Thursday, November 12th, 1998



Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Wednesday, November 12, 2008 and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.  

4Kids Entertainment has entered into an agreement with Fox to settle their litigation.  Under the terms of the settlement deal, 4Kids and Fox will cease their eight-year-old Saturday morning broadcast agreement, which currently features the 4KidsTV block (8a-12p) on Fox, on December 31, 2008, that is nine months earlier than original deal that would have ended in September 2009.  The termination of the deal will also include the end of 4Kids financial obligation for the first three quarters of 2009.  Fox has not announced any plans for its Saturday morning, which has traditionally offered programming for kids.  Al Kahn, Chairman and CEO, 4Kids Entertainment, explained, “We believe that the settlement is favorable for both companies and enables 4Kids, beginning in early 2009, to focus resources on our five-hour block of children’s Saturday morning television [TheCW4Kids] on The CW Network.”  4Kids will continue to invest in creating content for its digital platforms, including as well as


Jaden Smith, Will Smith’s 10-year-old son who starred alongside him in The Pursuit of Happyness, will star in Columbia Pictures remake of The Karate Kid, according to Variety.  Set to begin production in 2009, the new version of The Karate Kid will be penned by Chris Murphy.  China Film Group Corp. will serve as co-producer in China.  The original Karate Kid movie, also from Columbia, starred Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita and was released in 1984, followed by two other films in 1986 and 1989 featuring the same cast, and a fourth film The New Karate Kid starring Hilary Swank released in 1994.


Nickelodeon will offer Drake & Josh fans an early holiday gift as the duo returns in the new two-hour original TV movie, Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh, premiering Friday, December 5, 8-10p. In addition to starring Drake Bell and Josh Peck, the TV movie feature special guest stars Henry Winkler and MMA fighter Kimbo Slice, as well as the series regulars such as Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) and Jerry Trainor.  Bell and Peck serve as co-producers on the movie, which is written and executive produced by series creator Dan Schneider, with executive producers Lauren Levine and Marjorie Cohn.  A playlist of Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh content, including sneak peeks and behind the scenes features, Vlogs, and a replay of the special, will be available across TurboNick and Nick’s wireless and online syndication partners.  Additionally, an ad-free, stand-alone site,, will offer movie-based games-of-the-week, a game tournament, sneak peeks, and holiday e-cards and downloads.

PBS Kids premieres Abby in Wonderland beginning November 26 (check local listings for air dates and times).  The one-hour special features Sesame Street‘s Abby Cadabby in a version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which also stars Elmo, Rosita and Grover among others.  PBS Kids and PBS Kids GO! will also feature new episodes of Curious George, Super Why!, Martha Speaks, and Wordgirl over the holiday weekend.

Jetix Europe seals a deal with Cake Distribution that will bring the tween-targeted US series, Total Drama Island to the UK.  Created by Jennifer Pertsch and Tom McGillis and produced by Fresh TV Inc., Total Drama Island, an animated reality series, will air on Jetix’s UK channel along with other recent acquisitions including Dinosaur King and Pokemon DP Battle Dimension.


SouthPeak Interactive Corporation, a video game publisher, releases a new line of games this month aimed at allowing young kids, 3 years and up, t0 experience parenting with its new My Baby Games.  The two new games, My Baby Girl and My Baby Boy, both for Nintendo DS, let kids raise (feed, dress, diaper) their baby from its first month until its 14the month, with advice from a pediatrician along the way.  Kids can also get a sense of the happy parts of parenting including giggles and coos by encouraging kids/players to be kind and responsible to their baby.


Sesame Workshop names Patti Miller as its VP/Public Policy.  Working at state and federal levels, Miller, will be based in New York and reports to Myung Kang-Huneke who oversees legal and regulatory affairs as part of her role as VP, General Counsel.  Reporting to Miller are Aura Kenny Dunn, Assistant VP/Government Relations and Tracy Garrett, Director/Public Policy.  Miller had been with Children Now.

Patricia Joseph is named VP/Music Placements & Licensing, Razor & Tie Entertainment.  Joseph will work out of the company’s NYC headquarters and will report to Dan Hoffman, EVP/Business/Legal Affairs.  Joseph most recently toiled as VP/Soundtracks/A&R, TVT Records for 20+ years.


Nickelodeon‘s Saturday November 8 premiere of its first iCarly TV movie, iGo to Japan (8-9:30p) was the network’s highest rated live action TV movie ever among K2-11 (4.3 million), K6-11 (3.6 million) and Total Viewers P2+ (7.6 million).  The TV movie was also the top show of the week across broadcast and cable TV with K2-11, K6-11, and Tweens 9-14 (3.1 million), and cable’s top entertainment program of the week with Total Viewers P2+. The movie was followed by the premiere of Nickelodeon’s newest series True Jackson, VP at 9:30p, which bowed with the network’s largest audience ever for a live-action series premiere with K6-11 (2.0 million), Tweens 9-14 (2.0 million), and Total Viewers P2+ (4.8 million).

Weekly Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported networks, Total Day and Primetime Rankings among K2-11 (000) 11/3-11/9/08:
Total Day      (000)   Primetime       (000)
NICK~:            1321    DSNY*:             1202
DSNY*:             766    CARTOON:          810
CARTOON:        612    NAN**:               499
NOGGIN:          307    NOGGIN:             418
NAN**:            288    ESPN:                  159
ADSM**:          189    TOON DIS:           136
TOON DIS.:      116    NICKTOONS:        107
NICKTOONS:      74    DISCOVERY:          95
ESPN:                62    THE N:                  86
DISCOVERY:       52    TLC:                     73
Source: Disney Research from Nielsen Media Research Data Live + SD Data
*Disney Channel is not an ad supported cable network, unlike the others in this listing.
**Denotes a network that broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24hr day.
~Nickelodeon Total Day 6a-11p

Weekly Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported networks, Total Day and Primetime Rankings among K6-11 (000) 11/3-11/9/08:
Total Day       (000) Primetime       (000)
NICK~:              719   DSNY*:             934
DSNY*:             505   CARTOON:         579
CARTOON:         419   NAN**:             362
NAN**:             221   ESPN:                115
ADSM**:           135   THE N:                76
TOON DIS.:         59   DISCOVERY:        70
NOGGIN:             55   TOON DIS:          67
ESPN:                 47   NICKTOONS:        64
NICKTOONS:       45   NOGGIN:              59
DISCOVERY:        38   TLC:                    45
Source: Disney Research from Nielsen Media Research Data Live + SD Data
*Disney Channel is not an ad supported cable network, unlike the others in this listing.
**Denotes a network that broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24hr day.
~Nickelodeon Total Day 6a-11p

Weekly Top Ten Basic Cable Ad Supported Networks, Total Day and Primetime Rankings among Tweens 9-14 (000) 11/3-11/9/08:
Total Day    (000)   Primetime      (000)
NICK~:           521     DSNY*:            762
DSNY*:          408     CARTOON:        470
NAN**:          305     NAN**:             454
CARTOON:      298     ESPN:              153
ADSM**:        162     DISCOVERY:     115
ESPN:              66     THE N:               94
DISCOVERY:     56     MTV:                 69
MTV:                49     COMEDY:           65
THE N:             47     BET:                  63
TOON DIS:       42     TLC:                   59
Source: Disney Research from Nielsen Media Research Data Live + SD Data
*Disney Channel is not an ad supported cable network, unlike the others in this listing.
**Denotes a network that broadcasts less than 51% of minutes in a 24hr day.
~Nickelodeon Total Day 6a-11p

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Saturday, November 8, 2008, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1940; K6-11 1348; TWEENS 9-14 1033
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11 1044; K6-11   683; TWEENS 9-14 499
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   695; K6-11   492; TWEENS 9-14 382
TOON DISNEY:           K2-11   221; K6-11   116; TWEENS 9-14   66
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Sunday, November 9, 2008, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1546; K6-11 1031; TWEENS 9-14 761
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11 1079; K6-11   701; TWEENS 9-14 527
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   796; K6-11   554; TWEENS 9-14 385
TOON DISNEY:           K2-11   143; K6-11    73; TWEENS 9-14   45
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Monday, November 10, 2008, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1396; K6-11 754; TWEENS 9-14 603
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   731; K6-11 434; TWEENS 9-14 323
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   511; K6-11 315; TWEENS 9-14 236
TOON DISNEY:           K2-11   160; K6-11   72; TWEENS 9-14   36
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Housekeeping Note:  The U.S. Unemployment Rate was just announced this morning (11/7/08) at 6.5%, up from 6.1% the previous month, and the highest number in 14 years.  In an effort to help those who may find themselves out of work during these difficult economic times, Cynopsis is offering free Situation Wanted ads to all looking for work, for both new and returning clients, for the foreseeable future.  To place an ad or for more information, email [email protected].  And lastly, to make sure even more people are seeing our classifieds, we are posting the full list of classifieds on our homepage, updated daily.  Be sure to check these listings regularly – some very talented people looking for work!

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  Barney’s little sister, Baby Bop, has a blanket she adores. What color is it?   YELLOW Kudos to: Juli Lennett-The NPD Group, Inc./Port Washington, NY; Bridget Brady-WETA/Washington, DC; Angeli Martinezqubo/NY; David S. Larson-CBS Television/NY; Steve Feldman-Sam Hill Group/Nashville; Shirley Bradshaw-Hit Entertainment/CTZ; Al Ovadia-Al Ovadia & Associates, Inc./Hidden Hills, CA; Squirrel Rippley-Dark Horse Media/Tucson; Rebecca Rodriguez-Disney Channel/CA; Jessica Worthington- W+K/Portland, OR; Lee Williams-Boomstone Animation Inc./Ottawa; Claire Wilmut-Boomstone Animation, Inc./Ottawa

Today’s Trivia Question: What were the names of the two old codgers who heckled the other cast members from their balcony seats on The Muppet Show?  (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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JOB OPENING: MGR, PRICING & INVENTORY/ONLINE ADVRTSNG SALES/Newtown CT: work with a cross-functional team to maximize digital media and sponsorship opportunities and revenue. Apply online at (11/19)

JOB OPENING: ACCT MGR, DIST. & FLD SALES/NY: Head region/division of 10 Distributors to Id. local rev., mkting and dist. opps. Exp. in Cable Sales, Mkting, & Acct Mgmt, 40-60% travel Rez: (11/18)

JOB OPENING: AE/qubo/NY: Sell Nat’l on-air/line media. Gen new biz. Prsnt brand pos, mktg opportunities. Nat’l ad sales exp. required. Excl. interpersonal/org skills/MS Excel & PP. Apply: [email protected] (11/15)

JOB OPENING: SR RESEARCH ANALYST/DISCOVERY/MD: Resp for Brand Res, Ad & Media Effect./ROI, track metrics & success indicators for prog & initiatives. 2 yrs res exp. Client or supply mkt exp a must. Apply: Req#8551 (11/15)

JOB OPENING: SUPERVISING PRODUCER/TLC/MD:Resp for writing/producing promos and mktg. projects for network;. 6+yrs. exp; proven writing/prod. skills, Avid Media Composure Exp. Apply: Req#8553 (11/15)

JOB OPENING: SR. MGR-HARDLINES/Cookie Jar Ent/Burbank Min. 3-5 yrs Dom. License exp in Consumer Products industry with developed relationships. (Careers). Send Res/CL: [email protected] (11/13)

JOB OPENING: PUBLICIST/Telepictures Prods/LA: Unit pub for synd TV show. News bkgd & exp on assign desk pref’d. Pitch/secure stories/content. Write/distrib releases.Fast paced enviro. 5-8yrs exp Res: [email protected] (11/13)

JOB OPENING: MKTG & SALES ASSOCIATE/IME-IESE Business School/NY: Min 3yrs exp in marketing education programs. Media/Entertainment background. Internet Marketing, lead generation, hands-on recruitment/sales. [email protected] jobC10 (11/13)

INTERNSHIPS – These positions are for credit only – nobody gets paid here. These ads are always posted for free, and students work for school credit only. For more information on the specs for posting an Internship ad, email Trish at [email protected].

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WINTER/SPRING INTERNSHIP/CREDITS ONLY: NewFest, NYC’s premier LGBT film organization, seeks interns to help with the 2009 Film Festival. Please email your resume to [email protected] (11/15)

WINTER/SPRING INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: RESEARCH ANALYST/Trendrr (NYC): Analyze & produce reports work w/Mktg. Exp: Rsrch/data anlyst/stats/social media. Res: [email protected] (11/14)

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SITUATION WANTED: PASSIONATE & CREATIVE MKT RESEARCHER (Temp or permanent) w/12 yrs exp. seeks to share skills & knwldg w/ companies to grow in challenging consumer landscape. Recently was VP w/ Top 20 rsrch co. [email protected] (11/18)

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