Wednesday, May 27th, 2009




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Cyn opsis: Kids!


Good morning. It’s Wednesday, May 27, 2009, and this is your first early morning Kids briefing.

Attention Doctor Who fans … The Doctor is inDavid Tennant will make a special appearance as The Doctor in the third season of CBBC‘s The Sarah Jane Adventures.  The Doctor joins Sarah Jane Smith, his one-time work companion, across a two-episode arc this September 2009.  Actress Elisabeth Sladen plays Sarah Jane.  Full episodes of Doctor Who are slated to air on the BBC from November.

Disney is set to re-brand its Jetix channels in five Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries as Disney Channel.  The newly switched Disney Channel’s will launch later this year in Hungary, Romania, and Czech Republic, which will up the channel’s distribution to 12 million households across the CEE region.  Disney Channel will be localized for the markets, including programming dubbed in local languages, and will feature a daily Playhouse Disney programming block for preschoolers.


Disney is working on a remake of sci-fi adventure movie Flight Of The Navigator (1986, rated PG), per The Hollywood Reporter.  Currently in development, the new version of the movie is being penned by Brad Copeland (Wild Hogs, Nightcrawlers and as writer/producer TV’s Arrested Development and writer/consulting producer on My Name Is Earl) and produced by Mandeville Partners David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.  Returning as Executive Producer from the first time around is John Hyde.


DQ Entertainment enters into an exclusive broadcasting deal with Turner Entertainment Network Asia (TENA) for the 3D animated series Iron Man across Asia.  The series will be broadcast on TENA’s Cartoon Network beginning in 2010 across the entire South Asia and South East Asian region.  Iron Man is a co-production between Marvel Animation and Method Animation, France. DQE holds the sub-distribution rights from Method Animation.

KidsCo to air in Taiwan and Vietnam with new Southeast Asian agreements completed with Portico Media to act as its distributor in the Taiwanese market and, which will representative the network in Vietnam.  Portico and will represent KidsCo for VOD and linear channels on cable and IPTV with also acting for direct-to-home satellite.  KidsCo heads to Taiwan and Vietnam following the channel’s expansion into Asia, where it currently airs in Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong, Palau, the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand and Papua New Guinea.  KidsCo is co-owned by media companies NBC Universal, Cookie Jar Group and Corus Entertainment.

Amberwood Entertainment signs a terrestrial broadcast deal with Network Ten (Australia) for the new CGI animated RollBots (26×30).  Scheduled to premiere on Network Ten on September 28 2009 during the kid-targeted Toasted TV block; the series will air four times a week.  4Kids Entertainment is both the worldwide merchandise licensing agent for RollBots and also holds US broadcast rights to the series, which is scheduled to bow September 2009 on TheCW4Kids Saturday morning programming block on The CW Network.

Imira Entertainment inks a raft of new broadcast, home entertainment merchandising deals for several of ZDF Entertainment‘s live-action and animated series.

  • In Portugal, free TV channel SIC picks up the live-action The Elephant Princess (26×26), and all episodes of the tween-targeted live-action H2O: Just Add Water (78×6).  Both series currently air on Nickelodeon in Portugal. In Spain, The Elephant Princess will launch soon on TVE on La 2 and Clan TV.
  • In Portugal, LNK takes home entertainment rights to H2O: Just Add Water as well as rights for the animated Hydronauts (26×13), which airs on RTP, while in Mexico En Pantalla picks up home entertainment rights to The Elephant Princess.
  • In the merchandising arena: two merchandising deals for H2O include those with Concentra (fashion dolls, fancy dress accessories and electronic devices), and JF Ramos (apparel). Additionally, there is a deal with Dracco (confectionery, collectables) with Cife Spain, and a promotional campaign with Telepizza Spain for summer 2009.  Further licensing and merchandising deals in the territory include a deal for the preschool animated series Ozie Boo with Ambar (stationery and school supplies).

Target Entertainment Groups finalizes Central and Eastern European (CEE) deals ahead of Discop, which takes place June 20-22 in Hungary.  On the kid-targeted property front:

  • DUNA TV (Hungary) acquires the live action series The Fugitives (7×30), which is produced by Shed Productions for CITV in the UK.  Deals have also been inked for Chapman Entertainment’s preschool series Fifi and the Flowertots and Roary the Racing Car with C-Toys (Russia) and season two of Fifi and the Flowertots to licensing company One2Play (Croatia).
  • Target is looking to conclude further kid’s programming deals next month at Discop, where it will showcase Molly Monster (26×5), a series about a happy little monster who lives in Monsterland with her parents and best friend Edison, a clockwork toy and the CBBC live-action comedy, The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury (13×30) about a young boy who devises weird ways to get revenge on his family and friends.


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Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP) signs a new 2-year license deal with Mercopol for products based on Nickelodeon’s animated series Avatar: The Legend of Aang and SpongeBob SquarePants.  The deal which covers a range of products including 3D plush, nylon backpacks, stationery, alarm clocks, key rings with LED light, hair brushes and combs, wooden table and chair sets, will be available at retailers across Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Big Tent Entertainment teams with to launch a new digital platform, Domo Animate at ( ).  On the platform fans can create their own customizable animations featuring Domo.  Domo Animate marks the first time that has used its animation platform to create a completely customized site separate from the property.  Additionally, and Phase 4 Films are launching the Domo Animation Challenge, a competition where fans can showcase their original animated Domo videos created using Domo Animate (entries must be received by June 14, 2009).

Universal Studios Home Entertainment releases the stop-motion animated feature film Coraline, available on Blu-ray HD combo pack, 2-Disc Collector’s Edition DVD and single disc DVD on July 21, 2009. While all editions feature both the 2D and 3D versions of the film and four pairs of 3-D glasses, the Blu-ray HD and 2-Disc Collector’s Edition DVD also include a digital copy of the movie, as well as an range of bonus features.  The Blu-ray HD combo back also includes a standard def DVD of the movie, and additional bonus features, including more interviews with director Henry Selick and behind-the-scenes exclusives within Universal’s U-Control and BD-Live features.  The movie is based on author Neil Gaiman’s Newbery Medal winning book Coraline.  Next month will also see a musical version of Coraline open Off Broadway in New York City.

Toronto-based U & Me Marketing launches a new Chaotic natural beverage product ( ) in Canada.  Based on 4Kids Entertainment and its majority-owned subsidiary TC Digital Games‘ Chaotic trading card game and animated TV series, the Chaotic beverage feature infused nutrients will be available in four flavors, which are in turn based on characters from the property: Dragon Fruit, Blood Orange, Grape Punch and Kiwi Melon.  Additionally, each drink will have a special tab that, when removed, will reveal a code that can be uploaded on .  The beverage is available at a range of retailers as an individual purchase or as a four-pack, the latter of which includes a booster pack of Chaotic trading cards.  The Chaotic beverage line is set to launch in the US later this year.


Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Thursday, May 21, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1046; K6-11 489; TWEENS 9-14 367
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   754; K6-11 470; TWEENS 9-14 412
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   420; K6-11 264; TWEENS 9-14 180
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   113; K6-11   68; TWEENS 9-14   55
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Live + Same Day Ratings Kids Cable Network Averages (000) for Friday, May 22, 2009, 6am-11pm, ranked by K2-11:
NICKELODEON:         K2-11 1058; K6-11 479; TWEENS 9-14 355
DISNEY CHANNEL:     K2-11   826; K6-11 502; TWEENS 9-14 412
CARTOON NETWORK: K2-11   428; K6-11 288; TWEENS 9-14 213
DISNEY XD:               K2-11   110; K6-11   78; TWEENS 9-14   68
Source: MTVN Research from Nielsen Media Research Data

Answer to Yesterday’s Trivia Question:   Who am I?  I grew up in Ohio, was an Eagle Scout, was well educated receiving a whopping six degrees, and am now a science teacher. I’m sort of the McGyver of our group, given all my education I can make stuff work, and teach my colleagues about the different stuff around us, and speak the local languages.  Who am I?  ROY HINKLEY, “THE PROFESSOR” ON GILLIGAN’S ISLAND  Kudos to: Kris Chun-Zim Squared/Encino; Claire Wilmut-Boomstone Animation Inc./Ottawa

Today’s Trivia Question:  As in many children’s shows, the props on the Captain Kangaroo Show all had names.  Was was the name of the grandfather clock?      (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.)

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