Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Cynopsis: Kids!

Good morning. It’s Tuesday, December 6, 2011, and this your first early morning briefing.

UK-based kids/family entertainment company Coolabi completes its US $7.7 million management buyout funded by Edge Performance, a venture capital group specializing in entertainment and media.  Earlier this year it was reported that this was a takeover, but Edge has in fact partnered with Coolabi’s CEO, Jeremy Bands, and the rest of the Coolabi management team, for the buy-out and to take the company private.  The buy-out was made through North Promotions, a company funded by Edge.  Under the deal, which has been “declared unconditional in all respects,” will see Coolabi de-list from London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM).  The deal will give Coolabi access to significant additional funds, beginning with an initial $1.6 million, to invest in its current portfolio of properties, develop new ones and acquisitions too.  The board will comprise Jeremy Banks as CEO, Gordon Power as Chairman, Tim Ricketts as Finance Director and William Harris as Non-Executive Director. Coolabi’s management team will remain in place with Michael Dee as Director/Content, Zoe Scurfield as Head/Development & Production and Natasha Dyson as Head/Licensing.


Sticky Pictures (Me & My Monsters, Pearlie, Dennis & Gnasher), Kyla May Productions and Brown Bag Films (The Octonauts, Olivia, Noddy in Toyland) are teaming up to co-develop and co-produce the new tween-targeted animated comedy Dream Factory (52×12).  The series revolves around Tommy Winks, an apprentice to the Sandman who is learning to master the art of dream making at the dream-making studio in the clouds making some mischief and mayhem along the way.  Each night Tommy must put on a showstopper of an experience that puts his audience to sleep and keeps the bad dreams away.  Dream Factory is created and designed by creative director and designer Kyla May (Smirk, Flea-Bitten, Kyla May Missbehaves, SheZow).  The series will be produced by Australia’s Sticky Pictures and Irish animation studio Brown Bag Films.  The Dream Factory has been developed with the assistance of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.


Nickelodeon teams with Exhart, a garden decor manufacturer, to create a line of garden products featuring Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants.  The new line, which will include garden stakes, statuary, wind chimes and other accessories, is slated to be available at retail for fall 2012.

HIT Entertainment appoints Techno Source, a division of LF Products and part of Li & Fung, as a toy licensee for Barney.  Under the deal Techno Source will create a line of Barney toys including plush, play sets, and figurines that will be available in the US and Canada from spring 2012.  Barney can be seen on PBS Kids and Sprout in the US and Treehouse TV in Canada, with episodes also available for download via iTunes.

The Jim Henson Company inks a licensing deal with Rail Events to conduct live events based on its PBS Kids preschool series Dinosaur Train.  The Dinosaur Train themed events, including Tyrannosaurus Rex Buddy, will leave the station beginning in summer 2012 and visit tourist railroads and railroad museums across the US and Canada.

SMC Entertainment (SMC), the new entertainment and brand management division of consumer products manufacturer Sun-Mate Corporation, will showcase the CGI animated property The Jungle Book (52×11 and 1×60 special) at both Kidscreen Summit and American Toy Fair in February 2012.  SMC acquired all North American TV, Home Entertainment, licensing and merchandising rights, as well as all promotional rights, to the new K3-8 targeted TV series The Jungle Book and special from DQ Entertainment International.  Additionally, SMC also acquired the master toy rights for The Jungle Book for Australia and New Zealand and licensing and merchandising rights for South Africa.  Lisa Streff, SMC’s new SVP/Licensing, will lead the way in developing new partnerships for The Jungle Book across all toy categories.  Based on the classic stories by author Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book TV series is produced by DQ Entertainment, and co-produced with ZDF Group Germany, Moonscoop and TF1, France.  Global Home Entertainment partners include NBC Universal for the UK, France, Australia, New Zealand and Japan and Sony Pictures Entertainment and other partners.


February 11-13

Little Airplane Productions is accepting applications for a unique workshop taught by accomplished preschool TV veterans on each step of creating a high-quality preschool series. Topics include Writing, Pitching, Legal, Design, Music, Directing, Producing, Distribution and more. A panel of noteworthy Children’s TV broadcasters will be on hand to discuss pitching to a network. 

Limited to 25 participants. Contact Tone Thyne: [email protected] .


Atlantic recording artist, Australian teen Cody Simpson, comes to town help The Wish Factory launch his new dolls at an event at Toys “R” Us Times Square this Thursday, December 8 at 3p.  The doll line includes two Cody fashion dolls, both stand 11.5 inches and feature his sculpted hair (surfer style), sunglasses, shoes, microphone, guitar pick and lanyard, with one doll featuring a Gold Coast tee and khakis, and the other dons a denim jacket and black pants.  The Cody Simpson dolls will be available at the retailer’s stores nationwide as well as via www.toysrus.com .


Sprout celebrates the holidays with a range of programming, including an appearance by Sesame Street’s Elmo, live on The Sunny Side Up Show on Tuesday, December 13 at 9a-12n.  As always, Sprout will also host its Snooze-a-Thon, beginning Christmas Eve at 6p through Christmas morning at 6a, which features hosts Nin and Star from The Good Night Show catching some sleep comfortably on set, along with clips of characters from other series doing the same.  Sprout’s other holiday programming plans feature:

  • The network will feature a holiday-themed movie every Tuesday evening at 6p (encores on Friday afternoons) through December beginning today: Caillou’s Happy Holidays (December 6); Barney’s Christmas Star (December 13); Elmo’s World: Happy Holidays (December 20).
  • Sprout will also feature two holiday movie marathons Elmo’s Movie Merry-Thon Friday, December 23 and Saturday, December 24 at 1p (featuring Caillou’s Holiday Movie, Bob the Builder: Snowed Under, Barney’s Christmas Star and Elmo’s World: Happy Holidays), and Caillou Movie Marathon on December 25, 12n-6p.

Hey, over here.  The first annual Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards is currently for accepting submissions for your preschool, kid and tween targeted TV series, TV movies, and websites, apps and games, and the marketing, public relations and advertising campaigns that supports that content.  To find out more, check out Cynopsis Kids !magination Awards. To enter the Cynopsis: Kids !magination Awards your kid-targeted content or support campaign must have taken place (in part or in full) between October 1, 2010 and December 31, 2011.  We look forward to seeing your entry and honoring the winners at the June 2012 Awards ceremony in New York City.

Aardman Rights in association with cross platform app developers Widebeam Digital launch the brand new Wallace and Gromit ‘Chat-O-Matic’ App for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.  In addition to coming pre-loaded with 48 classic Wallace sayings, including “Someone’s been at me cheese” and “Hold tight lad and think of Lancashire hot pot,” the app features the ‘Chat-O-Matic’ mode where Wallace and Gromit fans can select their favorite phrases and when they turn their iOS device over and place it under their nose, they have the animated mouth and voice of Wallace.

PBS Kids expands its PBS Kids Video App to iPhone and iPod touch as of today.  The popular app, which offers a range of free educational streaming video content to families, debuted May 2011 for the iPad and has since racked up 430+ million video streams and 450,000 downloads to date.  The app includes clips and full episodes from PBS Kids series, such as The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!, Dinosaur Train, Curious George, Super Why, Sesame Street, Wordgirl and Wild Kratts, as well as tools for parents like: access to local PBS station TV schedules; additional information about TV series (target ages, learning goals); the ability to download related educational apps and TV episodes directly from the App Store and iTunes; and sharing videos via email, Facebook and Twitter.  More information about PBS Kids’ collection of mobile apps is available at www.pbskids.org/mobile .


The International Academy of Television Arts & Science is launching The International Emmy Kids Awards, a new kid programming-centric awards competition for TV programming produced and initially aired outside the US.  The awards will be handed out at its own ceremony, the first of which will be held in February 2013 in NYC.  Six new categories have been created for this event: Kids: Preschool; Kids: Animation; Kids: Factual; Kids: Non-Scripted Entertainment; Kids: Series, and Kids: TV Movie/Mini-Series.  For rules, regulations and entry information go to http://www.iemmys.tv/awards_entry.aspx

Bestseller Children’s Picture Books (top 10), Week of December 5, 2011: Title; Author (Publisher)
Elf on the Shelf; Carol V Aebersold (CCA)
The LEGO Ideas Book; Daniel Lipkowitz, contributions by Sebastiaan Arts, Tim Goddard, Deborah Higdon, Barney Main, Duncan Titmarsh (DK)
If You Give A Dog A Donut; Laura Joffe Numeroff, illus. by Felicia Bond (HarperCollins/Balzer)
LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary; Simon Beecroft, consultant Jeremy Beckett (DK)
Llama Llama Holiday Drama; Anna Dewdney (Viking)
Home for Christmas; Jan Brett (Putnam)
Heaven Is for Real for Kids; Todd Burpo, Sonja Burpo, and Colton Burpo, illus. by Wilson Ong (Tommy Nelson)
Press Here; Herve Tullet (Chronicle/Handprint)
The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories; Dr. Seuss (Random)
A Bad Kitty Christmas; Nick Bruel (Roaring Brook/Porter)
Compiled from data received from independent and chain bookstores.
Source: Publishers Weekly


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