KidsCo to Launch Syfy Kids Genre Block In June

Joint venture investors NBCUniversal and Corus Entertainment have secured the animated series "The Mummy" and "Earthworm Jim" for the debut.

TORONTO -- International children’s network KidsCo has set a June 2013 launch for Syfy Kids, a dedicated block of kids genre shows for NBCUniversal’s Syfy channel.

The joint venture between NBCUniversal International and Canada’s Corus Entertainment has acquired a slew of kids titles for the Syfy Kids offering, including a first-run exclusive of Zuzu & the Supernuffs from Matchbox Pictures, and Nelvana Enterprises’ Di-Gata Defenders and Z-Squad series.

KidsCo also acquired from NBCUniversal International Television Distribution the animated series The Mummy and Earthworm Jim.

The Syfy Kids block will be sustained by a programming pipeline from NBCUniversal and Corus, while adding third-party content partners.

The new venture aims to extend the Syfy brand to a new generation of young viewers.

KidsCo, launched in Sept. 2007, is broadcast from the production headquarters of Corus Entertainment in Toronto.