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Netflix Lets Go Of Kids & Family Executives

Exclusive There have been a handful of exits of Netflix executives from different areas related to kids and family programming, I have learned. I hear the layoffs took place over the past two to three weeks. Five people were impacted.

The list includes Jenna Boyd, Director, Kids & Family Original Series; Jill Stewart Sanford, Manager, Original Animation; Josh Fisher, Creative Executive Manager, Original Animation; Shannon Smith, Counsel, Business & Legal Affairs; and Julius Harper, Manager, Interactive.

I hear the departures are not part of cutbacks in kids and family programming, which has been one of Netflix’s growth areas in the past couple of years, and no other layoffs are expected.

I hear Smith’s role will likely be absorbed by other Netflix BA executives, while the other positions will likely be refilled.

Netflix stepped up its expansion in kids and family programming in 2017 with the hire of Melissa Cobb, then Chief
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Mondo Media, Spin Master Debut Kids’ YouTube Channel SpindoTV

Spin Master is joining the ranks of companies delving into children’s online video programming. The toy manufacturer teamed with animation network Mondo Media to launch a kid-centric YouTube channel dubbed SpindoTV.

Aimed at children aged 6-11, SpindoTV debuts with a number of animated and live-action series in the works. Sick Bricks is based on Spin Master’s popular toy/game hybrid product; forty 90-second episodes are in production, with plans to debut on both the Cartoon Network as well as Canada’s Teletoon. Spin Master and Mondo are also planning a live-action game show based on the toy manufacturer’s popular Beat the Parents board game. Many of SpindoTV’s titles will be available on Google’s recently-introduced YouTube Kids app.

“There are a number of SpindoTV episodes that will sit comfortably on the new YouTube Kids app but several of our shows will appeal to a slightly older-skewing demographic,
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