Discovery Kids is packing its relaunched website (discoverykids.com) with content curated from Discovery’s family of networks, including Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science. The site is “pulling together the best of our content and serving it in a kid-friendly way,” JP Stoops, Discovery director of licensing, tells CynKids. That means content organized by both mediumeg, videos, games and ebooksand by topiceg, Sharks and Dinosaurs. The category selection is no accident. Nine of the top 10 programs kids watch on Discovery Channel are shark-related, Stoops says. “Kids love the real world, they love the mysterious, and they love in-your-face content.” Animal Planet extreme fishing series River Monsters is also resonating well with kids, he says. Discoverykids.com targets 6-12 year olds, with 8-9 as the sweet spot. The website also features a parents area which links to the site’s Facebook feed and other relevant content including ideas for themed parties and events. At this point, there is no original programming on the site, but “as we begin to get metrics and see what kids are engaging with the most, we’ll be looking at the possibility of original content. This company responds quickly where we see traction.” Discovery Kids is also interested in partnering with “best in class” tech companies that can deliver cutting-edge interactive experiences via the site, Stoops says, including launch partners Happly and Animax Digital Production.
Della Reese, the breakout jazz/gospel singer whose TV credits include talk show Della and Touched By an Angel, died last night at age 86. “I know heaven has a brand new angel this day,” said Reese’s Touched By an Angel co-star, Roma Downey.
Nashville’s 6th season will be its last. “After more than 120 episodes of unforgettable television, we believe that creatively it is time for the series to come to a triumphant close,” said Kevin Beggs, chairman of producer Lionsgate Television Group. Nashville, which moved from ABC for season 5, ranks as CMT’s highest-rated and most-watched show […]
George Clooney is headed back the small screen. The ER alum will star in and direct a 6-episode series for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, based on the Joseph Heller novel Catch-22.
AT&T is nearing a deal to acquire a full stake Otter Media, its joint digital video venture with the Chernin Group, according to a new report from Digiday. Otter Media – whose properties include Fullscreen, Crunchyroll, Hello Sunshine, and Gunpowder & Sky – was first formed in 2014. Since its inception, it’s been a purely […]
Dana Walden, the co-chair and CEO of Fox Television Group, has joined Hulu’s board of directors. Two other Fox execs already were already serving on the board: Peter Rice, the President of 21st Century Fox, and Brian Sullivan, the President and COO of Fox Networks Group’s Digital Consumer Group. 21st Century Fox currently owns a […]