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06.11.14 Good morning. It’s Wednesday, June 11, 2014, and this is your first early morning briefing.
Before she was the female brainiac to Jim Parsons’ Sheldon on Big Bang Theory, Mayim Bialik was teen heroine Blossom Russo. Hub Network will feature Blossom on cable for the first time ever, beginning Monday, July 7, at 10 p ET/7p PT. The move brings the series to TV for the first time in 15 years. Hub has licensed all five seasons of Blossom (113 episodes) from the Disney-ABC Television Group.
Did you hear the shrieks of joy yesterday? On the day of the fifth season return, ABC Family made an additional two-season commitment to perennial ratings queen Pretty Little Liars. Season six and seven of the series, produced by Warner Horizon Television, will air in mid-2015 and mid-2016, respectively.
AwesomenessTV star Lia Marie Johnson will star in her first TV movie based on the MCN hit Terry the Tomboy on Nickelodeon premiering June 21 at 8p. Johnson originally found YouTube stardom through her comedy sketch bits, resulting in more than 900,000 subs and 47 million views. She has also appeared in Emmy-winning series Kids React, Teens React and YouTubers React.
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Nickelodeon is graduating a member of its 2013 Animated Shorts Program to a 13-ep series. Congrats to creator Chris Savino and The Loud House, the first of the class to be greenlit for a series. Inspired by Savino’s (Rocko’s Modern Life, The Powerpuff Girls) chaotic life growing up in a huge household, the series will follow 11-year-old Lincoln as he reveals an inside look at what it takes to survive in the bedlam of a large family, especially as the only boy with 10 sisters.
Additionally, Nick picked 11 finalists from its 2014 Animated Shorts Program. The shorts will be produced by year-end to feed the development pipeline. They are:
* Francine, by Katie Crown: The story of a strangely brilliant girl who battles a robot version of herself for her life and a slice of pizza.
* Meat Pie vs. the Dark Ages, by Gabe Swarr: Crusty boar Meat Pie is about to pull off yet another con when he accidentally sells his cousin to an axe-wielding wolf.
* Shelf Life, by Robert Iza: While working at a warehouse, an overprotective cat is driven to the brink of madness after her oblivious best friend gets himself fired.
* Summer Memories, by Adam Yaniv: Jason has 24 hours to find his missing tooth after a parachuting accident caused by his loyal but questionable friend Ronnie.
* Ice Station Zedonk, by Tom Parkinson: Stevo the Cheese Weasel’s peaceful day of ice fishing is rudely interrupted by his slacker best friend, Bigbogs the Ice-Troll, when he invites the whole town to join them.
* Night Crew, by Caitlin Boyle and Tara Helfer: Two rat best friends, Buck and Lou, pursue a legendary giant hoagie to celebrate the anniversary of their friendship.
* Planet Claire, by Chris Viscardi and Will McRobb: Claire’s a girl with a big heart and a big mouth who’s got her very own superhero and knows 27 different dances.
* The Outsiders, by writer Eric Bravo: When Miles drags his pal Gerald into the woods for a dance emergency, he has no idea it will lead to a run-in with a hungry bear.
* Leander, Dre and Cyppy, by Monica Ray: Leander is a young boy thrown into a world where magical creatures don’t understand his odd human ways.
* Ugly Mutt, by Shadi Petosky and Dave Hagen: Ugly Mutt, an eternally optimistic dog takes on an unlikely challenge: getting a human baby adopted.
* Bad News Bunny, by Tarryn Henderson: A stuffed toy bunny stuck babysitting two bored kids will stop at nothing to entertain them.
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DHX Media has launched a new division, DHX Brands, to corral its licensing and merchandising activity under a new dedicated consumer products arm. The division will be led by U.K.-based Peter Byrne, who will serve as EVP, DHX Brands, alongside his role as CEO of DHX Media’s subsidiary licensing agency business CPLG. Also as part of the restructuring, Tor Bushell takes on the position of VP Brand Management, DHX Brands; Paul Keech becomes VP, Creative Services, DHX Brands; and Tom Roe is appointed Commercial Director, DHX Brands, transitioning from CPLG. CPLG will be the appointed agent for selected DHX Brands in all of their subsidiary territories, including the recently expanded presence in North America under Ted Larkins. Both Erin Dippold and Al Fedrigoni will form part of the new North American consumer products team at CPLG. DHX Brands include Teletubbies, Yo Gabba Gabba! Caillou and Johnny Test.
Global brand management company Genius Brands International formed a global distribution division and appointed longtime industry exec Andrew Berman to oversee it as SVP, Global Sales. GBI’s children’s content includes Warren Buffett’s Secret Millionaires Club, Baby Genius, Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 and Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab.
Joy Tashjian Marketing Group (JTMG) has been appointed licensing agency for Over Active Imagination’s brand Enchantails. The series, created by special effects exec Mark Viniello (Lord of the Rings, Spider-Man 2), is targeted at girls and takes place in an undersea fantasyland.
Ubisoft says Rabbids Invasion: The Interactive TV Show will be available in November on Kinect for the Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation Camera for PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system. The Rabbids Invasion linear TV series launched last fall and has been viewed 280 million times worldwide. The videogame enables kids to jump into a selection of 20 TV show eps and participate in the action on-screen.
Poptropica’ has a new self-titled comic strip featuring characters from the popular virtual world, and it will be distributed by GoComics, from Universal Uclick. The comic strip follows the adventures of two mismatched boys, Oliver and Jorge, who unexpectedly find themselves in a strange world of endless islands, each inhabited by its own unique residents including Frankensteins, dinosaurs and yes, even balloon animals. Other comics on GoComics include Garfield, Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, Ziggy and Dilbert.
PBS Digital Studios launched its reboot of the Pancake Mountain music variety show for kids yesterday. A new ep will be available every Monday on the show’s YouTube channel for the next 10 weeks, and a classic ep will debut every Friday. Comedian Reggie Watts appears in the season’s premiere episode.
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Former Disney exec Dominic Gardiner formed a new kids TV distribution company, Jetpack Distribution. Based in London, Jetpack is a partnership among Nerds Corps Entertainment, Samka Productions and Gardiner Entertainment.
Lawless Entertainment is now repping the brand Yoohoo & Friends in North America for TV distribution, licensing and merchandise. The brand is based around a range of toys featuring rare and endangered animals from around the world. Created by Aurora World Corp., the Yoohoo animated series airs in 40 countries worldwide.
WWE’s Jim The Anvil Neidhart and his daughter WWE Diva Natalya are celebrating Father’s Day on Hub Network in a series of interstitials during the net’s WWE Slamtastic Father’s Day Movies marathon Sunday, June 15, beginning at 3p. The spots will feature Neidhart and Natalya spending father-daughter time together, but with a wrestling twist. Marathon movies include Stan Lee’s Mighty 7, The Next Karate Kid and Superman III.
Kids can get into the World Cup excitement with a new app from Cupcake Digital and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. The Rio 2 Sky Soccer comes out tomorrow, featuring an interactive story, two soccer-themed games and coloring pages with characters from the film.
Corus Entertainment unveiled a slate of new series that will roll out on its Canadian kids networks including YTV, Teletoon and Corus Media’s French-language network Teletoon (French) in 2014 and 2015. New YTV programs include live-action series Max & Shred and The Game; hybrid live-action/animated series The Stanley Dynamic and animated series Looped. New series slated for Teletoon include animated comedies Atomic Puppet, Freak vs. Sweet, Winston Steinburger and Sir Dudley Ding Dong and ToonMart Marty.
China-based BesTV will the debut Sesame Street episodes across its media platforms including IPTV, digital TV and OTT devices. The new partnership with Sesame Workshop includes content licensing, digital marketing and co-development of early childhood educational content and mobile applications. Among featured programs is Sesame Street’s Big Bird Looks at the World, co-produced with Shanghai Media Group.
MGA Entertainment signed key deals with Viacom to extend its Lalaloopsy franchise, including a two-year deal with Viacom to air the first two seasons of the Lalaloopsy series on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. in territories including Germany, Russia, Benelux, Greece, Turkey, Norway, Finland, Sweden and South Africa. Viacom also granted Lalaloopsy Babies, a brand extension of the popular doll line featuring a soft body, its own TV special to air on Nick Jr. and be available on DVD this October.
Zodiak Media appointed ITV Studios Global Entertainment exec Jean-Philippe Randisi as CEO of Zodiak Kids, a new position with executive responsibility across the group’s dedicated Kids division. Randisi is responsible for the entire Zodiak Kids division consisting of Marathon Media and Tele Images in Paris, and The Foundation in the UK. Randisi has held position of EVP/Director of Consumer Products at ITV, responsible for the division’s reboot of Thunderbirds Are Go!
Top 10 Basic Cable Ratings for the week of June 2-8, 2014
K2-11 Total Programming Day
K2-11 Prime (Monday Sunday 8-11p.m.)
K2-11 (Monday-Sunday 6 a.m.-11 p.m.)
K6-11 Total Programming Day
K6-11 Prime (Monday Sunday 8-11p.m.)
K6-11 (Monday-Sunday 6 a.m.-11 p.m.)
K9-14 Total Programming Day
K9-14 Prime (Monday Sunday 8-11p.m.)
K9-14 (Monday-Sunday 6 a.m.-11 p.m.)
Source: Disney from Nielsen Media Research National MIT, ranked on coverage ratings
Viewing Type: Live + Same Day
K2-11 Top 10 Programs for the week of June 2-8 , 2104
6/7/14/Sam & Cat/NICK/8-8:30p/1362
6/2/14/Sofia the First/DSNY/10-10:25a/1274
K6-11 Top 10 Programs for the week of June 2-8, 2014
6/7/14/Sam & Cat/NICK/8-8:30p/1040
6/5/14/Amazing World of Gumball/TOON/6:30-7p/1008
6/7/14/iFight Shelby Marx/NICK/8:30-9:30p/919
6/5/14/Princess Protection Program/DSNY/8-9:40p/880
6/5/14/Teen Titans Go/TOON/6-6:30p/879
Source: Turner Research based on Total US Television Universe of 115,800,000 homes.
Weekend box office estimates for the 10 top-grossing kids/tween/teen movies rated G, PG or PG-13, provided by Rentrak for June 6-8, 2014:
The Fault in Our Stars (20th Century Fox) PG-13 $48.2 million (weekend) $48.2 million (1-week cume)
Maleficent (Disney) PG $33.52 million (weekend) $127.37 million (2-week cume)
Edge of Tomorrow (Warner Bros.) PG-13 $29.1 million (weekend) $29.1 million (1-week cume)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (20th Century Fox) PG-13 $14.7 million (weekend) $189.1 million (3-week cume)
Godzilla (Warner Bros.) PG-13 $5.95 million (weekend) $185.04 million (4-week cume)
Blended (Warner Bros.) PG-13 $4.05 million (weekend ) $36.51 million (3-week cume)
Amazing Spider-Man 2 (Sony) PG-13 $1.9 million (weekend) $196.29 million (6-week cume)
Million Dollar Arm (Disney) PG-13 $1.82 million (weekend) $31.35 million (4-week cume)
Belle (Fox Searchlight) PG $735,000 (weekend) $7.58 million (7-week cume)
Rio 2 (20th Century Fox) PG $1.05 million (weekend) $125.64 million (8-week cume)
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