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Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Tuesday, January 13, 2009, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

Starz Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment ink a multi-year extension of their agreement, which grants Starz the exclusive pay TV rights to all Sony Pictures theatrical releases into the next decade.  Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.  The previous deal between the two had included movies released theatrically through 2013.  Under the new pact Starz has the exclusive pay TV rights to exhibit the Sony Pictures films on all of its platforms.  Additionally, Starz continues to have the rights to interviews with talent and use behind-the-scenes material from Sony’s releases that can be aired on its services while the films are in theaters.


Disney Channel‘s preschool series Imagination Movers will feature a week of episodes highlighting the character Warehouse Mouse, beginning Monday, January 26 at 10a.  After each episode, a special code will be revealed which viewers can enter at www.playhousedisney.com to preview the new episode, prior to its TV debut on Saturday, January 31 at 10a.


Gameloft, a developer/publisher of video games, has entered into a licensing deal with Fox Mobile Entertainment to develop/publish/distribute the official mobile game for Fox’s upcoming movie Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.  The mobile game is set to be available around the time of the movie’s release on May 22, 2009.

Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP) enters into a three-year licensing deal with IMC Toys S.A., a Spain-based consumer electronic company, to launch a new line of electronic musical instruments and walkie-talkies based on Nickelodeon’s preschool property, Dora the Explorer.  The range of Dora electronic products will launch at retail from fall 2009, rolling-out across 33 European territories including France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the UK.

Aardman is partnering with Weetabix Ltd for a Shaun the Sheep promotion on packs of Weetabix, Minis, bitesize and Ready brek in the UK and Ireland.  From January 2009, the promotion will run on over 20 million packs of the cereals.  As part of the promotion, consumers will have the chance to collect two sets of exclusive Shaun the Sheep books and design Shaun a wooly scarf.  A new season of Shaun the Sheep (40 x 7) is set to begin production early this year for CBBC.  Additionally, Aardman has already secured a number of pre-sales for the second season of show including, ABC (Australia), TF1 (France), WDR (Germany), YLE (Finland), SVT (Sweden), DR (Denmark) and Noga (Israel).

Studio100 Media/EM.Entertainment inks new licensing deals for its properties Maya the Bee, Heidi and Tabaluga.

  • In a long-term deal, Santex Moden secures the rights to Maya the Bee and Heidi for a range of licensed products in the textile area across Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
  • Verdener Keks – und Waffelfabrik Hans Freitag & Co. KG for Tabaluga cookie pastries for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
  • Dautel based in Herbolzheim/Germany acquired a Heidi license for the German-speaking countries for iron-on embroidery motives.


Casting Call:  World’s Strictest Parents, Inc. and the producers of Supernanny have put out two calls for a new series.  They are searching for:

  • US families to host a rebellious teen for a few days – the families can be from any background and/or culture.  Specifically, the team is looking for a family with strong values  who believe they have a strong family structure, have well behaved kids and good strict parenting skills.
  • Are you a rebellious teen who is sick of your parents’ rules?  Well, the production is looking for you too.
  • Interested parents and/or teens can apply via www.theworldsstrictestparents.com, or call 888-41-TEENS (1- 888-418-3367) or email [email protected] for more information.


Jon Anderson is named EVP and Publisher, Simony & Schuster’s Children’s Publishing Division.  He will report o Carolyn Reidy, President and CEO, Simon & Schuster, Inc.  Anderson joins Simon & Schuster from Running Press Book Publishers, a division of the Perseus Books Group, where he has been President and Publisher since 2004.  Previously, he toiled for Penguin Putnam, Inc. as VP and Publisher/Price, Stern, Sloan and DreamWorks, and prior to that for Barnes & Noble and B. Dalton Booksellers.  Anderson has written 25+ kid’s books under the pseudonym William Boniface.

Michael P. Skarzynski is named President and CEO/Arbitron Inc., effective immediately.  He will also be appointed to Arbitron’s Board of Directors.  Stephen B. Morris will continue as chairman of the board and will be an advisor to Skarzynski during the transition.  Most recently, Skarzynski was CEO/Iptivia, a privately held performance management software company.  He previously held executive positions with Lucent and AT&T Network Systems, including VP and COO/Emerging Service Provider Business, and has served as CEO for companies including Xebeo and Predictive Networks.  Among his other experiences, Skarzynski was Assistant Secretary for Trade Development and Chief of Staff at the US Department of Commerce.


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Friday, January 9, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1079; K6-11 494; TWEENS 9-14 324
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   848; K6-11 564; TWEENS 9-14 451
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   485; K6-11 296; TWEENS 9-14 210
TOON DISNEY:           K2-11   138; K6-11   95; TWEENS 9-14   66
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: 
What is the name of Adam Sandler’s production company?   HAPPY MADISON Kudos to: Tom Wetzel-MMSI/Warwick, RI; Evan Smith-Cartoon Network/ NY; Russell Miller-The Center for Intentional Media/NY; Nancy Chan – Cartoon Network & [adult swim]/ NY; Heather Floore-KDAF/Dallas;Mike Patterson-CNN International/Chicago; J.M. Kenny-Del Mar Picture Co./Santa Clarita, CA; Cecilia Nguyen-Disney Channels Worldwide/Burbank; Cindy Bradeen-7ate9 Entertainment/LA; Jason Koyama-Conill Advertising/Torrance, CA; David Brunner-AGB Nielsen Media Research/Lugano, Switzerland; Lynn Valiquette-Picture Box Distribution Inc./Toronto

Today’s Trivia Question:  On the children’s series Blues Clues, how are Steve and Joe related? (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.)

Later — Gwen
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