Thursday, February 14th, 2008

 

Cynopsis: Kids!

02/14/08

Good morning. It’s Thursday, February 14, 2008, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Simon & Schuster has inked rights deals for Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown, a series of 5o+ book titles, with Chorion acquiring the media rights, including merchandising, online, TV and feature film options, while Pearson School publishers taking the education rights to the property for its Reading street elementary grades curriculum.  Chorion is currently developing an online virtual Trucktown world and expects to launch a website in June 2008, followed by a range of toys that build on the interactivity of the site.  Jon Scieszka’s Trucktown will be published by Simon & Schuster imprints: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (hardcover), Aladdin Paperbacks (ready-to-read original paperbacks), Little Simon (novelty), and Simon Scribbles (coloring/activity).  The first title in the series, Smash! Crash!, was released in January 2008.

CYNOPSIS KIDS GOES TO KIDSCREEN SUMMIT …

What seemed like unending rain did not put a damper on the first day of KidScreen Summit 2008, where there were numerous meetings and sessions, and a great dinner party!  See you again today.

Cartoon Network picks up the UK broadcast rights for the new animated series World of Quest (26×22) from Cookie Jar Entertainment. Slated to bow on Cartoon Network in the UK in 2009, World of Quest is a comedy/action series that follows the adventures of a smart-aleck young Prince Nestor and his unwilling protector, Quest as they set out to save the Prince’s parents and their kingdom.  The series is based on the Komikwerks graphic novel series by Jason Kruse and edited by Stephen Sustarsic.

Flying Bark Productions, a division of EM.Entertainment, has teamed with Funkhauser Film, the Copenhagen-based animation studio, in association with ZDF and TV2 (Denmark) to produce the new CGI animated series Enyo (12×24).  Aimed at K8-12 the show is expected to bow in fall 2009.  Pre-sale deals have been completed with ZDF (Germany), TV2 (Denmark) NRK (Norway), and SVT (Sweden).  A fantasy/adventure, the series revolves around 12-year old boy named Enyo who is learning to understand the language of animals, hidden messages in nature and to see the future.  EM.Entertainment will handle worldwide distribution rights excluding Australia, Denmark and Scandinavia.

The preschool series In the Night Garden (100×30) is set to premiere in Canada on Teletoon, Monday, February 25 at 7:30p, in an agreement with Ragdoll, BBC Worldwide Canada.  Under the deal Treehouse acquires the TV and new media rights, including VOD, subscription on demand and download to own content.  Narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi, In the Night Garden will air regularly weekdays and Sundays at 7:30p on the network.  An In the Night Garden interactive online area will be featured at www.treehousetv.com . Based on the picture book of the same name, In the Night garden is produced by Ragdoll, which will serve as brand manager for the property in Canada.

NEW PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT

CBeebies, the BBC’s preschool channel, is producing a multi-platform quiz show titled Kerwhizz (26×22).  The series is set to debut on-air with an online component and radio show/podcasts later this year.  Hosted by the live-action Kerwhizzitor, Kerwhizz encourages kids (at home and live audience) to make predictions as three teams of CGI characters answer questions, ultimately giving them power or “pod mods” for their racing machines, which take place in any of 26 worlds that reflect different environments (e.g. astrological, historical).  The series is produced by CBeebies Productions, which is working with UK-based animation company Blue Zoo.

Amberwood Productions secures a co-production pact with comic book publisher Arcana Studio, under which they will develop and produce at new K6-11 targeted HD TV series based on the publisher’s title Ralph Filmore: Paranormal Investigator (26×30), per Animation Magazine.

Paramount is pushing back the release date of J.J. Abrams’ feature film Star Trek from to May 8, 2009, from its original December 25, 2008 date.

MORE KIDS STUFF

Jalan Sesama (52×30), the Indonesian version of Sesame Street produced by Sesame Workshop and Jakarta-based Creative Indigo Production, premieres on Trans7, February 18, 2008.  The series features specially created regional Muppet characters.  Among the topics featured on Japan will be healthy habits, the aftermath of a flood as well as traditional Sesame Street style animated and live-action segments reflecting the curriculum of the series as well as showcasing Indonesian culture, tradition, language and the arts.  In addition to the TV series, Gramedia Publishing will publish Jalan Sesama magazine, a monthly kid’s publication with games and activities featuring the Muppet characters, slated to be available beginning April 2008.

Voltron will air on the Boomerang Channel from February 18 under a deal with the series licensor World Events Productions.  Repackaged Voltron episodes from 1984 will be stripped on Boomerang for a year, airing Monday-Friday at 10:30p.  Last year Media Blasters released the first five volumes (of eight total) re-mastered and re-mixed DVD set, Voltron: Defender of the Universe, the remaining three volumes will be available at retail in 2008.  Remember, we are still awaiting further news about a possible live-action Voltron feature film.

PBS has picked up another season (26 eps) of the animated series WordGirl from Scholastic Media and its animation studio Soup2Nuts.  Production on the new season begins later this month.  WordGirl airs Fridays on PBS Kids Go! (check local listings)

4Kids Entertainment completes broadcast deals for its cel/CGI animated series Dinosaur King.  The series is now set to premiere on YTV (Canada), Jetix (Latin America), TV2 (Denmark) and TV4 (Sweden) as part of the 2008-9 season.

The Licensing International Expo will pack up after the 2008, June 10-12 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center and move on out to Las Vegas in 2009 when it will be held for the first time at the Mandalay Bay Resort June 2-9.

MARKETING/LICENSING

Cookie Jar Entertainment launches the open beta test for its free online multiplayer adventures game, Magi-Nation: Battle for the Moonlands, which based on the animated series Magi-Nation.  Targeted to Kids/Tweens 8-14, the game will have its commercial debut in the first part of this year.

WGBH Boston will release Arthur-Season 10 on DVD on March 25, 2008.  Additionally, on that date it will also release an Arthur adoption special, Big Brother Binky, on DVD.

EXECUTIVE MOVES

Target Entertainment appoints Sarah Walker as Director/Marketing and Communications.  She joins the company in April.  Reporting to Group Managing Director, Ian Jones, Walker will head the new centralized marketing division.  Most recently, Walker was Director/PR and Marketing, Parthenon Entertainment.

RATINGS

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Monday, February 11, 2008, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:          K2-11 1144; K6-11 565; TWEENS 9-14 410
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   960; K6-11 612; TWEENS 9-14 483
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   511; K6-11 314; TWEENS 9-14 213
TOON DISNEY:           K2-11   131; K6-11   63; TWEENS 9-14   48
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Tuesday, February 12, 2008, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:          K2-11 1169; K6-11 566; TWEENS 9-14 457
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   811; K6-11 506; TWEENS 9-14 400
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   516; K6-11 295; TWEENS 9-14 200
TOON DISNEY:           K2-11   159; K6-11   78; TWEENS 9-14   43
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data


Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  What is the name of the cool sunglass-wearing cheetah who promotes Cheetos cheese snacks?  CHESTER   Kudos to:  Sara Zeglin-National Geographic Digital Media/Washington, D.C.; Christine Ferrara-WSBK/WBZ/Boston; Kristen Tuinstra-ZONDERKIDZ/ Grand Rapids, MI; John Harman-Screenvision/NY; Michael Hawkins-PromoDoctors/Irving, TX; Mike Patterson-Cartoon Network & [adult swim]/Chicago; Marci Crane-GRP Media/IL; Rosemary Cunningham-MMT/Chicago; Michael Peikoff-Twentieth Century Fox/Century City, CA;  Shannon Estrada-Schiefer Media/Santa Ana, CA; Rebecca Rodriguez-Disney Channel/CA; Josh JonesPalisades MediaGroup Inc./Santa Monica, CA; Tristan Homer-9 Story Entertainment/Toronto

Today’s Trivia Question: the animated series, Pepper Ann (1997-2000), what was the Hazelnut Middle School mascot?  ( 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.)

Later — Gwen
Gwen Billings for Cynopsis: Kids!
02.14.08

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