Tuesday, September 29th, 2009


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Good morning. It’s Tuesday, September 29, 2009, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

Canadian broadcaster Corus Entertainment and MTV Networks International (MTVNI) have inked a new deal that will see the two launch a 24-hour localized Nickelodeon channel on Monday, November 2, 2009 at 6a.  Corus and MTVNI’s multi-platform agreement includes exclusive TV rights in Canada to all current Nick animated programming as well as live action series and all digital rights for Nickelodeon and related brands.  So, the stand alone Nickelodeon channel will offer Nick programming, including the Canadian premieres of the new animated series Fanboy and Chum Chum, and the live action series The Troop, as well as Nick’s other shows (e.g. SpongeBob SquarePants, iCarly, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Dora the Explorer etc.) and special events such as Kids’ Choice Awards, as well as original Canadian shows like Grossology, Max & Ruby, Storm Hawks and My Friend Rabbit.  Corus already owns the kid-targeted YTV and Treehouse services in Canada, as well as the animation studio Nelvana, which worked with Nickelodeon on a range of projects over the years.


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The BBC ups Joe Godwin to head of BBC Children’s, at its new Salford Quays headquarters as part of the move to BBC North in 2011.  A 20+ year veteran of the kid’s media industry, Godwin, who is currently head of news, factual and entertainment for BBC Children’s, will be responsible for all aspects of CBeebies and CBBC.  Godwin will take on his new position in November 2009, replacing Richard Deverell who, as previously announced, will become COO, BBC North.  Damian Kavanagh, Controller/CBBC and Michael Carrington Controller/CBeebies, remain responsible for all content on their respective TV channels and websites and report to Godwin.  Godwin previously toiled in a range of positions for the BBC (in different stints) and Nickelodeon as Head/Original Production.  At BBC he produced Blue Peter, directed Going Live and Live & Kicking as well as heading up Children’s BBC continuity, Head BBC Children’s Head of Entertainment, Head/On Screen Talent, CBBC and as an executive producer on a range of CBBC shows.  He also was key in the formation of the combined news, factual and entertainment unit.


9 Story Entertainment takes on a commission from YTV (Canada) to produce the animated series Almost Naked Animals (52×11).  Targeted to K6-11, the series is based on the eponymous website created by Noah Z. Jones, and is slated to bow in fall 2010.  Almost Naked Animals follows the adventures of a group of underwear-clad animals that run a beach-front hotel and are always looking for fun.  The top dog/hotel manager, Howie, who has the attention span of an 11-year-old gamer, leads the pack.  9 Story will feature the series next week in Cannes.

Aardman Animations heads into the world of live-action production.  Aardman has entered into a deal with CBBC (UK) and WDR (Germany) to co-produce a live-action pilot Men in Coats, which is based on the family-friendly stage show of the same name (you can see them on www.youtube.com).  Created by Mick Dow, Men in Coats is targeted to K6-11.  With the goal of producing a Men in Coats series (13×15), Aardman Rights will feature the property next week at Mipcom.  Additionally, as previously reported, Aardman is also in the process of producing a live-action series, Wallace & Gromit Present: A World of Invention, which will be hosted by its famous stop motion characters Wallace and Gromit and will debut on BBC1 in 2010.


Disney Channel orders additional episodes of season three of Wizards of Waverly Place (for a total of 86 series episodes and a TV movie).  Wizards of Waverly Place is produced by It’s a Laugh Productions for the network.  Additionally, Wizards of Waverly Place star Selena Gomez releases her solo CD, Kiss & Tell from Selena Gomez & The Scene, September 29 on Hollywood Records.

Nickelodeon (US) will premiere four new episodes of its interactive, preschool animated series Ni Hao, Kai-lan, from Tuesday, October 13-Friday October 16 at 1:30p.  The new episodes focus on issues including perspective taking, being bossy, and giving everyone a chance, inclusion and practice.

Marblemedia heads for MipJunior and Mipcom with a slate of new kid’s/youth properties:

  • 3 To Get Ready! – a preschool-targeted daily morning show featuring real kids exploring different things inside and outside the studio.
  • Rockin’ the Boat – set on a cruise liner this tween-aimed animated comedy is in development with Teletoon (Canada).  The series follows six teen pals as they travel to exotic locations, meet vacationers and put on a show each night.
  • Splatalot! – a outdoor, physical and messy game show for Tweens.  The series features teens in a range medieval-themed challenges and obstacle course as they vie to be King or Queen of the castle.  The series is supported by an online multi-platform game.
  • Digi High – a Tween 9-14-targeted mixed live action/animated comedy about five video game obsessed kids selected to attend a boarding school for hardcore gamers.
  • Just Like Mom … and Dad – just acquired by marblemedia, this is a re-make of the 1980s game show that will feature new elements.  Kids and their Mom or Dad prove how well they know one another.

Zodiak Entertainment will showcase a host of properties at Mipcom/MipJunior week including the new kid’s animated series Sally Bollywood (52×13).  From producer Philippe Alessandri (Tele Images Kids/Marathon Group), created by Pepper Sue and Elastik Jane and co-produced by Australia’s Three’s A Company, Sally Bollywood revolves around Sally (12), an Indian girl living in a Western city and determined to be a top-notch investigator like her Dad.


Random House Children’s Entertainment in association with Dr. Seuss Enterprises have signed a deal with NCircle Entertainment to distribute DVDs based on the new animated PBS Kids TV series, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! (40×30).  Set to premiere on PBS in fall 2010, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That features Martin Short as the voice of The Cat.  The first DVD is slated to be available in fall 2010 in conjunction with the series launch.  Developed for TV by Portfolio Entertainment and Collingwood O’Hare Productions, the animated preschool series is based on Random House’s Beginner Book franchise, The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library.

4Kids Entertainment is named as the worldwide licensing agent (excluding Japan and Korea) for merchandise based on Eidos Interactive‘s new action/adventure video game Mini Ninjas.  Developed by Io Interactive, Mini Ninjas is the newest game from the Hitman series.  4Kids plans to grow the brand with a licensing program including a range of product categories.  Released earlier this month for a range of gaming platforms, Mini Ninjas carries a rating of Everyone 10+ in North America and PEGI 7+ in PAL territories.

Holland Publishing’s imprint, Little Star Creations, enters into a licensing pact with TV-Loonland to produce kid’s headphones and magnetic height charts based on the Little Princess animated series, which in turn is based on author/illustrator Tony Ross picture books.  Also joining the line are Little Princess sticker story and activity books for 2010.


Mediatoon Distribution names Jerome Alby as the new Deputy GM and Jessica Delahaie as Sales Executive for Eastern Europe, the Middle East territories.  Alby will also retain his international sales responsibilities.  Mediatoon Distribution manages the Dargaud Media, Ellipsanime Productions, Dupuis and Storimages properties, as well as those from independent third-party producers.


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Friday, September 25, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 980; K6-11 493; TWEENS 9-14 352
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11 963; K6-11 671; TWEENS 9-14 498
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11 506; K6-11 311; TWEENS 9-14 216
DISNEY XD:               K2-11 158; K6-11 115; TWEENS 9-14   83
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  Azriel the Cat was on what show?  THE SMURFS!  Kudos to: Monica Lenti-MTV Networks/NY; Carey White-MMSI/RI; Estrella J. Diaz-Turner/NY; Rich Thomas-Disney Book Group/New York; Heather Floore-KDAF/Dallas; Sarah Traficanto-Cartoon Network/Chicago; Odette Felix-Dark Horse Media/Tucson; Matthew Bergeron-Disney Channel/Burbank; Al Ovadia-Al Ovadia & Associates/Hidden Hills; Patrick Rieger-7ate9 Entertainment/Los Angeles; Tina San Lucas-Cookie Jar Entertainment/LA; Shane Petroni-Cartoon Network Australia & New Zealand/Sydney; Brent Ebert-Turner International Australia/Sydney; Con Apostolopoulos-Turner Entertainment/HONG KONG; Chris Mullin-BashBang Productions Inc/Vancouver, BC.

Today’s Trivia Question:  The catch phrase for this popular grocery store item is “Helping you make a great meal tonight.”  What is the product?  (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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