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Adventure Time is #1 with B2-11, B6-11 and M9-14 versus ALL television on
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SOURCE: CARTOON NETWORK RESEARCH BASED ON NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH DATA; DATA IS LIVE + SAME DAY. *PERIOD: 4/5/10-5/30/10: MONDAYS 8P-830P. **PERIOD: 4/23/105/30/10. FRIDAY 8P-830P & 830P-9P.
Good morning. It’s Tuesday, June 15, 2010, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.
Marblemedia and Seven24 Films, both Canadian production companies, have partnered to launch their own full-service distribution venture Distribution360 ( www.distribution360.com). Focusing on kids, drama and factual programming content across multiple platforms for international distribution, the joint venture will offer value added brand integration and interactive content creation services. Based in Europe, Stephanie Rockmann-Portier will lead Distribution360 as MD and Head of Sales. She most recently served as VP/Content Partnerships, Joost, and previously was VP/International Sales and Head of Factual Programming, Alliance Atlantis Communications.
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MORE KIDS STUFF Nickelodeon will premiere the new SpongeBob SquarePants special, The Clash of Triton, over Independence Day weekend on Monday, July 5, at 8p. The 30-minute special features celebrity guest stars Victoria Beckham as Queen Amphitrite, John O’Hurley as her husband, King Neptune, and Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) as their rebellious son, Triton. The special also kicks off a week of new SpongeBob episodes debuting Tuesday-Friday, July 6-9 at 8p on Nick. The premiere, and encores, of The Clash of Triton will be simulcast on Nickelodeon Mobile, and the special episode will also be available on download-to-own platforms following its on-air premiere. Additionally, Nickelodeon will launch a game of the week based on the special, SpongeBob SquarePants: The Clash of Triton, on July 5. Finally, Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment will release the special on DVD on July 13.
Hutch Dano and Adam Hick, who star in Disney XD‘s comedy Zeke and Luther, will host the network’s short-form Next X, the action sports reality program debuting Monday, June 21 at 7:15p. The series follows a group of tween athletes as they train with the help of pro action sports athletes in their respective sports (e.g. BMX, skateboarding). The series culminates with one of the kids heading to test their skills on the course at X Games 16 later this summer. The big event will be featured in a 30-minute Next X special, which will air in August on Disney XD.
Disney UK acquires the live-action kid/tween series How To Be Indie (26×30) for Disney Channel UK. The comedy is produced by Canada’s Heroic Film Company and distributed by Decode Enterprises. The channel plans to air the series over the summer. Starring Melinda Shankar (Degrassi: The Next Generation), How To Be Indie revolves around a 13-years-old as she works to balance the traditions of her South Asian family and her modern Western teen world. The series was created by Vera Santamaria (Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Latest Buzz, Naturally Sadie) and Heroic’s executive producers John May and Suzanne Bolch.
The Jim Henson Company inks further TV and home entertainment deals for its CGI animated preschool series Dinosaur Train.
Kids.nationalgeographic.com ( www.kids.nationalgeographic.com ), the planet-centric website for National Geographic Kids magazine, has launched an online interactive mural featuring 58 of National Geographic’s very own superheroes. We aren’t talking the stereotypical superheroes, rather the explorer and discoverer types all looking to help preserve the Earth and known as the E-Team ( www.kids.nationalgeographic.com/explorers ). A year in the making, the E-Team mural features a range of men and women explorers and their likeness illustrated by designer Chris Rooney.
Bestseller Children’s Fiction Books (top 10), Week of June 14, 2010: Title; Author (Publisher)
Kerry Valentine is named Head of Production, Rubicon Studios at its Woodland Hills, California facility. She will be responsible for the daily production efforts of Rubicon’s animated projects including a new season of the 3D animated kid’s series Ben & Izzy. Most recently, Valentine served as Supervising Producer on Rubicon/MGM’s co-production Pink Panther & Pals, which airs on Cartoon Network. She previously worked with Funny Garbage as a post production supervisor on a number of projects and as an associate producer at Six Point Harness.
Discovery Communications appoints Wonya Lucas as EVP and COO, Discovery Channel and Science Channel. Lucas succeeds Tom Cosgrove who was recently named President and CEO of the Discovery, Sony and IMAX 3D Television network. Lucas will report to Clark Bunting, President and GM, Discovery Channel and President, Science Channel. She had been CMO, Discovery Communications where she provided brand strategy leadership and coordination across Discovery’s global businesses. Discovery Communications will begin an internal and external search to replace Lucas as CMO. Prior to joining Discovery Communications in 2008, Lucas was GM and EVP, The Weather Channel Networks.
Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Friday, June 11, 2010, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia: Who am I? I am able to move because of David Joyner. I’m able to speak because of Bill West. While I may seem large to my playmates, in truth to my species I’m tiny. I have nothing but love to give, and yet many tall people find me annoying. Who am I? BARNEY THE DINOSAUR Kudos to: Karen Halpenny-Sesame Workshop/NY; Rachel Chapman-KPI/NY; Joe Swaney-Cartoon Network/Atlanta; JB Gray–Cartoon Network/Atlanta; Joy Starr-The Office Starr/Allen TX; Chuck Wedge-LeapFrog Enterprises/Emeryville; Katherine Kaufman-Televix Ent/Beverly Hills; Amy Barraclough-FLO TV Inc/San Diego; Pat Brady-CESD/LA; Dave Barton Thomas/Toronto
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