Thursday, January 29, 2015

Viacom Reports Higher Revenue and Record Earnings Per Share for December 2014 Quarter

Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), the parent company of the Nickelodeon brand, has today, Thursday 29th January 2015, reported financial results for the quarter ending Wednesday 31st December 2014, including higher revenues in its Media Networks and Filmed Entertainment segments, helped by the successful launch of Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures' "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movie franchise, and record adjusted diluted earnings per share.



"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" is a leading television, motion picture and consumer product brand for Viacom. (Photo: Business Wire)

Sumner M. Redstone, Executive Chairman of Viacom, said, "Viacom's powerful entertainment brands continue to lead the way in reaching global audiences with groundbreaking content. Our outstanding management team has positioned Viacom for continued success."

Philippe Dauman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom, said, "Viacom's focus on developing popular franchise properties and constantly expanding our growing international presence drove solid top line results and record earnings per share this quarter. We continued to deliver increased revenues in our media networks operations driven by steady growth in affiliate revenues, and also benefited from Paramount Pictures' Oscar-nominated Interstellar and our very successful company-wide franchise, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

"The media business is evolving faster than ever, but our mission remains unchanged: to continually develop more and better entertainment programming and deliver it to our engaged audiences on every screen and on every platform worldwide. To maintain our leadership position, we will continue to innovate and to manage our business as effectively and efficiently as possible, embracing change and adopting new technologies to better measure and monetize our content and meet industry-wide challenges. Viacom is financially strong and extremely well positioned for the future, with the talent and the creativity to grow our core business and continue to deliver increasing value to our investors."

Quarterly revenues rose 5% to $3.34 billion, driven by increases across the business. Media Networks revenues increased 4% to $2.65 billion, due to higher affiliate fees and advertising revenues. Domestic affiliate revenues rose 8% and worldwide affiliate revenues grew 6%, primarily due to rate increases. Domestic advertising revenues declined 6%, reflecting lower ratings. Worldwide advertising revenues rose 3%, reflecting a 60% increase in international advertising revenues driven by contributions from Channel 5, which was acquired in September 2014. The 4% increase in Media Networks revenues includes an unfavorable 1% impact of foreign exchange.

Filmed Entertainment revenues grew 6% to $720 million. Released theatrically in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2014, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles remained a strong performer in the current quarter, complementing the current quarter releases and helping to drive a 6% increase in theatrical revenues and a 16% gain in home entertainment revenues. Home entertainment revenues reflect two film releases in the current quarter, compared with none in the same prior year period. License fees declined 9% resulting from the mix of available titles.

Quarterly adjusted operating income of $959 million was flat versus the prior year. Media Networks adjusted operating income declined 1% due to higher programming expenses partially offset by revenue gains. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange, Media Networks adjusted operating income was flat for the quarter. Filmed Entertainment generated an adjusted operating loss of $60 million, an improvement of 19%, as higher revenues more than offset increases in film and distribution expenses.

Quarterly adjusted net earnings attributable to Viacom declined 2%, principally due to the 4% negative impact of foreign currency exchange rates, as well as higher interest costs. Adjusted diluted earnings per share for the quarter increased 8% to $1.29, a record for the fiscal quarter ended December 31. Foreign exchange had an unfavorable $0.05 impact on adjusted diluted EPS.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2014, Viacom repurchased 10.2 million shares under its stock repurchase program, for an aggregate purchase price of $750 million. As of January 28, 2015, Viacom had $5.62 billion remaining in its $20 billion stock repurchase program. As of December 31, 2014, Viacom had 407 million shares of common stock outstanding.

At December 31, 2014, total debt outstanding, including capital lease obligations, was $13.76 billion, compared with $12.77 billion at September 30, 2014. In the quarter, the Company issued $1.0 billion of debt, a portion of which it intends to utilize for the repayment of $600 million aggregate principal amount of the Company's senior notes due February 2015. The Company's cash balances were $1.2 billion at December 31, 2014, an increase from $1.0 billion at September 30, 2014.

You can read Viacom's press release announcing the company's quarterly earnings in full, including tables of Viacom's statements and balance sheets, here on BusinessWire.com.

In additional Viacom news:

Viacom recently announced that it has extended the employment agreement of President and Chief Executive Officer Philippe Dauman through December 31, 2018. The extension adds two years to Dauman's previous contract, which ran through December 31, 2016.

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) UK and Ireland, home to Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and Channel 5, is preparing to call a review of its £2 million media planning and buying services, after parting company with Omnicom's PHD.

Google Inc and Viacom Inc have won the dismissal of a nationwide privacy lawsuit accusing them of illegally tracking the Internet activity of boys and girls who visited Nickelodeon's website, in order to send targeted advertising. The lawsuit claimed that Viacom secretly kept track of children under the age of 13 who streamed videos and played video games on the networks official website, nick.com, and shared what it learned with Google. It said both companies then without permission put text files known "cookies" into the children's computers, letting them gather additional information that advertisers could use. The lawsuit was brought on behalf of young children who registered to use Nick.com. But in a Jan. 20 decision, U.S. District Judge Stanley Chesler in Newark, New Jersey found no showing that Google and Viacom could identify which children streamed specific videos or played specific video games, as opposed to identifying children generally. He also found no showing that the companies engaged in "highly offensive" behavior for which they could be held liable. "Children do indeed warrant special attention and heightened protections under our laws and social norms," Chesler wrote. "Although plaintiffs have identified conduct that may be worthy of further legislative and executive attention, they have not cited any existing and applicable legal authority" to support their claims, he added. The plaintiffs had accused Viacom of violating the federal Video Privacy Protection Act, and both companies of violating a New Jersey anti-computer hacking law.

Viacom is facing renewed calls on Wall Street to reunite with its former sibling CBS ahead of a high-stakes battle with Charlie Ergen's Dish over programming fees.
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Nickelodeon To Launch Direct-To-Consumer Subscription Service During Spring 2015

The Internet is about to get slimed!

Nickelodeon will soon be offered online without the need for a cable subscription, Viacom President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Philippe Dauman announced during a conference call with analysts on Thursday 29th January 2015 to discuss the company's fourth-quarter earnings report.


Nickelodeon is part of a growing trend of networks -- cable and broadcast -- offering digital services along with traditional TV.

Dauman said "We believe this innovative service, which will have a distinct brand and will target the fast-growing mobile market, will be very attractive for parents and children."

The move makes Nickelodeon among the first pure cable channels to move into the "over-the-top" (OTT) space, in which content is streamed online for a subscription fee outside of top streaming players like Netflix, Amazon or Hulu. Premium channels like HBO and Showtime are already working on similar services, with the former announcing that it would begin selling subscriptions via the Internet sometime in 2015, and CBS also offers a streaming service. Companies like ESPN, TNT and TBS are currently available through Dish Network's Sling service, but not as standalone options. These offerings make it easier for households to drop their traditional pay-TV service and piece together their own package of video services.

The new direct-to-consumer subscription service will be introduced in March 2015, Dauman said, adding that the name of the service will also be announced then. He said more information will be released when Nickelodeon makes presentations to advertisers in February/March 2015 during Nickelodeon Upfront 2015, where Nickelodeon will also preview the networks 2015-2016 programming slate. "They would not want me to take away their thunder."

"The media business is evolving faster than ever, but our mission remains unchanged: to continually develop more and better entertainment programming," Dauman said in a letter to investors. "Viacom is financially strong and extremely well positioned for the future."

During Viacom's fourth-quarter earnings report conference call, Dauman touted how the company has been leading on the TV Everywhere front and how the company's children-friendly fare in particular have been doing well on digital channels. He said the Nick Jr. app has topped iTunes charts since launching last year.

The new service will be "geared to young viewers, quite young viewers, and their parents will very much welcome the availability of this premium subscription service," Dauman told investors. He also hints that cable and satellite distributors won't mind: Viacom is "working with our distributors very closely." But it is "premised on people spending more and more time consuming entertainment, and we're going to be a big part of their lives wherever they are viewing the content."

The service will not be branded as "Nickelodeon", the company said, but will target young viewers with its own unique brand. The company didn't detail what content the service would include, how much it will cost, and whether the new service will include advertising.

"We want to satisfy the demand that is coming from the viewers out there," he said, noting also that the service would be aimed at consumers who use mobile devices. "They want more programming. They have an insatiable appetite for great content. They want to view that content on every device that they own."

"We are seeing good demand," Dauman said. "There is no better way to reach engaged audiences for toys, for movies, for electronics, for financial services aimed at young people, there’s no better way to reach them than on our network."

Sources: Mashable, CNN Money, AP via Yahoo! News, Deadline, THR, TechCrunch, International Business Times, New York Post, Reuters via Yahoo! Celebrity.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Nickelodeon USA To Premiere Brand-New "Sanjay and Craig" Episodes In February 2015

Jim Dirschberger, a co-creator of Nickelodeon's hit original animated buddy comedy series (Nicktoon) "Sanjay and Craig", has announced in a Tweet (post) on his official Twitter profile page, ‏@EightyFourFilms, that Nickelodeon USA will be premiering and showing more brand-new episodes of "Sanjay and Craig", including a all-new 30 minute special, in February 2015!:
.@NickStarsTV: .@eightyfourfilms @PunksGitCut Is the network planning on bringing the show back from its hiatus in February like last year?
@EightyFourFilms: Yes! The new batch of episodes will air in mid-February. We're premiering a 30 min special as well. #sanjayandcraig

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Nickelodeon Awards News Round-Up

Below is a round-up of some of the awards that Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, has recently been nominated for and some of the awards that they have won!


Nickelodeon Preschool's hit CG-animated series "Wallykazam!" and "Peter Rabbit" have been nominated for two awards in Kidscreen's "Kidscreen Awards 2015"! "Wallykazam!" has been nominated for the "Best New Series" award, and "Peter Rabbit" and "Dinosaur Train", a popular CG-animated series created by Craig Bartlett ("Hey Arnold!") and produced by The Jim Henson Company and Sparky Animation which airs on Nick Jr. UK and Nick Jr. Australia and New Zealand, have been nominated for the "Best Animated Series" award in the "Preschool" section of the Programming Categories of the 2015 Kidscreen Awards! Additionally, season three (series three) of "Dance Academy", a Australian teen-oriented dance-themed television drama series which airs on Nickelodeon UK and Ireland and TeenNick USA, has been nominated for the "Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series" award in the Tweens/Teens portion of the Programming Categories of the Kidscreen Awards 2015!

In the "Preschool (0 to 5)" categories of the "iKids Awards 2015", Nick Jr. UK's popular smartphone learning app "Nick Jr. Leap" has been nominated for the Best Learning App (Smartphone)" award, the official website for "Peppa Pig", a mega popular animated preschool series which airs on Nick Jr. UK and Nick Jr. USA, has been nominated for the "Best Website" award, and the tablet version of Nickelodeon's hit "Dora and Friends" app has been nominated for the "Best Game App (Tablet)" award! Jim Henson's "Doozers", a CG-animated series featuring the Doozers of "Fraggle Rock" which airs on Nick Jr. Australia and New Zealand, has also been nominated for the "Best Web/App Series" award in the "Preschool (0 to 5)" categories of the 2015 "iKids Awards"! Additionally, in the "Kids (6 and up)" categories of the "iKids Awards 2015", the tablet version of Nickelodeon and Lima Sky's hit "Doodle Jump" game app, "Doodle Jump SpongeBob SquarePants", has been nominated for the "Best Game App (Tablet)" award!

In the "26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards", celebrating and recognizing "media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives," the "Nick News With Linda Ellerbee" special "Coming Out", which aired on Nickelodeon USA in October 2014, has been nominated for the "Outstanding TV Journalism - Newsmagazine" award!

In the Motion Picture Sound Editors' 62nd "MPSE Golden Reel Awards", the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" episode of Nickelodeon's hit CG-animated series "In Dreams" (Nickelodeon Animation Studios Inc.) has been nominated for the "TV Animation - Effects / Foley / Dialogue / ADR" award! The credits for "In Dreams" are: PRODUCED BY: Ciro Nieli, Brandon Auman, Peter Hastings, Macgregor Middleton; DIRECTED BY: Sebastian Montes; SUPERVISING SOUND EDITOR: Jeff Shiffman; SUPERVISING FOLEY EDITOR: Roger Pallan; SUPERVISING DIALOGUE / ADR EDITOR: Anna Adams; FOLEY ARTISTS: Roger Pallan, Alex Ullrich, MPSE; SOUND EFFECTS EDITORS: Gerardo Gonzalez, Matt Hall; and SUPERVISING MUSIC EDITOR: Sebastian Evans II.

At the "London Toy Industry Awards 2015", Flair Leisure Products' "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Movie Figures won the "Action Figure Range of the Year" award in the Toy and Supplier of the Year category of the awards!

At the 2015 "Toy Fair Best New Toy Awards", Spin Master Toys UK's "Paw Patrol" Basic Vehicles range took home the "Pre-school Characters" award!

In IGN's "Best Of 2014 Awards", Nickelodeon's hit animatd series "Legend of Korra" won the "IGN Official Best TV Animated Series" award, the "People's Choice: Best TV Series" award, the "People's Choice: Best TV Episode" award for the episode "Korra Alone", and the "People's Choice: Best Animated Series" award!

Nickelodeon has also won a slew of awards at the "2015 Parents' Choice Television Awards"!

Nickelodeon's "Peter Rabbit" and Nick Jr. Australia and New Zealand's "Doozers" each won a "Parents' Choice Gold Awards" award.

Nickelodeon's "Team Umizoomi" and "Wallykazam!" and Nick Jr.'s (UK & Ireland and Australia & New Zealand) "Dinosaur Train" took a "Parents' Choice Silver Honors" each.

The "2014 HALO Awards 2014 HALO Awards", the "2014 Kids Choice Sports Awards", "Bubble Guppies", "Dora and Friends: Into The City" and "Degrassi", along with Nick Jr. UK & Ireland's "Poppy Cat" and "Lily's Driftwood Bay", each won a "Parents' Choice Recommended Seal" award.

Nickelodeon's brand-new CG-animated preschool series "Blaze and The Monster Machines" won a "Parents' Choice Approved Seals" award.

"100 Things to do Before High School", "Henry Danger", "Fairly OddParents", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Paw Patrol" each won a "Parents' Choice FunStuff" award.

Additionally, "Nick News with Linda Ellerbee" won the "Parents' Choice Classic Award"!
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C.H. Greenblatt Hints That Nickelodeon USA May Premiere "Harvey Beaks" Within The Next Few Months

Following announcing that his upcoming brand-new Nickelodeon animated series "Bad Seeds" will now be called "Harvey Beaks", cartoonist C.H. Greenblatt has hinted in a reply to a fans question on his official Tumblr blog, Nerd Armada, that Nickelodeon USA could be planning to premiere and show "Harvey Beaks" within the next few months, and that Nickelodeon is planning a big promotional campaign for their all-new show!:
Q:I love looking at your drawings. Is bad seeds premiering soon ?
Thanks! Expect it (hopefully) in a few months. There should be lots of noise before it comes out so no one should miss it!

"Harvey Beaks" follows Harvey, a sweet and well-meaning bird, who makes two new best friends, Fee and Foo, the wildest imps in the forest. Although their friendship seems unlikely, their connection only grows as they push each other out of their comfort zones and into endless adventures. The show is created, written and directed by C.H. Greenblatt ("SpongeBob SquarePants", "Chowder"). Nickelodeon picked up the series for 26 episodes in September 2013.
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N.E.R.D Releases Music Video For "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" Song "Squeeze Me"

The entertainment news website Digital Spy is reporting the exciting news that N.E.R.D have released their brand-new music video for their recently released song "Squeeze Me", which the band have recorded for the soundtrack for Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Animation's upcoming "SpongeBob SquarePants" movie, "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water", online on VEVO!


"Squeeze Me" was released worldwide in December 2014 and sees Pharrell Williams reunited with his bandmates Chad Hugo and Shay Haley.

N.E.R.D have also recorded a further two new tracks for the upcoming film, each titled after popular characters Patrick Star and Sandy Squirrel from Nickelodeon's beloved animated series (Nicktoon) "SpongeBob SquarePants".

The "SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" tracks are the band's first new material in four years.

"The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" will be released in theatres in the USA on Friday 6th February 2015 and in Digital 3D and 2D in cinemas across the UK on Friday 20th March 2015!

Watch N.E.R.D's all-new music video for the "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" track below, plus check out two dozen brand-new stills from Nick & Paramount's brand-new "SpongeBob" movie here on ComingSoon.net!:


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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Nickelodeon And Paramount Revamp Official "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" Website; N.E.R.D Releases Two New Songs For Movies' Soundtrack

To celebrate Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Animation upcoming brand-new "SpongeBob SquarePants" movie, "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water", Nickelodeon and Paramount have unveiled their revamped official "Sponge Out of Water" website, SpongeBobMovie.com!


Nickelodeon and Paramount's brand-new "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" website features information about the new SpongeBob Nick Flick, exclusive videos, images and animated gifs featuring scenes from the all-new movie, absorbing downloads, including tic-tac-toe, mazes, connect the dots and spot the difference games and desktop wallpapers, plus links to download the movies' recently released game app, "SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run", Paramount's online box office, the movies' official Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube pages, and to purchase "Squeeze Me" by N.E.R.D from the films soundtrack! There is also a option to follow Nickelodeon and Paramount's official "Sponge Out of Water" website on Tumblr!

Additionally, the American rock, funk, and hip hop band N.E.R.D have today, Tuesday 27th January 2015, released two brand-new songs for the "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" soundtrack! The tracks, by Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Shay Haley, are the theme songs for the onscreen sidekicks of SpongeBob's two best friends, Patrick Star and Sandy Squirrel!

Listen to the soundtrack's releases so far, below:



Nickelodeon USA's official website has also unveiled a exclusive extended sneak-peek video from "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water", which NickHeads located in the USA can watch here on nick.com!

"The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" will be released in theatres in the USA on Friday 6th February 2015 and in Digital 3D and 2D in cinemas across the UK on Friday 20th March 2015!
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Nickelodeon Netherlands To Premiere New Episodes Of "SpongeBob SquarePants" In February 2015; Declares Monday 2nd February 2015 "Yellow Monday"

Nickelodeon Netherlands (Nederland) has announced the exciting Nickelodeon International news in the following press release, from Nick Netherlands' online press office, that Nickelodeon Netherlands will be premiering and showing brand-new episodes of "SpongeBob SquarePants" every Monday to Friday at 5:15pm (17:15) from Monday 2nd February 2015!


In one of the all-new episodes, "License to Milkshake", Mr. Krabs sends SpongeBob to Milkshake Academy. Then, in "Squid Baby", after receiving a head injury in a accident, Squidward starts to think that he's an infant, and SpongeBob and Patrick must look after him.

To celebrate the debut of brand-new episodes of "SpongeBob SquarePants", Nickelodeon Netherlands has declared that Monday 2nd February 2015, the first Monday of February 2015, will be "Yellow Monday", a whole day dedicated to Nickelodeon megastar SpongeBob SquarePants!

According to experts, Monday 19th January 2015 was "Blue Monday" - the most depressing day of the year. Now that "Blue Monday" is behind us, it's time for a day dedicated to happiness, and who better to represent happiness than SpongeBob SquarePants!

The colour yellow is often associated with curiosity, intellect, happiness, freedom, and motivation - just some of the endearing attributes of the world's favourite optimist, SpongeBob SquarePants!

To further celebrate SpongeBob, Nick Netherlands will be hosting a special "SpongeBob SquarePants" weekend over Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th February 2015 which will feature all-day marathons from 11:30am each day!

Fans are encouraged to join in with Nickelodeon's "Yellow Monday" by wearing something yellow, eating a pineapple, go Jellyfish fishing, and by watching a brand-new episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants" at 5:15pm, only on Nickelodeon!

Additionally, Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures will release their brand-new "SpongeBob SquarePants" movie, "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water", locally titled "SPONGEBOB 3D SPONS OP HET DROGE", in cinemas across Holland and Belgium on Wednesday 28th January 2015!

Plus, Nickelodeon Netherlands will start to fully premiere and show the brand-new Nickelodeon original comedy series "Henry Danger" from Sunday 1st February 2015 as part of "Alles nieuw, alles Nick"!

Original Nickelodeon Nederland Press Release:

27. Januari 2015

Op 2 februari is het Yellow Monday: de dag van vrolijkheid!

Om te vieren dat er op 2 februari nieuwe afleveringen starten van SpongeBob hebben we Yellow Monday in het leven geroepen: een dag die staat voor blijheid en optimisme.

Op 19 januari was het Blue Monday, volgens experts de meest depressieve dag van het jaar. Nu we deze dag achter de rug hebben is het tijd voor een vrolijke dag. Daarom hebben wij 2 februari verkozen tot Yellow Monday. Deze dag staat in het teken van onze favoriete gele vriend, SpongeBob SquarePants.

De kleur geel wordt vaak geassocieerd met nieuwsgierigheid, intellect, vrolijkheid, vrijheid, en motivatie. Laat dit nou net een omschrijving zijn van SpongeBob!

Vanaf 2 februari zijn er om 17.15 elke schooldag nieuwe afleveringen van SpongeBob SquarePants te zien. In deze afleveringen gaat hij onder andere terug naar de milkshake-school en moet hij samen met Patrick voor Octo gaan zorgen wanneer deze per ongeluk weer een baby wordt.

Voor iedereen die niet genoeg kan krijgen van SpongeBob is er in het weekend van 7 en 8 februari een speciale SpongeBob marathon op Nickelodeon. Vanaf 11.30 zie je de hele dag lang afleveringen van de gele spons voorbijkomen. Als je daar niet blij van wordt…

Enkele tips om deze Yellow Monday goed door te komen: trek iets geels aan, eet een ananas, ga kwallenvissen en vergeet vooral niet te kijken naar een nieuwe aflevering van SpongeBob SquarePants om 17.15 op Nickelodeon!

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Nickelodeon Changes The Name Of "Bad Seeds" To "Harvey Beaks"

Cartoonist C.H. Greenblatt has announced the exciting Nick news in a post on his official Tumblr blog, Nerd Armada, that his upcoming brand-new Nickelodeon animated series will now be called "Harvey Beaks"!


Originally titled "Bad Seeds", C.H. Greenblatt and Nickelodeon had to choose another name for their all-new animated show due to trademark issues. Following discussions, Nickelodeon thought it would be best to name the series after the shows main character, Harvey.

C.H. Greenblatt's all-new NickToon follows Harvey, a sweet and well-meaning bird, who makes two new best friends, Fee and Foo, the wildest imps in the forest. Although their friendship seems unlikely, their connection only grows as they push each other out of their comfort zones and into endless adventures. The show, which is created, written and directed by C.H. Greenblatt ("SpongeBob SquarePants", "Chowder"), is expected to premiere on Nickelodeon USA later this year, however, it is currently unknown whether the shows trademark issues will delay the shows debut. Nickelodeon picked up the series for 26 episodes in September 2013.

To celebrate his brand-new Nickelodeon shows' all-new name, C.H. Greenblatt has shared six fantastic backgrounds from "Harvey Beaks" on his official Tumblr blog!:


Art Director: Bill Dely

BG designers: Eirik Paye, Ben Lee, & Peter DeLuca

BG Painters: Rohner Segnitz, Chris Near, & Ben Lee

You can view each background artwork in its original size here on Nerd Armada!
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Monday, January 26, 2015

"Every Witch Way" Season Three Catch-Up

To prepare fans for the epic must-see final week of the third spell-binding season of Nickelodeon's hit fantasy television series "Every Witch Way" on Nick USA, Nickelodeon USA has unveiled a magical brand-new video on their official YouTube channel in which "Every Witch Way" star Nick Merico, who plays Daniel Miller in the hit Nick show, gives fans a recap of all the thrilling drama that's been going down in this season of "Every Witch Way" and what's been going on with our favorite characters!:



"I'm here to give you an inside look at what’s happening this week on the show," Nick says. "We already know that Mia isn't who she said she was, and Emma's really struggling to decide between Jax and Daniel. So stay tuned every weeknight on Nickelodeon for the latest magical mayhem at Iridium High. And don’t forget to catch up on anything you missed over at Nick.com and the Nick app!"


In the final week of "Every Witch Way", Emma Alonso (Paola Andino) has a important decision to make – should she choose to date Daniel Miller (Nick Merico) or Jax Novoa (Rahart Adams)?! Well, YOU can impact her decision in Nickelodeon's epic live fan poll!

The power is in YOUR hands! Head to nick.com/witch now and vote for "Team Daniel" or "Team Jax"! Fans can also vote for who you think Emma should end up with on Twitter using the special custom hashtags #TeamDaniel or #TeamJax!

Whether you've been watching from the beginning, or are just jumping in, this is the week too watch! Catch the must-see final week of "Every Witch Way" every week night at 7:00pm ET/PT from Monday 26th January 2015, and don't miss the magical season finale episode on Friday 30th January 2015, only on Nickelodeon USA! Also check out nick.com/witch or the Nick App to watch the latest episodes!

Source: Just Jared Jr.
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Australian SVoD Service Presto TV Acquires Rights To Raft Of Nickelodeon Programming

The children's entertainment and media news website Kidscreen is reporting the exciting Nickelodeon International News that Presto TV, the new subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service launched on Thursday 15th January 2015 by Foxtel and Seven West Media in Australia, has acquired the rights to a raft of Nickelodeon Programming!


Geared towards kids of all ages, the Nickelodeon titles were part of the services' launch line-up. Like Presto Movies and Netflix, the new service offers unlimited ad-free streaming for a monthly subscription fee.

Nickelodeon shows available on the service at launch include "Dora the Explorer", "Go, Diego, Go!", "Bubble Guppies" "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "SpongeBob SquarePants". Presto has also picked up "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic" and "Transformers Prime" from Hasbro Studios, "Power Rangers Super Megaforce" and "Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation" from Saban, and "Bo on the GO!", "Hurray for Huckle (Busytown Mysteries)", "Littlest Pet Shop", "Caillou", "Pound Puppies", "Yo Gabba Gabba!" and "Super Why" from DHX Media. Addition children's series available on the service include "Arthur", "Thomas And Friends" and "The Wiggles".

The deal comes after the Australian SVoD service Stan also bolstered its US content offering by striking a partnership with Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Australia & New Zealand! The multi-year, non-exclusive deal sees hundreds of hours of Viacom's hit shows becoming available on Stan, including children's, comedy, animation and reality series. Programming includes Nickelodeon's "SpongeBob SquarePants", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "iCarly", Comedy Centrals "South Park", and MTV's reality TV hits "Teen Mom", "Geordie Shore", "The Hills" and "16 & Pregnant".
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Nickelodeon Russia and CIS Acquires Rights To "Robodz"; To Debut Series In February 2015

The children's entertainment and media news website Kidscreen is reporting the exciting Nickelodeon International News that Nickelodeon Russia and CIS has acquired the broadcast rights to "Robodz", a new 15 x 11-minute CG-animated family comedy series produced by the Russian production company Studio Atria, from London, UK-based boutique distributor Media I.M.! As part of four-year deal, Nickelodeon will start to premiere the show in 14 countries, including Russia, across the CIS and Baltic territories, in February 2015.


"Robodz" follows the lives of robots who ended up far, far away from human society. The story is based on the premise that all the robots who have been sent to Mars as part of various space missions over the years have lost connection with the Earth, and have ended up making Mars their new home. Over the last few decades many space missions have reached Mars, however some lost contact with their respective space agencies. What happened to them? Robodz!


Spaceship wreckage provided the perfect material and tools to make Robodz at home on Mars, enabling them to build their homes and fill their lives with all the supplies and essentials they needed. The Robodz population on Mars grew and prospered, a civilization was built and the story of the Robodz began.


Each episode is a humorous fun-packed story of the everyday life of the Robodz on Mars and beyond, touching on subjects of friendship, rivalry, right and wrong, which always leaves the viewers with a smile! Each character in the series is unique, has very individual qualities and different interests. They are far away, made of metal and live in a very un-Earth like hostile environment, however they are not that dissimilar from us.


"Robodz" Screenshots from mediaim.co.uk.
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Nickelodeon Australia Takes Over Sydney's Hyde Park To Host The Australia Day Summer Playground

To celebrate Australia Day 2015, Nickelodeon Australia today, Monday 26th January 2015, took over Sydney's historic Hyde Park to host The Australia Day Summer Playground to make Australia Day 2015 the biggest Australia Day ever!



SpongeBob SquarePants at Australia's famous Sydney Harbour Bridge

Thousands of families braved the rain to attend the free event, which offered live performances, super hero activities and meet and greets with popular Nickelodeon Nick Jr. characters.

Nickelodeon mega star SpongeBob SquarePants, set to star in his second big screen adventure in April 2015, replaced his SquarePants with Aussie boardshorts in honour of Australia Day, Dora the Explorer made her Australian debut at the Summer Playground and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hi-5 crew and "Play Along with Sam" star Sam Moran performed for the crowds.


All Nickelodeon characters and performers also joined Moran for the Salute to Australia, which saw the whole nation unite and sing the Australian national anthem, "Advance Australia Fair".

Additional activities included a chill-out Book Nook zone where kids and families enjoyed scheduled story readings by the City of Sydney Libraries, a zone which encouraged kids to learn football skills and techniques from qualified coaches on the day and a super hero activation zone called SuperNick where kids could be superimposed onto famous Australian settings.


"As leaders in family entertainment, we are excited to have partnered with the Australia Day Council of NSW to make Australia Day in Hyde Park bigger and better than ever," said Jihee Nam, Vice President (VP) and General Manager (GM) for Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand.

"Nickelodeon's unique entertainment offering ensures that we can always deliver families a memorable experience and we are proud to have been a part of the most celebrated day on every Australian’s calendar."



Nickelodeon's Heroes in a Half Shell, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, at Australia Day 2015



Nick Jr. star Dora the Explorer at the Nickelodeon Book Nook




WSL Surfing professional and sports fanatic Sally Fitzgibbons at Nickelodeon's Australia Day Summer Playground

Photos: Nickelodeon Australia on Facebook and Australia Day on Twitter; Original source: Licensing.biz.
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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Nickelodeon Spain To Premiere "Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn" On Monday 26th January 2015

Nickelodeon Spain (Espana) has announced the exciting Nickelodeon International news in a post on the channels official Facebook profile page, Facebook.com/nickelodeones, that the Spanish version of the world's number one kids' channel will start to premiere and show Nickelodeon's brand-new hit original comedy series "Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn" from Monday 26th January 2015 at 9:25pm (21:25h)!:
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn son unos cuatrillizos con sólo dos cosas en común: el día de su cumpleaños y sus padres! No te pierdas el estreno de la nueva Serie Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn el lunes 26 @ 21:25h.


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Nickelodeon Africa To Premiere "Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn" On Monday 26th January 2015

Nick Africa has announced in a series of posts on their official Facebook profile page, Facebook.com/NickelodeonAfrica, and in the schedule area of their official website, nickelodeonafrica.com, the exciting Nickelodeon International News that Nickelodeon Africa will start to premiere and show Nickelodeon's brand-new hit original comedy series "Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn" from Monday 26th January 2015!:
Nicky is quirky, inventive and full of energy. Head stuck in a fence? Been there, done that. Nicky’s got the answer to almost everything. That’s probably why he loves to say, ‘I told you so.’ - Tuesday 20th January 2015


If you need help with your homework or need a plan to get out of doing your homework, Ricky is the Harper for you. He’s super smart and not afraid to show it. But his high IQ still doesn’t stop him from getting into trouble with his fellow siblings. Coming next week.... - Wednesday 21st January 2015


Dicky Harper puts the ‘cool’ in school and the ‘bling’ in sibling. He always knows what to say and how to say it. You’ll never see him sweat. There’s no one sharper than this Harper! NICKY, RICKY, DICKY AND DAWN COMING NEXT WEEK - Thursday 22nd January 2015


Dawn was born four seconds before her brothers. She may act like the leader of the pack, but deep down she’s just one of the pack. She is the only girl, though. See her next week on Nickelodeon! - Friday 23rd January 2015


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Nick India To Premiere New "Motu Patlu" Movie "Khaazane Ki Race" On Monday 26th January 2015

Viacom18 has announced the exciting Nickelodeon International news that the toon duo Motu Patlu are set for a brand-new comic adventure when Nickelodeon India hosts the TV premiere of their brand-new movie, "Motu Patlu Aur Khazaane Ki Race", the fifth movie from the franchise, on Monday 26th January 2015 at 10:15am, as part of the channels Republic Day celebrations!


"Khaazane Ki Race", which follows the success of the franchises last instalment "Motu Patlu Kung Fu King" in October 2014, will show awesome twosome Motu Patlu saving a Dog from villain Mr. Chamko's men. Later, they realise that the goons were after a locket around the Dog's neck which has a map to a hidden treasure on the Christmas mountain. What follows is a treasure hunt when the characters race to find the treasure!

"The franchise has grown and regaled children," says Nina Elavia Jaipuria, Executive Vice President (EVP) and business head (Kids Cluster), Viacom18.

"The Motu Patlu franchise has grown from strength to strength through providing enhanced experiences and engaging kids across platforms like television, movies, digital assets and now consumer products."

"The dynamic duo Motu Patlu have become an intrinsic part of the daily lives of children. With the fifth movie 'Motu Patlu Aur Khazaane Ki Race', we are sure we will further fortify this circle of trust between Motu Patlu and the children," she said.

Sources: Nick India on Facebook, Daijiworld.
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sneak Peek Of New "Henry Danger" Episode "Spoiler Alert", Premiering 1/24 On Nickelodeon USA

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA premiering and showing a brand-new episode of the networks new hit original comedy series "Henry Danger" called "Spoiler Alert" tonight, Saturday 24th January 2015 at 8:00pm (ET/PT) as part of Nick USA's all-new 'New Saturday Night' programming block, Just Jared Jr. has unveiled a exclusive sneak peek preview from the all-new episode, which you can watch in the online streaming video clip here on JustJaredJr.com!


In JJJ's first-look at the all-new "Henry Danger" episode "Spoiler Alert", Piper (Ella Anderson) shows off her seriousness to join the super exclusive and popular Captain Man Fan Club, the "Man Fans", a group so exclusive that even Jasper (Sean Ryan Fox) has been refused entry into the club, by eating Hair Soup (eww!)! Plus, while Piper is trying to get into the club, Danger Boy (Jace Norman) and Captain Man (Cooper Barnes) have to deal with an especially annoying new villain, the Spoiler!


Don't forget, Nickelodeon UK and Ireland and Nickelodeon HD UK will start to premiere and show Nick's all-new crime-fighting comedy series "Henry Danger" in February 2015, beginning with the hour-long special "The Danger Begins" on Friday 13th February 2015 at 5:00pm (repeated at 6:00pm on Nickelodeon +1)!
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Sneak Peeks From Brand-New "Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn" Episode "The Quad-Test", Premiering 1/24 On Nickelodeon USA

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA premiering and showing a brand-new episode of the networks new hit original comedy series "Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn" called "The Quad-Test", guest starring soccer star Alex Morgan and award-winning science presenter "Science Bob" Pflugfelder, tonight, Saturday 24th January 2015, at 8:30pm ET/PT; 7:30c, Nick USA has unveiled two quad-tastic sneak peek previews of the brand-new episode on their official YouTube channel, which you can watch in the online streaming video clips below!


In the all-new "Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn" episode "The Quad-Test", the Harper quads are faced with a challenge and enlist soccer superstar Alex Morgan and the brilliant Science Bob to help!

In Nick's first sneak-peek from "The Quad-Test", Ricky Harper (Casey Simpson) get a surprise appearance from his favorite scientist, the celebrated science educator ScienceBob!:



In Nickelodeon's second sneak peek, soccer star Alex Morgan visits Get Sporty to give Dawn Harper (Lizzy Greene) some advice about Dawn's big game, before going to the theatre with "Science Bob" to watch the musical "Wicked"!:



Plus, Alex Morgan and Brec Bassinger, the star of Nickelodeon's brand-new football-themed comedy series "Bella and the Bulldogs", have got a very special message for fans!:


Catch the next brand-new episode of "Bella and the Bulldogs", "That's Some Gossip, Girl", tonight straight after NRDD at 9:00pm ET/PT, only on Nick USA!
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Nickelodeon USA's "Every Witch Way" Fan Poll - Who Should Emma Choose?

It all comes down to this!


Next week is the final week of the third spell-binding season of Nickelodeon's hit fantasy television series "Every Witch Way" on Nick USA, and Emma Alonso (Paola Andino) has a important decision to make – should she choose to date Daniel Miller (Nick Merico) or Jax Novoa (Rahart Adams)?! Well, YOU can impact her decision in Nickelodeon's epic live fan poll!

The power is in YOUR hands! Head to nick.com/witch now and vote for "Team Daniel" or "Team Jax"! Fans can also vote for who you think Emma should end up with on Twitter using the special custom hashtags #TeamDaniel or #TeamJax!

Watch Nick & Rahart's special message to fans and Nickelodeon's 'Every Witch Way Season Three Finale Week' promo/trailer in the video below!:

Every Witch Way | Choose The Finale | Nick



It's the final week of Every Witch Way and Emma has to choose between Daniel and Jax! Who will she choose? Head to http://nick.com/witch?xid=YTdesc to vote and tune in Friday at 7pm/6c to see who she chooses!

Can't decide? Just Jared Jr. and FanPop have weighed up the pros and cons of both boys!

Whether you've been watching from the beginning, or are just jumping in, this is the week too watch! Catch the must-see final week of "Every Witch Way" every week night at 7:00pm ET/PT from Monday 26th January 2015, and don't miss the magical season finale episode on Friday 30th January 2015, only on Nickelodeon USA! Also check out nick.com/witch or the Nick App to watch the latest episodes!

Additional source: JJJ.
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Gilbert Gottfried Reprises Role Of "Kraang Sub-Prime" For Upcoming Brand-New Episode Of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

The American stand-up comedian, actor, and voice artist Gilbert Gottfried has announced in a post on his official Facebook profile page, facebook.com/pages/Gilbert-Gottfried/59736317204, the exciting TMNT News that he recently recorded his voice for a upcoming brand-new episode of Nickelodeon's hit CG-animated "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" series, in which he reprised his role of the villainous "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" character "Kraang Sub-Prime" (aka Irma)!:
Watch out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I just recorded a new episode as "Kraang Sub Prime". - Wednesday 21st January 2015


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Viacom International Media Networks Announces International Sales Of "Every Witch Way"

The entertainment news website C21Media and the licensing news website License! Global are reporting the exciting news that Viacom International Media Networks–The Americas has announced that they have sold the broadcast rights to Nickelodeon's hit spell-binding fantasy television series "Every Witch Way" to a number of Latin American broadcasters!


Televisa (Mexico), TV Globo (Brazil), Telenica (Nicaragua) and Teleamazonas (Ecuador) have all picked up the show.

"Every Witch Way", Nickelodeon Latin America's first English-language production for international distribution and now in its third season, has also been licensed to YTV for English-speaking Canada, and is slated to premiere in Europe and Asia. "Every Witch Way" is based on Nick LatAm's popular telenovela "Grachi".

Meanwhile, MTV Latin America's "Acapulco Shore" has been picked up by undisclosed broadcasters in Brazil, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain which will debut the show in 2015.

"With both franchises delivering colorful personalities and entertaining storylines, we knew we had great content on our hands that could potentially engage broader audiences beyond Spanish-speaking Latin America," says Pierluigi Gazzolo, president, VIMN Americas, and executive vice president, Nickelodeon International. "As we produce more original telenovelas and unscripted content, we're confident our bold creative will continue to deliver multi-market appeal."

VIMN The Americas announced the deals at NATPE 2015 in Miami, Florida.
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Nickelodeon Asia To Kick Off "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Season Three In February 2015

Original Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Asia Press Release via VIMN Asia's official Pressroom:

NICKELODEON KICKS OFF SEASON THREE OF ACTION-COMEDY TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES IN ASIA

Premieres on Monday, 16 February at 6.25pm (HK/SG), 6.50pm (WIB/TH), 7pm (PH), and 7.50pm (MY)

Plus More Funny Sibling Action with Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn

Tweet it: .@nickelodeontv kicks off season 3 of #TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles @TMNTMaster on 16 Feb in #Asia


SINGAPORE, 22 JANUARY 2015Nickelodeon announced action-comedy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is back in Asia with a third season consisting of 26 half-hour CG-animation episodes which premieres on Monday, 16 February at 6.25pm (HK/SG), 6.50pm (TH/WIB), 7pm (PH), and 7.50pm (MY) before returning to its regular time slot on weekends from Saturday, 28 February at 12pm (HK/MY/PH/SG) and 12.15pm (TH/WIB). Before the premiere, viewers will be treated to a Super Sibling Ninja Turtlethon special of the best season two episodes on Monday, 16 February at 4.30pm (PH), 4.35pm (HK/SG), 5.05pm (TH/WIB), and 6.05 (MY). This special is hosted by the cast of Nickelodeon's Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, another show featuring the adventures of four siblings.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The series continues to showcase the camaraderie of the four mutant brothers, Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo as they use their ninjutsu skills to battle the supernatural evil forces that threaten not only New York City, but the entire world. At the end of season two, the Turtles were forced out of New York by Shredder and need to retreat in order to gain new skills and strategies, and return to fight back for control of New York. They also have to rescue Splinter and take revenge against Shredder and new villains along the way. In the first episode, "Within the Woods," the Turtles come to grips with the possibility that Leonardo won't get better, while things only get worse as a new mutant captures Raphael.

Beginning this season, Seth Green (Robot Chicken) joins the voice cast as Leonardo alongside Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) as Raphael, Rob Paulsen (Planet Sheen) as Donatello, Greg Cipes (Teen Titans) as Michelangelo, Mae Whitman (Parenthood) as April O'Neil, Hoon Lee (Royal Pains) as Master Splinter and Kevin Michael Richardson (Penguins of Madagascar) as Shredder. Josh Peck (Drake & Josh) is Casey Jones, and Corey Feldman (The Goonies) reoccurs as Slash. The series is executive produced by Ciro Nieli.

The first global mobile app based on the TV show, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run launched in 2013 and was number-one among all paid apps in the U.S. and in more than 40 territories around the world. It consistently ranks in the top 10 paid gaming apps on iTunes. Last year, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon released the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mobile Game for the film "TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES" globally for iOS, Android and Amazon devices. Nickelodeon also launched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated emoticon stickers* on Weixin and WeChat globally in 2014.

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn

Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn follows the hysterical adventures of the four, 10-year-old quadruplets of the title who don't have much in common, except their birthday and their parents. The show finds the Harper quadruplets in situations everyday kids experience, but multiplied by four. From each of them planning their own "grownup" birthday parties to finding the perfect babysitter to seeing a scary movie for the first time, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn may approach life differently, but in the end they can always depend on each other. The show airs on weekdays at 3.50pm (TH/WIB), 4.05pm (HK/SG), and 4.50pm (MY), and 8pm (PH).

*Availability of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated emoticon stickers vary by markets.

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Nickelodeon Issues Statement Regarding the Passing of Peggy Charren

Peggy Charren, who as the mother of two daughters in the 1960s launched a grassroots movement called Action for Children's Television to improve the educational quality of children's television in the USA, culminating in the passage of the 1990 Children's Television Act, sadly died on Thursday 22nd January 2015, aged 86.

Following the announcement of the sad news, Nickelodeon released the following tribute to Peggy Charren in a press release through Business Wire:

"Peggy Charren was TVs first true kids’ advocate and someone who we profoundly respected. She was a pioneer who transformed the TV landscape to serve kids with high quality programming. Her legacy is one that we will always honor and uphold."

You can read Variety's touching obituary detailing Peggy Charren's life work and her legacy here on Variety.