Thursday, June 4th, 2009


Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Thursday, June 4, 2009, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

CBeebies orders up a new in-house music-themed preschool series ZingZillas (52×22).  Featuring the Zillas, a group of musical primates that create the ZingZilla sound, the series showcases all sorts of music genres from rock to opera to help get toddlers moving.  Simultaneously BBC Worldwide acquires the global distribution rights for TV, merchandise, DVD and publishing for ZingZillas.  Set to launch on CBeebies in spring 2010, ZingZillas grooves into production this month through December 2009 at Pinewood Studios.


Animagic Entertainment enters into a pact with Fremantle Corporation for worldwide distribution of its full-length feature film, Balloonatiks, which is currently in pre-production. Additionally, Fremantle is in discussion with Animagic to distribute the CGI animated TV series Balloonatiks (26×30), which is also in pre-production and set for delivery in for the 2010 TV season.  The Balloonatiks movie and TV series will be supported by the interactive Hot Air City Virtual World.  Targeted to K6-11, Balloonatiks is a comedy/action/adventure property based on the book The Balloonatiks 1st Goopy, Goofy, Loopy Adventure, by Erica Orloff, and the Balloonatiks .com.  Animagic is at Licensing International Expo this week working on a licensing and merchandising program across multiple categories for the property.

Disney is moving forward on a new hand-drawn animated Winnie the Pooh feature film for release in spring 2011.  Disney Consumer Products will focus its merchandising program based on the movie on Moms, infant and toddlers, and secondarily on women.  Disney Publishing is also developing new Pooh content.


Kids and celebrities take talk about the ups and downs of crushes and figuring out if he/she likes you and first kisses, dates and loves on Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Love Stories: Tales of Middle School Romance premiering this Sunday, June 7 at 9p on Nickelodeon.  In addition from hearing from middle school kids, the show also includes appearances by Nick Cannon, Jimmy Fallon, Tony Hawk, LL Cool J, George Lopez, Howie Mandel, Keke Palmer, Amy Poehler, Brittany Snow and kids from Degrassi: The Next Generation about relationships and what it was like for them as middle schoolers.

Fitz Roy Media completes a deal with Daktari Productions for the online, feature film, TV, DVD and consumer products rights to Daktari Park (Daktari is Swahili for doctor or healer).  Content related to the Daktari Park brand will be based on African animal stories and the adventures of wildlife veterinarian Dr. Sue Hart, the Daktari for who the company is named.  The first project in development is an online virtual theme park that will combine live-action footage of animals in the wild with new animated characters, and will also feature an e-commerce component.  Fitz Roy also plans to develop an animated movie, TV specials as well as DVD/VOD titles, followed by a CGI animated TV series (52×11).

Marathon International inks new sales for the animated series Gormiti – the Lords of Nature Return (52×25) in Europe and the Middle East.  Based on the Italian Gormiti toy figures, the series is a co-production between Marathon Media and Giochi Preziosi for M6 (France), Canal J (France) and Mediaset (Italy).  Deals are already completed with RTL2 (Germany) and Nick Toons (UK), as well as Alter Channel (Greece), Digiturk (Turkey), Noga (Israel) and MBC (Middle East).  Further deals for the series are in the final stages in the UK (terrestrial), Spain and Latin America.  Marathon International handles International TV and video sales for Gormiti.  Program and merchandising are handled by Marathon Media in France and Giochi Preziosi in the rest of the world.


The MoonScoop Group names Bandai America as the global toy licensee for the new animated preschool TV series Chloe’s Closet (52×11).  Under the deal Bandai America has the rights to create certain toys, activity sets & crafts, role-play toys and dress-up sets based on the series, which is scheduled to premiere in early 2010.  Chloe’s Closet is produced in HD in a mix of 3D CGI and Flash animation by Mike Young Productions, in association with Wales Creative IP Fund, KI.KA/ARD, Trickompany FilmProduktion, European Film Partners, and Telegael.  The series is produced with the support of the Media Program of the European Community.

Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) signs a range of partners for the upcoming consumer products debut of the animated series The Secret Satrudays.  Hybrid Tees (boys t-shirts and sweatshirts) and Random House  (chapter books, activity books, field journal) will join master toy partner Mattel, and D3Publisher and Warner Home Video, with consumer products based on series that will launch at retail from this summer through holiday 2009.  Created by Jay Stephens The Secret Saturdays is produced by Fred Schaefer at Porchlight Entertainment.

Miley Cyrus & Max Azra, a new clothing line created by performer Miley Cyrus and fashion house BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, launches exclusively at Walmart and its website in early August 2009.  The line will feature tops, pants, graphic tees, shoes and accessories, all priced less than US$20.  Additionally, Walmart is the official title sponsor of the Miley Cyrus concert tour, which kicks off this fall in the.  AEG Live also announced that tickets for the North American tour (September  December 2009) go on sale June 13 (, with an earlier purchase window for American Express cardholders.  The European tour dates will be announced soon.

Imagi Studios is at the Licensing Expo this week where it seeking licensing partners in all categories worldwide for its tween/teen/young-adult targeted animated feature film Gatchaman.  Based on the eponymous anime series, the Gatchaman is set for release in 2011.  Imagi’s CG animated feature film Astro Boy will be released in the US on October 23, 2009 by Summit Entertainment and includes a program with licensees such as American Greetings, D3Publisher, Jazwares and Kellogg’s.

Paul Frank Industries (PFI) inks a multi-year licensing pact with American Greetings Corporation for a full range of social expressions products.  Slated to launch in fall 2009, the Paul Frank Industries collection will include greeting cars, gift packaging, stickers and party goods and will feature Paul Frank characters including Julius the monkey,.

MEGA Brands enters into a multi-year, global licensing deal with HIT Entertainment to develop construction toys based on the preschool property Thomas & Friends.  The Mega Bloks licensed construction sets will launch worldwide in the spring of 2010, in conjunction with 65th anniversary of Thomas the Tank Engine.

2K Play, the family-aimed label of Take-Two Interactive Software, and Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP) will release a new video game based on Nickelodeon’s preschool series Ni Hao, Kai-lan for holiday 2009.  The Ni Hao, Kai-lan game, which combines learning Chinese, game play an action and features voices from the TV series, will be available for Wii, Nintendo DS and PlayStation 2.  2K Play will also introduce other new games including Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom for the Wii, which corresponds with the network’s fall primetime event, Dora Puppy for Nintendo DS, as well as a new game based on The Backyardigans for Nintendo DS.


TV-Loonland appoints Barbora Sopkova as Sales Manager/TV & Home Entertainment.  Sopkova will oversee TV and Home Entertainment sales of programming content in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia, Benelux, Greece, Turkey, North Africa, The Middle East and Asia (excluding Japan).  Based in London, she will report to Head of International Distribution, Justine Bannister.  Most recently Sopkova toiled for Classic Media as Territory Manager for Central & Eastern Europe.


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Tuesday, June 2, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1220; K6-11 623; TWEENS 9-14 472
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   896; K6-11 601; TWEENS 9-14 492
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   487; K6-11 344; TWEENS 9-14 251
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   134; K6-11   81; TWEENS 9-14   64
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:   If you’re watching a TV series featuring the collective talents of Roberto Gamonet, Billy Hayes and Jack Wild … what show are you watching?   H. R. PUF’N’STUF Kudos to: Mark Stansberry-Screen Arts Animation Studio/NYC; Dennis Nance-Turner Broadcasting, Inc./Atlanta; Joe Swaney-Cartoon Network/Adult Swim/Atlanta; Sidney Clifton-Sanctuary Enterprises/Woodland Hills; Pat Brady-CESD/Los Angeles; Claire Wilmut-Boomstone Animation Inc./Ottawa

Today’s Trivia Question: What show were you watching if the characters used the Super Talk-O-Scope?   (Email [email protected] 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
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