Tuesday, October 22, 2019

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Sonic Drive-In Launches New 'Rise of the TMNT' Promotion and 'Mutation Station' Game

COWABUNGA! The Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return to Sonic Drive-In for a brand-new Sonic Drive-In Wacky Pack Kids Meal promotion!

To tie into the promotion, Nickelodeon and Sonic Drive-In have launched Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutation Station, a brand-new Rise of the TMNT digital game available to play on desktop and mobile devices.

In "Mutation Station", Baron Draxum has rebuilt his lab, and fans need to create their own mutants to unleash mutant mayhem and take control of his Mutation Station. Each Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sonic Drive-In Wacky Pack Kids Meal comes with a unique code in which they can unlock exclusive mutant DNA to apply to their character.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles : Mutation Station is available to play at http://tmntmutation.com.

"Play with science, but hang with the OG's and build your own mutant! Make your way to Sonic Drive-In to collect all the Turtles in Sonic's latest Wacky Pack and get ready to unleash Mutant Mayhem here: http://tmntmutation.com"

Sonic Drive-In's latest Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wacky Pack Kids Meal promotion follows a RTMNT promotion during Fall 2018 and a Power Rangers Beast Morphers promotion earlier this year.

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles airs regularly on Nickelodeon!

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Originally published: Tuesday, September 24, 2019.
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Nickelodeon Unveils the 30 Talented Families Who Will Be Taking the Stage on 'America’s Most Musical Family'

Nickelodeon has unveiled the 30 talented family bands who will be taking part in Nickelodeon brand-new music competition series, America’s Most Musical Family!

America’s Most Musical Family is a one-of-a-kind music competition series that will see 30 talented and diverse family bands performing in all genres take center stage in front of celebrity judges Grammy Award-winning global superstar Ciara, digital media sensation David Dobrik, pop icon and Broadway star Debbie Gibson and show host, singer and television personality Nick Lachey to compete for a recording contract with Republic Records and the chance to win a $250,000 cash prize in partnership with Capri Sun 100% Juice. Bands taking part range from a father/daughter duo, sibling groups and a 12-member multigenerational brass ensemble. The bands will battle it out over the course of 12 hour-long episodes and one half-hour special.

Nickelodeon will debut America’s Most Musical Family on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT). The premiere will simulcast across BET, MTV, MTV2, Nicktoons, Paramount Network, TeenNick, TV Land and VH1 at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Following launch, new episodes will continue to air every Friday night on Nickelodeon.

The families that will be battling it for the ultimate prize are:

  • The Harris Brothers from Chicago, Illinois
  • The Smith Kids from Nashville, Tennessee
  • Christiansen from Los Angeles, California
  • Lucero Garcia from Chicago, Illinois
  • Mathis Family from Jonesboro, Arkansas
  • The Next Generation Leahy from Ontario, Canada
  • The Casey Family from Avon, Connecticut
  • The Brown - Alexander Family from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • The Maughon Siblings from Kernersville, North Carolina
  • The Keller Family from Jasper County, Mississippi
  • The Heichel Sisters from Lexington, Ohio
  • The Schwenke Family from West Hollywood, California
  • Rivera Duo from Los Angeles, California
  • Family Prōch from Willow City, Texas
  • The Bomparts from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • The Juat Sibs from Rancho Santa Margarita, California
  • WanMor from South Jersey, New Jersey
  • The Mitchells from San Jacinto, California
  • The Rees Family from Nashville, Tennessee
  • Juna N Joey from West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Ava & Lily from Prince Edward Island, Canada
  • The McCormick Family from Phoenix, Arizona
  • The Melisizwe Brothers from Leduc, Canada
  • The Dutton Family from Brandon, Missouri
  • The Harris 3 from Cape Coral, Florida
  • The Schultz Family from Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • The Hope Brothers from Hiram, Georgia
  • The Sanchez Family from Las Vegas, Nevada
  • The Tonga Family Oahu, Hawaii
  • The Johnson Family from Valdosta, Georgia

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America's Most Musical Family Premieres Nov 1!

America's Most Musical Family's Ciara & Debbie sang their tweets and it was everything 😂🎶

America’s Most Musical Family kicks off with the following five family bands ready to battle it out with their very own take on hit songs: Nashville, Tennessee’s eight-member group The Rees Family (“Walking on Sunshine”); New Jersey’s band of brothers, Wanmor, whose father is Wanye from Boyz II Men (“It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday”); From Rancho Santa Margarita, California, harmonizing sisters and human beat box brother Juat Sibs (“Honeymoon Avenue”); Brother and sister duo Juna N Joey from West Palm Beach, Florida (“Beautiful Crazy”); and San Jacinto, California’s sibling quartet The Mitchells (“We Got the Beat”).

America’s Most Musical Family is produced by Industrial Media’s Emmy Award-winning The Intellectual Property Corporation, with IPC’s Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman (Undercover Boss, So You Think You Can Dance), Claire Kosloff and showrunner Jeff Boggs (Nashville Star, Who Will Rock You?) as Executive Producers. Ciara also serves as Executive Producer, alongside Republic Records and Nickelodeon’s Rob Bagshaw and Paul J Medford. The series is directed by Julia Knowles (The X Factor, MTV Europe Music Awards), with stage design by Emmy Award-winning set designer Anton Goss (The Voice, Shark Tank). Production of America’s Most Musical Family is overseen for Nickelodeon by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.

The 12-episode series filmed in Los Angeles during summer 2019 and is also slated to air on YTV in Canada later this year.

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Originally published: Friday, October 18, 2019.

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'SpongeBob SquarePants', 'Peppa Pig', 'Digby Dragon' and More Receive Nominations in the 2019 British Academy Children's Awards

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced the exciting news that Nickelodeon's hit original animated series (Nicktoon) SpongeBob SquarePants has been nominated in the best 'International Animation' series category of the 2019 BAFTA Children's Awards!

Additionally, Nick Jr. UK and Milkshake's hit animated series Digby Dragon, and the beloved animated preschool series Peppa Pig, which airs on Nick Jr. channels worldwide have also been nominated for awards in the 2019 BAFTA Children's Awards, which honour the very best in children’s media. The Awards take place at , on Sunday 1 December. Here are the nominees in the animation-related categories.

The trophies will be handed out to the winners on Sunday 1st December 2019, as part of a ceremony taking place at the The Brewery, London.

Below is a list of 2019 BAFTA Children's Awards that Nickelodeon (including acquired series) have been nominated for. A full list of BAFTA Children's Awards 2019 nominations can be found at http://www.bafta.org. Congratulations and good luck to Nickelodeon and everyone who has been nominated for a Children's BAFTA award!


- THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL Ben Bocquelet, Mic Graves, Sarah Fell – Great Marlborough Productions/Cartoon Network (airs on Nickelodeon channels in Austria and Switzerland)
- DANGER MOUSE Production Team – BBC Children’s In-House Productions/CBBC (airs on Nickelodeon channels in Germany, Austria and Switzerland)
- THE DEMON’S HEAD Production Team – CTVC/TrueTube
- HILDA Luke Pearson, Stephanie Simpson, Kurt Mueller – Silvergate Media/Netflix


- DIRK CAMPBELL The Worst Witch – CBBC/Netflix
- STEVE CONNELLY Horrible Histories - CBBC
- MIC GRAVES The Amazing World of Gumball - Cartoon Network (airs on Nickelodeon channels in Austria and Switzerland)
- GRANT ORCHARD & SANDER JONES Hey Duggee - CBeebies (airs on Nick Jr. USA)


- APPLE & ONION George Gendi, Brent Tanner, Benton Connor – Cartoon Network Studios/Cartoon Network
- DOC MCSTUFFINS Dan Nosella, Michael Stern, Chris Nee – Brown Bag Films/Disney Jr
- SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Stephen Hillenburg, Vincent Waller, Marc Ceccarelli – Nickelodeon Animation Studio/Nicktoons
- TEEN TITANS GO! Production Team – Warner Bros./Cartoon Network


- EMILY BURNETT The Dumping Ground - CBBC
- RAQUEL CASSIDY The Worst Witch – CBBC/Netflix
- ANDY DAY Andy’s Safari Adventures - CBeebies
- ELIZABETH WATERWORTH-SANTO Horrid Henry - Netflix (airs on Nicktoons UK & Ireland)


- DIGBY DRAGON Adam Shaw, Chris Drew, Jen Upton – Blue Zoo Productions/Channel 5 (airs on Nick Jr. UK & Ireland)
- FLOOGALS Ruther Ducker, Lee Walters, Ceri Barnes – Nevision/Channel 5 (airs on Nick Jr. Too in the UK)
- HEY DUGGEE Grant Orchard, Sander Jones, Janine Voong – Studio AKA/CBeebies (airs on Nick Jr. USA)
- NUMBERBLOCKS Joe Elliot, Simon Taylor, Ben Lee-Delisle – Blue Zoo for Alphablocks/CBeebies


- WRITING TEAM The Amazing World of Gumball – Cartoon Network (airs on Nickelodeon channels in Austria and Switzerland)
- CIARAN MURTAGH, ANDREW BARNETT JONES Danger Mouse - CBBC (airs on Nickelodeon channels in Germany, Austria and Switzerland)
- WRITING TEAM Horrible Histories - CBBC
- MARK BAKER, NEVILLE ASTLEY, PHIL HALL Peppa Pig – Channel 5 (airs on Nick Jr. channels globally)

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The Creatives at Nickelodeon Who Push Nick Jr. Characters Beyond the Box


From on-air promos to Instagram, this team brings the brand’s characters to life with “an explosion of creativity.”

The characters of Nick Jr.—from Bubble Guppies to the Paw Patrol pups to Peppa Pig—aren’t just television personalities. They are multiplatform characters who come to life on screens of all sizes, across TV shows, social media, and digital shorts. The team responsible for maintaining the visual continuity and creativity required to make that happen? Nick Jr.’s animation and design teams.

Led by Christopher Papa, vice president of animation and VFX, and Joelle Lau, vice president of brand design, the team’s task is to carry the most creative and enticing elements of the Nick Jr. brand and its characters across mediums.

“From original ideas to visual effects to fully animated pieces featuring famous preschool characters, we’ve been part of an explosion of creativity. It’s very fulfilling to see that our efforts, ideas, and content have led to amazing audience and industry responses,” says Papa. “Developing shorts and engaging educational content is really special, but it’s also a fantastic responsibility.”

According to Lau, the team’s purview is unique for its range and the scale of its audience. “We produce a wide variety of engaging creative content that entertains and touches millions of our young viewers’ lives every day,” she says.

To make it work, the animation and design teams work in tandem with their internal Nick Jr. partners, including writers and producers, strategy, and project and production management, to find creative ways to fulfill requests from the larger Nickelodeon organization, such as the show units, marketing, and programming divisions.

“Nick Jr. has built a full-service internal agency, which didn’t exist to this capacity a few years ago,” Lau said. “We are able to deliver quickly on high demands and optimize promotional needs efficiently across platforms in this quickly evolving media landscape.”

As more and more platforms arise, the teams are constantly executing new ideas across digital assets, whether that’s a short-form video for YouTube, or a stunt on Social media.

“Everyone has a vision,” Papa explains. “We have to act efficiently and be nimble.”

Here’s what each member of the team says about their work:

Alexandra Ditullio, Animator:

“Nick Jr. provides the chance to contribute more than just creating animations. Working in a small team means that we are all deeply involved in the creation process of the work that goes on-air and across social. There is a sense of pride across the team and that's what I believe ultimately makes the work so good. There are excellent visionaries and leaders at the helm which makes this place an ideal place to work and grow.”

Jimin Lee, Motion Designer:

“This is a great place—we enjoy what we do and we have fun working with other people.”

Thanh Nguyen, Designer:

“Because our team does things for preschool, we have to think from the perspective of a child. We want to make amazing things, but we have to think about how they will be seen by the mind of a child.”

Joelle Lau, VP, Brand Design:

“The Brand Design team is responsible for the conception and development of all creative artwork and design for Nick Jr. We produce a wide variety of engaging creative content that entertains and touches millions of our young viewers’ lives every day.”

Katharine Wynkoop, Senior Animator:

“No matter what your title is, you're asked to contribute and your opinion is taken into consideration. Everyone is asked to contribute their ideas.”

JungIn Yun, Sr. Art Director:

“Everyone here is so passionate about what they do, they love kids, and they love the brand. The passion for kids and for our audience brings a lot of fun and creative work to the table.”

Barbara Astrini, Associate Art Director:

“I've always wanted to work for children. Aesthetically, it fits my style—it’s cute and fun. I also like the responsibility of reaching kids in an important way, through education and entertainment.”

Ross Norton, Associate Animation Director:

“Our ideas can be really amazing because the objective for on-air and digital is making the coolest moments for our characters. I get to figure out the most playful things possible in this situation and create it. I really love that.”

Amanda Clark, Animator:

“Because we do such short projects for the most part, it seems like there's always something new or creative or challenging to do and that's fun. It feels pretty fresh all the time.”

Luis Mendez, Animator:

“Nickelodeon has a really impressive history, so I consider working here an honor. I'm sure a lot of other people do.”

Andrea Jones, Social Art Director:

“Everybody here wants to see you grow, and it's never the same 9 to 5. I think the key to success is being resourceful, rolling with the punches, and knowing how to collaborate with your team.”

Scott Kennell, Director of Animation:

“We're constantly evolving and changing and wearing different hats. We have to embody different characters. We have the interactivity of Blue's Clues & You!, and the charm and physical comedy of Paddington. We get to interact with all of these different brands. It's just fun to kind of be able to switch gears a lot, sometimes even various times within a day if you're working on multiple projects. Nothing's ever boring.”

Michelle Acuna, Senior Animator:

“We put a lot of thought and story into each of the promos to show off the show or specific episode. It's really collaborative and everyone here is super talented. Working with them is really awesome.”

Jason Willmann, Associate Director, Animation:

“You get a lot of responsibilities and a chance to work on everything. You're allowed to experiment and try different things. That's very unusual for a company or for a department, and as an artist it's great to experiment and expand your repertoire.”

Christopher Papa, VP, Animation and VFX:

“I thoroughly enjoy working with such a bright, energetic, and creatively ambitious team. We’re constant collaborators and excited to represent Nick Jr. and its characters. We’re striving to make the brand a destination overflowing with quality content loved by both kids and parents.”

Edgar Vega, CG Artist:

“To work on multiple series with multiple technologies is the best part of my job.”

Kristen Williams, Design Director:

“It's definitely for people who lean towards the bright, the colorful, either the pop culture or the sweetness. For Nick Jr, you have to like that aesthetic, but if you do, there's so much room to have fun.”

Via the Viacom Newsroom.

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First Look at the Record-Breaking Roller Coasters at Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream

Update (10/22) - Tickets for opening weekend of the Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park at American Dream have now sold out! Tickets sold out less than 24 hours after going on sale. While tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are sold out, tickets for dates through Nov. 7 are currently available on American Dream's website.

Tickets may be sold out for the opening weekend, but lucky schoolkids will be getting four hours to roam through Nickelodeon Universe on the same day the long-awaited American Dream opens in a high school class trip unlike any other!

About 140 students, mostly seniors, will be taking three buses Friday morning from Henry P. Becton Regional High School to the theme park on its first day in operation, Superintendent Dario Sforza told NJ Advance Media.

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Update (10/21) - Tickets for Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream are now available to purchase at https://www.americandream.com/venue/nickelodeon-universe/tickets

Tickets for opening day (Fri, Oct 25) are now sold out.

Parking rates have also been announced:

0 – 29 min: Free
30 min – 3 hours: $3
Up to 4:59 hours/min: $4
Up to 6:59 hours/min: $5
Up to 7:59 hours/min: $6
8+ hours: $24 (Maximum all day rate applies)

Update (10/16) - Pricing for Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream is available now at https://www.americandream.com/venue/nickelodeon-universe/pricing

American Dream in East Rutherford, New Jersey will finally open its doors on Friday, October 25th, 2019.

The brand new Nickelodeon Universe amusement park and the NHL regulation-sized ice rink will be the only two things inside the 3 million square foot development in the Meadowlands that will be open to visitors when the highly anticipated venue begins its chaptered opening.

The amusement park will feature more than 20 rides, including three world record-breaking roller coasters and a record-breaking nine-story ropes course. Visitors will also be able to interact with their favorite Nickelodeon characters and see daily performances on the Nickelodeon Slime Stage.

Chapter One, dubbed “Thrills & Chills,” was teased Tuesday in a video posted to American Dream’s Instagram account.

In the video, the camera sweeps through the 8.5 acre indoor theme park, passed towers adorned with images of Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants. Then The Shellraiser, one of the record setting-rollercoasters, comes into view.

Don Ghermezian, President and CEO of American Dream, posted to his personal Instagram account a video of himself and others taking an inaugural ride on The Shellraiser.

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The Shellraiser will hold the record for steepest plunge with a 122-foot drop. Another record setting coaster, The Shredder, will be the tallest and longest free-spinning roller coaster. Both rides are inspired by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. And the Skyline Scream will have record for the the tallest indoor spinning drop tower.

Ghermezian also posted a look inside the DreamWorks Waterpark on Instagram. The camera pans across the 1.5 acre wave pool from one side of the 8.5 acre indoor water park to the other. A tangle of waterslides -- the park will have 40 slides in total -- can be seen at each end, along with construction workers and equipment.

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The DreamWorks Waterpark is scheduled to open Wednesday, November 27, and will provide the second chapter for American Dream’s opening

Chapter Three will follow Thursday, December 5 with the opening of Big SNOW, an 800 foot long, 200 foot wide and 16 stories tall indoor ski and snowboard park.

And Chapter Four, the final segment, will open in March 2020 with 350 shops and more than 100 places to eat, including more than 20 full-service restaurants.

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