Good morning. It’s Thursday, February 12, 2009, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.
Belgium-based Studio 100 establishes its new animation studio, Studio100 Animation. Based in Paris, Studio100 Animation is part of Studio 100’s strategy to extend its business into animation through both self-funded and co-financed development opportunities. A subsidiary of Studio 100, Studio100 Animation will initially produce two animations per year, beginning with Super Mega Hyper Pets a new joint venture with Amberwood Productions in Canada and Rescue 4U with Ireland’s Magma Films. Jo Daris will head the operation as GM, Studio100 Animation. Jan Van Rijsselberge joins the new studios as Creative Officer. Most recently Rijsselberge toiled for animation producer/distributor Alphanim for a dozen year, where he served as Creative Producer, Creator and Designer on a range of productions. Additionally, Djamila Missoum is named Line Producer and Thorsten Wegener becomes Head of Business Affairs for the new animation studio.
NEW PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Films picks up a pitch for a comedy entitled How Could You DO This to Me?, which they plan to develop as a possible project for Nickelodeon star Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly, Drake and Josh), according to Variety. The story revolves around a teen that is not in favor of the idea of her divorced parents getting back together. Andy Marx and Andrea King are set to pen the script.
Village Roadshow, Warner Bros. and Animal Logic‘s feature film animated adaptation of Guardians of Ga’hoole will feature the voices of Jim Sturgess, Geoffrey Rush, Rachael Taylor, and David Wenham, per The Hollywood Reporter. Directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchman) and currently shooting in Australia, the movie is based on the first three titles in author Kathryn Lasky’s kid-aimed book series, Guardians of Ga’hoole.
MORE KIDS STUFF
The new CG animated series Olivia makes its Canadian premiere on Corus Entertainment’s Treehouse on Monday, February 23 at 5:45p with a 15-minute episode. Produced by Chorion and Brown Bag Films, and based on Ian Falconer’s Olivia book series, 15-minute episodes of Olivia will air Monday through Friday at 5:45p from February 23, with 30-minute episodes airing Saturdays at 6p, beginning Saturday, February 28. Treehouse will also roll out content from the series across various platforms. Currently, viewers can watch clips of the show at www.treehousetv.com. Full episodes of Olivia will also be available for purchase at iTunes Canada and available via Treehouse On Demand in the coming months. Olivia joins the new Treehouse schedule launching on February 23, which will also include the series premieres of Big & Small, from The Grogs, and the premieres of Chuggington and Zigby, based on the book series by Brian Paterson.
Independent production/distribution company Entertainment Studios announced its newest 30m weekly series, PETS.TV has cleared in 85% of the US including the top three markets on WPIX/NY, KCAL/LA and WCIU/Chicago. The HD show is E/I for Tweens/Teens 13-16 and focuses on owning pets and pet care topics. The series was cleared on many television station groups such as CBS, ABC, FOX, Tribune, E.W. Scripps, Cox, McGraw-Hill, Meredith, Newport, Sinclair, McKinnon, Bahakel, LIN, Hubbard, The Grant Group, New Vision, Schurz, Northwest Broadcasting, Hearst-Argyle, Belo, Gannett, Weigel, Raycom Media, Barrington, Banks, Quincy and Journal Broadcast Group.
Scholastic Media names Briarpatch as a new licensee for its animated series WordGirl beginning in 2010. Under the deal Briarpatch will release board games, card games, travel games and puzzles based on the kid-targeted property. The Briarpatch products will join the new line of Scholastic WordGirl books that launch in this month with four books, followed by an additional four titles in fall 2009. There will also be a new line of Halloween costumes available this fall. This deal builds on Scholastic and Briarpatch’s 15-year partnership, which includes the I Spy program.
Toei Animation signs a licensing pact with Well Go USA for the DVD rights to Digimon Data Squad (48×30) in the US and Canada. Well Go USA will release a new box set, which includes the first thirteen episodes of Digimon Data Squad, this spring 2009.
Discovery Communications teams with videogame publisher, 505 Games for a new line of Discovery Kids-branded pet simulation games for the Nintendo DS, available at retail from spring 2009. The new game titles include, Dolphin Discovery, Puppy Playtime, Pony Paradise and Kitten Corner. Available at retailers nationwide this spring, the fun-filled titles help kids realize the dream of owning, raising and caring for a pet
Emma Roberts (Unfabulous, Nancy Drew, Aquamarine, Hotel For Dogs) signs on with Neutrogena as a spokesperson.
Jetix Europe N.V. appoints John Hardie as CEO, effective immediately. Hardie takes over for Paul Taylor who yesterday resigned as CEO, Jetix Europe. Taylor’s resignation comes following Disney’s announcement on December 8, 2008 that it would acquire the outstanding shares of Jetix Europe. In addition to his new position, Hardie will also continue in his current role as EVP, Disney Channels EMEA.
Ed Relf is appointed Head of Global Marketing, Mind Candy, developers of the kid-targeted online game Moshi Monsters. Most recently Relf was Director/Marketing, Codemasters Online, and previously toiled for MicroProse, Hasbro Interactive, Virgin Interactive and Warhammer Online.
Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON: K2-11 1166; K6-11 490; TWEENS 9-14 351
DISNEY CHANNEL: K2-11 810; K6-11 466; TWEENS 9-14 376
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11 496; K6-11 287; TWEENS 9-14 233
TOON DISNEY: K2-11 165; K6-11 91; TWEENS 9-14 64
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data
Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: Metallis, Zorak, and the Creature King fought the superhero in which cartoon? SPACE GHOST Kudos to: David Stern-BARD Entertainment/NY; Bob Friedland-Toys”R”Us,Inc./NY; Sara Resnick-WLIW/NY; Jim Salicrup-Papercutz/NY; Hank Bordowitz-The Bordowitz Media Werx/Macomb, IL; Richard Quan- Imaginary Time/San Francisco; Kurt Snibbe/Dana Point, CA; Izzy Neis-Six Degrees Games/LA
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