Monday, November 2nd, 2009


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Good morning. It’s Monday, November 2, 2009, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing. 

Disney Television Animation and Disney Channels Worldwide have begun production on Fish Hooks (working title), a new 2D digital and photo collage animated comedy.  The 21-episode series follows the underwater adventures of three aquatic pals that live in the same fish tank at a local pet store trying to make it through their tween/teen years and high school.  Created by kid’s book illustrator Noah Z. Jones, and developed for TV by Alex Hirsch The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack) and Bill Reiss (Chowder), Fish Hooks features the voices of Kyle Massey Cory in the House), Chelsea Staub (Jonas) and Justin Roiland (The Sarah Silverman Program).


Following talk of a sequel to the 1988 feature film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, director Robert Zemeckis says he has commissioned a script, per MTV News.  Zemeckis revealed also that the original Roger Rabbit screenwriters Jeffrey Price and Peter Seaman are writing the new movie.  The writing duo also penned screenplays for Shrek the Third (2007), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), among others.  Last spring Zemeckis said that all the new technology, including motion capture, had him thinking a lot about a Roger Rabbit sequel because.

Paramount acquires the family-targeted action movie script Jitters from Marc Haimes, per Variety.  While the actual plot of the project is being kept a secret, it is described as a Gremlins like story.  Benderspink will produce the movie.  Haimes has been quite busy as of late, recent deals and work include signing on as producer of DreamWorks new teen-targeted thriller Someone in the Dark, penning a draft of Fox’s script for the time-travel feature Family History, meanwhile his screenplay Elevator Men is set up at Summit with Mark Gordon producing.


The final episodes of the sci-fi series Doctor Who starring David Tennant as the good Doctor are set to air on BBC America.  The special, Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars will air on BBC America, Saturday December 19, 9p. It stars Tennant and actress Lindsay Duncan (Rome, Langford) as Adelaide, his clever and most strong-minded companion, as well as guest star Peter O’Brien (Casualty, Neighbours) as Ed, Adelaide’s second-in-command.  The remaining episodes, featuring Tennant, will air over the holiday season as a two-part special (airdates TBA).  Additionally, the BBC plans to release The Waters of Mars and the two-part finale on DVD and Blu-ray, in the US on Tuesday, February 2, 2010.  The new Doctor Who, actor Matt Smith, is set to debut in the new season of the series in 2010.  Smith is the eleventh actor to take on the role.

PBS Kids will premiere four new regular episodes and a holiday episode of the preschool series Super Why this month. First up is, Super Why and Hansel and Gretel: A Healthy Adventure debuting November 9 (check local listings).  While Super Why regularly helps kids with their early reading and decoding skills, this new episode also focuses on making eating choices.  The other new episodes and their respective premiere dates are as follows: Cinderella: The Prince’s Side of the Story (November 11); The Princes and the Pauper (November 11); The Ugly Duckling: Becoming a Swan (November 12); and Super Why and The Nutcracker (November 25).

Nelvana Enterprises (Canada) inks broadcast deals with KI.KA (Germany) for two of its kid-aimed series.  KI.KA picks up:

  • Pearlie (26 episodes), which revolves around a less than two-inch high fairy.  Co-produced with Sticky Pictures, Pearlie debuts this afternoon and will air weekdays.
  • Jane and the Dragon (26 episodes), a CGI animated co-production with Weta Productions.  Based on Martin Baynton’s Jane and the Dragon books, the series debuts Wednesday, November 18 and will air weekdays.


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Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP) inks a range of international consumer products deals for Nickelodeon properties:

  • Santex Moden signs a two-year deal to create apparel based on Nickelodeon’s live-action series iCarly.  The t-shirt and nightwear line will launch in February 2010 across Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
  • Under another two-year pact, Portugal’s Mario J Oliveira & Irmao will produce a range of SpongeBob SquarePants branded puzzles, board games, educational games, soap bubbles and projectors.  Products will be available via local retail outlets including Elcorte Ingles, Sonae, Jeronimo Martins, Auchan Intermarche and Toys R Us.
  • Three new deals in Turkey for SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer: NVCP teams with kid’s publishing house Dogan Egmont for branded books and magazines that will be available via bookshops, kiosks, music and toy stores throughout the market; Panco Giyim San Ticaret signs a two-year apparel deal that will feature characters from both properties on kid’s apparel, nightwear and underwear; SpongeBob SquarePants collectable cards will be available in packs of Bel Karper Gida San’s The Laughing Cow soft cheese and available in stores across Turkey from this fall.

Vivid Imaginations signs a multi-territory European master toy deal for DreamWorks Animation‘s upcoming feature film Shrek Forever After (spring/summer 2010). Vivid’s toy line is expected to include a range of regular and interactive plush toys coupled with Playmates Toys, which includes action figures, playsets and role-play accessories.  Shrek Forever After product will be available at retail in Europe from early June with the DVD slated for release in 4Q 2010.

Hess Corporation unveils its 45th anniversary holiday Hess Toy Truck offering, The 2009 Hess Race Car and Racer ($24.99+tax), which is available from Friday, November 13 at Hess and Hess Express stores.  The offering is significant, to those that have been collecting the holiday Hess toy trucks over the years, because this is the first time in 16-years that a car been the featured by Hess.


Weekend Box Office Estimates for kids/tweens/teens rated G, PG or PG-13 – October 30November 1, 2009:
Michael Jackson’s This Is It (Sony/Columbia) PG                Opening Weekend $32.5m
Couples Retreat (Universal) PG-13                                    $6.1m-4 wk total $86.7m
Where the Wild Things Are (Warner Bros.) PG                    $5.1m-3 wk total $61.8m
The Stepfather (2009) (Sony / Screen Gems) PG-13           $3.4m-3 wk total $24.7m
Astro Boy (Summit Entertainment) PG                               $3.0m-2 wk total $10.9m
Amelia (Fox Searchlight) PG                                              $3.0m-2 wk total $8.3m
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (Universal) PG-13 $2.8m-2 wk total $10.5m
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Sony/Columbia) PG       $2.7m-7 wk total $118.6m
An Education (Sony Classics) PG-13                                   $504,831-4 wk total $1.6m
Good Hair (Roadside Attractions) PG-13                             $423,230-4 wk total $3.5m
Source: Rentrak ( )


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
NICKELODEON:          K2-11 1067; K6-11 461; TWEENS 9-14 330
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   836; K6-11 509; TWEENS 9-14 418
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   556; K6-11 325; TWEENS 9-14 206
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   148; K6-11   94; TWEENS 9-14   96
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  What was the first show to introduce the “rerun”? I LOVE LUCY – introduced the rerun when Lucy was recovering after the birth of her son.  Kudos to: Deb Radlauer Pollack-Brandgrrl Marketing/NY; Enid Chaban-Random House Children’s Books/NY; Suzanne Semilof-CNBC, Suze Orman Show/Washington; Jim Brown-WWE Classics on Demand/Stamford; Brian E. S. Jones-Cartoon Network/Burbank; John Mazur-KCET PBS/LA;

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