Thursday, October 8th, 2009


Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Thursday, October 8, 2009, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing. 

Henry Selick (Coraline, James and the Giant Peach, The Nightmare Before Christmas) will not renew his deal with Laika, the Oregon-based animation studio that where he wrote, directed, designed and produced Coraline (2/6/09) and the short-film Moongirl, per The Oregonian.  You may recall that Laika laid-off 60+ of its CG animation artists in September.  Selick will continue to work closely with Laika and Coraline distributor Focus Features to continue to promote the movie during the forthcoming awards season.  Coraline is based on the eponymous book by author Neil Gaiman.  The studio, established by Nike co-founder Phil Knight after acquiring Will Vinton Studios in 2003, opened its doors in 2005 with the mission of developing both stop motion and CG animated feature films as well as content for other outlets.  Selick joined Laika in 2004.  Earlier this year, Laika named Travis Knight as President and CEO, he was a lead animator on Coraline and had also toiled for Vinton Studios, and also appointed Claire Jennings as President/Entertainment, she was a producer on Coraline and Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit among other projects.


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Multi-talented Neil Patrick Harris takes on his most evil role ever in a new episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold premiering on Cartoon Network, Friday, October 23 at 7:30p.  The episode, a half-hour pop-rock opera titled Mayhem of the Music Meister!, Harris lends his voice to the new villain – The Music Meister – who has it in for Gotham City.  The episode features an original score composed by Dynamic Music Partner’s Kristopher Carter, Michael McCuistion and Lolita Ritmanis, with lyrics written by Michael Jelenic and James Tucker.  Season two of Batman: The Brave and the Bold debuts on Cartoon Network on Friday, October 16 at 7:30p.

In other Cartoon Network news, its Adult Swim block will premiere the much-anticipated season four of the animated series The Ventures Bros. on Sunday, October 18 at midnight.

Scholastic launches a new non-fiction Greek mythology-centric book series, Mythlopedia.  Targeted to K5-9, Mythlopedia is designed to attract digitally obsessed students to explore the world of Greek mythology by offering a modern online-like spin.  The books feature “LOL profiles” of specific characters laid out similarly to a social network profile page, as well as personality quizzes for characters for some characters, in addition to original illustrations pictures of art and antiquities and, of course, educational information.  The first titles in the Mythlopedia look-it-up guidebooks are Oh My Gods! (gods), She’s All That (goddesses), What a Beast (beasts) and All in the Family (heroes and mortals).


German producer neue deutsche Filmgesellschaft (ndF) and German distributor Beta Film are partnering to launch a joint kid/youth-targeted company, Wunderwerk.  Beta Film will distribute the Wunderwerk productions internationally under its new label WunderboxFrank Piscator is named GM of Wunderwerk; he is also responsible for kid’s and youth productions at ndF.  Upcoming Wunderwerk projects showcased at Mipcom include:

  • The Wild Soccer Bunch (13×22), an animated series based on books by Joachim Masannek.  The story revolves around the toughest and most dangerous football tourney in the world as well as the things that are important to kids (e.g. friendship, trust, betrayal, jealousy and hope).
  • Princess Lillifee (1×70, 26×11) – includes a second feature film as well as a TV series, which revolve around the popular pink fairy with the big heart, Princess Lillifee.
  • Tiger Team – The Mountain of 1,000 Dragons (1×90, 26×11) – a live-action movie and animated TV series based on author Thomas Brezina’s books about three kid detectives, which are popular with K6-9.
  • Also on Wunderwerk’s slate: an animated version of Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute (1×70); The Little Medic (1×70) a 3D animated feature that journeys through the human body and is based on the book by Dietrich Gronemeyer; Trenk, The Little Knight (13×22) – based on the author Kirsten Boie’s book, the series is set in the Middle Ages and follows a peasant boy, and his piglet pal, who wants to become a knight.
  • Wunderbox, which also distributes third-party kid-targeted projects, is at the market showcasing: the animated series Chi-Ro – The Secret (26×11, 1×90); Little Dodo (26×5); The Three Investigators and the Secret Terror Castle (1×97) based on the Three Investigators book series.

CBBC (UK) is set to launch Kindle Entertainment‘s new live-action comedy Jinx (13×22) on Saturday, October 31.  Based on the Lulu Baker book trilogy by Fiona Dunbar, which follow the adventures of a modern-day teenage Cinderella, Lulu, played Amber Beattie (The Boy in the Striped Pajamas).  Lula is a typical teen, but with a magical cookbook that allows her to cast spells on people and conjure things into existence, but she also has to deal with Cookie, a meddling imp that is the guardian of the book and who is the jinx. The series will air weekly on award-winning CBBC and will also be available via Red Button and iPlayer.  Jinx was shot at the BBC’s Oxford Road Studios in Manchester. Little Portman, a division of Digital Rights Group, will handle distribution and international sales for Jinx.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Zinkia complete new TV deals in the US and Asia for the animated kid’s series Pocoyo:  In the US Univision acquires the Spanish-language version of seasons one and two of Pocoyo and the Pocoyo Space Circus Special for its Planeta U programming block; WGBH Boston, which has acquired season one and two for English speaking syndication for the American Public Television (APT) market; while Playhouse Disney has re-licensed the first two seasons for broadcast across Asia.

Minimax, a Central-European cartoon channel and unit of Chellomedia, picks up the exclusive rights to the educational animated seires My Friend Boo in a deal with Business Solutions Europa.  Under the two-year deal, Minimax will feature the K5-8 aimed series in The Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Moldova, Montenegro and Kosovo.  My Friend Book is co-funded by the European Commission and produced by indie producers, schools from six countries and a range of animations, and follows the adventures of three kids and the magical toy they bring to life, Boo.  The agreement will also see Minimax create local language teaching materials base on the series for use in school.  The series will be available from June 2010.


RealGames, a division of RealNetworks, and Summit Entertainment release a new mobile game based on the movie, you guessed it, Twilight.  Created by RealGames’ Finland-based studio Mr. Goodliving studio, Twilight: The Movie Game ( is available to AT&T wireless customers and will be available via other wireless carriers in North American and Europe later this month.  Yes fans, the game also features questions about the second movie in the series, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which opens November 20, 2009.

BabyTV and Fox Home Entertainment introduce My First Years Library, its first DVD collection in Latin America.  The DVD library, which is available in Spanish, Portuguese and English, launched in Mexico at retailers including Walmart, Costco, Soriana and Sam’s Club, and in Brazil at retailers such as Carrefour, FNAC, Saraiva among others.  Both launches are backed by endorsements, ad campaigns, online campaigns, activities at online parenting sites, promotions on Fox channel, deals with Heinz baby food, and in-store events featuring BabyTV’s Butterfly mascot.


Correction: Family Circle magazine actually has a circulation of 3.8 million.


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Tuesday, October 6, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 987; K6-11 407; TWEENS 9-14 283
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11 906; K6-11 603; TWEENS 9-14 443
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11 459; K6-11 273; TWEENS 9-14 207
DISNEY XD:               K2-11 128; K6-11   78; TWEENS 9-14   62
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data


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