Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Cynopsis: Kids!

Good morning. It’s Tuesday, December 14, 2010, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

Turner Broadcasting, EMEA, inks a deal with Hasbro Studios, the production/distribution division of Hasbro, to acquire four animated series including Transformers Prime, The Adventures of Chuck and Friends, Pound Puppies and My Little Pony.  Under the deal, which begins summer 2011, Turner has the rights to air the series in the UK, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the Middle East on its kid-targeted Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Cartoonito services.  Additionally, the series will also run on Turner’s Cartoon Network Arabic in the Middle East and Boing in Spain.

Zodiak Media Group forms Zodiak Active, a new worldwide division with a mission to develop and produce digital and branded content across its various platforms.  Zodiac Active was created by meshing two of Zodiak Media Group’s existing companies, Neo Network and RDF Contact, and will be helmed by CEO Marco Ferrari (formerly CEO/Net Network) and Chairman, Giorgio Cori (CEO Zodiak Southern Europe).  Zodiak Active will partner with brands, media owners, mobile carriers and broadcasters to deliver content and multimedia services based on original concepts, as well as existing TV formats and brands from Zodiak’s network of 45 production companies.


Corus Entertainment’s YTV (Canada) will launch a new kid/family targeted Sunday movie block, Big Fun Movies, on Sunday, January 2, at 2p, with three back-to-back movies.  Hosted by Laura, each Sunday Big Fun Movies will feature three movies back-to-back (2p, 4p and 6p).  Laura, who will be featured in wrap-around segments showing off all things movie related, began her on-air career playing a new reporter on YTV’s System Crash.  The January 2 debut of Big Fun Movies will include plays of the movies Over the Hedge (2p), Ice Age (4p) and Igor (6p).  Other movies to air throughout January include Garfield Gets Real, Garfield The Movie, Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties, Muppets Treasure Island, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, The Golden Compass, The NeverEnding Story, Snow Day, The Mighty Ducks, Rugrats Go Wild, Open Season, and Open Season II.

This week marks Time Warner Cable‘s launch of Disney Channel On Demand and Disney Channel En Espanol On Demand, available to its Digital TV customers that receive Disney Channel.  This free On Demand services feature programs from current and previous seasons of Disney Channel programming.  Disney Channel On Demand and Disney Channel En Espanol On Demand will be available on the Kids On Demand channel.  Additionally, Disney Channel En Espanol On Demand will also be available on Lo Mejor On Demand, Time Warner Cable’s Spanish language On Demand channel.  At launch, Disney Channel On Demand will offer episodes of preschool series including Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny, Imagination Movers, Little Einsteins and Special Agent Oso for preschoolers, as well as episodes kid/tween series Wizards of Waverly Place, Hannah Montana, Shake It Up, The Suite Life on Deck, Good Luck Charlie, Phineas and Ferb and Fish Hooks, among others.  Disney Channel En Espanol On Demand programming includes episodes of Wizards of Waverly Place, Hannah Montana, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Good Luck Charlie, Sonny With A Chance and Phineas and Ferb.

Cookie Jar Entertainment and Netflix enter into a long-term deal to making a selection Cookie Jar’s kid-targeted animated and live-action programming available via Netflix’s instant online video streaming service in the US and Canada.  Under the deal, Netflix members in the US can now to Cookie Jar’s series Busytown Mysteries, Johnny Test, Metajets, and Strawberry Shortcake.  Meanwhile, in Canada nine titles are available, Bunch of Munsch, Caillou, Country Mouse City Mouse, Heathcliff, Horseland, Inspector Gadget, Paddington Bear, Wimzie’s House, and Zoboomafoo.  Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The second season of Dori Media Group‘s teen-targeted drama Split, about humans and vampires, is acquired by Turner Broadcasting System Latin America for its Boomerang channel in Latin America and Caribbean territories.  Under the deal, Boomerang has the rights to broadcast 45×30 episodes of Split across a number of territories including Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay.  Boomerang ran the first season of Split in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico over summer 2010.  Created by Shira Alon and Ilan Rosenfeld, the second season of Split is produced by Dori Media Darset for Hot and Noga Communications (operator of Israel’s The Children Channel).  The series was originally produced exclusive for Israeli cable platform HOT’s VOD service, eventually making its way to the kid/teen The Children Channel (Israel).

Portugal-based atxilipu acquires the TV rights for Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train for Portugal, Portuguese-speaking African Countries (Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome, and Principe and Mozambique) and East-Timor.  The CGI animated series is set to premiere on free to air channel RTP2 (Portugal) on December 18, 2010, followed by its debut on kid-targeted cable channel Canal Panda (Portugal) in January 2011.  A VOD deal is in the works.  Additionally, atxilipu also completed a licensing agency deal for Dinosaur Train for the same territories, and plans to being its licensing program efforts soon.

Program Call: Cynopsis Media will be producing our annual NATPE Shopping Guide sent to all Cynopsis and Cynopsis Kids subscribers on Thursday, January 20, the week before NATPE 2011 in Miami.  If you would like to have your programming included, 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-viewed special edition, please send your submission to [email protected] no later than Friday, January 14, 2011. A confirmation email will be sent following each submission from Lisa (if you don’t receive a confirmation email, please resubmit).


Toronto’s Heroic Interactive launches Spy Alliance ( www.spyalliance.com ), a new tween/teen-targeted free online multiplayer game.  Users can play Spy Alliance eight spay-themed mini-games (e.g. arcade, paintball games, a parkour-style slider game), while earning “Intel” points to help build their customized spy agencies or infiltrate other player’s agencies.  Players also interact with the characters from the TV series Connor Undercover, which airs around the world and is distributed by Shaftesbury Kids.  Heroic Interactive previously developed titles including How to be Indie: A Day in the Life for YTV.  Funding for Spy Alliance came from the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Canadian Media Fund and Family Channel. Development funding was also provided by Bell New Media Fund and Heroic Film Company, producer of the companion series Connor Undercover.

American Greetings Properties and Topps Europe team to release a new collection of Care Bears trading cards in Italy this coming February 2011.  The new line includes a selection of collectible ‘flocked cards’ and a collector binder, which features kid/parent activities.


Nickelodeon promotes several at its Burbank-based Nickelodeon Animation Studio.

  • Dina Buteyn is named VP/Animation Production.  A 13-year Nickelodeon veteran, Buteyn will oversee all production and development production of 2D animated programs.  She previously served as producer for several Nicktoons productions, including The Penguins of Madagascar and SpongeBob SquarePants.  She was also production manager on several Nick pilots.
  • Dean Hoff becomes VP/CG Production.  In his new position, Hoff will oversee all CG shows and the CG core animation team.  Since joining the studio he has helped produce Nick’s The Penguins of Madagascar, Fanboy and Chum Chum, Planet Sheen and the new Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.  Hoff previously served as Director/CG Production and Producer for the studio.
  • Jason Stiff is upped to VP/Post Production.  Overseeing of the entire post production process, Stiff will work with external vendors, the editorial, sound, production and CG teams for all series.  Stiff had been Sr. Director, responsible for post production for Nick and Nick Jr. animated series.  In addition to all the Nick animated series he has worked on since 1997, he also worked on animated projects for Nick at Nite, TV Land and Spike.

Video game publisher Majesco Entertainment names Christina Glorioso to the newly created position of CMO.  She will oversee all brand management, creative, media and marketing efforts, as well as helping define and steer the company strategic direction.  Glorioso joins the company from Viacom, where she most recently served as VP/Marketing, MTV Games.  She previously worked in marketing and sales for Clear Channel Entertainment (now Live Nation) and SFX Sports.


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Friday, December 10, 2010, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1070; K6-11 502; TWEENS 9-14 362
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   984; K6-11 585; TWEENS 9-14 467
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   404; K6-11 243; TWEENS 9-14 190
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   169; K6-11 121; TWEENS 9-14   78
NICKTOONS:              K2-11     83; K6-11   59; TWEENS 9-14   51
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data


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Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia:   What was it Jan Brady was allergic to?  TIGER’S (THE DOG) FLEA POWDER Kudos to:  Jennifer Wirchansky-Active Int’l/NY; Mara Anastas-Simon & Schuster/NY; Michael Ratliffe-TV One/Maryland; Jim Brown-WWE Classics on Demand/Stamford; Bob Cavellier-Bakery Crafts/West Chester; Rosemary Cunningham-MMT Cox Reps/Chicago; Katherine Kaufman-Televix Entertainment/Beverly Hills

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  JOB OPENING: SENIOR COORDINATOR, TRAFFIC/SIRIUS XM Radio/NYC: Handle copy assignments, manage daily format changes against traffic logs. 2-3 yrs traffic exp req’d. EOE/M/F/D/AAP. Apply at http://www.sirius.com/careers (12/21)

JOB OPENING: MARKETING COORD/iN DEMAND/NYC: Support planning/execution of on-air/online & off-channel marketing plans. Degree in Mktg/Advert & 1+ yr exp with media preferred. Apply: [email protected] (12/21)

JOB OPENING: DIR, PRGRMNG & DVLPMNT/GAC/NASH TN: Dvlp prgrmng concepts for internal/external prod . 7 yrs hands-on TV prod exp in variety of formats (studio, field, mag, doc, etc) Full info/ apply: www.scrippsnetworks.com #2034 (12/18)

JOB OPENING: DIG SALES PLAN’R/ACCT MGR/NBC/NYC: Mng daily partner relationships & sales processes to gty Sales team hits rev goals. Cover all dig brands across NBCU. Apply: http://www.nbcunicareers.com/ Job ID# 1286227 (12/18)

JOB OPENING: ASSOCIATE MEDIA DIR/PHD Media/NY: Lead a media planning team in strategy development & overall administration of client media needs for a major entertainment client. Send resumes to: [email protected] (12/18)

JOB OPENING: DOCUMENTARY PRODUCERS/EDITORS/COORD/LA: Producers needed w/strong story/journalism skills for doc series. Exp Coord/editors also needed. Reply w/pos in subject line to jobs@ luminantmedia.com www.luminantmedia.com (12/18)

JOB OPENING: SCORING TICKER PRODUCER/GOLF Channel/ORLANDO: 5+ yrs in stats & graphics exp. preferable/strong writing skills/Sports knowledge required. Resumes @ [email protected]  Comcast EEO/AA/Drug Free Workplace (12/17)

JOB OPENING: RESEARCH ANALYST/Fuse/NY:  Create custom presentations to support all Ad Sales efforts. Strong data comm skills req’d. 2+ yrs exp w/Nielsen Toolbox & syndicated research systems. Rez to [email protected] “RA” in sub (12/17)

JOB OPENING: DIRECTOR, TRADE MKTG/Syfy Network/NYC: Responsible for directing all stages of strategic develop., creative execution, & production involved in marketing Syfy to the advertising community NBCunicareers .com Req# 1287863 (12/17)

JOB OPENING: CNBC.COM INVENTORY MGR/NBC/NYC:  Resp for processing inv related requests determine inv levels/usage patterns; coord w/sales planning team in discussing allocation & pricing considerations. www.Nbcunicareers.com Job#1280400 (12/17)

JOB OPENING: ACCT EXEC AFFILIATE DIST/GSN/NY:  BA/BS 3+years exp cable network. Relationships w/ MSO’s. Heavy Travel. Send res + CL to [email protected]   (12/17)

JOB OPENING: SLS AC/BBC/NYC:  Work w/ internal & external contacts to provide sales support, internal reporting & agency coordination. Excellent communication skills. apply: www.bbcamerica.com/employment.jsp (12/17)

JOB OPENING: ACCOUNT MNGR SLS/BBC/NYC: Gen rev & deliver to target, dev rltnshps & biz w/ agencies/clients. Must know US media landscape. Apply: www.bbcamerica.com/employment.jsp (12/17)

JOB OPENING: SNR MGR IT/BBC/NYC: Key contact for staff, lead dev of tech strat, support biz units, maintain systems. www.bbcamerica.com/employment.jsp to apply (12/17)

JOB OPENING: OPS MGR/BBC/NYC:  Manage workflow b/w CS team & Tech Services, ensure delivery of assets and compliance of CS edit systems, software versions & media management. To apply: www.bbcamerica.com/employment.jsp (12/17)

JOB OPENING: FREELANCE JR WEB DESIGNER/BBC/NYC: Dev & maintain internal & external web designs. To apply: www.bbcamerica.com/employment.jsp (12/17)

JOB OPENING: EDITORIAL DIR/BBC/NYC:  Drive strategic direction of CS team, provide feedback on scripts/pieces. To apply: www.bbcamerica.com/employment.jsp (12/17)

JOB OPENING: DIR COMMUNICATIONS/Miami:  cover all channel activity in Latam, position channel in consumer & trade press, event org etc. Must have exp in Latam & media industry. To apply: www.bbcamerica.com/employment.jsp (12/17)

JOB OPENING: CREATIVE ASST/BBC/LA: Provide research, creative concept dev & artwork for new projects/games. Apply: www.bbcamerica.com/employment.jsp (12/17)

JOB OPENING: ASSOC VP MRKTNG/BBC/NYC/BBC:  Lead mrktng for BBCA, manage 4 ppl, determine & Deliver mrktng strat. 5-10 yrs exp, strong communication skills. Apply: www.bbcamerica.com/employment.jsp (12/17)
JOB OPENING: AFFILIATE SALES ASST/NYC/BBC:  Sales support/admin. Learn ropes of affiliate sales and media industry. Must be detail oriented and highly motivated. Apply: www.bbcamerica.com/employment.jsp (12/17)

JOB OPENING:   SR DIGITAL MARKETING MGR/Music Choice/NY:  Develop online mktng/social media strategy and execute online/social/mobile mktng programs for Music Choice. 6+ years online mktng exp. required. http://tinyurl.com/2esubou (12/17)

JOB OPENING: SALES PLANNER/NYC:  All planning facets of media campaign orders, update plans/customize presentations, send materials,order input,reconcile contract/order discrepancies, steward accounts [email protected] (12/16)

JOB OPENING: MKTG SOLUTIONS MANAGER/G4/LA: Job respond. include ideation and execution of multi-platform integration/sponsorship programs. 3-4 yrs exp. in TV mktg/ad sales. Expert in PowerPoint. Apply  [email protected] (12/16)

JOB OPENING: ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE/TV Guide Online/NY: AE w/5+ yrs digital ad sales exp a must. Multi-platform sales exp preferred. Competitive salary commensurate w/ exp & excellent benefits program [email protected] (12/16)

JOB OPENING: PROD COORDINATORS/SpeakeasyFX: Need 2 strng coordntrs for anim. series-1 to trck notes &1 to trck scenes as they move thru studio.Must have strng MS Office skills;Animation exp a must. Apply: [email protected] (12/15)

JOB OPENING:  DIR, MERCHANDISE/New York:  Increase revenue by optimizing e-commerce mktg & merchandising online stores. Apply: www.aetn.com/careers https://www.abso.com/jobboard/Default.aspx?JOBBOARDID=618&JobDetail=82748 (12/15)

JOB OPENING:  PROMOTION MGR-ONLINE/Disney Interactive CHI: A track rec translating mktg + promo objectvs into results 4 advrtsrs. 4+yrs heavy mktg/promo exp w/2+ yrs online a MUST. Strong pres. Skills a must.  [email protected] (12/15)

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SITUATION WANTED:  EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT position film/tv (NY) 10 years experience: Interned for a President, Executive Assistant to SVP/VP/film director/celebrity [email protected] (12/17)

SITUATION WANTED: Dedicated & Experienced ADV. SALES PLANNER (NY) Sales proposals, resolving client discrepancies, quarterly post analysis, special sales service projects, expert computer skills. Contact- [email protected] (12/17)

SITUATION WANTED: NEED A BUDGET DONE?? LINE PROD/EIC – 10+ yrs. exp- budgets done in all formats TV & Features Accurate, Reasonable fast turnaround. Email:  [email protected] (12/16)

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