Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Cynopsis: Kids!

Good morning. It’s Tuesday, January 17, 2012, and this your first early morning briefing.

And the winners are… young adult movie fans with news that Lionsgate (Hunger Games) will acquire Summit Entertainment (Twilight Saga) in a cash and stock deal valued at $412.5 million. The integration of Summit’s domestic and international theatrical film operations will enhance Lionsgate’s production and distribution ability, while also extending its worldwide reach and bolstering its international sales unit. While Lionsgate and Summit are expected to continue and be active in the production and distribution of films, the combined company expects to achieve synergies through the consolidation of administrative and other costs.

Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) has entered into a partnership with music industry executives, Rick Dobbis and Richard Ellis, to create two kid/family aimed multi-platform kid music-centric companies, the music label myKaZoo Music (www.mykazoomusic.com) and the multi-channel video platform for K2-8 myKaZootv (www.mykazootv.com). First up, myKaZootv launches this month with a 24-hour interactive kids’ music video channel. Meanwhile, the myKaZoo Music label, in partnership with UMe, will debut on February 7, 2012 with its first release, Farmer Jason’s Nature Jams. To extend myKaZoo’s music and videos reach this year, the company is partnering with Kabillion TV On Demand.  Beginning March 2012, Kabillion will feature a block of KaZoo music videos, which will be updated weekly. Farmer Jason’s music videos will debut this winter on Akoo TV (www.akootv.com) in 160 Simon shopping malls across the US. Dobbis is a former President of Sony Music International and owner of the entertainment company R-DOG, and Ellis is founder/owner of the youth entertainment marketing company 12to20 and a former music label executive. UMe is the centralized US catalog and special markets entity for Universal Music Group.


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] .


Coolabi sings a deal for its iconic Purple Ronnie expression brand, which celebrates its 25the anniversary this year, with personalized apparel company Primitive State. Under the deal, Primitive State is producing exclusive lines of customizable T-shirts, hoodies and tote bags via its website www.primitivestate.com, allowing consumers to personalize Purple Ronnie items with their own message. In 2011, Coolabi extended its deal with Hallmark for a further four years and launched a brand new Facebook app Purple Ronnie’s Express.


American Greetings Properties (AGP) and licensing agent CPLG appoint Character Licensing and Marketing (CLM) to represent licensing and merchandising rights for AGP’s Strawberry Shortcake in South Africa. In turn, CLM has inked a QSR deal promotion for Strawberry Shortcake with Wimpy Restaurants in South Africa. Customers who purchase any Wimpy Food 4 Kids Meal now throughout January will receive a Strawberry Shortcake-themed promotional premium, including back-to-school products (e.g. pencil case, crayons, stationery set, sketch pad with stickers, or a lunch box). All 450 Wimpy Restaurants in the region are participating in the promotion.


Nickelodeon gives the go ahead on two new comedies with Lucas Cruikshank (aka Fred Figglehorn). The network has picked up the short-form series Fred: The Show (11×21) and has ordered a pilot titled Marvin, Marvin, which will star Cruikshank.  Additionally, Nickelodeon has also set a premiere date for its new Big Time Rush TV movie, and further information about its new series How To Rock.

  • Based on the popular Fred internet character and the network’s Fred TV movies, Fred: The Show is a single-camera series has already begun production and is set to debut in early 2012. Created and executive produced by Cruikshank, Fred: The Show is also executive produced by Varsity Pictures’ Brian Robbins and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett and The Collective’s Gary Binkow and Evan Weiss.
  • A multi-camera, half-hour comedy, the Marvin, Marvin pilot stars Cruikshank as a quirky, intergalactic new kid in school who clumsily tries to adapt to life as a human teen. Marvin, Marvin is created by Jon Ross (10 Things I Hate About You) and is executive produced by show-runner Jeff Bushell (Beverly Hills Chihuahua), as well as The Collective’s Weiss and Binkow.
  • Nickelodeon will premiere the new Big Time Rush movie, Big Time Movie, on Saturday, March 10, 2012, featuring covers of class Beatles songs, including Help!, A Hard Day’s Night, We Can Work It Out and Revolution, and songs from Big Time Rush’s newest release Elevate.  The movie follows the group sets out on their first world tour and wind up mixed up in a James Bond-like mission, with their new teen spy pal Penny Lane, to save the world when their bags are switched at the airport.  Big Time Movie is written and executive produced by show creator Scott Fellows, and also executive produced by Lauren Levine (Bridge to Terabithia, Best Player).
  • In addition to premiering its new live-action comedy, How to Rock, on Saturday, February with back-to-back episodes at 8:30 and 9p, Nickelodeon will also, for the first time ever, debut the series on iTunes and Nick.com in January 2012 prior to the TV launch. The series stars Cymphonique Miller as teen Kacey Simon, the lead singer of her band, as they make their way through the ups, downs and evils of high school. Additionally, leading up the premiere, the Cymphonique: Ready to Rock! Collection of promotional web videos, which initially debuted last month, will continue to roll out on Nick.com, and the network’s mobile websites, Facebook page and iTunes. Produced by Nickelodeon in association with Alloy Entertainment, How to Rock will air regularly on Saturdays at 8:30p. The series is helmed and executive produced by David M. Israel (Grounded for Life, 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Tracy Morgan Show), who is also a writer on the series. Leslie Morgenstein (Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries) and Gina Girolamo (The Lying Game, The Secret Circle) will serve as executive producers for Alloy Entertainment.

Disney Channel expands its Disney Friends for Change initiative with the help of its Shake It Up stars Roshon Fegan and Caroline Sunshine, who will star in new interstitials debuting on the network this Thursday, January 19. Designed to encourage kids and families to make a difference by helping people, their communities and the planet, the new Disney Friends for Change interstitials invite kids to design their own service project and apply for a Friends for Change grant from Youth Service America at Disney.com/friends (www.disney.com/friends) to help get their project underway.

Mondo TV is appointed as the exclusive agent and representative for the free and pay-TV rights to Turner Broadcasting System Europe‘s kid programming library in key markets across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) for the next three years. Under the deal Mondo TV is granted the sub-license to about 581 hours of kid-targeted content, including series such as Ben 10 and Generator Rex.

Kidobi, a Canadian streaming online video platform, enters into a digital distribution deal with Portugal’s Big Storm Studios for the North American digital and VOD rights to Big Storm’s preschool series Gombby’s Green Island (52×13).  Kidobi will offer the premiere of the series to its subscribers in the US and Canada. Designed to bolster kid’s general knowledge and encourage them to make healthy lifestyle choices, Gombby’s Green Island revolves around Gombby, a young baker boy, and his friends as they investigate mysteries and search for the rainbow’s end on Green Island. The group also meets up with Gadget Man, who entertains them with his inventions.

Germany’s m4e, its subsidiary Telescreen and co-production/distribution partner Italy’s Rainbow sign new broadcast deals for the new mixed live-action/animated series Mia and me (26 x 23), under which the series will debut in 2012. Under the newest round of TV deals Nickelodoen takes the free and pay-TV broadcast rights for Mia and me in the Benelux and pay-TV rights in Scandinavia. Other new free-TV deals have been inked with DR (Denmark), MTV3 for Finland, TV2 (Norway) and ULTRA (Bosnia and Herzegovinia, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia). Broadcaster POP (Slovenia) has taken the series. Further pay-TV rights have been acquired by MTV3 Juniori (Finland) and Minimax TV (Eastern Europe incluidng Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Coratia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia). In Latin America Televisa has also picked up Mia and me. Additionally, in Asia OKTO (Singapore), RTM (Malaysia) and MT Entertainment (Indonesia) have also picked up the series. Mia and me is a production of Lucky Punch, which is a joint-venture between m4e and Professor Gerhard Hahn from Berlin’s Hahn Film. It is co-produced by Rainbow and Canada’s March Entertainment, as well as by ZDF German Television Network.

You’re in luck  there’s a late submission deadline! If you didn’t get your Cynopsis: Kids !magination Awards entry in, the late submission deadline is January 20, 2012.* Find out more about the Cynopsis: Kids !magination Awards (www.cynopsis.com/kidsawards) and learn how to enter your preschool, kid and tween targeted TV series, TV movies, and websites, apps and games, and the marketing, public relations and advertising campaigns, which support that content, for our first annual awards program. To enter, your kid targeted content or support campaign must have taken place (in part or in full) between October 1, 2010 and December 31, 2011. *Entries sent in after 1/11/12 will incur a late fee.


Weekend Box Office Estimates for kids/tweens/teens rated G, PG or PG-13; Four-Day Holiday Weekend January 13 -16, 2012:
Beauty and The Beast 3D (Disney) G                                      Opening Weekend $23.5m
Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (Paramount) PG-13               $14.2m-5 wk total $189.4m
Joyful Noise (Warner Bros.) PG-13                                          Opening Weekend $13.8m
Sherlock Holmes: A game of Shadows (Warner Bros.) PG-13        $10.5m-5 wk total $172.1m
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (Fox) G                         $7.8m-5 wk total $120.8m
War Horse (Disney) PG-13                                                    $7.2m-4 wk total $67.3m
We Bought A Zoo (Fox) PG                                                   $6.8m-4 wk total $65.3m
The Iron Lady (Weinstein) PG-13                                           $6.5m-3 wk total 7.1m
The Adventures of Tintin (Paramount) PG                                $5.2m-4 wk total $68.9m
The Artist (Weinstein) PG-13                                                $1.5m-8 wk total 9.1m
Source: Rentrak (www.rentrak.com)


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Thursday, January 12, 2012, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
DISNEY CHANNEL:         K2-11 873; K6-11 470; TWEENS 9-14 358
NICKELODEON:             K2-11 820; K6-11 320; TWEENS 9-14 208
CARTOON NETWORK:     K2-11 398; K6-11 249; TWEENS 9-14 221
DISNEY XD:                 K2-11 124; K6-11 104; TWEENS 9-14 100
NICKTOONS:                K2-11   81; K6-11   58; TWEENS 9-14   46
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Answer to Friday’s Trivia Question: SciGirls is designed to encourage girls to pursue STEM careers, what does STEM stand for? Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Kudos to: Tracy Casper Lang-Independent Director/Editor/Writer/NYC; Ron Grant-Big Balloon Animation/LA; Peter Steckelman-The Tennis Channel/Santa Monica; Katie Heintz-Santa Clara University/Santa Clara; Steve Clune-Disney ABC Networks Group/Burbank.

Today’s Trivia Question: What TV character works for Mad Style in NYC? (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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