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Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Monday, January 26, 2009, a history making day, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

Alloy Entertainment, the folks behind Gossip Girl and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, launches Alloy Entertainment Collaborative, which will accept manuscripts and publish up to 12 books a year, according to Publishers Weekly.  Focusing on young adult, middle grade, and chapter books and women’s fiction, the new unit is being led by EVP Josh Bank.  The report says that Alloy plans to spend in the low five-figures advances against royalties, in contrast to Alloy’s other model that offers writers a revenue split.  In this case only after the advance is recouped will writers participate is a split.  Guidelines are currently being crafted for those looking to submit manuscripts without an agent.


Canada’s TVO orders up a second season of the K6-10-targeted TV series Taste Buds from creator marblemedia.  Set to begin production this spring 2009 with 13 new episodes, Taste Buds is a hands-on series that focuses kids on food prep, shopping and cooking, not to mention eating and cleaning up.  The new episodes will again feature teen/young adult hosts, Avery, Lily and Matt.  The new season of Taste Buds is slated to debut in fall 2009 on TVO, Access Alberta, Knowledge Network and the Saskatchewan Communications Network.  E1 Television International (f/k/a Oasis International) distributes the series.  Those attending NATPE this week will have the chance to check out the gang conducting a cooking demo tomorrow at 11a.

More telenovelas for Nickelodeon International.  With the success of its local Latin American telenovelas, Isa TKM (Te Quiero Mucho) and La Maga y el Camino Dorado, Nickelodeon International’s is looking to several partners to take some Latin American source material and put it through the Nick-o-lizer (my word  not theirs) to give it the kid point of view, according to Nickelodeon VP Nina Hahn via a C21 Media report.  The group is also going to be making its way into the world of original TV movies this year as well.

Twentieth Century Fox looks to director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) to adapt How to Talk to Girls for the big screen, per Variety.  Fox recently acquired the kid-aimed advice book penned by Alec Greven, a 9-year-old (fourth grade).  Shawn is developing and producing How to Talk to Girls under his 21 Laps production banner, which he may direct as well.  Greven created the booklet way back when he was in third grade for his buddies, who were trying to decode girls their age, and has since been acquired by HarperCollins, which released the first book in a four title series in fall 2009.


Decode Enterprises inks more deals for Chop Socky Chooks (26×22), as France 3 acquires the 3D animated series.  Chop Socky Chooks is a Decode Entertainment co-production with Aardman Animations.

Nickelodeon UK acquires tween series The Elephant Princess (13×30), per Broadcast Now.  Co-produced by Australia’s Shiff Productions (H20: Just Add Water, Ocean Girl), Network Ten (Australia) and ZDF (Germany), The Elephant Princess joins Nickelodeon UK from next month as part of the networks 2009 spring/summer season.  Also joining the Nick UK line-up are the Nickelodeon US live action series True Jackson and the Nick and DreamWorks CGI animated series The Penguins of Madagascar.  Returning series include iCarly, Barnyard, and special episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants.  Additionally, actress Caroline Quentin has been tapped to narrate Nick Jr. channel’s series Humpf, which is set to bow later this year.


The Tweenies set out across the UK in the new preschool-targeted live music show, Tweenies Live! Top of the Tots.  Produced by BBC Worldwide, Tweenies Live! Top of the Tots launches this March and runs through September 2009.  More information about the tour can be found at .

Burger King Corp. is teaming with Nickelodeon for a promotion that will send 25 families to the Nickelodeon’s 22nd Annual Kids’ Choice Awards on March 28.  Consumers can register in the sweepstakes, which runs January 5 – 29, 2009, by entering a special code at (no purchase necessary).  The codes are available on specially marked packages of BK Fresh Apple Fries and soft drinks.  Burger King Corp. will reward 25 winners with a trip for four to Los Angeles to attend the celebrity-studded award ceremony on March 28.

Twentieth Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising (Fox L&M) inks a deal with apparel company, Ripple Junction.  Under the pact, Ripple will producer t-shirts featuring 25+ of Fox’s movie and TV properties from the last 30 years, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Doogie Howser M.D, How I Met Your Mother, King of the Hill, Die Hard, Planet of the Apes, Predator, Revenge of the Nerds, Rocky Horror, Romeo & Juliet, The Sandlot, Speed, There’s Something About Mary, Titanic, and Young Frankenstein.  Sign me up for my Cornelius shirt now!


Weekend Box Office Estimates for kids/tweens/teens rated G, PG or PG-13; January 23-25, 2009:
Paul Blart: Mall Cop (Sony / Columbia) PG                       $21.5m-2 wk total $64.8m
Hotel for Dogs (Paramount (DreamWorks)) PG                 $12.4m-2 wk total $37.0m
Inkheart (Warner Bros. (New Line)) PG                           Opening Weekend $7.7m
Bride Wars (Fox) PG                                                      $7.0m-3 wk total $48.7m
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Paramount) PG-13 $6.0m-5 wk total $111.0m
The Unborn (2009) (Universal) PG-13                             $4.5m-3 wk total $39.4m
Last Chance Harvey (Overture Films) PG-13                    $3.0m-5 wk total $9.7m
Marley and Me (Fox) PG                                                 $3.0m-5 wk total $138.1m
Bedtime Stories (Buena Vista) PG                                   $1.8m-5 wk total $107.5m
Valkyrie (United Artists) PG-13                                        $1.5m-5 wk total $80.8m
Source: Rentrak

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  What is the name of Little Bill’s hamster?  ELEPHANT Kudos to: Kelly-Ann Fentress-Nick Preschool Brand Creative/NY; Wendy DeNicolo-1515 Library Supervisor/NY; Ollie Green-Adult Swim/Atlanta; Misti Ray-KSTU FOX13/Salt Lake City, Utah; Andrew Makarewicz-CineGroupe Corporation/Montreal

Today’s Trivia Question:  What is the name of the hyperactive bird that’s “cuckoo for cocoa puffs?” (Email [email protected] 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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JOB OPENING:   DIRECTOR/AD SALES MKTG/ HGTV/NY:   Manage projects such as sweepstakes/write sponsorship proposals & hospitality events w/in deadlines. Full details, & select req 46 (1/31)

JOB OPENING: TEMP CREATIVE MANAGER/ION/NY: Lead NY based team in creating on air/ adv campaigns for ION TV. Oversee design/writers/production. 5 yrs exp in TV brdcst promotion/cr. service depts. [email protected] (1/30)

JOB OPENING: NEW BIZ ACCT EXEC/American Latino Synd/NY: Sell nat’l ads for 2 Synd TV shows & New Scripted Series, 2-5 yrs sales exp req. Fast growth opp in an entrepreneurial envir. Min. travel req. Info: (1/30)

JOB OPENING: Hallmark Channel/Studio City/FREELANCE PRODUCER & HOST: Create hosted entertainment pieces. Must write/produce/host See full posting and apply @ (1/28)

JOB OPENING: PRODUCT PLACEMENT PRODUCER/NY: Must have vendor contacts. Neg. & prep contracts for leading prod. co. EM: [email protected] (1/27)

JOB OPENING: ACCOUNT COORD/BBC/LA: Support cble & dig ad sales team. Admin support, data entry, liaise w/ contacts & agencies. Excellent comm & org skills. EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V (1/27)

JOB OPENING: ACCOUNT COORD/BBC/NY: Support cble & dig ad sales team. Admin support, data entry, liaise w/ contacts & agencies. Excellent comms & org skills. EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V (1/27)

JOB OPENING:SR MGR DIG SYNDICATION/BBC/NY:Mng clients/prgrm supply to dig media synd partners. Create line-up of BBC prgrms, promotion & mktg. Strong knwldg BBC Prgrms. EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V (1/27)

JOB OPENING: MGR TV SALES/DISTRIB/BBC/NY: ID new clients, pitch/conclude deals w/ cbl ntwrks & clients. Take prgrms from library & repckg for sale. Strong negotiation/sales skills. EEO/AA empl M/F/D/V (1/27)

JOB OPENING:  DIRECTOR, PROGRAM PLANNING/Disney Channel/Burbank: Oversee Progrm Planning/Schedlng Disney Ch + Playhouse. Mngmnt exp req. Devl/Implmnt Progrm Stratgy. 7 yrs exp Progrm Plan/Sched. REQ 186232 (1/27)

INTERNSHIPS – These positions are for credit only – nobody gets paid here. These ads are always posted for free , and students work for school credit only. For more information on the specs for posting an Internship ad, email Trish at [email protected] .

SPRING INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY:  Bowery Presents Media is looking for a DIGITAL SAVVY INTERN to help with production, marketing, & business development. Must have knowledge of the music business & social networks. Email: [email protected] (1/31)

SPRING INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY Central MA Tech-savvy intern wanted. Duties: research, copy edit, update website, & admin tasks. Work from home with occasional meetings at mutually convenient place. To apply, see info at (1/31)

SPRING INTERNSHIP/CREDITS ONLY: Scribble mats is looking for TWO CREATIVE INTERNS. Must be proficient in Illustrator and Photoshop and/or Flash, web experience is a plus. Contact Arlene at [email protected] to apply. (1/30)

SPRING INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: A fast-paced boutique ent PR firm/NY: Seeks smart, hard-working & reliable self starter. Starts Jan thru spring semester &, possibly, beyond. Jr/Sr only. Resume/cover letter: [email protected] (1/29)

SPRING INTERNSHIP/CREDITS ONLY: LICENSING INTERNS/Licensing Link, Ltd/NYC: Asst President as needed in daily licensing duties. Highly orgnzd & reliable; Must have skills in MS Word/Excel/Powerpoint. Contact: [email protected] (1/29)

SPRING INTERNSHIP/CREDITS ONLY:  INTERN / HGTV & DIY/UNPAID/COURSE CREDIT REQ/NY: Working with Ad Sales MKTG team on projects such as sweepstakes and sponsorships. Full details, & select req 213 (1/29)

SPRING INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: Premiere NYC-based agency is searching for Spring and Summer DIGITAL MARKETING & STRATEGY INTERNS: Must have interest in social networking. Contact [email protected] (1/28)

SPRING INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: NEW MEDIA/DIGITAL INTERNS/NBCU/NY: Asst New Media Manager w dig content, mktg & rsrch. Highly innovative & reliable Soph/Jrs/Srs; Excellent Word/PPT/Photoshop/HTML skills.Email [email protected] res & cvr ltr (1/28)

SPRING INTERNSHIP/CREDITS ONLY: ENTERTAINMENT/MKTG & COMM INTERNS/Cynopsis Media/Shelton CT: Asst various depts as needed in advrtsng sales, mktg, & rsrch. Highly orgnzd & reliable Sophomores/Jrs/Srs; Excellent MS Word/Excel skills. Contact: [email protected] (1/27)

SPRING INTERNSHIP/CREDITS ONLY: Razor & Tie Entertainment: Independent music label is looking for qualified interns for Winter/Spring 2009. Internships available in MKTG, PRESS, A&R, NEW MEDIA AND MUSIC PUBLISHING Please mail [email protected] (1/27)

SITUATION WANTED ADS, POSTED BY THOSE LOOKING TO BE HIRED …  There is no charge for placing your Situation Wanted ad … for more information contact Trish Pihonak at [email protected]

SITUATION WANTED:   Award winning On-Air / Off-Air CREATIVE DIRECTOR. 20 years network / cable experience. Innovative promotion, design, branding and strategy. Hard working, detail oriented, motivated, avail today. [email protected] (1/31)

SITUATION WANTED: PRINT/INTERACTIVE PROJECT MANAGER in LA. Diligent, efficient, & detail oriented. See Open to FTE, Contract, short/long term gigs. Can work remotely as well. Contact [email protected] (1/31)

SITUATION WANTED: PRODUCTION ASSISTANT. I am experienced, hard-working, no drama, detail oriented, and ready to start immediately.  Please contact me at [email protected] (1/31)

SITUATION WANTED: Recent Harvard grad and FREELANCE WRITER will do pretty much anything involving words and writing them. Currently writing for a Gawker blog. Hard worker, strong writer, great bargain. (NYC) [email protected] (1/31)

SITUATION WANTED:   ADMIN/EXEC ASST (NYC): 22 years experience with top firm supporting VPs and assisting President. Microsoft Office skills. Worked under deadline. Multi-tasker/quick learner. [email protected] (1/31)

SITUATION WANTED: TONY NOM. B’WAY PROD/THEATRE CONSULT/ACQUIS. & DEV./NYC 30+ yrs exp. in theatre. Superb theatre/film/TV contacts seeks FT or Consulting Position w/Studio/Prod Co. looking for properties. Contact: [email protected] (1/30)

SITUATION WANTED: Well networked Sr. RECRUITER (LA base) w/10 yrs exp in online media & entertainment. (Yahoo! Disney, etc) Open to FTE, Contract, short term or long term gigs. Can work remotely as well. Contact [email protected] (1/30)

SITUATION WANTED: Professional SINGER & EXPERIENCED VOCAL TEACHER seeks voice students for expanding private studio in Nassau County, NY. All experience levels & musical styles welcome. For more info email: [email protected] (1/30)

SITUATION WANTED: SPONSORSHIP MARKETING/NY: Experience in evaluating and negotiating sponsorships and promotions. All media types- broadcast, outdoor, print, digital, mobile, hospitality, etc. Contact: [email protected] (1/29)

SITUATION WANTED: LIFESTYLE SEGMENT PRODUCER/DESIGNER: Produce /design lifestyle segments for NBC, ABC, Disney, E!, Martha Stewart Living, and Turner Classic Movies.SAG Member [email protected]  / (1/29)

SITUATION WANTED:POWER COPYWRITERS– headed up by former broadcast network player,specializing in tv promos & taglines. Credits from Fortune 500 entertainment companies. [email protected] (1/29)

SITUATION WANTED: A WRITER’S WRITER! Not a prod./dir./ed.-turned-writer-b/c-of-the-economy! Written: MTV scripts, nat’l print ads (Pepsi, X-Box), & for NY Post, RS, Vibe. Gen. X, smart, witty, bi-lingual. [email protected] (1/28)

SITUATION WANTED: PRODUCER/WRITER/DIRECTOR (NY) Ultra-creative, award winning, all formats, all genres, all major networks and major cable.  Fast, frugal and fun! [email protected] (1/28)

SITUATION WANTED: TV PROGRAM EXECUTIVE 15 + yrs exp, Creative, great work ethic, knwldgbl, sense of humor, can relocate. See Looking for next great opp in cable or brdcst TV. Contact [email protected] (1/28)

SITUATION WANTED: DOCUMENTARY PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, WRITER in L.A. Credits include National Geographic, PBS, Discovery, History Channel, TLC and MSNBC. Contact email: [email protected] (1/28)

SITUATION WANTED: NON-FICTION DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER. I will write and develop your pitch & produce and direct a winning sales tape. 3 Emmy noms; unscripted or narrative formats; LA based, will travel. [email protected] (1/27)

SITUATION WANTED: INNOVATIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR: Award winning and highly creative. Major network & cable experience, all genres: Childrens, Reality, Lifestyle, Documentary. In NY but will travel. View reel & CV: (1/27)

SITUATION WANTED: Seasoned TALENT ACQUISITION Specialist, HR Generalist (NYC based) w/ significant exp in fashion, PR, marcom & entertainment industries seeks PT, FT, Freelance or Consulting opportunities.Contact [email protected] (1/27)

SITUATION WANTED: FREELANCE DRTV MEDIA BUYER with more than 15 years experience buying national and local cable, syndication, and local broadcast markets seeking FT or PT work from home office. Please contact me at [email protected] (1/27)

SITUATION WANTED: FREELANCE or Full-time MEDIA BUYER w/ over 25 yrs of buying exp. is newly available. Seeking F/T or Freelance wk from your office or my home (New York based) Please contact me @ [email protected] (1/27)

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