Monday, August 27th, 2007

Cynopsis: Kids!



Good morning. It’s Monday, August 27, 2007 and this is your first early morning briefing. 

Promenade Pictures, a producer/distributor of family oriented entertainment, will release its 3D CGI animated feature film The Ten Commandments this October 26, 2007.  The movie is the first in a series of 12 movies that have been branded as “Epic Stories of the Bible,” each of which will be produced by Promenade with Huhu Studios (New Zealand) and iVL Animation (Singapore). The Ten Commandments voice cast stars Sir Ben Kingsley as the narrator, Christian Slater as Moses, and Alfred Molina as Ramses, as well as Elliott Gould as God.  Additional titles in the series will be announced later this year.

Paramount’s has tapped Stephen Sommers to direct its live-action G.I. Joe movie, based on Hasbro’s toy line, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing.  Slated for release in 2009, the movie will focus on the G.I. Joe universe created by Marvel Comics in its 1980s comic books and animated series, which in turn took its cues from David Breger’s 1940s comic strip character, G. I. Joe, per Hollywood Reporter.  Marvel produced the 1980s animated series, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, with Sunbow.  Hasbro’s first G.I. Joe action figure toy line was introduced in NY at the American International Toy Fair in February 1964.  There have been a wide range of rumors related to this project, including that Action Man (based on the British action figure, later acquired by Hasbro) might make an appearance.  I’m not sure that could be right … think about it, have you ever seen G.I. Joe and Action Man in the same room at the same time? Hmmmm.


Zac Efron will host the 2007 Nickelodeon Australian Kids Choice Awards, October 10, 2007.

Disney Channel keeps on dancing when it airs High School Musical 2 Dance-Along on Saturday, September 8, at 8p.  The HSM2 cast, yes Zac Efron included, along with dancers from the movie will break down the dance steps to the opening and closing dance numbers, What Time Is It and All For One.  For those who want to get an early start on learning the steps, Dance-Along instructions can be downloaded at now.  The HSM2 DVD, an extended edition, is set for release on December 11, 2007.

The seventh-annual Teen Choice Awards were handed out last night on Fox, live from Universal Studios’ Gibson Amphitheatre in LA.  Hosted by Hilary Duff and Nick Cannon, awards were handed out in 30+ categories during the broadcast, with Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End walking away with four awards for best action adventure movie, Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley as favorite actor and actress in the genre, and Bill Nighy for best villain for his role as Davy Jones.  Other winners include these bests: breakout movie actor – Shia LaBeouf (Transformers); male artist and ultimate choice – Justin Timberlake; TV movie – High School Musical 2; male and female hotties – Zac Efron and Jessica Alba; comedian – Dane Cook; R&B artist – Rihanna.


Disney Publishing will cease publication of its magazine Disney Adventures with the November 2007 issue, per Mediaweek.  The publishing group plans to direct its energies on new magazines and books, per a spokesperson quoted in the report.  Aimed at K6-14, Disney Adventures debuted in 1990 and currently has a circulation of 1+ million.  Earlier this year Nickelodeon shuttered its Nick Jr. magazine.

HIT Entertainment has inked a master apparel partnership with Franco Apparel for the Barney property.  Scheduled to be available from spring 2008, Franco Apparel’s new Barney apparel line will feature products for babies/toddlers (0-3), including layettes, onesies and sets etc.  This year marks Barney’s 20the birthday, which HIT is celebrating with a 20-city US bus tour, new toy line and Fox Home Entertainment’s upcoming DVD Barney: Dino-Mite Birthday, set for release next month.

Tragnarion Studios, a Spain-based video game developer, will release its Nintendo DS game title Doodle Hex in Q1 2008.  Designed specifically for the DS, Doodle Hex uses the hand held game device’s touch screen and dual screen features.  In the fantasy game, players – or in this case doodlers – compete against one another in real time by drawing runes (symbols) on their screen to create and cast spells (the “fun” kind) on their opponent.  The game can be played in single or multi-player mode, which can be traded or collected, and the 200+ runes can be traded via the DS wi-fi.


Weekend Box Office Estimates for kids/tweens/teens rated G, PG or PG-13; August 24-26, 2007:
The Bourne Ultimatum (Universal) PG-13                        $12.4m-4 wk total $185.1m
Rush Hour 3 (New Line) PG-13                                        $12.3m-3 wk total $109.0m
Mr. Bean’s Holiday (Universal) G                                      Opening Weekend $10.1m
The Nanny Diaries (MGM (Weinstein)) PG-13                   Opening Weekend $7.8m
The Simpsons Movie (Fox) PG-13                                    $4.4m-5 wk total $173.4m
Stardust (Paramount) PG-13                                           $3.9m-3 wk total $26.5m
Hairspray (2007) (New Line) PG                                       $3.5m-6 wk total $107.5m
The Invasion (Warner Bros.) PG-13                                  $3.1m-2 wk total $11.5m
Harry Potter/Order of the Phoenix (Warner Bros.) PG-13 $2.5m-7 wk total $283.3m
Underdog (Buena Vista) PG                                              $2.2m-4 wk total $36.6m
Source: Box Office Mojo


Namco Bandai Games America Inc., has named Roger Hector as VP/Product Development.  As part of the Namco Bandai senior management team Hector will oversee all components of the company’s internal and external game development efforts.  A 30-year video game industry veteran, Hector most recently served as COO for Enterprise Broadcasting Corporation and as a development consultant.  Previously he was VP and GM, Sega and President of Universal Studios’ Digital Arts Division, Universal Studios among others.


Final K6-11 Ratings for Saturday, August 18, 2007 Broadcast Networks only (Live + SD Data):
Source: Disney Research from Nielsen Media Research Data
CW (Kids’ WB!) 1.0/6 Avg. (7a-12p)
Pillowhead 0.2/2; Pillowhead 0.5/2; Loonatics Unleashed 0.7/5; Tom and Jerry Tales 1.1/6; Shaggy Scooby-Doo Clue 1.2/6; Johnny Test 1.0/5; Legion of Super Heroes 1.5/7; The Batman 1.7/8; Xiaolin Showdown 1.4/6; Johnny Test 1.1/5
ABC 1.0/5 Avg. (9a-1p)
The Emperor’s New School 0.6/3; The Replacements 0.7/4; That’s So Raven 0.9/4; That’s So Raven 1.1/5; Hannah Montana 1.5/7; Suite Life of Zack & Cody 1.8/8; Power Rangers Overdrive 0.8/4; Power Rangers Overdrive 0.9/5
FOX (4Kids TV) 1.0/5 Avg. (8a-12n)
Winx Club 0.5/4; Sonic X 0.9/6; Viva Pinata 1.0/6; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Fast Forward 1.2/6; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1.5/7; Chaotic 1.2/6; Di-Gata Defenders 0.9/4; Yu-Gi-Oh 0.9/4
CBS (KOL’s Secret Slumber Party on CBS) 0.4/2 Avg. (7a-7:30a/10:30a-12n)
Madeline 0.4/2; Sabrina: The Animated Series 0.8/4; Cake 0.2/1; Trollz 0.6/3; Dance Revolution 0.2/1; Horseland 0.4/2
NBC (Qubo on NBC) Avg. 0.2/1 (7:30a-12p)
Babar 0.1/1; Dragon 0.1/0; 321 Penguins/Larryboy Adventures 0.1/1; Veggie Tales 0.1/1; Jane and the Dragon 0.3/1; Jacob Two Two 0.4/2

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:
  In the Disney movie Lady and the Tramp, what are the names of Aunt Sarah’s beloved but spiteful Siamese cats? SI and AM   Kudos to:   Jessica Bricker-PBS/Arlington, VA ; Sharon O’Donnell-Carat USA/Atlanta

Today’s Trivia Question:   What cartoon characters were created when Professor Utonium accidentally added “Chemical X” to a concoction that also included sugar, spice, and everything nice?  ( 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
Gwen Billings for Cynopsis: Kids!

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