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Good morning. It's Tuesday, May 1, 2012, and this your first early morning briefing.
Filming has begun on CBBC's (UK) Wizards Vs Aliens (12x13), a new action-adventure series created by Russell T Davies and Phil Ford (The Sarah Jane Adventures, Doctor Who). Produced by BBC Cymru Wales in association with FremantleMedia Enterprises (FME), Wizards Vs Aliens will premiere on CBBC this fall 2012. The series is in production at the BBC's Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff and on location around the area. Aliens Vs Wizards revolves around a regular 16-year-old, Tom Clarke, who lives with his dad and grandmother in an ordinary house on an average street and yet there is something different about him. Tom and his family are wizards. When a group of evil aliens arrives on Earth looking to acquire magic, all wizards are in trouble. Tom and his science-minded friend Benny work together to stop the aliens. Wizards Vs Aliens stars newcomers Scott Haran as Tom Clarke and Percelle Ascott as Benny Sherwood, the series also features Annette Badland (Doctor Who, The Sparticles Mystery) Michael Higgs (Eastenders) Jefferson Hall (Doctors, Emma) and Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones). Don Gilet (Eastenders, Doctor Who) and Nina Sosanya (Teachers, Love Actually) make guest appearances as Benny's parents.
NEW PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
In other CBBC (UK) news, the kid-targeted channel has ordered a group of new in-house entertainment and fact-based original series, as well as new seasons of existing series:
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V&S Entertainment enters into a new UK licensing deal for its preschool animated series Everything's Rosie with calendar and greeting card company Danilo Promotions. Under the agreement Danilo will produce a range of products based on Everything's Rosie including greetings cards (all sizes), sound cards, calendars, gift wrap, gift bags, personalized greeting cards and print on demand. An initial line of Everything's Rosie products will be debut in summer 2012, with the full collection rolling out across the UK from Q1 2013.
Hoho Entertainment licenses Rainbow Productions rights to create character costumes for two of the Cloudbabies, based on the upcoming eponymous CG animated series that is set to launch on CBeebies (UK) this year. The costumes, Baba Blue and Baba Pink, will be used for "meet and greet" events across country to support and further brand awareness for this new animated series. Created by art director, Bridget Appleby, Cloudbabies is currently being animated by Manchester-based Studio Liddell. Other recent deals include Vivid as the master toy partner and Penguin Children's Books as the master publishing partner.
The Super Why Live: You've Got the Power!, a new live stage show based on the PBS Kids TV series Super Why, from Out of the Blue Enterprises, is set to launch this summer and make its way to nine cities throughout July (additional stops expected to be added for fall). Super Why Live (www.superwhylive.com) is produced by S2BN Entertainment (Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Yo Gabba Gabba Live!, Rock of Ages: The Musical) and features music from Jack Antonoff of the band "fun." Tickets will be available beginning this Friday, May 4.
Cartoon Network partners with Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas for a second year for an expanded family-targeted summer program, which will run May 25 September 3, 2012. The summer-long promotional program features Cartoon Network branded elements based on its programming, including an Adventure Time themed poolside dive-in theater and a Cartoon Network multi-brand character takeover of Atlantis' Seagrapes restaurant. Other activities include a costumed character parade, featuring Cartoon Network characters, advanced screenings of the network's new and much anticipated series Ben 10: Omniverse, a star-studded concert event featuring Gym Class Heroes to be held on June 1. Additionally, guests are invited to participate in the Cartoon Network Studios Fantasy Camp, which will take place in early August, and feature folks from Cartoon Network Studios' introducing campers to animation technology, drawing techniques, flip book basics, character creation, voice acting, and so forth. This summer's event will be produced by event marketing agency Pop2Life.
MORE KIDS STUFF
The Beatles iconic animated feature film Yellow Submarine (1968) has been digitally restored and will be run in select movie theaters across the US throughout this month, May 2012. EMI and Apple Corps teamed with D&E Entertainment to provide Beatles fans, of all ages (sure it's not specifically aimed at kids), with the chance see the restored movie on the big screen. The movie has been restored in 4K digital resolution for the first time by Paul Rutan Jr. and his team at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque. Because of the delicate nature of the original hand-drawn artwork, no automated software was used in the digital clean-up of the film's restored photochemical elements it was all done by hand, frame by frame. The restored Yellow Submarine will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 5, 2012 (June 4 internationally), and the film's "songtrack" album will be reissued on CD on the same day and date. To find out where Yellow Submarine is playing check out www.facebook.com/YellowSubmarineTheMovie and/or www.YellowSubmarineTheMovie.com.
DHX Media finalizes international sales deals for the stop-motion animated preschool series Rastamouse. BBC Worldwide Channels inks a deal with DHX to acquire Rastamouse for its feeds in Hispanic US, Latin America and Africa. Additionally, distribution agent White Fox licenses the series for Greece and Cyprus, where it will air on ERT3. Based on books by Genevieve Webster and Michael De Souza, production on a second season of Rastamouse is underway. A Rastamouse Company Production for CBeebies, Rastamouse is produced by Greg Boardman and Eugenio Perez of Three Stones Media, in association with Wales's Dinamo Productions, London-based Little Roots and DHX Media, which handles worldwide TV sales (excluding the UK) and worldwide licensing and merchandising.
LeapFrog Enterprises and Sesame Workshop enter into a partnership to make Sesame Street videos available on LeapFrog's kid-targeted LeapPad learning tablet. Sesame Street content will be available through the LeapFrog App Center from June 19, 2012. The episodes available on LeapPad are from the most recent TV season of Sesame Street, which focuses on a science-based curriculum and promotes curiosity and exploration in kids by encouraging them to ask specific questions to get them excited about the how their environment works. As always, the Sesame Street content also features popular Muppet characters, such as Elmo, Rosita, and Telly, among others, as well as celebrity guest appearances, including Wanda Sykes, Will.i.am, and Julie Bowen.
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Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Friday, April 27, 2012, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
DISNEY CHANNEL: K2-11 919; K6-11 481; TWEENS 9-14 349
NICKELODEON: K2-11 820; K6-11 331; TWEENS 9-14 255
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11 427; K6-11 265; TWEENS 9-14 206
DISNEY XD: K2-11 147; K6-11 106; TWEENS 9-14 100
NICKTOONS: K2-11 145; K6-11 106; TWEENS 9-14 80
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data
Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What famous cartoon character was influenced by a Red Skelton's, Sheriff Deadeye? Yosemite Sam. Kudos to: Jen Johns-Creative Thinker Consulting, Inc./Atlanta; Michael Ritz-BucStar Consulting/NYC.
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