Monday, June 27th, 2011

Cynopsis: Kids!

Good morning. It’s Monday, June 27, 2011, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing. 

A new generation gets a whiff. Dimension Films will release director Robert Rodriguez‘s newest Spy Kids movie, Spy Kids: All The Time In The World in 4D with Aromascope.  Just like the great John Waters’ did in his movie Polyester (1981) with Odorama, who in turn took a cue from the master William Castle, who in his Scent of Mystery (1960) employed Smell-O-Vision, Rodriguez’s film will provide movie audiences with a chance to smell his movie.  The scratch and sniff Aromascope cards, free with purchase of a movie ticket, will feature eight numbers that correspond to moments in the movie.  As each number flashes on the movie screen, audience members will know to scratch and sniff the corresponding number on their card.  The Weinstein Company’s Dimension Films will release Spy Kids: All The Time In The World this summer on August 19, 2011.  Anyone else miss Divine?


Ottawa-based Genuine Pictures is in pre-production on its kid-aimed, mixed live-action and CG animated new series Beats in Bites (32×7).  The series, which will launch on TVOntario in early 2012, celebrates the art of beatboxing and stars Canadian beatboxers Julia Dales and Ammar Abou-Agena and four up and comers.  In each episode of Beats in Bites, Julia and Ammar teach kids how to produce sounds using their mouth and voice and have fun as a group.  Beats in Bites also features two real-life parrots, Sunny & Pepper, who mimic the sounds of the performers.  Set to begin production at Ottawa’s Fuel Studios this August, Beat in Bites Developed and is produced in association with TVOntario.  The Canada Media Fund and the Shaw Rocket Fund also support the series.  CCI Entertainment will handle international distribution of Beats in Bites.  Visual Education Centre/Learn will distribute the series in the educational arena.

ScreenWest, Western Australia’s screen funding and development agency and the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) awards Western Australia’s RKPix and Singapore’s August Media Holdings co-development funding (US$30,000) for a new cross media preschool co-production entitled The Adventures of Bradley.  The Adventures of Bradley is an interactive preschool animated series that explores traditional folk tales from around the world.  The project was selected as part of the third year of the MDA-ScreenWest Cross-Media Development Initiative, which encourages producers in the two regions to co-develop visual narrative projects for emerging new media platforms.


Nickelodeon UK will debut the second season of the preschool series The Bopps today at 7:35a as part of the Wake Up World morning programming block Nick Jr. (Sky 615, Virgin 715 and TalkTalk 318).  Produced in-house by Nickelodeon UK, The Bopps is a live-action sing-along series starring Stan Cullimore (founding member of the pop group The Housemartins) and Keith Littler (producer of UK kids series including Merlin and Little Red Tractor.  The Bopps will perform this summer at festivals and theatres across the UK, and the album for the first season of The Bopps is currently on the top of the Amazon Children’s Chart.

The Hub will feature a seven-hour Trans4th of July on-air Transformers marathon on Monday, July 4, 1-8p.  Trans4th of July is comprised of alternating episodes of Transformers Prime and the 1980s animated series Transformers Generation 1.  The TV event will also feature special “Autobits” pop-ups, which will include trivia about both series and mythology about the Decepticons and Autobots.  Additionally, ( ) will feature further episodes and a selection of interactive Transformers-themed games.

Barnes & Noble recently increased its range of kid-targeted interactive digital picture books for its reading tablet NOOK Kids.  Among the 15 new titles in Barnes & Noble’s expanded kid-aimed interactive digital picture book collection are the first interactive Disney Cars and Cars 2 titles and 50 I Can Read titles, featuring Fancy Nancy, Splat the Cat, Marley, Biscuit and others.  Barnes & Nobel has also added some 35 new professionally narrated Read To Me titles featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, Frog and Toad, and Thomas and Friends, as well as new Read and Play books offering activities in addition to the story for Harry The Dirty Dog, Barbie: Fairy Secret and others.  Among the new kid apps for NOOK Color are Hangman, new Dr. Seuss story apps, and those featuring the Berenstain Bears.  Barnes & Noble offers 475+ Book Kids digital pictures books and 12,000+ kid’s chapter books, available for Nook Color, most of which are available for iPad using the free Nook for iPad app.


July 8, 9, 10

Little Tugboat is offering limited enrollment in a unique workshop taught in Toronto by accomplished preschool TV veterans on every step of creating an animated or live action preschool show.  Sessions include Pitching, Producing and Licensing.  The workshop will feature a panel of broadcasters from CBC, ABC Australia, Corus and Nickelodeon.

Please contact Brenda Nietupski at 416-654-4720 or .


Disney Publishing Worldwide launches the new Disney Comics app in the US for iOS devices.  The new app, which launches with 50+ comics for all ages, offers readers access to a collection of comics, short stories and graphic novels, including classic adventures featuring Mickey Mouse and new titles from Toy Story and Cars 2.  The Disney Comics App debuts in the US in the App Store and will also be available in 80+ countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Additional markets will launch Disney Comics later this year.  The app features a new director-style reading option, where readers can choose portrait or landscape mode, automatic or manual smart paneling, and can view double spreads.  Disney Comics also allows readers to preview comics before making a purchase an added feature lets readers receive automatic updates when stories relating to a favorite Disney character become available ($.99/individual stories, $3.99/themed bundles via in-app purchase).

IDW Publishing and Sony Pictures Consumer Products team to launch an all-new, ongoing Ghostbusters comic book series.  Featuring writer Erik Burham (Ghostbusters: Infestation), the new Ghostbusters comic book series will launch in September 2011.  The series will showcase the work of artist Dan Schoening (Ghostbusters: What in Samhain Just Happened?!) and IDW Ghostbusters cover artist Nick Runge.  Each issue of Ghostbusters will contain two pages of exclusive behind-the-scenes extras by creator Tristan Jones (Tales of the TMNT).  IDW will offer special retailer incentive covers, including a “Who Ya Gonna call” cover by Schoening, and a glow-in-the-dark cover.  Additionally, as part of IDW’s Be a Ghostbuster promotion, retailers will have the opportunity to obtain a unique variant featuring up to four personalized Ghostbusters on their cover.


Weekend Box Office Estimates for kids/tweens/teens rated G, PG or PG-13; June 24-26, 2011:
Cars 2 (Buena Vista) G                                                             Opening Weekend $68.0m
Green Lantern (Warner Bros.) PG-13                                         $18.4m-2 wk total $89.3m
Super 8 (Paramount) PG-13                                                      $12.1m-3 wk total $95.2m
Mr. Popper’s Penguins (Fox) PG                                                 $10.3m-2 wk total $39.4m
X-Men: First Class (Fox) PG-13                                                  $6.6m-4 wk total $132.8m
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (Buena Vista) PG-13 $4.7m-6 wk total $229.1m
Midnight in Paris (Sony Classics) PG-13                                      $4.5m-6 wk total $28.6m
Kung Fu Panda 2 (Paramount (DreamWorks)) PG                        $4.2m-5 wk total $153.0m
The Tree of Life (Fox Searchlight) PG-13                                    $1.4m-5 wk total $5.9m
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer (Relativity) PG           $594,000-3 wk total $13.4m
Source: Rentrak ( )


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Thursday, June 23, 2011, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1454; K6-11 893; TWEENS 9-14 740
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11 1334; K6-11 886; TWEENS 9-14 686
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   711; K6-11 508; TWEENS 9-14 367
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   288; K6-11 219; TWEENS 9-14 188
NICKTOONS:              K2-11   140; K6-11 105; TWEENS 9-14   90
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data


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