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Good morning. It’s Thursday, March 25, 2010, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.
Nickelodeon held its first ever Los Angeles upfront presentation yesterday, during which the network made further additions to its previously announced 2010-11 programming slate. Nickelodeon unveiled plans to premiere three new TV movies, Fred: The Movie, Boy Who Cried Werewolf, and Best Player. The network also revealed its has acquired My Wife and Kids (123 episodes) for Nick at Nite, which will debut the series in fall 2010. The new TV movies include:
According to just about every single Harry Potter fan site ever conjured, today is the date that Warner Bros. and Universal Studios Florida will announce the official opening date of the new theme park attraction The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. No Owl has arrived yet at my door but stay tuned.
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Dimension Films will release writer/director/producer Robert Rodriguez’s Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World on August 19, 2011, per Box Office Mojo. Rodriguez, who created the franchise and is expected to serve again as writer and director, has said that this movie is a Spy Kids reboot with different kids. The first Spy Kids movie released in 2001, followed by Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams in 2002 and Spy Kids 3D: Game Over in 2003.
MORE KIDS STUFF
Sesame Tree, Northern Ireland’s version of Sesame Street, gets a new Muppet character, Archie a 3.5 year old squirrel that loves to learn, when the second season debuts later this year. Archie (short for Archimedes) joins friends Hilda and Potto on their various adventures designed to encourage kids to explore the world around them, while promoting respect and understanding and introducing local mini documentaries that feature the diversity of life in Northern Ireland. Currently being filmed in Northern Ireland, the new Sesame Tree season will be accompanied by educational outreach materials and a website bbc.co.uk/sesametree ( www.bbc.co.uk/sesametree), which is produced by BBC NI Learning. Archie, with his big bushy squirrel tail, bright eyes and cool glasses and his signature phrase, “Sweetily deet!”, was developed by the local Sesame Tree production company Sixteen South Television, and Sesame Workshop. The series is due to air across the UK on CBeebies later this year.
Decode Enterprises will launch the new Halifax Films-produced preschool CG animated series Pirates, Adventures in Art (36×12) at MIPTV. Decode Enterprises holds the worldwide TV rights to the property. Pirates, Adventures in Art follows the creative Captain Leonardo and his band of bohemian pirates on their ship, the Mona Lisa, as they bring arts and crafts to various communities. Leonardo and his group are working against the kingdom’s Queen Conformia who is working to remove all individuality and creativity from the subjects of her land. Stowed away on the Mona Lisa is Princess Cleo, the rightful heir to the throne of Chroma, who has brought along with her the Encyclopedia Artifactorium, which they use to research art and bring it back to Kingdom of Chroma. The series is available in two formats: 12 minutes and a longer version of 12 minutes and 45 seconds that includes footage from kid’s art instruction held at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia highlighting the art techniques from each episode. Decode Enterprises and Halifax Films are both divisions of DHX Media.
Fox adds two more movies to the 3D schedule, with new that it will release both The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Gulliver’s Travels in 3 D this December 10 and 22, respectively, per Coming Soon. This holiday 2010 also includes the 3D releases of DreamWorks Animation’s Megamind (November 5), Disney’s Tangled (November 12 limited, the wide on November 24 and Tron Legacy (November 17), and Warner Bros. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (November 19).
Today Scholastic launches its new The Real Magic of Harry Potter Campaign, which invites new readers to discover the world of Harry Potter. The initiative includes the a new Harry Potter digital effort, a sweepstakes that K7-14 can enter for a change to win one of four family trips to Universal Orlando Resort’s new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a new advertising and social media campaign, and special offers via retail outlets, Scholastic Book Clubs and Book Fairs nationwide. Beginning today with the launch of its new Harry Potter digital experience ( www.scholastic.com/harrypotter ), new readers will be introduced to the young wizard and each book in the series, and will be able to share their Harry Potter journey by: Sending an owl or Howler to a friend, inviting them to join the adventure; answering questions to prove their Potter knowledge and unlocking various activities; and Searching the glossary of Harry Potter terms. Also debuting today is Scholastic’s Harry Potter Facebook Tab ( www.facebook.com/Scholastic), where fans can find new book trailer video, unlock and post exclusive virtual stickers, and participate in weekly Potter polls. Fans can also follow Scholastic on Twitter @Scholastic (look for #harrypotter), and the On Our Minds @ Scholastic ( www.onourmindsatscholastic.blogspot.com ) blog for Harry Potter News and giveaways during the campaign.
Chorion names Marathon Media as the merchandising and licensing agent for France for The World of Eric Carle. Paris based Marathon Media will manage all French licensing opportunities based on designs created by Eric Carle and particularly, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the latter which ahs sold 30+ million copies in 47 languages and celebrated its 40th anniversary last year.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will release Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole The Videogame will release in September 2010 for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii and Nintendo DS. The game releases in conjunction with the family targeted 3D movie Legend of the Guardians from Warner Bros. in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, which opens on September 24, 2010. Based on the movie as well as the book series, Guardians of Ga’Hoole, the game allows players to customize and control their owl on adventures in the story of good versus evil. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole The Videogame is being developed for Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox systems by Krome Studios and for Nintendo DS by Tantalus Media.
Big Idea Entertainment enters into a licensing deal with Eyes of Faith Optical to create a line of VeggieTales themed kid’s eyewear. The VeggieTales eyewear will have wholesale distribution via independent owned and operated optical practices. Through its Eyes of Faith Foundation, Eyes of Faith Optical will donate 10% of its gross sales each year to organizations that supports its mission.
4Kids Entertainment promotes two executives.
Greg Lytkowski is upped to VP/Film Management, Turner Entertainment and Animation Networks. Based in Atlanta, Lytkowski oversees contract management, forecasting, financial analysis and accounting for Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TBS, TNTN, Turner Classic Movies, truTV, and WPCH. A 15-year TBS, Inc. veteran, Lytkowski reports to Lyn McCool, SVP/Programming Finance, Turner Entertainment Group.
Egmont USA names Jeanne McDermott as School Library Marketing Consultant. A 25-year veteran of kid’s book marketing, McDermott was most recently with Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, and she is currently working towards her Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree.
Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
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