Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Thursday, May 6, 2010, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

Nicktoons launches the US TV premiere of Dragon Ball Z Kai with a week of back-t0-back debut episodes Monday-Thursday, May 24-27, 8-9p.  The newest installment of the Dragon Ball franchise, Dragon Ball Z Kai is comprised of 99 episodes that will make their US premiere on Nicktoons Monday through Thursday at 8p.  From FUNimation Entertainment and Toei Animation, Dragon Ball Z Kai is a revised and re-edited HD version of the original Dragon Ball Z series, and was produced last year by creator Akira Toriyama, Toei Animation and Shueisha as part of the 20th anniversary of the anime series.  The series debuted in Japan, where it is called Dragon Ball Kai, last spring.  FUNimation Entertainment will release Dragon Ball Z Kai Part One on DVD and Blu-ray on May 18.  As reported last month, Dragon Ball Z Kai will make its US broadcast TV debut on TheCW4Kids in fall 2010.


Summit Entertainment selects November 18, 2011 as the release date for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, the fourth title in the Twilight movie series, per Deadline.  Last week Summit announced that Bill Condon will direct Breaking Dawn.  The third Twilight movie, Eclipse, releases next month, June 30, 2010.  So, that puts 18 (long) months between Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.  As for that ongoing rumor that Breaking Dawn will be broken into two movies, well, it’s still a rumor, but Deadline says it will be two movies and Condon will direct both.

The Judy Moody kids book series heads to the big screen in Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, produced by Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness (Precious), per Variety.  John Schultz (Aliens in the Attic) is set to direct the movie from a script by Kathy Waugh and Megan McDonald, author of the Judy Moody book series.  Production begins on Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer this August in LA.

Fox taps Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) to direct its movie X-Men: First Class, which the studio also announced will be released on June 3, 2011, per Coming Soon.  X-Men: First Class is based on an idea by Bryan Singer, who directed the first two movies, and will feature a script by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (Thor).  Singer is co-producing First Class with Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg.  No casting news as of yet.


Disney Channel‘s new season of Jonas, featuring the new title Jonas L.A., premieres Sunday, June 20 at 8:30p.  In addition to the new title, the series, which stars Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas, also features a new setting in Southern California, where the show is produced on location, and of course new music from the brothers.  Jonas L.A. also showcases Chelsea Staub and Nicole Anderson, and recurring guest stars including Debi Mazar, Adam Hicks, Abby Pivaronas and Beth Crosby, as well as Rob Feggans and Frankie Jonas.  Season two welcomes two new executive producers, Lester Lewis (The Office) and Paul Hoen (Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam).  An It’s A Laugh Production in association with Disney Channel, the series was created by Roger S.H. Schulman and Michael Curtis.  In other Jonas and Disney Channel happenings, The Jonas Brothers also starring this year in the short-form series Jonas Brothers Living the Dream 2, which gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at life on the road during their European tour, and in the movie musical sequel, Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam, premiering Friday, September 3.

PBS Kids will debut the new Sid the Science Kid summer special episode, No School Singalong Special! on Monday, June 21 (check local listings).  The show features Sid and his pals enjoying their day off from school by putting on a show and singing science-themed songs they learned during school.  Sid will also host the PBS Kids video player ( during the week of June 14, featuring songs and clips from the special episode.  Sid the Science Kid is a science-focused animated preschool series produced by The Jim Henson Company and KCET/LA.

4Kids Entertainment completes two new broadcast deals for the animated series Dinosaur King, which is based on SEGA’s Dinosaur King arcade and collectable card game, at MIPTV.  Turner Spain acquires the full Dinosaur King series, with GMTV (UK) re-upping for season two of the series.  Dinosaur King series airs on broadcasters around the world, including in the US on The CW’s TheCW4Kids Saturday morning programming block. The series is also available in the US via VOD on the Comcast, Cox and Bresnan cable systems.

Coming out of MIPTV 2010, indie distributor Echo Bridge Entertainment completes a range of international licensing deals for its portfolio of programming including in the kids’ arena.

  • Echo Bridge has inked a multi-territory deal with BBC Worldwide across Australia, Asia, Latin America and the US Hispanic market for two seasons of the stop-motion animated pre-school series Lunar Jim (46×30). 
  • In Latin America, the company completes broadcast pacts for the preschool series Connie the Cow (43×30) with Metro Television (Colombia, seasons 1 and 2) and Synapse Brazil Prod & Dist. (Brazil, season1).
  • Additionally, V-Me Media re-licenses for both Lunar Jim (season 1) and Connie the Cow (seasons 1 and 2) for the US Hispanic market.

The Mother Company (TMC), a new mom and kid-centric multi media company founded by a group of mothers including former ABC exec, Abbie Schiller, and director/producer, Samantha Kurtzman-Counter, officially launches this Sunday, which is Mother’s Day here in the US.  The LA-based independently funded company aims to develop multi-media programming focused on social and emotional learning with slower paced content for younger kids, as well as provide parents with tools and a discussions to help relieve some of the daily stresses of parenting.  Working with educators, childhood development and media literacy specialists, TMC ( ) plans to produce multi-media products including a series of educational DVDs, apps, and books.  TMC heads into production on its first live-action hosted DVD, Ruby’s Studio: The Feelings Show (1×40), this June with plans to release it for holiday 2010.  The first books and apps are slated for 2011.



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D3Publisher and Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) will release the new Ben 10 video game, Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction, in October 2010.  In the game players get to control 16-year-old Ben and 16 alien forms on a mission that spans the world to uncover an alien artifact that could save the human race from a cosmic storm and destruction.  Based on Cartoon Network’s new series, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, the new interactive game will be available for Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS, and PSP.  Ben 10 Ultimate Alien: Cosmic Destruction version for Nintendo DS is being developed by Griptonite Games, with the other versions under development by Papaya Studio Corporation.  For more game information (e.g. game features, screenshots, videos, downloads etc.) in the coming months check out

CBS Consumer Products will re-launch the official ( ) website this summer.  Redesigned by Funny Garbage, a graphic design/content production/web developer, the all things Star Trek website offers new features, including breaking news, rare interviews, an online community, online store and “the official Star Trek Database.”  The site will also incorporate Star Trek content from around the web, including popular fan sites and blocks such as TrekMovie, TrekToday and TrekWeb.  Trekkies can follow the progress of the re-launch via the official Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages.

BBC Worldwide heads to Licensing International Expo in Las Vegas next month where it will debut a new booth and showcase its portfolio of kid-targeted properties including Ragdoll Production’s In the Night Garden, Little Airplane Productions’ 3rd & Bird!, as well as other preschool series such as Tiger Aspect’s Charlie & Lola, Ragdoll’s Teletubbies and Tronji.  In the family-viewing arena, BBC Worldwide will also feature the series Planet Earth, Life, and the upcoming series Human Planet and Frozen Planet.  Additionally licensing opportunities for noted brands at the show include Lonely Planet, Top Gear, Doctor Who and Dancing with the Stars (known in the UK as Strictly Come Dancing).  For UK-led licensing efforts, BBC Worldwide will also showcase preschool brands, including ZingZillas, the loveable Wibbly Pig, and dirtgirlworld.

Just ahead of Licensing Show 2010, Toei Animation signs licensing deals in Latin America for several of its properties.

  • Digimon Data Squad: in Argentina, Editorial Vertice inks a deal to create coloring books
  • Dragon Ball Z deals include: in Brazil, Algazarra will create to toy figures and Richtex will produce a line of towels; Phil Andina signs on to create flavored milk products for Bolivia; and in Mexico, DTM will create a toy line, Doobalo will make a line of socks, and Bondy Fiesta will produce chewing gum.
  • Saint Seiya deals include: Riclan signs on to make lollypop candies for Brazil; and for Mexico, DTM will create a toy line and Doobalo will produce a line of socks.


Shaftesbury Films expands its management team with the appointment of Gord McIlquham as SVP/Finance and Katherine Wolfgang to the newly created role of VP/Communications.  McIlquham, who joins the company from CCI Entertainment where he was lead finance officer, will oversee all financial aspects and governance for Shaftesbury (e.g. corporate finance, treasury, tax and operations).  Wolfgang will oversee the company’s communications strategy and profile, including corporate, trade, internal and production communications.  Sue Baldaro, Director/Publicity, will continue to manage the Shaftesbury’s production publicity and talent management activities.  Most recently, Wolfgang was VP/International Communications, Discovery Communications.


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1064; K6-11 384; TWEENS 9-14 270
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   715; K6-11 421; TWEENS 9-14 350
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   459; K6-11 250; TWEENS 9-14 180
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   139; K6-11   87; TWEENS 9-14   56
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia: 
Who said “never eat anything at one sitting you can’t lift!”?  MISS PIGGY  Kudos to: Jess M. Brallier-Poptropica/Boston; Nancy Nally-WKRC/Cincinnati; Chris Devine Dailey-Danara International Ltd/North Bergen; Erkan Aydin-Nickelodeon Turkey/Istanbul

Today’s Trivia Question:  What stay at home TV mom later was a politician for the reunion series?     ( 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.)

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