A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM DISNEY MEDIA
Good morning. It's Tuesday, March 13, 2012, and this your first early morning briefing.
Later today Disney will hold their 2012-13 upfront presentation for its Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior US channels, themed Into The Future, in NYC. In addition to a number of new original live-action and animated series and TV movies (many listed below), Disney Channel has announced the renewal of two of its newest series Austin & Ally and Jessie for second seasons, with Jessie also getting an original TV movie script order. This week also marks the launch of the newly redesigned DisneyChannel.com (www.disneychannel.com/beta). The new website, a collaboration between the Disney/ABC Television Group's Digital Media team and the Disney Interactive Media Group, aims to be more intuitive for kids and tweens to find, share/comment (moderated) and interact with their favorite shows and content with "recommended," "like," and "Share" functions, among other things. The site will also offer a newsfeed and is set to be updated daily with all sorts of content, such as videos, games, polls, photos and shot-outs. Coming soon to the site will be a tween lifestyle section, featuring a range of social media tool, as well as information tips and trends in areas like style, technology and music, and further exclusive content. The site will also offer a streaming Radio Disney music component. New programming for the three networks, as well as some previously announced and returning programming, for the 2012/13 season, as well as the re-launched website includes:
DreamWorks Animation SKG inks a licensing deal with IndyCar, the sanctioning body for the IZOD INDYCAR Series and Firestone Indy Lights, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), to support its upcoming animated feature film Turbo. Slated for release on July 19, 2013, DreamWorks Animation's Turbo is the story of an ordinary garden snail with an impossible dream: to win the Indy 500. When a freak accident gives him extraordinary speed, Turbo sets out to try to make his once impossible dream come true. Turbo's star-studded voiceover cast includes Ryan Reynolds (as Turbo), Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, Snoop Dogg and Samuel L. Jackson.
Shout! Factory (www.shoutfactory.com) and Saban Brands enter into a multi-year, multi-property home entertainment partnership, which will see Saban's iconic live-action series, including Power Rangers, available to the home entertainment market in the US and Canada. Under the agreement, Shout! Factory holds the exclusive home entertainment packaged media (DVD/Blu-ray) and select digital rights to Saban Brands' catalog of properties including 700+ episodes of Power Rangers (1993- 2009), 92 episodes of VR Troopers, 26 episodes of Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, and 88 episodes of Beetleborgs for home entertainment releases and digital distribution across select entertainment platforms in North America. Shout! Factory will begin rolling out Saban's TV properties beginning this summer 2012, including individual program and complete series.
HIT Entertainment signs three new UK licensees for the popular preschool property Thomas & Friends. The new licensing partners include Ice Fresh (Thomas shaped ice-creams on a stick) and two personal care licensees - H&A (toiletries bath soap crayons, magic facecloth, fizzer set, and Thomas the Tank Engine bath buddy) and Dr. Fresh (oral hygiene toothpaste, toothbrushes, a first aid kit, toothbrush timer, bathroom tidy set). These new Thomas & Friends products will debut at available at retail debut in spring/summer 2012. To date, Thomas & Friends has 105+ UK licensees.
American Greetings Properties (AGP) appoints two new licensing agents in Russia. RIO Licensing will represent Care Bears for AGP and global licensing agent Cookie Jar, while Megalicense will represent Twisted Whiskers in the region. Both Megalicense and RIO Licensing will present their respective brands at the third annual Licensing@Russia licensing event in Moscow this week, focusing on the Russian and Eastern European markets.
Turner CN Enterprises (TCNE), a licensor and third party agent, unveils a number of new licensing deals for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) across various categories ahead of the Licensing@Russia licensing event in Moscow this week. On both free TV and pay TV, as well as online, Bakugan continues air on Cartoon Network, with the premiere of the new season, Bakugan Mechtanium Surge, in CEE and Russia last month. TCNE announces the Mechtanium Surge toys will launch in August/September 2012. Also for Bakugan, KARTON P+P signs on for back-to-school products in the Czech Republic and Slovenia. TCNE has completed Ben 10 deals in the Czech Republic and Slovenia with EP Line SA (stationery), Ing. Jiri Soural - The Drinks (a line of carbonated soft drinks) and Cartoon Mania (Ben 10 branded apparel). Also signing a deal for the property in the Ukraine is Vivat Trading (stationery and paper goods). Acting as a third party agent for the girl-targeted Puppy in my Pocket, TCNE inks a deal with Tekma d.o.o. (gifts) for Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Also in the girl arena, TCNE has signed new license deals for its collectible brand Zoobles with B&S Polska (back-to-school products) in Poland, while Egmont International Holding A/S picks up the publishing rights to Zoobles in CEE, Russia and CIS.
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President Barack Obama will deliver a special message, as President and as a dad, at the beginning of Speak Up, Cartoon Network's original documentary that focuses on real every day stories of bullying and kids who spoke up and took a stand, which premieres this Sunday, March 18 at 5:30p (encore presentation at 8p). The commercial-free half-hour special is part of the network's ongoing Stop Bullying: Speak Up campaign. Before, during and immediately following the telecast, noted bullying prevention expert and author Rosalind Wiseman will provide further explanation of key bullying issues for kids and adults, answering viewer questions online at StopBullyingSpeakUp.com (www.stopbullyingspeakup.com). Additionally, the entire Speak Up documentary will be posted the website for ongoing viewing by students, parents, educators and community leaders. Speak Up will also be available for viewing across multiple digital platforms for free to customers through Comcast Xfinity, Facebook, iTunes, and YouTube.com, each for at least two weeks following the premiere. Speak Up is directed by Lee Hoffman (Third Act Productions), executive produced by Hoffman and Cartoon Network Chief Content Officer Rob Sorcher, and produced by Rebecca Miller.
In other Cartoon Network programming news, the network will launch the much anticipated fourth season of the animated comedy Adventure Time on Monday, April 2, at 7:30p. Season four of Adventure Time will feature familiar characters and a new flame for Finn, and so much more OK I'll tell you some more, Jake and Finn venture into the Nightosphere, Lumpy Space Princess writes a tell-all book and we get to see who would win in a fight between Finn and Jake. The new season also features special guest voiceovers by Donald Faison, George Takei, Erik Estrada, Andy Milonakis, Emo Phillips, Bobcat Goldthwait and Susie Essman. Additionally, CartoonNetwork.com (www.cartoonnetwork.com) will debut a new Adventure Time game for the new season, Jake's Tough Break, on Monday, March 26, 2012. Adventure Time is produced by Cartoon Network Studios in association with Frederator Studios.
Kay Perry will perform live at Nickelodeon's 2012 Kid's Choice Awards on Saturday, March 31, at 8p, which is being held at USC's Galen Center. Perry, topping the number of Kids' Choice Award nominations by an individual this year, joins host Will Smith and the celebrity filled presenter lineup, including Chris Rock, Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Zac Efron, Heidi Klum, Victoria Justice, Miranda Cosgrove, Big Time Rush, Chris Colfer and Cee Lo Green, as well as other performers, One Direction. Kids can cast their votes until March 31 in 20 total categories across all of Nickelodeon's digital outlets, including Nick.com (www.nick.com), Nick Mobile app as well as Nickelodeon's Facebook page and Twitter feed. Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards is being produced by Nickelodeon Productions in association with Bob Bain Productions.
Netflix makes its Just for Kids streaming service that offers a selection of kid-targeted shows TV shows and movies available on Sony's PlayStation 3 (PS3) gaming console. Launched in August 2011, Netflix's Just for Kids offers programming content aimed at kids 12 and younger. Just for Kids is designed to be easy for kids and families to browse and navigate via character-based selection, as well as displaying rows of titles organized by clear genres such as superheroes, princesses, dinosaurs and girl power, and featuring simple plot descriptions. In addition to PS3, Netflix Just for Kids is available on the PC and Mac, Nintendo Wii and Apple TV. Other devices including Xbox 360 and tablets are scheduled to follow this year.
International TV provider, Chello Zone, enters into a new deal with Israel's cable platform HOT, marking the debut of a Russian-language version of preschool channel JimJam, as well as the launch of Outdoor Channel and Fine Living in the region. Under the deal, HOT will feature preschool programming in Russian on JimJam, which at launch will include episodes of Barney & Friends and Percy the Park Keeper. JimJam is available in 60+ territories and features preschool series such as Bob The Builder, Thomas & Friends, Angelina Ballerina and Fireman Sam. The largest platform in the territory, HOT has 880,000+ subscribers.
Paris-based producer/distributor Millimages signs a broadcast deal for its new animated preschool property Mouk (62x11) with KiKA (Germany), which will debut the series this year. Based on the Mouk book by Marc Boutavant and directed by Francois Narboux, Mouk was commissioned by France Televisions and Disney Channel UK. The series revolves around Mouk and his buddy Chavapa, two globetrotters who explore the world on their bicycles, taking viewers along for the ride, while sending news of their travels back to friends at home. Prior to this Disney acquired Mouk for its networks in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Benelux, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Millimages holds all international TV and licensing and merchandising rights to the property.
Canadian producer/distributor CCI Entertainment inks a deal with Disney Junior Latin America for the animated preschool series Joe and Jack (39x7). Produced by Ireland-based Dancing Girl Productions, Joe and Jack will be dubbed into both Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese for Disney Junior Latin America. The series revolves around the comedic adventures of a boy Joe, and his best friend Jack, who happens to be a cat. The daring duo turn the ordinary into the extraordinary by using their imaginations to make dreams come true and take on the daily preschool challenges, while also celebrate friendship.
Program Call: Cynopsis Media will be producing our annual MIPTV Shopping Guide sent to all Cynopsis and Cynopsis Kids subscribers on Thursday, March 29, the week before MIPTV 2012 in Cannes. If your company is an official exhibitor at MIPTV this year and would like to have your programming included in our shopping guide, please send us only the following info for your top 5 shows: title, availability date, number of episodes, length, type (i.e., movie, series, special, etc.), genre and your terms (barter, cash, etc.) as well as your company's stand/booth location. To be included in this free and highly-viewed special edition, please send your submission to Lisa Ball at: email@example.com no later than Thursday, March 22, 2012. A confirmation email will be sent following each submission from Lisa (if you do not receive a confirmation email, please resubmit).
Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Friday, March 9, 2012, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
DISNEY CHANNEL: K2-11 901; K6-11 528; TWEENS 9-14 401
NICKELODEON: K2-11 835; K6-11 370; TWEENS 9-14 253
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11 466; K6-11 292; TWEENS 9-14 209
DISNEY XD: K2-11 236; K6-11 166; TWEENS 9-14 141
NICKTOONS: K2-11 118; K6-11 73; TWEENS 9-14 57
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data
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