Tuesday, December 20th, 2005



Cynopsis: Kids!



Good morning. It’s Tuesday, December 20, 2005, and this is your first early morning Kids! briefing.

Fox Filmed Entertainment has established a new division to develop movies and as well as other forms of entertainment, specifically targeted to teen/young adult audience.  Lead by Peter Rice, who will also maintain his role as President/Fox Searchlight, the new teen/young adult unit, yet to be named, will produce or acquire as many as 8 movies per year with budgets in the $20m range and in every genre.  Knowing what we know about teens and young adults and where they are currently getting their entertainment fixes, Fox Filmed Entertainment will smartly also look to produce content specifically designed to be distributed via the internet as well as to mobile phones/devices.


Cable network Fuse has ordered 7 full-length episodes of Empire Square, an animated series based on a series of UK shorts created by Dave Rowntree, Ant Cauchi and Lloyd Salmons.  The series kicks off on January 25 at 11p, but you can catch a sneak preview on December 24 at midnight.

Infogrames Entertainment, through its subsidiary Atari Interactive Inc., has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with the EuropaCorp Group for the development, publishing and distribution of videogames based on film director/writer Luc Besson’s four volume fantasy/adventure book series, Arthur and the Minimoys.  The 2D/3D/live-action movie adaptation of Arthur and the Minimoys is currently in production and features a voice-cast including David Bowie, Madonna, and Snoop Dogg as well as the fabulous Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory) as Arthur.  The movie boasts a budget $85m, the largest for a European animated film ever and is slated for release in December 2006.  At the same time the videogame is in development for PS2, PSP, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, and the PC, and is slated for European release simultaneously with the film at the end of 2006.  The PS2 and PC versions of Arthur and the Minimoys are in production with Etranges Libellules, creator of animated games such as Asterix XXL and Kirikou. The PSP, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance versions are also currently in development.

Dora and her cousin Diego will take-off on an Arctic adventure on a new episode of Dora the Explorer called To the South Pole, which premieres on Nick Jr. on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 16, at 130p.  To The South Pole airs as part of the Journey to The Center of Adventure marathon (9a-2p), featuring episodes of Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go!  Nick Jr.’s Martin Luther King Day marathon includes the Dora the Explorer the Pirate Adventure (1hr), followed by alternating episodes of Go Diego, Go! and Dora the Explorer, and concluding with To the South Pole.


Oregon Scientific, a consumer electronics company, has been awarded rights to the educational laptop license from Warner Bros. Consumer Products on behalf of DC Comics. As a result, Oregon Scientific will create the Superman Laptop Advance.  The release of the Superman Laptop Advance will coincide with the release of Warner Bros.’ upcoming feature film Superman Returns, scheduled for summer 2006.  Last year, Oregon Scientific produced the Batman Power Wing Laptop.  Targeted to K5+, Oregon Scientific’s Superman Laptop Advance will feature activities in math, logic, memory and spelling, as well as 30 activities in each English and Spanish.  Waving a hand over the lid of the device will trigger the Superman song and will open the lid.  Tech wise the laptop will feature an internal antenna, QWERTY keyboard and LCD screen.  A laptop targeted to K3+ will also be introduced it will feature eight learning activities and an ALPHA keyboard.

Hit Entertainment will kick off Barney Live! The Let’s Go Tour 2006 the weekend of January 21 & 22, in Mobile, Alabama.  So far the tour includes stops in 14 US cities taking the tour through to March, with more cities expected to be added as the tour proceeds.

Cyberchase launches Super Cyberchase Science, a month-long TV-web event for February 2006, on PBS Kids Go!.  The initiative links 20 episodes of the math/mystery animated series to online resources that show kids how math can be used to explore science.  The website will provide further support for the math/science connection by offering a range of materials for kids, parents and teachers, including Project Starters and games that tie-in to the episodes.  Super Cyberchase Science features four theme weeks: How Things Work; Measuring Up; Making Predictions; and Puzzling Patterns.  Additionally, through a partnership with the National Engineering Foundation, engineers will visit schools and community centers across the country using specially created Cyberchase Science Kits.  PBS will work through its community outreach programs to use the Cyberchase materials to work with kids nationwide.  Intel Corporation will also use the Cyberchase Math in Science & Engineering Activity Guide with their partners to get kids thinking and excited about math and science.  Affiliates of Girls Inc., Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Children’s Aid Society, and other after-school groups, libraries, museums and science centers across the nation will also tap Cyberchase’s programs and activities associated with this new initiative.


GameStop Corp. has upped Steven R. Morgan to President/GameStop.  Morgan has most recently been President/Stores-North America, Electronic Boutique and President/Electronics Boutique Canada.  Electronics Boutique merged with GameStop on October, 2005.  GameStop Corp. operates 4,400+ retail stores throughout the US, Austria, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK, as well as e-commerce web properties, GameStop.com and EBgames.com, and Game Informer magazine.

Nic Garner has been appointed Head of Development & Production, Synergenix, a European subsidiary of mobile entertainment publisher Kayak Interactive.  Garner will oversee in-house and third-party development and production content for Kayak’s European operations.  Prior to joining Kayak/Synergenix, Garner served as VP/Production and Head of Studios for mForma and was responsible for games such as Universal Monsters Dracula, Call of Duty and Vir2L Studios’ Ducati Extreme.

Answer to yesterday’s trivia question:
  With all of the Charlie Brown movies airing lately, this seems fitting to ask. Out of the Charlie Brown bunch of Peanuts, who refers to whom as “Sir”?  MARCI  REFERS TO PEPPERMINT PATTI       Kudos to: Mindy Bloom-Ronald McDonald House/Winston Salem NC; Fred Petrosino-HAI/NY; Michael Hawkins-Promodoctors; Dana Lambros-Scott/NY; Rick Dillow-Watch This Kids News/Virginia Beach VA; Marleigh Norton-Salt Lake City UT; Barb Throm-Smart Media/St Louis; Jana Craige Singer-Big Blue Dot; Sue Barrett-Determined Productions/Chicago; Rita Bonnell-Illig-RBI Assoicates/Grenada Hills CA; Chris D’Angelo-Leap Frog; Christy Carmichael-KTLA/LA; David Pearlman-Disney ABC Networks/Burbank

Today’s Trivia Question Today: In this film, the Arnold has set out to find Turbo Man, but keeps getting side tracked by an annoying postal worker.  What film was this? (click here with your answer and be sure to include your name, company, city and time zone with your answer. 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 Billings for Cynthia Turner’s Cynopsis Kids!
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