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Cynopsis: Kids!

05/01/06

Good morning. It’s Monday, May 1, 2006 and this is your first early morning Kids! briefing.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have stepped-up their efforts to thwart the online theft of music and movies by college students by turning their attention to the issues of theft via campus Local Area Network (LAN), as well as software such as Direct Connections, MYTunes and OurTunes, which allow the sharing of files over local network servers, thus skirting the “broader public Internet.”  As part of their new campaign, the RIAA and MPAA has sent letters to 40 university presidents in US 25 states “alerting them of LAN piracy problems on their campuses and encouraging immediate action to stop and prevent theft by such means.”  In the letter the MPAA and RIAA asks University administrators to review how their campus computer networks are being used and institute blocking and filtering devices where necessary to prevent such theft.  You may recall that back in 2003 the RIAA filed suits against student operators of four campus LAN networks at three schools, as well as previous pushes against peer-to-peer file sharing, which takes place over the public internet.

NEW PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

Marvel Studios‘ Chairman, Avi Arad has confirmed a bevy of directors and writers for many of its upcoming feature film projects.  Marvel has begun discussions with other talent and visual effects houses for these movies and expects to release the first picture of this new slate of movies in 2008.  These projects are expected to be financed with Marvel’s $525 million revolving film financing facility and distributed under Marvel’s overall distribution deal with Paramount, except for The Incredible Hulk which will be distributed under an earlier pact with Universal.

  • Adding to last weeks news that Jon Favreau (Elf, Zathura) has been signed to direct and develop the movie version of Iron Man, writers for the project are Arthur Marcum and Matt Holloway (Convoy).
  • The new Incredible Hulk movie will be written by Zak Penn.  Penn previously collaborated with Marvel on X2, Fantastic Four, and the upcoming release X-Men: The Last Stand.
  • The movie adaptation of Ant Man will be directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz).  Wright will co-write the movie with his partner Joe Cornish, and co-produce the movie with his partner Nira Park.
  • David Self (Thirteen Days, Road to Perdition) will serve as writer for Captain America, based on Marvel’s American super soldier. Self has also worked with Marvel on Namor, the Sub-Mariner (Universal) and Deathlok (Paramount).
  • Nick Fury, super hero and spy, will feature a screenplay by Andrew Marlowe (Air Force On, End of Days, Hollow Man)
  • The movie based on Thor, the star of Norse mythology, will feature the work of screenwriter Mark Protosevich (Poseidon, The Cell).

Animation design studio 23D Films and Weller/Grossman Prods is co-producing Paloozaville, a mixed live-action/animated series created by and staring actor/singer John Lithgow that will air on Kids Club, which is part of Mag Rack, Rainbow Media’s video on-demand service.  Based on Lithgow’s book series of the time title, the Paloozaville series is comprised of 20 parts, featuring a virtual animated set with live actors.  Each episode revolving around a theme (e.g. music, dance, art, history etc.) and includes a project that can be made at home.

MORE KIDS STUFF

BKN International’s animated series Legend of the Dragon (39 x 30 min) will officially launch on Jetix programming block in the US on October 7, 2006, and will air seven days a week.  Legend of the Dragon was created and produced by Rick Unger, and is written by Sean Catherine Derek.  Licensee Grand Toys International Ltd. will launch a line of Legend of the Dragon toys from September 2006, with a Games Factory PlayStation game title also set to debut this fall.

Weekend Box Office Estimates for kids/tweens/teens rated G, PG or PG-13; April 2830, 2006:
RV (Sony) PG                                            $16.4m-Opening weekend
Stick It (Buena Vista) PG-13                            $11.3m-Opening weekend
Scary Movie 4 (Dimension) PG-13                 $7.8m-3 wk total $78.2m
The Sentinel (Fox) PG-13                                $7.6m-2 wk total $25.5m
Ice Age: The Meltdown (Fox) PG                  $7.1m-5 wk total $177.7m
Akeelah and the Bee (Lions Gate) PG             $6.3m-Opening weekend
The Wild (Buena Vista) G                                $4.7m-3 wk total $28.4m
The Benchwarmers (Sony / Revolution) PG-13      $4.4m-4 wk total $52.8m
Take the Lead (New Line) PG-13                  $1.9m-4 wk total $32.5m
American Dreamz (Universal) PG-13               $1.6m-2 wk total $6.2m
Source: Box Office Mojo

alphaDictionary.com has launched Dr. Goodword’s Word Wizard Club, a new interactive language arts website targeted to K7-13.  The free website is designed to help kids learn how to read and speak better, using input from teachers and linguists.  Each day Dr. Goodword’s Word Wizard Club will highlight the Goodword Junior, a word-of-the-day supported by definitions (relatable to the kid audience), examples, cartoons, games (crosswords) and sounds, along with tips on spelling and usage.  The alphaDictionary.com website is owned and operated by The Lexiteria.

MARKETING/LICENSING

Electronic Arts‘ new NCAA Football 07 game will feature Reggie Bush on the cover.  Bush, a USC All-American running back and 2005 Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winner, signed with the New Orleans Saints during the first round of the traditional NFL draft this weekend.  The EA Sports game was developed by EA Tiburon, and will be released this July for PlayStation2 and Xbox, as well as for Xbox 360 and PSP.  More information about the game can be found at www.ncaafootball07.com.

Author Steven Keslowitz has sold the US and UK rights for his book, The World According to The Simpsons, to Sourcebooks, Inc., a trade publishing house.  The terms of the agreement were not released.  Previously, Keslowitz wrote and self-published the book, under its initial title, The Simpsons and Society: An Analysis Of Our Favorite Family And Its Influence In Contemporary Society, through Wheatmark, Inc., a self-publishing service.

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Perry Stahman has been named President/Domestic Theatrical Marketing, MGM.  He will report directly to Rick Sands COO, MGM.  In this newly created position, Stahman will be responsible for supervising all theatrical marketing activities for MGM’s theatrical distribution unit.  Stahman had been SVP/Creative Advertising, Fox, and Miramax Films.  Previously Stahman toiled for MGM as VP/Creative Advertising.

RATINGS

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Thursday, April 27, 2006, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:            K2-11 1223; K6-11 536; TWEENS 9-14 385
DISNEY CHANNEL:       K2-11   610; K6-11 323; TWEENS 9-14 265
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   468; K6-11 280; TWEENS 9-14 185
TOON DISNEY:             K2-11   108; K6-11   56; TWEENS 9-14   31
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data


Answer to Friday’s trivia question: What popular ’70s tv show had the neighbor Mr. Dittmier?  THE BRADY BUNCH   Kudos to:  Joanna Marutollo-Harper Collins Children’s Books/NY; Nicole E. Johnson-TV One/Silver Spring MD; Katharine E. Heintz-Knowles PhD-Children’s Media Research and Consulting/Falmouth ME; Derrick Goulet-CBS TV/LA; Katherine Kaufman-Porchlight Entertainment/LA

Today’s Trivia Question: What game show did you have to be a pretty good artist and draw on a large sketch pad to communicate an idea to your partner? (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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