Monday, December 12th, 2005



Cynopsis: Kids!



Good morning. It’s Monday, December 12, 2005, and this is your first early morning Kids! briefing.

In a deal valued at $1.6 billion (plus assumption of debt), Paramount Pictures has agreed to acquire DreamWorks SKG. NBC Universal had been considered the frontrunner in buying the studio, but as that deal turned out to be a non-starter late last week, the deal was finalized with Paramount. Paramount will pick up the DreamWorks library, including Oscar-winning films Saving Private Ryan and Gladiator, as well as distribution rights to other titles including Shrek.

Vivendi Universal, TF1 and M6 have begun discussions concerning a potential merging of two French pay-TV channels Canal+ Group, a unit of Vivendi, and TPS, co-owned by TF1 and M6.  While no specific deal terms were released, should such an agreement come to pass the identities of both companies would be preserved.  If merged the companies hope to be in a more strategic position to go up against the ever increasing competition from telecommunications and internet companies.


Trinity Broadcasting Network will launch its new Smile of a Child Television Network on Christmas Eve.  At launch the network will be available in 13 US markets on digital TV.  Smile will offer Christian-themed programming specifically targeted to K2-12.  Programming on the network includes Kingdom Adventure (puppets & animation), Gina D’s Kids Club (target K2-6, live-action/animation), BJ’s teddy Bear Club & Bible Stories (animated), Retro News: A Blast from the Past (target K9-12, live-action), and Maralee Dawn & Friends (ventriloquist/puppets).  Smile was founded by TBN founders Jan and Paul Crouch.  Brenda Rossman is the network’s Programming Director.


Harvey Entertainment Company has entered into a distribution agreement with India’s Ultra Movie Channel Ltd., a home entertainment distributor.  Under the agreement Harvey Entertainment has granted Ultra Movie Channel the VCR/DVD and merchandising rights as well as the TV rights (cable, terrestrial and satellite) to several of its well-known cartoons/characters, Casper-the Friendly Ghost, Richie Rich, Hotstuff, Wendy-the Witch, Harman and Katnip.  The deal also affords Ultra Movie Channel with the rights to dub the series into different Indian languages.  Ultra merchandising plans include products such as stationery, greeting cards, games, toys, furnishing, gifts, and party products etc.  In addition to Harvey Ent., Ultra is also licensing partners with Agogo, Carlton International, Granada, Hit Entertainment and Kiddinx.

Disney Channel launched a new Playhouse Disney website targeted to preschool educators ( ) last week during the annual conference of the National Association of Education for Young Children.  The site is designed to provide educators with ideas and tools to encourage preschoolers to interact; the website is sectioned by student age as well as by skill level and themes.  Each month the site will feature new, developmentally age-appropriate activities that incorporate themes including family, health and safety.  In addition various Playhouse Disney characters will be integrated throughout the website and on printable activities.

Beginning today Radio KOL featuring host DJ Rick will broadcast the daily show all week, December 12-16, live on the web (3p) from Disney World.  In addition to interviews with stars including Hilary Duff, the show will visit various attractions and will also feature a call and win sweepstakes.


Weekend Box Office Estimates for kids/tweens/teens rated G, PG or PG-13; December 9-11, 2005:
The Chronicles of Narnia (Buena Vista) PG         Opening weekend $67.1m
Harry Potter-Goblet of Fire (Warner Bros) PG-13 $10.3m-4 wk total $244.1m
Walk the Line (Fox) PG-13                                    $5.8m-4 wk total $77.0m
Yours, Mine and Ours (Paramount) PG                $5.2m-3 wk total $40.9m
Aeon Flux (Paramount) PG-13                              $4.6m-2 wk total $20.3m
Just Friends (New Line) PG-13                             $3.9m-3 wk total $26.5m
Pride and Prejudice (Focus Features) PG             $2.5m-5 wk total $26.4m
Chicken Little (Buena Vista) G                              $2.3m-6 wk total $127.2m
Rent (Sony / Revolution) PG-13                            $2.0m-3 wk total $26.9m
The Polar Express – IMAX (Warner Bros.) G         $946,000-3 wk total $3.8m
Source: Box Office Mojo

US Postmaster General John E. Potter (no relation to Harry, at least that I know of) has announced that Americans will see modest increase in postage rates to $.39 as of January 8, 2006, despite the US Postal Services’ strong fiscal performance in 2005.  However, perhaps to soothe some of the pain of higher prices, Potter also unveiled the upcoming 2006 year in stamps that will include:

  • First up in January is the Favorite Children’s Book Animals sheet of 16 stamps. Books included in the sheet are Wild Thing (Where the Wild Things Are/Maurice Sendak); Curious George (Curious George Flies A Kite/Margaret & H.A. Rey); Wilbur (Charlotte’s Web/Garth Williams); Frederick (Frederick/Leo Lionni); Olivia (Olivia/Ian Falconer), and Fox in Socks (Fox in Socks/Dr. Seuss).
  • To celebrate Black History Month the Hattie McDaniel stamp will be issued in January/February.  McDaniel was the first African American actress to receive an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress for her role in Gone with the Wind (1939).
  • April will see the issuing of the Art of Disney: Romance set of four stamps, which will feature Mickey and Minnie, Lady and the Tramp, Cinderella and Prince Charming, and Beauty and the Beast.
  • DC Comics Super Heroes will be released summer 2006 in a pane of 20 stamps, with 10 featuring portraits of DC Comic’s heroes (Aquaman, Batman, The Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Hawkman, Plastic Man, Supergirl, Superman and Wonder Woman), and the other half will depict individual comic book covers featuring the super heroes.

Still on the topic of postage, two sets of stamps honoring the 10th anniversary of Neon Genesis Evangelion manga will be issued in Japan.  A limited number of both sets will be issued and orders are being accepted until December 18, 2005, though the stamps won’t be officially issued until February, 2006.


Brian Behling has been named Associate Producer/Star Farm Productions. Behling will oversee production Star Farm’s Edgar & Ellen animated series and 6 holiday specials.  Previously, Behling was a Production Supervisor/Disney & DreamWorks for a dozen years, where he worked on feature film including Pocahontas, Hercules, Dinosaur, Spirit, Sinbad, Shark Tale, and the upcoming 2006 release Flushed Away.  Star Farm Productions is based in Chicago.

As if there wasn’t enough DreamWorks news already, in an effort to support of its strategy to produce two CG films per year as well as direct-to-video movie releases DreamWorks Animation has named two new members of its production studios and promoted another. 

  • John Batter has been named as a Sr. Production Executive.  Batter returns to DreamWorks Animation after 6-yrs at Electronic Arts, where he most recently served as GM/EA’s Redwood Shores studio, overseeing the development of the James Bond, Lord of The Rings, Knockout Kings, Freekstyle and Tiger Woods PGA Tour franchises. 
  • Jane Hartwell has been promoted to Head of Global Production.  She is responsible for all aspects of physical production for DreamWorks Animation.  Hartwell joined DreamWorks in 1996 and was most recently Head of Digital Production of the Glendale studios and in 2004 assumed the additional responsibility for productions at the Redwood City compound as well. 
  • Nancy Bernstein has been named as Head of Production for the studio’s Glendale campus, where she is overseeing all aspects of physical production in Glendale and reports to Hartwell.  Bernstein joins the company from Digital Domain where she led the studio’s feature effects production on What Dreams May Come and I, Robot, and was Visual Effects/Executive Producer on films including The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, A Beautiful Mind, and Aeon Flux.


Kids Cable Network Averages in thousands (000) for Thursday, December 8, 2005, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:            K2-11 1185; K6-11   541; TWEENS 9-14 410
DISNEY CHANNEL:       K2-11   687; K6-11   362; TWEENS 9-14 272
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   643; K6-11   379; TWEENS 9-14 292
TOON DISNEY:              K2-11   153; K6-11     66; TWEENS 9-14   50
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Answer to yesterday’s trivia question:
  If you were to work for McMahon and Tate Advertising Agency, who might you run into at the coffee machine?
DARRIN STEVENS of  BEWITCHED   Kudos to:   Steve Matela-Eurocinema

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