Thursday, June 11th, 2009


Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Thursday, June 11, 2009, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

Nickelodeon picks up two new animated comedy series, Planet Sheen and T.U.F.F. Puppy and gives the go ahead on three series pilots.

  • The network has ordered Planet Sheen (26×30), a new spin-off of The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius, from Steve Oedekerk (Bruce Almighty, Back at the Barnyard). Produced by O Entertainment, the series revolves around Sheen Guevera Estevez, the hyper kid from Jimmy Neutron, who borrows a rocket and crash lands on Zeenu where he must learn to deal with the planet’s bizarre customs and odd creatures as he tries to figure a way home.
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy (13×30) comes from creator and exec producer Butch Hartman (Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom).  Produced at Nickelodeon Animation Studios, the series follows Dudley Puppy a spirited but dimwitted dog that is thrust into the role of hero when he is recruited by the crime fighting organization, T.U.F.F. (Turbo Undercover Fighting Force), and is teamed with a feline partner Kitty Katswell.
  • Newly greenlit pilots include: Robot & Monster: Best Friends Forever, a CG animated buddy comedy created by Dave Pressler (Los Luchadores!), Jeffrey Ventimilia (That ’70s Show), Joshua Sternin (That ’70s Show) and will be directed by Sam Levine; The Fleeps, a 2D animated story about two musicians who hitch a ride with an alien warlord and his mother, created by Tim McKeon (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends) and directed by Dave Wasson Making Friends); and You’re a Bad Man, Mr. Gum, a 2D animated adaptation based on the book series by Andy Stanton, who also created/writes and executive produces the pilot with Andy Bobrow (Malcolm in the Middle) exec production and writing.


News out of Annecy 2009 and the International Animation Film Market includes Cyber Group Studios and Timoon Animation, a division of Lagardere Entertainment, ink a co-production deal for two new 3D animated series, as well as signing a distribution and licensing pact for those properties.  Together Cyber Group Studios and Timoon Animation will oversee the creative and editorial direction of the projects as well as the coordinate efforts with broadcasters. Cyber Group Studios will manage international distribution and licensing for the series, and create strategies for both with Timoon Animation.  The two series included under the deal, both targeted to K6-10, are:

  • Fish’ N Chips – an action comedy series that revolves around the adventures of a cat and a fish that live and torment each other at their home at the Coney Island aquarium.
  • Bambalaye! – a musical/comedy that is set in Africa and follows the adventures a wacky/wild group of musical animals during which they sing famous standard songs.  The songs featured in the series are available through a deal with EMI Publishing Worldwide.  This series will be adapted for TV, the internet, mobile devices and feature film.


The Thumb Wrestling Federation: TWF enters into new broadcast deals in Latin America.  Broadcasters acquiring the series in Latin America include: Cadena Tres (Mexico); RedeTV! (Brazil); Telemundo (Puerto Rico); America TV (Peru); Televisora Hondurena (Honduras); Red Uno (Bolivia); and Ecuavisa (Ecuador).  TWF will continue to air in Latin America on Cartoon Network.  Thumb Wrestling Federation is produced by New York based Animation Collective and distributed in Latin America by Televix Entertainment.  A fifth season of Thumb Wrestling Federation: TWF is currently in production.  TWF consumer products, ranging from toys to t-shirts and socks to sticker albums will be available in Latin America later this year.

Echo Bridge Entertainment will attend this DISCOP East 2009 with a slate of programming available for the first time to Central and Eastern European buyers in Budapest next week.  Included in Echo Bridge’s offerings for kids, tweens and teens targeted content are: new episodes of Degrassi: The Next Generation (season 8, 22×30) a total of 143×30 episodes of the series available; Instant Star (52 episodes); and the stop-motion animated preschool series Lunar Jim (46×30).


Seventeen Magazine and teen-targeted virtual community Habbo team for a summer-long effort.  Under the partnership will feature articles from, as well as hosting special in-game events, quizzes and polls, advice from the Seventeen editors, and celebrity chats.  Additionally, on there will be a free Seventeen branded Beauty Salon where they can find advice and information on various topics including fitness, beauty and celebrities.  The partnership officially got underway last month.

Beginning this week is hosting an exclusive Jonas Brother concert, a pre-recorded event that also features behind-the-scenes interviews with the brothers, on .  The online concert features the first live performances of songs from the band’s new Hollywood Records album, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, which releases in stores and online on June 16.  In addition to watching the concert fans can also pre-order the album and download songs from the live performance at

LEGO Battles for Nintendo DS, a new game produced by TT Games, developed by Hellbent Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, has been released.  A real-time strategy game, LEGO Battles (rated E for Everyone) allows players to play alone, as well as with two others in multiplayer mode.  The game features elements of three LEGO toy themes LEGO Castle, Pirate and Space in six storylines and 90 levels and has 55 playable characters and 30 vehicles.

Italy’s Atlantyca Entertainment inks licensing deals with Italian game manufacturers to produce new games and products based on its Geronimo Stilton Classic brand.  Atlantyca Entertainment and co-production partner Moonscoop are currently in the final stages of production on the new Geronimo Stilton animated series.  Atlantyca manages all licensing in Italy for the Geronimo Stilton chapter book series as well as worldwide publishing rights.

  • Italian board game publisher Editrice Giochi signs a renewal deal to develop new updated games and original games based on Geronimo Stilton classic brand, with a re-stylized games set for a holiday 2009 release.  Additionally, a further deal between the two companies will see Editrice Giochi producing dedicated board games for Geronimo Stilton’s spin-off brands, the fantasy book stories Kingdom of Fantasy and character spin-off Tea Sister.
  • La Nuova F.A.R.O., the noted Italian toy company, signs on to produce kid’s play furniture, accessories, creative games, and arts and crafts based on the Geronimo Stilton character. The products are set to debut at retail this fall.

Dynamite Entertainment and MGM enter into a new deal to develop a new original comic book series based on the Robocop franchise.  Creative plans for the comic book series, including writing and art teams, are currently being reviewed.

4Kids Entertainment completes new licensing deals in Europe for Feld Motor SportsMonster Jam, which kicked off its 2009 Monster Jam European summer tour last month.  New licensees across product categories include: Pentra SP – back-to-school and stationery products slated for distribution in Q1 2010 in Poland, Lithuania, the Czech Republic and Latvia; Uitgeverij de Stulp – greeting cards and stickers that set to launch in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany in late 2009; Big Balloon Publishers – will produce a Monster Jam poster magazine currently scheduled to launch in the Netherlands and Belgium this summer.


Birkner Rawlings is upped to VP/Animation Development, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group.  Among his responsibilities, Rawlings will oversee the Nickelodeon’s new animated pilots.

Breakthrough Entertainment names Kate Blank as its new sales executive in its sales and distribution division.  She will be responsible for sales across the Asia Pacific region, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe and Africa.  Most recently, Blank was a sales executive at Sullivan Entertainment where she handled international sales.

Owenna Griffiths is appointed Editor, CBBC’s Newsround.  Griffiths, who is currently Assistant Editor/BBC Radio 4’s Today, will take up her new role in July.  She takes over the reins from Sinead Rocks who becomes Executive Producer, BBC Current Affairs.  Newsround is the BBC’s 36-year-old daily news program for K6-12, which also includes TV specials and online programming content.

Hanging out its new shingle in Australia and Canada is the new production company Chocolate Liberation Front (CLF).  With studios set to open in Melbourne and Toronto, CLF is founded by Dan Fill, formerly Head/Multiplatform ABC TV (Australia), Frank Verheggen, a producer and former exec producer of Kids Online, and Shawn Bailey, a new media exec most recently with the CBC, with consulting from Steven Comeau, formerly President/Collideascope Digital.  The team has a background in animation, video game development and multiplatform strategy, and its mission is to create and produce clever and innovative multiplatform projects across all genres and demos for international distribution.  CLF is already developing several products including those in 3D animation, live-action and games, more to come on those.


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Saturday, June 6, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1345; K6-11 857; TWEENS 9-14 647
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   972; K6-11 635; TWEENS 9-14 416
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   459; K6-11 324; TWEENS 9-14 281
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   291; K6-11 206; TWEENS 9-14 149
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Sunday, June 7, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1179; K6-11 760; TWEENS 9-14 550
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11 1217; K6-11 884; TWEENS 9-14 726
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   542; K6-11 404; TWEENS 9-14 267
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   203; K6-11 145; TWEENS 9-14   86
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Monday, June 8, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1117; K6-11 601; TWEENS 9-14 441
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11 1070; K6-11 747; TWEENS 9-14 592
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   541; K6-11 375; TWEENS 9-14 281
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   176; K6-11 130; TWEENS 9-14 102
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1034; K6-11 599; TWEENS 9-14 484
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11 1053; K6-11 738; TWEENS 9-14 558
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   601; K6-11 418; TWEENS 9-14 318
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   199; K6-11 132; TWEENS 9-14   94
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:    Henry Cabot Henhouse III is better known as whom?  SUPER CHICKEN  Kudos to: David Stern-BARD Entertainment/NYC; Dennis Nance-
Turner Broadcasting, Inc./Atlanta; Alex Vassilio-MTVN/New York; Sherrie Brooks–TBS, Inc/Atlanta; Pat Brady-CESD/Los Angeles; Richard Quan-Imaginary Time/San Francisco

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Later — Gwen
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