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Cynopsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Wednesday, January 21, 2009, a history making day, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

Endemol acquires the Southern Star Group, Australian TV producer/distributor, from Fairfax Media in a deal valued at US$49.7 million, per The Hollywood Reporter.  The deal will see Fairfax retain control of Southern Star Factual, as well as its 75% stake in UK-based kid and interactive producer Darrall Macqueen.


CBBC‘s long-running series Blue Peter will mark Holocaust Memorial Day January 27, 2009, by following host Joel Defries as he explores his family’s history and meets and travels with Holocaust survivor Freda Wineman as she travels back to Auschwitz in Poland for the first time in 60+ years.  The episode, Blue Peter: Joel’s Journey, will also feature Defries visiting with a Jewish family in Britain where he celebrates the Sabbath, and he also attends a Bat Mitzvah among other things.  Blue Peter: Joel’s Journey airs on CBBC on BBC One at 4.35p on Tuesday 27 January 2009 and is repeated the following morning on the CBBC channel at 8.30a.

In other BBC kid news:

  • CBeebies will premiere its new mixed live-action and animated series Tellytales (15-parts) this March 2009.  In each episode of the series, a myth, legend or tale from around the world is featured and presented with the help of real kids telling and acting them out in music, song, storytelling and creating artwork for the show too.  Stories in the series include: Jack And The Beanstalk, Dancing Rose (Egypt), The Magic Porridge Pot (Russia), The Sword In The Stone (Wales); King Midas (Greece); Snake Charmer (India); Muri On The Moon (Kenya); The “Bunyip” Baby (Australia)
  • CBeebies names Alex Winters (32) and Cerrie Burnell (29) as the new hosts of its Discovery And Do and The Bedtime Hour.  Winters and Burnell make their official debut on the network on Monday, January 26, 2009 on Discovery And Do at 9a, as well as online in a parent-directed introduction (
  • ). The two over the for Chris Jarvis and Pui Fan Lee who are currently developing a new CBeebies show, Show Me Show Me, which premieres later this year.  Winters and Burnell join Sid Sloan and Andy Day, who also serve as hosts on the preschool channel.

Jetix UK has acquired both seasons of BKN’s animated series Dork Hunters From Outer Space.  Season one of the kid/tween comedy series debuted in the UK last year on GMTV’s Toonattik, where it will continue to run and is being currently repeated on Action Stations! Dork Hunters season one will debut on Jetix in Spring 2009, followed by season two in late 2009 after the UK premier of second season on GMTV’s Toonattik.

DQ Entertainment (DQE) signs an exclusive licensing pact with Walt Disney Television International (Southeast Asia) for the CGI animated series Twisted Whiskers.  Under the deal, Twisted Whiskers will broadcast from later this year on Disney Channel‘s in 12 markets Southeast Asian markets, including Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Palau, Thailand, Vietnam Cambodia, South Korea, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea.  You may recall in December 2008, DQE completed a deal with Disney International India for Twisted Whiskers and two other animated series, Ratman and Sandra.


Contender Entertainment Group is appointed as the UK licensor for Summit Entertainment‘s feature film Twilight.  Contender also holds the UK rights to the Twilight movie sequel, New Moon, which releases in the US November 20, 2009, with a UK release date TBA.  Based on the first book in author Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight book series, Twilight opened in the UK on December 19, 2008, following its release in the US on November 21, 2008.

Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) taps Now and Zen Productions as the apparel partner for the Cartoon Network animated series Chowder and Flapjack.   In these first licensing deals for each brand, product (including t-shirts and fleece tops for juniors and young men) is slated to bow at specialty retailers nationwide in spring 2009.

Copyright Promotions Licensing Group (CPLG) is appointed to manage licensing and merchandising rights for Cookie Jar Group‘s preschool property Caillou in Portugal and Spain.  In Portugal, where Caillou is known as Ruca, the series currently airs on RTP2 and Panda, and in Spain on TVE’s La 2 and Boomerang.  In addition to a new merchandising campaign, live shows in Spain and Portugal, as well as a mall tour in Portugal, are scheduled for 2009


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Friday, January 16, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1267; K6-11 630; TWEENS 9-14 428
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   973; K6-11 660; TWEENS 9-14 561
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   664; K6-11 434; TWEENS 9-14 297
TOON DISNEY:           K2-11   196; K6-11 103; TWEENS 9-14   63
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:  What was the name of Davey’s younger sister on Davey and Goliath? SALLY Kudos to: Brad Stern-OMSC/Woodbury, NY; Keith M. Manzella-EastWest MG/NY; Joe Swaney-Cartoon Network/GA; Rich Thomas-Disney Press/ NY; Richard Quan-Imaginary Time/San Francisco; Robert Ramirez-Oddbot Studios/LA; Stefanie Tier-Friedman-Top Tier Licensing/Agoura Hills, CA; Judi Handelman-Xenophile Media/Toronto

Today’s Trivia Question:  On what kid’s show could you find the following characters: Joy, Courage, IQ, Harmony and Sparky? (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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JOB OPENING: Hallmark Channel/Studio City/FREELANCE PRODUCER & HOST: Create hosted entertainment pieces. Must write/produce/host See full posting and apply @ (1/28)

JOB OPENING: PRODUCT PLACEMENT PRODUCER/NY: Must have vendor contacts. Neg. & prep contracts for leading prod. co. EM: [email protected] (1/27)

JOB OPENING: ACCOUNT COORD/BBC/LA: Support cble & dig ad sales team. Admin support, data entry, liaise w/ contacts & agencies. Excellent comm & org skills. EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V (1/27)

JOB OPENING: ACCOUNT COORD/BBC/NY: Support cble & dig ad sales team. Admin support, data entry, liaise w/ contacts & agencies. Excellent comms & org skills. EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V (1/27)

JOB OPENING:SR MGR DIG SYNDICATION/BBC/NY:Mng clients/prgrm supply to dig media synd partners. Create line-up of BBC prgrms, promotion & mktg. Strong knwldg BBC Prgrms. EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V (1/27)

JOB OPENING: MGR TV SALES/DISTRIB/BBC/NY: ID new clients, pitch/conclude deals w/ cbl ntwrks & clients. Take prgrms from library & repckg for sale. Strong negotiation/sales skills. EEO/AA empl M/F/D/V (1/27)

JOB OPENING:  DIRECTOR, PROGRAM PLANNING/Disney Channel/Burbank: Oversee Progrm Planning/Schedlng Disney Ch + Playhouse. Mngmnt exp req. Devl/Implmnt Progrm Stratgy. 7 yrs exp Progrm Plan/Sched. REQ 186232 (1/27)

JOB OPENING: RESEARCH MGR/The Golf Channel/Orlando: Responsible for the ratings/rsrch support for programming/marketing needs. Proficient in NPower, StarTrak. 5+ yrs preferred w/ TV/Sports research. Apply at EEO/AA (1/24)

JOB OPENING: DIR, PRIMARY RSRCH/LA: Mng qualitative/quantitative primary rsrch efforts for E!, Style, G4 & Fearnet incl online & new media efforts. Design/execute studies to meet company objectives. Resume: [email protected] (1/24)

JOB OPENING: SR WRITER/PRODUCER/HGTV/Knoxville: Conceptualize, write, direct and produce high end on-air and off channel marketing campaigns. 6+ yrs exp in cable net or equivalent. College degree required. (1/23)

JOB OPENING: NAT’L SALES MGR/KSBI-TV/DT the new THUNDER TV. Proven success in 3-5 yrs exp w/ reg’l/nat’l accts alongside nat’l rep. firm (MMT). Knwlg Nielsen ratings & effective/creative pckgng strat a must. Res: [email protected] (1/23)

JOB OPENING: MARKETING COORD/iN DEMAND Networks/NYC: Support on-air, online and off-channel marketing plans. BA/BS Marketing/Advertising & 1+ yrs experience. Outgoing/creative/proactive. Apply: [email protected] (1/22)

INTERNSHIPS – These positions are for credit only – nobody gets paid here. These ads are always posted for free , and students work for school credit only. For more information on the specs for posting an Internship ad, email Trish at [email protected] .

SPRING INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: Premiere NYC-based agency is searching for Spring and Summer DIGITAL MARKETING & STRATEGY INTERNS: Must have interest in social networking. Contact [email protected] (1/28)

SPRING INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: NEW MEDIA/DIGITAL INTERNS/NBCU/NY: Asst New Media Manager w dig content, mktg & rsrch. Highly innovative & reliable Soph/Jrs/Srs; Excellent Word/PPT/Photoshop/HTML skills.Email [email protected] res & cvr ltr (1/28)

SPRING INTERNSHIP/CREDITS ONLY: ENTERTAINMENT/MKTG & COMM INTERNS/Cynopsis Media/Shelton CT: Asst various depts as needed in advrtsng sales, mktg, & rsrch. Highly orgnzd & reliable Sophomores/Jrs/Srs; Excellent MS Word/Excel skills. Contact: [email protected] (1/27)

SPRING INTERNSHIP/CREDITS ONLY: Razor & Tie Entertainment: Independent music label is looking for qualified interns for Winter/Spring 2009. Internships available in MKTG, PRESS, A&R, NEW MEDIA AND MUSIC PUBLISHING Please mail [email protected] (1/27)

SPRING INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: MI APOGEO INC./NY: a social network, magazine & Latino Wiki is searching for Spring and Summer interns. Flex sched & virtual work arrangement possible. Int in U.S. Hispanic culture pref’d. Contact: [email protected] (1/23)

SPRING INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: Spring Intern – non-fict. Prod. co. in Greenwich, CT. Support Assistant & prod. office. Prior prod/edit exp. a plus. *College Credit Only.* Contact: [email protected] with resume and cover letter (1/22)

SPRING INTERNSHIP CREDITS ONLY: ONLINE MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS INTERNS for NYC based Hispanic TV network: Must show interest in social networking/viral marketing. Spanish Fluency preferred. Contact [email protected] (1/22)

SITUATION WANTED ADS, POSTED BY THOSE LOOKING TO BE HIRED …  There is no charge for placing your Situation Wanted ad … for more information contact Trish Pihonak at [email protected]

SITUATION WANTED: A writer’s writer! Not a prod./dir./ed.-turned-writer-b/c-of-the-economy! Written: MTV scripts, nat’l print ads (Pepsi, X-Box), & for NY Post, RS, Vibe. Gen. X, smart, witty, bi-lingual. [email protected] (1/28)

SITUATION WANTED: PRODUCER/WRITER/DIRECTOR (NY) Ultra-creative, award winning, all formats, all genres, all major networks and major cable.  Fast, frugal and fun! [email protected] (1/28)

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SITUATION WANTED: DOCUMENTARY PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, WRITER in L.A. Credits include National Geographic, PBS, Discovery, History Channel, TLC and MSNBC. Contact email: [email protected] (1/28)

SITUATION WANTED: NON-FICTION DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER. I will write and develop your pitch & produce and direct a winning sales tape. 3 Emmy noms; unscripted or narrative formats; LA based, will travel. [email protected] (1/27)

SITUATION WANTED: INNOVATIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR:Award winning and highly creative. Major network experience, across all genres: Childrens, Youth, Reality, Lifestyle. In NY but will travel. View reel & CV: (1/27)

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SITUATION WANTED: ADMIN OR ASST POSITION WANTED/NYC: 3+ yrs admin exp at well-known companies in exec assistance, licensing, prod development, marketing, with specialization in children’s TV. Creative & professional. [email protected] (1/23)

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