Good morning. It’s Friday, January 9, 2009, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.
As Entertainment Rights (ER) continues to search for investors or acquisition partner(s) to work its way out of debt, while drastically reducing its annual costs including workforce, the company is set to sue its US DVD distributor, Genius Products, concerning allegedly unpaid fees, per Variety. The fees are described as an ‘unspecified amount’. No word yet on ER’s discussions with its most recent (unnamed) suitor.
NEW PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
Twilight fans can rest easy with news that Taylor Lautner will return to play Jacob Black again in New Moon, Summit Entertainment‘s movie sequel to Twilight, according to New Moon director Chris Weitz via Twilight book series author Stephenie Meyer’s website. Production starts soon on New Moon, which is set for release November 20, 2009.
Iron Man 2 gets new villains in Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell, per The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. Directed by Jon Favreau, the Marvel Studios movie sequel to last year’s Iron Man will feature Rourke as a Russian heave named the Crimson Dynamo, and Rockwell will play Ton Stark business rival Justin Hammer. Paramount is set to release the movie on May 7, 2010.
MORE KIDS STUFF
Disney/ABC heads to Washington for the US Presidential Inauguration, where it will cover a range of special events across its channels and multiple platforms, including specifically aimed at kids and families. Disney Channel will televise the Kids’ Inaugural: We Are The Future, honoring military families, on Monday, January 19, 8-9:30p. Attended by Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden and their families, the concert will be simulcast on Radio Disney, and will be streamed on Disney.com immediately following its completion. The talent line-up for the concert is TBA.
Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) and MTV Networks teams to make a range MTVN’s programming available for download via PlayStation Network‘s video service for Playstation3 and PSP in the US. The initial line-up of MTVN programming specifically for kids includes Nickelodeon‘s SpongeBob SquarePants. Moving forward we can expect more content from Nickelodeon as well as The N and TV Land. For older audiences, content will come from MTV, VH1, Comedy Central Spike, Logo, CMT and Atom.
Decode Enterprises completes new international sales for the animated preschool TV series Martha Speaks (40×22/80×11). Picking up the series are: Discovery Kids Latin America, Canal+ Cyfrowy Sp. z o.o. and OP Art in Poland, Noga Communication’s Logi Channel (Israel) and Minimax (Central and Eastern Europe), Al Jazeera Children’s Channel (Arabic countries) and YLE (Finland). These deals follow the recent sale of the series to CBBC (UK). A co-production between Studio B Productions and WGBH Boston, with Decode Enterprises representing the worldwide TV ad home entertainment rights outside of the US, Martha Speaks is Based on author Susan Meddaugh’s books.
TV-Loonland signs several new rights agreements in Spain for the animated series Little Princess. TVE Spain picks up the Free TV rights and Cartoon Network Spain acquires the pay TV rights for the preschool series, which is set to bow soon on TVE’s LA 2. Big Picture Entertainment takes the home entertainment rights and plans to release the first Little Princess DVD in August/September 2009. A publishing program for the series will launch this year, including a new deal with Random House that has picked up rights to publish TV tie-in books for Spain. Additionally, TV-Loonland names Spain’s El Ocho Licencias y Promociones S.L. as the local licensing agent for the property. The Illuminated Film Company produces Little Princess.
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Mattel announced it is shifting its online strategy to be an interactive programming and content provider with the development of Mattel Digital Network. Targeted to kids/tweens/teens and families, the new online destination allows kids (and others) to play online with Mattel’s brands, while the company can also observe how different groups play. The kid-safe environment will feature Mattel brands including Barbie, Hot Wheels, Matchbox and Radica.
DanceDanceRevolution comes to Subway. Konami Digital Entertainment and Subway restaurants join in a kid-centric healthy lifestyle promotion now through March 29, 2009. Participating restaurants are offering on of six DanceDanceRevolution branded premium toy accessories with the purchase of a Subway Fresh Fit For Kids meal. Do you have to wait an hour after eating before playing DanceDanceRevolution?
Fox Home Entertainment will release two new Goosebumps DVD collections, Return of the Mummy and The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight, on March 31. The live-action TV series is based on the R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books published by Scholastic, which adapted the series for TV. Goosebumps originally aired on Fox (1995-98) and currently airs in the US on Cartoon Network.
Citing statistics from panel-based measurement firm Hitwise, which ranks similar publishers in terms of like and kind market share, PBS was the most visited broadcast network website in 2008. PBS.org ranked as the top broadcast site for 19 weeks compared to 12 weeks each for CBS.com and NBC.com. PBS.org and PBSKids.org reported record traffic years in 2008. PBSKids.org benefited from a new video player, which streamed nearly one million clips/week and generated more than 13 million total streams since its launch last fall, according to CDN thePlatform.
Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Monday, January 5, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON: K2-11 1096; K6-11 495; TWEENS 9-14 357
DISNEY CHANNEL: K2-11 762; K6-11 489; TWEENS 9-14 365
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11 520; K6-11 339; TWEENS 9-14 242
TOON DISNEY: K2-11 127; K6-11 71; TWEENS 9-14 57
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data
Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Tuesday, January 6, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON: K2-11 1115; K6-11 443; TWEENS 9-14 292
DISNEY CHANNEL: K2-11 669; K6-11 418; TWEENS 9-14 309
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11 452; K6-11 280; TWEENS 9-14 195
TOON DISNEY: K2-11 84; K6-11 46; TWEENS 9-14 32
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data
Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Wednesday, January 7, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON: K2-11 1200; K6-11 571; TWEENS 9-14 409
DISNEY CHANNEL: K2-11 702; K6-11 405; TWEENS 9-14 296
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11 498; K6-11 297; TWEENS 9-14 194
TOON DISNEY: K2-11 144; K6-11 83; TWEENS 9-14 40
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data
Friday Fun Fact: There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: abstemious and facetious.
Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: If you’re a muppet named Gonzo, who is your best friend? RIZZO THE RAT (or his love interest, Camilla the Chicken) Kudos to: Sara Resnick-WLIW/NY; Michael Lapinski/NY; Kelly-Ann Fentress-Nickelodeon Preschool Brand Creative/NY; Sarah Wallendjack-Out of the Blue/NY; Jeff Strobl-Pixel Farm/Minneapolis, MN; Robert Ramirez-Oddbot Studios/LA; Izzy Neis-Six Degrees Games/LA; Rob Chatlin-FX Network/LA; Michael Decsi-Wildeyed Pictures/Toronto
Today’s Trivia Question: On the animated series Franklin, Franklin is often seen with a blue stuffed dog. What does he call this companion? (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.)
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