Disney Junior Renews ‘Sofia The First’, ‘Doc McStuffins’ & ‘Jake And The Never Land Pirates’

By | Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 2:10pm PST

PRINCESS ARIEL, PRINCESS SOFIAEXCLUSIVE: Parents of kids of a certain age can breathe easier: The preschooler-targeted network has picked up Sofia The First and Doc McStuffins for third seasons and Jake And The Never Land Pirates for a … Read More »

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Latest ‘Sofia The First’ Special Nets Regal Numbers

By | Monday December 9, 2013 @ 1:45pm PST

Sofia-2__111212213529-275x420Here’s proof that time-shifted viewing and a target demo whose schedules are horribly unpredictable (at least in a certain Deadline editor’s house) equals victory: Disney said today that its Disney Channel special Sofia The First: The Floating PalaceRead More »

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Disney Junior Gets Into The Original Telefilm Business With ‘Lucky Duck’

By | Thursday October 3, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT

Lucky Duck Disney JuniorDisney Junior is in production on its first original TV movie, a toon about a rubber ducky with a broken squeaker who’s trying to find a good home. Christian Borle, Megan Hilty and … Read More »

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Television-Related Toys Eclipse Movie Characters On Retailers’ Holiday Picks


There appears to be a trend here that might disturb studios that released family films with the expectation of seeing a windfall from licensed merchandise sales. The new pre-holiday recommendations from Toys ‘R Us (it lists its “Fabulous 15″) and Walmart (it has 23 items it says were “Chosen by Kids”) feature TV characters including Disney Junior’s Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins, Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Sesame Street’s Elmo. But when it comes to films, Toys ‘R Us suggests one from Universal’s Despicable Me 2, and Walmart has something from Disney’s Planes — but there’s nothing from DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo, Fox’s Epic, Pixar’s Monsters University, or Sony’s Smurfs 2. It’s a sign of a larger trend says International Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association SVP Marty Brochstein. “TV seems to be grabbing more of the attention and shelf space,” he says. Some film properties were hurt by the summer’s animation glut. Read More »

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Cinedigm Lands Home Vid, VOD Rights To Kids Franchise ‘The Hive’

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 10:28am PDT

Cinedigm has inked a deal on the animated CG show The Hive, the youngster franchise catering to the pre-school set aired globally in 150 international markets including Disney Junior. … Read More »

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Disney Junior Topper Nancy Kanter Gets Title Bump

By | Wednesday August 7, 2013 @ 9:00am PDT
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As Disney Junior has successfully established itself as a programming block on the Disney Channel and a standalone cable channel, the executive in charge of it, Nancy Kanter, is getting a promotion. Kanter, previously SVP, Original … Read More »

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Disney Junior’s ‘Sofia The First’ Hits Viewership High

By | Monday August 5, 2013 @ 11:10pm PDT

Disney Juniors breakout hit Sofia The First broke its own record late last week. The preschool animated series had 2.95 million viewers watching its 9 AM show on August 2. With a guest appearance by Viola Davis … Read More »

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Disney Junior Launching Space-Themed Series ‘Miles From Tomorrowland’

By | Thursday August 1, 2013 @ 2:48pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Production in underway on Disney Junior‘s animated series Miles From Tomorrowland, a space adventure for preschoolers that will follow the voyages of young adventurer and his family. The order will see the series, from creator/executive producer Sascha … Read More »

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Netflix Lands Exclusive Licensing Deal For Two Disney Kids’ Shows

By | Thursday May 9, 2013 @ 8:10am PDT

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. and BURBANK, Calif., May 9, 2013 — Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq:NFLX) and The Disney/ABC Television Group (NYSE:DIS) today announced a new multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for one of the most popular shows on Disney Junior, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, as well as fan favorite Disney XD show Tron: Uprising. In addition, Handy Manny, Special Agent Oso and JoJo’s Circus will also be available for members in the U.S. to watch instantly later this month.

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Disney Junior’s ‘Sofia The First’ Renewed For Second Season

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 6:00am PST
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Princess SofiaOn the heels of Disney Junior‘s breakout hit Sofia The First hitting series highs for two consecutive weeks, the pre-school animated series has been renewed for a second season. Sofia the First, which airs … Read More »

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Disney Jr’s ‘Sofia The First’ Premiere Tops Cable TV Ratings

By | Monday January 14, 2013 @ 3:20pm PST

Friday’s premiere of Disney Junior‘s Sofia The First on Disney Channel ranked as the No. 1 preschool series launch in cable TV history in girls 2-5 (673,000/8.6 rating), adults 18-49 (948,000/0.8 rating) and women 18-49 (710,000/1.1 rating). … Read More »

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Disney Jr’s ‘Sofia The First’ Set To Debut January 11

By | Tuesday November 27, 2012 @ 9:00am PST

The animated series debuts on Friday, January 11 at 9:30 AM on Disney Channel and at 5:30 PM on Disney Junior. The premiere dates announcement comes just more than a week after the series’ special … Read More »

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A Challenge To Viacom? DirecTV Adds Disney Junior To Programming Lineup

By | Friday July 13, 2012 @ 11:33am PDT

Show of hands: Who thinks it’s a coincidence that DirecTV made this addition to its children’s offerings the same week that its 20M customers lost Viacom’s 17 channels including Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, and Nicktoons? Of course … Read More »

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Disney Jr Network To Roll Out March 23; Disney XD To Launch Marvel Block: TCA

By | Monday January 9, 2012 @ 3:34pm PST

During Day 1 of ABC-Disney portion of TCA, the group revealed that its Disney Junior channel now has a launch date: midnight on March 23. The 24-hour channel that will target kids 2-7 and their parents is replacing SoapNet, which … Read More »

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Peter Pan Visits ‘Jake And The Never Land Pirates’ On Disney Channel

By | Wednesday December 28, 2011 @ 9:38am PST

Peter Pan himself will make his first appearance in Disney Channel’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates in a primetime special Monday, February 13. In the episode Peter Pan Returns the character comes back to Pirate Island in search of … Read More »

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Disney Unveils New Princess With ‘Sofia The First’ TV Movie, Series

By | Monday December 12, 2011 @ 12:21pm PST

New Disney PrincessDisney said today that it is introducing a new princess fairytale line beginning next year with the launch of Sofia The First, which will premiere as an animated TV movie in fall 2012 and continue as a series set to bow in spring 2013 on Disney Channel and Disney Junior channels worldwide. It will be the first time among Disney’s storybook princesses franchises that the main character is a little girl, who is whisked off to a glamorous but often confusing castle world of royalty, pomp and new step-siblings after her mom marries the king. The idea is to target the preschool demo. “In Sofia, we have a ‘peer to peer princess,’ a relatable girl experiencing the same social issues as our young viewers – learning how to fit in, making new friends, conquering new skills and building sibling relationships,” said Nancy Kanter, SVP Original Programming and General Manager of Disney Junior Worldwide. Ariel Winter (ABC’s Modern Family) will provide the voice of Sofia; the voice cast also includes Sara Ramirez (Grey’s Anatomy) as Queen Miranda; Wayne Brady (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) as Clover, a wise-talking rabbit; and Tim Gunn (Project Runway) as Baileywick, the family’s Royal Steward. Read More »

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