Tuesday, August 7th, 2007


“KEWLOPOLIS” on CBS Saturday Mornings reaches girls and boys in Fall 2007!

·  New Series Include All-New “Care Bears:  Adventures in Care-A-Lot™,” “Sushi Pack™” And “Dino Squad™”
·  “Strawberry Shortcake™” To Make Network TV Debut
·  Returning Series Include “Cake™” And “Horseland™”

For one-stop shopping of your kids TV, online and print needs,
contact DIC’s Dave Danowski at (212) 239-4437

·  Also, check out DIC’s new online cartoon community www.KEWLStudio.com (Coming Soon) and tween-targeted music & fan magazine “KEWL” www.Kewlmag.com

Cynopsis: Kids!



Good morning. It’s Tuesday, August 7, 2007 and this is your first early morning briefing. 

The Weinstein Company (TWC) has established a $285 million fund to fully finance the development, production, acquisition, marketing and distribution of Asian-themed projects, including some 21 movies and 10 direct-to-video titles, over the next six years.  Among the projects, which will mostly be filmed in Asia and explore the culture there, will be a live action adaptation of Mulan, a remake of The Seven Samurai, Shanghai – a WWII action/adventure movie, and a trio of English-language movies from producer Tony Krantz and co-director Andrew Lau. And Forbidden Kingdom starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, directed by Rob Minkoff and which will be co-released by TWC with Lionsgate in the US, UK, Spain, France and Latin America.


Sony Pictures Animation’s new animated short The ChubbChubbs Save Xmas makes its way to select movie theaters August 8, debuting before TriStar’s new movie Daddy Day Camp.  A follow-up to Sony Pictures Imageworks’ The ChubbChubbs!, the 2003 Oscar winning animated short film, The ChubbChubbs Save Xmas features the voices of Jeffrey Tambor (as Santa) as well as Brad Simonson (Meeper) and Jeff Wolverton (the ChubbChubbs).  Both The ChubbChubbs Save Xmas and The ChubbChubbs! will be included on the Sony Pictures Home Entertainment release of the animated movie Surf’s Up, which set to drop on October 9, 2007, on DVD, Blu-ray and PSP.

The Wumblers, the preschool animated series, will bow this fall on both Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and Smile of A Child Network as part of a deal between The Giddy Gander Company LLC and TBN.  The series will air Saturday mornings on TBN at 8:30a from September 1, 2007, and on Smile of A Child Network on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10a beginning September 10, 2007.  Laura J. Wellington, who also serves as the CEO of Giddy Gander, created The Wumblers.

Dolphin Entertainment inked deals with Mexico’s Televisa, Ecuador’s Ecuavisa, and Spain’s Antena 3 for its live-action tween targeted series Zoey 101.  The 30-minute comedy series, first launched in 2005, already airs in more than 100 territories.

The great thing about back-to-school season is that I am not the one going back to school, and this year the second great thing is that WGBH Boston Video is set to release the Degrassi High – The Complete Series on DVD October 9, 2007.  The third show in the Degrassi TV series, Degrassi High – The Complete Series release includes all 28 episodes from seasons one and two, featuring all the teen angst you can stand, including the controversial (at least in the US) pregnancy episodes.  Also included in the release is the Degrassi special School’s Out! (90-minutes), which follows the friends during the summer after graduation as they prepare to go their own ways.  There will be a bunch of added extras on the DVD as well such as Degrassi High pop quizzes, computer wallpaper and materials for teachers.  The DVD runs 14-hours and will run $49.95.  Wait a second now – I was told there would be no math!


Pokemon USA, Inc., will release the Pokemon Trading Figure Game (TFG) in the US on September 19, 2007.   The first set of figures released will include 40+ Pokemon characters and Trainer figures; while select booster sets will include Pokemon from the recent Pokemon Trading Card Game: Diamond & Pearl release.  The Pokemon TFG is aimed at players aged eight and older.  Kaiyodo Co., a well-known Japanese manufacturer of plastic models, sculpted the figures.


The Weinstein Company has named Asian film executive David Lee as EVP/Asian Operations.  Lee will oversee TWC’s new Asian Film Fund (see top of edition).  He will report to Co-President/Production Michael Cole and Boy and Harvey Weinstein.  Lee has served in various roles as an advisor to a range of media companies in Asia.  He played a key role in structuring the deal for the upcoming US co-production movie Forbidden Kingdom, which wills star Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

Thomas K. Hoekzema will join Scholastic as SVP/Operations effective September 4, 2007.  Hoekzema will be responsible for Scholastic’s Jefferson City, Missouri based National Service Organization, which handles warehouse operations, distribution, and customer service, as well as overseeing logistics operations.  He will report to Maureen O’Connell, EVP/Chief Administrative Officer/CFO.  Hoekzema takes over some responsibilities from Beth Ford, SVP/Global Operations and Information Technology, who will exit the company next month to become EVP and COO, Hachette Book Group USA.  O’Connell will now directly oversee IT, manufacturing, and supply chain operations.  Most recently, Hoekzema was SVP/ Operations, Direct Holding Worldwide, where he managed an operations center for Time Life Music & Books and Lillian Vernon among others.  Previously served as SVP/Operations for BMG Direct and President and CEO of its BeMusic Services division.

mun2 has named Sara Kantathavorn as Director/Talent & Artist Relations.  Kantathavorn will manage music initiatives and industry relationships with record companies, artists, publishers, and managers in addition to booking artist appearances and helping to develop marketing campaigns, strategies, and promotions.  She will also be involved in music programming choices across all mun2 programming and dayparts.  Based in LA, Kantathavorn will partner with production, music programming and marketing and press and will report to Flavio Morales, VP/Programming.  Most recently, Kantathavorn was a senior publicist with Platform Public Relations.  Previously she worked in talent and media related roles for ABC/Touchstone, MTV and Nickelodeon.


The premiere of Nickelodeon’s Drake & Josh: Really Big Shrimp TV movie on Friday, August 3, 8-9p, delivered the network its largest TV movie audience ever with 5.8 million Total Viewers and 2.3 million Tweens 9-14.  Really Big Shrimp supplanted Nickelodeon’s previous TV movie record holder Drake & Josh Go To Hollywood (January 6, 2006) with an increase of 6% among total viewers and 4% in the Tween category.  Online at the Drake & Josh movie special TV site on Nick.com, the site has generated more than 1.7 million page views since its bow on July 27.




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Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:
Gloop and Gleep are two ghost like creatures from what late 1960’s cartoon series?  THE HERCULOIDS   Kudos to:  Michael Portney-SMART-4-Kidz/NY; Earl Dozier-Boardroom, Inc./Stamford, CT; Cassel Kroll-The Lexicomm Group/NY; Bobbee Glaser-Royaltie$ Toys & Family Entertainment/NY; Jim Smith-First Data Remitco/Dallas; Robin Winslett-GJR Entertainment, LLC/Alvin, TX; Obie Scott Wade-ObieCo Entertainment, Inc./Long Beach, CA; Matt Wayne-The Spectacular Spider-Man/Culver City, CA; Michele Hoebink-DIRECTV/El Segundo, CA; Sam Ewing-Cartoon Consultants Group/Burbank; Lee Williams-Boomstone Animation Inc./Ottawa 

Today’s Trivia Question: In the 2001 movie A.I (Artificial Intelligence) what does the boy robot eat which causes him to malfunction?   (Click here 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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