Friday, June 12th, 2009


Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Friday, June 12, 2009, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

CBBC commissions a new science series, Space Hoppers, and a second season of the science-based game show Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab.  Space Hoppers (7×30)  is an interplanetary adventure series featuring Professor Brian Cox.  Using animation and CGI and experiments, the series investigate what one might need to go on vacation in outer space and the extreme environments in the Solar System.  Set to launch in 2010, which happens also to be the BBC’s Year of Science, Space Hoppers is produced in conjunction with BBC Science’s series Seven Wonders Of The Solar System, also hosted by Cox. Space Hoppers is a collaboration between the London Factual department and CBBC.  The second season of Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab includes 26×30 episodes. The second installment of the first series of Blast Lab begins on BBC Two on Saturday June 20 June, at 8.30a, repeated on CBBC on Monday June 22, at 4.30p.


Sony Pictures Animation acquires the feature film rights to The Familiars, a forthcoming kid-targeted fantasy book series penned by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson, per THR.  Epstein and Jacobson are set to adapt the book for the big screen, they directed co-write Dimension’s Extreme Movie and are working on Transplants for Disney.  Discussions are under way with Sam Raimi and Josh Donen to produce the feature through their Stars Road EntertainmentHarperCollins Children’s acquired the North American publishing rights to the book series at Book Expo America (BEA) last week.


Disneynature has acquired the North American and Mexican distribution rights to the new film OceanWorld 3D, the first feature-length nature documentary filmed and released in 3D.  OceanWorld 3D is produced by 3D Entertainment and Gavin McKinney Underwater Productions, it is a Mantello Brothers Film with underwater cinematography by Gavin McKinney, and featuring an original score by Christophe Jacquelin.  Presented by Jean-Michel Cousteau, the 85-minute movie premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month and releases this August in France and Russia.  The North American release date will be announced later.

Moonscoop inks a raft of TV sales leading into DISCOP.  Orlando Kids (Bosnia, Croatian, Macedonian, Montenegro and Slovenia) acquires free TV, pay TV and home entertainment rights to Moonscoop shows including the trading-card game based MixMaster, 3D comedy adventure Cosmic Quantum Ray, superhero crime fighting HD animated series Bunny Maloney, preschool series Dive Olly Dive! and Casper.  The Tuck channel (same territories as above) takes free TV rights to Fantastic Four.  Pay-TV channel Red Media (Russia) acquires preschool series SamSam in HD and Canal J takes SamSam, Dive Olly Dive! and the second season of ToddWorld.  Additionally, Carisma (Poland) takes theatrical rights to Dive Olly Dive! and Canal+ renews rights for the first two seasons of Code Lyoko.  ETV (Estonia) snags SamSam and RTV (Slovenia) acquires the new animated cut-out series Ava Riko Teo.

At Annecy 2009 France Television unveiled plans to launch a daily tween/teen-targeted afternoon animation programming block this fall 2009 on digital channel France 4, per C21 Media.  France Television’s, which programs to kids on France 4, France 3 (morning) and France 5 (midday), new plan is to focus its energies on three different types of animated programming, edutainment, comics or kid’s book adaptations, and short-form programming.  France Television commissioned edutainment series includes: Commander Clark from Go-N; Art Investigation from Normaal Animation; Gaston (78×7), based on the Gaston Lagaffe everyday life comic strip by Andre Franquin; The Little Prince based on Antoine de Saint Exupery’s work and produced by Method Films; a new season of Marsupilmai from Samka; Les Dalton  a spin-off series of Lucky Luke from Xilam; and Moonscoop’s new season of Titeuf.  The company also plans to experiment with new hybrid programming.


Marvel Entertainment renews and expands agreements with licensing partners across apparel categories: Marvel renews its licensing agreements with Fruit of the Loom for kid’s underwear and with Mad Engine for t-shirts and hoodies; meanwhile expanding its deals with Freeze and Mighty Fine for t-shirts.


Casting Call:  Teens with good business acumen.  Shed Media, the producers Supernanny and The Real Housewives of NY, are searching for teens under 18-years-old that either have their own businesses or help run a family business for a new reality show.  Specifically, they are looking for kids who are involved in running financially successful businesses (any kind of business).  To get an application email [email protected] and include a short note about your business and success and why you’d be good to star in your own show.


MTV Networks International (MTVN) appoints Caroline Beaton as SVP/International Program Sales.  Based in London, Beaton is responsible for international program distribution efforts for Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, VH1, TV Land, CMT and Spike TV.  She is also charged with pursuing co-production financing opportunities in partnership with IPS across MTVN’s core areas, for sale to third parties.  Beaton will also sit on the MTVNI Programming Council.  Reporting to Beaton are the regional sales team heads based in Asia Pacific, Europe, Japan and Latin America.  Beaton reports to Steve Grieder, EVP/Nickelodeon and Program Sales, MTVNI.  Beaton previously worked for MTVNI from 1996-2000 and most recently was a consultant for the company.


Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows among Kids 2-11 for the week of 6/1-6/7/09, 6a-6a:
K2-11                                                                 Total Delivery (000)
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (6/2; 5p)         2418
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (6/1; 5:30p)    2327
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (6/2; 5p)         2215
DSNY*: Hannah Montana (6/7; 7:30p)               2182
NICK:    Penguins of Madagascar (6/6; 10a)        2104
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (6/4; 5p)         2094
DSNY*: Sonny With A Chance (6/7; 8:05-8:30p) 2092
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (6/6; 9:30a)    2089
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (6/3; 5:30p)    2053
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (6/4; 5:30p)    2034
Source: Disney from Nielsen Media Research Data
*Disney Channel is not an ad supported cable network, unlike the others in this listing.

Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows among Kids 6-11 for the week of 6/1-6/7/09, 6a-6a:
K6-11                                                             Total Delivery (000)
DSNY*: Hannah Montana (6/7; 7:30p)               1763
DSNY*: Sonny With A Chance (6/7; 8:05-8:30p) 1760
DSNY*: Jonas (6/7; 8:30p)                              1735
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (6/2; 5p)         1465
NICK:    Penguins of Madagascar (6/6; 10a)        1447
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (6/6; 9:30a)     1415
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (6/6; 9a)         1410
NICK:    iCarly (6/6; 9p)                                  1332
NICK:    Drake & Josh (6/4; 7:30p)                    1322
NICK:    iCarly (6/2; 7p)                                  1309
Source: Disney from Nielsen Media Research Data
*Disney Channel is not an ad supported cable network, unlike the others in this listing.

Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows among Tweens 9-14 for the week of 6/1-6/7/09, 6a-6a:
Tweens 9-14                                                  Total Delivery (000)
DSNY*: Sonny With A Chance (6/7; 8:05-8:30p)  1678
DSNY*: Hannah Montana (6/7; 7:30p)                1582
DSNY*: Jonas (6/7; 8:30p)                               1575
DSNY*: Sonny With A Chance (6/7; 7p)              1179
DSNY*: Wizards of Waverly Place (6/1; 5-5:25p)  1142
DSNY*: Wizards of Waverly Place (6/1; 5:30p)     1119
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (6/2; 5p)          1097
DSNY*: Wizards of Waverly Place (6/1; 4:30p)     1083
NICK:    Penguins of Madagascar (6/6; 10a)         1073
NICK:    Drake & Josh (6/4; 7p)                          1064
Source: Disney from Nielsen Media Research Data
*Disney Channel is not an ad supported cable network, unlike the others in this listing.

Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows among Teens 12-17 for the week of 6/1-6/7/09, 6a-6a:
Teens 12-17                                                    Total Delivery (000)
DSNY*:   Hannah Montana (6/7; 7:30p)                964
DSNY*:   Sonny With A Chance (6/7; 8:05-8:30p)  944
ABC:       NBA/Orlando at LA (6/4; 9-11:43p)         883
DSNY*:   Jonas (6/7; 8:30p)                               823
ABC:       NBA/Orlando at LA (6/7; 8-11:12p)         822
ADSM**: Family Guy (6/1; 11p)                           731
DSNY*:   Sonny With A Chance (6/7; 7p)              680
NICK:      SpongeBob SquarePants (6/2; 5p)          680
DSNY*:   Wizards of Waverly Place (6/1; 5-5:25p)  643
ADSM**: Family Guy (6/1; 11:30p)                      640
Source: Disney from Nielsen Media Research Data
*Disney Channel is not an ad supported cable network, unlike the others in this listing.
**Abbreviation for Adult Swim, which airs on Cartoon Network

Final K6-11 Ratings for Saturday, June, 6, 2009 Broadcast Networks only (Live + SD Data):
Source: Disney Research from Nielsen Media Research Data
ABC 1.0/5 Avg. (9a-1p)
The Emperor’s New School 0.5/3; The Replacements 0.8/4; That’s SO Raven 1.2/6; That’s So Raven 1.3/6; Hannah Montana 1.2/6; Suite Life of Zack & Cody 1.3/7; Power Rangers RPM 0.8/4; Power Rangers RPM 0.8/4
CW (TheCW4Kids) 0.7/4 Avg. (7a-12p)
Yu-Gi-Oh 5D 0.3/3; Kirby Right Back at Ya 0.5/3; Gogoriki 0.5/3; Gogoriki 0.8/4; Sonic X 1.1/5; Dinosaur King 0.9/4; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 0.8/4; Kamen Rider Dragon Knight 0.5/2; Sonic X 0.7/4; Huntik 0.5/3
CBS (KEWLopolis on CBS) 0.3/2 Avg. (7-10a/10a-12p*)
Cake 0.2/1; Horseland 0.4/2; Dino Squad 0.3/1/ Strawberry Shortcake 0.3/1; Care Bears 0.4/2; Sushi Pack 0.3/2
NBC (Qubo on NBC) Avg. 0.1/1 (12:30p-1:30p)
Partially Pre-empted by the French Open; Zula Patrol 0.1/1; My Friend Rabbit 0.1/1

Final K6-11 Ratings for Saturday, June, 6, 2009 Cable Networks only (Live + SD Data):
Source: Disney Research from Nielsen Media Research Data
NICKELODEON 4.5/25 Avg. (7a-1p)
Jimmy Neutron 2.1/23; Jimmy Neutron 2.9/25; Fairly OddParents 3.6/25; Fairly OddParents 4.5/25; SpongeBob SquarePants 5.8/29; SpongeBob SquarePants 5.8/27; Penguins of Madagascar 5.9/28; Penguins of Madagascar 4.9/24; SpongeBob SquarePants 4.9/25; SpongeBob SquarePants 4.9/25; SpongeBob SquarePants 4.3/24; SpongeBob SquarePants 4.1/23
DISNEY CHANNEL 2.3/13 Avg. (7a-1p)
My Friends Tigger & Pooh 1.6/18; Little Einsteins 1.8/16; Special Agent Oso 2.1/15; Handy Manny 2.1/12; Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 2.2/11; Mickey Mouse Clubhouse 2.1/10; Imagination Movers 2.1/10; Handy Manny 2.3/11; Phineas and Ferb 2.9/15; Phineas and Ferb 3.4/18; Jump In! (95 minutes) 2.6/14
CARTOON NETWORK 1.6/9 Avg. (7a-1p)
George of the Jungle 1.5/13; Chaotic 1.3/9; Secret Saturdays 1.9/11; Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl/Galactic Battle 2.0/10; Star Wars: Clone Wars 1.8/9; Ben 10: Alien Force 1.8/9; Batman: Brave & The Bold 2.1/10; Bakugan 1.8/9; Yu-Gi-Oh 5D 1.3/7; Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl/Galactic Battle 1.1/6; Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl/Galactic Battle 1.0/5
DISNEY XD 0.9/5 Avg. (7a-1p)
Suite Life of Zack & Cody 0.6/7; Phineas and Ferb 0.8/7; Phineas and Ferb 0.9/7; Jimmy Two Shoes 0.7/4; Kid Vs. Kat 0.7/4; Phineas and Ferb 1.0/5; Monster Buster Club 0.7/3; Yin Yang Yo 0.4/2; Suite Life on Deck 0.8/4; Suite Life on Deck 1.0/5; Suite Life on Deck 1.2/7; Suite Life on Deck 1.4/8

Friday Fun Fact: 
Polar Bears are left handed.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:    What product “gets you so clean your mother won’t know you”?  MR. BUBBLE  Kudos to: Christopher; Jonathan Meath-MeathMedia/Boston; Margie Hernandez/Beverly Hills; Chris Mullin-BashBang Productions/Vancouver; Stephen S. Kelley-SSK Communications/Toronto

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