A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM ANIMATION COLLECTIVE
Good morning. It's Friday, February 15, 2008, and this is your first early morning briefing.
CYNOPSIS KIDS GOES TO KIDSCREEN SUMMIT ...
Atlantyca Entertainment, the Italian-based 17-month-old company, has established a licensing division, which will be led by Elisa Pezzutti, Manager/Licensing and Communications. The new division is now handling all licensing efforts for Geronimo Stilton and the company's other owned character branded properties in Italy, and will work with partners to coordinate licensing and merchandising efforts partners worldwide. Pezzutti is currently developing a multi-language Geronimo Stilton website.
WordWorld, the preschool series that airs on PBSKids, inks a new international TV deal with Mango for the TV distribution rights for the series in Asia. Episodes of WordWorld season 1 continue to debut on PBSKids in the US, with a second season heading into pre-production.
Whoa, algebraic! During the session with Frederator's Fred Siebert yesterday afternoon at KidScreen, a fan of the Frederator produced animated short Adventure Time (7+ minutes) asked if the short might actually be picked up and produced as a TV series. Siebert explained that he is confident that there will be an Adventure Time series. Elemental! Produced by Pendleton Ward, the short did air on Nickelodeon. Fans can hope, can't we? And if you haven't seen it ... www.adventuretime.us.
NEW PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
20th Century Fox films options the feature film rights for The Adoration of Jenna Fox, author Mary Pearson's new young adult novel, in a mid to high six figures deal. Published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, The Adoration of Jenna Fox is schedule for release on April 29, 2008. Brad Silberling is set to direct the live-action movie, with Julia Pistor producing, and a writer deal set to be announced soon. The book is set in the near future and revolves around Jenna, a teenage girl who, like most teens, is trying to figure out who she is and how she fits in, but it this is a huge task for Jenna because she has just woken from a year-long coma and she remembers nothing about who she is, or was.
A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM DIGITAL MEDIA WIRE/ROGERS MUSICSTORE CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK
MORE KIDS STUFF
More Star Wars: The Clone Wars news ...If it wasn't enough that the property will be released by Warner Bros., Lucasfilm and Turner as a feature film this August 15 in North America, followed by its fall 2008 premiere on Cartoon Network, the series will also run on TNT. With international premiere dates TBD, Warner Bros. and Lucasfilm are also partnering on the UK theatrical and DVD releases. A UK TV partner has not yet to be completed.
qubo signs a new deal with Scholastic to license Sammy's Story Shop, an anthology series produced by Weston Woods Studios, a unit of Scholastic, which includes animated video versions of the kid's books. Under the pact, qubo picks up 26 episodes that will begin airing on qubo digital channel from 2Q 2008. Comprised of a series of classic kid's book titles such as, Snowy Day, Make Way For Ducklings, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Tikki Tikki Tembo and The Napping House, each episode opens with opens with Sammy a Story-Chef and several animated shorts.
Just Jordan: Picture Me Rollin', a new TV movie, premieres on Nickelodeon on Sunday, March 2 at 8p. Based on the TEENick series Just Jordan, the movie finds Jordan passing his driver's test, looking for the courage to ask his crush out, oh and the little fender-bender as he hits a rich guys car (it's parked) in the car he borrowed from his Grandpa.
Correction: The preschool series In the Night Garden will premiere on Treehouse in Canada, Monday, February 25 at 7:30p.
Electronic Arts inks a multi-year partnership that brings EA Sports together with IMG. Under the deal, IMG will partner with EA SPORTS to license and market its brand in new product categories, which could include sports camps, gaming lounges, publishing products, performance apparel among others. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products introduces the first products from its new line of Neopets at Target stores and www.target.com, and will be showcased at Toy Fair next week in NYC. The initial launch includes products from Jakks Pacific (Series 1 collector plushes), all of which will tie into the new multiplayer game Neopets Key Quest, and Enterplay (Fun Paks, Trading Cards). Each new product provides Neopets members that purchase them with special codes that unlock exclusive content online. The full line is slated to rollout at retail in fall 2008.
Hit Entertainment expands its long-time partnership with the LEGO Group, under which LEGO will be the presenting sponsor of Thomas & Friends on PBS Kids, as well as for the A Day Out With Thomas tour in North America. Additionally, the deal extends the global license for Thomas & Friends and Bob the Builder to include new construction sets in 2008 and on. Specifically, LEGO will produce an exclusive Bob the Builder products for independent stores.
4Kids Entertainment and Burger King Corp have teamed for a global promotional deal for Monster Jam. Collectible Monster Jam premiums are available with the purchase of a BK Kids Meal now through March 9, 2008. There are eight different Monster Jam trucks available.
Elisa Pezzutti is named Manager/Licensing and Communications for Atlantyca Entertainment. She will create and implement a range of activities including, promotional events/campaigns, in-store promotions, tie-ins and school events. Most recently, She toiled for Edizioni Piemme, the Italian Publisher responsible for the Geronimo Stilton book series among others. Previously, Pezzutti was an account executive for the ad agencies Bates and Koelliker.
Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Wednesday, February 13, 2008, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON: K2-11 1108; K6-11 547; TWEENS 9-14 409
DISNEY CHANNEL: K2-11 863; K6-11 535; TWEENS 9-14 438
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11 531; K6-11 329; TWEENS 9-14 223
TOON DISNEY: K2-11 163; K6-11 81; TWEENS 9-14 37
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data
Friday Fun Fact: The Disney film Mary Poppins (1964) was shot entirely indoors.
Answer to Yesterday's Trivia Question: On the animated series, Pepper Ann (1997-2000), what was the Hazelnut Middle School mascot? AN OTTER Kudos to: Theresa Bhatia/Bethesda, MD; Kimberly Keeley-Safety4Kids/Stamford, CT; Al Ovadia-Al Ovadia & Associates/Hidden Hills, CA
Today's Trivia Question: What is Calliou's little sister's name on the children's show Calliou (PBS Kids)? (Click here with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: Only the second four correct answers from each time zone will be mentioned; and once you've been mentioned in any of the Cynopsis editions, you can't be mentioned again that calendar week.)
Later -- Gwen
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