Up to date information about children’s entertainment – film, TV, DVD and more…. from founder and president of KIDS FIRST! Ranny Levy

Happy Mother’s Day!

PBS Kids Sprout celebrates Mom with two special live programming blocks, hosted by Nina from The Good Night Show, on both Saturday and Sunday, May 10 and 11, 12 noon-3p. On Saturday the block will feature mom-themed episodes of Berenstain Bears, Angelina Ballerina and Pingu, as well as showing viewer-submitted Mother’s Day cards, craft ideas and so on. Sunday will showcase preschoolers calls talking about their moms. Throughout the weekend Sprout will air live-action video in which real moms talk about being moms.

KIDS FIRST! sponsor, Qubo has created a set of nutritional guidelines designed to “dictate advertising decisions” (on-air and online) for the qubo channel and its like named programming blocks on NBC, Ion Television and Telemundo. This effort builds off of Ion Media Network’s advertising and media initiative to fight childhood obesity unveiled last summer for both qubo and Ion Life. Developed with an expert in childhood obesity, qubo will now only accept ads from those company’s that meet the acceptable nutritional intake criteria set out in its new guidelines, which includes limits for meals and snacks broken down by calories, grams of fat, as well as saturated and trans fat, sugar, protein, fiber and sodium. Last week qubo introduced a new series of kid-aimed healthy eating and exercise Public Service Announcements with partners US Dept. of Health & Human Resources, the Ad Council and the US Olympic Committee.

The beloved Eloise books will come to live in a new live-action feature film, Eloise in Paris from HandMade Films, directed by Charles Shyer with Australia actress, Jordana Beatty (9) in the lead role. The cast includes Uma Thurman, who plays the Nanny. Filming is set to begin August 12 in Paris, NY and the south of France. The movie is based on the Eloise books by author Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight.

National Geographic Kids Entertainment and Kidtoons will launch National Geographic Kids’ Big Screen Safari nationwide in theaters this June in 100+ theaters.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will announce the award-winners for the 35th Daytime Emmy awards in the kid categories on June 20 at 8p. Kid category nominees include:

Design Squad (PBS)
Greatest Inventions with Bill Nye (Discovery Channel)
Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild (Syndicated)
Postcards from Buster (PBS) Children’s Animated Series
Arthur (PBS)
Charlie and Lola Disney Channel)
Curious George (PBS)
Little Einsteins (Disney Channel)
Peep and the Big Wide World (Discovery Kids) Preschool Series
Between the Lions (PBS)
Blue’s Room (Nick Jr.)
Jack’s Big Music Show (Noggin)
Sesame Street (PBS)
Super Why! (PBS) Writing in a Children’s Series
Between the Lions (PBS)
Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman (PBS)
Sesame Street (PBS) Writing in Animation
Arthur (PBS)
Curious George (PBS)
Jakers! the Adventures Of Piggley Winks (PBS)
Peep And the Big Wide World (Discovery Kids)
Wordgirl (PBS)

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