Silvergate Media Limited
Sony Pictures Television – Kids
FormerlySilvergate Media Holdings Limited (2011–2022)
Company typeDivision
GenreChildren's programmes
FoundedOctober 4, 2011; 12 years ago (2011-10-04)
FoundersWaheed Alli
Elizabeth Dampier
William Astor
HeadquartersNew York City, New York, U.S.
London, England
Key people
Joe D'Ambrosia (EVP & GM)
Kurt Mueller (EVP)
Production output
Television production
ParentSony Pictures Television (2019–present)

Silvergate Media Limited, operating as Sony Pictures Television – Kids (formerly known as Silvergate Media), is a television production and brand licensing company based in New York City and London.[1] The company was founded in 2011 by Waheed Alli, Elizabeth Dampier and William Astor and was acquired by Sony Pictures Television in 2019.


Silvergate Media was created in 2011 as part of a management buyout, when Alli purchased the rights to Octonauts and The World of Beatrix Potter from Chorion, a company he was previously chair of.[2]

In 2016, Netflix and Silvergate agreed to a three-year multi-territory deal for Octonauts, Silvergate's series about underwater explorers.[3]

The company signed a deal with Netflix, in collaboration with Mercury Filmworks to produce Hilda, an animated television adaptation of comic Hilda by Luke Pearson. Season 1 was released on September 21, 2018.[4] Season 2 was released on December 14, 2020. The series is available in 130 countries.[5]

Silvergate also produced Sunny Day for Nickelodeon, which started airing on August 21, 2017.[6]

In 2016, the investment fund Shamrock Capital Advisors acquired a 51% equity of the company,[7] with the valuation reported to be "between £70 and £80 million".[8]

Logo used until 2022

On December 10, 2019, Sony Pictures Television announced that it would acquire Silvergate Media for US$195 million. The deal marks SPT's first in-house studio devoted primarily to children's animation since Sony Pictures Animation's diversification into television.[9]

In February 2022, former Disney Junior Senior Vice President of original programming and Sony Pictures Family Entertainment Group executive Joe D'Ambrosia was named Executive Vice President and General Manager of Silvergate Media, succeeding co-founder Waheed Alli, who stepped down as CEO the following summer.[10]

In November 2022, Silvergate Media's trading name was changed to Sony Pictures Television – Kids,[11] although the company name was not changed.[12]

In December 2023, the company's valuation was reduced to US$50 million in impairment charges.[13] In addition, co-founder William Astor stepped down as chairman at the end of the month.[14]


Television series

Title Seasons First aired Last aired Network Co-production with Notes
Octonauts 5 2012 present CBeebies Brown Bag Films (2012–2018) and Mainframe Studios (2020–2023) Continued from Chorion
Peter Rabbit 2 2016 CBeebies
Nick Jr. Channel
Brown Bag Films and Penguin Books Rights held by Paramount in North America and India[15]
Sunny Day 2 2017 2020 Nickelodeon (2017–2019)
Nick Jr. Channel (2017–2019)
Amazon Prime Video (2020)
Pipeline Studios and Nickelodeon Animation Studio Rights held by Paramount
Hilda 3 2018 2023 Netflix Mercury Filmworks, Nobrow Press (2018), Atomic Cartoons (2018) and Flying Eye Books (2020–2023)
Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt 4 2020 Brown Bag Films
Made by Maddie 2020 (planned) Nick Jr. Channel Mainframe Studios Unaired[16][17]
Octonauts: Above & Beyond 4 2021 present Netflix
The Creature Cases 3 2022 TeamTO and Tencent Video Productions
SuperKitties 2 2023 Disney Junior Rights held by Disney[18][19]
Bewitched TBA TBA TBA TBA TBA [20]
The Partridge Family
Stuart Little [21]
Wheel of Fortune Sony Pictures Television Game Show
Sharks on Wheels TBA
Hotel Whiskers
The Powers Sow You Entertainment
Slayer Family Band TBA
Messi and the Giants Messi, Sony Music Entertainment and Atlantis Animation [22]
Untitled series Claire's [23]

Feature film

Title Released Network Co-production with
Hilda and the Mountain King 2021 Netflix Mercury Filmworks and Nobrow Press

See also


  1. ^ "Silvergate Media Press". Silvergate Media (Silvergate), the international TV production and licensing company focused on pre-school children's entertainment based in New York and London
  2. ^ John Plunkett (22 September 2011). "Chorion sells rights to The World of Beatrix Potter and The Octonauts". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-03-06.
  3. ^ "Silvergate strikes new multi-territory Octonauts deal with Netflix". Toy World Magazine | The business magazine with a passion for toys. 10 April 2016. Retrieved 31 December 2021.
  4. ^ "Here Comes Hilda". The New Yorker. 15 June 2016. Retrieved 2017-03-06.
  5. ^ "Silvergate Media celebrates trio of awards for Hilda". April 2021.
  6. ^ Animation Magazine (4 March 2016). "Silvergate producing 'Sunny Day' for Nickelodeon". Animation Magazine. Retrieved March 4, 2016.
  7. ^ "Silvergate Partners With Shamrock Capital Advisors To Accelerate Growth". 25 April 2016. Retrieved 2017-03-06.
  8. ^ "Octonauts pair pocket £40m". The Sunday Times. Archived from the original on March 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-06.
  9. ^ Clarke, Stewart (2019-12-10). "Sony Pictures Television Buys Silvergate Media, Producer of 'Octonauts' and 'Hilda,' for $195 Million (EXCLUSIVE)". Retrieved 2019-12-24.
  10. ^ Sony Pictures Television Names Joe D'Ambrosia EVP & GM Of Kids Programming Subsidiary Silvergate Media
  11. ^ "KIDS - Sony Pictures Entertainment".
  12. ^ "SILVERGATE MEDIA LIMITED overview - Find and update company information - GOV.UK".
  13. ^ Kanter, Jake (January 10, 2024). "Sony Writes Down Value Of Silvergate By $50M After Acquiring 'Peter Rabbit' Producer For $195M". Deadline Hollywood.
  14. ^ Yossman, K.J. (January 10, 2024). "William Astor Steps Down as Chair of Sony-Owned Silvergate Media (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  15. ^ "Silvergate Launches Distribution Arm". Animation World Network.
  16. ^ "Nickelodeon Pulls 'Made by Maddie' Amid 'Hair Love' Controversy". 4 September 2020.
  17. ^ "'Made by Maddie' Pulled by Nickelodeon Amid 'Hair Love' Controversy". 4 September 2020.
  18. ^ Petski, Denise (2022-04-29). "John Stamos To Voice Iron Man In 'Spidey and His Amazing Friends' Season 2; New Disney Jr. Programming Slate Unveiled". Deadline. Retrieved 2022-04-29.
  19. ^ Beck, Michelle (2022-11-22). "Disney Junior's 'Super Kitties' Trailer & Poster Released". Disney Plus Informer. Retrieved 2022-11-25.
  20. ^ "Animated 'Bewitched,' 'Partridge Family' Reboots in the Works at Sony TV Kids". Animation Magazine. June 8, 2023.
  21. ^ Whitlock, Jesse (October 3, 2023). "'Bewitched', 'Stuart Little' & 'Wheel Of Fortune' Kids Series Set For Mipcom; 'Sharks On Wheels' Also On Sony Kids Slate". Deadline. Retrieved October 4, 2023.
  22. ^ "WATCH: 'Messi and the Giants' – Inter Miami & Argentina forward to star in new animated series". October 10, 2023. Retrieved October 11, 2023.
  23. ^ Petski, Denise (2023-11-15). "Claire's Teams With Sony Pictures Television On Series For Kids". Retrieved 2023-12-25.