Good morning. It’s Friday, November 5, 2010, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.
Disney XD commissions a new live-action comedy Wasabi Warriors (working title) that is set to begin production in Hollywood this January 2011 and debut worldwide in Spring 2011. Wasabi Warriors revolves around a strip mall marital arts studio, the worst dojo in the nationwide chain, and the misfit group of kids that find a leader in rockin’ skateboarder, Jack, who comes to work there and teaches the kids about karate and life. The series stars Jason Earles (Hannah Montana), Leo Howard (Leo Little’s Big Show), a black belt in real life who will play Jack, Mateo Arias (Cold Case, Hannah Montana), Dylan Riley Snyder (Life During Wartime), Alex Jones and Olivia Holt (Black & Blue). The series was created by Jim O’Doherty (Grounded for Life, 3rds Rock from the Sun, who, with Marc Warren (Jonas L.A., Corey in the House, That’s So Raven), will executive produce. The series producer is Joey Scott. Wasabi Warriors is produced by It’s A Laugh Productions.
NEW PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
Producer/Director/Writer Chris Columbus, and his 1492 Pictures banner, is partnering with Lagardere Entertainment, and Timoon Animation on the animated monster series Scary Larry (52×13), per Variety. Scary Larry follows the adventures of a teen werewolf and his pals, a vampire, mummy and monster, who together form a got band called Frightsylvania. With a budget of $7 million, Annabelle Perrichon is adapting the series from Slave Labor Graphics’ comic book series Little Gloomy. Scary Larry has been pre-purchased by Canal Plus and Teletoon.
The Weinstein Company acquires the North American and UK rights to the 2D animated feature Santa’s Apprentice, per Variety. Produced by Alphanim, the animation arm of France’s Gaumont, the movie is a spin-off of Jan Van Rijsselberge’s animated series SantApprentice, which finds Santa training a shy boy to take over his job as he unwillingly retires. The movie is co-produced by Australia’s Avrill Stark Entertainment, in association with Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon. Santa’s Apprentice is set to make its world premiere at AFM, and has already been picked up by HBO in Latin America, Victory Productions in Benelux, Cinemax in CIS, Four Star for the Middle East, Lusomundo for Portugal, Weg in India and PT Amero in Indonesia.
Nickelodeon is set to premiere a one-hour Victorious one-hour special, Freak the Freak Out, will premiere Thanksgiving weekend on Friday, November 26 at 8p. The special features two new songs, a title track performed by the series star Victoria Justice, and Give It Up, featuring a performance by co-stars Elizabeth Gillies and Ariana Grande. As part of its holiday weekend programming, the network will also debut the special 7 Secrets: Victoria Justice, a look at the stars life, on Saturday, November 27 at 9p. In support of Freak the Freak Out:
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TVS (Television Syndication Company) completes further international deals for the teen-targeted Eco Company series. Picking up the green-centric series are National Geographic for Turkey, Astro for Indonesia, as well as TVNZ in New Zealand, TVB in Hong Kong and Al Jazeera in the Middle East. Eco Company focuses on real teens that have made the environment and green-related efforts their mission. A total of 21×30 episodes are currently available.
In other TVS news, the syndication and distribution company recently acquired Green Science (5×22), which is available in two different versions, one aimed at kids and the other targeted to teens/young adults.
As if Harry Potter wasn’t already a ‘hot topic,’ Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and long-time retail partner, Hot Topic ( www.hottopic.com ), are debuting an exclusive Harry Potter merchandise boutiques to support the upcoming release of Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (November 19, in case you’ve been in a trance). The Potter boutiques will feature new products based on the Harry Potter property at all of Hot Topic’s 680 locations in the US and Canada. For those brave enough to stand up to a test, there is also an in-store mobile app that will offer challenges to customers who participate via their iPhone and Android devices., they can earn digital “badges” to unlock rewards.
American Greetings Properties (AGP) will serve as a sponsor of the ASPCA‘s (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Tommy P. Monahan Kid of the Year award, which recognizes a unique kid who has made an impact to improve the lives of animals. Presented this year by AGP’s The Twisted Whiskers Show, the award will be handed out at the ASPCA Annual Humane Awards luncheon, November 11 in NYC.
CPLG promotes Chris Protheroe to the newly created role of President and Group Managing Director. The restructuring comes on the heels of news that Katarina Dietrich was stepping down as CEO. Protheroe will be responsible for the strategic management and leadership of the business and will work alongside Steve Manners, who has recently been appointed EVP and Director of Entertainment. He has held several positions at CPLG including MD, GPLG Sport for 10 years. Dietrich leaves CPLG after 14 years with the licensing company. She initially set up CPLG’s German office in 1996, then moved to London in 200 as MD Entertainment, and was upped to CEO in 2008. Dietrich will continue on as consultant until the end of the year.
Discovery Communications promotes Elisa Freeman to SVP/Global distribution Operations & Educational Business Development. Freeman will oversee all Discovery’s distribution operations, implementation and compliance worldwide. In addition, she will also continue leading global strategy and business development for Discovery Education. Freeman, who has been an executive with the company for 11 years, previously served in a dual role as the VP/ Domestic Distribution and VP/Strategy and Business Development for Discovery Education.
Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows among Kids 2-11 for the week of 10/25-10/31/10 , 6a-6a:
Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows among Kids 6-11 for the week of 10/25-10/31/10 , 6a-6a:
Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows among Tweens 9-14 for the week of 10/25-10/31/10 , 6a-6a:
Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows among Teens 12-17 for the week of 10/25-10/31/10 , 6a-6a:
Final K6-11 Ratings for Saturday, October 30, 2010 Broadcast Networks only (Live + SD Data):
Final K6-11 Ratings for Saturday, October 30, 2010 Cable Networks only (Live + SD Data):
Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
Friday Fun Fact: The country of Tonga once issued a stamp shaped like a banana.
Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia: A guinea pig, a sheepdog named Waldo and three kids were quite a handful for whom? PHOEBE FIGALILLY on THE NANNY AND THE PROFESSOR Kudos to: Joe Swaney-Cartoon Network/Atlanta; Brad Stern/NY; Keith Manzella-Eastwest MG/NY; Pat Brady-CESD/LA
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