Michael Palin is confirmed to narrate the new Clangers series, due for a spring 2015 launch in the UK from CBeebies, Coolabi Group, Smallfilms and Sprout. The stop-motion animated series is a contemporary version of the iconic British TV show, which first aired on the BBC in 1969. Says Palin, “The world of the Clangers is delightful and irresistible. It’s a great privilege to be a part of its return to television.” The role marks the entertainer’s first foray into children’s animation; he previously authored a collection of children’s books. Coolabi has already inked licensing deals with Character Options as the master toy partner for the series, and Penguin has signed a publishing agreement.
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Jeff Zucker, CNN Worldwide’s president, is taking a six-week leave from the company to deal with heart surgery. A CNN spokeswoman confirmed the information tweeted on Thursday morning by the net’s media correspondent Brian Stelter. “He assured everyone he is going to be just fine,” posted Stelter, reporting Zucker’s comments from a news meeting.
Comedy Central is getting more animated, adding King of the Hill and The Cleveland Show to its lineup. The network has acquired all 13 seasons of King of the Hill, set to bow on Monday, July 23, as well as all four seasons of ensemble comedy The Cleveland Show, launching this fall.
Lots of news out of Bristol yesterday, including ESPN locking in Hall of Fame sportscaster Linda Cohn, the longest-tenured anchor for the SportsCenter, has signed a new deal to remain with the company in a multi-year agreement. Cohn originally joined ESPN in 1992 and anchored her first SportsCenter on July 11, 1992. Deal points will […]
ELEAGUE and the US Air Force inked an expanded multi-tournament marketing partnership ahead of the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018 in a deal that will see Air Force serve as ELEAGUE’s first-ever official armed forces partner across all platforms. The deal will see Air Force activate across a number of branded integrations and placements, highlighting the […]