Tuesday, February 26th, 2008


Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Tuesday, February 26, 2008, and this is your first early morning briefing.

Batman: Gotham Knight, the new DC Comics, Warner Premiere, Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Animation original animated movie will be released direct-to-DVD and Blu-Ray Disc from Warner Home Video on July 8, 2008.  Simultaneously, Batman: Gotham Knight will also be available OnDemand and Pay-per-View as well as for download on the same date.  Set between the movies Batman Begins and the forthcoming The Dark Knight, Batman: Gotham Knight is comprised of six interwoven animated stories from a range of noted animation directors and movie and comics writers and animated at three different animation houses, Studio 4ºC, Production I.G. and Madhouse.  Batman: Gotham Knight is produced by Emma Thomas (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), Michael Uslan & Benjamin Melniker (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight), Toshi Hiruma and Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series).  This is the third DC Universe Animated Original movie, the release features a sneak peek at Wonder Woman, its upcoming original animated movie.


Nickelodeon inks an on-air talent deal with Lily Collins, the 18-yr-old daughter of rocker Phil Collins.  Collins will be featured on Nickelodeon in interstitial programming, including daily 30-second spots as well as special event spots, reporting on entertainment trends and pop culture happenings including from the sets of Nick series, movie premieres, and awards shows, concerts and so on.  Additionally, Collins joins current 0n-air host J Bookie on the weekend TEENick block.  Last summer Collins served on the network in a guest correspondent stint for Nickelodeon’s Slime Across America tour.

Fox inks a first look movie deal with World Wrestling Entertainment, per Variety.  Under the deal, Fox has the rights to distribute WWE’s movies (theatrical, home video and/or digital) starring its name pro-wrestlers.  WWE Films is set to develop, finance and produce its own movies, with plans to release one feature theatrical film and as many as four direct-to-video titles each year.

Univision and Todobebe Inc. are teaming up to produce Viva la Familia! de Todobebe (Hooray for Families! from Todobebe), a new hour-long weekend series about and targeted to moms and young families.  Hosted and executive produced by actress Aracely Arambula, with co-hosted by Jeannette Kaplun, Editor and founder, Todobebe, and actress Karen Martinez, the show is comprised of a range of segments all focused on information about babies and raising kids.

Clarification:  An item that appeared in yesterday’s edition should have read something like this, and not the Imitrex induced version that ran.  David Yates will direct Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the movie adaptation of the seventh Harry Potter book, according to a blog entry by author Lois Lowry.  If the information is correct, it will postpone the movie version of Lowry’s young-adult book The Giver, which Yates is also expected to direct.  Warner Bros. has yet to confirm that there is a deal in place with Yates, who previously directed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) and is currently directing Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2008).


The Zula Patrol, which airs on Public Television, heads to DVD this spring.  Distributed by Liberation Home Entertainment, each DVD title will include four Zula Patrol episodes, with the first two DVD titles, The Zula Patrol: Explore Space! and The Zula Patrol: Explore Weather!, available exclusively at Borders stores and www.borders.com from March 2008.

PorchLight Home Entertainment acquires the US DVD distribution rights to ZakLand from Tiodnaci Productions.  Featuring kid’s entertainer Zak Morgan, ZakLand is a mixed live-action animated and music experience aimed at K3-8.  The first title under the deal, ZakLand: The Shiny Surprise (51 minutes), will be available from May 20, 2008.


The Sharpe Company, which represents licensing for The Dangerous Book for Boys in North America, has completed a number of deals for the property: University games (card games, jigsaw puzzles, wooden puzzles, magic and glow-in-the-dark products); Uncle Milton Industries (science, exploration and activity kits); Thames and Kosmos (chemistry, electronics and electricity kits); and Andrews & McMeel (mini boxed kits).  Along with Hasbro (board & travel games) and Rizzoli (calendars), signed by the worldwide agent Rocket Licensing Ltd.  Published by Harper Collins, the first three book titles in the series, The Dangerous Book for Boys, The Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys  Things to Know and a Yearbook, will be followed with additional titles this year.


Clampett Studio Collections, the licensee for original and limited edition Warner Bros. Entertainment, Hanna-Barbera and DC Comics fine art, releases the first three images from The Harry Potter Book Cover Art Series. Available this month, the images are taken directly from J.K. Rowling’s seven-book Harry Potter series.  The artwork was originally created by artist Mary GrandPre.  Over the course of the next 18-months, Clampett Studio Collections will release prints from the covers of the four remaining Harry Potter books. These prints will also be available to collectors as a complete set.

Here’s a heads-up for Cel animation collectors.  Canada’s Nelvana Studios is making cel art from a range of its animated series available for the first time in 35+ years.  Art including hand-painted cels, drawings, gouache and watercolor backgrounds, including full keyed set-ups, from shows such as Babar, Rock & Rule, and My Pet Monster among others, will be presented at artexpo in NYC at the Javits Convention Center, February 29-March 3.


Melissa Dixon is upped to VP and GM, Disney Channels Australia and New Zealand.  She will report to Rich Ross, President, Disney Channels Worldwide.  A 12-year Disney veteran, Dixon will relocate to Sydney from Hong Kong, where she is currently VP/Business Operations, Disney Channels Asia Pacific.  Dixon takes over for Michael Cairns who, as previously announced, is set to head Disney Channels UK and Ireland.


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Thursday, February 21, 2008, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1279; K6-11 641; TWEENS 9-14 436
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   802; K6-11 510; TWEENS 9-14 439
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   474; K6-11 262; TWEENS 9-14 177
TOON DISNEY:           K2-11   166; K6-11   90; TWEENS 9-14   43
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Friday, February 22, 2008, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1331; K6-11 712; TWEENS 9-14 529
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11 1017; K6-11 680; TWEENS 9-14 533
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   611; K6-11 419; TWEENS 9-14 303
TOON DISNEY:           K2-11   208; K6-11 124; TWEENS 9-14   84
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data


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Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  Nod’s Limbs is the hometown of what animated twin pranksters?  EDGAR & ELLEN (Nicktoons)   Kudos to:   Mara Anastas-Simon & Schuster/NY; David Stern-BARD Entertainment/NY; Jodi Feinstein-Majesco Entertainment/Edison, NJ; Christopher Byrne-Byrne Communications, Inc./The Toy Guy®/NY; Aaron H. Bynum-AnimationInsider.net/Champaign, IL; Alex Dale- Momentum Talent and Literary Agency/Studio City, CA; Izzy Neis-Six Degrees Games/LA

Today’s Trivia Question: On the animated TV series Lilo & Stitch, Mrs. Hasagawa, the little old lady that runs the fruit stand, adopts and cares for some of the experimental alien life forms. What does she think they are?  ( 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.)

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