Savva Upped to VP, Content Distribution at Giant Interactive and GM of Giant Pictures

Giant Interactive on Sept. 22 announced the promotion of Nick Savva to VP of content distribution and GM at Giant Pictures.

Savva most recently served as director of content distribution, overseeing Giant Pictures’ global digital distribution efforts. In his new role, Savva will further expand content opportunities for the boutique digital distribution label.

Nick Savva

Over the last three years, Savva has guided the Giant Pictures label to become one of the leading independent content distributors on a wide range of digital platforms. He has negotiated more than 45 direct accounts with such major streaming platforms as Apple TV, Peacock, Prime Video and Roku, among others. Savva, according to a press release, has also been essential in steering Giant into the world of direct-to-consumer OTT, most recently with the deployment of the Baby Einstein app on Roku.

Savva has acquired and distributed hundreds of movies, documentaries and TV titles in multiple territories since founding Giant Pictures in 2017.

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Giant Pictures’ releases include the horror film Ghost Light, a Jury Award winner at the 2018 Austin Film Festival; Matanga/Maya/M.I.A., an Official Selection at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival; and Love, Antosha, a portrait of the late actor Anton Yelchin that was an Official Selection at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Cyber Group Studios Lands Kidvid Distribution Deal with Kidoodle.TV, Giant Pictures

Cyber Group Studios on Sept. 11 announced it has secured distribution deals with Kidoodle.TV and Giant Pictures for multiple series for kids.

Kidoodle.TV, a global AVOD service targeting children under 12 and their families, will increase its content offering in the United States by securing a number of series from Cyber Group Studios. Several of Cyber Group Studios’ popular series that are based on books, such as “The Pirates Next Door” and “Mirette Investigates,” will be new additions to Kidoodle.TV’s content library.

Giant Pictures, a digital distribution firm focused on independent content, will distribute 10 series across various AVOD platforms in the United States. Series include “Leo the Wildlife Ranger” for preschoolers and “Mini Ninjas,” based on the video game of the same name, for older kids.

“Giant is in an ideal position to support the digital streaming industry’s increasing demand for children’s content with our streamlined global distribution capabilities,” said Nick Savva, head of Giant Pictures. “We are thrilled to be in business with Cyber Group Studios as Giant continues to rapidly expand and diversify our digital services with exciting new distribution relationships.”

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Cyber Group Studios is a leading producer and distributor of animated series and a developer of global entertainment brands for children and families worldwide. Founded in 2005 and employing around 150 people, the company has set its headquarters in Paris, two production studios in Paris and Roubaix (France), an office in Los Angeles and strategic partnerships in Russia and China. The company says its mission is to produce safe and entertaining content for children around the world.

Kidoodle.TV is a family-focused AVOD streaming channel committed to ensuring children have a safe alternative to stream their favorite TV shows and movies. Available in over 140 countries, on thousands of connected devices, Kidoodle.TV is available on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Fire TV, LG, Samsung, Chromecast, Roku, Amazon, Connected TVs, HTML5 Web, and many other streaming media devices.

Giant Pictures is a subsidiary of Giant Interactive, an award-winning digital media and technology services company based in New York City and Los Angeles. For 15 years Giant has provided leading Hollywood studios and entertainment companies with delivery solutions for OTT, digital platforms, discs and streaming. With 40+ direct accounts as a digital aggregator, Giant distributes movies, documentaries and TV content to VOD and OTT platforms in North America and worldwide.

Giant Interactive Launches Baby Einstein App on Roku Channel Store

Giant Interactive on July 28 announced it is launching a Baby Einstein app on the Roku Channel Store.

The entire library of 34 Baby Einstein Classics is available for streaming, at no cost.

Baby Einstein expands a baby’s view of the world as he/she embarks on adventures with friendly characters, discovers numbers and letters, and develops an appreciation for classic lullabies and nursery rhymes.

“Now, more than ever, there is a need and desire for parents to help cultivate curiosity for their children with resources like the Baby Einstein Roku channel,” said Jeff Stabenau, co-founder and president of Giant Interactive. “With daily routines disrupted and schooling impacted by shelter-in-place, Kids2, Roku, Piro and Giant Interactive are aiding parents by bringing interactive content directly to the home.”

Users can install the free Baby Einstein channel in the Roku Channel Store, or by simply clicking this link.

Giant Interactive builds and deploys customized applications like the Baby Einstein Roku channel as well as providing video processing, digital platform delivery and content aggregation services to Apple TV, Prime Video, Netflix, PlutoTV and more, along with DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD disc authoring. In addition, Giant Interactive recently launched the popular Giant Pictures channel on Roku.

DEG’s New ‘4 Cups of Coffee’ Mentoring Program

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group on June 5 kicked off a new mentoring program, “4 Cups of Coffee,” at the “Cocktails & Coffee” event at Sony  Studios in the Norman Lear Commissary. Under the program, the DEG’s Canon Club will match women in search of mentors with one of its advisors or other women executives for 30-minute career conversations, either in person or over the phone, up to four times per year. The Canon Club was established by DEG to provide women at all levels and in all sectors of digital media the opportunity to share knowledge and build their business networks. Last month, the DEG announced the appointment of 10 advisory board members to provide input on Canon Club event programming, rotate as host at speaker-driven salons and social/networking events, serve as founding mentors in the “4 Cups of Coffee” program, and judge the annual Hedy Lamarr Awards for Women in Entertainment and Technology, among other responsibilities. The advisory board is led by chair Robin Tarufelli of Deloitte, and vice chair Meri Hassouni of Giant Interactive. Other members are Loren Nielsen, DTS; Sofia Chang, HBO; Dametra Johnson-Marletti, Microsoft; Karin Gilford, Movies Anywhere; Andrea Downing, PBS Distribution; Cheryl Goodman, Sony Electronics; Nadia Haney, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment; and Darcy Antonellis, Vubiquity. Other Canon Club mentors include Beth Kearns, 20th Century Fox; Heathyr Jozel-Garcia, ABC Studios; Samara Winterfeld, DTS; Ken Williams, ETC@USC; Kejo Swingler, HBO; and Rachel Crang, Paramount Pictures.