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Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Tuesday, June 9, 2009, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

Beginning Sunday, July 5, night begins an hour earlier, when Nickelodeon permanently moves the 9p start of the Nick at Nite block to 8p, Sundays to Thursdays.  Nick has acquired the complete seven-season library–all 151 episodes–of Malcolm in the Middle from Fox Television. The series originally ran on Fox between 2000-2006.  Later this summer, Nick at Nite will add Glenn Martin, DDS, the new stop-motion animated series from Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company. Kevin Nealon, Catherine O’Hara and Judy Greer star and a storyline revolving around a family that trades the suburbs for a life on the road.


Actor Masi Oka (Hiro on Heroes) has sold his family adventure movie project, The Defenders, to DreamWorks, per THR.  The movie will be produced by the Star Trek and Transformers movie writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, whose Kurtzman/Orci Productions is based at DreamWorks.  Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) has signed on to pen the script with D.J. Caruso (Disturbia, Jack the Giant Killer) in negotiations to direct the movie.  The Defenders is based on Oka’s concept, “what would happen if you had to live up to the person you created in the virtual world?”  The movie revolves around a group of teens from around the world that are simultaneously playing a multiplayer video game, their real identities protected behind their avatars, who are forced to join together in an adventure in the real world.

Just as he finished the final edits on his new movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, director Michael Bay posted on his message board at www.shootfortheedit.com that the Imax version of the movie will feature extra footage, explaining: “For Imax, I created a slightly longer cut with more robot fighting. Four scenes were shot on Imax cameras so the screen will fill the full Imax screen for these scenes.”

Pixar and Monsters, Inc fans are getting their fill of rumors about a movie sequel.  According to a report on Jim Hill Media, a Monsters, Inc. sequel as mentioned to buyers at the Licensing Expo and Pete Docter (UP, Monsters, Inc.) will direct that the picture.


Chuggington is set to pull into the US under a new deal between Ludorum, series creators/producers, and Disney Channel.  The CGI animated preschool targeted Chuggington (52×10) will launch on Disney Channel’s Playhouse Disney programming block in spring of 2010.  Ludorum has begun production on a new season of Chuggington (26×10), which has also been acquired by the BBC for CBeebies (UK).  Learning Curve Brands, a subsidiary of RC2 Corporation, is the global master toy licensee for the property, and they, along with several other licensees, will launch licensed product lines based on the series worldwide in 2010.  Chuggington has been licensed to some 145 territories including Germany (Super-RTL), France (TF1), Australia (ABC) and Canada (Treehouse) with the most recent deal inked in March for Japan (Fuji Television).

Family Channel (Canada) unveils roster for new and returning Canadian original kid-targeted productions. Production begins in Toronto for all series in late summer/fall 2009, all of which will are slated to premiere in 2010 and 2011.

  • New series for Family Channel include new live-action comedies Angel on Campus (13×30) from Temple Street Productions and Baxter (13×30) from Shaftesbury Films.
  • New seasons of the channel’s returning series include the second season of Connor Undercover (26×30) from Heroic Film Company/Shaftesbury Films) and the third season of Overruled! (13×30) from Shaftesbury Films.
  • Playhouse Disney Canada, Family Channel’s multiplex channel for its subscribers, commissions two new animated preschool series Stella and Sam (13 episodes of 2×11) produced by Radical Sheep Productions and Justin Time (13 episodes of 2×11) from Guru Studio.  New seasons of returning programs, as previously announced, include Amberwood Entertainment’s The Secret World of Benjamin Bear and Decode Entertainment’s Franny’s Feet.

PBS orders a new season (26 episodes) of the animated series WordGirl (pbskidsgo.org/wordgirl) from Scholastic Media for the PBS Kids Go! programming block.  Produced by Scholastic Media’s animation studio Soup2Nuts, the new season will bring the total number of episodes to 78.

TV-Loonland and Gulli TV commission two more seasons of the K7-10 targeted animated comedy Raymond.  Produced by Paris-based Everybody on Deck, the newly ordered 52×7 episodes of Raymond will bring the total to 78 episodes.  The most recent broadcast deals for the series include those with Cartoon Network Japan, TV4 (Sweden) and International Francophone Channel TV5 Monde, which acquired the broadcast rights for air in Europe, North Africa, the Orient, Asia, the US, Latin America and the Caribbean.

KidsCo to air in Indonesia under a new agreement with M2V for In-Car in Indonesia via M2V’s MMDS pay TV distribution system.  Programming will include The Wiggles, Inspector Gadget, New Adventures of Madeline, Tracy Beaker and KidsCo original series such as Jass Time and the new series Boo & Me.


SpongeBob SquarePants will be helping to deliver package under a licensing deal with Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP) in Germany with DHL Deutschland, the express courier and logistics.  Beginning this week, the yellow porous one will be featured on limited edition SpongeBob SquarePants branded small and medium sized cardboard boxes and courier envelopes launch across the German market.  Two different designs will be available from all German Post Offices and online at www.efiliale.de for about six-eight weeks.

The Chaotic trading card game (TCG) and TV series arrives in Germany.  4Kids Entertainment and its subsidiary TC Digital Games have begun distributing the Chaotic game in Germany through Universal Cards.  The animated TV series, Chaotic TV, launched last week in German on RTL2 where it airs Mondays-Thursdays at 1p.  The corresponding web content for the series will be available through a Chaotic microsite on RTL2 kid’s website www.pokito.de .  Additionally Chaotic will also be featured on My Pokito, RTL2’s daily interactive kids’ show.

Disney Interactive Studios will release The Princess and the Frog video game, based on Disney’s upcoming animated movie of the same name, for Wii and Nintendo DS this fall 2009.  Featuring characters and moments from the movie, the family-targeted video game includes 25+ mini-games designed for 1-4 players.  The Nintendo DS version of the game also includes DGamer, Disney’s online gaming community, where players can customize avatars, create profiles, chat and share items with friends as well as unlock exclusive content.  Amaze and Griptonite Games developed The Princess and the Frog video game.


BBC‘s Anne Gilchrist, currently Controller of CBBC, is named to an initial one-year appointment as Creative & Business Director for the BBC In-House Comedy department.  Gilchrist, who takes on her new position this September, will be responsible for the in-house roster of online comedy, output from nations and regions, and kid’s comedy.  The appointment comes following Gilchrist’s decision not to move to Salford in Manchester with the whole of the BBC Children’s division.  Gilchrist has been working with Mark Freeland, Head of In House Comedy over the course of the last year to build a comedy slate for the kid’s division, including sharing talent and developing new writing talent on long-running series.


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Thursday, June 4, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1230; K6-11 633; TWEENS 9-14 490
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   901; K6-11 632; TWEENS 9-14 561
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   530; K6-11 359; TWEENS 9-14 276
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   157; K6-11   83; TWEENS 9-14 64
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Friday, June 4, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1312; K6-11 672; TWEENS 9-14 463
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11 1030; K6-11 695; TWEENS 9-14 541
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   554; K6-11 369; TWEENS 9-14 273
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   164; K6-11   93; TWEENS 9-14   72
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:    Living Dolls was a spinoff of what primetime TV sitcom?  WHO’S THE BOSS?  Kudos to all of you who answered correctly, but I mistakenly deleted the file with all of your names in it!  Sorry about that!

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