Good morning. It’s Monday, May 21, 2007 and this is your first early morning briefing.
Seeing Shrek the Third this weekend was “de rogre” (yes the worst pun I could come up with), as the DreamWorks Animation’s picture, distributed by Paramount, earned an estimated $122.9 million in its first weekend. The weekend box office estimates include Thursday night previews receipts. The third Shrek picture opened in 4,122 theaters (about 8,600 movie screens) and set a new record as the largest opening weekend for an animated feature film, knocking Shrek 2 (May 19, 2004/$108m) from that post, moving The Incredibles to the third position (November 5, 2004/$70.5m) and Finding Nemo (May 30, 2003/$70.3m) to fourth. Overall Shrek the Third is now the third biggest grossing weekend opening ever behind Spider-Man 3 (July 7, 2006/$151.1m) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead man’s Chest ($135.6m). Meanwhile Spider-Man 3 dropped 51% from its opening weekend
NEW PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
Building off of their successful partnership that delivered us the animated movie Happy Feet, Warner Bros. Pictures and Animal Logic, have inked a deal to develop and co-produce a slate of animated feature films. Three projects have already been slated for the development tract and will be announced soon. Warner Bros. will hold the worldwide distribution rights for all the movies produced under the pact. Previously Animal Logic provided visual effects for Warner Bros. pictures including Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Matrix and The Matrix Reloaded.
The 2008 Beijing Olympic Games are just around the corner and so is a new 3D animated TV series based on the Five Friendlies (52 episodes), aka Fu Wa, which are the mascots for the games, according to China Daily. The Five Friendlies animated series will tell the story of how they help two characters to return to current times after a Olympic time-traveling adventure that spans 100-years of Olympic Games history. Produced by Shenzhen Phoenix Star Film Disseminate Co., the Publicity Dept. of Shenzhen local government, Shenzhen Media Group and Shandong TV station, the series is expected to launch the middle of 2008. The characters are pretty cute, so this is likely going to be the Olympics of vinyl toys in addition to the never ending Olympic pin collecting and trading that goes on at each games.
You may recall a couple of months back I told you that Avi Arad and his company Arad Productions would produce a mixed live-action/CGI animated movie based on Wowwee’s high-tech toy Robosapien. Adding to that news is that Arad has teamed for the project with Crystal Sky Pictures to produce and Sean McNamara to direct the picture, per Variety. Robosapien remains slated for release in 2009. Arad and Crystal Sky Pictures are currently producing the live-action Bratz: The Movie, which is based on MGA’s Bratz doll line, with McNamara directing.
MORE KIDS STUFF
Word World, the new animated series for preschoolers, will bow on PBS stations on September 3, 2007. PBS station, WTTW Chicago developed the series under a multi-year grant from the Department of Education as part the Ready To Learn initiative announced about two years ago. Word World is designed to support literacy, specifically the connection between letters, sounds and visual word recognition as well as other skills, through the help of WordFriends and WordThings, a collection of animals characters and familiar objects respectively, which look like and spell out the objects they represent. Word World was featured this weekend at the PBS Showcase, and creator Don Moody will discuss the series later this morning with PBS station affiliates.
Nickelodeon Latin America has completed a new group of broadcast deals for Kappa Mikey. Picking up the anime series are: Artear Channel 13 (Argentina), Antenna Latina 7 (Dominican Republic), Medcom (Panama), Megavision (Chile), Compania Televisora Honduras (Honduras), and Teleamazonas (Ecuador). Through these new partnerships 17.6 million broadcast TV HH in Latin America will be able to see Kappa Mikey, in addition to the 18.5 million cable HH that watch it on Nickelodeon Latin America. Animation Collective, a NYC based studio, created and produces the series in the US.
The live-action series, Timeblazers (40×30′), has been picked up by Nine Network (Australia), Discovery Kids US, Discovery India, Discovery UK, SRC (Canada), TPS (France), ATV (Hong Kong), and Media Corp (Singapore). Additionally, Brazil’s Log On Editora has acquired the home video rights for the series. Targeted to K7-11, Timeblazers is co-produced by CCI Entertainment and Coneybear Stories in association with YTV.
MGM has inked a license deal with Hong Kong’s Tengxun Entertainment and Management, and developer Shanghai Tianhong Real Estate Investment Co. to develop and build MGM Studio World, an indoor lifestyle entertainment center in Shanghai. Slated to open in summer 2010, to coincide with the World’s Fair Expo in Shanghai, MGM Studio World will feature dinning, retail stores, nightlife and an entertainment space. Shanghai Tianhong Real Estate Investment Co. plans to invest upwards of $157 million to create the venue. While MGM will not be a financial investor in the project, nor will it operate the venture, the studio will serve as the licensor and as the creative collaborator on the entire project.
Cartoon Network and tennis star Anna Kournikova, currently an Ambassador for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), have teamed-up for a healthy lifestyles in-classroom DVD project targeted to the non-athletic kids out there. The DVD, titled Get Animated with Anna Kournikova, will present kids with different ways to get and stay physically and mentally healthy and active in an indoor environment (e.g. a classroom), like warm up/cool down exercises as well as aerobic, strength training, stretching and the like. The DVD features Cartoon Network animated characters, Kournikova and BGCA kids demonstrating various activities. The DVD program will be distributed to 4,000 BGCA Clubs nationwide from June 4, 2007. Additionally, support materials are available in English and Spanish.
Weekend Box Office Estimates for kids/tweens/teens rated G, PG or PG-13; May 18-20, 2007:
Shrek the Third (Paramount (DreamWorks)) PG Opening Weekend $122.9m
Spider-Man 3 (Sony / Columbia) PG-13 $28.5m-3 wk total $281.9m
Disturbia (Paramount (DreamWorks)) PG-13 $3.7m-6 wk total $71.3m
Delta Farce (Lionsgate) PG-13 $1.8m-2 wk total $6.1m
The Invisible (Buena Vista) PG-13 $1.3m-4 wk total $17.7m
Waitress (Fox Searchlight) PG-13 $1.1m-3 wk total $2.2m
Next (Paramount) PG-13 $1.1m-4 wk total $16.6m
Blades of Glory (Paramount (DreamWorks)) PG-13 $1.1m-8 wk total $115.4m
Away from Her (Lionsgate) PG-13 $720,000-3 wk total $1.4m
The Ex (MGM (Weinstein)) PG-13 $695,000-2 wk total $2.6m
Source: Box Office Mojo
The first Monopoly: The Mega Edition national championship tournament will be held this week in Atlantic City, New Jersey, at Caesars. The competitors come from seven states and will go up against one another and the current US champ Matt McNally. Parker Brothers’ Monopoly: The Mega Edition game includes 12 additional spaces, which includes seven new states, and allows players to build skyscrapers (for those of us who live in NYC, oh just think of the rents!). Why am I telling you this? Well, after breaking up a group of six kids (ages 9-15) embroiled in a heated game of regular old Monopoly this weekend, this is a mega reminder that the holiday weekend is ahead and kids still play board games. Oh and some still try to embezzle, but I’m not naming names. More info on the tournament can be found at http://www.winning-moves.com/.
Answer to Yesterday’s trivia question: On the show Malcolm in the Middle who plays Stevie, Malcolm’s best friend? Craig Lamar Traylor Kudos to: Kimberly Keeley-Safety4Kids/Stamford, CT; Kristen Tuinstra-Associate Editor/Grand Rapids, MI; Logan Christopher-Power of 8 Productions/Hollywood; Claire Wilmut-Boomstone Animation/Ottawa
Today’s Trivia Question: On The Simpsons what is Bart’s full name? ( 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
Gwen Billings for Cynopsis: Kids!
Cynopsis Ad Sales: Jennifer Franko – 203-583-1224 / [email protected]
Classifieds – Trish Pihonak- 203-926-9878 / [email protected]
Features Available at Cynopsis Website: www.Cynopsis.com
Subscribe to the iTunes Video Podcast, or Audio Podcast
Cynopsis Daily Video and Cynopsis: Kids Audio Feed — both streaming (download option)
Extended Classified Ads
Subscribe a new address or change your email
Media Kits for all editions
Cynopsis Contact Info
To Unsubscribe from this edition or any Cynopsis editions, please click here
Cynopsis Audio on your Blackberry – click here for free Blackberry application
CableU – Know Networks Better. Pitch Smarter. Click here
All outgoing e-mails are scanned and sent out virus free.
Copyright Cynopsis 2007
Cyn opsis CLASSIFIEDS – For More classifieds, visit the Cynopsis.com classifieds page here
JOB OPENING: MARKETING MANAGER /Discovery Channel, Silver Spring, MD: Develop & manage strategic mktng & brand campaigns for the network. 5+ yrs advertising/mktng exp. TV exp preferred. Apply at www.discovery.com Req#5257 (5/26)
JOB OPENING: ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT/DISNEY * ABC DOMESTIC TV/NYC: Full admin. support to 3 sales execs. Professional/excellent interpersonal skills. Detail Oriented. Resumes: [email protected] (5/26)
JOB OPENING: SR SALES RESEARCH ANALYST/CBS NETWORK SALES/NYC: Min 3 yrs agency planning &/or network research exp. Strong comp. skills/media research dbase exp req. Apply: www.CBSCareers.com job #2103. Indicate salary & source (5/26)
JOB OPENING: ASST. DIRECTOR, CREATIVE SERVICES/KABC-TV: Exp news promo writing & producing a must. Excellent people skills required. Resume & reel: ABC7 LA, HR, Dept. ADC/CYN, 500 Circle Seven Drive, Glendale, CA 91201. EOE. (5/26)
JOB OPENING: SR DIR, DEV & PRGM/HISTORY CHANNEL/NY: Resp for dvlpmnt & piloting of prgrmng. Min 5yrs exp in prgmng at a cable,brdcst net or prod co. Strong knwldg of tv/film prod techniques. Apply: www.aetn.com click careers tab (5/26)
JOB OPENING: MKTG MGR/NBCU Strategic Mrktg/NY: Dev multi-platform, integ’d partnerships for clients, collaborate w/Res/Insights& Innov team. 4yrs+ exp mktg w/in ent& media co. Apply, www.nbcunicareers.com , Job # 581114 or 581116 (5/25)
JOB OPENING: MARKETING DIRECTOR/Rainbow/NYC: Create & manage marketing/promo strategy for Lifeskool On Demand TV Network. Min 7 yrs exp creating consumer mktg plans to drive awareness/viewership/revenue. [email protected] (5/25)
JOB OPENING: MULTI-PLATFORM MARKETING MGR/Rainbow Media/NYC: Create online branding/marketing/promo campaigns for Lifeskool & Sportskool on demand. Manage web content/programming. Min 3 yrs online exp. [email protected] (5/25)
JOB OPENING: CFO/iNDEMAND/NYC: Oversee all accounting/finance functions and business systems. Bus partner to CEO. CPA required, MBA a plus. Send resume: [email protected] (5/25)
JOB OPENING: BROADCAST SALES/AMS PRODUCTION GROUP/DALLAS: www.amspg.com , 5yrs sales exp. landing and managing broadcast accounts and long form projects. Apply: [email protected]. (5/25)
JOB OPENING: MARKETING – PRODUCTION MGR/Discovery Nets/Silver Spring, MD: Business mgmt & cost control of promo production. 5 yrs prod exp, AICP bids exp, negotiation skills, cable/broadcast. Apply: www.discovery.com , Req#5221 (5/25)
JOB OPENING: RETAIL MARKETING MGR/VIZ Media/SF: *5 yrs retail or product dev exp, anime/manga, publishing, ent, home video, consumer prod, and/or channel marketing fields PREFERRED Apply: [email protected] (5/25)
JOB OPENING: ASSOCIATE SALES DIRECTOR/IMS, New York: Sell IMS software to agency and media accounts. 5+years industry experience. Sales experience a must. IMS application/database experience a+. www.nielsen.com/careers #3292BR (5/25)
JOB OPENING: RESEARCH ANALYST/SCRIPPS NETWORKS/KNOXVILLE, TN: 2 yrs exp in media research or marketing pref’d. Exp with Nielsen & MRI systems a plus. Degree in related field req’d. Res: [email protected] job # 6064-U (5/25)
JOB OPENING: OPERATIONS ADMINISTRATOR/Weather Channel/NY: providing support of proposal, traffic, and sales systems to Cable Ad sales. Exp with Dealmaker and VCI. Please apply online at www.weather.com/careers ref VSA004. (5/24)
JOB OPENING: CONTRACT ADMIN/Rainbow/NYC area: Draft agreements, coord. Right clearances re film & TV product, keep databases. Exp in clearances, paralegal or contract admin in legal dept. Apply to req 2991 at www.cablevision.jobs (5/24)
JOB OPENING: SUPERVISING PROD/SHOWRUNNER/NY: Travel/Lifestyle/Food series -Significant food experience w/reel to match, excellent writing, editorial & mgmnt skills. Immediately. Resume to: [email protected] (5/24)
JOB OPENING: BS&P EDITOR/ABC TV Net/LA: Review scripts/rough cuts, alt series, work w/network & prod staff on location; detailed/critical thinking/writing; BA reqd; MA or JD & prod exp a plus. Visit www.disneycareers.com Req 64121 (5/23)
JOB OPENING: SALES PLANNER/MUSIC CHOICE/LOS ANGELES: Responsible for managing proposal process for Video/TV ad sales. Must have 2+ years in sales planning atad agency or network. [email protected] (5/23)
JOB OPENING: MANAGER, CORP. COMM/CMT/ Nashville: Dvlp & implement media campaigns for various channel prgrmng. Exc media contacts & TV exp. Min of 5-7 yrs of PR exp, with 2-5 yrs in a Mngmnt role. Apply at www.mtvncareers.com (5/23)
JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR BUS DEV INTEG MKTG/Nickelodeon/NY: BA; 5-7yr exp mktg/promo; Develop multi-platform, integ partnerships for non-endemic clients. Creative media mktg/sales savvy prof. EOE/M/F/D/AAP. Apply www.mtvncareers.com (5/23)
JOB OPENING: DVD PRODUCTION ASST/Silver Spring, MD: Process & test products; Great PC, organization, comm. skills a must. Pref. B.A. & Mac. Fast-paced envir., great benefits. Resume, ltr, to [email protected] EOE (5/23)
JOB OPENING: MGR/SR PUBLICIST, COMMUNICATIONS/MTV/NYC. 4+yrs PR exp, Corp Comm, PR & media relations, Strong media contacts, written & comm. skills, Knowledge of MTV brand EOE/M/F/D/AAP. Apply www.mtvncareers.com (5/23)
JOB OPENING: ANALYST, AD SALES RESEARCH/MTV/NYC: 1+yrs research exp, Strong analytical/detail &org skills, Knowledge of TV/Tech/Nielsens & Strong PC Skills EOE/M/F/D/AAP. Apply www.mtvncareers.com (5/23)
JOB OPENING: SENIOR MANAGER, RESEARCH/MTV/NYC. 5+yrs research exp, Strg analytical/detail & org skills, Knowledge of TV/Tech/Nielsens, Strong PC Skills & knowledge of MTV/pop-culture EOE/M/F/D/AAP. Apply www.mtvncareers.com (5/23)
JOB OPENING: DIR, BUS DEV/VERSUS/Stamford, CT: Source/develop/execute new bus around ntwrk’s niche genres. 5+yrs exp, strong fin’l bckgrd,knwldg/contacts w/in sports& media req’d. Apply: www.versus.com EEO (5/22)
JOB OPENING: SALES ASSISTANT/BET, NY. Detailed-oriented, organized, multi-tasker, exc comm & math skills.Prof w/excel, Bachelors degree req. Email resume: [email protected] (5/22)
JOB OPENING: MGR, INVENTORY/BET, NY: Manage Inventory Control, analyze plans, work closely w/traffic, create process/procedures. 3+ yrs media experience. Dealmaker, JDS, VCI a plus. Res: [email protected] (5/22)
JOB OPENING: PROJECT MGR PRGRM DEVLP /Discovery Channel, NY: Mng prime time prgrm dvlpmnt, prgrm submissions & editorial content. 5+ yrs non-fict. dvlpmnt exp., relationships w/ prod. companies. Apply: www.discovery.com , Req#5219 (5/22)
JOB OPENING: INTEGRATED SALES MGR/A & E TVNETS/NY: Looking for your next creative opp? Have a solid undrstndng of media/ratings/mktng? Enjoy writing/presenting to groups? Take next step in career! Apply: www.aetn.com/careers.html (5/22)
SUMMER INTERNSHIPS – These positions are for credit only – nobody gets paid here. They are posted for free, and students work for school credit only. For more information on the specs for posting an Internship ad, email Trish at [email protected] .
SUMMER INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: INTERN NEEDED. We are a management/production company in Hollywood. Clients include rappers, singer, actors, and directors. Need someone to help with GENERAL OFFICE DUTIES. Contact Adam at [email protected]. (5/24)
SITUATION WANTED ADS, POSTED BY THOSE LOOKING TO BE HIRED …
SITUATION WANTED: FREELANCE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY RESEARCHER (LA based): 5 years experience in gaming research with knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Please contact [email protected] for more details. (5/22)
E-mail Trish Pihonak for rates and specs for Job Openings.
Are you looking for a job? Post your Situation Wanted Ad here — Email Trish Pihonak for specs.