Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Cynopsis: Kids!

Good morning. It’s Tuesday, December 21, 2010, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

Teletoon Canada gives the go ahead for its new animated comedy TV series Fugget About It (13×30) in English and French.  Developed as part of The Teletoon at Night Pilot Project, the series is produced by Toronto-based 9 Story Entertainment.  Fugget About It revolves around the misadventures of 16-year-old Petey, the son of a former NY mob boss who, with his family, lives in a witness production program in Canada.  Fugget About It is slated to launch on Teletoon English and Teletoon French in fall 2012.  This is the first series to be born from The Teletoon at Night Pilot Project, which launched in fall 2007 and is designed to develop projects from within the Canadian animation community.


In Canada, Knightscove Family Films (KFF), the production arm of Knightscove Media inks a deal with production company Entertainment One Television (eOne) to co-develop Port Hope, a one-hour family friendly dramatic TV series.  The series is co-created by KFF CEO and President, Leif Bristow, who just directed his feature film Sophie (releasing in Canada for Spring 2011), and writer Heather Conkie (CBC’s Heartland).  Port Hope revolves around the Gilberts, a family that lives on a large, century old farm on the outskirts of Port Hope, Ontario.  The series is described as in the tradition of family series like The Waltons, 7th Heaven and Little House on the Prairie.

Director John Henderson (the TV version of The Borrowers) will helm a big screen adaptation of the popular kid/family wizard/time travel book and UK ITV series Catweazle, created by Richard Carpenter, per THR.  The movie will be produced by Paul Knight and is budgeted at $9.3 million.  UK-based sales and finance company Intandem Films and the UK production company Ettinger Brothers, are partnering raise money for the budget via the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS).  Intandem will executive produce the movie and handle worldwide sales as well.


Nickelodeon marks the first anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti with the debut of the half-hour special, Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Haiti Rising? Life in the Ruins, on Sunday, January 9, at 9p.  The special visits with several Haitian kids who are still trying to rebuild their lives following the earthquake (January 12, 2010).  Close to half of the population of Haiti is under 18-year-old, and more than half of the homeless in the country are kids with many living in the waning conditions of makeshift homes, tent cities and relocation camps.  Nick News is produced by Ellerbee’s Lucky Duck Productions.

Radio Disney will broadcast its Top 50 Countdown of 2010, a five-hour event on Friday, December 31, from 7p.  The Top 50 Countdown will be hosted by Radio Disney’s on-air talent including Ernie D, Jake, Hallie, Candice and Blake.

HIT Entertainment launches a new series of Thomas & Friends apps developed by ScrollMotion, creator of the Iceberg Reader.  Nine interactive Thomas & Friends story-inspired apps are available worldwide for the iPad, and include Calling All Engines, May The Best Engine Win and Thomas Gets a Snowplow.  Each of the story-based apps features illustrated and narrated stories that lets kids/families read on their own, record someone reading the book for playback, and interact with two coloring pages and puzzles.  The new Thomas & Friends apps are launched on ScrollMotion’s Iceberg Kids v.2 platform.  The new Thomas & Friends apps as slated to be available for iPhone and iPod touch in January 2011 and for Google Android devices in March 2011.

This week marks Houghton Mifflin Harcourt‘s (HMH) launch of the first in a series of preschooler-targeted mobile for the iPhone and iPad ($2.99 and $3.99), featuring Curious George as well as characters from the Gossie and Friends series.  Developed and released by The Learning Company, a division of HMH, the first of the preschool apps includes Go George Go!, George’s Curious Climb!, Gossie’s Eggcellent Parade, and Ollie Ollie Oxen Free.

Kurt Warner’s Good Sports Gang (GSG) launches the new kid-targeted sports-themed app, Kurt Warner’s Football 1010 for Kids, for the iPad ($2.99), which will eventually also be available for iPhone and iPod Touch.  Developed by GSG Media and produced in partnership with Schwartz & Associates Creative, the app is designed to teach kids (10 and younger) the game of football and encourage teamwork and problem solving.  GSG Media was founded by Warner, a former NFL player, along with his wife Brenda.

Program Call: Cynopsis Media will be producing our annual NATPE Shopping Guide sent to all Cynopsis and Cynopsis Kids subscribers on Thursday, January 20, the week before NATPE 2011 in Miami.  If you would like to have your programming included, 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@cynopsis.com no later than Friday, January 14, 2011. A confirmation email will be sent following each submission from Lisa (if you don’t receive a confirmation email, please resubmit).


In other Radio Disney holiday news … the network will help usher in the New Year by hosting a series of kid/family-centric “Noon Year’s Eve” event across the country on December 31 (various times).  The 20 live daytime/early evening events will be hosted by Radio Disney’s local stations and feature a New Year’s Eve ball drop and countdown, as well as featuring a range of family-targeted games and activities.  Locations include: LA (Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena); Chicago (Brookfield Zoo); two in Dallas (Dallas Museum and Main Event Entertainment in Lewisville); San Francisco (Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose); Atlanta (Smyrna Community Center); Phoenix (Phoenix Zoo); Tampa (Lowry Park Zoo); St. Paul (Como Zoo); Miami (Orange Drive Amphitheater in South Beach); Cleveland (Cleveland Metroparks Zoo); St. Louis (St. Louis Science Center); Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium); Charlotte (Mint Museum Uptown at the Levine Center for the Arts; Kansas City (North Kansas City Community Center); Milwaukee (Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa); New Orleans (Audubon Zoo); Little Rock (Veterans Park Community Center in Cabot); and two Richmond (Children’s Museum of Richmond and Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach).


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Thursday, December 16, 2010, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1314; K6-11 624; TWEENS 9-14 358
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   911; K6-11 612; TWEENS 9-14 503
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   450; K6-11 264; TWEENS 9-14 172
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   171; K6-11 133; TWEENS 9-14   98
NICKTOONS:              K2-11   100; K6-11   78; TWEENS 9-14   67
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Friday, December 17, 2010, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1270; K6-11 632; TWEENS 9-14 426
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   991; K6-11 673; TWEENS 9-14 560
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   466; K6-11 293; TWEENS 9-14 198
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   194; K6-11 146; TWEENS 9-14 104
NICKTOONS:              K2-11   132; K6-11   90; TWEENS 9-14   69
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data


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Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia:   First advertised in 1960, this doll came with a tiny turntable and record built into her tummy to help her “talk”.  Who is she?  CHATTY CATHY  Kudos to:  Arline Wall-Li & Fung/NY; Amy Chrzanowski-UPROAR/NY; Andy Krinner-aNb Media/NY; Estrella Diaz-Turner Broadcasting/NY; Rosemary Cunningham-MMT Cox Reps/Chicago; Dan Whitford-Maximum Direct/Chicago; Ron Grant-Big Balloon Animation/LA

Today’s Trivia Question:   This pair first appeared in a book published in 1918, later dolls were made and a television show first aired in 1988. The girl was first inspired by the author’s daughter who found an old faceless and well loved rag doll that belonged to her grandmother.  Who were this pair?     (Email Cynthia@cynopsis.com 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.)

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JOB OPENING:  MGR, PROGRAM RESEARCH/Oxygen/NYC:  Min 4 yrs exp in media research. Supports mgmt, programming, development, scheduling, press/publicity, marketing & pricing/finance. Apply to researchjobs@nbcuni.com (12/24)

JOB OPENING: DIGITAL ACCOUNT EXEC/NY: Sell AETN’s digital advertising w/ assigned territory to agencies & clients. www.aetn.com/careers.html Apply: https://www.abso.com/jobboard/Default.aspx?JOBBOARDID=618&JobDetail=85513 (12/24)

JOB OPENING: FRONTLINE ASSISTANT ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE/WGBH/Boston: FRONTLINE Assistant Account Executive (Social Media & Promotions). AEEF, FT 52 Weeks. Job Req # 4878 Please apply online at http://careers.wgbh.org/ (12/24)

JOB OPENING: CREATIVE DIRECTOR/2C Media/Miami: Dvlp promo campaigns for major nat’l networks. Strong writing, conceptual, editorial, & 3-5 yrs cable, studio, or ntwrk promo exp. Co info @ 2cmedia.com. Contact: workhere@2cmedia.com (12/23)

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JOB OPENING:  CREATIVE DIR/ON-AIR/Lifetime/NY: Create/manage/execute high level mktg campaigns. Strong campaign launch exp. Apply www.aetn.com/careers.html (12/22)

JOB OPENING:  WRITER/PRODUCER/ Lifetime/NY: Conceptualize/write/produce high impact promo launch campaigns. 3+ yrs exp in on-air promo. Strong writing skills. Appy: www.aetn.com/careers.html (12/22)

JOB OPENING:  TEMP ON-AIR DESIGN DIR/AMC/NY: Creative visionary w/7+yr motion gfx exp. Oversee on-air design, produce gfx.  Mgmt/communication skills, good rolodex–all musts. Rez & salary reqmts to: www.cablevision.jobs (12944BR) (12/22)

JOB OPENING:  CREDITS PRODUCER/Stamford, CT: Night shift -produce reformatted credits Lifetime aetn.com/careers https://www.abso.com/jobboard/Default.aspx?JOBBOARDID=618&JobDetail=85469 (12/22)

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WINTER/SPRING INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY:  TV DEVELOPMENT/GRB Entertainment/LA: Award winning TV company seeks organized, self-starting interns for administrative/writing/producing/editing support. Final Cut & Photoshop a plus. Resume/cover: jobs@grbtv.com (12/23)

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