Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Cynopsis: Kids!



Good morning. It’s Tuesday, February 1, 2011, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

The new animated comedy/adventure series The DaVincibles (52×11) makes its world premiere on Australia’s Channel 7 on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 11:30a, and will continue to air Saturday mornings through April 9, 2011.  Targeted to kids/tweens 8-12, The DaVincibles revolves around the capers of Pablo, Zoe and Uncle Leo DaVinci as they explore the world for rare artifacts and go up against super villains known as The Society of Very Bad Villains.  The series is produced by SLR Productions, which is owned by Suzanne Ryan and South Pacific Pictures.

ICM inks a deal to represent the great Wham-O, the toy company that brought products such as the Frisbee, Hula Hoops and Super Ball to the US, and later added Slip ‘N Slide and Hacky Sack, per HeatVision.  ICM, which already represents Atari and has completed movie deals for three of its properties, will now look to do similarly for Wham-O.  There has got to be an Ultimate Frisbee movie in there folks, best sport ever.  Wham-O was founded by Richard Knerr and Arthur “Spud” Melin in 1948 in California.  Since then, Wham-O has been owned by several different companies, including the Kransco Group Companies (1982), followed by Mattel (1994), and Wham-O became an indie toy company again in 1997 when investors purchased it from Mattel.  Cornerstone acquired Wham-O in 2006 and it is currently headquartered in Emeryville, California.


February 19 through February 21

Little Airplane Productions is offering limited enrollment in a unique workshop led by accomplished preschool TV veterans on creating a hit preschool series. Lectures include Pitching, Writing, Research, Producing, Design, Music, Directing, Legal, Licensing, and more plus a notable panel of children’s television network executives.


JimJam, the international preschool channel and part of the Chello Zone channel offerings, acquires the animated series Jakers! (52×30) from Parthenon Entertainment.  Produced by Mike Young Productions, Jakers! Will debut on JimJam this month, and will broadcast in several languages on feeds across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

A selection of Baby Learns Chinese‘s ( www.babylearnschinese.com ) line of DVDs, which aims to introduce and teach Chinese to young kids and families, can now be seen on KidMango ( www.kidmango.com ).

Disney‘s animated feature film Tangled will be released in Imax 3D throughout Asia day and date with individual countries’ wide release dates. Beginning this month, Tangled will open in select digital Imax theatres in Korea, the Philippines, Japan and Thailand, and then roll out in other Asian countries.  Based on the Brother Grimm fairy tale of Rapunzel, Tangled is directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard and features the voices of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi.

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, has set fall 2011 for the launch of the first two books in the new series, The Guardians of Childhood, by author/illustrator/producer William Joyce.  The first book in the picture book series, The Man in the Moon, will be written and illustrated by Joyce.  The first chapter book, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, will be co-authored by Joyce and Laura Geringer (A Three Hat Day, Sign of the Qin, Book One in the Outlaws of Moonshadow Marsh series), and illustrated by Joyce.  The Guardians of Childhood book series, which will include seven picture books and six chapter books, tells the formative tales of iconic childhood characters such as Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman.  The next three books are slated to release in 2012 to coincide with the November 21, 2012 release of the 3D feature film adaptation of Rise of the Guardians from DreamWorks Animation, which will be directed by Peter Ramsey and co-directed by William Joyce.  The movie will star Chris Pine as Jack Frost, Alec Baldwin as North (Santa Claus), Hugh Jackman as Bunnymund (Easter Bunny), Isla Fisher as Tooth (Tooth Fairy) ,and Jude Law as Pitch (The Boogeyman).  Joyce’s other picture books include George Shrinks, Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures With the Family Lazardo, and Santa Calls.  Additionally, he has worked on the animated TV series Rolie Polie Olie, and developed character concepts for Toy Story and A Bug’s Life, and made animated features including Robots and Meet the Robinsons.


Turner CN Enterprises is partnering with Monster Mania in London to create the Ben 10 Monster Mania live monster truck show.  The 2.5-hour motor sports live show will feature Ben 10 on a quest to save the world from an alien invasion.  The live tour will feature a Monster Mania fleet of vehicles including 3D bodies styled by Turner CN Enterprises design group and based on the Ben 10 characters.  The new show Ben 10 Monster Mania make its way to venues around the UK during 2011, with plans to roll-out across the rest of Europe later in the year.  Additionally information will be available via www.monstermania.eu .

The new bebe for 90210 clothing collection debuted last night on the 90210 TV series on The CW, and will then rollout at retail from February 10, 2011.  Developed and designed in collaboration between producers and wardrobe stylists in tandem with bebe’s creative design team, under a licensing deal between CBS Consumer Products and bebe stores, inc., the new 90210 collection features styles worn by the TV series stars and priced $59-$159.  The collection will be available exclusively in select bebe stores nationwide as well as on www.bebe.com .  Clothes from the new line will continue to be featured on 90210 on The CW throughout the rest of the season.

Coolabi completes new licensing deals for Bagpuss on behalf of Smallfilms. Signing on as a licensee in the UK is Zeon, a watch, gift and gadgets company.  Under the deal, Zeon will produce a line of kids and adult bags, purses and wallets as well as a line of kids and adult clocks and watches that will be available later this year.  The Bagpuss stage show just completed a successful two-month run at the Soho Theatre in London.

Ringling Bros. CircusFit ( www.circusfit.com ) and HOPSports ( www.hopsports.com ) are partnering to encourage kids in grades K-12 to get physically fit.  CircusFit will be powered by the HOPSports Training system to combine circus skills with technology to get kids to stay active and healthy.  The partnership will see CircusFit featured on HOPSports Training System.


Hugh Baldwin is appointed Director/Television and Content Acquisition, Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand.  Prior to this Baldwin served as Digital Media Director/Nickelodeon Australia & MTV Networks Australia & New Zealand.  He takes over the Director of Programming role from Katrina Southon, who had overseen the position on an interim basis following Deirdre Brennan’s departure last year.  Southon was recently named SVP and MD/MTV Networks Australia & New Zealand.  Baldwin will continue to work on the International Apps and Digital councils, and represent Nickelodeon Australia on the Nickelodeon International Program Council.  Baldwin is also a Board member of Screen Tasmania, and is currently completing his thesis for his PhD Candidacy in Children’s Interactive Digital Television.

Canada’s Youth Media Alliance ( www.ymamj.org ) names Chantal Bowen as its new Executive Director.  Chantal takes over the reins from Caroline Fortier, who led YMA for the last 12 years.  Bowen spent more than a decade with the National Film Board of Canada, where she produced documentaries in French and English, and developed educational series.  More recently she toiled as a freelance producer on a range of English and French-language projects for Canadian production companies.


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Friday, January 28, 2011, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1448; K6-11 725; TWEENS 9-14 545
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   980; K6-11 552; TWEENS 9-14 444
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   468; K6-11 249; TWEENS 9-14 195
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   161; K6-11 123; TWEENS 9-14   89
NICKTOONS:              K2-11     86; K6-11   60; TWEENS 9-14   45
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia:  These little animated TV fellows live in the kingdom of Dunwyn where they protect their human friends.  In real life, they’re a little chewy, and get sticky when wet.  Who are they?  GUMMI BEARS  Kudos to: John Oliverius-MTV Networks/NY; Meredith Rusu-Disney Press/NY; Christine Ferrara-WSBK WBZ/Boston; Deborah Kogut-WGBH/Boston; Leah Broeders-Target Corp/Minneapolis; Richard Quan-Butler Shine Stern Partners/San Francisco; Pat Brady-CESD/LA; Devin Nipp-Wee Sing Prods/San Francisco; Kelly Winger-Centennial College Children’s Entertainment Program/Toronto

Today’s Trivia Question:  Who am I?  I’m a big fish and a mascot for teen rock band The Neptunes.  My name is also the title of the show.  Who am I?  (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.)

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