Thursday, September 15th, 2011



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Cynopsis: Kids!

Good morning. It’s Thursday, September 15, 2011, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

Amid a flurry of speculation about the possible sale of Peppa Pig owner Entertainment One to any number of suitors, the company’s Board issued a release stating, “it is considering its strategic options, which may include a sale of the Company in response to interest it has received from various parties.”  Furthermore, the Canada-based Entertainment One has appointed J.P. Morgan and Credit Suisse to coordinate the review for the board.  There is no confirmation that an offer to purchase the company will actually be made.  In addition to owning the preschool property Peppa Pig, Entertainment One holds the distribution rights for the Twilight Saga movies for the UK and Canada.  The company has a distribution rights library that includes 20,000+ film and TV titles, 2,500 hours of TV programming and 45,000 music tracks.


BBC Worldwide will showcase a number of new and returning brands to the licensing industry in London at Brand Licensing Europe ( this October 18-20, 2011.  Some of the kid properties that BBC Worldwide will debut at the market for the first time include:

  • 64 Zoo Lane – an animated series about a 7-year-old girl who lives right next door to a zoo.  The zoo animals tell her stories every night.
  • The Adventures of Abney & Teal – set to debut on CBeebies this September 26, the animated series, which features hand-drawn and painted elements, revolves around friends Abney and Teal who live on an island, in a lake, in the middle of a park that is in the center of a big city.  The two live on the island with a group of other characters.
  • Baby Jake – 11-month-old Baby Jake enjoys being the center of attention with his siblings, including his brother Isaac (he’s six) the narrator of the series and also helps interpret Jake’s every giggle.  Jake takes preschool viewers on his imaginary adventures.  Vivid is the master toy partner for the property, Egmont will publish books, and 2|entertain will release DVDs.
  • Deadly 60 – the CBBC factual animal adventure series that is hosted by Steve Backshall.
  • Lulu Zipadoo – a new animated series created by France Televisions and based on books by French author and TV host Daniel Picouly.  Set in the countryside, the series follows the adventures of an idea-filled and resourceful young tortoise named Lulu and her friends.

Jay At Play, a subsidiary of Jay Franco & Sons, appoints Entertainment Licensing Associates (ELA) to manage the licensing efforts for its kid-targeted brands including its Happy Nappers plush line, Totally Kookoo collectible plush characters, and Little Miss Muffin doll line that features dolls that can hide in a little pod.  Each of these toy properties is supported by TV advertising campaigns and will be available for private viewing in Dallas at the Jay At Play showroom.  A portion of all Happy Nappers licensing royalties from Jay At Play products goes to support the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation.


LaVar Burton, who hosted/produced Reading Rainbow, continues to help kids enjoy reading with the launch of RRKidz ( ), a free app for iPad and select Android devices.  Designed to encourage kids to learn and explore through read, RRKidz will also offer a subscription service that will feature a library of e-books curated by Burton.  Founded by Burton and co-founder/Chief Strategy Officer Mark Wolfe (Terminator 3, K-19: The Widowmaker, Kinsey), RRKidz holds global rights to the Reading Rainbow brand through a partnership with series creator and a premier PBS station, WNED-TV (Buffalo, NY).  RRKidz’s CEO is Asra Rasheed, who co-founded and served as COO of video game rental service Gottaplay, and was co-founder and President of Thumb Media Group.  Raymonds Capital, a private investment company, led the first investment round, which also includes the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a foundation devoted to education and entrepreneurship.  RRKidz’s CTO is Duc Haba, with Sangita Patel serving as President/Digital Publishing.

V&S Entertainment completes a deal for season two of the HD CGI animated preschool series Everything’s Rosie to public service broadcasters RTVE (Spain).  TRVE will feature Everything’s Rosie on its kid’s channel CLANTV, which also aired the first season.  UK-based V&S Entertainment, which both produces and distributes the series worldwide, will be offering Everything’s Rosie at Mipcom next month, where it will focus on Latin American markets.

Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) inks new deals for the live-action historical kid/family-targeted series My Place, which is produced by Matchbox Pictures.  The first season (13×24) and new second season (13×24) of My Place have been acquired by Australia Network and Pubic Broadcasting Services Malta.  Under its deal, Australia Network will broadcast the series to 44+ countries across Asia, the Pacific and Indian subcontinent.  The first season hasbeen picked up by RTP (Portugal), SVT (Sweden) and NRK (Norway).  The new second season is currently screening on ABC (Australia).  Additionally, Qantas and Qatar Airways have licensed the series as for their in-flight entertainment programs.  My Place is based on the popular Australian picture book by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins.

This month marks the debut of season four of Jalan Sesama Muppets!, the Indonesian version of Sesame Street, on KOMPAS TV, where it airs daily at 1p.  In the new season, the Jalan Sesama Muppets use their powers to help one another and those in need, as well as everyone helping to make positive changes in the neighborhood.  In addition to its early learning segments (literacy, math, social skills etc.) and representing the diversity of the region, the new season features retelling of classic fairy tales and guest star appearances by the singer Marcel, actress/host Melissa Karim, magician Valerie Lie, actor Indra Birowo, and Actress Amel Carla.  Jalan Sesama is co-produced by Sesame Workshop and Jakarta-based Creative Indigo Production.  Funding for the series is made possible by the people of the United States of America through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Lenz Entertainment is introducing the new K5-9 aimed series The Red Show, hosted by popular family-centric musician/singer Red Grammer.  Shot in 3D, the series focuses on character development and features Grammer along with ten kids as they learn about stories, scientific exploration and hear /play music.  Each episode opens with ‘Word of the Day,’the meaning of which is then explored throughout the episode in stories, music, and guests, among other things.

Canada’s Best Boy Entertainment will feature several of its series and factual series, including those aimed at kids, next month at Mipcom.  For kids, Best Boy will offer Mickey’s Farm (130×11 HD) – mixed live-action/animated preschool “fantasy-visual” series with original music.  Designed to encourage kids to try new things, ask questions, problem-solve and make new friends, the series revolves around Mickey, a real Sheltie Sheep dog, who moved to a farm with 14-year-old Megan, his best friend.

Program Call:  Cynopsis Media will be producing our annual MIPCOM Shopping Guide sent to all Cynopsis and Cynopsis Kids subscribers on Thursday, September 29, the week before MIPCOM 2011 in Cannes. If you’re exhibiting programming at MIPCOM or MIP Jr. this year, please send us only the following info for your top 5 shows: title, availability date, number of episodes, length, type (i.e., movie, series, special, etc.), genre and your terms (barter, cash, etc.) as well as your company’s stand/booth location.  To be included in this free and highly-read special edition, please send your submission to Lisa Ball at: [email protected] no later than Friday, September 23, 2011. A confirmation email will be sent following each submission from Lisa (if you don’t receive a confirmation email, please resubmit).


Delete Digital Drama, Seventeen Magazine and ABC Family‘s recently launched teen-targeted initiative to raise awareness about and combat cyberbullying, heads to Washington DC to participate in the Second Annual Federal Partners In Bullying Prevention Summit, September 21-22.  Featured during the first day of the summit will be the Using Media Campaigns to Inspire Action around Bullying panel, which will include Ann Shoket, Editor-in-Chief, Seventeen, actress Katie Leclerc (Switched at Birth), actor Tyler Blackburn (Pretty Little Liars, and Global Ambassador – Stomp Out Bullying), and Kelsey Upton (a Seventeen reader), as well as Ross Ellis, founder, Stomp Out Bullying.

Bestseller Children’s Fiction (top 10), Week of September 12, 2011: Title; Author (Publisher)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children; Ransom Riggs (Quirk)
The Power of Six; Pittacus Lore (HarperCollins)
Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life; James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illus. by Laura Park (Little, Brown)
The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles #2); Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion)
Bloodlines; Richelle Mead (Razorbill)
Darth Paper Strikes Back; Tom Angleberger (Abrams/Amulet)
The Book Thief; Markus Zusak (Knopf)
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25; Richard Paul Evans (Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink)
Thirteen Reasons Why; Jay Asher (Razorbill)
The Absolutely True Diary of a PartTime Indian; Sherman Alexie, illus. by Ellen Forney (Little, Brown).
Compiled from data received from independent and chain bookstores.
Source: Publishers Weekly


Best Boy Entertainment has appointed Robert Evans as VP/Distribution, Marketing and Interactive.  Evans will be offering the company’s properties at Mipcom in October.  Evans is a 20-year veteran of CBC, where he most recently served as Sales, Marketing and Operations Manager.


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11 818; K6-11 431; TWEENS 9-14 323
NICKELODEON:          K2-11 691; K6-11 309; TWEENS 9-14 223
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11 396; K6-11 244; TWEENS 9-14 171
DISNEY XD:               K2-11 139; K6-11 109; TWEENS 9-14   94
NICKTOONS:              K2-11   56; K6-11   40; TWEENS 9-14   31
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data



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