Monday, May 18th, 2009


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Good morning. It’s Monday, May 18, 2009, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

StudioCanal and Universal Music Group (UMG) enter into a partnership for the upcoming and 3D animated feature, Around the World in 50 Years.  Set for release worldwide in Q4 2010, Around the World in 50 Years is being directed by Ben Stassen (Fly Me to the Moon) and produced at nWave’s Brussels studio.  Under the deal, UMG will handle all North American theatrical, DVD, TV and non-theatrical rights to the buddy movie, as well as handling the soundtrack album on a worldwide basis.   Cherry and Vincent Herbert will create the soundtrack album to the movie.

The N has picked up the new series Gigantic (13×30) from producers Marti Noxon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Private Practice, Mad Men) and Dawn Parouse (Prison Break), who will serve as both executive producers and showrunners on the series, per THR.  Set to head into production this year, Gigantic will be produced by Reveille, which already produces The N’s Student Body.  The drama/comedy series looks into the lives of Hollywood teens, some of whose parents are celebrities.  This fall will also see The N renamed as TeenNick.


Sinking Ship Entertainment has begun production on The Ocean Room (26×11), the second installment of the preschool reality series The Jungle Room.  Cameras will follow a group of seven preschoolers and their daily adventures over the course of six-weeks.  Teacher Anthony Randall returns for the second season.  The Ocean Room premieres in September 2009 on TVO, ACCESS Alberta and The Knowledge Network.

Hit Entertainment launches a new Australian Thomas & Friends website.  The new site features a range of interactive activities, a video player and new games, as well as a separate parent’s section that offers parent and kid activities.

Grizzly Adams Productions is converting its feature film Friends for Life into 3-D at PassmoreLab for 3-D theatrical exhibition.  The 3D version of the movie is slated for completion in the fall 2009 and will be available for worldwide theatrical release.  Grizzly Adams will handle TV licensing and domestic DVD retail distribution.  Produced by Grizzly Adams in association with Flynn-Daines Productions, Friends for Life is a family targeted movie that features animals in the wild to help tell the story of one man’s courage and determination.


Electronic Arts and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment confirm the that the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game will be available in stores around the world from June 30, 2009, which is just ahead of the Warner Bros.’ feature film release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in theaters on July 17, all of which are based on author J.K. Rowling’s sixth book in the Harry Potter series.  The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game was developed by EA Bright Light in Guildford, England, the team behind the Harry Potter library of games.  In North America the game be available from June 30 for Wii, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PSP, Nintendo DS, Windows PC, Macintosh and mobile devices.

Activision Publishing‘s upcoming video game Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen will feature the actors from the movie it is based upon, including Shia LeBeouf, Megan Fox and Peter Cullen and Frank Welker among others.  From DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures in association with Hasbro, the Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen movie opens nationwide on June 24, 2009.  Set for release on June 23, the video game is developed under license from Hasbro.  The Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen video game is currently in development by Luxoflux for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, and is rated T for Teen; the Windows PC version is being developed by Beenox Studios and is also rated T; Krome Studios is developing the Wii and PlayStation 2 versions of the game, also rated T; two Autobot and Decepticon-specific Nintendo DS versions are being developed by Vicarious Visions and are rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and older; while the PSP game ) is being developed by Savage Entertainment and is also rated E10+.

Planetpals will introduce two new characters, Clean Jean (Earth Queen) and Recycle Michael (It’s in to put it in the bin) as well as new designs and themes at Licensing Expo 2009 in Las Vegas, June 2-4.


Weekend Box Office Estimates for kids/tweens/teens rated G, PG or PG-13; May 15-17, 2009:
Angels & Demons (Sony / Columbia) PG-13                       Opening Weekend $48.0m
Star Trek (Paramount) PG-13                                            $43.0m-2 wk total $147.6m
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Fox) PG-13                               $14.8m-3 wk total $151.1m
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (Warner Bros. (New Line)) PG-13 $6.9m-3 wk total $40.1m
Obsessed (Sony / Screen Gems) PG-13                             $4.6m-4 wk total $62.6m
17 Again (Warner Bros.) PG-13                                         $3.4m-5 wk total $58.4m
Monsters Vs. Aliens (Paramount (DreamWorks)) PG            $3.0m-8 wk total $190.6m
The Soloist (Paramount (DreamWorks)) PG-13                   $2.4m-4 wk total $27.5m
Earth (2009) (Buena Vista) G                                            $1.7m-4 wk total $29.1m
Hannah Montana The Movie (Buena Vista) G                      $1.6m-6 wk total $75.9m
Source: Rentrak


Tom Keefer is appointed as SVP/Global Licensing, BBC Worldwide.  Keefer will relocate from California to NY effective this week.  Reporting to Neil Ross Russell, MD, BBC Worldwide Children’s and Licensing and Garth Ancier, President BBC Worldwide America, Keefer will be responsible for growing licensing opportunities across BBC Worldwide’s portfolio of kid’s and adult brands, with initial focus on the US market.  Keefer will lead the existing UK and International Licensing teams and work alongside Susanna Pollack, SVP/TV Sales, Co-Productions and Children’s on building kid’s brands in the US market, and oversee the development of adult licensing on brands such as BBC Earth, Doctor Who and Top Gear.  A 30-year veteran of the licensing industry, Keefer has served in senior roles for L.A. Gear, K-Swiss, Mattel and most recently for FIFA/2010 World Cup.


Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows among Kids 2-11 for the week of 5/4-4/10/09 , 6a-6a:
K2-11                                             Total Delivery (000)
NICK:    iCarly Movie: iDate a Bad Boy (5/9; 8-9p)     3348
NICK:    iCarly (5/9; 9p)                                           2425
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (5/9; 9:30a)           2149
NICK:    iCarly Movie: iDate a Bad Boy (5/10; 8-9p)   2175
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (5/10; 9:30a)         2156
NICK:    iCarly (5/9; 9:30p)                                      2064
NICK:    Penguins of Madagascar (5/9; 10a)               2045
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (5/10; 9a)              1059
NICK:    Penguins of Madagascar (5/10; 10a)             1951
NICK:    iCarly (5/9; 7:30p)                                      1880
Source: Disney from Nielsen Media Research Data
*Disney Channel is not an ad supported cable network, unlike the others in this listing.

Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows among Kids 6-11 for the week of 5/4-4/10/09 , 6a-6a:
K6-11                                              Total Delivery (000)
NICK:    iCarly Movie: iDate a Bad Boy (5/9; 8-9p)     2748
NICK:    iCarly (5/9; 9p)                                          1958
NICK:    iCarly Movie: iDate a Bad Boy (5/10; 8-9p)   1741
NICK:    iCarly (5/9; 9:30p)                                      1665
NICK:    iCarly (5/9; 7:30p)                                      1489
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (5/10; 9:30a)         1449
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (5/9; 9:30a)           1448
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (5/10; 9a)              1356
NICK:    Penguins of Madagascar (5/9; 10a)               1345
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (5/9; 9a)                1311
Source: Disney from Nielsen Media Research Data
*Disney Channel is not an ad supported cable network, unlike the others in this listing.

Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows among Tweens 9-14 for the week of 5/4-4/10/09 , 6a-6a:
Tweens 9-14                                  Total Delivery (000)
NICK:    iCarly Movie: iDate a Bad Boy (5/9; 8-9p)     2751
NICK:    iCarly (5/9; 9p)                                          1802
NICK:    iCarly Movie: iDate a Bad Boy (5/10; 8-9p)   1748
NICK:    iCarly (5/9; 9:30p)                                      1512
FOX:     American Idol (5/6; 9-10:02p)                      1370
NICK:    iCarly (5/9; 7:30p)                                      1304
FOX:     American Idol (5/5; 8-9:03p)                       1300
NICK:    iCarly (5/10; 7:30p)                                    1122
DSNY*: Sonny with a Chance (5/9; 7-7:25p)             1117
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (5/10; 9:30a)         1071
Source: Disney from Nielsen Media Research Data
*Disney Channel is not an ad supported cable network, unlike the others in this listing.

Top 10 Combined Broadcast/Basic Cable shows among Teens 12-17 for the week of 5/4-4/10/09 , 6a-6a:
Teens 12-17                                   Total Delivery (000)
NICK:    iCarly Movie: iDate a Bad Boy (5/9; 8-9p)     1518
FOX:     American Idol (5/6; 9-10:02p)                      1309
FOX:     American Idol (5/5; 8-9:03p)                        1186
NICK:    iCarly Movie: iDate a Bad Boy (5/10; 8-9p)    1026
NICK:    iCarly (5/9; 9p)                                             901
NICK:    iCarly (5/9; 9:30p)                                        761
NICK:    SpongeBob SquarePants (5/9; 9:30a)             753
FOX:     Family Guy (5/10; 9-9:31p)                            718
NAN:     George Lopez (5/9; 10p)                                701
NAN:     George Lopez (5/9; 10:30p)                           687
Source: Disney from Nielsen Media Research Data
*Disney Channel is not an ad supported cable network, unlike the others in this listing.
**Abbreviation for Adult Swim, which airs on Cartoon Network

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:    Who am I?  (First AND last name please):  I live with a family of three children and numerous pets.  They suspect all sorts of things about me, including wondering if I can really talk to and understand animals, whether or not i’m really 106 years old (per a found passport), and how was it I knew to answer the phone even before it rang.  Who am I?   PHOEBE FIGILILLY on NANNY & THE PROFESSOR  Kudos to: Howard Rosenstein-Meredith Video Solutions/NY; Joe Swaney-Cartoon Network, Adult Swim/Atlanta; Carin Greenberg/NY

Today’s Trivia Question:  Who was the property owner (and title character) of the Flying Crown Ranch?   (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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