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Syfy Kids heads for CEE

KidsCo is set to launch its joint Syfy Kids programming block in Central and Eastern Europe in June 2013.

The NBC Universal and Corus Entertainment co-owned children’s channel will air the block of shows – through a partnership with NBCU-owned science fiction channel Syfy – at peak times and fully dubbed.

The partnership, which was first announced last month, will see new content including original programming and recently acquired titles air in the co-branded block.

These include a first-run exclusive of KidsCo’s original production Zuzu & the Supernuffs (Matchbox Pictures). KidsCo has also acquired the rights to Corus-owned Nelvana Enterprises’ Di-Gata Defenders and Z-Squad for Syfy Kids.

The content will launch on KidsCo in territories including Russia, Turkey, Greece, Hungary and Romania.

“Launching first in Central and Eastern Europe, we will be rolling out the fully dubbed programming block across KidsCo territories throughout 2013. We are now in the process of looking at third-party content to complement the line up later in the year,” said KidsCo managing director Hendrik McDermott.