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- 12 continuous quarters of year-over-year growth (longest in Kids’ Cable)
2011 was highest rated year ever in its history
among Total Viewers, Kids and Tweens
- Lab Rats premiered to our highest ratings ever among Kids, Tweens and Total Viewers- posting higher Boy 6-11 ratings than American Idol
Good morning. It’s Thursday, March 22, 2012, and this your first early morning briefing.
Cartoon Network Asia Pacific enters into an exclusive co-production deal with French animation studio Xilam, for the production of a fourth season (26×30) of the popular animated comedy series Oggy and the Cockroaches. In addition to a new season of episodes, the new agreement includes special episodes that take Oggy and the pesky cockroaches out of their usual format and into new environments. In the new season, Oggy, a big blue cat, falls in love with new character Olivia, his next door neighbor. Oggy and the Cockroaches: Season 4 will premiere on Cartoon Network across Asia Pacific in Q4 of 2012. Cartoon Network Asia Pacific has also acquired the rights to seasons one to three (65×30) for the region. Oggy and the Cockroaches was first produced in 1999 by Xilam (Zig & Sharko, The Daltons, Shuriken School, among others), which has studios in Paris and Ho-Chi-Minh City in Vietnam, and Gaumont.
Here comes Greg Heffley in Diary of A Wimpy Kid book #7. Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams, teams with seven publishers around the world for the first-ever global release of a new Diary of a Wimpy Kid title. The seventh title in Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, will go on sale in the US on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. The UK, Australia, Germany, Greece, Japan, Korea, and Norway will release the book in their respective territories the day after. As for the burning question – what will be the color of the new book – we’ll likely find out around BookExpo this June. So far the series has sold 75+ million copies worldwide in 41 countries and 39 languages. Additionally, remember the third feature film installment, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, releases in theaters on August 3, 2012.
In the UK, Penguin Children’s Books enters into a global publishing deal with digital design studio ustwo for the popular (and addictive) app Whale Trail. Eric Huang, Publishing Director/Media & Entertainment Group, acquires the worldwide publishing rights (all languages) for Puffin. Penguin and ustwo will create the narratives for the books, beginning with a digital picture book set for release this October 2012 and will be followed by further publishing – both digital and physical formats – in 2013. This is the first publishing deal for the Whale Trail brand, which debuted as an app. Created by ustwo, Whale Trail is a flying game where players control Willow the Whale through a magical rainbow world, as they dodge angry clouds and escape the evil Baron von Barry. Whale Trail also includes a soundtrack by Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals. Penguin Children’s has a history of creating book programs based on digital brands such as Club Penguin, Moshi Monsters, Skylanders.
DHX Media acquires the worldwide TV and home entertainment rights and North American licensing rights, to the new Turner Broadcasting-commissioned, mixed live action with animated elements, preschool series Ha Ha Hairies (52×12). Turner Broadcasting holds EMEA broadcast and home entertainment rights to Ha Ha Hairies, which airs on its Cartoonito channel in 112 territories across EMEA. Ha Ha Hairies is produced, in both English and Welsh, by UK-based Adastra Creative (Grandpa in My Pocket). DHX Media will be debuting Ha Ha Hairies at MIPTV, along with other preschool properties such as Rastamouse and Monster Math Squad.
BabyFirstTV (www.babyfirsttv.com), a TV channel targeted to young kids, is now available on AT&T U-verse Live App for Android and Blackberry phones. Android and Blackberry users can watch BabyFirstTV by subscribing to the Playground TV package within the Live TV app. The AT&T U-verse home service is not required.
Recording artist Fergie and NBA star Dwight Howard (Center, Orlando Magic) guest star in a new episode of the animated series Kick Buttowski Suburban Daredevil, this Saturday, March 24 at 11a on Disney XD. In the episode Fergie lends her April, Brad’s dream girl, and Howard voices movie star Rock Callahan.
Breakthrough Entertainment completes program sales for several kids TV series. Dish Network/Blockbuster USA acquires The Droogles, an educational series that combines puppets and cut-out 2D animation, and Swap TV – a tween-targeted live action documentary series where kids swap lives for a weekend. Additionally, the mixed live action and CGI animated series Dino Dan has been picked up by YLE (Finland), CTC Kazakhstan and Canal+ Group’s Piwi+ (France).
Paris-based producer/distributor Millimages signs a broadcast deal for its new animated preschool property Mouk (62×11) with ABC TV (Australia), which will debut the series later this year for its ABC4Kids preschool audience. Based on the Mouk book by Marc Boutavant and directed by Francois Narboux, Mouk was commissioned by France Televisions and Disney Channel UK. Prior to this Disney acquired Mouk for its networks in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Benelux, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and just last week KiKA (Germany) also picked up the series. Millimages holds all international TV and licensing and merchandising rights to the property.
Program Call: Cynopsis Media will be producing our annual MIPTV Shopping Guide sent to all Cynopsis and Cynopsis Kids subscribers on Thursday, March 29, the week before MIPTV 2012 in Cannes. If your company is an official exhibitor at MIPTV this year and would like to have your programming included in our shopping guide, please send us only the following info for your top 5 shows: title, availability date, number of episodes, length, type (i.e., movie, series, special, etc.), genre and your terms (barter, cash, etc.) as well as your company’s stand/booth location. To be included in this free and highly-viewed special edition, please send your submission to Lisa Ball at: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than today, Thursday, March 22, 2012. A confirmation email will be sent following each submission from Lisa (if you do not receive a confirmation email, please resubmit).
Bestseller Children’s Picture Books (top 10), Week of March 19, 2012: Title; Author (Publisher)
Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet; Jane O’Connor/author, Robin Preiss Glasser/illustrator, Carolyn Bracken/illustrator (HarperCollins)
The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories; Dr. Seuss/author (Radom)
Max’s Easter Surprise; Rosemary Wells/author (Grosset & Dunlap)
Heaven Is for Real for Kids; Todd Burpo, Sonja Burpo, and Colton Burpo/authors, Wilson Ong/illustrator (Tommy Nelson)
LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary; Simon Beecroft/author, Jeremy Beckett/consultant (DK)
The LEGO Ideas Book; Daniel Lipkowitz/author, contributions by Sebastiaan Arts, Tim Goddard, Deborah Higdon, Barney Main, Duncan Titmarsh (DK)
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick; Lucille Colandro/author, Jared Lee/illustrator (Cartwheel)
Night Before St. Patrick’s Day; Natasha Wing/author, Amy Wummer/illustrator (Grosset & Dunlap)
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover!; Lucille Colandro/author, Jared Lee/illustrator (Cartwheel)
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site; Sherrie Duskey Rinker/author, Tom Lichtenheld/illustrator (Chronicle)
Compiled from data received from independent and chain bookstores.
Source: Publishers Weekly
The Ethisphere Institute, a research-based international think-tank focused on the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability, has released its 2012 World’s Most Ethical Companies list, which recognizes 145 companies across dozens of industries, for their best practices efforts. The 2012 list, the sixth annual list, including one kid-specific company, and that is Hasbro for “implementing and maintaining ‘upright business practices and initiatives that are instrumental to the company’s success, benefit the community and raise the bar for ethical standards within the industry.'” Check out the whole list at http://www.ethisphere.com/wme/.
Sesame Workshop promotes three as it furthers its licensing initiatives. Gisela Abrams is upped to Assistant VP/International Licensing, Marie-Cecile Girard-Jones to Assistant VP/International Licensing and Kerri Katz to Director/Licensing, Strategic Partner Relations. Abrams and Girard-Jones, who both joined the Workshop as international licensing managers in 2003, will continue to report to Maura Regan, SVP and GM/Global Consumer Products. Katz, who first joined the Workshop in 2008 as Manager/Licensing, will report to Jennifer Ahearn, VP/Strategic Partner Relations. Abrams will oversee new business development and merchandising plans for international territories in Asia and the Pacific, including Sesame Workshop’s two largest international markets, Japan and Australia. Prior to joining the Workshop, Abrams served as liaison for The Jim Henson Company to licensees in Europe, Central America and South America. Girard-Jones will now lead the product licensing and marketing for Spain, Latin America, including Brazil and the Middle East. She will oversee and initiate licensing and retail programs, such as the upcoming 40th anniversary of Plaza Sesamo in Mexico. Girard-Jones will also continue serving as Project Leader for the Plaza Sesamo project. Girard-Jones formerly managed domestic and international licensing programs for Marvel superhero properties and boasts experience in retail development for the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the WNBA in both the US and Europe. Katz will work with the Workshop’s master toy licensee, Hasbro, and Proctor and Gamble, which includes the brands Pampers and Crest. Prior to the Workshop, Katz was served as Marketing Manager for Nars Cosmetics and Del Laboratories.
Nickelodeon names Colleen Fitzpatrick as VP/Music, Nickelodeon Group. Based in Santa Monica, California, Fitzpatrick will be responsible for all music-based recording, performance, and production needs for Nickelodeon Group, which also includes all of the network’s digital channels — Nick Jr., Nicktoons and TeenNick. Fitzpatrick will report to Doug Cohn, SVP/Music & Talent, Nickelodeon Group. Fitzpatrick previously created the licensing and publishing division at Collective Songs, a division of management company, The Collective. Fitzpatrick is also founder and co-owner of VCR Productions. Some may know Fitzpatrick for her own successful recording career under the name Vitamin C, her hits (which she wrote and performed) include Graduation and Smile. Fitzpatrick also starred as Amber Von Tussle in John Waters’ original movie Hairspray (1988).
Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
DISNEY CHANNEL: K2-11 785; K6-11 408; TWEENS 9-14 337
NICKELODEON: K2-11 762; K6-11 306; TWEENS 9-14 186
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11 476; K6-11 294; TWEENS 9-14 242
DISNEY XD: K2-11 202; K6-11 144; TWEENS 9-14 118
NICKTOONS: K2-11 92; K6-11 57; TWEENS 9-14 46
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data
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