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Good morning. It’s Wednesday, January 23, 2008, and this is your first early morning briefing.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has unveiled the nominees for the 80th Academy Awards.  Of the 12 animated movies that qualified for Oscar consideration, this year’s Best Animated Feature Film nominees are Sony Pictures Classics’ Persepolis, Disney’s Ratatouille and Sony Pictures Releasing’s Surf’s Up.  In total for the kid-targeted movies Ratatouille received five nods, with three a piece for Transformers and Enchanted, followed by Golden Compass and Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End with two each, and Surf’s Up and Norbit with one.  A big winner yesterday was Lucasfilm, which has a total of six nominations, three each for its Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound divisions.  The Academy Awards will be handed out live on Sunday, February 24, 2008 on ABC, from 8p.  The Oscars will be televised in 200+ countries worldwide.  A full list of Oscar nominees can be found at


Penelope Cruz will lend her voice to Juarez, a guinea pig, in the upcoming Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films mixed live-action and CG animated feature film G-Force, per The Hollywood Reporter.  The voice-over cast also includes Nicolas Cage, Steve Buscemi and Tracy Morgan.  Morgan also serves as the voice of a guinea pig in the movie.


HIT Entertainment completes a broadcast deal in Canada for Chapman Entertainment’s preschool series Fifi and the Flowertots, which will make its Canadian TV premiere on Treehouse from February 25, airing Monday through Fridays.

Fox International’s BabyTV will be seen in Singapore under a new carriage with StarHub, a pay-TV provider in Singapore.  The commercial-free BabyTV debuts this Friday, January 25, from 6a on StarHub Digital Cable Channel 37.

MyNetworkTV premieres the hour-long special The Harlem Globetrotters: A New Generation, Monday, January 28 at 8p.  Game commentary throughout the Globetrotters, as they go up against their long-time opponents the Washington Generals, will feature play-by-play announcer Matte Vasgersian and comedian Arsenio Hall.  The special also features interviews with current Globetrotters as well as legends Curly Neal and Sweet Lou Dunbar.

Miley Cyrus will introduce songs from the new remix CD, Hannah Montana 2 Non-Stop Dance Party, Saturday, January 26 at 7p, on Radio Disney’s Planet Premiere.  A Walt Disney Records release, the album features songs from Hannah Montana 2 remixed by music producer Chris Cox.  The CD, which also features live performance video and a photo slide show, will be available in stores January 29.

Breakthrough Entertainment showcases its new slate of programming at NATPE with several kid and teen focused shows including: Think Big (13×30), a kid-hosted series that features real kids around the world who invent everything from toys and websites to new modes of transportation.  Available from summer 2008, the series is produced by Breakthrough Films & Television in association with TV Ontario; Less Thank Kind (13×30), a edgy comedy that revolves around Sheldon Blecher (15) as he tries to navigate his teen years, not to mention being related to his dysfunctional family.  Available from spring 2008, the series is produced by Breakthrough Films & Television in association with CityTV (Canada).  Breakthrough will also offer the third seasons of its animated properties Atomic Betty (78×30, 1×60 Christmas special) and Captain Flamingo (52×30).

Animation Collective arrives at NATPE with a sneak peek of its new K6-11 targeted series Three Delivery (26×22), as well as its library of programming.  A comedy, Three Delivery revolves around three teen kung fu heroes as they seek to find recipes missing from an ancient Chinese cookbook as well as going up against the evil Kon Li, who wants to control Chinatown, not to mention the world. The series has already been acquired by YTV, BBC and Nicktoons Network in the US and Nickelodeon Australia.

VIZ Media, LLC heads to NATPE next week in Las Vegas with a raft of animated programming including new kids, tween and young adult aimed action properties such as Buso Renkin (26×30), Hunter X Hunter (62×30), Naoki Urusawa’s Monster (75×30), and Blue Dragon (51×30), as well as the romantic themed Nana (50×30) and Honey and Clover (38×30).  Additionally, VIZ Media continues to offer existing programs including Naruto (220×30), Deko Boko Friends, Death Note (37×30) and Bleach (104×30).

Also at NAPTE will be Bender Media Services, a Latin America-centric TV distribution company, offering a range of shows across multiple genres including, the animated series Wolverine and the X-Men (26×30), the entertainment series Ultimate Guinness World Records (52×30), and Green Minute (120×1), an environment focused series.  Bender will also showcase Go Potty Go, The Beatles: rare and Unseen, Nelly Furtado: Live in Toronto among others.


Chorion announces new US licensing and merchandising deals for its new animated series The Mr. Men Show, including TV tie-in merchandise, which is set to launch in US in early 2009, including product from: Freeze (junior/kids T-shirts, tanks, fleece etc); Armitron (youth watches); ES Originals (novelty stationery, handbags/totes/backpacks, novelty youth footwear etc); Skechers (Cali Bits Shoe Charms), Briefly Stated (men/junior/kids sleepwear, loungewear, underwear); American Greetings (party goods, stickers, various novelty products) among others.  Toys based on the series will be available beginning fall/holiday 2009, including products from master toy licensee, Fisher Price.  Based on author Rogers Hargreaves’ Mr. Men and Little Miss books, The Mr. Men Show launches here on Cartoon Network, February 4 at 9a, where the series will air daily. (mrmen .com)

HIT Entertainment has also inked toy and apparel deals for Fifi and the Flowertots in Canada: Damawares becomes the Master Toy licensee for series in Canada, and will produce and market a line of toys (e.g. playsets, plush, puzzles, games and role-play products) launching fall 2008; Also debuting this fall will be One of the Boys‘ line of Fifi and the Flowertots apparel (sportswear, shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters etc), and Adorable Kids Sleepwear (pajamas and loungewear).


Kirsten Hurd is named Sales Executive, Cookie Jar Entertainment. Most recently, Hurd served as Sales Manager/International Sales for CBC. She also spent two years as a sales executive at Decode.


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Friday, January 18, 2008, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1232; K6-11 577; TWEENS 9-14 393
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11 1029; K6-11 711; TWEENS 9-14 614
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   649; K6-11 440; TWEENS 9-14 287
TOON DISNEY:           K2-11   111; K6-11   60; TWEENS 9-14   45
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question: The title character on which cartoon had a girlfriend named Sonya?  HEATHCLIFF   Kudos to:  Kerry Hughes-qubo/NY; Erica Minton-WonderGroup/Cincinnati; Bob Friedland-Toys”R”Us, Inc./NY; EJ Offurum-Tru TV/NY; Gary Jan-DIC Entertainment/Burbank; Claire Wilmut-Boomstone Animation, Inc./Ottawa

Today’s Trivia Question: On the Brady Bunch, there was a statue at the bottom of the stairs in the Brady house. What was it?  ( 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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