Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007


Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Tuesday, January 2, 2007 and this is your first early morning Kids! briefing.
Dubai-based Arabian Television Network (ATN) is partnering with MTV Networks International to launch MTV Arabiya, across the Pan-Arab region in the second half of this year. The youth targeted 24/7 free-to-air TV channel will feature music videos, music-based programming, lifestyle, animated, and reality shows, comedy and drama series, documentaries, news updates and specials, interviews, and so on. Slated to bow in the second half of 2007, MTV Arabiya will also produce local content aimed at its Arabic-speaking youth audience.  ATN is a subsidiary of the new Arabian Broadcasting Network.

TV4U, Inc., an ad sales supported free internet network of classic TV broadband content, has expanded to 16 channels, all featuring programming content from Margate Entertainment.  Joining TV4U’s lineup (www.tv4u.us) is a TV4U kids channel ( www.hitopstv4u.com ), as well as channels featuring travel, game shows, primetime TV, vintage TV, tavern style sports.  Existing TV4U broadband offerings includes Western, Detective, Variety, Comedy, action and sports programming channels.  Margate is supporting the TV4U.com by launching five E Magazines, Silver Screen Magazine, Boxing Illustrated, 1000 Jokes, Pet Parade and Studio X Magazines, the first four of which are preexisting imprints.

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia! … Mulan, Mulan, Mulan!
China’s Jiang Tong Animation Co. Ltd. is developing and producing an animated TV series version of Mulan, based on the ancient Chinese allegorical poem Mu Lan Ci.  Expected to be completed by the end of this year the series, titled Hua Mulan (52 x 22′) will more closely reflect the patriotic bent of the original text in which the heroic young girl, Mulan, dons men’s clothing and takes her aging father’s place in the imperial army, ultimately fighting off the Huns.  So popular is the story of Mulan, which was made widely popular outside of China by Disney’s animated movie Mulan (1998), the story has also been adapted as a musical/opera, Mulan Psalm that has been running in China for about a year and was also performed at NY’s Lincoln Center.  Additionally, the Weinstein Company is developing a live-action feature film adaptation of Hua Mulan to be released under the company’s new Dragon Dynasty banner.


Nickelodeon will premiere Just Jordan, its new TEENick series, this Sunday, January 7, with back-to-back episodes at 7:30 and 8p.  Created by Alison Taylor and Ralph Farquhar, the series stars comedian/actor Lil’ JJ as Jordan Lewis, a 9th grader who has moved from Little Rock to LA with his Mom and little sister.  When he isn’t in school or waiting tables at his curmudgeonly grandfather’s famous diner, Jordan hangs with his new friends dealing with the injustices of being a teen like homework, little sisters, girls who say one thing and do another and the other trials of high school life.  Just Jordan, a Nickelodeon Television Production, will air regularly Sundays at 7:30p during TEENick.  In support of the series launch, an Accordin’ to Jordan online site at nick.com/JJ, is up and running and offering show clips, downloads with other content available on TurboNick.  The first episodes will be available on VOD next month.

FUNimation Entertainment and Harmony Gold will release the animated feature Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles in select theaters in the US both this month and next, specific details can be found at www.funimationfilms.com .  The Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles DVD will be available from FUNimation Entertainment at retailers nationwide on February 6, 2007.

ImaginAsian TV will launch Anime EnerG, a new primetime anime block, with Geneon Entertainment on January 30 at 8p.  The 120-minute Tuesday night anime block will feature Geneon’s Japanese anime series Elemental Gelade, Kyoh Kara Maoh!, Law of Ueki, and Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo.  iaTV will be the first network to broadcast them in both English subtitled and dubbed versions. Three other Geneon Entertainment anime series, Paradise Kiss, Ayakashi and Kamichu, are scheduled to premiere on iaTV in Summer 2007.

Little Einsteins launches its second season on Saturday, January 13 at 8a on Disney Channel’s Playhouse Disney block.  The new season will feature a range of artists, including music by Strauss and art by Andy Warhol and Kandinsky, and will encourage the audience to participate at home during each episode.


Wizards of the Coast and Lucasfilm Ltd. have extended their license pact for the Star Wars line of products.  Under the new deal Wizards of the Coast will continue production of Star Wars Miniatures, which includes Starship Battles, and Star Wars Roleplaying Game titles, as well as developing new products and expansion sets and game accessories based on both.  Wizards of the Coast is a subsidiary of Hasbro.

Toysmith Group has acquired the rights to market and distribute Broadway Toys line in North America.  Broadway’s toy line includes play hand tools and power tool sets, Toro brand power garden tool sets, Quickie brand housekeeping toys and My First Gardening sets for kids.  Toysmith Group is based in Washington State and also has a showroom in Hong Kong.


Weekend Box Office Estimates for kids/tweens/teens rated G, PG or PG-13; Four Day New Year’s Holiday Weekend, December 29-January 1, 2007:
Night at the Museum (Fox) PG                             $46.7m-2 wk total $125.8m
The Pursuit of Happyness (Sony/Columbia) PG-13   $24.7m-3 wk total $103.7m
Dreamgirls (Paramount (DreamWorks)) PG-13         $18.7m-5 wk total $41.6m
Charlotte’s Web (2006) (Paramount) G                  $15.1m-3 wk total $55.9m
Rocky Balboa (MGM) PG                                      $13.7m-2 wk total $51.1m
Eragon (Fox) PG                                                $10.6m-3 wk total $58.8m
We Are Marshall (Warner Bros.) PG                       $10.2m-2 wk total $27.3m
Happy Feet (Warner Bros.) PG                             $9.7m-7 wk total $178.0m
The Holiday (Sony/Columbia) PG-13                     $8.5m-4 wk total $51.8m
Casino Royale (Sony/Columbia) PG-13                  $6.5m-7 wk total $155.4m
Source: Box Office Mojo


National Lampoon has named David Kane as interim CFO.  Working with CEO Daniel S. Laikin, and President Bruce Long, Kane will oversee the finances and administration of corporate issues for National Lampoon media and entertainment units, including National Lampoon films, National Lampoon College, TogaTV and Humor Network.  Additionally, Kane will serve as a consultant for the company to implement strategic planning strategies and leverage its brand.  Prior to this Kane has headed his own financial consulting practice specifically working with entertainment and media companies.  Previously, he was CFO, Left bank Organization and before that at GreatDomains.com.

Michael Cookson and Jennifer Klatt, both of Master Replicas have been named CEO and CFO, respectively, of the newly merged Corgi International Limited and Master Replicas. Corgi will now serve as home to the brand names Corgi Classics (die cast vehicles and figurines), Master Replicas (movie prop replicas and collectibles), and Cards Inc. (licensed products for gift/toy market).  This spring 2007 the company will release new products based on Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars 30th Anniversary, and Transformers, followed in fall 2007 with a line based on The Golden Compass.

The Singing Machine Company has give its CFO, Danny Zheng, the additional responsibilities of interim CEO as of yesterday.  Zheng takes over for Yi Ping Chan, who has stepped down as interim CEO and COO and as a member of the Board of Directors.  A majority equity interest in the company was recently sold to a Hong Kong based supplier.  Zheng (37) joined The Singing Machine Company as Financial Controller in spring 2004, moving up to CFO a year later.  Previously Zheng served as GM, PC Ware International, as well as holding senior finance roles at a number of private and public companies.

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Later — Gwen
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