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AwesomenessTV co-founder leaves company

Brian Robbins is leaving AwesomenessTV, the kids-focused multichannel network he founded five years ago. Robbins co-created AwesomenessTV with Joe Davola in 2012, and together they turned the business into the pre-eminent MCN for children and teenagers, ultimately selling up to DreamWorks Animation. With DreamWorks in turn selling to Comcast for US$3.8 billion, and the joint […]

DreamWorks channel launches in MENA via beIN

The DreamWorks channel is due to launch in Arabic on the beIN platform in the Middle East and North Africa next week. The 24-hour DreamWorks channel will broadcast DreamWorks Animation content and will help expand DreamWorks outside the Asia Pacific region – where it launched for the first time in July 2015. “We are glad […]

DreamWorks deal cleared

NBCUniversal’s US$3.8 billion (€3.4 billion) deal for DreamWorks Animation has gained regulatory clearance from the US Department of Justice, according to Comcast. The deal is expected to close in coming months, an NBCU rep told a number of US news outlets via email. The DOJ has found no threat in the proposed deal, which will […]

Comcast invests in ex-DreamWorks exec’s VR start-up

Comcast has led a round of investment in Spaces, a VR firm founded by entrepreneurs including Brad Herman, the former CTO of DreamWorks, the animation studio recently acquired by Comcast. The cabler’s investment arm, Comcast Ventures, led the US$3 million funding round. Spaces will be run by video games veteran Shiraz Akmal as CEO, alongside […]

AwesomenessTV launches locally in Europe, Brazil

Localised versions of majority Dreamworks-owned multichannel network Awesomeness TV has officially launched in the UK, Spain, France, Germany and Brazil. The launches, done in partnership with Endemol Shine Group, follow an initial rollout of the MCN in the UK last month, with local language versions and original content now available in each of the five […]

MoMedia to distribute DreamWorks classics

Video-on-demand content management specialist MoMedia has struck a deal to distribute kids titles from the DreamWorks Classics TV catalogue. The deal will see MoMedia repackage and distribute over 20 series and 800 episodes of DreamWorks content to VoD platforms outside the US. MoMedia will also provide social media marketing campaigns and and promotional activity to […]

Hopster in DreamWorks deal as it prepares launches

Hopster has struck a programming deal with DreamWorks and is about to launch on Android. The kids OTT service is currently available in the UK and Ireland, but has picked up multi-territory right to the DreamWorks fare and, following a successful funding round, is expected to roll out in new territories in the first half […]

Hearst pays US$81m for 25% stake in Awesomeness TV

Dreamworks has sold a 25% stake in its YouTube multichannel network (MCN) Awesomeness TV to Hearst for US$81.25 million (€65.34 million). The deal, which values Awesomeness TV at some US$325 million, marks a significant return on investment for Dreamworks, which bought the MCN for an upfront payment of US$33 million last May, with additional payments […]

Samsung and M-GO launch 4K VoD service

Samsung has launched an ultra high-definition (UHD) transactional VoD store on its line of 4K TVs in the US, in partnership with Technicolor and DreamWorks-owned on-demand service M-GO. The deal between Samsung Electronics America and M-GO will mark the first launch of a UHD transactional VoD streaming service in the US, according to the partners. The service […]

DreamWorks launches YouTube channel

Hollywood and family content studio DreamWorks has launched DreamWorksTV, a new YouTube channel programmed with original short-form live-action and animated shows. Brian Robbins will run the new channel having attracted significant volumes of viewers to his teen-skewed YouTube channel AwesomenessTV, which was acquired by DreamWorks last year. As well as the original short-form series there […]