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KidsCo was an international children's entertainment brand founded by Canadian broadcaster Corus Entertainment's Nelvana, American-based producer DIC Entertainment, and European broadcaster Sparrowhawk Media Group in 2007-04.[1] By the end of 2007, Sparrowhawk was purchased by media conglomerate NBC Universal, thus giving the company its share in the brand.[2] In 2008-06, DiC Entertainment was acquired by Cookie Jar Group, thus also having a stake.[3] In May 2012, Cookie Jar's minority shares in KidsCo were brought by NBCUniversal and Corus, which saw NBCUniversal become majority shareholder with a 51% share while Corus obtained a 43.8% share.[4][5]

KidsCo was closed down worldwide on early 2014 by its owners, in light of NBCUniversal's acquisition of US children's network Sprout and "growing challenges in the international children's television industry". The network was based in London at the time of its closure.[6]

Channel history

In Belgium, VOO replaced KidsCo with Piwi+ on 2013-12-31.[7]

See also

  • Gallery
  • List of programs broadcast by KidsCo

References

  1. SPARROWHAWK MEDIA, DIC ENTERTAINMENT AND CORUS ENTERTAINMENT PARTNER TO LAUNCH KIDSCO, A BRANDED GLOBAL CHANNEL FOR CHILDREN
  2. Haycock, Gavin (2007-08-28). NBC Universal agrees to buy Sparrowhawk Media. Reuters. Retrieved on 2013 November 20.
  3. Dickson, Jeremy (2012-05-14). NBCUniversal, Corus up their stakes in KidsCo. Kids Screen. Retrieved on 2013 November 19.
  4. Szalai, Georg (2012-05-14). NBCUniversal International Raises Stakes in Children's Channel KidsCo. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on 2013 November 19.
  5. TV KidsCo. LSC. Archived from the original on 2007-10-15. Retrieved on 2015 June 17.
  6. http://www.tv-internet.be/TV-la-chaine-Piwi-remplace-KidsCo_4374

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