02/26/15: Nick outlines programming strategy; Jessie spinoff already in the works; Netflix nabs Inspector Gadget



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02.26.15

Good morning. It’s Thursday February 26, 2015, and this is your first early morning briefing.

TODAY’S TOP NEWS

At its Upfront last night Nickelodeon sent a not-so-subtle message to advertisers that its future is not entirely grounded in traditional TVnor its traditional ratings system. The network, whose key demo ratings have been slipping, announced it’s bringing back preschooler network Noggin, which in 2009 was flipped to Nick Jr., as a $5.99/month ad-free subscription service (hosted by Moose and Zee) delivered through a mobile iOS app. Noggin, which bows March 5, will pack content including Blue’s Clues, Miss Spider and Little Bear, which had their heyday on Nick a decade ago. Jim Perry, the net’s head of sales, told the audience Nick’s mobile audience has ground six-fold in the past two years, with 50 million downloads across apps. “As we know, C3 ratings don’t tell the whole story,” he added. “If we look over seven days, we see a 40 percent lift” in Nick programming. Much of the content in the pipeline will build on the network’s live-action coffers, including the previously announced School of Rock, Nick’s first co-production with Paramount Television, and these series in development:
*  Game Makers (working title): Two 12-year-old girls start a multimillion-dollar gaming company and bring in rapper Double G as a partner. Created by Dan Schneider.
Roll Call (working title): Single-camera shot in mockumentary style an older and younger brother who both find themselves in the seventh grade together. Exec-produced by Sharla Sumpter Bridgett.
* Make It Pop: Three very different girls come together to form their own K-Pop-inspired band. Created by Nick Cannon and Thomas W. Lynch.
Talia’s Kitchen (working title): Inspired by the telenovela genre, the series follows a 14-year-old girl who moves in with her grandmother and discovers a love of cooking and one special boy. Created by Catharina Ledeboer.
The W.I.T.’s Academy: Spun off from Every Witch Way, in the new series teenage Guardians would oversee young witches at a magical academy. Created by Catharina Ledeboer.

In other news from the event, held in NY’s Moynihan Station and including some riffing from the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ star Will Arnett and a performance by pop band Echosmith:
*  Nick is formalizing consumer insights, partnership marketing and multimedia services under one new initiative called Inside Out Solutions aimed at offering brands reach across all its platforms.
* SpongeBob the Broadway show is well into development, and based on a preview of opening number “Bikini Bottom Day,” it’s going to be a high-energy mashup of weird and funusually a good combo for kids. Musicians including Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Lady Antebellum, John Legend and T.I. are providing original music for the show, directed by Tina Landau.


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Nickelodeon Debuts Rich New Slate.

Nickelodeon’s pipeline includes more than 600 premiere episodes across 25 new and returning series. Starting next month, content will include innovative formats and new genres.


PRODUCTION NOTES

Hit Disney Channel series Jessie may be ending its run after four seasons and 101 episodes but fans need not despair. The network ordered an untitled spinoff, which will return original series toppers Peyton List, Karan Brar and Skai Jackson to their starring roles as Emma, Ravi and Zuri Ross, respectively. Jessie creator Pamela Eells O’Connell is onboard to exec-produce.

More new production is under way at Disney XD. The network is rebooting DuckTales, an animated comedy based on the Emmy Award-winning series originally produced from 1987-90, for 2017. Produced by Disney Television Animation, the new series will again star Scrooge McDuck, his grandnephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, and Donald Duck. The original DuckTales is currently available on WATCH Disney Channel,  and Disney Interactive features several DuckTales-themed items in the Disney Infinity toy box.

PROGRAMMING PICKS

The Three Little Pigs look like sitting ducks in Sesame Street’s “House of Bricks” parody of House of Cards, which scored more than 1.1 million YouTube views in two days. The short stars the conniving Frank Underwolf in an uncanny sendup of Kevin Spacey’s notorious character on a quest for the White Brick House. “Sometimes to get what you want you have to be a bit if a blowhard.” See how they nailed it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92NXMtVtv8o

Disney’s Big Hero 6 is the latest “Risk-Free Movie” on Reelz, a promotion that offers VOD or PPV viewers reimbursement if they don’t like a film. Offer extends until Sunday, March 22.

PBS Kids series Peg+Cat will get into the groove March 2 thanks to a week of new musical-themed episodes in the “Peg Rocks!” sequence. During the week the duo will visit Radio City Music Hall, join a girl group, and flash back to the groovy sixties, all while exploring math concepts for the preschool set. Additionally, the brand is releasing a second musical album, Peg + Cat: Classics!,which pays homage to the 3 Tenors and includes expanded versions of songs that have appeared on the show since the first episode. It’s available for pre-order at a 50 percent discount on iTunes and Google Play and hits Amazon and Spotify on March 2.


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Introducing Nickelodeon Inside Out Solutions: A New Approach to Partnership.

Nickelodeon has developed new opportunities to integrate brands across our powerful 10-screen ecosystem. Nickelodeon Inside Out Solutions can offer full-service creative resources, branded entertainment, audience expertise, IP partnerships and unique access to our platforms to create branded experiences that connect to Nickelodeon’s kids and family audience.


DIGITAL UPDATE

The battle for kids’ eyeballs in the digital realm continues to heat up. On the heels of the YouTube Kids launch Netflix is announcing lots of kids content deals this week. Latest is DHX Media’s Inspector Gadget, for which the Internet TV service will be the exclusive home for the series in the U.S. beginning in March. Coming in spring 2016 is FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment’s Danger Mouse. Netflix will premiere Danger Mouse in North America, Latin America, Nordics, Benelux and Japan next spring.

AwesomenessTV provided the rainbow in DreamWorks Animation’s otherwise cloudy Q4 financials. DWA purchased the Brian Robbins-helmed MCN in 2013 in a deal valued up to $117 million, and Awesomeness now is the driver of DWA’s new media division, which earned $24.9 million in gross revenue during Q4, up from $4 million during the same period in 2013. Awesomeness is stewarding the push of DWA content downstream, including initiatives such as the launch of the DreamWorksTV channel, which just passed 250 million views.

Splash Entertainment’s VOD service Kabillion will launch Mademoiselle Zazie on March 15.

GAMES & APPS

Anamil Tech, creator of the BBC kids show The Lingo show, is releasing the first in a series of language learning-apps. Set in Australia and titled Pacca Alpaca- Australia, the multilingual app encourages children to learn new languagesthey can choose among English, French, Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic–and inspires them to become culturally aware.


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Nickelodeon to Launch a Mobile Subscription Service for Preschoolers.

The SVoD service brings back a name parents know and trust: NOGGIN. At launch, NOGGIN will feature 350 age-appropriate, parent-approved episodes and a library of preschool music videos and educational, short-form content hosted by the beloved Moose and Zee.


LICENSING

Ravensburger’s 2015 lineup will contain puzzles featuring a cast of Disney Junior, Disney and Disney-Pixar characters including characters from Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Monsters University. Also making their entrance this year are puzzles based on Frozen.

Warner Bros. Consumer Products EMEA and Flik Flak are syncing up to release eight watches designs featuring DC Comic Super Heroes Batman and Superman to stores worldwide this winter.

INTERNATIONAL

HIT Entertainment’s reimagined Bob the Builder will air on Mexico’s Televisa as part of the network’s preschool programming lineup later this year. The network already airs Hit property Thomas & Friends.

BY THE NUMBERS

K2-11  Top 10 Programs for the week of Feb. 2, 2105

Date/Program/Network/Time/000s
2/5/14/Teen Titans Go!/TOON/6-6:30p/1606
2/7/14/The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie/NICK/10-11:45a/1408
2/6/14/Jessie/DSNY/8-8:30p/1375
2/8/14/K.C. Undercover/DSNY/8:30-9p/1311
2/8/14/Liv and Maddie/DSNY/9-9:30p/1253
2/7/14/SpongeBob/NICK/9:30-10a/1240
2/6/14/Girl Meets World/DSNY/8:30-9p/1235
2/7/14/Henry DangerNICK/8-8:30p/1223
2/5/14/Steven Universe/TOON/6:30-7p/1206
2/7/14/Bella and the Bulldogs/NICK/9-9:30p/1202

K6-11  Top 10 Programs for the week of Feb. 2, 2015

Date/Program/Network/Time/000s
2/6/14/Jessie/DSNY/8-8:30p/1222
2/5/14/Teen Titans Go!/TOON/6-6:30p/1182
2/8/14/K.C. Uncercover/DSNY/8:30-9p/1094
2/6/14/Girl Meets World/DSNY/9-9:30p/1063
2/8/14/Liv and Maddie/DSNY/9-9:30p/1049
2/7/14/Bella and the Bulldogs/NICK/8-8:30p/1046
2/7/14/Henry Danger/NICK/8-8:30p/1039
2/7/14/Nicky Ricky, Dicky & Dawn/NICK/8:30-9p/946
2/8/14/Austin & Ally/DSNY/8-8:30p/921
2/7/14/The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie/NICK/10-11:45a/884

Source: Turner Research based on Total US Television Universe of 115,800,000 homes, Final Live+7.


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Nickelodeon Dives Deeper into the World of Sports.

Leagues like the NFL, NASCAR and MLS are tapping into an incredible opportunity to engage with their youngest fans through NickSports. Nickelodeon is connecting to our audience’s deeply-held passion for sports with a programming block on NickToons, branded activations at stadiums across the country and the successful launch of the first annual Kids’ Choice Sports hosted by Michael Strahan.


TRIVIA

Answer to yesterday’s Trivia: What’s the name of Richie and Joanie Cunningham’s older brother, who was dropped from Happy Days early in the series? Chuck. Kudos to: Alan Dorfman, Super Impulse USA, Bristol, PA; Russ Camlet, NBCU, NY; Christine Ferrara, WBZ-TV, WSBK-TV, Boston; Michael Ratliffe, B.E.T. Networks, Washington, DC; Brad Stern, Bellavia Blatt, Mineola, NY; Joe Swaney, Atlanta; Aaron Paquette, Vision Critical, Fort Worth, TX; Pat Brady, CESD, LA; Lindsay Garber, Splash Entertainment, Woodland Hills, CA; Ted Nitschke, Kaplan Stahler Agency, Beverly Hills, CA; Robb Rothfarb, AdMore, Temecula, CA;

Today’s Trivia Question: Which Gilligan’s Island character did Raquel Welch audition for? Email cathy@cynopsis.com with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.)


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The Kids’ Choice Awards Resonate with Nickelodeon’s Audience.

The Kids’ Choice Awards continue to be a pop culture mainstay, drawing 5.8 million total viewers to last year’s live premiere.



Cheers — Cathy Applefeld Olson
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