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01.22.14

Good morning.It’s Wednesday, January 22, 2014, and this is your first early morning briefing.

TODAY’S TOP NEWS

TCA News: Lots of kids news out of the annual press tour this week. PBS Kids yesterday previewed its newest series, Odd Squad. The live-action show is aimed at kids ages 5-8, and focuses on problem-solving through the math concepts embedded in each of their cases. Series is created by Tim McKeon (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Adventure Time) and Adam Peltzman (The Electric Company, The Backyardigans), and produced by Sinking Ship Entertainment and The Fred Rogers Company. “Research shows that children who have positive, enriching experiences with math learning at a young age will have greater long-term success,” said Lesli Rotenberg, GM, children’s programming, PBS. “These early math experiences are especially important for kids from low-income families, who typically start school with lower scores in math than their middle-income peers.”


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greenlit original series Little Nina. The program will follow the adventures of Nina, the host of the network’s popular The Good Night Show, as a young Latina girl; it’s slated to debut in mid-2015. “The world we created eight years ago on The Good Night Show has resonated deeply with both children and their caregivers,” said Andrew Beecham, Sprout SVP, programming. “We have so many more stories about these characters to share, as we explore what her multi-ethnic community was like when she was just a preschooler.” The show’s multilingual approach will incorporate English, Spanish and sign language, and will emphasize the value of communicating across multiple languages and appreciating other cultures. Michele Lepe, who plays the role of Nina on The Good Night Show, is an executive producer.

If it ain’t broke… ABC is getting back on the Toy Story bandwagon with a new Disney-Pixar Christmas special in the works for next December. Toy Story That Time Forgot will reunite the gang led by Woody and Buzz, voiced by Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, in a new adventure where the coolest set of action figures ever turn out to be dangerously delusional. The announcement comes on the heels of the successful Halloween-y Toy Story Of Terror, which premiered in October and ranked No.1 among Total Viewers and A18-34, giving ABC its best performance in the half-hour in nearly two. In addition, it was the night’s dominant No. 1 show with K2-11 posting the Net’s highest rating in the half-hour in almost 6 years. Special is produced by Galyn Susman and directed by Steve Purcell.

For kids and those adults who refuse to grow up, NBC is following up its The Sound of Music Live! special (18.6 million viewers) with a live performance of Broadway musical Peter Pan on Dec. 4, 2014.

PROGRAMMING PICKS

Nickelodeon will unleash its latest original animated series, Breadwinners, on Monday, Feb. 17 at 7:30p. The series follows two booty-shaking ducks as they operate a bread delivery service out of their jet-fueled rocket van. The first series to come out of Nickelodeon’s animated shorts program, the 20-ep series is created by Steve Borst (Teen Titans Go!) and Gary “Doodles” Di Raffaele (MAD) and produced by Nickelodeon Animation Studios. It will premiere in its regular Saturday, 11a time slot on Feb. 22.

Disney Channel will present the one-hour season finale of fan favorite sitcom Good Luck Charlie on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 8p. The final episode, “Good-Bye Charlie,” finds Teddy (Bridgit Mendler) leaving for college and finding it hard to shoot a final video diary for her little sister, Charlie. During the week leading up to the finale, cast members will each host a night of their favorite episodes.

The Fox Station Group picked up a new two-hour science block produced and distributed by Steve Rotfeld Productions and available for syndication in fall 2014. The weekly block, Xploration Nation, consists of four half-hour shows based on STEM content. The shows will feature outer space, earth science, future technology, and animal science. “Its emphasis on STEM education is timely, important and should appeal to the 13-16 year old target age,” said Frank Cicha, SVP of programming for Fox Television Stations, of the new block. Other groups with Fox affiliates, including Tribune, have also picked up the block.

Distribution360, a marblemedia company, developed the new family property Save My Pet. Half-hour series, produced by Best Boy Entertainment, features dramatic re-enactments depicting heart-wrenching and heroic tales of a pet emergency from the medical crisis, the frantic race to the emergency room, the diagnosis, operation, post-op, and, ideally, recovery.

“Weird Al” Yankovic guests on Hub Network’s My Little Pony Friendship is Magic episode Feb. 1. In his debut pony role as party pony extraordinaire Cheese Sandwich, he threatens to foil Pinkie Pie’s reputation as queen event planner. Laughs will no doubt ensue.

Disney XD returns comedy series Kickin’ It and Lab Rats on Monday, Feb. 17, at 6p and 6:30p, respectively, leading into the net’s premiere of original movie Cloud 9. Lab Rats stars Billy Unger, Kelli Berglund and Tyrel Jackson Williams, who will also appear in interstitials during commercial breaks to “host” the telecast. Season three guests include LA Dodger Andre Ethier.

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The sun continues to shine on Disney’s Frozen. After winning a Golden Globe for Best Animated Film came word from top Mouse Bob Iger that Disney is in discussions to develop a stage musical, but no time line has been set, according to Fortune. “We’re not demanding speed,” Iger told Fortune. “We’re demanding excellence.” Frozen already is the No. 2 Disney Animation film of all time, following only The Lion King.

Despicable Me 3? Why yes, says Universal Pictures. The studio is in the works on the third installment of the animated film series, slated for release June 30, 2017. Universal also announced dates for two additional animated films: an untitled comedy directed by Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and scheduled for release in December 2016, and a new version of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, directed by Pete Candeland and scheduled for release in November 2017.

DIGITAL UPDATE

An interactive version of Nick Jr. will debut on Verizon FiOS later this year, a Viacom rep confirmed to CynKids. My Nick Jr., which will run adjacent to the linear version, will enable parents to craft personalized lineups from live and on-demand versions of shows. The carrier plans to widen distribution to mobile devices, Verizon VP of content strategy and acquisition Terry Denson told The Wall Street Journal. “It’s a way you can quash the momentum of over-the-top players in the marketplace. There’s no reason they should own that space–we should own that space,” Denson told the paper.

Ahead of this year’s Puppy Bowl X, on Feb. 2, Animal Planet is asking fans to vote for the pooch most deserving of the title MVP (Most Valuable Puppy). Another addition: #PuppyBowl Instagrams from viewer’s accounts will air live on TV throughout the show’s six consecutive broadcasts. Viewers can download the free Animal Planet app for exclusive content and a second-screen experience, watch “gifs” on Tumblr, follow Twitter updates from @MeepTheBird and read adoption stories on the fan site.

GAMES & APPS

Apple settled a complaint from the Federal Trade Commission to the tune of $32.5 million regarding the ability of children to make in-app purchases without a parent’s consent. Apple will refund at least that much to consumers, and is also required to change its billing system to ensure that it receives “express, informed consent” before consumers can be charged. The FTC complaint charges that Apple’s billing system failed to alert parents how the billing process worked, as well as about a 15-minute window where users could make an in-app purchase without re-entering a password. Apple is required to change its policies by March 31. New COPPA regulations also address the issue of gaining consent for in-app purchases.

Trigger Happy, creator of animated storytelling app Toon Hero, and Entertainment One co-developed a Toon Hero iOS app extension based on the characters from eOne’s SO SO Happy property. Users can create characters and send greetings, stories, jokes and more without any training. Toon Hero is available in 14 different languages and free to download from the App Store.


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LICENSING

Discovery Communications is growing the Discovery Kids brand with new role-playing product lines developed with Cypher Entertainment and Tek Nek Toys. Cypher will debut a line of augmented reality 3D Jurassic Action toys, divided into two product packs–Dino Excavation Kit and Interactive Dinosaur Kit. Toys will be embedded with augmented reality technology, allowing the figures to trigger an interactive 3D dinosaur via any smartphone mobile device. Tek Nek will introduce a line of products that focus on natural curiosity, including nature exploration and bug observation. The deals were brokered on behalf of Discovery by Big Tent Entertainment.

Nickelodeon and 3DlightFX are releasing 3D decorative lights based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles property. The lights, which are cordless and give the playful illusion that the turtles’ faces are busting through the wall, are exclusively available at Target.

FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment is launching a major U.K. campaign to support the TV property Tree Fu Tom via licensed products including a promo in First Choice and Thomson stores and the May launch of the new Tree Fu Tom zone within CBeebies Land at Alton Towers. CBeebies will air new episodes on of the series beginning in February.

ITV Studios signed two new U.K. and Ireland licensees for Platinum Films property Matt Hatter Chronicles–London Europe Group and Tactic Games UK. Both will be launching lines in the fourth quarter.

Giromax is releasing a set of trading cards to accompany Angry Birds Go!, the first 3D version of the game. The collection features 180 cards, including a special holographic line.

INTERNATIONAL

Canadian fans of Disney XD’s original series Mighty Meds now have more reason to attend The Disney XD Rink Rats Hockey Festival. Series stars Bradley Steven Perry and Jake Short will attend the competition on Feb. 8 at the Magna Centre in Newmarket, Ontario, to sign autographs for fans before dropping the ceremonial puck and presenting the trophy for the tournament’s championship game.

Paris-based PGS Entertainment reached an agreement with Crest Animation Productions to rep international broadcast rights (outside of the U.S., Canada and the U.K.) of four new movies based on the Lionsgate film Alpha and Omega. Each TV movie will be timed for seasonal release, including Alpha and Omega: The Great Wolf Games timed to celebrate the upcoming Winter Olympic Games. The other titles are: Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw-Toothed Cave (Halloween 2014), Alpha and Omega: A Howl-iday Adventure (Christmas)
Alpha and Omega: Family Vacation (Spring 2015).
 

EXECUTIVE MOVES

9 Story Entertainment promoted Tanya Green to VP, Production. A five-year veteran of the company, she led the studio, a leader producer and distributor of kids content, through strong growth including increasing its production slate from two shows to 10, and a staff that swelled from 60 to 200.

Anya Hollis joins ITV Studios Global Entertainment as VP, Agents, managing international licensing agents for the company’s properties including Thunderbirds and third party representations, including Cut The Rope. Hollis previously held the role of Head of Commercial Development B2B at the Science Museum Group.

The management shuffle continues at Nickelodeon. After nearly 20 years, Paula Kaplan, EVP of current TV series, is exiting the network. Among Kaplan’s Nick contributions were forming the network’s LA-based talent department in 1996, and growing the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards into a major franchise. Additionally, network vet Sal Maniaci is also departing. Maniaci, who as SVP of event and original programming, oversaw franchise events including the Kids’ Choice Awards, the TeenNick HALO Awards and Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play.

TRIVIA

Answer to Last Week’s Trivia Question: In what year was the first Kidz Bop album released? Answer: 2001. No correct guesses for this one. Let’s see how you do with this week’s question…

Today’s Trivia Question: What site is highlighted on the map that’s visible in Walt Disney’s office in the film Saving Mr. Banks? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone.)

BY THE NUMBERS

Editor’s Note: Due to the MLK holiday, TV ratings were not available at press time. They will return next week.

Weekend box office estimates for the 10 top-grossing kids/tween/teen movies rated G, PG or PG-13, provided by Rentrak for Jan. 17-19, 2014:

Ride Along (Universal) $48.09 million PG-13 (weekend)  $48.09 million (1-week cume)
The Nut Job PG (Open Road) $25.26 (weekend) $25.26 (1-week cume)
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (Paramount) PG-13 $18 million (weekend) $18 million (1-week cume)
Frozen (Disney) $16.29 million (weekend)  $332.6 million (9-week cume)
Saving Mr. Banks (Disney) PG-13 $4.79 million (weekend) $76.04 million (6-week cume)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Bros.) PG-13 $4.52 million (weekend)  $248.2 million (6-week cume)
The Legend of Hercules (Summit Entertainment) PG-13 $3.87 million (weekend)  $8.6 million (2-week cume)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate) PG-13 $2.97 million (weekend) $417.50 million (9-week cume)
Anchorman 2 (Paramount) PG-13 $2.52 million (weekend) $118.5 million (5-week cume)
Gravity (Warner Bros.) PG-13 $2.21 million (weekend) $258.28 million (16-week cume)


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