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Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Tuesday, April 28, 2009, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

Several years into their deal Sony Pictures and Aardman Features are moving forward with two Aardman Animations animated feature films, Arthur Christmas and Pirates!, per THR.  A stop-motion animated movie, Pirates! will be co-directed by Aardman co-founder Peter Lord (co-director Chicken Run with Nick Park) with Jeff Newitt.  The movie is based on the book series Pirates! (In an Adventure with Scientists) by author Gideon Defoe, who is also penning the script.  For Arthur Christmas, Aardman is teaming with Sony Pictures Imageworks to produce the CGI animated project that will be c0-directed by Sarah Smith and Barry Cook from a script by Peter Baynham (Borat).


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

This Thursday, April 30, 2009

Join Host Dana Delany, and presenters Kenneth Branagh, Tippi Hedren, Joe Mantegna,
Rene Russo, Keyshawn Johnson and Brad Garrett to celebrate this year’s honorees:
A Home for the Holidays — Breaking The Huddle — Brothers & Sisters
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition — God On Trial — Stand Up To Cancer
30 Days Whale Wars



Nickelodeon makes a programming change for the premiere of its new three-part TV movie The Fairly OddParents: Wishology (3×60).  The movie series will now debut over three consecutive nights, May 1, 2 and 3 at 8-9p.  Wishology had been set to bow over three Friday nights beginning May 1.  Featuring celebrity voice-overs including cameos by Kiss band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, as well as actors Brendan Fraser and Patrick Warburton, the movie trilogy parodies movies such as The Matrix, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars among others.  The three Wishology movie installments are separately titled The Big Beginning, The Exciting Middle Part and The Final Ending.

Cartoon Network in Asia and Australia acquires the animated series Jimmy Two-Shoes (26×30) from Breakthrough Entertainment.  A Breakthrough Animation Production, Jimmy Two-Shoes is produced in association with Teletoon (Canada) and Jetix Europe.  Broadcast deals for Jimmy Two-Shoes already includes Teletoon, Jetix US, Jetix Europe and Nickelodeon Latin America.

Chorion signs further deals for its new CGI animated series Noddy in Toyland (52×11) as well as the earlier show Make Way For Noddy.  Based on Enid Blyton’s book, this year marks Noddy’s 60th anniversary.

  • RTP (Portugal), TV2 (Norway) and MTV Oy (Finland) picked up Noddy In Toyland.  Animated by Brown Bag Films, the new series debuted in the UK on Five’s Milkshake block last week and will bow this summer on France 5’s les Zouzous.
  • Acquiring Make Way For Noddy are MTV Oy (Finland) and TVE (Spain), the latter taking the rights to all 100×10 episodes for broadcast on La 2 Clan TV. 

Edebe Audiovisual completes new agreements for its K4-8 aimed series Edebits.  Picking up the ecology-based show are RAI SAT (Italy), which is dubbed the series into Italian, Thai PBS (Thailand pubcaster) and TRT (Turkey).  Edebits revolves around a young girl named Bet, who lives in the Antarctica with her parents, and explores the ways people can use technology to help solve environmental issues including climate change, sea pollution among others.  Co-produced by RTVE (Spain), Grupo Edebe and Tiburon de Animacion in a mix of 2D and 3D animation, Edebits is currently airing in Spain on TVE’s La2.


The newly launched CPLG Canada will represent all licensing for the Strawberry Shortcake, throughout Canada.  Strawberry Shortcake, which celebrates its 30th anniversary next year, is sporting a newly updated look, which will be reflected in new products.  Fox Home Entertainment is set to launch a new full-length DVD in Canada and the US, The Strawberry Shortcake Movie: The Sky’s the Limit.  Peace Arch Entertainment is set to release Amis Pour Toujours (Happily Ever After), the 18th Strawberry Shortcake DVD in French-speaking Canada this July 2009.  Also, Treehouse (Canada) will air ten Strawberry Shortcake specials this year. Hasbro, the global master toy licensee, debuts a new line of fruit-scented Strawberry Shortcake toys, including playsets, vehicles and small dolls, in August 2009.  Additionally, CPLG Canada renews deals with top Canadian licensees Buzzerk (underwear), NTD (apparel and sleepwear) and Calego (bags).


This summer Scholastic, together with Save the Children‘s U.S. Programs and the National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University, is challenging kids to read for fun, for their team and for a good cause.  Launching on April 30th, Scholastic Summer Challenge is the home for the program and features an online community for kids, advice for parents and free teaching resources for librarians and educators.  The Summer Challenge kicks off April 30 on the site with a live game show web cast hosted by Jon Scieszka, a noted author and first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.


Disney Channel premiered its 75th original movie, Hatching Pete, on Friday, April 24 at 8p.  The movie was Friday’s top telecast of the day among K6-11 1.7 million and Tweens 9-14 1.6 million, and was cable’s most watch show in Total Viewers 4.1 million.

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Friday, April 24, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1069; K6-11 490; TWEENS 9-14 325
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   845; K6-11 558; TWEENS 9-14 438
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   379; K6-11 219; TWEENS 9-14 145
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   148; K6-11 105; TWEENS 9-14   93
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:
  Collectively, Brittney, Jeanette, and Eleanor are better known as whom?   THE CHIPETTES from Alvin & The Chipmunks  Kudos to: Bonnie Bluemke-Fisher Price/NYC; Melanie Erlbaum-Rainbow Media/Bethpage; Sara Zeglin-National Geographic Digital Media–Kids/Washington, D.C.; Stacy Hachemeister-The NPD Group/NY; David Christeson-The Marketing Store Worldwide, LP/Lombard, IL; Virginia Perry Smith-The Walt Disney Co/Glendale; Mark Gabriel -Disney Live Family Entertainment/Glendale; David McDermott/Venice, CA; Betsy Bozdech-Common Sense Media/San Francisco; Claire Wilmut-Boomstone Animation Inc./Ottawa; Maytal Nissim-Zebra TV Channels Ltd./Israel

Today’s Trivia Question: Where does Sprocket live?  (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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