A CYNOPSIS MESSAGE FROM DISNEY XD
Disney XD is Kickin’ It!
KICK BUTTOWSKI … the name says it all.
Disney XD’s newest animated series is now its #1 show with Boys 6-14,
helping to lead the network to its best Q1 ever.
Kick Buttowski? Yeah, you could say we are.
We’re bringing it – and you gotta be part of it!
Source:The Nielsen Company via Startrak. 8/31/09-3/28/10, series only. Record:10/2/00-3/28/10 by QTR. M-Su 6A-12A K6-14. Live+SD AA(000). Subject to qualif available upon request.
Good morning. It’s Thursday, April 22, 2010, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.
The kids advertising upfront season continued yesterday with Cartoon Network‘s annual presentation at the Time Warner Center in NYC, during which the network unveiled that among its sports-centric programming, it will host the first ever kids sports awards, Cartoon Network’s Hall of Game, as part of its plan to broaden program offerings for its 2010-2011 season. The network also presented 25 new series, TV movies, and specials, including sneak peeks at the new CGI animated The Looney Tunes Show, and the previously announced live-action series Unnatural History and Tower Prep, the four animated shows that will make up the quarter-hour comedy block, and its newest series Adventure Time, as well as 13 returning series, featuring a mix of animated and live-action shows. The presentation featured appearances by Tony Gonzalez (NFL – Atlanta Falcons/tight-end) supporting the new season of the short-form series My Dad’s A Pro, which will star his son Nikko (9), Destroy Build Destroy host, musician Andrew W.K., and the three stars of Dude, What Would Happen.
The four new quarter-hour shows include
Technicolor jumps into the world of original content with the formation of a team to develop and produce original kid-targeted animated programming content. And with that the company has acquired its first literary property, Pete & Pickles, about an unlikely friendship of mismatched characters, by Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Berkeley Breathed (Bloom County). Joining the company are Jean MacCurdy and Fonda Snyder, who will team with Steven Wendland VP/Digital Productions, Technicolor, to manage the new group and lead the new initiative. MacCurdy was formerly President, Warner Bros. Animation, and Snyder was co-founder and former President, Storyopolis Productions. Wendland, who joined Technicolor in 2008, previously toiled for a decade at Mainframe Entertainment. Technicolor’s animation studio, Paprikaas, is based in Bangalore, India.
Emma Roberts and Freddie Highmore are set to star in the new teen romance movie Homework, currently filming in NYC, per Variety. Also featuring Alicia Silverstone, Elizabeth Reaser, Blair Underwood and Rita Wilson, Homework being produced by Gigi Films and Mint Pictures, with writer/director Gavin Wiesen at the helm.
Alan Cumming exits the delayed Broadway musical Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark, due to scheduling conflicts, per Variety. Cumming had been set to play the role of the villainous Green Goblin. Directed by Julie Taymor (The Lion King) and featuring music by U2’s Bono and The Edge, the show had been set to open this winter and was delayed by issues related to raising funds for the production. Evan Rachel Wood, who had been set to play Mary Jane, pulled out of the show last month. Reeve Carney is still set to star as Spider-Man, though there is no confirmation yet as to when the show will open.
MORE KIDS STUFF
Family Channel (Canada) will launch the new live-action series Good Luck Charlie on Friday, May 14 with back-to-back episodes at 7p. The Disney Channel series will air regularly on Family Channel Fridays at 7p. Leading into the debut of Good Luck Charlie, the network will air family-themed episodes of Disney series Wizards of Waverly Place and Jonas beginning at 6p on Friday, May 14.
YTV (Canada) will debut the new Beyblade series, Beyblade: Metal Fusion, on Saturday, May 15 at 12noon with four back-t0-back episodes. From Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana and Japan’s d-rights, Beyblade: Metal Fusion includes 51 new episodes. Following the programming stunt, the series will air weekly on YTV on Saturdays at 12noon. Fans can also see clips of the show via YTV.com/videos ( www.ytv.com/videos ), and from April 29, they can go online to Beyblade.ytv.com ( www.beyblade.ytv.com ) to play games and find out more about the show. Master toy partner Hasbro, d-rights and Nelvana Enterprises introduce the new Beyblade toy line, including a new group of battling tops, this spring.
Correction: The correct link to National Geographic Kid’s website is www.kids.nationalgeographic.com .
Live Long and Prosper … CBS Consumer Products has named Vulcan, Alberta Canada the first officially licensed Star Trek destination, the “Official Star Trek Capital of Canada.” Helping to celebrate the move, this Friday, April 23, Leonard Nimoy (aka Mr. Spock) will be in Vulcan for the unveiling of a commissioned bronze bust of Mr. Spock and Nimoy will also leave his handprints (in the “live long and prosper” position), which will also be set in bronze. Additionally, Nimoy will present the town with two unique items, on loan from his personal Star Trek collection, including the Spock ears that he wore during the filming of the Original Star Trek TV series and a lithograph of the Original Star Trek cast, autographed by all of the original cast members, which the town will display at the Vulcan Tourism & Trek Station for the next year. For more specifics check out www.vulcantourism.com .
To support the release of Iron Man 2 and the partnership between Dr Pepper and Marvel Studios, Stan Lee, comic book creator, will be featured in a new Dr Pepper movie ad campaign for the movie. In the new spot, which can be seen nationwide, Lee makes a cameo as a Stark Industries custodian dusting Iron man suits in Tony Stark’s home lab. Dr Pepper is also launching contest. Fans can enter codes from specially marked Dr Pepper products at DrPepper.com ( www.drpepper.com ), or by texting the code to “PEPPER” (737737) for a chance to win. Everyone who enters will receive a free Marvel Digital Comic 1 Month Subscription or an Xbox Live Premium Theme. The game ends June 30, 2010, and codes must be entered by July 31, 2010. Additionally, the campaign includes Iron Man collectible Dr Pepper cans. Iron Man 2 opens May 7, 2010 nationwide.
Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
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