Friday, July 6th, 2007


Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Friday, July 6, 2007 and this is your first early morning briefing.

The Princess and the Frog (f/k/a The Frog Princess), Disney’s new 2D animated musical movie, has added Keith David to its cast, which already includes Anika Noni Rose as the voice of the 19-year-old princess who lives in New Orleans’ French Quarter.  David will lend his voice to the villainous Dr. Facilier.  Slated for a 2009 release, The Princess and the Frog is based on a story adapted by John Musker & Ron Clements, both of whom will serve as co-directors.  The movie will feature a score composed by Randy Newman.

Director Robert Zemeckis is working on a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, which will feature Jim Carrey and Bob Hoskins, per an Empire Online interview with Hoskins.  According to Hoskins, the movie will be produced using motion capture animation technology, like the style that Zemeckis employed for The Polar Express and his upcoming Beowulf, and will star Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge and Hoskins as Fezziwig (the guy who young Ebenezer worked for).


Harry Potter fans don’t forget that you’ll get a look at some previously un-released footage just days before the July 11 release of Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix this weekend during ABC Family’s Harry Potter movie weekend.  Beginning tonight the network will feature the potter movies beginning tonight with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (7:30p), followed tomorrow night, Saturday, July 7, with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (7p) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban will air Sunday, July 8 (5p).

Jetix UK has picked up another season of PXG, a short-form series (3-minute segments) that focuses on the world of gaming, offering news, hints, tips and cheats for games for consoles, PCs and mobile phones.  Produced by Prism Entertainment and hosted by Kentaro, the new season is scheduled to debut in September 2007.  This time around the episodes of PXG will be “more UK-centric,” featuring user-generated content of kids offering their opinion on games. Additionally, a new website and live online chat will be part of the new season.

Nintendo has released Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree.  The multiplayer game is rated E for Everyone. I have to say that the DS version of the game is fun, so I may just have to get the Wii Degree while my kids are away this summer so that I can be ahead of the game when they return … um that would be after I finish my next few surgeries on Wii Trauma Center: Second Opinion, but I might just like this game because of the anime sounds the characters make right before the beginning surgeries, “ahhh.”  Don’t worry  I do have a real life.

In other gaming releases, LucasArts will publish a new Thrillville game title, based on its original Thrillville game that allows players to create theme parks.  Thrillville: Off the Rails, providing folks with the chance to design their own roller coasters, will debut in October 2007 for Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 2, PSP, Games for Windows and Nintendo DS.  The game’s rating is pending, but I can tell you that the original Thrillville game was rated Everyone 10+


Wizards of the Coast, Inc. will host the first Magic Game Day, a one-day event celebrating its collectible card game, Magic: The Gathering, on July 14, 2007.  In addition to hobby stores around the world featuring game demos, league play, tournaments, contests, and promo cards and a scavenger hunt (item list will be pre-posted on, the day also marks the release of Magic: The Gathering Tenth Edition Core Game and the new Magic: The Gathering 2 Player Starter Game.  Store locations and other info can be found at ( ). Created by Richard Channing Garfield, Jr., Magic: The Gathering launched in 1993 by Wizards of the Coast, which is a subsidiary of Hasbro, Inc.

HIT Entertainment has tapped Turkish licensing agent, Sinerji, to represent its preschool properties Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder and Barney & Friends across Turkey.  Turkey’s terrestrial broadcaster Show TV, which is available in 18+ million HH in the region, carries Thomas & Friends and Barney & Friends.

Herschend Family Entertainment (HFE), owner and operator of theme parks in the US, and Big Idea, Inc., have inked a new five-year deal to develop new VeggieTales themed activities/attractions for all HFE locations.  Under a previous deal VeggieTales has a presence at HFE’s Dollywood, and the park’s Country Fair, as well as at Stone Mountain Park and Celebration City.

Kidz Bop, the series of kid’s music albums, re-launches its website ( ) this week with the introduction of a national talent search titled Be a Kidz Bop Star.  To participate kids (any age) need to create a video(s) of themselves performing, and then just upload it to the website.  Once submitted the videos will be posted to the site where anyone can screen them and vote.  The videos will be whittled down to the top 15, and following a final consumer vote four finalists will be selected.  The Kidz Bop Vol. 12 album is available from this month, with Vol. 13 slated for a December 2007 release.


2nd Quarter Year-to-Year Comparison: Top Dozen Total Day Rankings among K6-11 (000) 4/2-7/1/07 vs. 3/27-6/25/06, Cable Networks Only:
Network:                    (000)    %diff
NICK° :                      635        -6%
DSNY:                       566     +11%
CARTOON** :             418        -6%
NAN* :                       235        -8%
ADSM** :                   194     +11%
TOON DIS.:                  76     +15%
DISCOVERY:                 43     +43%
MTV:                            35      -29%
NICKTOONS:                 34      +6%
ANIMAL PLANET:           32        -9%
BET:                             29       -6%
NOGGIN/THE N***:        24      +9%
°Nickelodeon Total Day 6a-11p
*NAN Total Day 9p-6a
**Cartoon Network & Adult Swim share channel space ADSM airs
Sat.-Thurs. 11p-6a
The networks listed are mostly those cable networks that regularly appear on the K6-11 weekly ranking charts.
***NOGGIN and THE N share channel space, NOGGIN 6a-6p, THE N 6p-6a daily.
Source: Disney Research from Star Media Multitrak Reporting System Live+7 Blended with Live+SD from 10/16/2006 to date; Data prior to 12/26/2005 is based on Live Viewing

Friday Fun Fact:  William Phelps Eno, known as the “father of traffic safety” created the world’s first city traffic code (NYC), invented the stop sign and wrote the first manual of police traffic regulations. Eno himself never learned to drive.

Answer to Yesterday’s trivia question: Kids hiding out in the woods, and people searching for “big taste” were all part of a commercial advertisement for what kid-targeted product?  HONEYCOMB CEREAL  Kudos to: Jim Ryan-AETN/NY; Dave Bourla-YGWG Inc./NY; Brad Stern-Long Island Children’s Museum/NY; Sherrie Brooks-Turner Broadcasting System, Inc/Atlanta; David McDermott-Venice, CA; Rob Chatlin-FX Network/LA

Today’s Trivia Question:  Big cheese was the villain in which cartoon?   ( click here 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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