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The Hub announces originals and pick-ups

Discovery and Hasbro-backed kids channel The Hub has announced a slew of original and acquired series ahead of its launch this October. Ahead of its upfront presentation to advertisers, The Hub's president, Margaret Loesch gave details of six original and ten acquired series that will appear on the network. The original programming line- up includes Islam-inspired animat- ed series The 99 (pictured), which is produced by Endemol and Teksheel Media.

Making use of Hasbro IP there is an animated G.I. Joe series, G.I. Joe Renegades, produced by Hasbro Studios. Also from Hasbro's produc- tion arm is Pound Puppies, about a band of dogs who find homes for puppies in need, and Family Game Night, a gameshow with rounds inspired by Hasbro games includ- ing Connect4 and Bop-It.

There are two original series from The Hatchery, the US indie founded by Loesch. Dan Vs., pro- duced in association with Starz' Film Roman, follows misanthropic Dan and sidekick Chris as they take on the frustrations of modern


life. The other Hatchery series is horror anthology R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour.

The network also announced ten acquired series that will be making their US premiere. These include Decode's Animal Mechanicals, Moonscoop's Cosmic Quantum Ray and Henson series Fraggle Rock.

The other series are Deltora

Quest (Dentsu), Maryoku Mummy (DQ Entertainment), Meerkat Manor (Oxford Scientific Films), Strawberry Shortcake (American Greetings), The WotWots (Weta Workshop) and Twisted Whiskers (American Greetings). There will also be Family Movie Night, a film strand with movie titles to be announced.

Télé Images preps sports toons NBA's

Télé Images has recruited Chelsea and France soccer star Nicolas Anelka for the latest season of Street Football (above) and is working on a horse-rid- ing-based series.Anelka will appear in two episodes of season three of Street Football,which is airing on France 3. The deal helps Télé Images to boost

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Street Football licensing and merchan- dising sales while the football player, whose own merchandising products for kids are managed by France Télévisions Distribution, also gets wider exposure by appearing on Street Football merchandise. Télé Images has also linked with the Tony

Parker for High 5.

Continuing the sport trend, it is devel- oping another project, this time relat- ed to horse-riding and targeting a 7-to- 11 year-old girl demo. TF1 is already on board the new

show, Mistral, which will be a 26 half- hour series about a girl living in Camargue, Southern France, and tak- ing care of wild horses.

French distributor AB International Distribution has sold its 74x7mins ani- mated series B.F.F.Best Friends Forever to a raft of Disney’s international channels. The series,which is produced by

Galaxy 7,currently airs on French pub- lic broadcast channel France 3.It is based upon the Patrick Essono comic book Pahe’s Life,which is published by Paquet Editions. Disney has picked it up for its chan- nels in Latin America,India, Spain, Germany and Italy and it will start air- ing this June.

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McCann can at NickelodeonUK Nickelodeon UK has hired Tina McCann to fill the position vacated by Howard Litton. McCann joins Nick UK from Turner where she was acting chief content officer for its kids channels in the EMEA region.As senior VP and managing director,she started run- ning Nick UK in May. She replaces Howard Litton who announced his departure from Nick, after 15 years,in January.She has recently been the acting replacement for Cartoon Network Europe boss Finn Arnesen,who announced his depar- ture from Turner late last year and has since resurfaced at Hasbro. Nick UK has also promoted Andy

Goodhand to senior VP and strategy and planning director, effective imme- diately.

AB and Disney are Best Friends


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