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The Cynopsis Top Women in Sports Awards shine a light on female trailblazers who are pushing the industry forward, while empowering and inspiring others with their drive for innovation and inclusion. We’re thrilled to honoree these women in the areas of Esports, Marketing, On-AIr Talent, Operations, Production, Social, Sports-Centric Brands and Technology. Honorees will be celebrated at the Top Women in Media Awards, taking place this August in NYC.
PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
9 Story Media Group closed an agreement with King Bert Productions to develop and co-produce The World’s Worst Children, based on the popular children’s books written by David Walliams. The new 2D animated series will be produced by King Bert Productions and 9 Story Media Group’s animation studio Brown Bag Films; 9 Story Distribution International has worldwide distribution rights, along with international merchandising and licensing rights to be run by 9 Story Brands. The animated sketch show, aimed at K6-11, follows a collection of the “worst-behaved, foulest-smelling, grubbiest kids” in extraordinary and “charmingly repulsive” stories.
Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker Taika Waititi will co-write and direct the pilot for a potential series adaptation of Terry Gilliam-directed movie Time Bandits, currently in development Apple. Waititi also will serve as exec producer alongside Gilliam and producer Dan Halsted (People Of Earth).
BattleBots will be back this summer for a second season on both Discovery and Science Channel, with Chris Rose and Kenny Florian returning for play-by-play and Faruq Tauheed back as ring announcer in the series featuring next-gen robots from around the world duking it out for supremacy.
The Baby-Sitter Club is back. Netflix ordered a 10-part episodic live-action series based on the best-selling book series from Ann M. Martin. Walden Media, producer of The Chronicles of Narnia, will produce and Michael De Luca, producer of Escape at Dannemora will exec produce alongside Lucy Kitada. Glow’s Rachel Shukert will be showrunner.
Live-action preschool series Oda Upside Down is the first kids production from Danish production house SAM Productions. Charismatic Oda is a good fairy and a magic inventor who helps children reconquer their right to fantasy and imagination when confronted by their strict kindergarten teacher. Series is created by Ida Mule Scott and Iben Albinus Sabroe, directed by Oliver Ussing and produced by Stine Meldgaard and Emilie Lebech Kaae.
NEW & RETURNING SERIES
Animated preschool series Corn & Peg, produced by Nelvana Studios, debuted on Nickelodeon on Monday, March 4, at 12:30p. Series follows the friendship between Corn, a loveable Unicorn, and Peg, a plucky Pegasus, who share the same unbridled enthusiasm for doing good deeds. Corn & Peg features a social-emotional curriculum that highlights empathy and kindness, and a school readiness curriculum emphasizing colors, math, directions, and health and wellness.
Sherwood, the just-out, 10-ep YouTube Premium animated series set in the dystopian future of 2270 and based on the mythology of Robin Hood, follows 14-year-old Robin and her friends’ battles with the wealthy Upper City as they strive to overcome inequality and fight for justice. Voice cast incudes Anya Chalotra (The Witcher), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), Aneurin Barnard (The Goldfinch) and Jamie Chung (The Gifted), with guest star Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale). Series is produced by Baby Octopus, New Zealand’s Toybox and Ireland’s Giant.
Spinoff Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists is set to debut on Freeform on Wednesday, March 20 at 8p. Everything about the town of Beacon Heights seems perfect, from its top-tier college to its overachieving residents – but nothing is as it appears to be, and someone snaps and kills someone. New series characters include PLL favorites Alison DiLaurentis and Mona Vanderwaal. Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists is produced by Alloy Entertainment and Long Lake Media in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television.
New CN series Victor and Valentino premieres Saturday, March 30 at 9:30a, with a slew of supernatural adventures.
After close to a decade of adventures, Discovery Family’s My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic heads into its final 26-ep ninth season Saturday, April 6 at 11:30a. Fan faves Quibble Pants (voiced by Patton Oswalt) and Cheese Sandwich (voiced by “Weird Al” Yankovic) will return to Equestria for the final ride, which includes the 200th episode, slated for April 20.
A new trailer for the upcoming nWay-developed videogame Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid reveals a closer look at the fighting game, which includes classic and new Rangers and will be available in solo and online/community modes. The game also will feature a Season Pass, which will comprise three new characters and a new warrior skin at launch, slated for spring on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.
Cartoon Network this week launches Cartoon Network Arcade, featuring the largest library of games ever based on CN’s animated series in one app. Free to download via the App Store and Google Play, the app also features the ability to collect 60-plus digital characters sing ACR technology. The Lego Group has is launch sponsor via its Lego Ninjago and Lego City brands. As part of the program, the Lego Group will award fans with an exclusive figure to jumpstart collection building and deepen engagement. Additionally, Cartoon Network Arcade will provide opportunities for fans to participate in l immersive activities based around different shows.
APC Kids, the children’s entertainment distribution company of About Premium Content, signed Russian developer Devgame to develop six mobile games worldwide (excluding Russia, CIS, Australia and China) around its animated series Kid E-Cats. Following a launch in the CIS countries with 7 million downloads of the Kid-E-Cats: Picnic app, the new games will now roll out internationally in 16 different languages.
AROUND THE INDUSTRY
Mattel and MGM are developing a live-action film based on Mattel’s classic toy line View-Master toys. The collaboration is the second for the two companies, following the February 15 announcement about a film based on Mattel’s American Girl doll brand. Mattel recently updated the viewers with View-Master VR, a virtual reality product that brings what the toymaker calls “a whole new level of realism” beyond the 3-D versions. Mattel Films and MGM will co-produce the film. Robbie Brenner, Mattel head of film and Cassidy Lange, MGM co-president of production, are overseeing production.
Sitting at $490 million worldwide at press time, Disney/Marvel’s Captain Marvel was poised to sail over the $500 million mark after yesterday’s box offce was tallied.
Nick Cannon, Whoopi Goldberg, Kenan Thompson, Jennifer Coolidge and E.G. Daily are onboard as the voice cast of Pierre The Pigeon-Hawk, a music-centric animated feature from Exodus Film Group and Cannon’s Ncredible Entertainment. John D. Eraklis will direct; Cannon will oversee music. Ciaran Crampton and Chase Muratore of Sugar Water Entertainment are producing and financing the project, which centers around Pierre (Cannon), who was born from the forbidden love between a hawk and a pigeon, is rejected by both the communities and sets out on a mission to find out where he belongs.
LICENSING & MERCH
Discovery is in a global collaboration with McDonald’s for a brand extension of Discovery’s #Mindblown in the Happy Meal program that will debut Discovery #Mindblown STEM robot toys. The partnership also includes an integration into McDonald’s McPlay and Happy Studio apps.
King Features Syndicate, a unit of Hearst, appointed M.J.A. as international licensing agent in France. King Features brands include Popeye, Betty Boop, The Phantom and Flash Gordon.
Entertainment One and Hunter are partnering on a limited-edition collection of footwear and accessories inspired by Peppa Pig, due out this summer.
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Newly minted DreamWorks Animation president Margie Cohn realigned the executive ranks, naming Kristin Lowe chief creative officer, features, and Peter Gal chief creative officer, television, both newly created roles. She also aligned marketing, PR, business and legal affairs, human resources and recruiting functions for both features and television, respectively, under Michael Vollman, EVP, marketing; Courtenay Palaski, SVP/head of communications; Josh Meyer, head of business affairs; and Ashley Brinsfield, head of human resources and recruiting.
Joe D’Ambrosia was elevated to GM, Disney Junior, expanding his current role of SVP original programming. He’ll oversee all extensions of the Disney Junior experience on- and off-screen, and will continue to be responsible for all development and production of Disney’s original content for K2-7.
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