Friday, June 5th, 2009


Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Friday, June 5, 2009, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

Disney XD will premiere two new multi-part sports series, Next X (8 short-form segments and 1×30 special) debuts Monday, June 8 at 7:05p and X Games on Disney XD, a series of 4×60-second interstitials previewing X Games 15 and highlighting some of the top moments from the X Games on Monday, July 13.  Developed by Disney XD in association with ESPN, Next X features professional action sports athletes mentoring amateurs, all kids 9-12, to develop the technical skills and know-how to be an action sports star athletes.  Next X will also be featured online as debuts X-clusives, a series of webisodes that offer a further look at the kid athletes training with the pro mentors.  The site will also offer the Next X Challenge, where kids can take part in three rounds of action sports-themed online games, beginning June 29.


The Jim Henson Co. is set to produce a stop-motion animated feature film titled Monster Safari, which is based on a short film from stop-motion animation studio Screen Novelties, THR.  Monster Safari will be penned by the writing team of Craig Zobel and Matt Chapman, with Screen Novelties’ Mark Caballero, Chris Finnegan and Seamus Walsh producing the stop-motion animation.  The movie revolves around two bumbling cryptozoologists trying to save the Earth’s monsters from a ruthless hunter.

Spain’s BKN International completes production on the HD animated series Stone Age (52×11) with Italy’s Cartoon One.  Produced at BKN’s studio in Barcelona, Stone Age includes 13 original songs by composer Angelo Poggi.


CBeebies orders up another 50 episodes of the preschool series Waybuloo from The Foundation, a unit of RDF Media Group.  The new episodes of Waybuloo will premiere in 2011 and 2012.  CBeebies launched Waybuloo (100×20) in May, where the series currently airs, and will continue to run throughout 2009 and 2010, on Tuesday and Thursdays.  The corresponding interactive site, which offers games and activities, can be found at .

Breakthrough Films & Television has begun production on a second season of the kid-targeted reality series Think Big.  The new season of 13×30 is slated to bow on TVO Knowledge and SCN Network sin Canada later this year.  Think Big is produced by Breakthrough Films & Television in association with TVO.

Hackers ruin programming fun for One Piece fans in North America.  Funimation recently announced a deal Toei Animation, Fuji Television and Shueisha to simulcast new episodes of the anime series One Piece in the US and Canada one hour after they debuted in Japan on Fuji Television beginning this past weekend.  That plan went awry when it was discovered that Funimation’s servers were “compromised” and an “unknown individual” has posted the newest One Piece episode online. This brings an end, at least temporarily, to the overall plan to stream new episodes of the series in the US and Canada.  In a statement Funimation explained it plans to identify and prosecute the perpetrators.

NCircle Entertainment will launch the animated series Sid the Science Kid on DVD this summer, with the first two DVD titles, Sid the Science Kid: Change Happens and Sid the Science Kid: The Bug Club.  Available on August 4, 2009, each DVD includes four episodes of Sid the Science Kid, the PBS Kids series that is co-produced by The Jim Henson Company and KCET Los Angeles.  Additionally, a limited supply of the Sid the Science Kid DVDs will have a special on-pack bonus DVD of Front Row Fun, that includes two hours of preschool shows including as Dive Olly Dive!, WordWorld, Hurray for Huckle, among others.

So Smart! Productions teams with Echo Bridge Home Entertainment to release the first six titles in its new DVD line, Baby’s First Word Stories this September 22, 2009.  The releases are part of an exclusive distribution agreement between the companies that includes DVD and digital distribution rights to So Smart’s! line of kid-targeted DVDs and CDs.  Additionally, nine DVDs from Baby’s Beginnings and King Otis and the Kingdom of Goode series, as well as three CDs, will also release on September 22.  Further Baby’s First Word Stories titles are set for release in early 2010.


Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) and Hot Topic are partnering in an exclusive deal to feature two of the network’s original series, Chowder and Flapjack, at the retailer’s stores.  Hot Topic will offer products from Now and Zen (apparel such as – junior t-shirts and fashion tops) and Loungefly (accessories  totes, key chains, buttons).  Both Chowder and Flapjack will be highlighted at Hot Topic stores nationwide as well as on HotTopic .com.

The MoonScoop Group inks a worldwide licensing deal with Playmates Toys for the new animated comedy/action series Hero: 108.  Under the deal, Playmates will develop and market a range of toys based on the series including, action figures, vehicles, role-play, accessories and electronic and handheld games, for release worldwide (excluding Taiwan).  Slated to launch on Cartoon Network platforms around the world in early 2010, The Hero: 108 is a co-production of Asia’s Gamania Digital Entertainment, Moonscoop and Cartoon Network International.  Also involved in the co-production are Telegael Teo (Ireland) and Hong Ying (China).

The new Super Why toy line created by Learning Curve, and based on the PBS Kids preschool series, is set to debut at Toys “R” Us stores this month.  To mark the release of the Super Why toys, Toys “R” Us stores nationwide will host a two-hour Super Why event on Saturday, June 13 (12noon-2p), featuring storytelling, reading-focused games, activities and give-a-ways (while supplies last, of course).  Beginning in August, Super Why toys will roll out to other retailers nationwide.  The Super Why line also includes new product from other licensees, including Grosset & Dunlap (books), University Games (puzzles and games) and PBS Home Video (DVDs).  Super Why is produced by Out of the Blue in conjunction with Canadian-based Decode Entertainment Inc. and C.O.R.E. Digital Pictures Inc.


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1230; K6-11 567; TWEENS 9-14 458
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   999; K6-11 642; TWEENS 9-14 520
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   516; K6-11 364; TWEENS 9-14 235
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   181; K6-11 113; TWEENS 9-14   85
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data


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JOB OPENING: AD SALES PLANNER/Gospel Music Channel/NY: fast growing cable net seeking dynamic individual to build proposals & maintain schedules for advertisers. Industry experience req’d. Email [email protected] (6/12)

JOB OPENING: FREELANCE DIGITAL CONTENT COORD/AETN/NYC:Manage digital assets, archiving, reports, w/strong tech skills, client focus, attn to detail, exlnt org & comm skills Apply: (6/12)

JOB OPENING: VP STRATEGY & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT/MTV Networks/NYC: 7+yrs exp. in Strat/Biz Dev; 3yrs in M&A/Consultng, Strng Analytic Skills, Exp in Entrtainmnt/Digital, MBA A+ EOE/M/F/D/AAP. Apply (6/12)

JOB OPENING: SR RSRCH ANALYST, DISTRIBUTION/AETN/NY: Support trad’l & new distrib platforms. Create reports/review synd res studies. 2+ yrs media res exp. Know Nielsen syst & other res sources. Apply: (6/10)

JOB OPENING: LEGAL SECRETARY/IFC-SUN/NY: Admin support to Legal Dept. w/Heavy phone,calendar& contract asst. 4+ yrs admin exp legal dept/law firm pref. Exc comm, organztl & PC skills must. Res: ref #8734BR (6/10)

JOB OPENING: AD SALES ASSISTANT/Gospel Music Channel/NY: fast growing cable net seeking dynamic individual to assist sales team and schedule and maintain commercial units for advertisers. Email [email protected] (6/10)

JOB OPENING: SVP LEGAL AFFAIRS/DISNEY ABC CABLE NTWK/LA: Top legal counsel/Sr mgmt advisor; JD 20+ yrs ent legal exp w/expert knwldg of cable ind. child/family prgrmng, media regulatory issues. Req # 196288 (6/10)

JOB OPENING: SALES PLANNER/TV One/NY: prepare post analysis, prepare advertiser’s scheds; create presentations; research; track liability schedules. Exp sales/plnnig preferred. Visit to apply. (6/6)

JOB OPENING: DIGITAL PRODUCTION COORDINATOR/NYC: Seeking FT with strong Excel skills, self-motivated, able to work in a fast-paced, evolving and dynamic environment, ent. industry experience required. Apply: [email protected] (6/6)

JOB OPENING: SR. MGR, RESEARCH/Music Choice: Support sales, mrktng& prgrmng initiatives across multiple platforms w/accurate & actionable research. BA/BS, plus 6-8 yrs relevant media research exp. required [email protected] (6/6)

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SITUATION WANTED: Bilingual Latino PRODUCER/DIRECTOR specializing in documentary & TV of Women, LGBTQ and Urban Youth, including testimonial commercials in English and Spanish, contact [email protected] (6/12)

SITUATION WANTED: PR & MARKETING PROFESSIONAL with 13 yrs exp in non-profit fine arts, music, film, TV & finance is seeking FT opportunity in LA or NYC. Exceptional writer & communicator. Contact Marni at: [email protected] (6/12)

SITUATION WANTED: Mult-talented TELEVISION EXECUTIVE w 20 yrs exp in sales, marketing, programming, finance, research, operations. Cable, satellite, IPTV. VOD, PPV, subscription. Let’s talk! Contact [email protected] (6/11)

SITUATION WANTED: TV/PRINT/RADIO/ONLINE/EVENTS MRKTG/PRODUCTION EXPERT NY: Cost cutting, well rounded,client services expert who can get the job done. Fantastic references. Freelance or FT. [email protected] (6/11)

SITUATION WANTED: FILM/TV/Ent PR/NYC: Seeking F/T or Freelance opps. Write press releases/pitch to targeted print/online & brdcst media, track news clips, editorial calendar opps, build press lists w/Cision [email protected] (6/11)

SITUATION WANTED: WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER  Exceptional and fast writer, client friendly, EPK’s and DVD bonus features, webpods, video games for Disney, Universal, New Line etc. In LA, will travel or relocate. [email protected] (6/11)

SITUATION WANTED: Experienced MARKETING/EVENTS COORDINATOR with experience in the music and entertainment industry seeks freelance and/or full-time opportunity in NYC. Please contact via [email protected] (6/10)

SITUATION WANTED: ASST PRODUCER/COORD/MGR/PA (NY) Experience: ABC, NBC, CBS, BBC, MTV, Food Network, History Channel, Sesame Street, NY1. Seeks FT, PT, freelance. Resume: Email: [email protected] (6/10)

SITUATION WANTED: CELEBRITY TALENT BOOKER/RESEARCHER LA Looking for long-term freelance or staff position. Solid PR contacts, incredible research skills, great problem-solver. References on request. [email protected] (6/9)

SITUATION WANTED: EVENTS/PRODUCTION/TALENT BOOKING, COORD’N & MGMT NY – Produce high-profile int’l events/productions; corporate/non-profit; nat’l TV credits, superb contacts. Freelance or FT. Contact Jodi: [email protected] (6/9)

SITUATION WANTED: 3+ yrs as a dynamic, exp & results oriented sales professional w/ an extensive track record of creating new buz opportunities in North/Central America, Europe/Caribbean. MA graduate, email [email protected] (6/9)

SITUATION WANTED: EXPERIENCED GRAPHIC DESIGNER (LA) Reality-TV, Film, Commercial, Documentaries & Corporate. Creative & Flexible. Seeking Freelance or Staff Position, Remote or In-House. Reel & Contact Info: (6/9)

SITUATION WANTED: PRODUCER/WRITER/DIR. All things non-fiction. Vh1, NBC, TLC, CMT, CNN, E!.; field and post; reality treatments and sales tapes.
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SITUATION WANTED: RESEARCH DIRECTOR 20+ yrs media, Nielsen, Hispanic, research & sales experience. Save money over a FT director. Let’s talk.Email: [email protected] (6/9)

SITUATION WANTED: SCRIPT DOCTOR/PROD w 16 yrs as Brdcst exec can consult/edit/polish your TV/film/web pitch/bible/screenplay. Credits inc. DeGrassi, DaVinci, Dragon Boys. Exp w/ convergence models No freebies. Contact: [email protected] (6/6)

SITUATION WANTED: PROD/DIR/DEV: strong work ethic, able to communicate & utilize creative outside the box thinking.Live action& animation exp. in Film/TV/Web w/credits.LA based, will relocate. [email protected] (6/6)

SITUATION WANTED: Highly experienced HR/Talent Acquisition Specialist with 10+ years of experience within the creative, finance and IT spaces seeks a contract and/or full-time opportunity. Please contact via [email protected]. (6/6)

SITUATION WANTED: Recent Hofstra Grad with strong ad sales/media buying background looking for SALES ASSISTANT position, contact [email protected] for more information. (6/6)

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