Good morning. It’s Tuesday, September 9, 2008, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.
In New York, US District Court Judge Patterson has found in favor of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. in their copyright case against RDR Books, which planned to publish a reference book titled Harry Potter Lexicon. The judge completely blocked publication of the book, which Rowling explained, “took an enormous amount of my work and added virtually nor original commentary of its own.” On its website RDR Books stated that it is “obviously disappointed” and considering its options.
This week marks KyLinTV‘s launch of the first North American Chinese Kids Channel and Happy Kids VOD on its Chinese IPTV platform. Chinese Kids Channel and Happy Kids VOD both offer Chinese kid’s programming including animation, educational, science shows. The Kids Channel is available as part of KyLinTV’s basic monthly package for no additional fees to subscribers, while Happy Kids VOD will run $10/month.
NEW PRODUCTION & DEVELOPMENT
RDF Kids & Family (RDF) acquires the rights to two popular live-action UK properties, RentaGhost and Worzel Gummidge from Pidgeon Entertainment, Inc, to develop, produce and distribute both properties in the UK and internationally. Written by Bob Block, RentaGhost originally ran on the BBC 1975-1984, with episodes playing later on CBBC and BBC Worldwide. Worzel Gummidge is based on author Barbara Euphan Todd’s series of books published from 1936, which was first performed on BBC Radio in the 1940s and then adapted as a live-action series by ITV, which ran the show from 1979-81. In the TV series, Worzel Gummidge, a scarecrow with interchangeable heads for different activities, was played by Jon Pertwee who was the third Doctor Who (1970-74)
India-based DQ Entertainment inks a deal with M6 Studio, France, Method Animation SA, France and Luxanimation to co-produce a TV series based on the property Le Petit Nicolas (or in English, Little Nick). Created by Rene Goscinny and illustrated by Jean-Jacques Sempe, Little Nick was first published in 1959. Goscinny is best known for creating the Asterix comics along with illustrator Albert Uderzo.
MORE KIDS STUFF
Nick Jr. kicks off the second season of Yo Gabba Gabba, the live-action preschool music series, with a week of premieres Monday-Friday, September 22 26 at 11:30a. Comprised of 20 new episodes, season two includes a host of celebrities in special guest and recurring appearances, including Jack Black, Melora Hardin, The Ting Tings, The Roots, Andy Samberg, Jack McBrayer, Amy Sedaris, Chromeo, Mix Master Mike, Rachel Dratch, Paul Scheer, Amare Stoudemire and so on, as well as recurring appearances by Mark Mothersbaugh and Biz Markie. Produced by The Magic Store and Wildbrain, Yo Gabba Gabba will air regularly weekdays at 11:30a on Nick Jr. Guests this season. The new season will be supported through streaming sneak-peek clips, songs and shorts on Nick Jr. Video (on NickJr.com) from September 15, and episodes throughout the month on Nick Jr. Video on Demand via Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter, cablevision, Verizon Fios and Cox.
PBS Kids Go! launches an elementary school-aged kids targeted online video player on its website at www.pbskids.org/go/video . Updated regularly, the full-screen streaming video player is advertising free and features a wide range of video clips and full-length episodes, as well as sneak peeks of new shows, Spanish audio tracks, and closed captioning for select clips/episodes. At launch the player is offering content from 14 different PBS Kids Go shows for K6-8. Available on both Macs and PCs, the new PBS Kids Go video player is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The video player is also available via websites of participating local PBS member stations.
BBC Worldwide signs a broadcast deal for the preschool HD series In the Night Garden with TVE (Spain). TVE plans to televise In the Night Garden (or, in Spanish, El Jardin de los Suenos) beginning September 10 at 8p as part of its Los Lunnnis time period. In the Night Garden is produced by Ragdoll Productions. Additionally, Hasbro, which holds the global master toy license for the In the Night Garden, plans to release seven key lines based on property in Spain in time for holiday 2008. Bi-plano, licensing agent for BBC Worldwide in Spain will also launch new licensees and Big Picture has signed to distribute DVDs of the series from Easter 2009.
TV-Loonland inks the first set of deals for its HD flash animated series Raymond (26×7). Picking up Raymond in this first round are ABC Australia, M-NET (South Africa), Voom HD/Animania USA, DR TV (Denmark), RTBF (Belgium), Noga Communications (Israel), PTS (Taiwan) and Truevisions Kids (Thailand). The show will also be available in the air on Air France (France Vision Service) and Malaysian Airlines (Inflight Productions). Co-produced by TV-Loonland, Everybody on Deck (France), and French broadcasters Canal+ and Gulli, second and third seasons of Raymond are currently in development.
Electronic Arts and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment confirmed plans the delay the global release of the new Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game for summer 2009, to coincide with the new release date for the sixth movie in the Harry Potter series. The new game is developed by EA’s Bright Light Studio, which developed previous Harry Potter games. The release plans come on the heels of Warner Bros. announcement last month that it was shifting the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from this November to July 17, 2009.
Big Tent Entertainment signs a deal with Peace Arch Entertainment to distribute the preschool stop-motion animated series Miffy and Friends on DVD. The first two Miffy titles are Miffy’s Surprise and Miffy’s School Day, each containing nine episodes, releases this week with a new title bowing every three months thereafter. Big Tent is the North American licensing agent for Miffy and Friends. Based on Dick Bruna’s Miffy book series, WLIW New York Pubic Television distributes the Miffy and Friends TV series.
Nelvana Enterprises is set to release new DVDs featuring episodes of shows that air in Canada on Treehouse, YTV and Teletoon on September 23. The releases include episodes of Jane and the Dragon, Grossology, Ruby Gloom and Di-Gata Defenders, available on DVD for the first time.
As part of the 25th anniversary of The Cabbage Patch Kids the Limited Edition 25th Anniversary Cabbage Patch Kids from Play Along, officially launches today at an event at Toys ‘R’ Us Times Square in New York City. The Limited Edition line features replicas of the original Cabbage Patch Kids released in 1983. Play Along is a division of Jakks Pacific.
Decode Enterprises promotes Josh Scherba to VP/Distribution. Scherba, who had been Director/Sales, will continue to head the sales team for Decode Enterprises distribution catalog, which includes programming from Decode Entertainment, Halifax Film and Studio B Productions as well as third party acquisitions.
Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Friday, September 5, 2008, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON: K2-11 1079; K6-11 503; TWEENS 9-14 354
DISNEY CHANNEL: K2-11 746; K6-11 481; TWEENS 9-14 406
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11 662; K6-11 383; TWEENS 9-14 239
TOON DISNEY: K2-11 130; K6-11 70; TWEENS 9-14 43
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data
Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: The characters Cooler, Howler, Bright Eyes, and Whopper were from what cartoon? THE POUND PUPPIES Kudos to: Christopher Byrne-Byrne Communications, Inc./The Toy Guy®/NY; Jeanne Holzknecht-Animation Collective/NY; Jeremy Weiner-Zim Squared/PST; Izzy Neis-Six Degrees Games/LA; Claire Wilmut-Boomstone Animation, Inc./Ottawa
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