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Good morning. It’s Friday, December 1, 2006 and this is your first early morning Kids! briefing.
US Federal District Judge James Brady of Louisiana yesterday ordered a permanent injunction preventing the state from implementing a statute that would have banned the sale of violent video games to minors. Citing his decision the Judge Brady, who issued his ruling from the bench rather than in a written decision, upheld the decision he issued in August in which the Judge said that when the State passed the law, it failed to consider the many similar cases in other states that in which found that video games are protected as free speech.
In related news, earlier this week the Seventh Circuit in Illinois overturned an appeal by the State of Illinois related to a similar video game law, further underlining that video games are covered under the First Amendment protections and that the state cannot restrict sales of particular games to minors.
The National Institute on Media and the Family has delivered its 11th Annual MediaWise Video Game Report Card this week handing out grades to parents, retailers and video game console manufacturers. The MediaWise report commended big box retailers, giving them each an “A” for making “major improvements” in enforcing video game ratings. Meanwhile specialty video game stores received an “F” for failing to prevent kids from purchasing mature games. Console manufacturers did well, receiving an “A” for incorporating video game safeguards such as parental controls. It is parents, however, that didn’t fare to well on the Report Card getting an “incomplete,” for not following through on using those tools to prevent their kids from playing games they don’t approve of, or knowing what games their kids are playing. For this marking period the education of parents about the video game ratings system was given a “B.” The full report including recommendations for parental involvement and family rules can be found at http://www.mediafamily.org/research/report_vgrc_2006.shtml.
Video Monitoring Services (VMS) has entered into a deal with Nielsen BuzzMetrics, which measures consumer-generated media (CGM). According to the pact, Nielsen BuzzMetrics will provide VMS access to its blog database that covers millions of blogs. This real-time CGM will be available to VMS clients through its suite of products and services.
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Jump In!, a new Disney Channel Original Movie will premiere in the US on Friday, January 12, 8p, and on Disney Channel around the world shortly thereafter. Set in Brooklyn, Jump In! is the story of an up-and-coming teen boxer who discovers that what he really wants to do is take part in competitive double Dutch. The cast includes Corbin Bleu (High School Musical) and Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee), David Reivers (Bleu’s real father), Laivan Greene, Micah Williams, Shanica Knowles and Gene A. Mack among others. To support the movie, music videos featuring both Bleu and Palmer are currently airing in rotation on Disney Channel. Additionally, the network run “Jump In!” segments including a Q&A feature that will launch on DisneyChannel.com on January 12. The following day, Saturday, January 13, Bleu will host a behind-the-scenes set tour. A production of Davis Entertainment, Jump In! was written by Doreen Spicer and Regina Hicks & Karin Gist and directed by Paul Hoen.
World Events Productions bringing back Voltron: Defender of the Universe, the popular 1980s anime series and toys, with a new line of licensed products, which including the newly released first Voltron DVD Blue Lion. The Voltron DVDs are distributed by Media Blasters with a total of 8 Volumes (15 episodes each) set to be released throughout 2007, all of which will feature added extras (e.g. documentary, rare clips etc). Under a new deal between World Events Productions and Cartoon Network, the entire Voltron: Defender of the Universe anime series will begin airing on Adult Swim this month. In addition a live-action Voltron feature film is currently in the works with Producer Mark Gordon and music industry executive producer Pharrell Williams.
The 34th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards will be handed out on CBS, June 15, 2007, live from the Kodak Theater. This marks the second year in a row that the Daytime Emmy show will originate from Hollywood. The Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment Emmy Awards will be presented in Hollywood the night before, June 14, in a non-televised ceremony. While most of the nominations for the Daytime Emmy Awards will be announced live from NY on CBS on the morning of March 14, 2007, nominations for the kids categories will be announced on February 7, 2007, at the KidScreen Summit in NYC; this is the week prior to the American International Toy Fair 2007.
Big Picture Entertainment inked a deal with Zinkia Entertainment to handle home entertainment rights in Spain for the preschool animated series Pocoyo. Launch of the first Pocoyo DVDs is scheduled for spring 2007. Pocoyo is co-produced by Zinkia Entertainment and Granada International in association with Granada Kids and Cosgrove Hall. The 3D CGI series follows the adventures of a little boy with an unending curiosity for discovery.
Little League Baseball has inked a licensing deal with Avon. Little League Baseball’s licensing agent SloaneVision Unlimited put the deal together. Under the agreement, the line of products will include Little League Baseball watches by Avon, and products from licensees including Accessory Network (bags, backpacks) and MjC SF/Logotel (sleepwear). The program will be highlighted in the Avon catalog set for 1Q 2007 and is set to rollout in time for the 2007 Little League season.
Electronic Arts Inc. has acquired Headgate Studios, Inc., a video game developer. The Headgate development team will remain based in Utah and focus its energies on developing game titles for the Nintendo Wii. Headgate’s CEO and Founder Vance Cook will continue to head the studio as Executive Producer, reporting to Nick Earl, VP and GM, EA Redwood Shores/Maxis. Headgate Studios will change its name to EA Salt Lake.
Sling Media tapped former MTV executives, Jason Hirschhorn and Benjamin White, to head up its new Sling Media Entertainment Group as President and Chief Creative Officer respectively. Based in NYC the Sling Media Entertainment Group will be responsible for creating next generation entertainment applications and services for the Slingbox community. Hirschhorn was a Founding Partner at TripleH Media Advisors, a digital media consultancy. Prior to that he was Chief Digital Officer, MTV Networks. Most recently White oversaw the launch of MTV Overdrive, a broadband video network. He previously served as VP/Digital Media, MTVN
Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has tapped Jack Tretton as its new President and CEO. Tretton was formerly SCEA’s EVP and COO. He was part of the original team that launched PlayStation in 1995. Tretton takes over the reins from Kaz Hirai, who has been appointed President and Group COO, Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc., in Tokyo. In turn, Hirai takes over for Ken Kutaragi, who will remain CEO of the company and been named Chairman.
Friday Fun Fact: It was the Romans who made the first popsicle. They took some ice and added flavor to it and then licked it. What a great idea!
Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: In what film did the “Pinheads” tryout for the dance? BACK TO THE FUTURE Kudos to: Miriam Stocker-Black Entertainment Television/Southfield MI; David Danowski-DIC Entertainment Advertiser Sales/NY; Julie Caracciolo-Active International/Pearl River NY; Craig Coleman-Nicktoons Network/NY; Kurtis Humfeld-Fox TV/Eden Prairie MN; Andrea Blain-Andrea Blain Public Relations/Skokie IL
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