Monday, July 2nd, 2007


Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Monday, July 2, 2007 and this is your first early morning briefing.

The teen-targeted web series Prom Queen can now be downloaded as a full-length movie, ad-free download exclusively on Amazon’s digital video download service, Amazon Unbox, under a deal between and Michael Eisner’s Vuguru and in conjunction with Big Fantastic.  Prom Queen was initially launched this April 2007 on My Space as a series of eighty 90m episodes, with the final episode of the series debuting June 20.  The new movie version of Prom Queen, which must run about 120-130 minutes, can be downloaded to own for $10 or for $4 fans can rent the movie for 30 days.  Amazon Unbox video download service was launched in fall 2006.

Director Robert Zemeckis’ upcoming mixed live-action and CG adaptation of the epic poem, Beowulf, will be released domestically in IMAX 3D simultaneously with the movie’s regular movie theatre release on November 16, 2007.  Penned by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, Beowulf, Paramount will distribute the picture to IMAX theaters domestically, and Warner Bros. will serve as the distributor internationally.

Boomerang starts at the very beginning this week with The Flagstones to The Flintstones, a 3.5 day programming marathon that will include all 166 episodes of The Flintstones series and the pilot, in chronologic order.  The big event starts at 6a on Wednesday, July 4 with The Flagstones, the 1960 animated pilot for what would become The Flintstones, and runs through Saturday, July 7 at 5p.  In addition, Boomerang VOD offerings in July also will go along with the Flagstone to Flintstones theme by offering several of the most popular episodes via a Flintstones Fourth of July tab for the VOD menu.  The Flintstones premiered in primetime on ABC, September 30, 1960 at 8:30p.

Disney Channel’s original tween-targeted movie High School Musical 2, a follow-up the first TV movie of the same name, is scheduled to premiere in Southeast Asia on Sunday, September 9 (7:30p Singapore/Malaysia; 6:30p Indonesia time).  From First Street Films and Salty Pictures, High School Musical 2 will debut on Disney Channel in the US on August 17, 2007 at 8p.

Canada’s Family Channel summer programming includes several premieres, including the debut of High School Musical 2 in Canada day-and-date with the world premiere on Disney Channel on August 17 at 8p.  The channel will also televise High School Musical: The Concert on August 5 at 730p and season 3 of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.  In September, Family Channel will premiere third seasons of Life with Derek and The Secret World of Benjamin Bear and a second season of The Emperor’s New School.


Warner Bros. Consumer Products has awarded Mattel, Inc., with the master toy license for complete DC Comics Universe of characters and properties.  In addition to the rights to existing DC Comics characters/animation/movies, the multi-year pact provides Mattel with the rights to produce toys based on future DC Universe film and animation projects that are developed and produced during the term of the agreement.  Mattel will support the DC Universe characters across all of its key brands including Hot Wheels, Radica, Fisher-Price, Tyco and Mattel Games.  The financial terms of the deal were not released.

Pokemon USA, Inc. is set to release Pokemon Trading Card Game expansion, Pokemon TCG: Diamond & Pearl – Mysterious Treasures, on August 22.  The expansion is comprised of 120+ cards, including 25 new Pokemon to collect, which will be available in two 60-card theme decks, Fortress and Skull Charge as well as in booster packs of ten cards each.


Weekend Box Office Estimates for kids/tweens/teens rated G, PG or PG-13; June 29-July 1, 2007:
Ratatouille (Buena Vista) G                                                  Opening Weekend $47.2m
Live Free or Die Hard (Fox) PG-13                                        Opening Weekend $48.2m
Evan Almighty (Universal) PG                                               $15.2m-2 wk total $60.6m
1408 (MGM (Weinstein)) PG-13                                            $10.6m-2 wk total $40.4m
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (Fox) PG                   $9.0m-3 wk total $114.8m
Ocean’s Thirteen (Warner Bros.) PG-13                                 $6.1m-4 wk total $102.1m
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (Buena Vista) PG-13 $5.0m-6 wk total $295.8m
Sicko (Lionsgate) PG-13                                                       $4.5m-2 wk total $4.6m
Evening (Focus Features) PG-13                                           Opening Weekend $3.5m
Shrek the Third (Paramount (DreamWorks)) PG                     $2.7m-7 wk total $313.8m
Source: Box Office Mojo


Games Media Properties has tapped Keith Kane as SVP/Advertising Sales.  Kane will be responsible for growing the advertising team, focusing on increasing advertising and sponsorship revenue, specifically relating to the company’s annual World Series of Video Games, Presented by Intel.  Four of the events this year will air as 1-hour specials as part of the CBS Sports Spectacular.  He will also work to expand Games Media’s online advertising network.  Kane will report to James Green, CEO of Games Media.  Previously, Kane toiled for Cdigix where he was VP and Chief Advertising and Marketing Officer; he also served as VP/Sales, Alloy Media & Marketing.

Bruno Schwobthaler has been upped to SVP/Sales & Business Development, Warner Bros. Consumer Products Europe/Middle East/Africa (WBCP EMEA).  Schwobthaler will be responsible for managing the commercial agenda for the EMEA region, overseeing development and implementation of marketing, sales and retail plans for selected properties, and managing the regional development of new business initiatives, including negotiations and implementation.  He will continue to report to Pilar Zulueta, SVP and GM, WBCP EMEA.  Schwobthaler, who has been with WBCP for 10-years, has served as VP/Sales & Business Development and VP/Northern Europe among others.

Answer to Yesterday’s trivia question: Empty Next character Barbara Weston, a cop, had an odd collection.  Do you remember what she collected?  BACK SCRATCHERS   Kudos to … uh, nobody.  Well, here’s an easier one for you …

Today’s Trivia Question: Pee Wee’s Playhouse, what was the name of the playhouse robot, who gave Pee-wee the “secret word” each week ?    ( 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
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JOB OPENING: GM /Equity Media Holdings Corp. for Univision/Telefutura affiliates in Amarillo, TX: Must have TV sales and/or sales mgmt. exp; bilingual a +. Email resume to Connie Vaughn [email protected]. EEO (7/10)

JOB OPENING: SALES ASST/Comcast Networks (Detroit): Maintain accts ie: Dialogue w/ agency clientele re: acct maintenance. Resolve billing issues. Work w/traffic dept re: schedule mgmt. Reply: [email protected] (7/10)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, RESEARCH/E! Networks: Manage dept workflow custom requests and standardized reports. Full job description and application online, (7/10)

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JOB OPENING: RES. STRATEGIST/Discovery Nets, NY: Min 5 yrs res. exp., proficiency in Nielsen systems req. Strong analytical/communication/computer/presentation skills. Estimate exp a plus. Apply: . Req 5500 (7/10)

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JOB OPENING: FLASH WEB DEVELOPER, DIGITAL MEDIA/Sesame Workshop/NY: Development & programming chops req’d – CS3, After Effects, FCP, Flash video & games, etc. [email protected]   (7/7)

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JOB OPENING: COPYWRITER /The ZUNE brand team is looking for an experienced copywriter to drive the strategy and execution of ZUNE voice, tone, style in all communications. Go to req#183782 (7/7)

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JOB OPENING: MKTG DIR/Legally Blonde/NYC: 2+ yrs promo/mktg w/in media/entertain/theater. Develop mktg/ tix sales initiatives/ viral mktg/ promotions. Graphic skills a plus. email to [email protected] (7/6)

JOB OPENING: SALES PLANNER/ Oxygen Media/ NY: Support two AE’s, 3 yrs exp. buying or plan’g. Must be detail oriented & possess excellent communication skills. Email res and cover letter to [email protected], ref job title in subject (7/6)

JOB OPENING: PROGRAM OPS COORDINATOR/Oxygen Media/NYC: Provide tech assistance & coordinating support for Broadcast Ops; digital media & master control aptitude. Email w/ sub line: “Prog Ops ” cover letter & res to [email protected] (7/6)

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JOB OPENING: INTERACTIVE SALES PLANNER: ABC Digital Media Sales seeks a sales planner with a minimum of 1-2 years experience in researching, planning and executing digital campaigns.. Req ID:99245 (7/4)

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JOB OPENING: ACCT MGR-SALES/POPULAR MECHANICS MAGAZINE/CHICAGO: Oppty to sell print and website. Must have 3-5 yrs exp, ability to interact with agencies and clients + excellent presentation skills. Apply: [email protected] (7/3)

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SITUATION WANTED: 07 Phi Beta Kappa Harvard grad seeks employment in entertainment industry. Worked two media internships and wrote professionally directed play. Skilled in script coverage. Email at [email protected] (7/10)

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SITUATION WANTED: 07 SUNY BU Grad seeks SPORTS WRITING POSITION in media industry. Current part-time sports reporter for Binghamton paper. Completed 3 internships, will work from ground up. E-mail [email protected] (7/3)

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