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Good morning. It’s Thursday, July 15, 2010, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.
New Zealand’s Omnilab Media and Oktobor, its visual effects, animation and digital creative convergence studio, have established a new CG animation studio, Oktobor Animation, in conjunction with US-based Backyard Animated Pictures. Based in Auckland, Oktobor Animation opens its doors with a long-term deal in place to produce CG animated series for Nickelodeon Studios, including The Penguins of Madagascar. The new studio has already begun production and brought on a staff or 30. Oktobor Animation plans to grow its team to include 120 artists and technicians by the middle of 2011, with an ultimate goal of creating 300 jobs by 2014. Oktobor GM, Bruce Everett says the new studio is “already well into our first three CG productions for Nickelodeon,” and that they are also in discussions with other production partners. In an ongoing effort to build New Zealand’s animation industry, Oktobor Animation will also offer multiple paid internships every year for qualified students.
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Marvel Studios will release its Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger feature films in 3D, per the LA Times. Because neither movie was/will not be shot in 3D both movies will go through the post 3D conversion process that has been used recently on movies including The Last Airbender. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige explains in the report that though the movies were shot in 2D “the considerable special effects for the films were conceived and executed from the beginning in 3D, something that will help them avoid certain pitfalls.” Directed by Kenneth B, Thor is set for release on May 6, 2011, while Joe Johnston is directing Captain America: The First Adventure, which is slated to open July 22, 2011.
MORE KIDS STUFF
Nickelodeon premieres its new DreamWorks Animation The Penguins of Madagascar special, The Lost Treasure of the Golden Squirrel (1×30), on Monday, July 19, at 8p. The new animated launches a week of new episodes The Penguins of Madagascar, debuting each night at 8p through Friday, July 23. The Lost Treasure premiere on July 19 will simulcast on Nick Mobile, with sneak peeks available online ahead of the special’s debut. Additionally, Nick.com will host two digital events that include a new Penguins Clubhouse, where fans can take on a mission, play games and the like, and launch the new multilevel Treasures of the Golden Squirrel game to coincide with the special.
Next month Disney will debut two new episodes of its animated series Phineas and Ferb, both featuring celebrity appearances, on Disney XD and Disney Channel. Phineas and Ferb was created and is executive-produced by Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh (The Simpsons, Family Guy).
- The new one-hour episode, Summer Belongs to You, debuts Monday, August 2 at 8p on Disney XD and then on Disney Channel on Friday, August 6. The episode features a duet by recording artists Chaka Khan and Clay Aiken as well as other songs performed by the cast. Additionally, music from this episode will be showcased on Planet Premiere on Radio Disney July 26-August 2, and Disney Records will release the soundtrack via online retailers on Tuesday, August 3.
- The second new episode, Nerds of a Feather, features guest stars animator/writer Seth MacFarlane and filmmaker Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) and will premiere Monday, August 16 at 8p on Disney XD, and then on Disney Channel on Friday, August 27.
Production has begun on the second season of the CBBC series Tracy Beaker Returns in and around Newcastle and Northumberland in the UK. Based on Dame Jacqueline Wilson’s young adult-targeted Tracy Beaker novels, the kid/tween drama is a CBBC Production and will shoot in the North East until October.
41 Entertainment, an animation production/distribution company, acquires the worldwide distribution rights (excluding Spain) to Sally McKay (26×24). The series is directed by Eric Robert and produced by Pedro Rico Garcia at TOONF in Castellon, in conjunction with c0-producers Television Espanola (TVE) and Radio Television Valencia. The series revolves around Sally McKay, who leads a double life as an average teen with dreams of becoming an journalist, and on the flip side as Jenny Justice, a superhero with a range of supernatural powers. 41 Entertainment will showcase the series at Mip Junior this fall.
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HIT Entertainment launches newly-redesigned Thomas & Friends website to coincide with the 65th anniversary of the property and complement the new CG animated series launching this year. The new ThomasandFriends.com ( www.thomasandfriends.com) features My Station, an area that fans can personalize, and new activities and videos, as well as an improved parents section. The site also offers a new ‘mobile’ landing page that links to the Thomas & Friends Games Pack app ($2.99), which debuted earlier this year.
Konami Digital Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products enter into a partnership to release Karaoke Revolution Glee this fall exclusively for Wii. An extension of Konami’s Karaoke Revolution franchise, the new title features original Glee content, including music and performances from season one of the TV series, and allows fans to play alongside Glee characters, choose from 35 songs and play multiplayer singing games. Additionally, the release invites users to unlock bonus season one Glee content in a special game play mode.
Meanwhile in the UK, Fox Consumer Products gets underway with a long-term merchandising and promotion Glee effort this fall, coinciding with the second season of Glee. With an initial focus on apparel, Fox Consumer Products’ inks deals with Smith & Brooks (tween girl-targeted casual wear), BCI International (nightwear, loungewear), and Roy Lowes (socks), all of which will begin introducing their lines this fall 2010, in conjunction with the September release of the music and DVD titles from the series. Further apparel lines will rollout throughout 2011, along with products in a range of other categories including accessories, health and beauty, books and gifts, home decor, food as well as Glee-centric promotions. Other UK licensing partners that have signed on for Glee include: GB Eye (postcards, posters, badges/pins, tattoo); Danilo (calendars, diaries), Pyramid International (college stationery, bags); UK Greetings (greeting cards, gift wrap, gift bags); Headline Publishing Group (novels, Glee annual); PMD (accessories for mobiles and PCs); BB Deigns (mugs, cushions, lamps, photo frames); FB Beauty (cosmetics, toiletries, beauty accessories); and Character World (bedding); Bon Bon Buddies (confectionery).
Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
DISNEY CHANNEL: K2-11 1358; K6-11 945; TWEENS 9-14 770
NICKELODEON: K2-11 1292; K6-11 849; TWEENS 9-14 658
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11 621; K6-11 370; TWEENS 9-14 304
DISNEY XD: K2-11 232; K6-11 177; TWEENS 9-14 139
NICKTOONS: K2-11 175; K6-11 133; TWEENS 9-14 110
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data
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