11.26.14 Good morning. It’s Wednesday, November 26, 2014, and this is your first early morning briefing.
The Care Bears are the latest kids property to head to Netflix with an original series. Netflix and AG Properties are teaming up for Care Bears and Cousins, slated to premiere in early 2016. The Bears had their own TV series from 1985-88, which originally aired on ABC and is currently available on Netflix. “There is a massive shift in the way kids consume content, and we have strategically positioned the Care Bears to be at the forefront of new media,” says Sean Gorman, AGP president.
Splash Entertainment’s VOD service Kabillion will now be offered to Cablevision’s Optimum TV subscribers, bringing its total reach to 50 million U.S. homes. Kabillion also recently signed content deals with FullBottle, VHX and Clokey Productions for the Gumby brand. The service, which owns The Kabillion YouTube channel, has amassed more than 65 million views in 2014.
Once upon a time, plot lines and character development were entirely linear. Today, it’s a different story and content creators, marketers and sellers need to understand how all the pieces fit together. Join Jef Kaminsky, VP of TV Development and Programming at Scholastic Media; Cort Lane, Marvel VP of Animation Development and Partnerships; James Nadler, Senior Development Executive at Guru Studios; and Sharon Rechter, BabyFirst EVP of Business Development on Dec. 10 for CynKids’ Webinar. Learn the best ways to create story arcs that live between episodes and seasons, engage your audience across platforms, and ensure discoverability. More information here: http://www.cynopsis.com/webinar/developing-programming-distributing-multi-platform-kids-content/
King Rollo Films and Koko Media sealed a TV animation development deal for Jo Rose’s original IP, Deer Little Forest. Deer Little Forest stars the feisty Forest Flo and her band of magical, musical woodland friends. It’s also being developed as a preschool picture book series. King Rollo has adapted kids books including Spot, Maisy, and Poppy Cat to television.
Melissa McCarthy is working with director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) to develop a film in which she’ll play Tinker Bell, according to Deadline. Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors) is onboard to write the script based on a "fresh take" hatched up by McCarthy and Levy.
Nickelodeon is enlisting some marquee headliners to help ring in the holidays. The network kicks off the merriment Friday, Dec. 5 at 10:30a with Wallykazam! “Wally Saves the Trollidays!” featuring Tony Bennett as the singing voice of Bobgoblin, an impulsive goblin with a knack for finding trouble. “My granddaughters are very big fans of the show so they were excited to hear that I was going to do this,” the crooner told the New York Post. “I am not a fan of demographics so I started out with the premise of performing for the whole family and still feel that way, so it’s always a pleasure.” Kate Micucci (Garfunkel & Oates, The Big Bang Theory), also guests in the episode. Bubble Guppies special “A Very Guppy Christmas” premieres Friday, Dec. 12 at 9a. Beau Bridges (The Millers) guests as Mr. Claws, a jolly, white-bearded lobster who bears an uncanny resemblance to Santa.
NickToons has a nice stocking stuffer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans. The network will air the first two seasons of 4Kids Entertainment’s 2003 TMNT series from Dec. 2228, at 8p.
Disney XD’s The 7D are in on the holiday fun and guest appearances with a Tuesday, Dec. 2 episode, “Gingersnaps and Grumpy Snaps/Jollybells,” where Grumpy saves the life of an elf named Gingersnap (voiced by Cheri Oteri) and Happy must figure out how to bring the holiday spirit back to the villagers of Jollywood. The net will also air a holiday-themed episode of Wander Over Yonder on Dec. 4, and Disney Channel will air Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on Dec. 5, and Sofia the First on Dec. 12. Alyson Hannigan, Phylicia Rashad and Nick Offerman guest star in the “Winter’s Gift” ep of Sofia, where Sofia meets a young faun (Hannigan) who has been cursed by an Ice Witch (Rashad).
NBCU promised more synergy with its family of networks when it took full ownership of Sprout, and it’s delivering. Today is helping the kids net crown this year’s Chief Kindness Officer. Last week the morning show highlighted the five finalists, and now voting is open at Today.com/kindestkid. For each vote received, Sprout will donate $1 up to $25,000 to a national children’s charity. Additionally, Sprout will make a $5,000 donation to a national children’s charity in the winner’s name. Sprout will celebrate the five finalists with its Kindest Kid Countdown on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 1p and the winner will be unveiled on Today the week of Dec. 8.
Several Canadian broadcasters are now transmitting their broadcast feeds from Corus Entertainment’s media and broadcast facility, Corus Quay. The origination of DHX Media’s television services Disney XD and Disney Junior (English and French) went live this week from the facility, joining DHX’s Family Channel.
Dish and Turner announced Monday they have “mutually decided to restore service” of Cartoon Network, Boomerang and other Turner networks and extend the carriage of TBS and TNT. Still to be determined is whether Turner’s channels will join Disney and other content on Dish’s streaming video service, planned for launch next month.
Radio Disney is throwing a talent-packed family birthday party, and Disney Channel will share the festivities with viewers on Dec. 13. Disney Channel Celebrates Radio Disney’s Family Birthday will feature highlights from the Nov. 22 acoustic concert hosted by Alli Simpson, Olivia Holt and Zendaya, and featuring R5, The Vamps, Shawn Mendes, Christina Grimmie, Jacob Latimore and Leslie Grace. The concert was held at Club Nokia in LA, and aired as a live three-hour broadcast on Radio Disney.
Mattel has issued an official apology about the story line of a book in its “I Can Be” Barbie dolls and books designed to empower young girls. One of the books, Barbie: I Can Be A Computer Engineer, depicts Barbie struggling with computer problems that eventually have to be fixed by two male computer engineers. Although the book has been out since 2010, it only recently caught fire across social media. Mattel pulled the book from Amazon and issued the following statement: "The portrayal of Barbie in this specific story doesn’t reflect the Brand’s vision for what Barbie stands for."
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Corus Entertainment partnered with SF-based mobile tech company Fingerprint to create a mobile entertainment platform to deliver content based on its Nelvana properties to kids aged 2-7. Set to launch globally in 2015, the platform will pack videos, games, music and ebooks featuring characters including Max & Ruby, Little Bear, Franklin and The Berenstain Bears. In 2012 and 2014 Corus invested in Fingerprint. “It’s been our dream to bring Corus’ family of great brands to life on mobile devices,” said Nancy MacIntyre, CEO of Fingerprint.
In other Nelvana news, the company hired Kin Community to manage its YouTube content. The agreement follows Nelvana parent Corus’ recent partnership with Kin Community that created Kin Canada, which combines Kin Community’s Canadian creators and audience with Corus’s portfolio of women’s TV properties.
American Greetings is releasing a downloadable, interactive Care Bears Advent Calendar loaded with daily treats and activities, including a full-length holiday video that can be unlocked on the last day for $2.99 per download.
In advance of the theatrical release of DreamWorks Animation’s latest film The Penguins of Madagascar, The Weather Channel teamed up with 20th Century Fox and DWA to use cross-platform branded backgrounds across multiple screens. Starting today, the animated penguins will be integrated in the full-screen native images displayed under translucent weather content, with the ability to purchase tickets from the ads. Additionally, images will change to mimic a user’s local weather conditions. Following the campaign, 20th Century Fox will run a similar spot on Nov. 26 to promote Exodus: Gods and Kings.
There’s a new way to travel down Sesame Street. Sesame Workshop has redesigned its Sesame Street Go ad-free app (App Store and Google Play) and web service to provide the latest full-length Sesame TV eps plus games and music videos. Sesame Street Go also offers hundreds of “minisodes,” curated around characters, including Elmo’s World, Elmo the Musical, Super Grover 2.0, Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures, Cookie’s Crumby Pictures, and Abby’s Flying Fairy School.
Parents of kids and teens show a strong affinity for wearables and other next-gen tech compared to other adults with no young influencers at home. Parents with kids 17 also expressed significantly higher levels of likelihood to purchase, according to research from the Ipsos Media CT Kids & Family Center of Excellence. Findings include:
* One in five parents of kids/teens indicated they were likely to purchase wearable technology in the next 12 months as compared to one-in-ten respondents without kids.
* Twice as many parents of kids/teens reported being likely to purchase a 3D printer in the next year compared to non-parents.
* Parents of kids/teens were significantly more likely than non-parents to be considering the purchase of wearable technology from brands such as Apple, Samsung, Google/Android, Sony and Nike.
Can chronically impatient Cookie Monster help preschoolers develop self-control? A new study conducted by the University of Iowa and commissioned by Sesame Workshop says, Yes. Researchers found kids who viewed a Sesame Street segment focused on demonstrating delayed gratification waited nearly four minutes longer for a snack than children who viewed other Sesame content. “Self-regulation is a skill that can be learned in the preschool years,” said Dr. Jennifer Kotler Clarke, VP, Research & Evaluation, at Sesame Workshop. The show’s 45th season contains segments such as “Cookie’s Crumby Pictures,” songs about persistence and patience and the “Word on the Street” that introduces new vocabulary to model strategies and build self-control and focused attention among other skills.
Toei Animation Europe and Sanrio are uniting their properties Hello Kitty and One Piece for a joint European licensing program that centers on One Piece hero “Chopper” and the beloved feline.
Disney EMEA commissioned indie production company Factory to produce new holiday special We Wish You a Merry Walrus, inspired by the Disney Club Penguin virtual world. The special will first air on Disney Channel UK at 6.30p on Dec. 17. It follows seafaring penguin Roofhowse who arrives at Club Penguin Island and finds himself wrapped up in an unexpected festive adventure. We Wish You a Merry Walrus will be localized in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Dutch.
To get Club Penguin fans in the spirit, the online destination will also host a Merry Walrus celebration, Dec. 18-31.
PGS Entertainment hit a licensing milestone for the ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks animated series. Created by Janice Karman, produced by Bagdasarian Productions and OuiDO! Productions, and commissioned by M6, PGS has secured 100 percent of the pay and free TV carriage available in continental Europe since it introduced the property to international broadcasters last year. Most recent deals include K2 (Italy), RTBF/OUFtivi (Belgium) and Sic (Portugal).
eOne Family secured broadcast agreements for 100-plus hours of children’s programming from its catalog, including Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, Peppa Pig and Humf. New takers include PBS Thai, TVB Hong Kong, Okto Singapore, Germany’s ZDF, ETV Estonia and Star Greece.
Season six of Rainbow’s hit series Winx Club began airing on Poland’s channel PULS 2 this month.
Disney Animation and Pixar are each getting a president of their own. Andrew Millstein is upped to President of Disney Animation, a newly created position, from his post as EVP/GM. At Pixar, Jim Morris is also promoted from EVP/GM to President, also a new position.
Top 10 Basic Cable Ratings for the week of Nov. 17-23, 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 Nov. 17-23, 2104
11/23/14/Sofia the First /DSNY/7-7:50p/1888
11/23/14/Toy Story Toons Shorts/DSNY/7:50-8p/1758
11/23/14/Austin & Ally/DSNY/8-8:30p/1509
11/23/14/Liv and Maddie/DSNY/8:30-9p/1445
11/22/14/Sofia the First/DSNY/8:30-8:55a/1258
11/17/14/Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn/NICK/7-7:30p/1144
K6-11 Top 10 Programs for the week of Nov. 17-23, 2014
11/23/14/Liv and Maddie/DSNY/8:30-9p/1164
11/23/14/Austin & Ally/DSNY/8-8:30p/1151
11/23/14/Sofia the First/DSNY/7-7:50p/1018
11/23/14/Toy Story Toons Shorts/DSNY/7:50-8p/1016
11/22/14/Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn/NICK/8:30-9p/990
Source: Turner Research based on Total US Television Universe of 115,800,000 homes.
Weekend box office estimates for the top-grossing kids/tween/teen movies rated G, PG or PG-13, provided by Rentrak for Nov. 21-23, 2014:
The Hunger Games Mockingjay, Part 1 (Lionsgate) PG-13 $121.9 million (weekend) $121.9 million (1-week cume)
Big Hero 6 (Disney) PG $20.12 million (weekend) $56.2 million $135.75 million (3-week cume)
Interstellar (Paramount) $15.31 million (weekend) $120.93 million (3-week cume)
Dumb And Dumber To (Universal) PG-13 $14.08 million (weekend) $57.73 million (2-week cume)
Beyond the Lights (Relativity Media) $2.63 million (weekend) $10.13 million (2-week cume)
The Theory of Everything (Focus Features) PG-13 $1.51 million (weekend) $2.81 million (2-week cume)
Ouija (Universal) PG-13 $979,005 (weekend) $49.57 million (5-week cume)
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