Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Cynopsis: Kids!



Good morning. It’s Tuesday, September 11, 2007, and this is your first early morning briefing. 

PBS Kids Sprout has inked a new carriage deal Time Warner Cable and is set to launch its live hosted preschool morning block, The Sunny Side Up Show, on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 9a-12p.  That day also happens to be the exact day two years ago that PBS Kids Sprout network launched, created under a partnership between Comcast Corporation, HIT Entertainment, PBS and Sesame Workshop; the on demand service debuted six months earlier.

  • Sprout’s addition of Time Warner Cable’s 13.4 million basic cable subscribers, which already carries Sprout’s VOD service, to its other distributors including Comcast, DirecTV, Cox, RCN, Insight, AT&T and Verizon, Sprout says it will be available in 34 million HH via digital cable and/or Sprout On Demand.
  • Set inside a kid-friendly barn environment, The Sunny Side Up Show live segments will be hosted by Kevin Yamada and actress Kelly Vrooman, who will rotate weekly, wrapping around Sprout’s preschool programming.  Each week during the live-segments, the host and their ever-present puppet pal Chica, a chicken who only the hosts under stand, will focus on a theme (e.g. colors, numbers, manners and holidays) and get preschoolers and their parents ready for the day with birthday greetings, crafts and the like.

Cablevision Systems Corp. has added TV5MONDE USA to its international programming available on iO TV, which now features over 60 international channels in 10 languages.  The French-language channel will be on iO TV Channel 267 ($9.95/month  you’ll need a Scientific Atlanta digital cable set-top box) across Cablevision’s entire service area with programming from France, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, and Africa.  The line-up on the network will include kid’s programming, though no specifics yet.


Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Television have doubled the original episode order for the new animated TV series The Spectacular Spider-Man, for a total order of 26×30′ episodes.  The series is currently in production at Culver Entertainment, which has begun the new set of 13 episodes. The initial 13 episodes are still slated to premiere in early 2008 on Kids’ WB! on the CW Network.  With more episodes ordered, we can expect a full merchandising and promotional effort for the series launch.

The new CG animated series Back At The Barnyard will premiere on Nickelodeon, Saturday, September 29 at 9p, and on Nicktoons Network the following day at 9p.  Based on the Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount animated feature film Barnyard, the series picks up a few years later continues follow the adventures of a group of animals and their mischief-making when humans are looking.  Back At The Barnyard will air regularly Saturdays at 10:30a on Nickelodeon.

In honor of Yom Kippur on September 21 broadband network JewishTVNetwork.com is planning to stream Kol Nidre, the holiest Jewish prayer recited on the eve of Yom Kippur, from LA’s oldest synagogue. Other High Holiday content will include kid’s entertainment, Israel news, and cooking tips.

VeggieTales: The Wonderful Wizard of Ha’s, Big idea’s a new direct-to-DVD title, will be released on October 9, 2007.  Distributed by Warner Home Video, the DVD, a parody of The Wizard of Oz, also includes bonus features such as unseen clips, an interactive storybook, family activities, and games.


Cookie Jar Entertainment has named IToys the lead toy licensee for the UK for The Doodlebops, which airs in the UK on Playhouse Disney, GMTV and GMTV2, as well as on TG4 in Ireland.  IToys launches a Doodlebops product line this fall including musical instruments, microphones, dance mats and role-play toys. 


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Granada Ventures, a consumer products division of ITV Plc, has named Mel Beer joins as Head of Licensing and Julie Quirke joining as Licensing and Brand Manager specifically responsible for the preschool brand Pocoyo.  Both will report to Katie Foster, Licensing Director.  As Head of Licensing, Beer is responsible for increasing sales and brand exposure for the Granada Ventures properties across all brands.  Most recently, Beer was UK Licensing Director/Consumer Products, Jetix.  Previously she was with BBC Worldwide, oversaw the licensing effort for Teletubbies, as we as for Amscan International Ltd.  Quirke joins the company from Ricochet where she served as a Global Brand Manager.  Previously, she toiled for division of Mentorn International, Channel 4 and C4I.

Ray De La Garza is named VP/Programming, Radio Disney.  Based in LA, he will oversee all aspects of Radio Disney programming.  Most recently De La Garza was VP and GM of radio station 830 AM Los Angeles.  He was previously COO, Radiovisa Corporation and SVP/Programming, Premiere Radio Networks.


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Friday, September 7, 2007, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:          K2-11 1005; K6-11 537; TWEENS 9-14 354
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   889; K6-11 527; TWEENS 9-14 385
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   665; K6-11 434; TWEENS 9-14 298
TOON DISNEY:           K2-11   197; K6-11 110; TWEENS 9-14   41
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:
In Transformers: The Movie, what autobot did Optimus Prime pass the matrix of leadership to?  ULTRA MAGNUS  Kudos to only one!: Bryan Varga-HRP Detroit/Southfield, MI

Today’s Trivia Question:  In 1971, a very young Jodie Foster appeared in a TV commercial with Henry Fonda. What children’s product was this for?   (Click here 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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