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Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Tuesday, April 21, 2009, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

India-based animation studio DQ Entertainment (DQE) enters into a co-production deal for the 3D CGI animated TV series The Little Prince, which is based on author/illustrator/aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s book Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince).  DQE is co-producing the series with Method Animation, and co-production partners France 3, LLPTV (France), WDR (Germany), Sony BMG and RAI (Italy).  The series has production budget of some US$23.5 million, and DQE will receive direct co-production service cash of US$9.3 million to produce special CGI animated work.  DQE will also hold additional worldwide backend rights to The Little Prince series.


Television has the power to enlighten, create awareness and encourage positive change.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Join Kenneth Branaugh, Tippi Hedren, Joe Mantegna, Rene Russo, Keyshawn Johnson and Brad Garrett to celebrate television with a conscience and salute this year’s honorees:
A Home for the Holidays — Breaking The Huddle — Brothers & Sisters
Extreme Makeover — God On Trial — Stand Up To Cancer
30 Days Whale Wars



The second season of Nickelodeon‘s animated preschool series Ni Hao, Kai-lan launches with a week of new episodes on Nick Jr., Monday, May 11  Friday, May 15 at 11a.  Ni Hao, Kai-lan is an interactive series that helps kids learn Mandarin words and phrases and in its second season (20×30 new episodes) will delve into more age-appropriate emotional issues (e.g. separation anxiety, anger, disappointment) and how preschoolers can express and deal with their feelings.

Comcast‘s white label CDN thePlatform signed a deal with 4Kids Entertainment to manage publication and delivery of online video for many of its youth-targeted programs on 4kids.tv and 4KidsTV.com including Yu-Gi-Oh, Sonic X, Kirby and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. thePlatform also manages video for PBS Kids Sprout, Hit Entertainment and Corus Entertainment in the kids space.

SuperSecret launches SuperSecret.com, a new tween-targeted online social game where kids start at age 10 and by earning points can ‘age up’ to 18 with each ‘birthday’.  Developed with a team of kids/tweens, the site offers 20 customizable characters looks (all of which are human), lots of interactive environments and some 40 flash-based mini games, with new games available as their characters ‘age up’ over the coming months.  SuperSecret also features an in-game cell phone that shows status and location of friends and so players can leave messages for them and send gifts and share tips, as well as in-game money that can be used to purchase pets, clothing, new hair, treats and so forth.  The game is free, however, characters in the free game can’t age up beyond 12, you need a paid membership to age up further and enter other areas and features (introductory pricing $4.95/month, $19.95/6 months).  SuperSecret will also make the game available to gamers each month through distribution partnerships with Spil Games, Wild Tangent and others.

From The London Book Fair 2009

The Bright Agency announces that noted author/illustrator Sue Hendra’s latest picture book Barry the Fish with Fingers has been acquired by Simon and Schuster.

Also from London, Holland Publishing PLC, a UK-based indie publisher of kid’s books, launches its new imprint Little Star Creations. Focusing on licensed character product, Little Star Creations has already signed license deals including Bang on the Door’s Groovy Chick, Dora the Explorer, Pet Poets Club, Peppa Pig and Mr. Men with other deals pending.  Aimed at Kids 2-9, Little Star Creations will specialize in FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified kid’s publishing and other associated product including gift height charts and kid’s headphones.


Gator Group is appointed as the global licensing agent for the teen-targeted brand, Emily the Strange, which was created by artist Rob Reger.  Under the multi-year licensing deal, Gator Group will work with Reger’s company Cosmic Debris, to rollout a multifaceted, global licensing program for Emily the Strange across a range of categories (e.g. apparel, accessories, room decor, electronics and stationery).  Emily the Strange is also the star of her own Dark Horse Comics comic book series, a gift book collection by Chronicle Books and, and coming this June, a series of teen novels from HarperCollins.

Nickelodeon inks a licensing deal with Tiny Prints, an online retailer of personalized stationery.  Under the deal Tiny Prints will offer birthday party invitations and stationery designs featuring characters from Nickelodeon’s animated series, including The Backyardigans, Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, Blue’s Clues, Go, Diego, Go!, Ni Hao, Kai-lan, and The Wonder Pets.

Arthur the aardvark, and star of the PBS Kids animated series created by Marc Brown, partners with Cherrybrook Kitchen, a brand that creates allergy-friendly desserts and snacks, for Arthur branded foods for kids.  Under the deal the first product from Cherrybrook Kitchen will be Arthur Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, which is peanut-, dairy-, nut- and egg-free as well as being all natural, kosher certified and vegan.  The cookie mix packaging will also include an original story about Binky’s food allergies; a topic introduced and discussed on Arthur in an episode titled Binky Goes Nuts (2007).


Dan Tudge is appointed VP and GM/Propaganda Games, Disney Interactive Studios‘ development studio in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tudge will oversee operations of the studio, which is currently developing two unannounced games.  He will report to Mark Meyers, VP/North American production, Disney Interactive Studios.  A 13-year veteran in video game development, Tudge was most recently executive producer and project director at BioWare Corp., where he managed both the Dragon Age: Origins and Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood teams.

comScore, Inc. appoints Kenneth Tarpey as its new CFO.  Tarpey takes over the reins from John Green, who becomes EVP and head of the company’s Human Capital department.  Most recently, Tarpey served as CFO/ObjectVideo, Inc.


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Friday, April 17, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1377; K6-11 642; TWEENS 9-14 425
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   856; K6-11 596; TWEENS 9-14 502
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   399; K6-11 307; TWEENS 9-14 229
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   151; K6-11   99; TWEENS 9-14   74
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data


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