Tuesday, October 31st, 2006


Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s  Tuesday, October 31, 2006 and this is your first early morning Kids! briefing. 


Zonemedia (f/k/a Zone Vision Networks) is hoping to scare up an audience with the launch this week of its new Zone Horror Channel in The Netherlands.  The channel is available across the Netherlands via a dedicated feed, with all programming featuring Dutch-language subtitles, and is carried on both UPC in its extra channel pack and on CAIW in its Digital Plus package.  Nothing tweens and teens like more than a good scare … oh, and could we leave that light on just for tonight Mom?


Oddworld Inhabitants, the videogame developers responsible for the Oddworld titles, has teamed up John (Shrek) Williams’ Vanguard Animation to develop Citizen Siege, a new original CG animated feature, which will not be a movie for kids/families.  Described as a, “politically edgy sci-fi action thriller,” Citizen Siege will be directed by Lorne Lanning, co-founder of Oddworld Inhabitants, with Williams set to produce.  A videogame adaptation of Citizen Siege will be simultaneously developed with the movie.


Nicktoons Network will premiere Skyland (13 x 30′), the sci-fi animated/adventure series on Saturday, November 18, at 9p.  Skyland features a mix of CGI, 2D and key frame animated styles.  The long-awaited series will debut with a special (60 min) at 9p, which was part of a sneak-peek promotion in January, followed by a new episode (30 min) at 10p during Nicktoons Network’s 3 Headed Monster programming block.  The series will air regularly on the network, Saturdays at 9p.  Produced by Method Films and created by Emmanuel Gorin, Alexandre de la Patellière and Matthieu Delaporte, Skyland is set in the year 2251 as the Earth has been shattered into millions of aimless blocks that orbit around Earth’s core, known as Skyland.  The story follows a brother and sister, Mahad and Lena, the latter is both younger and telekinetic, as they search for their parents in a new world order.

The first season of Yu-Gi-Oh! will return to broadcast TV on 4Kids TV, 4Kids Entertainment’s Saturday morning programming block on Fox, beginning November 4, 11a.  Aiming to provide background to those new to the Yu-Gi-Oh! story, the season one episodes will run following the current chapter of the series, Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters, which premiered this September.  Yu-Gi-Oh! made its US debut in 2001 on Kids’ WB.

Animania HD, VOOM HD Networks’s all animation channel, has picked up the rights for the CGI animated series Dive Olly Dive! (26 x 30′) and a second season of the CGI series Pet Alien (26 x 30′) from Taffy Entertainment, LLC.  The series were both produced in hi-def for the channel.  New episodes of Pet Alien and the Dive Olly Dive! series will launch on December 1 and 2 respectively, on Animania HD, which is currently available on DISH Network.

This week kids in Kosovo are watching Bert, Ernie and Elmo in a new season (26 eps) of Rruga Sesam (Albanian language) and Ulica Sezam (Serbian language) on RTK, as well as airing regionally on Serbian language broadcasters, DTV, TV Most Zvecan and TV Herc Strpce.  In addition to a mix of Muppet and animated segments produced by Sesame Workshop, this second season of Sesame Street includes new live-action films focusing on what daily life is like for kids in Kosovo and featuring local kids and families from different backgrounds, communities and speaking in different languages.  The live-action content is based on an educational curriculum developed by educators in Kosovo in consultation with Sesame Workshop and produced by CMB.  Season two of Rruga Sesam and Ulica Sezam is made possible by support from USAID (United States Agency for International Development), SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency), and OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Mission in Kosovo.


Move over couch potatoes, there’s a new spud in town.  Promotional Partners Worldwide has inked a license deal with Hasbro Properties Group, under which it will manufacture and market Mr. Potato Head Sports Spuds that will sport the logos of teams from Major Leagues Baseball, National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League.  Each of the leagues has granted its license to co-brand the Mr. Potato Head Sports Spuds, collectibles which stand at 6.5 inches, and accessories including customized team jerseys and a collection of interchangeable components specific to each sport.  Mr. Potato Heads Sports Spuds will be available for holiday 2006.  So then what’s the deal? Mrs. Potato Head doesn’t like sports?

Activision Publishing, Inc. is set to release two new adventure games, Barbie Diaries High School Mystery and Barbie in The 12 Dancing Princesses both for Game Boy Advance and PC.  The games are rated E for Everyone and are based on Mattel’s Barbie DVD movies.


Gavin Tyler Reardon has established …and action! Distribution, a distribution company that will focus on the action genre.  In its first deal …and action! Distribution has entered into an exclusive deal with German production company Action Concept, under which it will exclusively distribute all of Action Concept’s newly produced programming worldwide, excluding Germany, including two action movies and a behind-the-scenes reality series, as well as a group of projects currently in development; three additional action films and two new action 1-hr TV series slated to be ready by 1Q 2007.  Action Concept projects to be offered by …and action! Distribution include: Crash Kids: Trust No One (90 min/action movie); Dekker The Trucker (90 min/action movie); Europe’s Greatest Stunts (8 x 30’/action series).  Reardon was most recently President of GRB Worldwide.  Previously he was SVP/International Distribution, GRB Ent., VP/International Sales, MTM International Distribution, and Executive Director/International Sales, Republic Pictures.


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Friday, October 27, 2006, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1195; K6-11 614; TWEENS 9-14 442
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   903; K6-11 587; TWEENS 9-14 476
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   561; K6-11 369; TWEENS 9-14 236
TOON DISNEY:          K2-11   119; K6-11   66; TWEENS 9-14   40
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

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Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: Where would find a guy named Jeff wearing purple and usually very sleepy?  JEFF’S ONE OF THE WIGGLES, WAKE UP JEFF!  Kudos to: Juli Lennett-The NPD Group/Port Washington NY; Randy Meredith-Brighter Minds Media/Worthington OH; Mara Anastas-Simon & Schuster/NY; Joanna Marutollo-HarperCollins Children’s Books/NY; Lynn Costello-Hawthorne Direct/Phoenix, AZ; Micki Barnett-4Bucks Media Inc/Bell Canyon CA; Jon Berrett-Company-Yo Gabba Gabba/Brea CA; Kelly Syers-Program Partners/Venice CA; Heather Case-Clear Channel/Kbig/LA; Erin Bartley-The Cookie Jar Company/Toronto; Jeff Schecter/Toronto

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Later — Gwen
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