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“Disney’s Planes” held a very special preview at ‘The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,’ EAA AirVenture in Osh Kosh, WI, where aircraft took a break to see a whole different kind of action at the air show: a fly-in screening of the animated comedy adventure featuring Dusty (voice of Dane Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer.
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It is back-to-school time, and if your student’s summer has been filled with trips to the pool, hanging out with friends, television and video games, and other leisurely activities, now is the time to transition from summer to school mode. “We always encourage families to relax and enjoy the less structured pace of summertime,” says Eileen Huntington, co-founder of Huntington Learning Center. “However, there are several things you can do toward the end of summer break that are immensely helpful in getting students ready to return to the classroom.” Huntington offers these six back-to-school tips:
- Set goals. Goal-setting is a great way to help your child reflect on last school year and think ahead about what he or she wants to accomplish and avoid this year. Talk with your child about the things he or she is excited and anxious about and have him or her set several goals and measurable milestones. You can do this just before classes start or during the first week of school.
- Organize the desk and home. Get your house back into “school shape” by designating spots for important school papers that come home, a family calendar, backpacks, shoes and jackets, and a homework station. Your child’s homework station could be a desk in a bedroom or other room. Make sure it is stocked with the supplies he or she will need for the school year, and have your child help get the space ready.
- Reestablish a schedule. Talk with your child about the school-day routine, including wake-up time, school hours, homework time, dinner time and any extracurricular activities in which he or she will participate during the week. In the week or two before school, try to have your child go to bed and wake up at approximately the same times as during the school year.
- Review school work and information. Being prepared will help your child ease into the first weeks of school. Review assignments, spelling words and other work from the previous school year. Amp up the reading these final few weeks of summer. And find out as much as possible about what is to come: your child’s teacher, class schedule, classroom locations and more.
- Set a positive tone. A child who struggled last year might dread going back to school, so it is important to help him or her get into the right mindset for school success. Let your child know that you are there to support him or her no matter what. Talk about things he or she is looking forward to this year—and offer ideas if he or she needs some encouragement—and point out some of the good parts of last year. Be optimistic and encourage your child to embrace the same outlook.
- Arrange for tutoring help if needed. If last year was difficult, don’t wait to reach out for help this year. Help your child build his or her skills, preparedness and confidence with a customized, one-to-one tutoring program. Call Huntington today to discuss your child’s needs and schedule a diagnostic evaluation before the new school year begins. We’re here to help your student.
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The companies plan to announce an agreement within a few months, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. The iPhone maker is also hiring Pete Distad from online-video service Hulu LLC, where he was senior vice president in charge of marketing and distribution, to help Apple executives in negotiations with media and cable companies, two people with familiar with the matter said.
A deal with Time Warner Cable would be a first with a cable company for Apple, which said last month that it’s also adding content from Time Warner Inc. (TWX)’s HBO and Walt Disney Co. (DIS)’s ESPN. Apple is aiming to bolster sales of the $99 set-top box amid competition from Roku Inc.’s device andMicrosoft Corp. (MSFT)’s Xbox. Meanwhile, media and service providers have been seeking more outlets to deliver shows to customers, who are opting for on-demand viewing and watching fewer scheduled shows. For details, go to http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-02/apple-said-to-near-time-warner-cable-deal-for-tv-programs.html
A 2013 Delphi Panel of experienced management in the media industry, anticipating media’s future in a study by Borrell, contributes to a future knowledge base that will have value in planning for what’s coming for media in the next decade and beyond.In short, and expanded some in the continuing text, an overview of the results according to the year the panel says they will take place, is summarized as follows:
- In 2018 it is 52% likely that real-time bidding will be responsible for half of all digital ad placements, and 61% likely that consumers will spend more on apps than they do on PC software
- In six years, 2019, it is 48% likely that the first broadcast network will convert to a cable or cable-like entity, says the report
- Seven years from today 2020, the panelists predict that it is 50% likely that major electronics retailers no longer stock desktop PCs
- In 2021, the Panel anticipates that it is 49% likely that 50 million U.S. households will drop cable in favor of online TV services; 49% likely that newspapers in the top 20 U.S. metros will publish four days or less, and 49% likely that the U.S. Postal Service will declare bankruptcy
- In nine years 2022, the panelists say that it is 45% likely that online political ad spending exceeds that spent for television
- Ten years from today, in 2023, it is thought that it is 42% likely that mobile video ad spending exceeds that spent for broadcast TV
For more information about this project, go to http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/203118/the-world-according-to-borrell.html#reply
Scholastic Media announced today that its Emmy® Award-winning animated series WordGirl®, produced by its animation studio Soup2Nuts, will premiere a sixth season of all-new episodes on PBS KIDS (check local listings) beginning Monday, August 5, 2013. The season kicks off with ‘What’s Up With WordGirl Week’ featuring five new episodes. The season will include 13 episodes in total.
The sixth season of WordGirl will find fifth grader Becky Botsford (and her alter-ego WordGirl) facing some of her toughest challenges yet, against the series’ most popular villains. The definition dynamo will be tricked by Mr. Birg (a Mr. Big doppelganger) and will combat Seymour Smooth – more than once! – as he tries to commit crime through game play. Audiences also will see Victoria Best mistaken for WordGirl - until the real WordGirl is able to prove Victoria has been fibbing, and WordGirl must battle Dr. Two Brains to save the world from being hit by a giant cheese asteroid.
Returning voice talent for the sixth season includes Dannah Phirman (“MadTV”) as WordGirl, Chris Parnell (“30 Rock,” “Saturday Night Live”) as the Narrator, Maria Bamford (“Louie,” “Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil”) as Mrs. Botsford, Ryan Raddatz as Mr. Botsford and Scoops, James Adomian (“Last Comic Standing”) as Mr. Birg, Daran Norris (“The Fairly OddParents,” “Big Time Rush”) as Seymour Smooth, Kristen Schaal (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “30 Rock”) as Victoria Best, Tom Kenny (“SpongeBob Squarepants”) as Dr. Two Brains, TJ and Beau Handsome, John C. McGinley (“Scrubs,” “Burn Notice”) as Whammer, Patton Oswalt (“Justified,” “Two and a Half Men”) as Tobey, and Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”) as Mr. Big, among others. Jane Lynch (“Glee”) guest stars as Miss Power in ‘The Rise of Miss Power’special, originally broadcast in 2012, which will air in Season 6 over the course of two episodes.
For more information on WordGirl, please visit mediaroom.scholastic.com/wordgirl,
Cynopsis Kids 2nd Annual !magination Awards took place today at the Yale Club in New York City bringing together the top creative and business minds in kids entertainment.Special honors were given to Margaret Loesch, founder/CEO of Hub Network; Elie Dekel, president of Saban Brands; children’s singer/songwriter Laurie Berkner; and Cartoon Network for its Stop Bullying Speak Up campaign.
Two very special anniversaries in children’s entertainment were acknowledged:Babar the Elephant, who has charmed kids and families for 80 years and Clifford the Big Red Dog, who celebrates his 50th year.
Here’s a complete list of the !magination Awards winners and finalists:
Winner: Nickelodeon - Bubble Guppies: Animal School Day
Cupcake Digital Wubbzy’s Fire Engine Adventure
Disney Publishing Worldwide - Sofia the First: Story Theater
Lawless Entertainment - Suzy’s Zoo
Nancy O’Dell Enterprises - Little Ashby: Star Reporter
Oceanhouse Media, Inc.- A Whale of a Tale!: All About Porpoises, Dolphins, and Whales
PBS KIDS - DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD: Play at Home with Daniel
Sprout The Good Night Show: Sandy Stories
Winner: Budge Studios - Chuggington Traintastic Adventures
Cartoon Network - Cartoon Network
Cupcake Digital - Wubbzy’s The Night Before Christmas
Lima Sky - Doodle Jump
Nickelodeon - Nick Jr. Draw & Play
Random House Children’s Books - Barbie Color, Sparkle and Style!
Tablet-Based App (Educational)
Winner: Scholastic Corporation - Storia
Disney ABC Television Group - Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally Appisode
Luca Lashes LLC - Luca Lashes Series
marblemedia - Skatoony: Skadoodle
National Geographic Kids - National Geographic Kids Tablet Magazine
Thirteen/WNET - Cyberchase 3D Builder
Digital Marketing Campaign
Winner: Saban Brands - Launches Vortexx on The CW
Cartoon Network - Level Up Choose Your Battle Experience
Disney - Little Mermaid
Sprout A Lot Happens When You Sprout
Winner: Auryn, Inc. - Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery
Bento Box Interactive - Sweet Pickles
Luca Lashes, LLC - Luca Lashes Series
Mibblio - Mibblio
Random House Children’s Books - The Cat in the Hat Know A Lot About That! Color & Create
StoryToys - The Little Mermaid
Educational Series/Special Parent/Teacher Curriculum
Winner: The Jim Henson Company - Sid The Science Kid
Sprout - Noodle & Doodle
The Mother Company - Ruby’s Studio: The Friendship Show
Feature Film Based on a Book
Winner: Universal and HP - Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
Dune Entertainment/Color Force/20th Century Fox - Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
Studio Ghibli/Disney - The Secret World of Arrietty (based on The Borrowers)
Working Title Films/Universal Pictures - Big Miracle (based on the book Freeing the Whales)
Game Based on a Series
Winner: Thirteen/WNET - Cyberchase: Buzz & Delete Save the Day
DHX Media - UMIGO
Scholastic - I SPY Super Challenger for LeapFrog
Sprout - The Chica Show: Mr. & Mrs. C’s Melody Maker
Winner (tie): Nickelodeon - Team Umizoomi Curriculum Interstitials
WGBH/Seftel Productions - The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers
Beeswax Production - Recess Stories: Life on the Playground
Disney Channels Worldwide - Disney 365
Nickelodeon - Kids Around the World
THIRTEEN/WNET - Oh Noah!
Kids 2-11 Series
Winner: Corus Entertainment/NELVANA Ltd. - Franklin and Friends
Cartoon Network - Adventure Time
Hub Network - Littlest Pet Shop
Hub Network - R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series
Hub Network - Transformers Prime
Nickelodeon - NFL Rush Zone: Season of the Guardians
Saban Brands - Power Rangers Super Samurai
Kids 2-11 Special/TV Movie
Winner: Hallmark Channel - Jingle and Bell’s Christmas Star
Cartoon Network - Stop Bullying: Speak Up
Disney Channels Worldwide - Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess
Hallmark Channel - hoops&yoyo’s Haunted Halloween
Scholastic Media - WordGirl: The Rise of Miss Power
Marketing Campaign for a Toy/Game
Winner: Nickelodeon/Playmates - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Toy Launch
Hasbro - Scrabble’s Catch Phrase game campaign featuring Neil Patrick Harris
Mattel - Hot Wheels For Real X Games campaign
Mattel/Peterson Milla Hooks - See What Happens When You Play With Barbie
Marketing Campaign for TV Series
Winner: Hub Network - My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Royal Wedding
Astral Media, Inc - Sofia the First Series Launchf
Cartoon Network - Adventure Time: Season 4 Campaign Launch
Nickelodeon - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
PBS - Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Marketing/PR Campaign for TV Special/TV Movie
Winner: Nickelodeon - Dora Fantastic Gymnastics Adventure Campaign
Disney - Sofia the First: Once Upon A Princess
Nickelodeon - Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Tale
Nickelodeon - Turtles Vs Foot Campaign for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at ComicCon 2102
PBS - PBS Kids’ The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas! Campaign
Winner: American Greetings - Care Bears: Welcome To Care-A-Lot
Disney - Dog With A Blog
Litton Entertainment - Recipe Rehab
Litton Entertainment - Sea Rescue with Sam Champion
Loma Media/EA Sports - EA Sports Game Time
Nickelodeon - NFL Rush Zone: Season of the Guardians
Winner: The Fred Rogers Company - Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Awol - Kioka
DHX Media - Yo Gabba Gabba!
Little Airplane - The Small Potatoes
NELVANA Ltd. / Corus Entertainment - Mike the Knight
Portfolio Entertainment - The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
Winner: Corus Entertainment - Handy Manny and the Seven Tools
Brown Bag Films - Doc McStuffins Boo Hoo To You Halloween Special
Nickelodeon - Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Tale
Portfolio Entertainment - The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas
Winner: Disney Disney Media - Subway
Cartoon Network - Cartoon Network @ Atlantis 2012
Disney - Disney Media Invisilign Teen
Sprout - The Chica Show Launch Campaign
Winner: Disney Channels Worldwide - Disney Friends for Change
Disney - Make Your Mark
Nickelodeon - The Big Help Let’s Move Event in London w Michelle Obama
Saban Brands - Power Rangers Super Samurai emPOWER Halloween Safety Campaign
Sprout - Sprout’s Kindness Counts Be Kind To Yourself Campaign
Social Media Campaign
Winner: Cartoon Network - Cartoon Network’s 20th Birthday
Bully Movie, Grassroots Twitter Campaign
Child’s Play Communications - Peppa Pig, Social Media Campaign
Lionsgate - Hunger Games, Social Media Campaign
Nickelodeon - Kids’ Choice Awards
Song for a TV Series/Special/Movie
Winner: Sprout - The Chica Show Theme Song
DHX Media Ltd - UMIGO
Portfolio Entertainment - The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!
Saban Brands - Power Rangers Song
Smithsonian Network -The Titanoboa Song
Winner: Threadless & Disney - Design a t-shirt inspired by Disney Villains
Cartoon Network - Mattel Hot Wheels 20th Anniversary Sweepstakes
Disney Media - Nintendo (Wii U Campaign)
Hub Network - The Hub’s Pup-ularity Contest
Radio Disney - The Next Big Thing (N.B.T.)
Sprout - The Chica Show Sweepstakes
TV Series Based on Books
Winner: Hub Network - R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: The Series
Big Bad Boo - 1001 Nights
Hallmark Channel - Jingle & Bell’s Christmas Star
NELVANA Ltd. / Corus Entertainment - Scaredy Squirrel
NELVANA Ltd. / TeamTO - Babar and the Adventures of Babou
Portfolio Entertainment Inc. - The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
Tweens 9-14 Series
Winner: Litton Entertainment - Born to Explore With Richard Wiese
Bento Box Entertainment/20th Century Fox - Bob’s Burgers
Disney ABC Television Group - Phineas and Ferb
Hub Network - “Dan Vs.”
Litton Entertainment - Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin
Luke Nola & Friends - Let’s Get Inventin’ New Zealand
marblemedia - Spatalot
Tweens 9-14 Special/TV Movie
Winner: ABC Family - The Mistle-Tones
Disney Channels Worldwide - Disney Channel Original Movie, Radio Rebel
Nickelodeon - Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Kids Pick the President: The Candidates
Video Game for a TV Series/Special
Winner: Microsoft and Edelman - Kinect Sesame Street TV
Cartoon Network - Mutant Fridge Mayhem
CSE - NBAHoopTroop.com-Hoop Troop Escape
Microsoft and Edelman - “Kinect Nat Geo TV”
Scholastic Media - The Magic School Bus: Oceans for Leapster Explorer
Website for TV Series/Special
Winner: WGBH Educational Foundation - Design Squad Nation
9 Story Entertainment & Kratt Brothers - Wild Kratts Website
Disney Channels Worldwide and Walt Disney Records - AustinAndAllyVideo.com/Vevo
Little Airplane/Disney - Meet the Small Potatoes Custom Potato Builder Website
Random House Children’s Books - PBS Kids The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
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Most people in TV go on vacation in the summer, but the PBS KIDS line-up is heating up this summer – with a host of special episodes and theme weeks, like Wild Kratts “Bug Week” (June 3), Sesame Street “Literacy Quest Week” (June 17) and Dinosaur Train “Dinosaurs A-Z” (July .
Starting Monday, June 3 (check local listings), PBS KIDS presents 10 weeks of themed programming to inspire children ages 2-8 to explore and learn. Each week will feature episodes from a different PBS KIDS series.
The line-up includes:
· WILD KRATTS – “Bug Week,” starting June 3
· SUPER WHY! – “Super You Week,” starting June 10
· SESAME STREET – “Literacy Quest Week,” starting June 17
· MARTHA SPEAKS – “Puppy Week,” starting June 24
· CURIOUS GEORGE – “Creative George Week,” starting July 1
· DINOSAUR TRAIN – “Dinosaurs A-Z,” starting July 8
· DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD – “Let’s Play Outside Week,” starting July 15
· THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT! – “Let’s Get Wet Week,” starting July 22
· ARTHUR – “Sports Week,” starting July 29
· WORDGIRL – “What’s Up With WordGirl Week,” starting August 5
The film, the second original installment of the new weekly Walden Family Theater franchise debuts this Friday (May 31) at 8:00 PM ET on Hallmark Channel. Space Warriors tells the story of six highly-skilled teenagers hand-picked to be part of a summer space camp competition at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The kids find themselves in a race against time when an urgent crisis aboard the International Space Station (some 200 miles above the Earth) leads them to utilize all their problem-solving skills to come up with a plan to save the lives of the American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts aboard. The all-star cast includes Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Lucas, Danny Glover and Thomas Horn (who garnered positive attention as the son of Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close).
ARC Entertainment partnered with Walden Media and Hallmark Channel to produce the film for Walden Family Theater which is made possible through the sponsorship of P&G and Walmart (which will exclusively sell the DVD at its stores). Those tuning into the Hallmark premiere will be given the opportunity for a real-life family space camp vacation. Details here.
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Win two tickets to see “After Earth” by telling us what you love about XPRIZE. (Click through here)
Calling all teens: Take part in the XPRIZE After Earth Challenge, an educational competition open to students ages 13-17 (with one adult captain). In the first phase of the challenge, teams simply upload a video to http://xprizeafterearth.com discussing how they are promoting environmental sustainability in their communities (to avoid an After Earth like scenario where we are forced to evacuate the planet) and describing the mission they would design to send an unmanned rover to explore a potential site for humanity’s next settlement.
The top ten teams will receive a LEGO MINDSTORMS kit to use for their mission and a Full HD Sony Handycam to document their experience. The grand prize winner, as determined by a panel of judges, will be featured on the Blu-ray release of After Earth. Registration for Phase One will remain open until June 7th.
Win a LEGO MINDSTORMS robotics kit, a Sony Handycam, and a chance to appear on the DVD of the Will Smith & Jaden Smith film, After Earth!
My mom came from a completely different world than I grew up in. She grew up during the great Depression and became a wife and mother during World War II. I’m a Baby Boomer. I grew up in a pretty stable world, all things considered. I had a much easier childhood than my Mother and a more optimistic outlook on life. She gave me the courage to try things my Mother would never have considered doing herself. I was fortunate to have such a secure childhood that, as a parent, I explored new ideas in raising my own children. My children were invited to be part of the decision making process rather than simply being told what to do. I lived through the civil rights movement, the assassinations of John Kennedy, his brother, Bobby and Martin Luther King Jr., through Watergate and the Vietnam War. I remember the Beatles first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, watching American Bandstand every week, trying communal living and being a vegetarian for 20 years.
My mom thought that doctors were God! I look for herbal remedies before heading to the doctor’s office. My mother was a smoker and I remember how her car reeked of cigarette smoke. Thanks to her, I never took up smoking. My mom was an avid pianist and sang in the church choir. I played the clarinet, saxophone and twirled the baton and swam with the synchronized swim team. I avoided the church choir. My mom was a reader. Her down time was usually spent reading a book of some sort, even if it was the Readers’ Digest Condensed Book-of-the-Month. My mom didn’t disagree. Instead, she held in her anger and every once in a while, exploded like a volcano. My siblings and I would all run to our rooms to hide until the lava cooled. My mom aged gracefully. She was a beautiful young woman and just as beautiful as she aged. My sister gave her a “Glamor photo shoot” for her 65th birthday and she is stunning in that photo.
My Mom was frugal. Oh, was she frugal. Even though my father was a successful businessman, my mother made every penny count. She would buy us flannel pajamas in July when they were on sale and wonder why we didn’t wear them until December. My father held my mother on a pedestal; rarely have I known someone to love anyone more. I once cussed at my mother and my dad picked me up and threw me against the wall, reminding me that “I would never speak that way to my mother again.” My mom wasn’t a terrible cook but she was English. Vegetables from her kitchen came out of a can and were reheated until they were steamy and soggy. The only fresh vegetables she ever served were fresh tomatoes and those Michigan tomatoes were so sweet that we would suck the juice right out of them. They also made the best darn BLTs you ever tasted.
My mom passed away 10 years ago and I still think about her almost every day. I loved my mom and appreciate her complete commitment to mothering. The things we shared in common were teaching our children to be inquisitive learners, to be resilient and to love our children unconditionally.Thanks Mom, for everything!