Discovery International has launched Discovery Kids Media (DKM), a new media unit created to develop, commission, co-produce and distribute kids’ animated and live-action content for both linear and digital platforms in Latin America.

Among the productions that DKM will distribute are: Mini Beat Power Rockers, the No 1 show on Discovery Kids Latin America, recently nominated as Best Animated Program for the International Kids Emmys to be awarded in 2019; Big Top Academy, produced by Apartment 11 Productions; and Zu & Her Zoo, the two-time International Emmy-nominated live-action series produced by Boutique Films.

In addition, DKM has over 15 projects in development, including co-productions with eOne Family, Zodiak Kids and TV Pinguim, among others.

The DKM team will also manage Discovery’s participation in joint-venture agreements for kids’ productions, such as the recently announced redknot, a joint venture between Discovery and Nelvana. redknot just announced greenlights for two animated series: The Dog & Pony Show, created by Josh Selig, and Agent Binky: Pets of the Universe, based on the Kids Can Press graphic novels, written and illustrated by the award-winning author-illustrator Ashley Spires.

Carolina Lightcap, EVP and chief content officer for Discovery Latin America will add to her responsibilities the leadership of DKM as GM.

Additionally, Danielle Davies joined the company as VP, Kids Content Partnerships and Revenue. Davies will be responsible for leading the exploitation of all titles created by DKM, as part of Discovery International’s programme sales and consumer products team.

“With over 20 years in the Latin America market, Discovery Kids has had long-standing success as the leading pay-TV network for pre-schoolers, and continues to grow in the region. Discovery Kids Media creates content with a unique creative vision for DK in Latin America and partners around the world,” said Lightcap. “We are very excited to have Danielle join our team. Her vast expertise in the entertainment distribution industry will now allow us to take our productions to international markets.”