Disney Channel sweeps June with multiple sweeps, Hub Network outperforms all basic cable networks with 8th consecutive month; Despicable Me 2 takes early 4.7 million lead over The Lone Ranger; R&H workforce cut by 71%; Nickelodeon Animation Promotes Megan Casey and Claudia Spinelli


Welcome to the 4th of July edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!


The weekly ratings for June are out and Disney Channel comes on top with sweeps across the board for the most top shows. Meanwhile, The Hub notches another monthly win. Let’s check the numbers and see what we found here!


For 2Q 2013, powered by the largest portfolio of original series for kids and families, including top-rated series “Jessie,” “Austin & Ally,” “A.N.T. Farm,” “Shake It Up” and “Good Luck Charlie,” 24-hour kid-dedicated, family-inclusive television network Disney Channel once again topped the charts, ranking as TV’s #1 network in Total Day for the 9th consecutive quarter in Kids 6-11 (601,000/2.5 rating – dates back to 2Q11), for the 17th straight quarter in Tweens 9-14 (537,000/2.3 rating – dates back to 2Q09) and was #1 for the 4th time in the previous 6 quarters in Kids 2-11 (921,000/2.3 rating). Moreover, 2Q13 wrapped as the network’s most-watched 2Q on record in Tweens 9-14, and 7th quarter overall (out of 69 quarters).

Disney Channel towered over Nickelodeon by at least double digits for the 8th consecutive quarter in Kids 6-11 (+38% – 601,000 vs. 437,000) and Tweens 9-14 (+89% – 537,000 vs. 284,000).

In Prime, Disney Channel extended its dominance as TV’s #1 network to 36 consecutive quarters in Kids 6-11 (972,000/4.1 rating) and to 59 straight quarters in Tweens 9-14 (846,000/3.6 rating). On a monthly basis, the network’s streak extended to 101 straight months in Kids 6-11 and to 96 straight months in Tweens 9-14.

In June 2013, Disney Channel swept Total Day, ranking as cable TV’s #1 network in Total Viewers (1.81 million) and TV’s #1 network in Kids 2-11 (995,000/2.5 rating), Kids 6-11 (694,000/2.9 rating) and Tweens 9-14 (627,000/2.6 rating).

Disney Channel delivered 2Q’s Top 3 TV series in Kids 2-11, Top 9 in Kids 6-11 (Top 5 below) and Top 7 in Tweens 9-14.

Disney Junior on Disney Channel – 2Q 2013/June 2013

Disney Junior, the daily programming block for kids age 2-7 on Disney Channel, recorded 2Q highs in Total Viewers (1.48 million), Girls 2-5 (278,000/3.6 rating) and Women 18-49 (321,000/0.5 rating), and was its highest rated 2Q in Kids 2-5 (3.2 rating). Notably, this marked the network’s 3rd consecutive year growing its second quarter audience in Girls 2-5 and 5th in Women 18-49.

In June 2013, the final month of the quarter, “Sofia the First” ranked as cable TV’s #1 series in Kids 2-5 (706,000/4.4 rating) and Girls 2-5 (423,000/5.4 rating), and was the #1 preschool cable TV series in Total Viewers (2.22 million) and Women 18-49 (403,000/0.6 rating).
In fact, the block delivered the month’s Top 4 preschool cable TV series in Total Viewers with “Sofia the First” (2.22 million), “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” (1.87 million), “Doc McStuffins” (1.86 million) and “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” (1.78 million).
On June 28, “Sofia the First” (9:00 – 9:30 a.m.) soared to a series high in Boys 2-5 (482,000/5.9 rating), delivered its #2 original telecast ever in Total Viewers (2.66 million), and its most-watched original telecast in over 4 months in Kids 2-5 (1.03 million/6.4 rating – since 2/22/13).
24- Hour Disney Junior Channel – 2Q 2013/June 2013

In its first quarter of publicly reported ratings, 24-hour Disney Junior Channel ranked as 2Q’s #1 preschool TV network in Total Viewers (358,000), Kids 2-5 (186,000/1.2 rating), Boys 2-5 (106,000/1.3 rating) and Women 18-49 (69,000), winning each week throughout the quarter in the preschooler demos and 12 out of 13 weeks in Total Viewers.

Disney Junior Channel exceeded Nick Jr. by double digits in target demos: by 11% in Total Viewers (358,000 vs. 323,000), by 17% in Kids 2-5 (186,000 vs. 159,000) and by 36% in Boys 2-5 (106,000 vs. 78,000), despite being in 16.4 million fewer homes.
Disney Junior Channel towered over Sprout by triple digits in key categories, including by 145% in Total Viewers (358,000 vs. 146,000), by 178% in Kids 2-5 (186,000 vs. 67,000), by 293% in Boys 2-5 (106,000 vs. 27,000) and by 109% in Women 18-49 (69,000 vs. 33,000).

Quarterly Highlights:

In Total Day, the Hub Network had year-to-year growth for the seventh consecutive quarter among Kids 2-11, Kids 6-11, Women 18-49, Adults 18-49, Persons 2+ and Households, and the sixth consecutive quarter among Women 25-54.
Program Highlights (all times ET):

The quarterly original series average of “The Aquabats! Super Show!” (Saturday, 1 p.m.) earned year-to-year delivery gains from the time period average a year ago among Kids 2-11 (+22%), Girls 2-11 (+62%), Kids 6-11 (+21%), Girls 6-11 (+56%), Adults 18-49 (+7%), Women 18-49 (+55%), Women 25-54 (+37%), Persons 2+ (+24%) and Households (+14%).
The quarterly original series average of “Littlest Pet Shop” (Saturday, 11:30 a.m.) earned year-to-year delivery gains from the time period average among Kids 2-11 (+108%), Girls 2-11 (+150%), Kids 6-11 (+93%), Girls 6-11 (+252%), Adults 18-49 (+39%), Women 18-49 (+86%), Adults 25-54 (+52%), Women 25-54 (+90%), Persons 2+ (+98%) and Households (+83%).
“My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic” (Saturday, 10:30 a.m.) earned year-to-year time period delivery gains among Kids 2-11 (+33%), Girls 2-11 (+75%), Kids 6-11 (+63%), Girls 6-11 (+130%), Women 25-54 (+14%), Persons 2+ (+37%) and Households (+49%).
The quarterly original series average of “Pound Puppies” (Saturday, 9:30 a.m.) earned year-to-year delivery gains from the time period average among Kids 2-11 (+10%), Girls 2-11 (+24%), Girls 6-11 (+13%), Persons 2+ (+20%) and Households (+13%).
The quarterly series average of “R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour” (Saturday, 6 – 7 p.m.) earned year-to-year delivery gains from the time period average among Kids 2-11 (+9%), Kids 6-11 (+48%), Girls 6-11 (+38%), Persons 2+ (+4%) and Households (+4%).
The quarterly original series average of “SheZow” (Saturday, 12:30 p.m.) earned year-to-year delivery gains from the time period average a year ago among Girls 2-11 (+93%), Kids 6-11 (+13%), Girls 6-11 (+110%), Adults 18-49 (+39%), Women 18-49 (+70%), Adults 25-54 (+24%), Women 25-54 (+30%), Persons 2+ (+33%) and Households (+37%).
“Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Bitty Adventures” (Saturday, 8:30 a.m.) earned year-to-year time period delivery gains among Kids 2-11 (+65%), Girls 2-11 (+128%), Kids 6-11 (+19%), Girls 6-11 (+88%), Women 25-54 (+110%), Persons 2+ (+65%) and Households (+67%).
The quarterly original series average of “Transformers Prime Beast Hunters” (Friday, 7:30 p.m.) earned year-to-year delivery gains from the time period average among Kids 2-11 (+273%), Kids 6-11 (+450%), Adults 18-49 (+758%), Women 18-49 (+546%), Adults 25-54 (+614%), Women 25-54 (+443%), Persons 2+ (+453%) and Households (+392%).


For eight consecutive quarters, the Hub Network was the most co-viewed children’s network in Kids 2-11 watching with Adults 18-49. Thirty five percent (35%) of The Hub’s Kids 2-11 watched with an Adult 18-49, ahead of ALL kids cable networks, including Disney Channel (20%), Nickelodeon (25%), Cartoon Network (19%), Disney XD (19%) and Nicktoons (18%).


Gru and his minions are back to work in the box office. Their mission, to outlast their previous box office open in the first movie. This time, they’re up against The Lone Ranger. Which movie’s getting a quick head start Angie?


Angie Angelfish (via Dateline Hollywood)- Here’s proof that minions will take over the world box office this weekend. Illumination Entertainment’s and Universal’s Despicable Me 2 grossed $4.7 million Tuesday night in 2,563 theaters with late shows beginning at 7 PM and continuing through Wednesday midnight. As a comparison, the recently released Monsters University grossed $3 million at late shows which began at 8 PM the Thursday before it opened. The original Despicable Me grossed $590K at midnight the Thursday before it debuted. The well-reviewed sequel opens wide in 3,957 theaters today and in 38 more territories this weekend after grossing $60M internationally from only 7 markets through Tuesday. So that’s a worldwide cume of $64.7M so far at a very reasonable cost of $76M.

Also opening last night Disney’s The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer and directed by Gore Verbinski began with an unimpressive $2M late shows. But tracking has been stronger than expected with Disney expecting $65M for the 5-day and around $40M for the 3-day although lousy reviews won’t help. Now the very real question is whether the actioner will be able to cover its high $215M-$259M cost when it opens wide today in 3,904 domestic theaters and internationally. Depp’s worldwide popularity should help pic overseas where Westerns don’t usually perform. Lone Ranger opens day and date in 30% of the foreign landscape but only 4 big markets: Italy and Russia (July 2) and Australia and Korea (July 4).

Meanwhile Kevin Hart scored another surprising opening when his Let Me Explain stand-up concert pic from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment grossed $1.1M from Thursday late shows from only 876 locations. The cheapest film in the field, this is the follow-up to Hart’s 2011 hit Laugh At My Pain and was filmed live at NYC’s Madison Square Garden as part of the #1 urban comedy tour of all time.

Fandango reports that as of 7 AM Despicable Me 2 is scooping up 71% of Wednesday morning’s ticket sales and Lone Ranger only 12% which doesn’t bode well. Movie Tickets.com said its breakdown was 50%, 10%, and 8.1% for Let Me Explain. According to a Fandango survey of more than 1,000 DM2 ticket-buyers, the little yellow guys are the draw — and a whopping 91% already want to see the minions spin-off in 2014. Stay tuned all July 4th weekend.


We’ll have more on our 4th of July edition of Gene Scallop’s box office report in our Sunday news brief.


Life of Pi was the winner of last year’s Oscar’s all thanks to their visual department. Now, some of them are on the chopping block. How much of R&H’s staff are out Johnny?


Johnny Trout (via The Wrap)- Visual-effects company Rhythm & Hues has shed more than half of its L.A. staff since it filed for bankruptcy protection in February, TheWrap has learned.
The Oscar-winning company, now owned by Prana Studios, is down to roughly 200 L.A. employees following layoffs and furloughs, according to multiple individuals with knowledge of the company’s restructuring. Prior to its bankruptcy, the company boasted more than 700 employees at its headquarters in El Segundo.
That represents a 71 percent drop in the five months since Rhythm & Hues won an Oscar for “Life of Pi.”
Despite the cuts, an individual close to Prana said the company deserves credit for saving jobs and notes that many of the staffing reductions were instituted before Rhythm & Hues was sold.
“This was a situation where Prana was able to save 200 jobs in L.A. at a company where there would have been zero jobs,” the individual said.
Company founder John Hughes and Chief Technology Officer Jay Miya are among the staffers who have departed in recent months. Lee Berger, president of Rhythm & Hues’ film division, has remained with the company after its new owners took over.
Employees that continued to work for the company since it filed for bankruptcy describe months of belt-tightening and uncertainty.
Rhythm & Hues was purchased by Prana in March during a turbulent bidding process that also drew interest from Prime Focus and Brave Vision. When Rhythm & Hues filed for bankruptcy protection in February, it reported that it had $27.5 million in assets and roughly $33.8 million in liabilities. Before it succumbed to financial difficulties, Rhythm & Hues won awards and acclaim for its work on films like “Babe” and “Life of Pi.”
Those employees who continued working through the bankruptcy auction describe became a bare-bones operation while Rhythm & Hues waited to find out who would win the bidding. Soda and coffee machines went empty and toilet stalls often lacked toilet paper, one former employee told TheWrap. During that time, a collection was taken up asking workers to donate money to fill the beverage machines, the employee said.
The company did boast a number of high-profile projects like the Legendary Pictures’ medieval adventure “The Seventh Son” that it was working on when it filed for Chapter 11. With Prana in control, it managed to secure work on “Machete Kills.”
In May, Rhythm & Hues sold its three building, six-acre El Segundo, Calif. office for  $25 million to New York real estate developers. The company also has offices in India, Taiwan and Canada, but remains primarily based in L.A.

Yesterday, Nick HQ replaced their VP and Senior VP positions ever since Russell Hicks replaced Marjorie Cohn in the spring. Who’s the new VP and Senior VP Perch?


Perch Perkins (via Toon Zone HQ)- NEW YORK – July 2, 2013 – Megan Casey and Claudia Spinelli have been promoted to Vice President, Current Series, Nickelodeon Animation.  The announcements were made by Rich Magallanes, Senior Vice President, Nickelodeon Animation, Current Series to whom they will report.
“Megan and Claudia have proven to be successful leaders, elevating Nickelodeon’s animation slate with their exceptional supervision of bona fide hits like SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Legend of Korra,” said Rich Magallanes, Senior Vice President, Current Series, Nickelodeon Animation. “Their extensive backgrounds, strong relationships with creative talent and extraordinary management of successful series remain valuable assets as Nickelodeon continues to deliver funny, award-winning programming.”
In her new role as Vice President, Current Series Animation, Megan Casey will oversee various shows in current programming for  the studio’s entertainment productions.  Casey serves as the Executive in Charge for blockbuster hits like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Legend of Korra and Kung Fu Panda: The Legends of Awesomeness.

Claudia Spinelli will oversee various animated shows in production including Sanjay & Craig, Get Blake! and Rabbids Invasion.  She will continue to serve as the Executive in Charge on the studio’s biggest hit, SpongeBob SquarePants, which includes supervision of the series production plus original SpongeBob content developed through many of Nickelodeon’s other lines of businesses.
Megan Casey joined Nickelodeon in 2007 as an Executive in Charge, supervising the final season of Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Mighty B! and Fanboy & Chum Chum. 
Prior to joining Nickelodeon Animation, Casey served as Director of Production for Warner Bros. Animation, overseeing the creative development and production of all-genre family entertainment for broadcast, cable and made-for-video outlets.  She served as creative executive for various series and direct-to-video productions based on the studio’s hit franchises, including What’s New Scooby-Doo?, Tom & Jerry: Shiver Me Whiskers and Superman: Doomsday.  Before Warner Bros. Animation, Casey served as Manager, Development for VH1 Original Movies, where she managed the creative direction and production slate for the division’s live-action television movies, including 30 Days Until I’m Famous (co-producer) and Play’d: A Hip Hop Story (associate producer).  Casey has also held several positions at 20th Century Fox Animation, starting her lucrative career with the Jim Henson Company.  Megan Casey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Claudia Spinelli has been part of the Nickelodeon Family since 2000 where she started as a Development Assistant before moving on to the world of Current Series.  Since then she has worked on a variety of Nicktoons including SpongeBob SquarePants, Jimmy Neutron, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Fairly OddParents, Random! Cartoons, The Mighty B!, Making Fiends, Planet Sheen and Robot and Monster.  Furthermore, Spinelli managed ancillary activities for SpongeBob SquarePants such as the recent 4D Ride Film, “The Great Jelly Rescue!,” short-form content for the new App game, “SpongeBob Moves In,” original content for social media, and the hit stop-motion holiday special, “It’s a SpongeBob Christmas!.”  Prior to joining Nickelodeon, Spinelli worked as an animator and clean up artist on commercials and short films through various animation houses in NY and LA.  Claudia Spinelli has a Master of Fine Arts in Animation and Digital Arts from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and and Television from New York University.


Checking the Penguins tally, 577 fans sign in as the toon world prepares to enjoy the 4th of July festivities as well as Team Skipper.



We got a short list of DVD releases this month as we previously did in June. We got a special surprise for the kiddies and as for some of you, some movies that’ll give you some American sprit this Independence Day. Have a look!  

Least Among Saints
The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu
The Gatekeepers
The Host
Tyler Perry’s Temptation

The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure
Evil Dead
Bullet to the Head
Solomon Kane

G.I. Joe: Retaliation


We’re still in the summer hotspot TV and movie fans, as we bring in more news as well as new episodes. Let’s see what July has in store for the toon and gossip world. Until next edition, Gene Scallop saying be safe this week, and happy 4th of July!

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