04/25/14: The Vamps are Radio Disney’s NBT; DreamWorks exhibit debuts Down Under; Austin Mahone Launches ShowMobile App


Good morning. It’s Friday, April 25, 2014, and this is your first early morning briefing.


UK pop band The Vamps will be the next featured recording artists in Radio Disney’s "N.B.T." (Next Big Thing) music showcase. The N.B.T. showcase gives fans exclusive behind-the-scenes access to developing young recording artists as they strive to become music’s, ya know, next big thing. N.B.T. provides exposure to their music and aspiring journey across Disney Channel, Radio Disney, RadioDisney.com, Disney.com and related social media sites, as well as at live Radio Disney events in markets across the U.S. The band’s debut album, "Meet The Vamps," was released in the UK on April 11 on EMI/Island Records; they’ll be releasing an EP in the States this Summer.

Hope to see you June 11 in NY for the third annual Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards. Our industry peers will be awarded in a host of programming and marketing categories. We’ll begin revealing our Animation Innovators next week, and we’ll also be honoring a fabulous group of Kids People at the breakfast event. Need more reason to come? Inside Edition’s Megan Alexander is back to emcee. Check out Cynopsis.com for more details.


The customizable My Nick Jr. channel will launch in China as an OTT service as part of a new multiyear deal Viacom International Media Networks cut with China-based conditional access module manufacturer SMIT. The channel, which recently rolled out in the UK and France, allows parents to personalize children’s viewing experience around themes including language and problem solving, in an advertising-free environment. It contains hundreds of Nick Jr. eps including Dora the Explorer and Team Umizoomi. Verizon announced plans to launch My Nick Jr. in the US; VIMN says it has plans to launch My Nick Jr. in other Asian markets. Still no word on if or when the channel will launch in the States.

A coup for mobile platform ShowMobile in the teen world: Pop singer Austin Mahone has launched his own official channel on the ShowMobile app as a way to aggregate his social media activity. The app also provides exclusive content for fans, including the fifth and final episode of Mahone’s "#TourLife" series which was made exclusive to ShowMobile users before anyone else. The ShowMobile app is free and available on Android and iOS devices. Mahone’s channel follows the app’s inaugural channel, an original family-friendly mobile series called HitStreak that follows the lives of four aspiring teen singers in Miami. HitStreak has drawn 35 million video views, 2 million in-app episodic views and 2 million social engagements since launching in October 2013.


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DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition made its official debut Down Under, at the Melbourne-based Australian Centre for the Moving Image this month. Why that locale? "Australia’s always been very family-friendly. We’ve had immense success here," said studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg, as reported in The Hollywood Reporter. The exhibit features more than 400 items culled from the DreamWorks archives.


Hop to it. Bandai Namco Games America launched sequels to two of its popular games–Froggy Jump 2 and Froggy Splash 2–for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Froggy Jump 2 features a rich world filled with platforms, asteroids, wormholes and more crazy mayhem. In Froggy Splash 2, players will kick their little critter as far as possible to collect items and unlock beautiful locales.


DHX Media has renewed its deal with BBC Worldwide Asia to represent the licensing rights to key brands Teletubbies and In the Night Garden in China across all categories. In addition, DHX Media signed an agreement with Shanghai V-Pop for the Chinese home entertainment rights to Teletubbies; DVDs will launch at retail later this year… In related news, interactive publisher P2 Entertainment is launching a In The Night Garden app in conjunction with DHX Media. Garden first began airing in the UK in 2007.

Who should prevail in the Broadcasters/Aereo lawsuit? Cast your vote on the new cynopsis.com site.


Christopher Skala is joining Novel Entertainment as a consultant to explore opportunities across digital media in the UK and internationally. Skala is Managing Director of his own company, Skala Consultancy, which specializes in content strategy, funding and development for digital and production companies and broadcasters.


Answer to yesterday’s Trivia Question: What character does Jay Leno voice on the Fairly Odd Parents? The Crimson Chin Kudos to: Sherrie Brooks, TBS, Atlanta; Mike Doyle, Spot On Media Consultants, Madison, CT; Kevin Dwyer, Nickelodeon, NY; Michael Ritz, BucStar Consulting, NY; David Stern, BARD Entertainment, NY; Julie Stowell, Tribune Media Services, Queensbury, NY; Thomas Veltre, The Really Interesting Picture Company, NY; Pat Brady, CESD, LA; Sabrina Sparlin, Network Talent Agency, Studio City, CA.

Today’s Trivia Question: Name one of the three major villains from the Batman comic book series who never appeared in the original television show in the late ’60s? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.)


Saturday Morning Ratings by Block Average  April 19, 2014



Source: Disney from Nielsen Media Research. Based on Saturday morning viewing blocks from 7a-1p


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