Monday, November 10th, 2008




Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Monday, November 10, 2008 and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.  

Hyde Park Entertainment teams with Singapore’s Toonz Entertainment and Gang of 7 Animation to produce the CGI-animated feature film The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, based on L. Frank Baum‘s book of the same name, according to Variety.  With product set to begin this month at the Toonz Animation studio in India, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is slated for release for holiday 2010.  Hyde Park Entertainment holds the international distribution rights and shares the domestic rights with Gang of 7 Animation.


Disney Channel will premiere new installments of its Pass the Plate short-form segments beginning Friday, November 28 at 12:55p.  Hosted by Brenda Song (The Suite Life on Deck), the Pass the Plate segments feature Disney Channel stars from nine countries as they share their family cultural traditions about food and preparation and healthy eating.  Produced by Riverstreet Productions, Pass the Plate segments features kid stars from Disney Channels in Brazil, France, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Spain, US, and Vietnam.

Kadokawa acquires the Japanese movie distribution rights to Imagi‘s upcoming feature film Astro Boy, per Variety.  Set for simultaneous release around the world in October 2009, Astro Boy will be distributed by Summit Entertainment in the US and other territories, with Golden Harvest and Enlight Pictures handling distribution in Hong Kong and China.


Atari will release Ghostbusters: The Video Game in 2009 to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the film’s original release.  Set two years after Ghostbusters II, the game features a new story penned by the original Ghostbusters writers Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd.  Atari will work with Sony Pictures Consumer Products Inc. and development studio Terminal Reality to release the game for multiple platforms.  As previously reported the original cast members of the Ghostbusters movies, including Bill Murray, Aykroyd, Ramis, and Ernie Hudson, will lend their voices and in-game likeness to the Ghostbusters: The Video Game.  The game also features performances by William Atherton, Annie Potts and Brian Doyle-Murray, among others.

In other Ghostbusters anniversary news, Sony Pictures Consumer Products has licensed the property for several new products, including toys, t-shirts, comic books, prop replicas and a theme park attraction.  The original Ghostbusters car (Ecto-1) will also make promotional appearances across the US and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II on Blu-ray.


Weekend Box Office Estimates for kids/tweens/teens rated G, PG or PG-13; November 7-9, 2008:
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (Paramount (DreamWorks)) PG Opening Weekend $63.5m
High School Musical 3: Senior Year (Buena Vista) G              $9.3m-3 wk total $75.7m
The Secret Life of Bees (Fox Searchlight) PG-13                    $3.1m-4 wk total $29.9m
Eagle Eye (Paramount (DreamWorks)) PG-13                       $2.6m-7 wk total $96.4m
Beverly Hills Chihuahua (Buena Vista) PG                             $2.5m-6 wk total $88.2m
Max Payne (Fox) PG-13                                                       $1.8m-4 wk total $38.7m
Fireproof (Samuel Goldwyn) PG                                           $1.6m-7 wk total $28.4m
W. (Lionsgate) PG-13                                                          $1.1m-4 wk total $24.2m
The Duchess (Paramount Vantage) PG-13                             $414,000-8 wk total $13.0m
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (Miramax) PG-13                  Opening Weekend $255km
Source: Box Office Mojo

Bestseller Children’s Series and Tie-ins (top 15), Week of October 27, 2008: Title; Author (Publisher)
Twilight saga; Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown/Tingley)
Inheritance Cycle; Christopher Paolini (Knopf)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid; Jeff Kinney (Abrams/Amulet)
Magic Tree House; Mary Pope Osborne (Random House)
House of Night; PC Cast and Kristin Cast (St. Martin’s Griffin)
City of Ember; Jeanne DuPrau (Random House)
Junie B. Jones; Barbara Park (Random House)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians; Rick Riordan (Hyperion/Miramax)
High School Musical 3; author N/A (Disney)
The Spiderwick Chronicles; Holly Black (Simon & Schuster)
Harry Potter; J.K. Rowling (Scholastic/Levine)
Artemis Fowl; Eoin Colfer (Miramax/Hyperion)
Charlie Bone; Jenny Nimmo (Scholastic/Orchard)
Fancy Nancy; Jane O’Connor (HarperCollins)
Warriors; Erin Hunter (HarperCollins)
Compiled from data received from independent and chain bookstores.
Source: Publishers Weekly


Shari Redstone steps down from the board of directors of Midway Games Inc.‘s, as the company’s board of Directors names Peter C. Brown as its new Chairman.  Brown, currently a member of Midway’s Audit Committee, is also Chairman, CEO and President, AMC Entertainment Inc.  Additionally, he serves as Director, Embarq Corporation, National CineMedia, Inc. and  Redstone was recently named to the Special Committee of the National Amusements Board of Directors.


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Thursday, November 6, 2008, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1043; K6-11 452; TWEENS 9-14 315
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   716; K6-11 434; TWEENS 9-14 342
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   563; K6-11 401; TWEENS 9-14 286
TOON DISNEY:           K2-11   118; K6-11   74; TWEENS 9-14   62
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  On what early children’s TV show could you find puppets named White Fang, Black Tooth, Pookie and Hippy?  THE SOUPY SALES SHOW (or LUNCH WITH SOUPY SALES) Kudos to: Estrella Diaz-TNT/TBS/TruTV/NY; David Stern-BARD Entertainment/NY; Brad Stern-OMSC/Woodbury, NY; Tony Intelisano-Mark Anthony Entertainment/NY; Valerie Heilbron-Heilbron Associates, Inc./Santa Fe, NM; Lorrie Shilling-DIRECTV/El Segundo, CA; Jeff Berkwits-Upper Deck Entertainment/Carlsbad, CA; Debra Clark-2 Blondes At Work/Granada Hills, CA; Candace Irving-Candace Irving & Associates/Tortola, British Virgin Islands

Today’s Trivia Question: On the classic TV series Flipper, at the end of season two, Flipper’s “girlfriend” was introduced. What was her name? (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
 Gwen Billings for Cynopsis Kids!

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