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Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Tuesday, November  28, 2006 and this is your first early morning Kids! briefing. 

Discovery Kids Channel will premiere part one of A Year On Earth this Sunday December 3, 5-6:30p, with part 2 debuting the following week on Sunday, December 10, 5-6p.  The special program follows three high schoolers who have taken a year off from school to travel around the world to explore the planet and report back what they find.  While on their trip the teens blogged about their experiences, and a music video supporting the special has been posted on YouTube.

Jetix Europe has acquired the multiple rights to the CGI animated series Urban Vermin (26 x 30′), from Decode Entertainment.  Under the deal, Jetix Europe picks up the TV rights to Urban Vermin across Europe, with the exception on free TV rights in France.  Additionally, Jetix Europe will serve as the home video and merchandising and licensing agent for the series in Europe.  DHX Media, Decode’s parent company, plans to produce digital online content, which will be used to support the TV launch of the series in Europe.  Commissioned by Canada’s YTV, Urban Vermin is currently in production.

Nickelodeon focuses on how kids/tweens/teens can protect themselves online and be smart when visiting social networking websites when it airs, a new episode of Nick News with Linda Ellerbee, Online and In Danger? How to Protect Yourself in the Virtual World, Sunday, December 10, 8:30p.

Viacom’s MTV Tr3s and Bela Broadcasting inked an affiliation agreement that will bring two more of the top ten US Hispanic markets into the network’s distribution plan.  The new full power broadcast stations in the LA and Phoenix markets will give the US Latino youth-focused network an additional 15% national Hispanic market coverage.  With the affiliation of Bela Broadcasting’s KBEH-TV Channel 63 in LA and KMOH-TV and KEJR-LP in the Phoenix DMA, MTV Tr3s is now carried on 32 broadcast stations in 19 DMAs.

Asia Television Forum 2006 (ATF), the seventh annual, will open its doors for business tomorrow November 29-December 1, in Singapore, and will feature upward of 336 exhibitors.  The annual TV programming market draws TV content sellers from around the world to meet with Asian buyers and potential partners.  This year ATF focuses on new media efforts (e.g. HDTV, IPTV and Mobile TV), though it also continues to feature TV platforms including, cable/satellite/free-to-air broadcasters, distributors and production studios.  In attendance this year will be, for the first time, Korea’s four main broadcasters: Educational Broadcasting System (EBS); Korea Broadcasting System (KBS); Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC); and Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS).  ATF is held in conjunction with the 2006 Asia Film Market & Conference, Asia Animation and Asia Media Festival.

Pre Asia TV Forum sales:
Icon Animation

  • Nickelodeon Asia has picked up Icon’s series Lola & Virginia (52 x 11′) for air on its channels in Brunei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Palau, Mongolia, Thailand, Cambodia, Macao, South Pacific Islands and Taiwan.  Targeted to K6-12, Lola & Virginia is co-produced by Icon animation, Millimages, France 3, TV Catalunya and ETB.
  • Korea’s EBS and EBC Taiwan have picked up the series, Vitaminix, from Icon.  Vitaminix is designed to educate kids about nutrition and healthy eating habits.  The series airs in 20+ languages around the world including through recent deals in Asia with Disney Channel, Hong Kong Cable and Infiniss.
  • New Vitaminix deals outside of Asia include, Panama free TV Channel TV7 (Corp. Medcom), UEA cabsat channel E-Junior, TV Andorra, Digiturk in Turkey and Vive TV Venezuela.

Decode Entertainment

  • Korea’s EBS, a free TV broadcaster, has acquired both seasons of Decode’s preschool series Franny’s Feet and the premium kids TV channel Kids-Talk-Talk picking up the English-language cable and satellite rights to the series.
  • Decode’s short-form series Naughty Naughty Pets (26 x 3′) has been picked up by MediaCorp TV 12, Kids Central in Singapore.
  • Cartoon Network Japan has re-upped its deal for Angela Anaconda.
  • Nickelodeon has picked up a second season of the live action series Naturally Sadie for its pan Asian channels including Japan, as well as a free TV sale to ATV (Hong Kong) and Nickelodeon New Zealand.


Warner/Chappell Music, the publishing arm of Warner Music Group Corp., has extended its sub-publishing pact with Disney Music Publishing.  Warner/Chappell will continue handle the rights to Disney’s music catalog, as well as its future movie and TV releases, across most major markets in Europe and South America.  The deal includes all music, classic/contemporary, that originates within any of the Disney business divisions including; animated and live-action movie; animated and live-action TV shows; Disney Records; Disney Channel; theme parks and some Disney-related ventures.


Scholastic News has added 57 new members to its Kids Press Corps.  A diverse group from across the country, Scholastic’s new student reporters (all 10-14 yrs-old) round out the full group of 80 kids, all of whom cover current events, breaking news, entertainment and sports events from their hometowns.  Their articles will be published at www.scholastic.com/news; in Scholastic News, the in-classroom magazine for kids in grades 1-6; and in Junior Scholastic, which is for kids in grades 6-8.  To be selected for the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps, kids were asked to submit a writing sample and described their interest in journalism.


Susan Richter has been appointed VP/Licensing US, Cookie Jar Entertainment.  She will work out of the company’s LA office.  Richter joins Cookie Jar from Hasbro Properties Group where she was Director/Licensing for bands including Transformers, Playskool, My Little Pony, GI Joe and Tonka amongst others.  Previously, she toiled in Sr. licensing roles for Fisher-Price, The Cherokee Group and L.A. Gear.

PBS Kids Sprout welcomes three new Directors.

  • Adrienne Byrd joins Sprout as Sr. Director/Legal Affairs.  She will be responsible for providing legal support to Sprout’s programming and marketing teams on all areas of their respective business. Byrd will report directly to President, Sandy Wax.  Most recently, Bryd was Sr. Counsel, Comcast Corporation.  Prior to that she held posts at Radio One, Inc., Public Broadcasting Service’s The Business Channel and BET.
  • Lauren Monks has come on board as Sr. Director/Marketing.  Monks will head the integrated marketing and business development teams and she will identify new opportunities and establish partnerships and grow distribution. Monks will report to Eileen Diskin, VP/Marketing.  Monks joins Sprout from Discovery Networks where she was National Director/Distribution Marketing.  Previously she served in a number of different roles at Discovery Networks.
  • Jennifer Molod has been named Director/Interactive.  She oversees all aspects of Sprout’s website, including project management, creative design, operations/infrastructure, editorial content and marketing strategies. Molod will also report to Diskin.  Most recently, Molod served as Director/Interactive, Lenox, where she oversaw the e-commerce website.  Previously she held interactive and consumer marketing posts at Pegasus Satellite Television, Barnes & Noble.com, Time Warner/Time Inc. Magazines and Time Inc. Home Entertainment


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Tuesday, November 21, 2006, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:          K2-11 1063; K6-11 568; TWEENS 9-14 445
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   843; K6-11 499; TWEENS 9-14 405
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   546; K6-11 376; TWEENS 9-14 302
TOON DISNEY:           K2-11   148; K6-11  70; TWEENS 9-14   54
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Wednesday, November 22, 2006, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:          K2-11 1359; K6-11 722; TWEENS 9-14 472
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   922; K6-11 616; TWEENS 9-14 479
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   913; K6-11 676; TWEENS 9-14 556
TOON DISNEY:           K2-11   197; K6-11 119; TWEENS 9-14   99
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Thursday, November 23, 2006, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1000; K6-11 643; TWEENS 9-14 464
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   831; K6-11 656; TWEENS 9-14 504
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   717; K6-11 493; TWEENS 9-14 379
TOON DISNEY:           K2-11   102; K6-11   58; TWEENS 9-14   32
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data


Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:
  Controlled by a mysterious man never seen, this train departed gate “Y”, track 13, traveled into the mystique and was hosted by husband and wife Jason and Margaret. What show was this?  TIME EXPRESS   Kudos to:  Ooh, just one answer, nice job Len!  Len Appel-TV Land/NY

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Later — Gwen
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