Monday, June 16th, 2008


Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Monday, June 16, 2008, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

9 Story Entertainment and Darius Films, both Canadian based companies, are teaming to produce a new pilot entitled Fugget About It, a primetime animated comedy commissioned for The Detour, Teletoon’s teen and adult-targeted programming block.  Fugget About It follows the misadventures of a NY mob boss and his family as they enter a witness protection program and wind up living in sleepy Canadian town.  The series is co-created and written by Willem Wennekers (Weirdsville).  9 Story’s Vince Commisso will serve as executive producer along with co-creator and executive producer Nicholas Tabarrok of Darius Films.  9 Story will handle international distribution for the series.

Japanese publisher Kodansha enters into a deal with Korean production house Daewon Media to produce a animated new TV series based on Gon, a non-verbal early 1990s manga series by Masashi Tanaka for air in 2010, per Anime News Network.  Gon revolves around a small and cute orange dinosaur.  Several years back Sprite Animation Studios, which announced it was at work on a movie version of Gon, but not word on what happened to that endeavor.

Seems that Anna Faris and Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live) have apparently joined the voice cast for the animated feature film adaptation of the kid book Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, by wife/husband author/illustrator team Judi and Ron Barrett, according to Faris who told as much to the MTV Movies blogSony optioned Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs some time ago, and when I last wrote about it the movie was slated for release March 2009.

Walt Disney Pictures picks up a pitch (untitled) by Mike Rich (he penned The Rookie, Secretariat and The Nativity Story), that is based on a true story and will elements of The Parent Trap and Sleepless in Seattle, per Variety.


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CHAOTIC™ – Hottest new trading card in US & Canada; Additional 26 episodes broadcast this Fall; “Silent Sands” card series hits stores Wednesday; 20 million+ Chaotic cards uploaded to date at

CABBAGE PATCH KIDS® – 25th Anniversary Brings Back Original ‘Kids at Retail this September

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES™ – New TV Series this Fall and 25th Anniversary “Shell-ebration” set for 2009

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The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) handed out the 35th Annual Creative Arts & Entertainment Emmy Awards, which of course includes awards for excellence in children’s/family programming content, on Friday evening at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.  Over the course of the evening, which was streamed live on (and can still be viewed at ), PBS earned 10 awards, Discovery Kids won 3, and Kids WB, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. each took home 2 Emmy’s, with Disney Channel, Discovery and one syndicated series taking home one statue apiece.  Additionally, Kabillion, which is little more than a year old, won its very Emmy.  Now, I can’t list all the winners here so please don’t go crazy on me!  All of the categories and winners (that includes specific individuals as well as shows so check it out) can be found at , and again you can check out the ceremony at  A heartfelt congrats to all nominees and winners. Below is just a selection of some of the winners from the weekend for outstanding achievement:

  • Children’s Animated program  Curious George (PBS)
  • Special Class Animated Program  The Backyardigans (Nick Jr.)
  • Performer/Children’s Series  Bindi the Jungle Girl (Discovery Kids), Bindi Irwin (as herself)
  • Performer/Animated Program  Disney’s The Emperor’s New School (Disney Channel), Eartha Kitt, as Yzma
  • Pre-School Children’s Series  Sesame Street (PBS)
  • Children’s Series – a tie

    • Greatest Inventions with Bill Nye (Discovery)
    • Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild (Syndicated)
  • Writing in Animation – a tie

    • Peep and the Big Wide World (Discovery Kids)
    • WordGirl (PBS)
  • Writing in a Children’s Series  Between the Lions (PBS)
  • New Approaches  Daytime Children’s  I Got A Rocket (Kabillion)
  • Directing/ Children’s Series  Design Squad (PBS)
  • Directing/Animated Program  Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks (PBS)


Get Fit With Alyson, a new series of 3-minute webisodes staring actress Alyson Stoner (she’s in the upcoming Camp Rock) created by Tribe Pictures, launches today.  Sponsored by Nintendo, Get Fit With Alyson, which by the way is unscripted, is designed to get exercising and more interested in choosing a healthy lifestyle and features the actress leading teens through an exercise routine.   Webisodes are produced in association with Production Advisor.  Additional original content is being produced exclusively for the Nintendo Channel (available only via the Wii internet connection at ).

SouthPeak Interactive Corporation will co-publish Igor The Game for the Wii, Nintendo DS and PC.  Co-published and developed by Legacy Interactive in the US, the game is based on the upcoming animated feature film Igor from Exodus Film Group in cooperation with The Weinstein Company.  Interactive Game Group (I2G) is financing and coordinating the game project on a worldwide basis.  MGM Studios is distributing the movie in the US, which releases here September 19, 2008.

City Interactive has released Beauty Factory, a new girl-targeted strategy PC game, in the UK.  The game asks players to become the CEO of a beauty company and creating their own line of products including naming the company, researching and developing product ingredients and eventually packaging and design, as well as creating a full marketing campaign including positioning and promotion plans.  The game features a tutorial to help girls through the process.


Weekend Box Office Estimates for kids/tweens/teens rated G, PG or PG-13; June 1315, 2008:
The Incredible Hulk (Universal) PG-13                                     Opening Weekend $54.5m
Kung Fu Panda (Paramount (DreamWorks)) PG                         $24.2m-2 wk total $118.0m
You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (Sony/Columbia) PG-13             $16.4m-2 wk total $68.8m
Indiana Jones/Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Paramount) PG-13    $13.5m-4 wk total $275.3m
Iron Man (Paramount) PG-13                                                 $5.1m-7 wk total $297.4m
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Buena Vista) PG 5        $3.0m-wk total $131.7m
What Happens in Vegas (Fox) PG-13                                       $1.7m-6 wk total $75.8m
The Visitor (Overture Films) PG-13                                          $450,000-10 wk total $6.7m
Baby Mama (Universal) PG-13                                                $408,000-8 wk total $58.8m
Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who! (Fox) G                                   $185,000-14 wk total $153.4m
Source: Box Office Mojo

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: On what show could you find regular segments including Red and Fred and Super Silly Sports? BUNNYTOWN (Playhouse Disney) Kudos to: Bridget Brady-WETA/Washington, DC; David S. Larson-CBS Television/NY; Erika Lewis-The Lippin Group/NY; Deborah Winikoff-The Lippin Group/NY; Justin Meadows-Disney/ABC Cable Networks Group/Burbank; Rebecca Rodriguez-Disney Channel/CA

Today’s Trivia Question: On the coming of age TV series, The Famous Jett Jackson starring Lee Thompson Young, what was the name of the show on which Jett played a teenage secret agent? (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 — Cyn

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