Good morning. It’s Wednesday, November 24, 2010, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.
Hit Entertainment enters into a deal with electronic publisher RosettaBooks and Amazon.com to make full Rainbow Magic collection, including existing and future titles in the series, available exclusive for the Kindle. Seventy-three books in the Rainbow Magic backlist catalog are now available in the Kindle Store, and future books will launch in conjunction with the printed editions from Scholastic. Targeted to girls 5-9, Hit launched the Rainbow Magic series in the UK in 2003, which now includes 80+ books that follow the adventures of two young girls and their relationships with a groups of fairies and other creatures. Rainbow Magic has sold 28+ million copies in 31 languages worldwide, including 6+ million in the US.
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Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey (81 minutes) debuts today on PBS Kids (check local listings). The movie features a celebrity-filled voice cast including Tim Curry, Jamie Kennedy, Matt Lauer, Frank Welker, and Jerry Lewis. The movie also features music from Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. A sequel to the 2006 animated Curious George movie, Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey was released earlier this year on DVD.
Tricon Films & Television and Toronto-based Shark Teeth Films announce the debut of the mixed CGI animated and live-action comedy series in development, Smallfoot, with the teaser on CBBC‘s My Toons ( www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/cartoonworks/mytoons/ ), which offers a range of animated shorts. Created by Shark Teeth’s director/producer Adrian Carter and producer Tom Mudd at Shark Teeth Films, Smallfoot follows the misadventures of Smallfoot, a mini Sasquatch (twice as big as a mouse) and new kid on the block, and his new friend Larry, a resourceful and talkative mouse that regularly gets them into trouble.
Bejuba Entertainment inks a number of deals for the CGI preschool series The Hive (26×30 or 78×7). Bejuba holds the worldwide TV, DVD and digital distribution rights to the property on behalf of The Hive Enterprises. Picking up broadcast rights for The Hive are ABC TV (Australia), YLE (Finland), and Hop (Israel). New DVD deals include a Russian language version of the series distributed by Noviy Disk in Russia, Georgia and CIS, with Magna Home Entertainment signs on to handle distribution of the English version in Australia and New Zealand. From The Hive Enterprises, The Hive series is produced by Monumental Productions, Lupus Films and DQ Entertainment.
Spain-based Imira Entertainment completes licensing and merchandising deals in Iberia for its K4-8 aimed series Sandra, the Fairytale Detective (52×13), which airs in Spain on Clan TV, as well as on channels around the world. Sandra, the Fairytale Detective is a co-production between Imira Entertainment, RTVE and DQ Entertainment. New deals in Iberia include: Invercas picks up rights for party items (pinatas, head banners, bags and boxes for candy); Comansi comes on board as licensee for plastic figures, board games, and soft balls; also in Spain and Portugal, Nova Azimat is awarded the license for toy candy, novelty candy and pop marshmallows; Copywrite Europe will launch backpacks, bags, stationery and a can of crayons; and in a further deal, Imira grants Panini the license for trading cards and games, fotocards, stick & stack, stick & story, stick & puzzle and stick & color books. Previously Imira signed license deals with Roca Editorial for publishing and home entertainment deals with TF1 for France and Tribanda Pictures for Spain.
Archie Comics, which earlier this year launched its first magazine Life With Archie, is set to introduce its second magazine title, Veronica & Betty!, in spring/summer 2011. Written by Michael Uslan, the new magazine will flip back and forth between Veronica and Betty adventures around the world as international exchange students, and life back home where Archie, Reggie and Jughead befriend the two exchange students, girls, who arrive in their place. Veronica & Betty will be illustrated by Dan Parent.
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MARKETING/LICENSING Turner International India enters into an exclusive partnership with Indian gaming company Zapak Digital Entertainment to market and distribute Cartoon Network‘s multiplayer online games (MOGs), which includes the launch of Ben 10 Omniverse: Rise of the Heroes ( www.ben10.net ) and a new version of Toon Football ( www.toonfootball.com ). The deal also includes Turner tapping into Zapak’s promotional channels to build the reach of Cartoon Network’s online gaming nationwide. Zapak will also support the debut of CN Coins game cards, the first toon currency designed for youth-targeted gaming in India. CN Coins will be available at 100+ of Zapak’s gaming cafe networks Zapak Gameplex along with 500 other private cafes in 35 cities in India for consumers to access these games.
Call for Entry: The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation is accepting applications for the Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship. Created in 2003, the scholarship is designed to honor Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood) and further the values and principles of his work by supporting students (undergraduate and graduate) working in children’s media and education. Three scholarships ($10,000/each), sponsored by Ernst & Young, will be awarded specifically to students in the programming and research categories, with the addition this year of a fourth scholarship for interactive media, made possible by The Grable Foundation. The deadline for applications is February 28, 2011. For more information and to download an application, go to www.emmysfoundation.org.
Shine Group names Lori Heiss to the newly created position of Global Brand Manager. Heiss, formerly with Hit Entertainment and Chorion, will initially focus her efforts on MasterChef, which is produced locally in 20 territories and airs in 145, and which has a range of brand extensions worldwide. Based in London, Heiss joins the company on January 4, 2011, and will report to Alex Mahon, President/Shine Group and work closely with the Commercial teams in each territory. Most recently, Heiss headed up entertainment, retail and publishing partnerships at News International.
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Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia: According to Dr. Seuss, what sets one set of Sneeches against another set? Stars on Bellies – “One set of Sneeches had stars on their bellies, the others did not.” Kudos to: Fred Petrosino-JBG/NY; Mara Anastas-Simon & Schuster/NY; Brenda Bowen-Sanford J. Greenburger Assoc/NY; Hilary Wolk-Heads Up Creative/NY; Barb Throm-creative LAB/St. Louis; Michael Ross-The Hub/Burbank; Patrick Rieger/Burbank; Laura Goertzel-US Embassy/Paris; Brandon Lane-9 Story Entertainment/Toronto
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