Monday, July 13th, 2009


Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Monday, July 13, 2009, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

101 Dalmatians: The Musical kicks off its nationwide tour beginning in Minneapolis this October 2009 and concluding in LA in June 2010.  Based on author Dodie (Dorothy) Smith’s 1956 novel The One Hundred and One Dalmatians, the family-targeted musical is directed by the celebrated Jerry Zaks and features a score by singer/songwriter/musician and founding STYK band-member Dennis DeYoung and a book by writer/lyricist/director BT McNicholl (resident director Billy Elliot/Broadway). The musical, which will include a three week run in NYC at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden in April 2010, will feature actors dressed as Dalmatians as well as 15 or so actual Dalmatians that will be trained by veteran animal trainer Joel Slaven (Ace Ventura Pet Detective, That Darn Cat and Rain Maker, as well as many stage shows etc).  101 Dalmatians: The Musical is produced by Magic Arts & Entertainment/Tix Productions, Troika Entertainment, and Luis Alvarez.


Hong Kong Phooey, number one super guy.  Alcon Entertainment‘s mixed live-action/CGI animated adaptation of Hanna-Barbera‘s animated series Hong Kong Phooey will be directed by Alex Zamm with David Goodman (exec. producer/writer Family Guy) joining to pen the script, per Variety.  Producing the movie version of one of my favorite cartoons is Alcon’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove with Rat Entertainment‘s Brett Ratner and Jay Stern.  Hong Kong Phooey, quicker than the human eye.

After a long search Warner Bros. seems to have found its Green Lantern in Ryan Reynolds, per THR.  With a deal in the works, Ryan Reynolds will star as the Green Lantern in the studio’s new live-action movie adaptation of DC Comics’ Green Lantern, directed by Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) and produced by Donald De line and Greg Berlanti.  Slated to begin production at the start of 2010, the screenplay is penned by Berlanti along with Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim.  Other actors who had been considered for the role include Bradley Cooper, Jared Leto and Justin Timberlake.

Emmy® Note:  Cynopsis will be rolling out five Special Edition issues focusing on the 2009 Emmy® Award nominees, going out to all Cynopsis subscribers.  These special editions will cover the following categories: 

  • 7/29 Special Edition:  Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy
  • 8/5 Special Edition:    Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Directing of a Drama, Outstanding Writing of a Drama
  • 8/12 Special Edition:  Outstanding Reality-Competition Program, Outstanding Reality Program; Outstanding Non-Fiction Series; Outstanding Non-Fiction Special
  • 8/19 Special Edition:  Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
  • 8/24 Special Edition:  Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

The nominees will be announced this Thursday morning, and if you’re among them … congratulations!!  And if you’d like to send us a description or brief bio of the nominated series/director/actor/writer (maximum of 150 words), we will include it in our special edition.   Please send the description to me at


Fox International’s BabyTV will launch in Italy for the first time on the pay-TV service Sky Italia on July 31, 2009.  BabyTV joins Sky Italia’s Kids Pack with a localized Italian channel.  Already this year BabyTV has launched on the basic packages of both Sky Mexico and Sun India.  Rupert Murdoch’s New Corp. owns Fox International Channels, BabyTV and Sky Italia.


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Hasbro launches a new set of G.I. Joe products based on the new live-action feature film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, from Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment, in association with Hasbro, which releases August 7, 2009.  Inspired by the movie, the new G.I. Joe products include action figures and vehicles, some of the latter featuring lights, sounds and hidden weapons systems.  Additionally, consumers can “join the G.I. Joe team” and a chance to win a one-of-a-kind action figure in their likeness by creating their own G.I. Joe action figure avatar through an online promotion on .

Confectioner Just Born, Inc., will open its first retail store, Peeps & Company, at National Harbor, Maryland this fall.  The store will offer a range of branded products including apparel, gear, china and toys.  A privately owned 86-year-old company, Just Born is the maker of Peeps, Mike and Ike, Hot Tamales, Teenee Beanee and Peanut Chews candies.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro launches its first kid’s menu across 190 restaurants nationwide.  Chang’s is offering kid-friendly entrees along with a variety of games and puzzles to keep kids entertained throughout the meal.


Weekend Box Office Estimates for kids/tweens/teens rated G, PG or PG-13; July 10-12, 2009:
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Fox) PG                                         $28.5m-2 wk total $120.6m
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Paramount (DreamWorks)) PG-13 $24.2m-3 wk total $339.2m
The Proposal (Buena Vista) PG-13                                                  $10.5m-4 wk total $113.8m
I Love You Beth Cooper (Fox) PG-13                                               Opening Weekend $5.0m
Up (Buena Vista) PG                                                                    $4.7m-7 wk total $273.8m
My Sister’s Keeper (Warner Bros.) PG-13                                         $4.2m-3 wk total $35.8m
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Fox) PG                   $1.5m-8 wk total $170.6m
Star Trek (Paramount) PG-13                                                        $1.1m-10 wk total $251.9m
Year One (Sony/Columbia) PG-13                                                   $1.0m-4 wk total $41.2m
Whatever Works (Sony Classics) PG-13                                           $739,608-4 wk total $3.2m
Source: Rentrak

Calling all animators: The Nickelodeon Animation Festival (f/k/a Nicktoons Network Animation Festival) is on the worldwide search for up and coming animators with a call for entries now through September 8, 2009.  The multiplatform festival, the only one of its kind in North America, will feature six awards, including the newly created “15 Seconds to Fame” award for the best 15 seconds of an animated funny character.  Submissions will be showcased on-air, online and at a live event at Nickelodeon Animation Studios this October.  Come November, Nicktoons Network will feature select shorts on-air and festival nominees on , which is also where you can find entry forms and further details.


Nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate, Inez Moore Tenenbaum officially becomes the 9th Chairman of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  Her term expires in October 2013. Tenenbaum intends to focus on three primary areas during her term: accessibility and transparency: searchable database of incident reports. This is inviting consumers in; education and advocacy: inform consumers about product hazards. This is pushing info out; enforcing the law and keeping dangerous imported products off the shelves and out of the hands of consumers.  Tenenbaum was previously South Carolina’s State Superintendent of Education (1998-2007).  In this role she created a stir in 2005 for having author Chris Crutcher’s young adult novel Whale Talk removed from the South Carolina Education Department’s high school curriculum due to profanity included in the book.  This was not the only state where the inclusion of the title in schools was debated.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:   Who am I?  I can talk and so let me tell you about my phobias.  I have a fear of water, fat men with whiskers, cockatoos, cats, prowlers, wooden carousel horses and heights.  Who am I?   MR. ED  Kudos to:  Alex Vassilio-MTV Networks/NY; Chip Beaman-Soundelux Design Music/Hollywood

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