Good morning. It’s Friday, April 26, 2013, and this is your first early morning briefing.
The American Humane Association has tapped Hollywood, CA-based MRB Productions to produce its 3rd Annual Hero Dog Awards show. The two-hour special will tape live at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 5 and air this fall on the Hallmark Channel as part of its advocacy campaign Pet Project. Two-time Emmy Award-winning founder of MRB Productions, Mathew Brady, along with Luke Watson will once again be executive producing. Animal lovers are encouraged to nominate their own heroic canines at www.herodogawards.org in eight different categories. Nominations close April 30 and online public voting starts May 7.
RESEARCH & TRENDS
Sesame Workshop is partnering with The New School in New York to co-host the 12th Interaction Design and Children (IDC) Conference from June 24-27. Emily Reardon, Director of Design Strategy for the Content Innovation Lab at Sesame Workshop, talked to CynKids about the goals of the conference.
“First, it’s to share the latest research findings, innovative methodologies and technologies in the area of youth center designs, learning and interaction,” Reardon says. “Also, it’s to promote the translation of research into practice, which, ideally, results in enhanced design technology experiences that address big issues such as education, poverty, health, equality, (and) civic engagement.”
There’s also the potential to mingle with Big Bird, Miss Piggy or Fozzie Bear — at least one Sesame Street character on hand at the Design, Make, Play party at the New York Hall of Science. “We’ll have a Muppet present,” promises Reardon. “As to which one, well, that will be a surprise.”
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MORE KIDS NEWS
Pedigree Books has announced that all of its most popular “core” Annuals will now feature a fantastic new added value innovation – a “Free Mask” inside every “core” Annual 2014.
Warner Bros. Animation’s reports that its new series Teen Titans Go! on Cartoon Network ranked as the #1 kids program of the day on basic cable among Boys 2-11, 6-11, 9-14 and Male Teens on Tuesday, April 23.
Disney’s Club Penguin, the #1 virtual world for kids, which just reached more than 200 million members, has launched its Marvel Super Hero Takeover event today. This happening, now in its second year, is back with all new adventures, gameplay and has more than 25 Marvel costumes which kids can dress up in. Featured costumes include characters from the new animated TV series Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H including She-Hulk, A-Brom and Skaar. The series premieres on August 11 on Marvel Universe on Disney XD. Marvel’s Avengers Assemble has a one-hour preview on May 26 and launches on July 7 inside Marvel Universe on Disney XD.
The Fairly OddParents returns for a ninth season on Saturday, May 4 at 9:30 a.m. on Nickelodeon. The series follows the comedic adventures of Timmy Turner, a 10-year-old boy who overcomes typical kid obstacles with the aid of wand-wielding godparents, Cosmo and Wanda.
The Fabulous Beekman Boys, winners of The Amazing Race, continue their comic book series with the release of “Polka Spot: My Life in Pictures” second issue. Co-written by Michael Troy and Beekman boy himself, Brent Ridge, the all-ages quarterly comic book features cover art by Bernat Costa Faura. Digital copies cost $1.99 and can be downloaded to e-readers from iTunes, Amazon, Nook, Kobo, ComiXology, Google Play, DriveThru Comics, Wowio, IVerse and more.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games have announced the release of LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, available now on the App Store.
Lawless Entertainment, the worldwide representative for animation, licensing and merchandising for Suzy’s Zoo, today announced the launch of Suzy’s Zoo’s eBooks into the online marketplace. StoryTime released the collection of Suzy’s Zoo eBooks which includes the titles “Witzy’s Friends Forever,” “Witzy’s Sweet Tooth,” and “Witzy’s Bedtime.” The eBooks are now available at Barnes and Noble for Nook and the Apple iBookstore.
Matt Gentile has been named to the newly-created position of Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales and Sponsorships at BabyFirst. This move is part of BabyFirst’s transition from a subscription-based service to a basic cable network.
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