Friday, August 1st, 2008

CCI Entertainment – Beyond Imagination

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Good morning. It’s Friday, August 1, 2008, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing, presented for the first time with graphic elements!  Let us know what you think!

J.K. Rowling announced on her website yesterday plans for the release of The Tales of Beedle the Bard to the masses.  You’ll recall that there are only six copies of the original version of the book in existence.  The Tales of Beedle the Bard will be published on December 4, 2008, by Rowling’s charity, Children’s High Level Group, in an exclusive agreement with publishers Bloomsbury and Scholastic and with Amazon.  All proceeds will go to the charity.  There will be a regular edition ($7.59) as well as a limited number of collector’s edition ($100, which will include 10 additional illustrations not featured in the standard or even the original group of books), both of which can be pre-ordered now exclusively at Amazon.  According to Rolling, “the new edition will include the Tales themselves, translated from the original runes by Hermione Granger, and with illustrations by me, but also notes by Professor Albus Dumbledore,” these notes were of course found in his papers following his death.



BRB Internacional is developing a new HD 3D animated series titled The Secret Life of Suckers (104×2), which it is co-producing with Screen 21, Genoma Animation and Televisio de Catalunya.  Described as an “urban animated series with a hip hop beat,” the series is a sit-com about life as seen through a car window, all through the use of plush dolls, or “art toys,” each with its own style and personality (e.g. a gothic doll, a hip hop speaker, a spooky panda, etc) that live in cars.

Director/Producer Sam Raimi (the Spider-Man movies, Evil Dead) is partnering with Disney to develop a new superhero movie, The Transplants, per Reuters.  The Transplants is an action/adventure movie, which will also feature a healthy dose of comedy, and features a script by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson, who were both part of the writing team for Not Another Teen Movie (Sony/Columbia, 2001).  Raimi will produce The Transplants.

Speaking of Spider-Man … Sony is reportedly going ahead with a script for a new movie project based on the character Venom, the villainous character that was in Spider-Man 3, per The Hollywood Reporter.  The report notes that neither Sony nor Marvel commented on the news. 

A little more sand will need to travel through the hourglass before we get to see the feature film adaptation of the video game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, as Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer announce the shift in the release date for the movie to Friday, May 28, 2010, which is Memorial Day weekend.  Directed by Mike Newell, the movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Alfred Molina, Ben Kingsley and Gemma Arterton.  The movie, which had been set for release on June 19, 2009, will now rollout in the week between DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek the Fourth and Marvel Studios’ Thor.


Lionsgate acquires the US home entertainment distribution rights to Marvel Entertainment’s new animated series Wolverine & The X-Men (26×30). A co-production with Toonz Entertainment, Singapore and First Serve International, Wolverine & The X-Men is slated to bow on Nicktoons Network from January 2009.  The deal expands on Lionsgate’s partnership with Marvel that includes original animated direct-to-DVD features based on Marvel’s characters, with the next title , Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, set for a September 2, 2008 release.  The next move that will be released under the Lionsgate and Marvel theatrical relationship is The Punisher: War Zone in December 2008.

Decode Entertainment receives a third season pick-up from Canada’s Family Channel for its live-action teen-targeted series The Latest Buzz.  The new season of 26 episodes will bring the total number of The Latest Buzz to 65×22.  Additionally, Decode Enterprises has inked a number of sales with international broadcasters for the series including Cartoon Network Latin America, Nickelodeon Spain, Digiturk (Turkey), RTE (Ireland) and VRAK.TV (Canada) all picking up seasons one and two (39×22), with Cartoon Network Germany taking season one.  Decode Entertainment and Decode Enterprises are both subsidiaries of DHX Media.

Warner Home Video‘s new Scooby-Doo original direct-to-DVD movie, Scooby-Doo & The Goblin King, scares its way to retail on September 23, 2008 in time for Halloween season.  In addition to being released on DVD, Scooby-Doo & The Goblin King will also make its TV debut on Cartoon Network this fall.  The movie features a host of celebrity voice-overs including, Hayden Panettiere, Jay Leno, Lauren Bacall, Tim Curry and Jim Belushi, Wayne Knight, and Wally Shawn, among others.  Bonus extras on the DVD include the Scooby-Doo You Believe in Magic? featurette, which shows viewers how to perform some magic tricks. 

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation (NIHFF) and The Advertising Council will launch the second set of multimedia public service announcements (PSAs) next week to support its Inspiring Invention campaign, which aims to make inventing and the process of inventing a part of the lives of American kid/tweens 8-11 now and in the future.  The campaign was created in conjunction with ad agency Publicis & Hal Riney.  The new PSAs continue to direct kids/tweens/parents to, a site designed by Visual Perspectives Internet (VPI).  Upon the launch of the new PSAs the website will offer a showroom, developed by Driftlab, where the inventions in the PSAs will be featured along with a series of interactive games and inventor’s tool kit.



United Media (UM) inks a deal to serve as the licensing and merchandising agent for Random House Children’s book series Babymouse across the US and Canada.  UM will work closely with the series creators, Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm, to develop the licensing and merchandising program for the property, with an initial focus on apparel, accessories, stationery, gifts, back-to-school, interactive, toys and crafts.  Targeted to Girls 6-11, the Babymouse series currently includes eight book titles, with an additional two titles set for release each year moving forward.

NCircle Entertainment will release two new Will & Dewitt DVD titles, Frog-tastic Family Fun! and My BFF (Best Frog Friend) in the US on August 26 as part of its home entertainment distribution deal with Cookie Jar Entertainment.  Under an agreement with Procter & Gamble, Cookie Jar optioned rights to use the frog featured on the packaging of P&G’s Kandoo toddler personal care line to play a featured role in the animated TV series.  So, to support the release of the DVDs, NCircle is working with P&G to share shelf space at select US grocery stores, which will place the DVDs alongside Kandoo products.  Furthermore, the DVD titles will offer a coupon for $1 0ff Kandoo products.


Razor & Tie Entertainment promotes Victor Zaraya to EVP/Finance & Operations.   He will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the company as well as playing a key role in Razor & Tie’s kid’s business, record label, publishing division and digital and media business.  Zaraya, who had been SVP/Finance & Operations, will report directly to the company’s co-owners Cliff Chenfeld and Craig Balsam.


Final K6-11 Ratings for Saturday, July 26, 2008 Broadcast Networks only (Live + SD Data):
Source: Disney Research from Nielsen Media Research Data
CW (CW4Kids) 1.1/7 Avg. (7a-12p)
Will & DeWitt 0.3/4; Magi Nation 0.4/5; Tom and Jerry Tales 0.9/7; Tom and Jerry Tales 1.3/8; Chaotic 1.2/6; Spectacular Spider-Man 1.2/6; Spectacular Spider-Man 1.3/7; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1.6/8; Yu-Gi-Oh GX 1.4/8; The Batman 1.4/8
ABC 1.1/6 Avg. (9a-1p)
The Emperor’s New School 0.4/3; The Replacements 0.8/4; That’s So Raven 0.9/5; That’s So Raven 1.0/5; Hannah Montana 1.1/6; Suite Life of Zack & Cody 1.2/6; Hannah Montana 1.4/7; Suite Life of Zack & Cody 1.6/8
FOX (4Kids TV) 0.9/5 Avg. (8a-12n)
Viva Pinata 0.4/3; Viva Pinata 0.7/5; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 0.8/5; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1.0/6; Sonic X 1.0/5; Dinosaur King 0.9/5; Kirby 1.1/6; Winx Club 1.0/5
CBS (KEWLopolis on CBS) 0.2/1 Avg. (7-10a/10a-12p*)
Care Bears 0.1/1; Strawberry Shortcake 0.3/2; Cake 0.2/1; Sushi Pack 0.1/1; Dino Squad 0.1/1; Horseland 0.3/2
NBC (Qubo on NBC) Avg. 0.1/1 (10a-1p)
Jane and the Dragon 0.1/1; Zula Patrol 0.2/1; 321 Penguins/Larryboy Adventures 0.1/1; Veggie Tales 0.2/1; Babar 0.0/0; My Friend Rabbit 0.2/1

Final K6-11 Ratings for Saturday, July 26, 2008 Cable Networks only (Live + SD Data):
Source: Disney Research from Nielsen Media Research Data
NICKELODEON 3.5/22 Avg. (7a-1p)
Jimmy Neutron 1.2/18; Jimmy Neutron 1.6/19; Fairly OddParents 2.5/22; Fairly OddParents 2.7/19; SpongeBob SquarePants 3.7/21; SpongeBob SquarePants 4.2/22; Back at the Barnyard 4.1/21; Mighty B! 4.7/24; SpongeBob SquarePants 5.0/26; SpongeBob SquarePants 4.6/24; Avatar: Sozins Comet (120 minutes) 3.7/19
CARTOON NETWORK 1.8/11 Avg. (7a-1p)
George of the Jungle 1.0/12; Flapjack 1.6/14; Chowder 2.2/15; Pokemon: Diamond & Pearl  Battle Dimension 2.0/12; Pokemon: Diamond & Pearl  Battle Dimension 2.2/11; Ben 10: Alien Force 2.4/12; Transformers: Animated 1.9/10; Bakugan 1.6/8; Robotboy 1.6/9; Ben 10: Alien Force 2.0/11; Ben 10: Alien Force 2.0/11
DISNEY CHANNEL 1.7/11 Avg. (7a-1p)
The Wiggles 1.0/16; Johnny and the Sprites 1.0/12; Bunnytown 0.9/8; My Friends Tigger & Pooh 1.1/7; Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 1.6/9; Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 1.9/10; Handy Manny 2.0/10; Little Einsteins 1.6/8; Higglytown Heroes 1.4/7; Charlie and Lola 1.6/8; Dr. Dolittle (100 minutes) 3.7/19
TOON DISNEY (Jetix) 0.4/3 Avg. (7a-1p)
Spiderman & His Amazing Friends 0.2/3; The Incredible Hulk 0.4/4; Spiderman 0.4/4; Monster Buster Club 0.3/2; Brother Bear (105 minutes) 0.5/3; Weekender Shorts (15 minutes) 0.3/1; Alice in Wonderland (100 minutes) 0.5/3; Kim Possible Shorts 0.4/2

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Wednesday, July 30, 2008, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1337; K6-11 826; TWEENS 9-14 611
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11 1070; K6-11 729; TWEENS 9-14 674
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   706; K6-11 450; TWEENS 9-14 347
TOON DISNEY:           K2-11   179; K6-11   89; TWEENS 9-14   63
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data


Friday Fun Fact:  The Stegosaurus dinosaur measured up to 30 feet long but had a brain the size of a walnut.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  On the animated series The Adventures of Jonny Quest, what was the name of Jonny Quest’s dog?  BANDIT Kudos to: Renee Ruetz-WT05/Toledo, OH;Randy Meredith-Brighter Minds Media/Worthington, OH; Rick Gallagher-Bookazine/Bayonne, NJ; Hank Bordowitz-The Bordowitz Media Werx/Ridgewood, NJ; Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf-Lookout Marketing/Minneapolis; Sue Barrett-Determined Productions/Chicago; Sheryl SloanBusRadio/IL; Chip Beaman-Soundelux Design Music Group/Hollywood; Robert Ramirez-OddBot Inc./LA; Steve Behling-Disney Publishing Worldwide/Glendale, CA; Tammi Denbow-Fox/LA

Today’s Trivia Question:  In the 2004 film Mean Girls, what was the group of popular, spiteful girls called?   (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone. Unofficial rules: Only the second four correct answers from each time zone will be mentioned; and once you’ve been mentioned in any of the Cynopsis editions, you can’t be mentioned again that calendar week.)


Later — Gwen

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