Monday, September 21st, 2009



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Good morning. It’s Monday, September 21, 2009, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

After 38-years with Disney, Dick Cook announced on Friday that he is stepping down as Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios, effective immediately.  The news came as a surprise to pretty much everyone.  Cook, who began his career with the company as a ride operator at Disneyland and became Chairman in 2002, offered no specific reason for his egress explaining, “I have been contemplating this for some time now and feel it’s the right time for me to move on to new adventures ….”  Cook is also credited with helping to ink a deal with Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks, under which Disney will distribute DreamWorks movies, and launching Disneynature and the newest Disney’s Double Dare You with Guillermo del Toro at the helm.  The movie studio has not had huge success with its releases over the last year or so, with Disney CEO Robert Iger pointing to the studio as the cause for Disney’s decline in the second part of 2009.  Of course, right after that, Disney released Up (5/29/09), which remains the third biggest grossing movie of 2009 domestically and the fourth biggest computer animated movie, per Box Office Mojo.  A successor for Cook’s position has not been named.


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Laika, the Portland-based movie studio behind the stop-motion animated movie Coraline, has shifted its creative direction deciding to solely focus on stop-motion projects, per The Oregonian.  In making this move, Laika has let go of 63 employees in its computer animation department.  The studio, established by Nike co-founder Phil Knight after acquiring Will Vinton Studios, launched in 2005 with the mission of developing both stop motion and CG animated feature films as well as content for other outlets.  According to report Laika will now use CG animation only to help in its stop-motion movie endeavors, while the other arms of the company that makes ads and music videos will continue to exploit all genres of animation.  Henry Selick, who directed Coraline, continues to develop stop-motion projects for Laika as its supervising director.


Screen 21 will present the short-form 3D HD animated series The secret life of Suckers (104×2) this week at Cartoon Forum in Norway.  The property will also be featured later this month and next at Brand Licensing Europe and Mipcom.  Targeted to K8-10, the non-verbal comedy features hip hop music as it follows the lives of the suction-cup toys that live stuck inside car windows once the owners have parked and left.   Co-produced by Screen 21, Genoma Animation and Televisio de Catalunya (TVC), The secret life of Suckers will be distributed by BRB International, which is also manage licensing rights for the series..  The series has already been acquired for Disney XD in the US, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Japan and India for air in 2010.

HarperCollins UK inks a ‘matchmaker’ kind of deal with ( ), an online brand and entertainment site, which will offer 100+ HarperCollins book titles for merchandising and promotional opportunities to film, TV, online, merchandising and consumer goods companies.  The deal includes titles from a range of fiction and non-fiction genres such as kids, fantasy, action/adventure, crime, cooking, travel, historical fiction, thriller and so forth.  Key kid-targeted titles featured under the deal include those by author and or author/illustrators Oliver Jeffers, Jez Alborough, Mandy Stanley and Emma Chichester Clark. 

UK-based Cake Entertainment signs on for the third installment of Fresh TV‘s Total Drama animated franchise, per C21 Media.  As it has with the previous two cycles, Cake will serve as the distributor for the new Total Drama The Musical (26×30), which has already been acquired by Cartoon Network US.  Cake will showcase Total Drama The Musical at Mipcom next month.

Program Call: If your company is attending MIPCOM or MIP JR in early October with programming to sell, Cynopsis Media is producing our annual MIPCOM Shopping Guide available to all Cynopsis and Cynopsis Kids subscribers on Thursday, October 1. To have your programming included, please send only the following info for your top 5 shows: title, availability date, number of episodes, length, type (i.e., movie, series, special, etc.), genre and your terms (barter, cash, etc.). To be included in this free and highly-viewed special edition, please send details to [email protected] by Friday, September 25, 2009.


Weekend Box Office Estimates for kids/tweens/teens rated G, PG or PG-13; September 18-20, 2009:
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Sony / Columbia) PG         Opening Weekend $30.1m
Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself (Lionsgate) PG-13      $10.0m-2 wk total $37.9m
Love Happens (Universal) PG-13                                            Opening Weekend $8.5m
9 (Focus Features) PG-13                                                      $5.5m-2 wk total $22.9m
All About Steve (Fox) PG-13                                                  $3.4m-3 wk total $26.7m
Julie & Julia (Sony / Columbia) PG-13                                     $1.9m-7 wk total $88.4m
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (Paramount) PG-13                       $1.4m-7 wk total $146.2m
The Time Traveler’s Wife (Warner Bros. (New Line)) PG-13      $1.0m-6 wk total $60.8m
(500) Days of Summer (Fox Searchlight) PG-13                      $635,000-10 wk total $31.0m
The September Issue (Roadside Attractions) PG-13                 $406,200-4 wk total $1.9m
Source: Rentrak ( )

Call for backpacks!:  You know your company has them sitting in closets and warehouses with old logos, old shows or unusable for some reason or other  but there are a lot of underprivileged kids out there that could use them!  Throughout the week State Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell’s office will be collecting backpacks for homeless school kids.  O’Donnell’s office is located at 245 West 104th Street, NY, NY 10025.


Virgin Media has appointed Eamonn O’Hare as its CFO.  O’Hare, who will assume his new responsibilities in November, most recently spent the previous four years toiling as the UK finance director for the retailer Tesco.

Performance Brands expands with a new office and welcoming two new to its team.  Robert Burstein is appointed as the new Licensing Category Manager for Food and Drink and Ina Steinnes joins as Marketing Research and PR Manager


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 950; K6-11 412; TWEENS 9-14 299
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11 754; K6-11 476; TWEENS 9-14 404
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11 526; K6-11 357; TWEENS 9-14 261
DISNEY XD:               K2-11 100; K6-11   63; TWEENS 9-14   49
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Thursday, September 17, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 899; K6-11 382; TWEENS 9-14 286
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11 755; K6-11 464; TWEENS 9-14 402
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11 567; K6-11 361; TWEENS 9-14 259
DISNEY XD:               K2-11 102; K6-11   66; TWEENS 9-14   45
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data


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