Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Cynopsis: Kids!

Good morning. It’s Tuesday, January 18, 2011, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

In Canada, Knowledge Network acquires the assets of BBC Kids from BBC Worldwide and Shaw Media.  The new deal, which is subject to Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approval, will see BBC Worldwide and Knowledge Network, the British Columbia-based, education-focused pub-caster, enter into a new joint venture.  Knowledge Network plans to take this opportunity to revitalize the K2-17-targeted BBC Kids channel by making ‘significant investments in programming, and re-launch it as a commercial free service,” which will include content from Canada, the UK, and around the world.  The plan will have BBC Kids make a smooth transition to Knowledge Network from Shaw Media, remaining on-air throughout the process.  BBC Kids is currently a joint venture with Canada’s Shaw Media, which following the completion of the new deal will remain a partner of BBC Worldwide Canada.


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.


Fresh TV (6Teen, Total Drama Island, My Babysitter’s A Vampire), in association with Family Channel (Canada), has begun production in Toronto on the new live-action comedy Really Me.  Set to debut on Family Channel in April 2011, Really Me is a half-hour series that revolves around 9th grade best friends Maddy and Julia who get their own reality TV series.  Of course things aren’t always as great or easy as they seem  particularly when, like Maddy, you are the middle kid in a family of over-achieving scene stealers, including two brothers and her Dad, a former NHL star.  The series stars Sydney Imbeau (Marley & Me: The Puppy Years, Supernatural) as Maddy, Kiana Madeira (Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars) as Julia, as well as Wesley Morgan (Unnatural Histories, Being Erica, Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars, Degrassi: The Next Generation), Azer Greco (The Town Christmas Forgot), and Neil Crone (Little Mosque, The Summit, Hollywoodland).  Really Me is created by Fresh TV’s Tom McGillis and Jennifer Pertsch.

Robert Downey Jr. will jump into The WABAC Machine and lend his voice to the genius dog Mr. Peabody, in DreamWorks Animation‘s new CG animated 3D feature film adaptation of Jay Ward’s Peabody and Sherman, per Entertainment Weekly.  Peabody and Sherman was a regular segment of Ward’s Rocky & Bullwinkle TV series.  Slated for release in 2014, the Peabody and Sherman movie will be directed by Rob Minkoff (Lion King) from a script by Jeffrey Ventimilia and Joshua Sternin (both wrote for The Simpsons, Murphy Brown, That 70s Show, and the current Yogi Bear movie).


DQ Entertainment (DQE) inks a co-production deal for a second season of its CGI animated series Le Petit Nicolas (aka Little Nick) with broadcaster/producer M6 Studios (France).  Set to begin production this year, season two of Little Nick will include 52×13 episodes, with a budget of US$10.2 million.  DQE, which produced the first season of the series, has the exclusive rights to sell and distribute the TV and video rights for the series in Asian territories in Hindi, English and all local languages.  DQE will also distribute both seasons of Little Nick across all English speaking countries worldwide.  First published in France in 1959, Little Nick was created by Rene Goscinny, who also created Asterix and illustrated by Jean-Jacques Sempe.

BBC Worldwide Channels enters into a carriage deal for the English-language preschool channel, CBeebies, to be available on pay-TV operator SkyCable (Philippines).  This is the first time the channel will be available in the Philippines).  CBeebies is on SkyCable Channel 126 and is included in the SkyCable Platinum  the Metro Pack, or can be added on an individual basis to the channel line-up on any subscription pack through SkyCable Select.  SkyCable was founded by Lopez and Central CATV group of companies, and is a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corporation.


Zinkia and master toy licensee Bandai have appointed Giochi Preziosi as master toy distributor for Pocoyo in Italy.  Beginning this spring 2011, Giochi Preziosi will introduce a range of Pocoyo branded products, including traditional and feature plushes, figurines, vehicles and activity toys.  Co-produced by Zinkia and ITV Studios Global Entertainment, the animated Pocoyo (104×7) series debuted on Italy’s RAI 2 in March 2010 and kid-targeted channel RAI Yoyo in 2007.   The Pocoyo virtual world ( www.pocoyoworld.com ), official blog and Pocoyo website are all available in Italian.  Zinkia handles the worldwide distribution rights for Pocoyo in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Latin America, with ITV Studios Global Entertainment handling rights for the rest of the world.

Bright and Beyond Licensing acquire the publishing and general merchandising rights for WIT (What Is This?), a property from UK-based character design company Backland Studio (Goochicoo, Scarlett and Crimson, Grumpy Old Gits, and Vincent) that features simple illustrations with a puzzle element (What Is This?).  WIT has become popular in the US via American Greetings’ website.


MTV Networks International announces that Katrina Southon has been promoted to SVP and MD/MTV Networks Australia & New Zealand, effective February 1, 2011.  Southon had been VP and GM/Nickelodeon Australia.  In her new position, Southon will be responsible for the portfolio of MTVN channels including Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., MTV, MTV Classic, MTV Hits, and MTVN HD in Australia and Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., MTV, and Comedy Central in New Zealand.  She will work in tandem with MTVN Australia & New Zealand team, Rebecca Batties, GM/Music Brands & Comedy Central and Tom Armstrong, VP/Business Development & Digital.  Southon will also sit on the board of Ignite Media Brands, MTV’s join venture, stand-alone sales house.  She previously served as VP/Nickelodeon Europe in London, and Sr. Director/Nickelodeon Network Operations, based in Singapore, during which time she oversaw the launch of 22 Nickelodeon channels, 12 branded block and 10 localized sites around the world.

Marc Dhrami joins Gaumont-Alphanim as Head of Production Financing and Co-productions.  Dhrami, who was previously with Millimages, is reporting to Pierre Belaisch, MD/Gaumont-Alphanim.  Exiting the company is Jeremie Fajner, Deputy MD/Production Financing & Business Development.  Fajner had been with Gaumont-Alphanim for 11-years.


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