Thursday, November 12th, 2009


Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Thursday, November 12, 2009, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing. 

Nickelodeon UK caps off the 10th anniversary celebration of SpongeBob SquarePants with a new live-action two-minute film Bollywood Bob.  Choreographed by Longinus Fernandes (Slumdog Millionaire), Bollywood Bob will premiere on November 14 as part of Nickelodeon UK’s weekend SpongeBob marathon, SpongeBash, and then across Nickelodeon channels around the world.  The short features a Bangra/Bollywood modified version of the SpongeBob theme song, arranged by Akbar Sami and Firoze Patel. A 30-second version of the film will screen in the Vue and Cineworld movie theaters in the UK from November 13 through January 1.  Nickelodeon UK produced Bollywood Bob in collaboration with Nickelodeon International and Nickelodeon India.


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Hoping to assuage parents’ fears and concerns about the websites their kids encounter while surfing the internet, Google launches its new SafeSearch ( ) feature.  SafeSearch lets users create a password and choose and lock in settings that filter out explicit sites and images from their search results.  There’s the moderate filtering option, which omits most explicit images from Google Image search results but does not filter regular web searches, strict filtering, which filters results on all searches, and of course there is no filtering.  To help parents know if their kids have changed the setting first you need to know the password to change the setting, and secondly there are a series of primary colored spheres in the upper right hand corner of each page. Knowing that no filter can be full accurate, Google is asking parents to report any inappropriate wayward site that slips through the cracks.  You access and set SafeSearch by clicking search settings on the Google homepage.


Essential Entertainment inks a multi-picture deal with Gigapix Studios for five kid-targeted pictures (rated G or PG) through its Recess Films, per IndieWire.  The movies, most of which will be live-action and one CGI animated, will be produced by Gigapix over a period of three years.  The live action movies will have budgets of $8-10 million each and the CG title will carry a budget of $20 million. Anchor Bay Entertainment has first look rights in the US while Essential Entertainment will handle all international rights to the movies.  The first movie under the agreement is The Return of Captain Kidd, which features a script by Jymn Magon (DuckTales, A Goofy Movie) and Kern Konwiser (On Hallowed Ground, Miss Evers’ Boys’), with Konwiser directing.  Production on The Return of Captain Kidd is slated to begin in early 2010.  Kip Konwiser, head of production at Gigapix, said information about two other live action movies and the CG animated movie will be announced in the next few weeks.


On your marks! The 2009 Oscar race gears up with news from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that 20 movies have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category. Under the rules for this category, a maximum of 5 features can be nominated in a year where there are at least 16 eligible movies.  Speaking of eligibility, some of the movies (*) have not yet had their required LA qualifying run.  No doubt they will.  Nominees for the 82nd Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, February 2, 2010. The 20 submitted animated features are:

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel*
  • Astro Boy
  • Battle for Terra
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • Coraline
  • Disney’s A Christmas Carol
  • The Dolphin  Story of a Dreamer*
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox*
  • Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
  • Mary and Max
  • The Missing Lynx
  • Monsters vs. Aliens
  • 9
  • Planet 51*
  • Ponyo
  • The Princess and the Frog*
  • The Secret of Kells*
  • Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
  • A Town Called Panic*
  • Up

GKids acquires the US distribution rights to the animated feature film The Secret of Kells from Irish director Tomm Moore.  The distribution deal was negotiated by Eric Beckman for GKids and Hengameh Panahi for European sales agent Celluloid Dreams.  The Secret of Kells is a France/Belgium/Ireland co-production of Les Armateurs, Viva Film, Cartoon Saloon and Franc 2 Cinema.  The movie will make its LA fun December 4-10, and will be released theatrically in the US in March 2010.

The music-centric preschool series dirtgirlworld (52×11) is set to premiere in Australia on ABC1 and ABC 2 this December 4.  A mixed live action, animation with photomontage and illustrated series, dirtgirlworld was developed by mememe productions and is a co-production with Decode Entertainment.  The series recently launched on CBeebies (UK) and CBC (Canada).  The dirtgirlworld rights are held by mememe production in Australia, where it has appointed Merchantwise to manage the publishing and retail licensing program.  In the UK, BBC Worldwide holding the UK rights, while for the rest of the world Decode Enterprises takes all TV, home entertainment and digital rights and DXK Licensing manages licensing and merchandising.

The new season of Johnny Test (26 episodes from season four) from Cookie Jar Entertainment will air on Cartoon Network begging today at 7:30p.  Additionally, Cartoon Network will premiere a new episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Friday at 9p, which features the voice of Meredith Salenger (The Journey of Natty Gann) as Jedi Barriss Offee.

Lots of folks are afraid of bees and many are allergic to their stings  but they do serve as an important part of the pollination process for our crops.  Details about the importance of bees and the declining population of honey bees are the subject of actress Tina Louise‘s new colorful kid’s book What Does a Bee Do?


The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) appoints Howard Gantman as VP/Corporate Communications.  Gantman will oversee the MPAA’s communications program form the Washington D.C. office.  He has served as a Sr. Communications Consultant with the MPAA since August.  Gantman replaces Angela Belden Martinez, who has been named Senior Advisor, Director of Outreach for Economic Development at the US Department of Commerce.  Elizabeth Kaltman, VP/Corporate Communications will continue to oversee the MPAA’s communications efforts in LA, focusing especially on content protection, movie ratings, litigation and studio relations.


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:          K2-11 1112; K6-11 475; TWEENS 9-14 339
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   870; K6-11 561; TWEENS 9-14 431
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   556; K6-11 306; TWEENS 9-14 237
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   146; K6-11 104; TWEENS 9-14   73
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data


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