Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Shaftesbury Kids presents the hilarious new movie – Vacation With Derek! – MIPCOM-R27.12

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Good morning. It’s Thursday, September 24, 2009, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

Finn Arnesen SVP and GM Original Series and International Development for Turner Broadcasting, which includes Cartoon Network, is set to leave the company.  Arnesen, who has been with Turner for 15+ years, will attend Mipcom for the company before his departure.  Arnesen has not announced his future plans other than to rest and spend more time with his kids – though the rumor mill is already churning that he could be a candidate to head BBC Children’s, currently held by Richard Deverell who exits the position in November to become COO, BBC North.  Likewise, Turner has not unveiled plans to replace Arnesen.


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Universal is looking to author/screenwriter Diablo Cody to help make high school a bit more exciting, as they ink a deal for Cody to write and produce a movie version of the Sweet Valley High book series, per Variety.  The studio is in the process of acquiring the movie rights to the property, which has 150+ titles in the series.  Created by author Francine Pascal and published by Random House, Sweet Valley High was already adapted as a live-action TV in the mid 1990s that ran in syndication and then on the UPN.


Disney XD is scaring up a month of Halloween-themed episodes of its series Zeke and Luther, Phineas and Ferb and Aaron Stone beginning Monday October 5.

Imira Entertainment enters into several new TV, publishing and home entertainment deals for the new flash animated series Sandra the Fairytale Detective (53×13), which is a co-production with TVE and DQ Entertainment.  On the TV side, Nickelodeon Asia acquires the pay-TV rights for South East Asia, while Noga Communications takes the cable, satellite and VOD rights for Israel.  Picking up the home entertainment rights for the series are Tribanda for Spain and TF1 Video in France, with DVDs set to launch in Spring 2010, in conjunction with a set of four storybooks published by Roca Editorial.  Additionally, this fall Imira is launching a Sandra the Fairytale Detective website that will promote reading.  Imira will attend both Brand Licensing Europe and Mipcom where it will be looking for further partners for Sandra the Fairytale Detective.

Independent producer Moi j’aime la television (MJTV) is packing up for MIPCOM with two new shows on its slate, a spin off from its series Genie in the House and Big Family, a co-production with French production company Big Nose.

  • Big Family (26×30) is an ensemble comedy that revolves around a 29-year-old woman who becomes a foster parent to 15 kids from a range of backgrounds.  Production on the series is set to begin in 2010.  The series will be produced in English.
  • Commissioned by Canal J (France), the Genie in the House spin-off is currently in development and will be a live-action series featuring new characters – but similar special effects.  Set to begin production in 2010, MJTV and Helion Pictures are producing.

Cookie Jar Entertainment will showcase three new programs Kung Fu Dino Posse, Doodlebops Rockin’ Road Show and Peter Pepper’s Pet Spectacular at Mipcom next month, as well as new episodes of returning series including Arthur, Johnny Test, Caillou and Magi-Nation.  Also, during the market Cookie Jar will be looking for tween-targeted, educational informative (E/I) programming for its Cookie Jar TV and This TV programming blocks, and previewing shows currently in development:

  • Kung Fu Dino Posse (40×30) – is a pre-historic comedy/action series that follows the recently thawed evil Skor going up against the newly defrosted Kung Fu Dino Posse that work to prevent Skor from destroying Megaopolis and protecting the human race.  The series is a Cookie Jar co-production with Sunwoo.
  • Doodlebops Rockin’ Road Show (52×11) – the new preschool animated series features the Doodlebops, and other characters, help kids solve preschool appropriate issues.  The series is a co-production with Argentina-based Illusion Studios and Germany’s Optix Entertainment.
  • Peter Pepper’s Pet Spectacular (52×11) – this animated preschool series focuses on the performing arts.  Peter, the impresario of the group, his friend Marianne, and their animal pals work together to put on shows.  Cookie Jar has partnered with Clockwork Zoo in its first South African-Canadian co-production.
  • Tween-targeted projects in development for its US and Canadian programming include: Mudpit (26×22) – a live-action/animated series about four teens that form a virtual band and as they become web-based rock stars they must work to balance their real and virtual lives; Abra Ca Debra (26×22) – a live action series that revolves around Cooper (15) who wants to be a famous magician and Debra (14) who is just wants to have fun as they try to make it through adolescence; Zenda (26×22) – a live action/fantasy series about a headstrong teen looking to bring order back to her world after she opens a Pandora’s Box of power that puts life as she knows it in jeopardy.
  • Preschool-targeted projects in development include: Ella the Elephant (52×11) – about a shy young elephant living with her pals in the Elephant Islands; Fury Tales (26×22) – humorous and classic stories with a canine spin; Half-Giraffe (52×11) – revolves around the jungle adventures of a giraffe named Wayne, who was born with a small neck and a big personality, and his friends.

Program Call: If your company is attending MIPCOM or MIP JR in early October with programming to sell, Cynopsis Media is producing our annual MIPCOM Shopping Guide available to all Cynopsis and Cynopsis Kids subscribers on Thursday, October 1. To have your programming included, please send 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.). To be included in this free and highly-viewed special edition, please send details to [email protected] by Friday, September 25, 2009.


Adness Entertainment enters into a licensing deal with Panini to produce and distribute stickers, sticker albums and trading cards based on Kamen Rider Dragon Knight for Latin America.  The new products are slated to be available beginning in Q4 2009 through Q1 2010.  Kamen Rider Dragon Knight is set to debut on Cartoon Network Latin America from late this year.

Summit Entertainment bites into a Burger King promotion for its new movie The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which opens November 20, 2009.  The full scope of the promotion has not been revealed – but so far the November promotion will include New Moon merchandise offers, retail coupons and collectible cards all available with purchase of a BK Burger Shots six pack meal.  Also, a series of limited edition New Moon themed BK Crown Cards featuring stars from the movie can be purchased at BK restaurants and online at  These collectable have a $5 limit that can be loaded at the restaurants.


Another new exec joins the Hasbro/Discovery Communications kid-targeted joint TV channel (name TBA), which is set to launch in fall 2010.  Industry veteran, Donna Ebbs is appointed SVP/Programming for the new channel.  Ebbs, who will report to CEO Margaret Loesch, previously served in development and production roles at ABC Family, Disney Channel and ABC TV, as well as for King World Productions, Davis Entertainment, Goodman/Rosen Productions and Hearst Entertainment.


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 927; K6-11 417; TWEENS 9-14 318
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11 759; K6-11 504; TWEENS 9-14 391
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11 477; K6-11 294; TWEENS 9-14 214
DISNEY XD:               K2-11 130; K6-11   88; TWEENS 9-14   74
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  Who was born on the eve of the Galactic Rejuvenation and Dinner Dance?  SAMANTHA STEVENS (BEWITCHED)  Kudos to: Wendy Ott/NY; Chip Beaman-Soundelux Design Music Group/Hollywood

Today’s Trivia Question:  This show premiered in primetime on this day in NBC more than 40 years ago.  It had originally aired in the afternoon on ABC.  What is the 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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