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There's a big shift happening in terms of where talent is headed as a new round of the streaming wars heat up headed into 2019. The big news of the day, Chris Nee, the Peabody, Emmy, and Humanitas Prize-winning children’s television screenwriter and producer behind Disney Junior's Doc McStuffins and Vampirina is headed for Netflix. Word came down this morning about a new, multi-year deal under which Nee will write and produce new animated and live action series for preschool and all audiences exclusively for Netflix. Additionally, Netflix will have a first-look option on feature film projects from Nee and her production company, Laughing Wild.

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Disney Junior is on a roll, and today it was announced that the #1 channel for preschoolers is going to keep things moving. Joe D'Ambrosia, senior vice president, Original Programming at Disney Junior revealed that they've ordered more episodes of Vampirina, Muppet Babies and Puppy Dog Pals. Combined, the three seres' already reach an average of 515 million households via all platforms. The new episodes will mark the second season for Muppet Babies, along with season three pick ups for both Puppy Dog Pals and Vampirina

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Last year, I was one of the first to bring you news about Just Play's full line of toys based on Disney Junior's Vampirina. Now, ahead of the 115th North American International Toy Fair in New York, I'm giving you a sneak-peek at what's coming in the Fall of 2018! Kids are gonna go "batty" for the Disney Junior Vampirina Rock N’ Jam Touring Van. This new playset is affordably-priced, and will let kids rock out and jam - just like Vee and her favorite band, The Ghoul Girls! Check this out...

They might be immigrants from Transylvania, but the Hauntley family has been welcomed into U.S. homes with open arms...

Disney Junior's VAMPIRINA is a series that I pegged as a hit months in advance of its Fall 2017 debut, and that's something that was quickly proven true. Today, Disney announced that they've officially ordered a second season of VAMPIRINA, setting the stage for even more supernatural adventures for the younger crowd. The series follows young Vampirina (aka "Vee") as she faces the joys and trials of being the new kid in town, including making friends and attending a new school in the human world. VAMPIRINA stars Lauren Graham, James Van Der Beek and Isabella Crovetti as the Hauntley family, friendly vampires who have recently relocated from Transylvania to Pennsylvania.

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Get ready for your little ones' heads to explode! In 2018, the high-energy "Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour" will hit the road to perform 50 shows across the country. Inspired by favorite Disney Junior series, the interactive concert tour includes songs from Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Sofia the First, Elena of Avalor, Doc McStuffins, The Lion Guard, as well as newest hit series Vampirina and Puppy Dog Pals. The live concert will also include a brand-new interactive experience featuring Disney Junior's highly-anticipated series, Muppet Babies, launching in early 2018.

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I've been talking-up Disney Junior's Vampirina for months, and now that the series is officially out, families have quickly fallen in love with The Hauntley family and their adventurous daughter, Vee (Vampirina). Perhaps learning from past experience in which fans of a hit series have to wait months (sometimes years) as their kids constantly ask "when are the toys coming out?," Vampirina launched with a full line of fun products, and at the center of that is a fantastic line of toys from Just Play. On October 13 - yes, Friday the 13th - I will be joining The Toy Insider for their first-ever #Vampirina Twitter Party! We'll be giving friends and followers chances to win some of these incredible new toys! To participate, you must RSVP, so be sure to do that now!

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