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Good morning. It’s Thursday, April 13, 2006 and this is your first early morning Kids! briefing.


Vanguard Animation and IDT Entertainment have begun production on Space Chimps, the new CG-animated feature film.  The comedy will be distributed domestically by Fox under a multi-picture agreement with IDT Entertainment.  Norton Virgien (Rugrats Go Wild) and Donovan Cook (The Three Mouseketeers) will direct the galactic adventure from a script by Kirk DeMicco (Racing Stripes, The Twits).  Additional writers on the project are Jason Venokur, Dave Goetsch, & Ross Venokur.  IDT Entertainment owns 23% of Vanguard Animation.

New Line Cinema’s live action movie adaptation of DC Comics’ Shazam! will be directed by Peter Segal (The Longest Yard, 50 First Dates), according to the Hollywood Reporter.  Segal will also serve as a producer on the project with Michael Ewing under their company Callahan Filmworks.

S4 Studios LLC has teamed with Sunwoo Entertainment to produce Wild Animal Baby (6 x 30 min or 12 x 11 min), a mixed-media 3D and flash animated and live action limited series for the National Wildlife Federation.  Targeted to preschoolers, Wild Animal Baby is based on NWF’s magazine of the same name.  Currently being distributing via the NWF’s website (, a deal with a distributor is pending.  Each episode of the Wild Animal Baby series begins with a mystery and is followed by an adventure to find the answer.  The series aims to provide preschoolers with an introduction into the natural sciences, deductive reasoning and promote literacy, simple math, and develop motor skills through interactive activities.  The NWF is a non-profit organization.


ALL3MEDIA International has inked several international licensing deals for its HD fantasy drama Maddigan’s Quest (13 x 30 min) in North America and the Middle East.  The show has been picked up by North America’s HDNet USA, the Middle East’s MBC, Israel’s IETV, Lithuania’s LNK and Bulgaria’s Proxima, with more in the works.  The UK’s 2entertain also took the DVD/video rights to the title.  The family drama and futuristic adventure from children’s author Margaret Mahy is about a circus troupe on a secret mission to bring back the solar cells which power their home city.  Maddigan’s Quest was produced by ALL3MEDIA’s South Pacific Pictures, Burberry Productions for the CBBC, UK, Nine Network Australia and TV3 NZ.

The Illuminated Film Company is teaming up with Ventura International to release The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories on DVD for the first time in the UK on April 24.  The animated stories are based on the best-selling books by writer/illustrator Eric Carle (Hamish Hamilton/Penguin) and produced by Iain Harvey of The Illuminated Film Company. 


Hasbro has been granted the worldwide master toy rights to Ragdoll Ent.’s property In the Night Garden (100 x 30 min).  The upcoming preschool series is scheduled to bow in the UK on CBBC and Cbeebies in 2007.  Under the master toy license Hasbro will develop and market products across a range of categories (games, jigsaw puzzles, creative play, interactive formats etc.).  Hasbro plans to launch its In the Night Garden product line in the UK in fall 2007, with other markets to follow in 2008.

Entertainment Rights Plc has inked a promotional agreement with the US Postal Service for ER’s character Postman Pat to be part of the Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition, a postage stamp exhibition, May 27-June 3.  Postman Pat will be featured in promotion for the exhibition including an educational outreach initiative, personal appearances, etc.  In addition to attracting stamp collectors and aficionados, the Exhibition, which is held only once every 10 years, hopes to expand an interest in stamp collecting globally and will feature activities for kids to learn all about stamps and collecting.  Postman Pat debuted in the US on HBO Family in fall 2005, with a recent deal for additional episodes.  Additionally, HBO Family will air a Postman Pat marathon on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, 2006.


Directed Electronics has released a new IP-Port iPod adapter that allows consumers to listen to their iPods via regular car radios.  Initially available for Ford, GM, Honda and Toyota vehicles, the IP-Port operates through the auto’s stock radio CD changer port using the CD Changer controls for song up/down, playlist/disc select, shuffle and so on  Additionally, folks can re-charge their iPods using the Auto Charge feature.  The IP-Port adapters will also be available soon for Volkswagen cars.

Elsewhere BMW has introduced an update to its iPod connectivity technology for use in a range of new BMW series automobiles, which allows consumers to connect their iPod by plugging them to the brand’s car radio by way of the glove box.  This new version of the iPod interface will be available in July 2006.  BMW’s original iPod adapter continue to be available for 2002 and later BMW models and previous generation 3 Series.


Steven M. Grossman EVP/COO, 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. has stepped down from his post as well as from the Board of Directors.  4Kids’ senior management team will assume Grossman’s responsibilities.  No reason for Grossman’s departure was given.

Jorge Ferreiro has been appointed to the newly created role of SVP/Creative Resources for HIT Entertainment.  Ferreiro will be responsible for creative services to support licensing, home entertainment and overall brand activities for the company’s properties.  Ferreiro is based in HIT’s NY office and reports to Pat Wyatt, President/HIT Entertainment, North America.  Most recently, he served as VP/Global Creative, Sesame Workshop.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced a reorganization of the division.

  • David Bishop was named as President/North America.  He will oversee the region’s business including sales, marketing, and operations as well as collaborate on the international operations of the MGM catalog. David was previously /Worldwide Brand Integration for Sony Pictures Entertainment. He will report to Benjamin S. Feingold, President/Worldwide Home Entertainment, Digital Distribution and Acquisitions.
  • Matt Brown was named EVP/Europe.  Based in London, he will oversee European business including sales, marketing and management.  Matt will report to Adrian Alperovich, SVP/International.  Brown was most recently been SVP/Worldwide Franchise Properties for SPHE.
  • Sean Carey was upped to EVP/Digital Distribution and Product Acquisitions.  He will manage the production and acquisition group’s business and focus on developing and managing the North American distribution of movies and other SPE content via the internet and mobile devices.  Sean was formerly SVP/Corporate Development for Sony Pictures Entertainment.  He will report to Benjamin S. Feingold.

Additional promotions in conjunction with SPHE’s reorganization include:

  • Robin Russell is upped to Sr. EVP & GM/Worldwide.  Reporting to Feingold, she will be responsible for worldwide administration and international operations in addition to continuing to oversee worldwide business affairs for the division.
  • Marshall Forster has been promoted to Sr. EVP/North America, reporting to Bishop.  He will supervise all SPHE new format sales activities including UMD and Blu-ray Discs in North America.  He will continue to be responsible for all sales activities in the US and Canada.
  • Adrian Alperovich moves up to SEVP/International.  Reporting to Feingold, Alperovich will continue to oversee all international sales and other division-related initiatives outside of North America. He will also work with Feingold in the development of new worldwide packaged media opportunities.
  • Lexine Wong was upped to SEVP/Worldwide Marketing.  She will continue to manage SPHE’s worldwide marketing activities and supervise all marketing for new formats and their rollout including Blu-ray Disc and digital downloading of Sony Pictures content.  Lexine will report to Bishop on domestic marketing and to Feingold on all international and new format marketing. Additionally, she will work closely with Alperovich on international marketing strategies.
  • Don Eklund has been upped to EVP/Advanced Technologies. He will report to Feingold.  He had been SVP/Advanced Technologies.
  • James Mercs has been named EVP/GM, Sony Pictures Digital Authoring Center (DAC).  Previously SVP/GM of the group, Mercs will report to Feingold.  He will develop the business profile of the center and will work with his team to insure that DAC’s authoring technologies continue to be the most current.


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:            K2-11 1180; K6-11 560; TWEENS 9-14 411
DISNEY CHANNEL:       K2-11   728; K6-11 426; TWEENS 9-14 340
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   679; K6-11 473; TWEENS 9-14 341
TOON DISNEY:              K2-11   124; K6-11   75; TWEENS 9-14   42
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Answer to Yesterday’s trivia question
:  Even though Jamie Somers was a secret agent for the OSI, she was hidden by another career.  What was it?   SCHOOL TEACHER   Kudos to:  Cassel Kroll-The Lexicomm Group/NY; Eddie Hill-Nickelodeon/NY; Jody McLain-Brighter Minds Media Inc; William Beaman-Soundelux Design Music Group/Hollywood; Rachel Lusted-Al Ovadia & Associates/Calabasas CA; Anthony Dente-DPS Film Roman/Burbank;

Today’s Trivia Question: Who was the one ringy-dingy, two ringy-dingy, telephone operator?( 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.)

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