CBS and the five-hour block titled One Magnificent Morning on the […]
With the obligation of television stations to file the quarterly Children’s Television Reports on FCC Form 398 by Monday (as the usual Jan. 10 date is on a weekend) and the simultaneous requirement to place into their online public file documentation of compliance with the commercial limits in children’s programming, it is worth reminding stations of the seriousness with which the FCC continues to view its children’s television rules.
After 45 years as an hourlong show, PBS will add a half-hour afternoon version of Sesame Street this fall to meet increased competition for preschoolers.
With its usual silliness, Sesame Street is introducing serious concepts about nature, science, math and engineering to its target audience of children too young to read.
New technology such as gaming consoles and online video have been blamed for a recent decline in ratings for children’s television. But in an odd quirk, they’re also proving to be a lucrative ad category for kid-focused networks. The kids’ upfront wrapped up last month with total sales about the same as last year at around $1 billion.
Fines of $20,000 for violations of the obligations to prepare and file Children’s Television Reports have been flowing out from the FCC as it works its way through license renewal applications filed by television stations over the last year. In the last two weeks, the fines have continued, with a few targeting full-power stations, and many others hitting Class A stations.
Teaching parents to switch channels from violent shows to educational TV can improve preschoolers’ behavior, even without getting them to watch less, a study has found.
Haim Saban, who helped develop the majority of the programming that filled the grid on the successful Fox Family cable-TV outlet before moving into other ventures and becoming chairman of Univsion Corp., is returning to kiddie TV. His Saban Brands has agreed to fill a five-hour Saturday-morning block on CW affiliates starting 7 a.m. on Aug. 25.
TV watchdog groups say the FCC needs to better target kids’ programs that have too many commercials, and they want the commission and Congress to strengthen oversight of the Children’s Television Act.