Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Cynopsis: Kids!

Good morning. It’s Friday, January 22, 2010, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing. 

Miffy is heading to the big screen. Telescreen B. V. and m43 will introduce Miffy  The Movie, a new 70-minute stop-motion feature film based on the books by author/illustrator Dick Bruna, at the European Film Market in Berlin, February 11-21, 2010.  Targeted to preschoolers and their families, Miffy  The Movie is currently in pre-production and slated for delivery in November 2011.  Featuring five story segments that link together to support an overall story, the movie is unique in that it marks the first time that a Miffy project will feature voices.  Telescreen Film Productions, a unit of Telescreen B.V., is co-producing Miffy  The Movie with Dutch public broadcaster KRO, featuring a budget of about $4.5 million, and with development support of the Media program of the European Union and Dutch Film Fund.  A production/distribution/brand management company, Telescreen is part of m4e.


Could the rumor of the last few weeks be coming true?  Martin Scorsese is reportedly in discussions with GK Films to helm a feature film adaptation Brian Selznick’s gorgeous tween-targeted novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret, per Variety.  Though there is no distribution deal in place just yet, GK Films is said to be talking to Sony and Paramount, the movie is expected to being production in May 2010.  If the project moves forward Scorsese is expected to partner again with producer Graham King; the two worked together on The Departed. 


Big Fish Entertainment enters into a partnership with National Theater for Children to distribute the new weekly, educational/informational (E/I) financial literacy TV series, Mad About Money (30 minute episodes).  The teen-targeted series is based on the national live school tour of the same name.  Set to premiere in fall 2010, Mad About Money has been cleared on Tribune, Sinclair, Newport and Acme station groups.

More Next X news.  Disney XD US will premiere Winter Next X on Monday, February 8 at 5p.  New episodes of Winter Next X will air daily through Saturday, February 13.  The episodes will also be available at ( ) soon after running on the network.  This new round of short-form Next X series will feature pro athletes Simon Dumont (skier), Andreas Wiig (snowboarder), Sammy Carlson (skier) and Chas Guldemond (snowboarder) mentoring amateur tween competitors in their sports.  Originating from the Winter X Games 14 in Aspen, Winter Next X is sponsored by Sega’s Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games.  The Next X series was developed by Disney XD in association with ESPN, and is produced by Transition Productions (ESPN X Games/Winter X Games, Ultimate Parkour Challenge).

Double order of Robot Chicken.  Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block gives the go ahead to creators/executive producers Seth Green and Matthew Senreich for two additional seasons (40 episodes), seasons five and six, of their stop-motion animated series Robot Chicken.  The series is produced under Green and Senreich’s Stoopid Monkey Productions, in conjunction with Alex Bulkley and Corey Campodonico’s ShadowMachine Films.  While not targeted to kids, Robot Chicken is pretty great, and I know plenty of kids who watch the show.  Adult Swim airs nightly 10p-6a.

Echo Bridge Entertainment inks a deal with Turner Broadcasting System Latin America to launch the teen-targeted drama Instant Star (52×30) on Boomerang in Latin America.  Boomerang will air all four seasons of Instant Star in Latin America beginning March 2010.  The series is being dubbed in Spanish by Centauro.

New Nickelodeon apps for iPhone/iPod touch, including the iCarly: Sam’s Remote and Go, Diego, Go: Musical Missions ($1.99/each).  These new apps join Nickelodeon’s other recently launched apps including SpongeBob Tickler, SpongeBob Jellyfish Jam, AddictingGames The World’s Hardest Game and iParkIt, Shockwave Daily Jigsaw to Go and Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom.

The Little Pim: fun with foreign languages DVD, CD and flash card series for preschoolers is getting its first app, Little Pim Word Bag ($1.99), for Apple’s iPhone and iPod.  Developed by Animax, Little Pim Word Bag is an interactive word game that feature Little Pim the panda and uses artwork music and sound effects to teach 27 everyday vocabulary words in a second language (French or Spanish).  The Little Pim company is currently working with PBS to create a foreign language teaching game for its subscription website, PBS Kidsplay.

Correction: WWE Studios’ upcoming feature film from is Brother’s Keeper.


Aardman Rights inks new licensing deal for its preschool property Timmy Time, as well as new gift deals for Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Morph.

  • Martin Yaffe International signs on to launch a line of Timmy Time outdoor toys (e.g. hoppers, outdoor sports and playground games) launching in summer 2010.  Other Timmy Time deals include: Baylis & Harding (toiletries, bath time gift packs); Little Star Creations (stationery, kid’s activity packs); and Aardman is partnering with Abbey Home Media Group to produce audio story CDs.
  • Cheatwell Games will produce a line of lenticular puzzles including Shaun the Sheep Jigsaws and a Morph board game.
  • Ethos International is introducing a line of Shaun the Sheep and Wallace & Gromit mugs and houseware gifts, with The Novelty Gift Company launching a range of Morph gifts, such as book ends, desktop buddy and wall clocks.


Channel One News is partnering with AdoptaPlatoon, a non-profit organization, to invite students to convey their appreciation to US troops and let them know about the positive activities taking place in their communities at home. Channel One News will work with teachers to assign a platoon for their school or classroom, and then students can reach out and boost troop morale via cards, letters, pictures, and videos and care packages. Students and teachers can find more information about the program and sign up by February 5 at  Channel One says it was inspired to create the school/troop program by the upcoming Screen Gems/Sony Pictures film, Dear John.

Bestseller Children’s Fiction Books (top 10), Week of January 11, 2010: Title; Author (Publisher)
Witch & Wizard; James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet (Little, Brown)
Catching Fire; Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press)
Fallen; Lauren Kate (Delacorte)
The Hunger Games; Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
Shiver; Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Press)
The Book Thief; Markus Zusak (Knopf)
Beautiful Creatures; Kami Garcia (Little, Brown)
Graceling; Kristin Cashore (Graphia)
Lock and Key; Sarah Dessen (Puffin)
The Magician’s Elephant; Kate Dicamillo (Candlewick)
Compiled from data received from independent and chain bookstores.
Source: Publishers Weekly


Disney XD‘s launch of its new series I’m in the Band on Monday, January 18, 2010 (7p), set new records including debuting as the top original series premiere in the network’s history (that includes when it was Toon Disney) among Total Viewers (863,000), K6-11 (358,000), Boys 6-11 (241,000), Tweens 9-14 (375,000) and Tween Boys (231,000).  Supported by evening programming, which also included new episodes of The Suite Life on Deck (6:30p) and Zeke and Luther (7:30p) bookbinding I’m in the Band, January 18 became Disney XD’s most watched Monday on record among Total Viewers (601,000), K6-11 (281,000), Boys 6-11 (157,000) and Tweens 9-14 (251,000) and Tween Boys (143,000).

Friday Fun Fact:  A kangaroo cannot jump if its tail is lifted off the ground. It needs its tail for pushing off.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia:   Who read from Big Book?  BELLE on DISNEY’S SING ME A STORY WITH BELLE  Kudos to …  nobody.  Wow!  I win … twice in one week!

Today’s Trivia Question: What series titled character worked at the Miami based The Record-Dispatch?  (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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