Good morning. It's Thursday, May 24, 2012, and this your first early morning briefing.
Nickelodeon Northern Europe and Studio 100 Media are teaming up again for the new 8-11 targeted daily soap/mystery series Hotel 13 (120x12), which has begun production in Antwerp, Belgium and will wrap in December 2012. The two previously co-produced the popular series House of Anubis. The German-language version of the series is a co-production between Nickelodeon Northern Europe, Studio 100 and Studio 100 Media, for air on Nickelodeon channels Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland and Austria, dubbed in their respective language. The series follows six very different teens that meet at the Hotel 13, a hotel near to the sea, each with reasons of their own for being there. For Tom and Anna it's a job during vacation, Flo is an apprentice in the kitchen, Victoria is a spoiled hotel guest and Jack is the son of the hotel owner, and when Anna's friend Liv arrives the group is complete. Tom is driven to work at the hotel after receiving a mysterious message instructing him to find room 13, but that's easier said than done - since room 13 does not exist.
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Mind Candy, the folks behind Moshi Monsters, and Gree, a mobile social gaming company, are partnering to create Moshi Monsters mobile games. Two new Moshi Monsters mobile games will launch in Q4 2012on the Gree Platform, a global social gaming platform. The deal will feature localized Moshi Monsters mobile games in multiple languages, including English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin among others. The partnership will also bring Moshi Monsters to Gree's 230 million worldwide users, while also introducing the Gree Platform to the 60+ million registered Moshi Monsters users globally. Additionally, Mind Candy is also establishing an in-house team to handle mobile partnerships and the internal development of all mobile titles, including several games and apps set for release throughout 2012.
TCG (f/k/a The Canadian Group) inks an exclusive deal with Spin Master to distribute Roxx (www.roxxnation.com), a new boy-targeted collectible/tradeable skill game, across Europe including in France, Italy, Belgium, Germany/Austria, Switzerland, Holland and the UK. Roxx will be available at retail in Q1 2013.
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Disney Channel will premiere its new music-centric original movie Let It Shine on Friday, June 15 at 8p in the US, with simulcasts on Sprint TV and MobiTV. Simultaneously, Family Channel's (Canada) will debut Let It Shine the same day, date and time. A modern day Cyrano de Bergerac type story, Let It Shine features hip-hop, rap and gospel music and stars Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris), Coco Jones (Radio Disney N.B.T.), Trevor Jackson, Brandon Mychal Smith (So Random!), Nicole Sullivan (MADtv), Courtney B. Vance (FlashForward) and Dawnn Lewis. Written by Eric Daniel and Don D. Scott, the movie was directed by Paul Hoen (Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam, JONAS) and produced by G Wave Productions.
The stars of Yo Gabba Gabba! and Nickelodeon's The Fresh Beat Band come together in the new musical mashup special, Yo! Fresh Beats Go Gabba Gabba! (1x30), premiering Friday, June 8, 2012 at 11:30a on Nickelodeon. In the special crossover episode, Plex the robot accidentally zaps the Gabba gang and the Fresh Beats to various exotic locales every time he hiccups. The special also features a cover of Madonna's song Holiday. The first The Fresh Beat Band soundtrack, The Fresh Beat Band: Music From The Hit TV Show, which features 19 tracks from the three seasons of the series, is currently available on iTunes and in stores. Additionally, dates have been added to the second leg of The Fresh Beat band Live in Concert Tour Presented by Nickelodeon (www.freshbeatbandlive.com, www.ticketmaster.com).
Katniss Everdeen comes home this summer as Lionsgate's The Hunger Games releases as a 2-disc DVD (plus digital copy), 2-disc Blu-ray (plus digital copy), VOD and digital download with three hours of previously unseen bonus content, at 12:01a on Saturday, August 18, 2012. Directed by Gary Ross, The Hunger Games movie is based on the first book in author Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy, which is published by Scholastic. The 2-disc Blu-ray and 2-disc DVD are packed with 3+ hours of extensive bonus materials including the comprehensive eight-part documentary, The World is Watching: Making of The Hunger Games. Other special features include a sit-down conversation with Ross as well as featurettes that look at the global success of the books, the creation of the control room in the film and the story behind creating new scenes that were not in the book, among other things. The Blu-ray Disc set also contains an additional exclusive feature, Preparing for the Games: A Director's Process, which looks at how three key scenes went from the book to the screen. Fans can pre-order the Blu-ray Disc and DVD beginning Friday, May 25, 2012 ($39.99 and $30.98, respectively). The Hunger Games movie opened on March 23, 2012 in North America and has since grossed $392 million, and almost $650 million worldwide (staggered opens) the movie will open this June in China.
Discovery Familia continues to support the battle against obesity among Hispanics by joining in the second phase of The President's Challenge, part of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN). This year's challenge is PALA+ (Presidential Active Lifestyle Award+), which that promotes the importance of making physical activity part of your daily routine, as well as focusing on healthy eating habits. To complete the PALA+ Challenge, kids/teens 6-17 must engage in moderate or rigorous physical activity (60 min. of exercise) at least five times per week for six weeks. The new nutritional component ask participants to choose a healthy eating goal from a selection of eight (e.g. whole grains, fat-free proteins, portion control), adding one each week. Discovery Familia will support the effort on-air with interstitials and spots featuring Doki, the hosts of its daily kid's programming block, as well as programming that encourages kids to exercise including episodes of Vamos con Bo, Hi-5, Rob el robot, Mecanimales and Fifi y los floriguitos June 4-10, 2012 from 5p. Off-air the network will encourage kids/teens to participate through its microsite, www.discoveryfamilia.com/pala, which also features videos, health tips, recipes and resources like a digital calculator to help count calories. The network was part of last year's initial phase of the PCFSN program, which raised awareness of the dangers of obesity in the Hispanic community and promoted completion of PALA.
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Bestseller Children's Picture Books (top 10), Week of May 21, 2012: Title; Author (Publisher)
Dinosaur Pet [with CD (Audio)]; Neil Sedaka and Marc Sedaka/authors and Tim Bowers/illustrator (Imagine)
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons; Eric Litwin/author and James Dean/illustrator (HarperCollins)
Duckling Gets a Cookie!?; Mo Willems/author and illustrator (Hyperion Books)
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site; Sherri Duskey Rinker/author and Tom Lichtenheld/illustrator (Chronicle)
Are You a Cow?; Sandra Boynton/author and illustrator (Little Simon)
The LEGO Ideas Book; Daniel Lipkowitz/author and contributions by Sebastiaan Arts, Tim Goddard, Deborah Higdon, Barney Main, Duncan Titmarsh (DK)
Heaven Is for Real for Kids; Todd Burpo, Sonja Burpo, and Colton Burpo/authors, Wilson Ong/illustrator (Tommy Nelson)
Press Here; Herve Tullet/author (Chronicle/Handprint)
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes; Eric Litwin/author and James Dean/illustrator (HarperCollins)
Ladybug Girl and Bingo; David Soman and Jacky Davis/authors (Dial Books)
Compiled from data received from independent and chain bookstores.
Source: Publishers Weekly
The Sharpe Company appoints Alyssa Gourlay as Director/Sales and Marketing. Gourlay most recently worked at Haven Licensing, managing the brand development and retail executions for Nickelodeon and Hello Kitty consumer products in Australia and New Zealand.
Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
DISNEY CHANNEL: K2-11 809; K6-11 397; TWEENS 9-14 337
NICKELODEON: K2-11 805; K6-11 345; TWEENS 9-14 226
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11 517; K6-11 304; TWEENS 9-14 284
DISNEY XD: K2-11 168; K6-11 138; TWEENS 9-14 115
NICKTOONS: K2-11 85; K6-11 48; TWEENS 9-14 49
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data
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Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: Who was known as the slowest mouse in all of Mexico? Slowpoke Rodriguez, cousin to Speedy Gonzalez. Kudos to: Robert Gore-The Ohmies/NYC; Megan Buecher-Ludorum Inc./NYC; Dawn Ross-FremantleMedia/NYC; Steven Fink-Bang Zoom DesignLtd./Cincinnati; Michael Hawkins-PromoDoctors/Irving TX; Pat Brady-CESD/LA; Brett Ashy-The Ashy Agency/LA
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