Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Tuesday, March 8, 2011, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

Cbeebies commissions the new wild life series Andy’s Wild Adventures (40×14) from the BBC‘s Natural History Unit (NHU).  Set to premiere on CBeebies in 2012, Andy’s Wild Adventures stars Cbeebies’ Andy Day as an animal keeper at a an animal park, along side a curious puppet cat sidekick.  The new preschool series will feature the NHU’s noted archive and will utilize digital CGI and green screen technology to transport Andy and the cat puppet via an all terrain vehicle to locations outside the park, where the action is, as they seek answers to various questions.  Andy’s Wild Adventures is executive produced by Wendy Darke (Deadly 60), and produced by Charlotte Crosse.


Cookie Jar Entertainment wraps production in Toronto on its new live-action comedy series Debra! (13 episodes).  Scheduled to debut on Family Channel (Canada) in June 2011, the new series revolves around a girl named Debra Carnegie Cameron Delong who wants to make the world (e.g. school, community, friends) a bit better with a little teenage know how and imagination.  The series stars Naimh Wilson (Saw IV, V, and VI) as Debra, as well as Will Jester (Rookie Blue) as her pal Preston, Jessica Holmes (Royal Canadian Air Force), and David Haydn-Jones (NCIS) as Preston’s parents.  The series is co-executive produced by Stacey Curtis (Naturally Sadie, The Best Years) and executive producer and writers are Andrew Nicholls and Darrell Vickers (Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius).  Kevin May (The Latest Buzz, Naturally Sadie) serves as producer.  Cookie Jar will feature the series at MIP TV this April 2011 in Cannes.


Cartoon Network picks up new episodes of three of its live action Wednesday night series, Hole in the Wall (7:30p) and Dude, What Would Happen (8p), and a third season of Destroy Build Destroy (8:30p).  The game show Hole in the Wall is produced by FremantleMedia North America, with Scott St. John serving as executive producer.  Dude, What Would Happen is produced by Ping Pong Productions, with executive producers Brad Kuhlman and Casey Brumels.  Destroy Build Destroy was created by Dan Taberski and is produced by Idiot Box & Mess Media, with Taberski and Scott Messick serving as executive producers.

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) enters into a TV deal for the Nickelodeon with terrestrial TV network TNT (Russia).  Under the TV pact, TNT acquires 250 hours of Nickelodeon’s programming, including the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, As Told By Ginger, Hey Arnold and My Life As A Teenage Robot, and for the first time the live-action series iCarly, Big Time Rush and The Troop.  The content will be localized for Russia, and will air as part of TNT’s existing Nickelodeon branded programming block, which reaches 100 million households (80% of Russian TV households).  VIMN’s 24-hour Russian-language Nickelodeon ( www.nickelodeon.ru  ) service is currently available via a number of cable, satellite and IPTV operators including NTV Plus, Raduga TV, Er Telecom, Akado, Rostelecom, Beeline and others.

Skywriter Media & Entertainment Group will introduce its tween-targeted, live-action adventure series On the Run (26×30) next month at MIP TV 2011.  Based on author Gordon Korman’s book series, On the Run, the eponymous TV series revolves around Aiden and younger sister, Meg, escape from a juvenile work farm and set out to solve the mystery of their parents’ sudden disappearance.  Daphne Ballon (Life With Derek, Baxter) will serve as show runner for the tween series, which is being developed by Skywriter’s Meghan Davies. Kevin Gillis, Margery Walshaw and Simon Walshaw are executive producing.

Leading up to Warner Bros. release of the final Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  Part 2 (July 15, 2011), ABC Family will host a Harry Potter Marathon, Thursday-Sunday, July 7-10.  The network will air the first five Harry Potter movies during the marathon.

Nickelodeon Consumer Products UK inks a licensing deal with kid’s book/magazine publisher, DC Thomson, to produce Nickelodeon Magazine for the UK.  Targeted to tween/teen girls, Nickelodeon Magazine will publish every three weeks (17 issues per year), with an initial circulation of about 40,000.  The new magazine title will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes content, interviews and photos featuring Nickelodeon’s shows including iCarly, Big Time Rush, Victorious and SpongeBob SquarePants.  Each issue will come with an exclusive gift.  The debut issue features the popular series House Of Anubis, and Nickelodeon news and celebrity, pop and TV news, as well as style and consumer product sections.  The launch of Nickelodeon Magazine is part of Nickelodeon UK’s brand expansion effort to grow its reach and create new multi-platform opportunities for its properties and content.  Other developments include Nickelodeon Land with Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Nickelodeon Cruises with Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams, will publish an updated, expanded, and revised version of Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book for release on Tuesday, May 10, 2011.  The revised edition will feature a new cover and new content by Diary of A Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney, with a one million copy first printing.  The original version of the book (3+ million copies), will go out of print.  To coincide with the book’s re-release, Amulet Books is sponsoring a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Comics Contest, which begins March 10, and invites kids 16 and under to mail in an original cartoon, more information can be found later this week at www.wimpykid.com/contest .  Fox will release the second Wimpy Kid feature film, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, on March 25, 2011.


Cyn opsis presents: Upfront 2011- The Kids! Market (Publishing March 22)

The Kids! Market, the 1st in the Upfront 2011 Special Edition Series, will provide an
in-depth look at the 2011 selling season from both the Buyer and Seller perspectives.

Upcoming Upfront 2011 Special Editions
Cable (4/6), Syndication (4/19), Spanish Language (5/3), Broadcast (5/16)

Ad Space is limited (Cable & Spanish Language Editions are Sold Out).
Contact Mike Farina to reserve today:  [email protected], 203.218.6480


Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has also completed a series of new consumer products deals for SpongeBob SquarePants in Russia: C-Trade (plush, outdoor and sporting items); OOO Cotton Club (personal care products); TD Eldorado (apparel); and Academy (stationery).  Scheduled to launch this summer, the products will be available at retailers including Metro, Auchan, Korablik and Real.

The UK will get a set of magical postage stamps.  The Royal Mail releases the new set of Magical Realms stamps today.  The set of eight stamps includes a mix of film images and newly created images and features myths and legends of King Arthur via two stamps of Merlin and Morgan le Fay, with two stamps feature images of Aslan and the White Witch from C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. The set is rounded out with four First Class stamps featuring Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series, and Rincewind and Nanny Ogg from Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.

Program Call:  Cynopsis Media will be producing our annual MIPTV Shopping Guide sent to all Cynopsis and Cynopsis Kids subscribers on Thursday, March 31, the week before MIPTV 2011 in Cannes. If you’re exhibiting at MIPTV this year and would like to have your programming included, please send us only the following info for your top 5 shows: title, availability date, number of episodes, length, type (i.e., movie, series, special, etc.), genre and your terms (barter, cash, etc.) as well as your company’s stand/booth location. To be included in this free and highly-viewed special edition, please send your submission to [email protected] no later than Friday, March 25, 2011. A confirmation email will be sent following each submission from Lisa (if you don’t receive a confirmation email, please resubmit).

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia:  The original of this Rembrandt now hangs in the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.  A print was used as a prop in the foyer of this sitcom house (tho from time to time was replaced with a mirror).  The painting features a young girl with an item too obvious to mention or it would give away the answer to this question.  What show was this on?   BEWITCHED, THE PAINTING WAS CALLED “GIRL WITH A BROOM” AND THE GIRL LOOKED A LOT LIKE A VERY YOUNG SAMANTHA  Kudos to … nobody.  Hmmm.

Today’s Trivia Question:  This vehicle was featured in a series of moves and also in a TV sitcom. On television, the car was used for a drivers education class, and hilarity ensued.  What was the name of the vehicle?  (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 Billings for Cynopsis Kids!

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JOB OPENING: VP OF BIZ DEV, MEDIA PRACTICE/EDGE TECHNOLOGY SERVICES/NY:  Resp. for increasing market share for Edge’s services within the media practice. Quota-carrying Senior Salesperson. Resumes to: [email protected] (3/9)

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SITUATION WANTED: ASSOCIATE PRODUCER/LA: 5+ years experience NFLN, ESPN, FoxSports, CNN, Studio Production, Remote Production, Post Production, Writing, Features, Segment Producing, QC, etc. Please email:[email protected] (3/15)

SITUATION WANTED: MANAGER/DIRECTOR FINANCIAL PLANNING AND ANALYSIS/LA. 10+ yrs exp in corporate entertainment finance. Extensive background in financial budgeting, planning, modeling and executive presentations. [email protected] (3/15)

SITUATION WANTED: WRITERS ASSISTANT/WRITERS P.A.: Aspiring TV & Feature Film Screenwriter with yrs of industry experience. Film Festival, & Writing Contest award winner. Excellent references available. Contact: [email protected] (3/15)

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SITUATION WANTED: INTEG. MKTG MANAGER/LA: 3+ yrs exp building strong client relationships & successful brand campaigns.Great team player, very organized, branded entertainment enthusiast. [email protected] (3/15)

SITUATION WANTED: SHOOTER/DIR/PROD/CREATIVE EDITOR NY/BOS/LA:17+ yrs, worldwide exp: PBS Kids, CBS, BBC, Oxfam, MINI, History Channel, iPhone Apps. reel & website: www.GraziosoPictures.com iPhone +1 (617) 216-7554 [email protected] (3/12)

SITUATION WANTED:  CABLE DISTRIBUTION SALES: 5 years experience in Cable & Broadcast TV. Well organized, great at building relationships, looking for a challenge & opportunity to grown within your company. Contact: [email protected] (3/11)

SITUATION WANTED: ANALYTICAL AE FOR DIGITAL OR TV AD SALES/NY: I assure you that I am qualified, and will prove to be a valuable addition to your firm. 3yrs in Finance & 9 yrs in Ad Sales. Let’s grow together.  [email protected] (3/10)

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SITUATION WANTED:  EXPERIENCED TV PRODUCER WITH MBA – I have an MBA and 9 years experience as a TV Producer. Ideally looking for a position that integrates content and brands. Also open to other opportunities. [email protected] (3/9)

SITUATION WANTED: TALENT/DEVELOPMENT EXEC ASST/NY:3 years experience TV/Talent/Distribution. (CAA) Creative Artists Agency, VIACOM w major properties i.e. Jersey Shore & Daily Show. Know players in industry. [email protected] (3/9)

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