Monday, November 5th, 2012

Cynopsis: Kids!

Good morning. It’s Monday, November 5, 2012, and this is your first early morning briefing.

US-based Wind Dancer Films and Ireland-based animation studio Brown Bag Films are partnering to produce Nightglider, the first animated feature for both companies. Nightglider revolves around a squirrel who was raised in a tree and when he finds that he can fly becomes convinced that he is a super-hero. Slated for release in early 2013, the movie will be directed by Brown Bag Films co-owner/creative director Darragh O’Connell (Olivia, The Octonauts) from a script by Jeremy Shipp. Wind Dancer will secure financing for the feature via international and domestic sales and its own equity, as the company has done for its live-action feature projects. Brown Bag Films’ Gregory R. Little, who developed the project, will produce with Wind Dancer principals Matt Williams and David McFadzean, president Dete Meserve and head of production Judd Payne. Brown Bag Films will serve as the lead animation studio for the production. Nightglider was developed with support from the Irish Film Board. Wind Dancer Films is also currently in production with creator Craig Bartlett (Dinosaur Train, Hey Arnold!) on an pilot for an animated series for PBS. Brown Bag Films, which produces Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior), is also in production on the new series Peter Rabbit for Nickelodeon and BBC, and its original series Henry Hugglemonster, which will air on Disney Junior 150+ countries.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced that 21 features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 85th Academy Awards. According to Academy rules, “In any year when 16 or more animated movies are released, a maximum of 5 motion pictures may be nominated.” Several of the 21 animated movies have yet to have their required LA qualifying runs. As always, not all animated movies are aimed at kids and families. Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 8:30a from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The Academy Awards ceremony will air live Sunday, February 24, 2013 from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on ABC. The Oscars will be seen live in 225+ countries. The 21 submitted animated features, listed alphabetically, are:

  • Adventures in Zambezia
  • Brave
  • Delhi Safari
  • Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
  • Frankenweenie
  • From Up on Poppy Hill
  • Hey Krishna
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Ice Age Continental Drift
  • A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman
  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
  • The Mystical Laws
  • The Painting
  • ParaNorman
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • The Rabbi’s Cat
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • Secret of the Wings
  • Walter & Tandoori’s Christmas
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Zarafa


HIT Entertainment completes a raft of new European home entertainment and publishing licensees for its CGI animated preschool property Mike the Knight (52×12, HIT co-produces the series with Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Studio.

– Picking up home entertainment, DVD rights for Mike the Knight are: Lusomundo (Portugal); Cass (Poland); Svensk Filmindustri (Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark); OTC (Benelux).
– New publishing licensees include: Memphis Belle (Benelux) for storybooks, annuals, novelty board books; Hemma (Benelux) for coloring and activity books; MSZ (Poland, Romania and Hungary) for all format books and a monthly magazine; and finally Buster Nordic (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland) for all format books.
– Additionally, Super RTL, working with HIT, signs new Mike the Knight licensees in Germany including: Sony Music for home entertainment; Panini for kindergarten/friends books, sticker books and a magazine; Egmont for storybooks and activity books; and Nelson/Carlson for early reading books, magnet books, large format picture books and mini books.


Cynopsis Media

Become a friend or follower:

Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn .


Kidtoon Films, a division of Cinedigm Digital Cinema, and NCircle Entertainment team to bring LazyTown to movie theaters across the US as part of the kid/family aimed Kidtoons weekend matinee program at 135 locations throughout November 2012. Kidtoons will also conducting blog, social media and theater giveaways including LazyTown DVDs this month.

Universal Orlando Resort reveals it next new theme park attraction is Transformers: The Ride  3D. Slated to open at Universal Studios Florida in summer 2013, the new ride is created under a license deal with Hasbro. The Transformers: The Ride  3D is already part of the offerings at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Singapore. Universal developed the ride with the help of consultant Michael Bay, director of the Transformers feature film series.


Chello Zone‘s preschool channel JimJam gets a new carriage deal for Africa’s Zap DTH platform in Angola and Mozambique. When JimJam joins Zap’s lineup it will feature programming such as Pingu and Christmas specials of Wind in the Willows and Bob The Builder. The deal also includes Outdoor Channel HD, not specifically aimed at kids. Chello Zone is a subsidiary of Liberty Global’s international media division Chellomedia.

Fox hosts the exclusive broadcast premiere of the holiday special DreamWorks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury (1×30), which is based on DreamWorks Animation‘s animated movie franchise How To Train Your Dragon, on Monday, December 17 at 8p. Gift of the Night Fury was released on DVD and Blu-ray in fall 2011. DreamWorks Animation plans to release the second and third How to Train Your Dragon feature films in theaters on June 20, 2014, and June 18, 2016. The How to Train Your Dragon movies are based on the book series by Cressida Cowell. Like the movie, the holiday special and upcoming movies will feature a voice cast including Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller and Kristen Wiig.

Cinedigm Entertainment Group (CEG), a division of Cinedigm Digital Cinema, and Alloy Digital ink a new content distribution partnership. Under the deal CEG will offer packaged content from Alloy Digital’s Smosh and Clevver Media YouTube channels, both aimed at people 12+, via various platforms including digital store fronts, VOD, SVOD and home entertainment, as well as a pilot programs for movie theaters in the US. Additionally, the companies will develop alternative content channels for theaters, as well as other independent movie ventures. In the first phase of the partnership, Smosh and Clevver Media will produce a series of specials targeted to people 12-34, which Cinedigm will distribute to transactional sales platforms.

DHX Media furthers its deal with Netflix to make the fifth season of the animated comedy Johnny Test (26×30) available via Netflix’s Just for Kids section in the US. The first four seasons of Johnny Test will also continue to be available to Netflix subscribers for instant streaming.

Call for Submissions:  Cynopsis is producing a Holiday Programming Guide, which comes out November 27 and will be sent to all Cynopsis and Cynopsis Kids subscribers.  If your network has holiday-themed programming airing December 1-31, 2012, please send your listings to Gwen Billings, Editor at no later than Friday, November 16. Please include the following information: type of program (i.e. series, special, documentary, movie or holiday-themed episode, animated, live-action or other), title, dates and times of all airings (please indicate when the show first premieres and when subsequent encores will air). A confirmation email will be sent following each submission from Gwen (if you don’t receive a confirmation email, please resubmit).

Don’t forget to take a the time to nominate passionate executives and professionals in the kid media industry for the Cynopsis Kids People Awards the late deadline is Thursday, November 15, 2012.


Weekend Box Office Estimates for kids/tweens/teens rated G, PG or PG-13; November 2-4, 2012:
Wreck-It Ralph (Disney) PG                                            Opening Weekend $49.1m
Taken 2 (Fox) PG-13                                                     $6.0m-5 wk total $125.7m
Hotel Transylvania (Sony) PG                                          $4.5m-6 wk total $137.6m
Here Comes The Boom (Sony) PG                                    $3.6m-4 wk total 35.6m
Pitch Perfect (Universal) PG-13                                       $3.0m-6 wk total $55.6m
Fun Size (Paramount) PG-13                                           $2.3m-2 wk total $7.4m
Alex Cross (Summit) PG-13                                             $2.0-3 wk total 23.1m
Chasing Maverick (Fox) PG                                             $1.3m-2 wk total $4.4m
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (Lionsgate) PG-13             $1.3m-7 wk total $13.1m
Frankenweenie (Disney) PG                                             $732,000-5 wk total $33.3m
Source: Rentrak (


Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows among Kids 2-11 for the week of 10/22-10/28/12 , 6a-6a:
K2-11                                            Total Delivery (000)
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (10/27; 10:30a)    2141
DSNY*:  Austin & Ally (10/28; 8:30p)                     2121
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (10/27; 10a)         2037
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (10/27; 9:30a)      2024
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (10/27; 9a)          2010
DSNY*:  Good Luck Charlie (10/28; 8p)                  1954
DSNY*:  Shake It Up (10/28; 9p)                          1899
NICK:    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (10/27; 11a) 1877
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (10/26; 6:30p)     1806
NICK:    Monster High: Ghouls Rule (10/26; 7p)       1781
Source: Disney from Nielsen Media Research Data
*Disney Channel is not spot ad-supported, although it does accept select sponsors.

Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows among Kids 6-11 for the week of 10/22-10/28/12 , 6a-6a:
K6-11                                          Total Delivery (000)
DSNY*:  Austin & Ally (10/28; 8:30p)                   1755
DSNY*:  Good Luck Charlie (10/28; 8p)                 1594
DSNY*:  Shake It Up (10/28; 9p)                         1590
DSNY*:  Jessie (10/28; 9:30p)                            1358
NICK:    iCarly (10/27; 8p)                                  1281
DSNY*:  Jessie (10/27; 11:30a)                          1278
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (10/27; 10:30a)   1259
DSNY*:  A.N.T. Farm (10/28; 10p)                       1254
DSNY*:  Phineas and Ferb (10/26; 9-9:15p)          1245
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (10/27; 9a)         1217
Source: Disney from Nielsen Media Research Data
*Disney Channel is not spot ad-supported, although it does accept select sponsors.

Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows among Tweens 9-14 for the week of 10/22-10/28/12 , 6a-6a:
Tweens 9-14                               Total Delivery (000)
DSNY*:  Austin & Ally (10/28; 8:30p)                   1527
DSNY*:  Good Luck Charlie (10/28; 8p)                 1463
DSNY*:  Shake It Up (10/28; 9p)                         1381
NICK:    iCarly (10/27; 8p)                                  1195
DSNY*:  Jessie (10/28; 9:30p)                            1180
DSNY*:  A.N.T. Farm (10/28; 10p)                       1116
DSNY*:  Jessie (10/26; 8:30p)                            1045
FOX:      NFL-National (10/28; 4:25p-Various)         968
DSNY*:  Phineas and Ferb (10/26; 9-9:15p)            968
DSNY*:  Jessie (10/27; 11:30a)                            955
Source: Disney from Nielsen Media Research Data
*Disney Channel is not spot ad-supported, although it does accept select sponsors.

Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows among Teens 12-17 for the week of 10/22-10/28/12 , 6a-6a:
Teens 12-17                                    Total Delivery (000)
AMC:      Walking Dead (10/28; 9-10:01p)                 1102
FOX:       NFL-National (10/28; 4:25p-Various)           1088
FAM:       Pretty Little Liars (7/6; 8-9p)                     886
FOX:       NFL-Game Break (10/28; 3:55p-Various)       828
ADSM**: Family Guy (70/26; 11:30p)                        754
ADSM**: Family Guy (70/26; 11p)                             737
NBC:       Sunday Night Football (10/28; 8:31-11:15p)  734
NBC:       The Voice (10/22; 8-9p)                            707
NICK:      iCarly (10/27; 8p)                                     679
ABC:       Modern Family (10/24; 9-9:31p)                  620
Source: Disney from Nielsen Media Research Data
*Disney Channel is not spot ad-supported, although it does accept select sponsors.
**Abbreviation for Adult Swim, which airs on Cartoon Network

Final K6-11 Ratings for Saturday, October 27, 2012 Broadcast Networks only (Live + SD Data):
Source: Disney Research from Nielsen Media Research Data
CW (Vortexx) 0.7/3 Avg. (7a-12p)
Rescue Heroes 0.1/1; Rescue Heroes 0.3/3; Sonic X 0.5/4; Tiny Toons Adventures (1×70) 0.9/4; Justice League Unlimited 1.1/5; WWE Saturday Morning Slam 0.7/3; Dragon Ball Z Kai 0.5/2; Yu-Gi-Oh 0.5/2; Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal 0.5/2
NBC (NBC Kids) Avg. 0.2/1 (10a-1p)
Noodle and Doodle 0.2/1; Pajanimals 0.2/1; Poppy Cat 0.2/1; Justin Time 0.2/1; LazyTown 0.3/1; The Wiggles 0.1/0
CBS (CookieJarTV) 0.2/1 Avg. (7-10a/10a-12p)
Doodlebops 0.1/0; Doodlebops 0.0/0; Busytown Mysteries 0.1/1; Liberty’s Kids 0.3/1; Busytown Mysteries 0.2/1; Liberty’s Kids 0.2/1

Final K6-11 Ratings for Saturday, October 27, 2012 Cable Networks only (Live + SD Data):
Source: Disney Research from Nielsen Media Research Data
NICKELODEON 3.8/20 Avg. (7a-1p)
Timmy Jimmy Power Hour (1×60) 1.7/20; SpongeBob SquarePants 2.9/20; SpongeBob SquarePants 3.8/20; SpongeBob SquarePants 5.2/24; SpongeBob SquarePants 5.0/22; SpongeBob SquarePants 5.1/22; SpongeBob SquarePants 5.3/22; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4.4/18; SpongeBob SquarePants (1×90) 3.6/16
DISNEY CHANNEL 3.6/19 Avg. (7a-1p)
Doc McStuffins 2.5/26; Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 2.7/19; Jake and the Never Land Pirates 2.4/13; Phineas and Ferb 3.1/15; Phineas and Ferb 3.1/14; Gravity Falls 3.8/16; Fish Hooks 3.7/15; A.N.T. Farm 5.1/22; Jessie 5.4/24; Wizards of Waverly Place 4.3/19; Wizards of Waverly Place 4.2/19
CARTOON NETWORK 1.2/6 Avg. (7a-1p)
Scan 2 Go 0.4/6; Ninjago 0.7/7; Beyblade: Metal Fury 1.2/9; Pokemon B&W: Rival Destinies 1.6/9; Ben 10: Omniverse 1.5/7; Star Wars: Clone Wars 1.3/6; Dragons: Riders of Berk 1.3/6; Dragons: Riders of Berk 1.9/8; Star Wars: Clone Wars 0.9/4; Level Up 0.9/4; Ninjago 1.3/6; Powerpuff Girls 1.3/6
DISNEY XD 0.9/5 Avg. (7a-1p)
Suite Life On Deck 0.4/6; Slugterra 0.4/4; Phineas and Ferb 0.7/5; Crash & Bernstein 0.8/4; Pair of Kings 1.1/5; Pair of Kings 1.1/5; So Random 1.3/5; Kickin It 1.2/5; ESPN Sport Science (1×15) 0.8/3; ESPN Sport Science (1×15) 0.9/4; Phineas and Ferb 0.8/4; Kickin It 1.0/4; Kickin It 1.1/5

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Thursday, November 1, 2012, 6am-6am, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON° :            K2-11 875; K6-11 326; TWEENS 9-14 241
DISNEY CHANNEL:          K2-11 714; K6-11 473; TWEENS 9-14 419
CARTOON NETWORK** : K2-11 391; K6-11 244; TWEENS 9-14 196
DISNEY XD:                  K2-11 187; K6-11 142; TWEENS 9-14 130
NICKTOONS:                 K2-11   67; K6-11   36; TWEENS 9-14  45
°Nickelodeon Total Day: Mon-Wed 7a-8p; Thurs-Fri 7a-9p; Sat 6a-10p; Sun 6a-8p
**Cartoon Network & Adult Swim share channel space ADSM airs Sat.-Thurs. 9p-6a
Source: Disney from Nielsen Media Research Data.


Saluting Top Talent, Innovators and Passionate Kids Media Executives & Professionals

Cyn opsis: Kids People Awards

*** Submission Deadline: NOV 15***

Click here to learn about the Awards program & enter online!

Answer to Our Last Trivia Question: What are Jones, Mantle, Andrews, Cooper and Lodge collectively known as? Jughead Jones, Reggie Mantle, Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge were known as The Archies. Kudos to: David Stern-BARD Entertainment/NYC; Jeff Grant-Turner Research/Atlanta; Ryan Relitz-Half A Stick/Detroit; Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf-Lookout Marketing/Minneapolis; Tom Boyd-WGN-TV/Chicago; Michael Hawkins-PromoDoctors/Irving TX; Brad Stern-Mobileye, Inc./Las Vegas; Squirrel Rippley-Dark Horse Media/Tucson; ,Jeph Loeb-Marvel Television, Inc/Glendale, CA; Pat Brady-CESD/LA; Brett Ashy-The Ashy Agency/LA; Cristina Deguara-Astral Media/Toronto; Anand Roy-The Walt Disney Company/India; Stephen Kelley-9Story Entertainment/Toronto; Kelly Winger-Massey Hall/Toronto.

Today’s Trivia Question: What is the real name of The Thing from The Fantastic Four? (Email with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: Only the second four correct answers from each time zone will be mentioned; and once you’ve been mentioned in any of the Cynopsis editions, you can’t be mentioned again that calendar week.)

Later — Gwen
Gwen Billings for Cynopsis Kids!

Denise O’Connor: Group Publisher, Media Entertainment
Diane K Schwartz: Senior Vice President, Media Communications Group

Cynopsis Ad Sales: Mike Farina | VP Sales & Marketing | 203-218-6480
Classifieds Sales: Trish Pihonak | Director of Operations & Content | 888-702-3858

Cynopsis Media: a division of Access Intelligence, LLC * 10 Norden Place * Norwalk, CT * 06855 * USA

To subscribe to any Cynopsis edition(s) click here.
To unsubscribe from this edition, click here.

Cynopsis CLASSIFIEDSFor More classifieds, visit the classifieds page here .

JOB OPENING: DIR, BRAND MKTG/WWE/Stmfrd CT: Manage/execute brand image campaign; 8-10 yrs related exp; BA req’d; full info & apply:*7707C12281BEDA3C (11/9)

JOB OPENING: ACCT EXEC/Collective Digital Studio/NYC & LA: 3+ yrs dig. media sales premium video pre-roll, sponsorship, branded content, & display to nat’l brands; knwlg of the YouTube “Dig. Influencer” space.  Res: (11/9)

JOB OPENING: SALES RSRCH ASSOC/COMCAST SPOTLIGHT/SAN FRAN: support/execute standardizing sales collateral & analytics across 13 Western mkt. Asst w/ compilation of corp & reg’l ad hoc reports. More info/apply: EOE (11/8)

JOB OPENING: SALES RSRCH AUTOMATION SPEC/COMCAST SPOTLIGHT/SAN FRAN: Act as developmental regional point person for key corporate tools. Must have intermediate + excel/database skills. More info/apply: EOE (11/8)

JOB OPENING: RSRCH MGR/COMCAST SPOTLIGHT/SAN FRAN: Mng/guide mktg rsrch Analysts and Representatives within the Mkt Rsrch & Plan’g team. Must have 6-9 years relevant experience. More info/apply: EOE (11/8)

JOB OPENING: ASSOC ACCT EXEC/COMCAST SPOTLIGHT/MONTEREY: Create customized advertising and marketing solutions for local businesses and advertising agencies. 0-2 years related exp req’d. More info/apply: EOE (11/8)

JOB OPENING: LOCAL SALES ACCT EXEC/COMCAST SPOTLIGHT/SACRAMENTO: Resp for creating customized advrtsng/mktg solutions for local businesses & advertising agencies. 1-3 yr related exp req’d. More info/apply: EOE (11/8)

JOB OPENING: SALES ACCT EXEC/COMCAST SPOTLIGHT/FRESNO CA: Resp for creating customized advertising & mktg solutions for local businesses and advertising agencies. 1-3 yrs related exp req’d. More info/apply: EOE  (11/8)

JOB OPENING: ASSOC MKTG COMS MGR/ NYC-Midtwn: Captivate Network-cre8 mktg & sales tools+ vdeos etc – mge brandg+ PR+ evnts+ B2Badv+ web cntnt–U need 1-3yr agncy/sls team suprt exp + mktg &media passion! Great team! (11/8)

JOB OPENING: SR RSCH ANALYST/LA: Mng reg reporting for the Aud Ntwrk, incl overall channel perf, prgrm breakdowns & potential acquisition compatibility studies.2 yrs min TV rsch exp, pref within Cable. info/apply: (11/8)

JOB OPENING: MGR. MARKETING SOLUTIONS – G4/NBCUniversal/LA: Develop innovative brand integration ideas and structure pitches for ad sales mktg in an evolving network. 4yrs similar experience req. Job#6796BR (11/7)

JOB OPENING: MANAGER, SALES OPERATIONS, DIGITAL PROPERTIES/NBCUNIVERSAL, INC/LA: projct. mgt. and liaison b/t groups – DART,DFP,Auditude, seeking cand. w/2+ yrs. exp., BA req. Job#7475BR (11/7)

JOB OPENING: TEMP PUBLICIST/STUDIO CITY: Responsible for developing and implementation of comprehensive traditional publicity & social media campaigns. More info & apply: (11/6)

JOB OPENING: EXECUTIVE/PERSONAL ASST: needed for owner of NY based Television Production Company. This is not a stepping stone position – apply only to BE an Executive Assistant. Resumes to (11/6)

INTERNSHIPS – These positions are for credit only – nobody gets paid here. These ads are always posted for free, and students work for school credit only. For more information on the specs for posting an Internship ad, email Trish at

SITUATION WANTED ADS, POSTED BY THOSE LOOKING TO BE HIRED… There is no charge for placing your Situation Wanted ad… for more information contact Trish Pihonak at

SITUATION WANTED: SR. STORY PRODUCER/DIRECTOR/LA: all genres, docu-series. 8+ yrs cable/broadcast/film. Seasoned, resonant leader, strong story/writer + post + savvy director, supervisor. Int’l/ Dom. Great credits & refs.917.716.7277 , (11/8)

SITUATION WANTED: Voice Over Artist/Singer/Audio Production: ‘One Stop Shop’  Laila Berzins – specialty is character voice work, e-learning and corporate.  Site: Email: (11/8)

SITUATION WANTED: STRONG EXEC ASST: Researching, Copy-editing and Organizational Skills. 15 + yrs as key player in primetime. (11/8)

E-mail or call Trish Pihonak at 888.702.3858 for rates and specs for Job Openings.

Are you looking for a job? Post your Situation Wanted Ad here — Email for specs.

Copyright Cynopsis 2012

All outgoing e-mails are scanned and sent out virus free. Copyright Cynopsis 2012

Related Stories

07/16/18: NBC Sports’ Rick Cordella breaks down the addition of Peter King, the World Cup and its digital initiatives

CynopsisSports Good morning. It’s Monday July 16, 2018 and this is your first early morning Sports briefing. Today see Peter King’s new Monday morning NFL column – Football Morning in America –on with hit first entry since his move featuring interviews with Philadelphia quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, Eagles […]

07/15/18: Cynopsis Jobs

Job of the Week SR INVENTORY ANALYST, DIGITAL YIELD MGMTFOXNY Resp for maximizing FNG’s digital revenue & the utilization of its inventory across all revenue streams. Min 2-3 yrs exp in a pricing, yield mgmt or sales analytics role for an Ad Agency, Publisher or Ad Tech Vendor. Full info/apply HERE CynopsisJOBS […]