Tuesday, January 19th, 2010


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Cynopsis: Kids!

Good morning. It’s Tuesday, January 19, 2010, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing. 

Nickelodeon will premiere its new live-action music, dance and comedy series Victorious (20 episodes) on Saturday, march 27 at 9:30p.  The series stars Victoria Justice (Zoey 101, Spectacular!).  Created by executive producer/writer Dan Schneider (iCarly, Zoey 101, Drake & Josh), Victorious is co-produced by Sony Music.  Additionally, the network will simultaneously launch TheSlap .com, a companion social networking and community website that is featured and used by characters in the series.


DQE Entertainment (DQE) enters into a broadcast deal with Noga Communications (Israel) for the new 3D HD animated series The Jungle Book (52×11).  Based on Rudyard Kipling’s eponymous book, The Jungle Book is developed and produced by DQE and has been acquired by a range of TV partners around the world including ABC Television (Australia) and Disney Multiplex channels across Asia.  Additionally NBC Universal picked up the home video distribution rights for the series for the UK, France, French speaking Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.  DQE plans to announce North American broadcast and licensing deals for The Jungle Book in the near future.

Chorion teams with ScrollMotion, a developer of iPhone applications, to bring Roger Hargreaves’ Mr. Men and Little Miss books to the iPhone and iPod Touch.  Available now on iTunes ($3.99, with an introductory price each of $1.99 for two titles), the digital books feature interactive controls that allows kids to read the books or have the books read aloud while kids follow along, users can also record and playback their own reading of the books.  View a video demo of the app and books on YouTube ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a42kFqHLhU).  As Chorion continues to build its worldwide licensing efforts, it is looking for more partners in the novelty, seasonal and collectable categories.  Meanwhile, The Mr. Men Show (104×11) continues to rollout around the world.

LEGO Systems has also launched its first iPhone/iTouch app, LEGO Photo ( www.legoclick.com ), which allows users to save photos (or “Click moments”) in a LEGO brick form.  The app is free.  Additionally, LEGO has also released an original short film, about a fictional inventor and his “Click moment” and the LEGO Click blog/community that will offer fans, artists and inventors a place to find out about ideas, toys, new products and technology.  Very cool.


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Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment will release the new CG animated DVD, Bob the Builder: Heavy Duty Diggers, on March 23, 2010.  The preschool-targeted DVD title includes five episodes, including Scratch’s Hidden treasures, Scrambler’s Best Idea, High Tide for Lofty, Scoop the Artist and Lofty and the Monster.

Rainbow SpA enters into publishing deals in Russia and Greece for the girl-targeted brands Winx Club, PopPixie and Maya Fox, per Licensing mag.  Rainbow inks a partworks deal with Fabbri UK for Russia for Winx Club.  Izdalteko Komiks renews its license for Winx Club magazine in Russia, and also in Russia Rosman Publishing takes the book rights for Rainbow’s PopPixie.  Picking up the Greek magazine publishing rights to the teen-targeted Maya Fox: Tag Your Life is Compupress, which plans to launch 12 monthly issues of Maya Fox from September 2010.  Additionally, all four Winx Club series have been acquired by Russian broadcaster CTC, the first three seasons have been running since 2008 with the fourth set to bow this year.


At its Midwinter Meeting in Boston yesterday The American Library Association (www.ala.org) unveiled its top picks for books, audiobooks and video for kids and young adults, including medal and honor winners for the Caldecott, King, Newbery and Printz awards, among others.  Medal winners and honorees are selected by judging committees of librarians and other kid’s literature experts.  The 2010 literary medal winners include (you can find a full list of medal winners and honorees at Cynopsis.com ( www.cynopsis.com):

  • John Newbery Medal – outstanding children’s literature: When You Reach Me; author Rebecca Stead (Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books)
  • Randolph Caldecott Medal – distinguished American picture books for kids: The Lion & the Mouse; illustrator/author Jerry Pinkney (Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers)
  • Michael L. Printz Award – excellence in young adult literature: Going Bovine; author Libba Bray (Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House)
  • Coretta Scott King Award – recognizes an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults: Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal; author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrator R. Gregory Christie (Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.)
  • Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award: The Rock and the River; author Kekla Magoon (Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division)
  • Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award: My People; illustrator Charles R. Smith Jr., author Langston Hughes (Ginee Seo Books, Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
  • Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement: Walter Dean Myers – author
  • The Pura Belpre Award honors Latino author and illustrators celebrating Latino culture: illustrator award – Book Fiesta!: Celebrate Children’s Day/Book Day; Celebremos El dia de los ninos/El dia de los libros; Illustrator Rafael Lopez, author Pat Mora (Rayo, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers); Author award – Return to Sender; author Julia Alvarez (Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books)
  • Schneider Family Book Award – books with artistic expression of the disability experience in three age groups: Kids 0-10 years old: Django; author/illustrator Bonnie Christensen (Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press); Tweens 11-13: Anything but Typical; author Nora Raleigh Baskin (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers); Teens 13-18: Marcelo in the Real World; Author Francisco X. Stork (Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic)
  • William C. Morris Award – book written by a first-time author for young adults: Flash Burnout; author L.K. Madigan (Houghton Mifflin, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Odyssey Award – excellence in audiobook production: Live Oak Media – producer of the audiobook Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken; author Kate DiCamillo, narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel Beginning Reader Award – distinguished beginning reader book: Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!; author/illustrator Geoffrey Hayes (Toon Books, a division of RAW Junior)
  • Margaret A. Edwards Award – lifetime achievement in writing for young adults: Jim Murphy – author
  • Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award – distinguished informational book for children: Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream; author Tanya Lee Stone (Candlewick Press)
  • Andrew Carnegie Medal – excellence in children’s video: Paul R. Gagne and Mo Willems of Weston Woods, producers of Don’t Let the Pigeon’s Drive the Bus!; based on author/illustrator Willems’ book of the same name; narrated by Willems and Jon Scieszka with animation by Pete List.


Coolabi names Anna Hewitt as its new Head of Licensing.  Hewitt will oversee brand licensing development worldwide for Coolabi’s kid and family centric properties across all categories.  She will report to Michael Dee, Director/Content, Coolabi.  Hewitt joins the company from BBC Worldwide where she was Head of International Licensing.  She previously worked for Hasbro UK and William Grant & Sons.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia:   If you’re a SpongeBob fan, you probably know what EVIL stands for?  EVERY VILLIAN IS LEMONS  Kudos to:  Nicole Krystal Elliott/Atlanta; Mara Anastas-Simon and Shuster/NY; Fraser Weist-Chocolate Cake LLC/NY; Mike Coughlin-Jim Henson Creature Shop; Michael Hawkins-PromoDoctors/Irving TX;

Today’s Trivia Question:  What primetime character collected Moths?  (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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