Monday, November 26th, 2012

Cynopsis: Kids!

Good morning. It’s Monday, November 26, 2012, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Today marks Sirius XM Radio‘s official launch of The Wiggles Radio Show, a daily preschool-targeted show featuring The Wiggles – their music and stories on Kids Place Live, channel 78. The Wiggles Radio Show will air weekdays from 12p-3p and include new segments created by the original members of the group, Greg, Murray, Jeff and Anthony, as well as the newest Wiggles Emma, Lachlan and Simon – who make their debut in 2013. The Wiggles Radio Show will be available on SiriusXM On Demand ( after it airs for subscribers via the SiriusXM Internet Radio App and online at


Australian-based Flying Bark Productions is set to begin production on the first animated theatrical 3D release of the popular property, Maya the Bee. The Maya the Bee movie is the first ever animated feature to be produced as an official treaty co-production between Australia and Germany. The original Maya the Bee TV series was produced in the 1970s. The newer incarnation of the Maya the Bee series is in 3D HD and can currently be seen in European countries. The new series is supported by an international consumer products and publishing program.


UK-based Momiji inks a licensing deal with US-based Walls 360, an on-demand wall graphics company, to introduce an exclusive on-demand collection of Momiji premium, repositionable wall graphics from the Momiji Collective. The Walls 360 collection of Momiji wall graphics ( are now available globally as officially licensed, large-format, on-demand wall graphics. The new license deal was initiated by HAP Consulting (, which serves s the North American licensing agent for Momiji (


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Toy company Bandai Co. launches the first website for its new Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. (Love is Fun Everywhere) virtual digital pet brand of lifestyle products, at The Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. website reflects the traits of the original game play – caring, nurturing, interactive, informational and fun with a contemporary spin and a fashion-trend focus. The website features activities, a “Stories” section where fans can upload images of their original Tamagotchis and share their stories, a Trends section that focuses on new styles, food, pop culture and “cool” things, and a T-L.i.f.e. Blog where information about new products can be found. Additionally, the site will include regularly updated Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. Webisodes, the original videos will feature Tamagotchi related people, products and places/venues. There will also be a series of Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. apps, the first of which is currently slated for release in spring 2013. Bandai is collaborating with Sync Beatz Entertainment on the Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. website as well as on a comprehensive marketing program for a line of Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. products in the US. Originally launched in Japan in 1996, followed by its introduction in the US the following year, 78+ million units of Tamagotchi virtual digital pets have been sold in 54 countries and territories.


Nickelodeon will premiere its brand-new mixed live-action/CG TV holiday movie, A Fairly Odd Christmas, this Thursday, November 29, at 7p. Starring Drake Bell (Drake & Josh) and Daniella Monet (Victorious), A Fairly Odd Christmas follows Timmy Turner as he travels the world granting kids’ wishes with his friend Tootie (Monet), and of course his animated fairy godparents, Cosmo (Daran Norris) and Wanda (Susanne Blakeslee). Though well intentioned, this gets Timmy into some trouble with Santa who then places him on The Naughty List – sending Timmy on a quest to save Christmas before it’s too late. Produced by Pacific Bay Entertainment, the A Fairly Odd Christmas TV movie is executive produced by Butch Hartman, creator of The Fairly OddParents, and Lauren Levine, Fred Seibert and Marjorie Cohen. Scott McAboy is co-executive producer.

In other Nickelodeon programming highlights for the week, the network honors World AIDS Day (Saturday, December 1, 2012) with the debut of the special Nick News with Linda Ellerbee, Forgotten But Not Gone: Kids, HIV & AIDS, tonight at 8p. The special features kids who are living with or affected by AIDS. Also featured in the special is Hydeia Broadbent, who at the age of six appeared with Earvin “Magic” Johnson on one of the first Nick News specials, A Conversation With Magic (1992), which focused on HIV AIDS. Broadbent, who has had full-blown AIDS since she was 3, is now an AIDS activist. Nick News is produced by Ellerbee’s Lucky Duck Productions.

US writer Sean Derek (The Smurfs, Batman, Zhu Zhu Pets, Pac-Man) signs on to work as a writer on the new 3D animated TV series Filly (26×26) from BRB Internacional and Screen 21. Announced last month, the new series is based on the popular girl-aimed Filly ( toy line. Slated to launch in 2014, Filly will be produced by BRB’s creative studio Screen 21. The series will follow the adventures of the Fillys in their fantasy world. Dracco, the property owner of Filly, in association with BRB Internacional, has established an Agency Licensing Agreement for Iberia. BRB Internacional will distribute the Filly series worldwide (excluding Germany) and will also develop a licensing program and manage the licensing rights in Spain and Portugal.

DHX Media inks a deal with Amazon’s European digital streaming channel on a non-exclusive SVOD UK license adding close to 1,000 half-hours, to the existing offering of DHX’s classic kid’s TV shows, such as Inspector Gadget, Dennis The Menace, Mona the Vampire, Paddington Bear and Sonic the Hedgehog. The SVOD service is provided via Amazon’s European digital media subsidiary, Lovefilm.

In Canada, Astral‘s Disney Junior channel launches this month on Shaw Direct (channel 167 Advanced/538 Classic). Disney Junior’s programming will also be available to Shaw Direct subscribers via Disney Junior OnDemand. Disney Junior is a commercial-free channel available in English and French to subscribers across Canada.

Komixx Entertainment, a family-centric media company that co-produces the new series Toby’s Traveling Circus, expands into the US with the opening of its first international office in LA. Komixx aims to grow into the US TV, film and computer gaming industries, with an eye to creating dramas targeted to teens. Komixx is teaming up with US media company, Great Guns, to explore content for the computer games industry by extending its franchise of established intellectual property. Produced by Mackinnon & Saunders studios, Toby’s Travelling Circus is a stop-frame animated series that revolves around an 8-year-old boy who runs his own magical travelling circus with his friends. The series launched on Channel 5 Milkshake! (UK) in September 2012. Last month Komixx entered into an exclusive multi-book print/digital publishing deal with Random House Children’s Publishers UK (RHCP) for Toby’s Travelling Circus.

International kid’s TV channel KidsCo licenses a slate of new programming from Nelvana, including Beyblade, Grossology, Rolie Polie Olie, Jacob Two-Two and Babar. The newly acquired programming will serve as part of KidsCo’s new programming line-up when the refreshed brand debuts on-air in January 8, 2013. Further content from Nelvana will join the KidsCo line-up across Western Europe and will be announced 2013. KidsCo recently acquired the rights to My Place and the animated series Shelldon. The channel has also commissioned Matchbox Pictures to produce Zuzu and the Supernuffs, which will air in all KidsCo territories in 2013. A joint venture owned by NBCUniversal and Corus Entertainment, KidsCo is available in 18 languages and reaches 15 million subscribers worldwide.

Hoho Entertainment completes program sales for its preschool-targeted CG animated property Cloudbabies (52×10). Channels newly acquiring Cloudbabies are ABC (Australia), Hop! (Israel), S4C (Wales), PTS (Taiwan) and Minimini (Poland). Created by art director Bridget Appleby, Cloudbabies is animated by Manchester-based Studio Liddell and premiered earlier this year on CBeebies (UK).

Scholastic expands its popular multi-platform adventure series The 39 Clues ( with the release of a new original e-Book, The 39 Clues: Cahill Files: Silent Night (, on Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25, 2012. The stand-alone e-Book story will be available for sale at online retailers for $3.99, and will include a free collectible digital game card as well as an excerpt from Infinity Ring #1: A Mutiny in Time, Scholastic’s new multi-platform time travel series. Scholastic recently announced that plans to expand The 39 Clues series with a new spin-off cycle, The 39 Clues: Unstoppable, which is set to launch in October 2013. The 39 Clues series has 15+ million copies in print worldwide and 2+ million registered users for the online game.

Funibooks, a new unit of Nova Scotia, Canada-based Huminah Huminah Animation, releases the first 4 of 52 interactive pop-up e-Books on the Barnes & Noble Nook. Based on the animated TV short-form series I’m a Dinosaur, the new pop-up e-Book titles are I’m a Dinosaur – Apatosaurus, I’m a Dinosaur – Troodon, I’m a Dinosaur – Beipiaosaurus and I’m a Dinosaur-  T Rex. Producer Adam Mimnagh explains “We didn’t want to create a game, we wanted them to still be books but more than just text on a screen. I feel we’ve successfully merged what a traditional pop-up book is into an interactive pop-up e-Book.”


Weekend Box Office Estimates for kids/tweens/teens rated G, PG or PG-13; November 23-25, 2012:
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 (Lionsgate) PG-13   $43.1m-2 wk total $226.9m
Skyfall (Sony) PG-13                                                  $36.0m-3 wk total $221.7m
Lincoln (Disney) PG-13                                               $25.0m-3 wk total $62.2m
Rise Of The Guardians (Paramount) PG                          $24.0m-1 wk total $32.6m
Life Of Pi (Fox) PG                                                     $22.0m-1 wk total $30.2m
Wreck-It Ralph (Disney) PG                                         $16.8m-4 wk total $149.5m
Red Dawn (FilmDistrict) PG-13                                     $14.6m-1 wk total $22.0m
Taken 2 (Fox) PG-13                                                  $975,000-8 wk total $136.5m
Pitch Perfect (Universal) PG-13                                    $745,380-9 wk total $62.6m
Here Comes The Boom (Sony) PG                                 $525,000-7 wk total 42.1m
Source: Rentrak (


Ludorum promotes three in the UK.

Natalie Setton is upped to Head of International Sales; she had been International Sales & Licensing Manager. Setton will manage Ludorum’s international sales efforts with a specific focus on the Asian market. Setton joined Ludorum in 2008 from TV Loonland, where she served as Sales Executive for Asia.
Dawn Bushnell becomes Sr. Product Development and Approval Manager. Bushnell will be work closely with Tomy to on all future toy product development to reflect Ludorum’s new creative and marketing directions for Chuggington. Bushnell, who was most recently Product Development and Approval Manager, joined Ludorum in 2009 following three years with HIT Entertainment.
Laura Bond is promoted to Brand Executive. Bond, who had been Associate Product Development and Approval Manager, will continue to support Bushnell in product development area and will also report into Natalie Setton with brand management responsibilities for European markets including Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.


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