Tuesday, October 20th, 2009



Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Tuesday, October 20, 2009, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing. 

Nickelodeon will begin production in Vancouver, BC this week on its new original TV movie Best Player featuring iCarly’s Jerry Trainor and Jennette McCurdy.  Set to bow on the network in 2010, the movie revolves around two cyber athletes that inadvertently discover life in the real world is as good as in a virtual world.  Executive produced by Jessica Horowitz, Lauren Levine and Marjorie Cohn, as well as Sandy Climan and Christine Foy, Best Player is directed by Damon Santostefano.


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Director Mike Mitchell (Shrek Forever After, Sky High) signs on with Warner Bros. to direct the comedy/fantasy Monster Squad, with Warner Bros. studio-based Donald De Line producing, per Variety.  Brad Copeland (Yogi Bear) is penning the script.  This project has been around for some time now, with McG at one time set to direct the movie from a script about an anxious dad dealing with childhood monsters by Michael Arndt.  Warner Bros. originally acquired Brian Lynch’s Nightcrawlers spec script in 2000, which revolved around an international group of kids fending off those pesky monsters that live under beds.  Mitchell is also set to direct MGM’s live-action movie Once Upon a Time, which follows what happens when Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty’s prince-husbands go missing.


Nickelodeon will premiere the new CG animated series Fanboy and Chum Chum on Friday, November 6 at 9p, following the hour-long special, SpongeBob SquarePants’ Truth or Square.  A spin-off from Nicktoons Network’s anthology series Random! Cartoons, Fanboy and Chum Chum will move to its regular Saturday 10:30a time slot beginning November 7.  To support the launch, Fanboy and Chum Chum is currently streaming on Nick.com and via Nick on Demand.  Additionally, the premiere episode will simulcast on Nickelodeon Mobile.  The Fanboy and Chum Chum cast features David Hornsby (The Mullets, Jake in Progress) as Fanboy, Nika Futterman (My Gym Partner’s a Monkey) as Chum Chum and Jamie Kennedy as Fanboy’s wizard friend Kyle among others.  Created by Eric Robles (Ni Hao, Kai-lan, Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy), the series is executive produced by Robles, Steve Tompkins (The Bernie Mac Show, Entourage, The Simpsons) and Fred Seibert (Frederator’s Random! Cartoons).

Disney XD will premiere the new original sci-fi adventure movie Skyrunners (5p) and a preview episode of the live-action/music-centric series I’m in the Band (6:45p), on Friday, November 27.  The Skyrunners movie debut will be sponsored by Ubisoft’s Shaun White Snowboarding: World Stage game with limited programming breaks, while the preview of I’m in the Band is sponsored by Pepperidge Farm Cheddar Goldfish crackers.  I’m in the Band will join the channel’s regular lineup in January 2010.

  • Featuring creatures designed by Weta Workshop (The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, etc.), Skyrunners revolves around teen brothers that commandeer a small UFO that crashes near their town and discover an evil alien plot to take over the Earth.  Staring Kelly Blatz (Aaron Stone) and newcomer Joey Pollari, Skyrunners is a production of Ranger Productions and Shaftesbury Services II.  The movie is directed by Ralph Hemecker (Numb3rs) and written by Richard C. Okie (Quantum Leap, Earth: Final Conflict) along with Adam Wilson & Melanie Wilson. Okie also serves as executive-producer of the movie.
  • I’m in the Band revolves around Tripp, a teen boy that becomes a member his favorite classic rock band and determined to help the band, a group of misfits, get it together for a major comeback.  Meanwhile the band members, in their own way, help Tripp get through his teen years. 

Studio B Productions gets a second season pick-up for the 2D animated series Kid vs Kat, with Disney XD US and Disney XD Europe commissioning 26×11 (52×11) episodes, and YTV (Canada) ordering 13×22 new episodes.  Additionally, all three broadcasters pick up 13×2 digital shorts based on Kid vs Kat series.  Decode Enterprises handles distribution for Kid vs Kat.  Studio B and Decode are both units of DHX Media Company.

Beyond Distribution completes deals for the new series, Kid Detectives, which it launched during MipJunior earlier this month.  Picking up the half-hour version of Kid Detectives are Ceska Televize (Czech Republic) and Noga (Israel) for the Logi Channel, while Astro (Malaysia) takes the 15-minute episodes.  Ceska Televize will air Kid Detectives on Tuesdays at 3:50p on Channel CT1, and then repeated on Wednesdays at 2:05p on Channel CT2.  Kid Detectives is produced by Beyond Productions for Super RTL (Germany and Channel 7 (Australia).

American Greetings Properties‘ (AGP) new animated series Berry Bitty Adventures, featuring Strawberry Shortcake, will launch in France on Disney Channel in April 2010, followed by its debut on M6 in October 2010.  Strawberry Shortcake is known in France as Charlotte aux Fraises.  M6 will also distribute the new DVD of the CGI animated movie, Charlotte aux Fraises Tous unis pour Fraisi-Paradis! (The Strawberry Shortcake Movie: Sky’s the Limit) on December 9, 2009.  Cookie Jar Group, Strawberry Shortcake’s worldwide licensing agent, continues to work with French licensing agent CPLG France to expand the roster of licensing partners for Charlotte aux Fraises across multiple categories.


The Jim Henson Company and Random House Children’s Books ink a licensing deal that grants Random House has the rights to publish original books based on the preschool animated series Dinosaur Train beginning fall 2010.  Under the deal Random House will publish coloring and activity books and illustrated Little Golden Books in North America. PBS Kids premiered Dinosaur Train and a corresponding website ( www.pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain) in September 2009.

Big Tent Entertainment unveils a series of five new Nintendo DSi games featuring Domo.  Under a worldwide deal (excluding Asia), Nintendo is publishing and releasing the new games Crash-Course Domo, hard-Hat Domo, Pro-Putt Domo, Rock-n-Roll Domo and White Water Domo.  The games are available beginning this week for download in the US, Canada, and Latin America via the Nintendo DSi Shop.

TC Digital Games is granted a license by NFL Properties and NFL Players to produce a football collectible trading card game with a digital card online component, slated to debut in conjunction with the start of the 2010 NFL season.  TC Digital Games is a majority-owned subsidiary of 4Kids Entertainment.

Spin Master is launching its new Liv line of fashion dolls in the UK in time for holiday 2009.  Targeted to Girls 6-10, the Liv doll line, which currently features four teen dolls, Daniela, Sophie, Katie and Alexis, will be available from November 1 in the UK at retailers including Argos, Toys R Us and The Entertainer among others.  Each doll is designed to be like an average teen girl, each with her own back-story, look, interest and personality and their own accessory line.  The dolls also come with their own access code that unlocks content specific to that doll online at www.livworld.com .  Spin Master recently launched the Liv line in the US and Canada.


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Friday, October 20, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11 1299; K6-11 849; TWEENS 9-14 636
NICKELODEON:          K2-11 1019; K6-11 548; TWEENS 9-14 401
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   531; K6-11 345; TWEENS 9-14 282
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   141; K6-11   99; TWEENS 9-14   75
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  What character is known for saying “_____day is a very dangerous day” (where the blank is something different everyday)?  ROCKO of ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE Kudos to: Jim Wyatt-Film Roman, Starz Media/Burbank; Mark Rodriguez-MDR Entertainment/Valencia; Debbie Clark-2 Blondes at Work/Granada Hills

Today’s Trivia Question:  Jean Louise Finch was her full name, but what was she better known as?   (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
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