Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Renewals (and Startups)

The trades tell us:

Disney Junior said Wednesday that it has ordered new seasons of its animated series Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins and Jake and the Never Land Pirates. ...

The network, which targets kids ages 2-7, has picked up Sofia and Doc for their third season and Jake for a fourth.

All three series ranked among the top 10 cable TV series in 2013 for kids ages 2-7 as well as among the top 10 preschooler cable TV series in total viewers and women 18-49. They air daily on both Disney Channel and Disney Junior, as well as around the world, and have spawned their own product lines. ...

Sofia and Jake are produced by Disney TV Animation next to the fabled Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. (Both shows are housed in the Yahoo building.)

Doc McStuffins is produced by Brown Bag Productions, an outside supplier.

Meantime, on the eastern edge of the San Fernando Valley, DreamWorks Animation will be, per DreamWorkers who claim to know, eight series for Netflix, most of them based on DreamWorks Animation properties. (Don't ask me to name them all; I don't remember, and in any event have no desire to get out ahead of DWA's press releases.)

I'm informed that a lot of production work will be done by Bardel Entertainment, up in Vancouver.


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