Tuesday, January 8th, 2008


Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Tuesday, January 8, 2008, and this is your first early morning briefing.

First Iowa, Wyoming, New Hampshire for the grown-ups, and then kids will get to vote in their own presidential primary as part of part of Nickelodeon’s Kids Pick The President campaign.  The network will debut Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: The Kids’ Primary, Sunday, January 13 at 9p.  Nickelodeon’s first-ever kids presidential primary will take place online (nick.com/ kpp ) January 13-18, with the winner announced on-air Friday, January 18 at 8p.  The special and website offer information about the campaign process, issues and candidates.

Following up on yesterday’s story, United Artists Films has completed an independent agreement with the Writers Guild of America, thus allowing members of the WGA to work with UA as the strike against other companies continues.  While the UA is a unit of MGM Studios Inc., the agreement does not include MGM projects.


German director (and voice-over actor) Michael “Bully” Herbig will adapt the Japanese/Germany animated series Vicky The Viking into a live-action movie, per Variety.  Based on the kid book series of the same name by Swedish author Runer Jonsson, Vicky The Viking revolves around a young not-so brawny Viking boy named Vicky, who uses his brains and wits to solve problems.  Produced by Zuiyo Enterprise Co. (now known as Nippon Animation), the animated Vicky The Viking debuted on ZDF (Germany) and ORF (Austria) in 1974, and then rolled out across other parts of Europe.  The movie is slated for a 2009 release from Constantin Film.


Nickelodeon is set to premiere The Backyardigans in a new primetime TV movie titled, Tale of the Mighty Knights (60 min), on Monday, January 14, 2008 at 7p.  The premiere of the TV movie will be followed by a new Backyardigans CD release from Nickelodeon/Sony BMG, titled Born to Play, on January 22, and the debut of The Backyardigans Live! Tale of the Might Knights, a 50-city live tour, in partnership with Live Nation, on March 28.

Animal Planet’s new series, Escape to Chimp Eden, premieres with a special 1-hour episode on Friday, February 8, at 9:30p.  Based at the Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimpanzee Eden, in South Africa’s Mpumalanga region, where abused and neglected chimps are cared for, the series follows Director Eugene Cussons on rescue missions to save chimps and as chimps are rehabilitated once they arrive there.  Escape to Chimp Eden will air regularly on Fridays at 9p.

Sorpresa network, Juniper Content Corp’s kid-targeted Spanish-language TV channel, inks a multi-year deal with Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico Ltd., under which Sorpresa will be offered as part of Liberty’s basic digital line-up (on channel 77).

Miss Rosa and Mr. Steve, two new teacher/presenters will join the PBS Kids preschool block, wrapping around shows and segments, on May 19 2008.  Played by Jennifer Pena, Miss Rosa is a teacher who will introduce Spanish-language words and phrases into the preschool-targeted block, while Steve Roslonek (aka SteveSongs) will portray Mr. Steve, a music teacher who will fold-in original songs and music related to each day’s theme.


Following up on its Barbie Girls website, Mattel’s Barbie Tech group launches Barbie iDesign, an interactive fashion CD-ROM game that features a USB-connected scanner and design cards.  The game allows kids to upload design elements from 200+ scannable fashion cards (each containing an element, e.g. hairstyle, shoes, models, locations) and then style the looks on models, as well as creating a fashion show.

This month PBS Kids Raising Readers releases a bilingual DVD hosted by Miss Rosa (Pena) in 10 US cities, in partnership with local PBS stations.

TV-Loonland and master toy licensee Martin Yaffe will showcase the spring/summer and fall/winter 2008 product lines for the preschool-aimed animated series Little Princess at Toy Fair 2008 in NYC next month.  Products based on Little Princess, which is produced by The Illuminated Film Company, includes character-based beanies and plush toys, as well as a musical TV and a range of inflatables.

TOMY Company and ZINK Imaging have teamed to develop and market a new line of earth friendly printing products, leveraging ZINK’s ink-free printing technology.  We can expect to see the first products later this year. 


Casting Call:  SNY, the TV home to the New York Mets (and the NY Jets), is searching for a new teen host of its kids-targeted baseball-centric series, Kids Clubhouse presented on f.y.e.  To that end, SNY will hold an open casting call this Saturday, January 12, 10a-1p, at SNY’s Street-Level studio (51 Street & 6th Ave.) in NYC.  Would be hosts must be between 14-18 and accompanied by an adult.  Amanda Cole previously hosted Kids Clubhouse.  (sny.tv ).


MTV Networks names Jacques Tortoroli as its EVP and CFO.  He will report to Rich Eigendorff, COO, MTVN.  Tortoroli, who had been SVP, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, Viacom, will assume his new position in March 2008 and continue to be based in NY.  Previously, Tortoroli was EVP and CFO, Infinity Broadcasting and CFO, Westwood One, as well as CFO of Scient, Inc, Young & Rubicam Inc., Young & Rubicam Advertising/Wunderman Cato Johnson.

Angela Hunter returns to Channel One as its SVP and Executive Producer, Channel One News.  She will oversee all programming operations from the NYC newsroom, as well as through the network’s partnership with NBC News’ Peacock Productions.  Hunter will report to Kent Haehl, CEO Channel One Network.  Most recently, Hunter was an independent producer on projects for TLC, Travel Channel, MSNBC, Court TV and Fuse.  The first time round Hunter toiled for Channel One from 2001-2004.

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: What cartoon character’s trademark line is “Where is the kaboom, there was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!”?  MARVIN THE MARTIAN (Looney Tunes)  Kudos to:  Wendy Stone-The Golf Channel/Orlando; Cassel Kroll-The Lexicomm Group/NY; Peggy O’Neill- Disney Publishing Worldwide/NY; EJ Offurum-Tru TV/NY; Theresa Soulliere-JTV Productions/LA; Greg Munro-Comcast Spotlight/CO; Justin Meadows-Disney/ABC Television Group/Burbank; Steve Clune-Disney Channel Standards & Practices/Burbank; Tim Caton-Play Along Toys/Hong Kong; Jillianne Reinseth-Studio B Productions/Vancouver

Today’s Trivia Question:  The characters Mrs. Beakley, Fenton Crackshell and Magica De Spell could be found on what animated TV series?  ( Click here 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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