Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nickelodeon USA To Premiere Final Episode Of "The Legend of Korra" Online TONIGHT!

All great things must come to a end, and sadly, Nickelodeon's epic original animated series (Nicktoon) "The Legend of Korra" is no exception.


Nickelodeon USA and Bryan Konietzko have announced the bittersweet "Legend of Korra" news that Nickelodeon USA will digitally premiere the one-hour series finale episode of "The Legend of Korra", "Day of the Colossus" (part one) and "The Last Stand" (part two), TONIGHT (Thursday 18th December 2014) at Midnight Eastern / 9:00pm Pacific on nick.com and on the networks Emmy Award-winning Nick App!


Following the digital debut of the final episode of "Legend of Korra", Nickelodeon USA will premiere and show the final four episodes of "The Legend of Korra" Book Four, the fourth and final season of Nickelodeon's epic original animated series (Nicktoon), titled "Balance", on the networks animation and action channel, NickToons USA, on Friday 19th December 2014 from 9:00pm (ET).

Bryan Konietzko has mentioned on his official Tumblr blog that he's "pretty sure" Nickelodeon will be releasing the last episode of "The Legend of Korra" on other digital platforms at their normal times on Friday 19th December 2014. Bryan has also requested for fans to tag any spoilers whilst posting on social media for those who can't watch the finale early.
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Nickelodeon Suites Resort To Kick Off 2015 With A Spectacular Preschool Celebration Featuring "Julius Jr."

Nickelodeon Suites Resort has announced the exciting news in the following press release, from Business Wire, that Nickelodeon Suites Resort (also known as the Nick Hotel / Nickelodeon Hotel) will be rolling out the orange carpet for an exciting preschool extravaganza featuring Nick Jr. USA favorite "Julius Jr." which will take place at the only Nickelodeon-themed resort of its kind in the world between Friday 9th and Sunday 11th January 2015. The weekend-long Preschool Celebration event will also include a cast of characters and activities from some of Nickelodeon's most popular preschool shows, such as "Dora and Friends: Into the City", "Blaze and the Monster Machines", "Bubble Guppies" and "Dora the Explorer".


Original Nickelodeon Suites Resort Press Release:

Nickelodeon Suites Resort to Kick off 2015 with a Spectacular Preschool Celebration Featuring Julius Jr.

December 18, 2014 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nickelodeon Suites Resort will roll out the orange carpet for an exciting preschool extravaganza featuring Julius Jr. and taking place Jan. 9 - 11. The weekend-long event will also include a cast of characters and activities from some of Nickelodeon’s most popular preschool shows, such as Dora and Friends: Into the City, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Bubble Guppies and Dora the Explorer.

The Preschool Celebration weekend will also include activities that younger kids and their families can all enjoy, such as:

* Live character stage shows

* A Julius Jr.-themed dance party for kids of all ages

* Breakfast with Nick Jr. costumed characters

* Character meet and greets

* Photo booth with fun Julius Jr.-themed props

* Special episode screenings of Julius Jr., Dora and Friends, Blaze and the Monster Machines

* Cool prizes and giveaways

"We are thrilled to have our favorite Nick preschool characters on hand to celebrate the start of the New Year as we kick-off our 10 year anniversary," said Tony Aslanian, director of sales and marketing for Nickelodeon Suites Resort. "January is the perfect time for our littlest fans and their families to enjoy this special weekend at the resort with all of their beloved cartoon friends."

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About Julius Jr.

Julius Jr. is an animated preschool series based on the creative spirit and lovable characters from the world of Paul Frank. The show follows Julius Jr. and friends who use equal doses of imagination and inventive spirit to help each other overcome challenges big and small – teaching kids that the best inventions are the ones that help your friends. Together, they build a playhouse out of a simple cardboard box, but when they walk inside, to their surprise and delight, they discover that ordinary objects magically come to life and adventures are just a door away. A property of Saban Brands, Julius Jr. airs on Nick Jr. in the U.S. weekdays at 4:30 p.m., Saturdays at 6 a.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. (ET/PT). Visit www.juliusjr.com for more information.

About Nickelodeon Suites Resort

Located in the heart of Orlando's tourism district, Nickelodeon Suites Resort, otherwise known as the Nick Hotel, is much more than a place for guests to lay their heads at night. From two over-the-top pool complexes with slides and flumes, to live entertainment and character breakfasts featuring Nickelodeon's beloved characters, to a multimillion dollar 4-D Theater, to the colorfully themed kid suites and gallons upon gallons of slime, Nick Hotel offers non-stop activity from dawn to dusk for the entire family any time of the year. For more information about the Nick Hotel, visit www.nickhotel.com or call (877) NICK-KID.

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USA: Amazon FreeTime Unlimited Adds New Content From Nickelodeon

Original Amazon.com, Inc. Press Release via Business Wire:

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited Adds New Content from Disney, Nickelodeon, Toca Boca, Sesame Street and More

FreeTime Unlimited selection is up 6x since launch

Subscribers can enjoy thousands of new age-appropriate books, apps and videos in time for the holidays

December 18, 2014 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time


SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--(NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon today announced thousands of new titles in Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, available in time for the holidays, including popular titles such as Disney's Princess Story Theater and Frozen Freefall, Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Roof Top Run and Dora's Great Big World, Toca Boca's Toca Cars and Toca Hair Salon Me, Sesame Street's Monster at the End of This Book, Dr Seuss' Cat in the Hat, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! as well as over 100 other Oceanhouse media titles. FreeTime and FreeTime Unlimited are available exclusively on Fire tablets, Amazon Fire TV, and Kindle e-readers—learn more about FreeTime Unlimited at www.amazon.com/freetimeunlimited.

"We've worked hard to bring the best kids content to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited. Millions of kids and parents are using FreeTime and we're thrilled to add thousands of new titles in time for the holidays," said Nate Glissmeyer, Director, Amazon Kids and Families. "Parents tell us they love the selection in FreeTime Unlimited since it gives kids the freedom to discover and pick their next adventure. And, with new additions from Nickelodeon, Disney, Oceanhouse Media, Sesame Street and more, we can't wait to hear what parents and kids think."

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited now includes:

* Over 4,000 common core aligned books from National Geographic, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Capstone Press, Lerner Publishing, Child's World, Cherry Lake, Sleeping Bear Press and Starwalk Kids Media

* Over 400 age-appropriate apps and games without any in-app purchasing or advertisements

* Thousands of hand-curated movies and TV shows, including iCarly, Avatar and the Legend of Korra from Nickelodeon, Daniel Tigers Neighborhood and Dinosaur Train from PBS, titles from Sesame Street and more


"Amazon's FreeTime Unlimited is a great platform for our content—kids can find their favorite Sesame Street characters and instantly access all the educational and fun titles they love in a kid-friendly FreeTime user interface," said Scott Chambers, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Media, Sesame Workshop. "We're excited to bring more content to this platform and looking forward to continuing our work with Amazon."

"Amazon has created innovative parental controls with FreeTime Unlimited and we're thrilled to have Fireman Sam and Thomas & Friends titles included in the FreeTime library," said Sid Mathur, Vice President, Brand Activation, HIT Entertainment. "Parents have come to trust our content as entertaining and safe for their kids, and with the character search feature in FreeTime Unlimited, they can quickly and easily find Fireman Sam and Thomas titles to further engage with their favorite preschool characters when and where they want."

"As the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology, we're pleased to partner with Amazon to help raise parents' awareness of the educational content available in its FreeTime Unlimited library," said Amy Guggenheim Shenkan, President and COO of Common Sense Media. "Amazon’s ad-free environment and blocking of in-app purchases in FreeTime is beneficial for kids and reassuring to parents, and we commend Amazon's commitment to providing these family-friendly features."

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is an all-in-one subscription for kids that offers unlimited access to thousands of kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games—all while blocking social media access and in-app purchasing so that parents don't have unwelcomed surprises. Amazon FreeTime also includes best-in-class parental controls, allowing parents to set daily time limits or restrict certain categories—like games and video—while leaving unlimited time for reading.

In celebration of thousands of new titles coming to FreeTime Unlimited, Amazon's Fire HD 7" Kids Edition tablet—the first tablet built from the ground up for kids (and their parents)—is now on sale for $159 (normally $189) for a limited time. Learn more about the Fire HD Kids Edition tablet at http://www.amazon.com/kids-edition-tablet.

About Amazon.com

Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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Viacom International Media Networks Announces Key Appointments

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) UK and Ireland has announced that they have appointed Michael Armstrong as Executive Vice President and General Manager (GM), International Brand Development. In this role, he is responsible for continuing to identify new market opportunities to launch BET, Paramount and Spike in addition to overseeing the strategy, branding and operations of those launches. Armstrong is credited with growing Viacom's BET brand significantly, which now has distribution reaching 20M households, with additional launches planned for 2015. Armstrong will now also spearhead the creation and distribution of Spike internationally – which will launch Free to Air (FTA) in the UK during early 2015, replacing VIVA on Freeview.


Additionally, the entertainment news website C21Media is reporting that Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has named Larissa Zagustin as Senior Vice President (SVP) and General Counsel for the company's brands and businesses in Latin America, Canada and the US Hispanic market.

As general counsel, Zagustin will be responsible for mergers and acquisitions, media distribution, financial transactions, intellectual property licensing, sponsorship and general commercial and regulatory matters.

She will cover Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount Channel in Latin America, as well as Tr3s in the US. In addition, she will lead the business and legal affairs teams in the region.

Zagustin will be based in Miami and report to Scot McBride, Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of VIMN The Americas, and Roger James, general counsel for VIMN.

Prior to this role, Zagustin was deputy general counsel and VP of international business and legal affairs for Viacom International Media Networks.
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International Networks Acquire Rights To Festive Nickelodeon Programming

The entertainment news website C21Media is reporting the exciting Nickelodeon International News that broadcasters in North America, Europe and Asia have picked up the rights to a sleighful of festive Nickelodeon specials from Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) to air during the holiday season!


In North America, Canadian broadcasters VRAK.TV and YTV will air Nickelodeon's brand-new Christmas holiday movie "Santa Hunters". The Canadian kids channel YTV will premiere "Santa Hunters" on Thursday 18th December 2014 at 6:00pm ET/PT.

In Europe, Atresmedia in Spain has picked up the rights to Nickelodeon's live-action/CGI "The Fairly OddParents" television movie "A Fairly Odd Christmas", while TF1 in France has acquired the "Dora the Explorer" Christmas special "Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure".

"Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure" has also been licensed by ABS-CBN in the Philippines, JKN Global Media in Thailand, BestTV Network in China and Television Broadcasts in Hong Kong.

Finally, the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation has licensed the "Drake and Josh" Christmas TV movie "Merry Christmas Drake and Josh" from VIMN:
Int'l nets nab VIMN festive shows

North American, European and Asian networks have picked up festive Nickelodeon specials from Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) to air during the holiday season.

In North America, Canadian broadcasters VRAK.TV and YTV will air Santa Hunters, the live-action TV movie that made its debut in the US on Nickelodeon late last month.

In Europe, Atresmedia in Spain has taken Fairly Odd Parents' special A Fairly Odd Christmas, while TF1 in France has acquired Dora the Explore spin-off Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure.

The latter toon has also been picked up by ABS-CBN in the Philippines; JKN Global Media in Thailand; BestTV Network in China and Television Broadcasts in Hong Kong.

Finally, the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation has licensed the Drake and Josh Christmas Movie Special from VIMN.

Nico Franks
17-12-2014
©C21Media

GENRES: Animation, Children's
SHOWS: Dora the Explorer, Fairly Odd Parents
COMPANIES: Nickelodeon, Viacom International Media Networks
SECTIONS: C21Kids
COUNTRIES: Canada, France, US

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Australian SVoD Service Stan Acquires Rights To Raft Of Nickelodeon Programming Ahead Of Launch

The entertainment news website C21Media is reporting the exciting Nickelodeon International News that the Australian subscription video-on-demand (SVoD) service Stan has bolstered its US content offering ahead of its January 2015 launch after striking a partnership with Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Australia & New Zealand!


The multi-year, non-exclusive deal will see hundreds of hours of Viacom's hit shows becoming available on Stan, including children's, comedy, animation and reality series. Programming will include 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".

Other series from VIMN networks including Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central will also feature on Stan, which will be available in HD on devices including TVs, phones, tablets and computers for a monthly price, which is yet to be revealed.

Stan is jointly owned by Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media and has been busy over the past month acquiring US content. It has also agreed deals with CBS Studios, BBC Worldwide, MGM and Sony Pictures Television.

The deal comes as competition in the Australian SVoD market intensifies, with rivals Foxtel and Seven West collaborating on their own venture, Presto Entertainment, earlier this month, and US giant Netflix launching in Australia locally in March 2015.
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Viacom International Media Networks To Launch Two New Nickelodeon Channels In the Middle East

Broadband TV News, The Hollywood Reporter and C21 Media are reporting the exciting Nickelodeon International news in the following articles that Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) is to launch three brand-new 24-hour channels on Dubai-based OSN pay-TV platform in the MENA region in January 2015!


VIMN will launch Nickelodeon HD, Nick Jr. and MTV Live HD on Monday 5th January 2015. They will join VH1, which VIMN already offers in the Middle East and North Africa. The addition of Nickelodeon HD, Nick Jr. and MTV Live HD will bring the total number of Viacom channels available on the OSN pay-TV platform to four.

While Viacom previously had branded programming blocks playing on free-TV in MENA, these channels mark the start of a prominent presence of 24-hour branded channels in the region.

Additionally, Nickelodeon HD and Nick Jr. will be available in dual language (English and Arabic) from February 2015. The addition of an Arabic soundtrack is particularly significant as Nickelodeon will be the only international children's TV channel available in Arabic, produced in the MENA region, exclusively for OSN. Viacom's Dubai Media City team will handle the production of Nickelodeon HD.

Following the debut, each channel will also feature locally produced content, opening up opportunities for producers in the Arab world.

To complement the launch of Nickelodeon HD in the MENA region, Viacom International Media Networks and OSN will also launch the channels' localised official Nickelodeon website as well as a local version of the Emmy Award-winning Nick App, which will both be available in English and in Arabic. A local Nickelodeon Land theme park is also in the early development stages for the Middle East.

The launch of Nickelodeon HD and Nick Jr., both in Arabic, and the rebranded MTV Live HD will strengthen OSN's engagement with two of the key demographics – children and youth.

From Broadband TV News:
Viacom adds 3 to OSN

Viacom International Media Networks is to launch three new channels on the OSN pay-TV platform in the Middle East.

Nickelodeon HD, Nick Jr and MTV Live HD will launch on January 5. Added to the established VH1, it brings the total number of Viacom channels on the platform to four.

From February Nickelodeon HD and Nick Jr will be available in dual language (English and Arabic).

The addition of an Arabic soundtrack is particularly significant as Nickelodeon will be the only international kids TV channel available in Arabic produced in the MENA region; exclusive to OSN.

Raffaele Annecchino, Executive Vice President & Managing Director South Europe, Middle East and Africa, Viacom International Media Networks said: “This partnership with OSN provides an ideal opportunity for VIMN to deliver a wide range of entertainment content to the MENA region. Our kids and family channels, Nickelodeon HD and Nick Jr., along with our music-oriented channels MTV Live HD and VH1, create a perfect balance and provide programming that appeal to audiences ranging from preschoolers to the adult demographic.”

David Butorac, CEO of OSN, said: “With over 200 million youth in the MENA region and nearly 63 per cent of parents preferring to watch TV with their children as per recent research, the new additions make OSN the go-to platform for entertainment for the entire family.”

Viacom channels and content will be also available online through OSN Play.
Also, from THR.com:
Viacom Expands Middle East Presence With Three Channel Launches

Viacom's Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) unit will expand its entertainment networks offering on OSN, a big pay TV operator in the Middle East and North Africa with three new 24-hour channels.

"This announcement signifies Viacom International Media Networks’ decisive move into the region and strengthens its ability to deliver high-quality content appealing to various key age demographics in MENA," Viacom said.

The new channels are Nickelodeon HD, Nick Jr. and MTV Live HD, which are set to launch on Jan. 5. The additions will bring the total number of Viacom channels in the region to four. The company has already offered VH1 in the region. VIMN channels and content will be also available on OSN Play, an online viewing platform.

Beginning in February, Nickelodeon HD and Nick Jr. will be available in two languages, namely English and Arabic. Viacom's Dubai Media City team will handle the production of Nickelodeon HD, "transforming it into the only international kids TV channel available in Arabic produced in the MENA region exclusively for OSN," the company said.

Said Raffaele Annecchino, executive vp & managing director South Europe, Middle East and Africa, Viacom International Media Networks: "This partnership with OSN provides an ideal opportunity for VIMN to deliver a wide range of entertainment content to the MENA region. Our kids and family channels, Nickelodeon HD and Nick Jr., along with our music-oriented channels MTV Live HD and VH1, create a perfect balance and provide programming that appeal to audiences ranging from preschoolers to the adult demographic."

Annecchino and his team have grown Viacom's businesses in Southern Europe and Africa. He recently told THR in an interview that there was more upside for the company in the region he oversees.
Also, from C21 Media:
Arabic Nick nets prep MENA launch

Localised versions of Nickelodeon and Nick Jr are to launch in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) on pay TV network OSN at the beginning of next year.

Nickelodeon HD, Nick Jr and a rebranded MTV Live HD will be available 24 hours a day in the MENA region from January 5.

It will bring the total number of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN)-owned channels available in MENA to four, along with the existing music network VH1.

VIMN is aiming to make both Nickelodeon HD and preschool channel Nick Jr available in English and Arabic by February.

The international media firm’s Dubai Media City team will take over the production of Nickelodeon HD, making it the only international kids TV channel available in Arabic in MENA, according to VIMN.

Meanwhile, the channels and content will be also available on VoD platform OSN Play, while an exclusive Nick app will also be launched soon.

Nickelodeon is aimed at kids aged between 7-14 and combines animation series such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with live-action sitcoms and formats.

Nick Jr, meanwhile, targets kids aged 3-6 with toons such as Dora and Friends, Paw Patrol and Blaze and the Monster Machines.

Finally, MTV Live HD will offer international music and entertainment programming, as well as coverage of music awards shows such as the MTV Video Music Awards and MTV Europe Music Awards.

Nico Franks
18-12-2014
©C21Media

GENRES: Animation, Children's
SHOWS: SpongeBob SquarePants
COMPANIES: Nick Jr, Nickelodeon, Viacom International Media Networks
SECTIONS: C21Kids
COUNTRIES: US
Also, from Variety:
Viacom International Makes Major Middle East Move In Pact With OSN (EXCLUSIVE)

Viacom International Media Networks is making a major move into the Middle East by launching three new 24-hour branded channels, two of which, Nickelodeon HD and Nick Jr. in dual language, English and Arabic, on Dubai-based OSN, the region’s leading pay-TV player. Besides prominent linear play, the channels will also get multi platform digital distribution in an area with a particularly high density of digital-savvy consumers.

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is also an area where Viacom has considerable room for growth.

“We have a very broad geographic reach, however in the MENA region and the Middle East in particular we were relatively underrepresented,” said Viacom International Media Networks CEO and President Robert Bakish.

“If you look at the MENA region, with 113 million TV homes and pay-TV penetration at 15 percent, now up from around 5 percent in the year 2000, it’s a very young population; certainly among the youngest in the world,” Bakish noted. “These factors make it an important market and certainly over the next decade it is without question going to become a very important media market,” he added.

While Viacom previously had branded blocks playing on free-TV in MENA, these channels mark the start of a prominent presence of 24-hour branded channels.

The launch of two kids and family channels, Nickelodeon HD and Nick Jr., and international music channel, MTV Live HD, is a good fit, likely to appeal to key age demographics in the Gulf region. It also opens up significant inroads for Viacom in the lucrative consumer products, entertainment theme parks, and live music events sectors in the Middle East.

The channels will be rolled out in January and the kids’ ones become available in dual language starting in February 2015. Going forward they will also comprise local content, opening up opportunities for producers in the Arab world.

Nickelodeon HD combines globally popular toons and live action shows for kids 7-14 years old, including “SpongeBob,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Breadwinners,” “Henry Danger” and “Sanjay & Craig.” Nick Jr. instead is dedicated to preschoolers 3-6 years old and features top shows in that segment such as “Dora and Friends,” “Paw Patrol” and “Blaze and the Monster Machines.” MTV Live HD offers a wide range of branded live shows and festivals including Isle of MTV and Roskilde and, of course, the MTV Video Music Awards and MTV Europe Music Awards.

There are now a total of four Viacom channels playing on the OSN platform which was already airing its VH1 music station.

“This is a region where 23 percent of the population are a young population under 16, compared with 16 percent in Europe or 19 percent in the U.S,” Viacom’s Executive Vice-President for South Europe and MENA region, Raffele Annechino pointed out.

“By entering directly in a very congenial market with brands like MTV and Nickelodeon we can now develop other recreational activities such as theme parks and bolster our consumer products potential,” he added. Earlier this year, the world’s second Nickeloedeon Store opened in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

In May Annechino oversaw the opening of a large Nickelodeon Land section within Madrid’s main theme park, Parque de Atracciones, featuring Dora the Explorer, Sponge Bob, Rugrats, Ninja Turtles and other characters on rides geared toward children from three to 13. He has similar plans in early stages for the Middle East.

For OSN, which is the top pay-TV player in a region – where, according to Viacom, pay-TV penetration will reach 19 percent of the population by 2019 – the agreement will boost entertainment and educational content offering toward a key demographic and significantly enhance its digital strategy.

“In a few months we will be launching a complementary website as well as an app with Nickelodeon, both in English and in Arabic,” said OSN Senior VP Business Development and Digital Emad Marcos.

“This supports how we are evolving in terms of our proposition to our subscribers, not just a linear proposition but also through a digital proposition as well.”
Additional sources: TBI Vision, Digital TV Europe, RegularCapital.com.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Nickelodeon USA To Debut "Bella and the Bulldogs" On Saturday 17th January 2015

Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, has announced and confirmed the exciting news in the following press release, from Business Wire, that Nick USA will start to premiere and show Nickelodeon's brand-new original comedy series "Bella and the Bulldogs" on Saturday 17th January 2015 at 8:00pm ET/PT!



(Photo: Business Wire)

In the special two-part series premiere, head cheerleader Bella (Brec Bassinger, "The Haunted Hathaways") earns a chance to try out to be quarterback of her middle school football team. Led by current quarterback Troy (Coy Stewart, "Are We There Yet?"), the rest of the team does everything in their power to make her give up, but through perseverance, Bella rises to the challenge to make her dream a reality.

The premiere episode will be available on all Nick platforms including Nick.com, Nick App and Nick On Demand on Sunday 18th January 2015, TeenNick USA on Friday 23rd January 2015 at 9:00pm ET/PT and Nicktoons USA on Wednesday 21st January 2015 at 9pm ET/PT during the networks sports-themed programming block NickSports.

Original Nickelodeon Press Release:

Nickelodeon Premieres a New Live-Action Comedy Series That Follows One Girl's Dream from the Sideline to the Gridiron in Bella and the Bulldogs, Saturday, Jan. 17, at 8 P.M. (ET/PT)

December 17, 2014 05:34 PM Eastern Standard Time

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A head cheerleader's life takes an unexpected twist when her rifle-like throwing arm takes her from the sidelines to becoming her middle school's starting quarterback in Nickelodeon's newest live-action comedy series, Bella and the Bulldogs, premiering Saturday, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). The premiere episode will be available on all Nick platforms including Nick.com, Nick App and Nick On Demand on Sunday, Jan. 18, TeenNick on Friday, Jan. 23, at 9 p.m. ET and Nicktoons on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 9 p.m. ET during the NickSports block.

In this new comedy ripped right out of this year's headlines of girls playing traditionally "boy" sports, Bella Dawson (played by newcomer Brec Bassinger), a confident, caring and talented teenager, suddenly finds herself fulfilling a lifelong dream but also having to navigate the world of her teammates Troy (Coy Stewart), Sawyer (Jackie Radinsky) and Newt (Buddy Handleson), without losing her two best friends, Pepper (Haley Tju) and Sophie (Lilimar) from the cheer squad.

In the special two-part series premiere, head cheerleader Bella earns a chance to try out to be quarterback of her middle school football team. Led by current quarterback Troy, the rest of the team does everything in their power to make her give up, but through perseverance, Bella rises to the challenge to make her dream a reality.

Executive produced by Jeff Bushell, the show was created by Nickelodeon Writing Program alumni Gabriel Garza and Jonathan Butler, who also serve as co-executive producers. Garza began his writing career by being selected for the program in 2009, where he met his future writing partner and fellow program alum Jonathan Butler. Prior to selling their pitch to Nick and beginning development on Bella and the Bulldogs, both Butler and Garza were staff writers on The Haunted Hathaways.

Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).

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Nickelodeon News Round-Up - Issue 15: Global Edition

Below is a round-up of aweslime Nickelodeon news that international versions of the world's number-one children's channel have recently announced and revealed!


Nickelodeon Brazil (Brasil) will premiere Nickelodeon's brand-new Christmas holiday movie "Santa Hunters", locally titled "Caçadores de Papai Noel", on Thursday 18th December 2014 at 9:00pm.

Nickelodeon Latin America has debuted Nickelodeon's first-ever animated series developed and produced exclusively for digital platforms, "Welcome to the Wayne", on their newly relaunched official website, MundoNick.com.

Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand will premiere Nickelodeon's brand-new Christmas holiday movie "Santa Hunters" on Saturday 20th December 2014.

Nick AU/NZ have also launched a brand-new contest called "Secret Santa" in which NickHeads can win amazing prizes, including a limited edition Nickelodeon iPad!

Nickelodeon Italy (Italia) will premiere Nickelodeon's brand-new Christmas holiday movie "Santa Hunters", locally titled "A caccia di Babbo Natale", on Monday 22nd December 2014 at 8:00pm.

Nickelodeon Italy will also premiere Nickelodeon's brand-new live-action "The Fairly OddParents" television movie "A Fairly Odd Summer", locally titled "Il FantaParadiso", on Saturday 20th December 2014 at 1:00pm.

Additionally, Nick Italy also recently debuted "Welcome to the Wayne", locally titled "Benvenuti al Wayne", on their official website, nicktv.it.

Nickelodeon Spain (Espana) will be holding a localised version of the popular Nickelodeon programming stunt "Gotta Spot It" on Friday 19th December 2014 from 8:45pm, in which viewers have to spot secret stuff during special brand-new episodes of the hit Nick shows "The Haunted Hathaways", "Sam & Cat" and "The Thundermans". Once viewers have spotted what's been cleverly hidden, they can go to the competitions official website on nick.es for chances to win fantastic Nickelodeon goodies, including posters and shirts!

Nick Spain will also be giving viewers a Very Merry Wishmas by premiering brand-new episodes of "Fairly OddParents" ("Padrinos Mágicos") from Monday 22nd December 2014 at 1:00pm.

Nickelodeon Africa has launched a brand-new Christmas competition called "Letters to Santa", where NickHeads can win fantastic "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Lalaloopsy" prize hampers!

Nickelodeon Russia and CIS (Nickelodeon Россия and СНГ) will premiere Nickelodeon's brand-new Christmas holiday movie "Santa Hunters", locally titled "Поймать Санту" ("Catch Santa"), on Friday 26th December at 7:05pm.

Happy Holidays from SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star & maybe even Squidward Tentacles 'cos the "SpongeBob Moves In" holiday update is here! Get the app now to help SpongeBob and Patrick spread holiday cheer!
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Nickelodeon Names Gerald Raines Senior Vice President, Recreation Business Development

The children's entertainment and media news website Kidscreen is reporting that, as Nickelodeon Group continues to grow its attractions and experiences portfolio around the globe, Gerald Raines has been promoted from Vice President (VP) to Senior Vice President (SVP) of recreation business development.



Raines' newly expanded remit now includes leading global business development and the expansion of Viacom's location-based leisure entertainment for brands including Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central.

Continuing to manage key partnerships, Raines will lead a recreation team across six continents, managing the company's hotel, theme park, cruise, restaurant, live tour, 4D films and touring exhibition operations.

Raines joined Nickelodeon in 2007 as senior director of theme parks and attractions. Prior to that he worked at Disney for more than six years, first as sports event manager of Wide World of Sports, then as senior manager of Alliance Development.

His appointment follows a recent slate of personnel moves at Nickelodeon, including David Katz stepping into an SVP of content relations role and Cathy Galeota being promoted from VP to SVP of preschool current series.
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Nickelodeon USA To Release "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Season 3, Volume 1" DVD On Tuesday 10th March 2015

TVShowsOnDVD.com is reporting the Booyakasha TMNT news that Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution have announced that they will release a brand-new TMNT DVD titled "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Season 3, Volume 1" on Tuesday 10th March 2015!
The Turtles are run out of the city by Shredder and the Kraang, and retreat to April's farmhouse upstate. As they get used to their new environment, they'll encounter new mutants and creatures within the wild woods!
The 157-minute single disc release is expected to feature the first seven episodes of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" season three, and extras including "Mutations of a Scene" featurettes.


Nick and Paramount are expected to announce more information about their upcoming "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Season 3, Volume 1" DVD, including package art and pricing details, closer to the DVDs release date.

Additionally, Paramount Home Media Distribution today, Tuesday 16th December 2014, released Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures' "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" blockbuster movie on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, DVD and VOD. The film arrived three weeks early on Digital HD on Tuesday 25th November 2014.
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Nickelodeon USA To Release "The Legend of Korra - Book 4: Balance" On DVD And Blu-ray In March 2015

TVShowsOnDVD.com is reporting the exciting "Legend of Korra" news that Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution have announced that, following Nickelodeon USA premiering and showing the final episode of "The Legend of Korra" Book Four, the fourth and final season of Nickelodeon's epic original animated series (Nicktoon), titled "Balance", digitally and on the networks animation and action channel, NickToons USA, on Friday 19th December 2014, Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution will release "The Legend of Korra - Book 4: Balance" on DVD and high-definition Blu-ray Disc from Tuesday 10th March 2015!
To save the world, Avatar Korra endured her most intense battle yet. Now broken and bruised, Korra begins a journey of self-discovery and survival as the strong prey upon the weak. When an aggressive military force rises up led by the power hungry Kuvira, the fate of the Earth Kingdom hangs in the balance and only the Avatar can set things right.
According to information provided to TVShowsOnDVD.com, fans can expect Audio Commentary on at least two of the thirteen episodes featured in the region 1 sets. Nick and Paramount are expected to announce more information about their upcoming "The Legend of Korra - Book 4: Balance" DVD and Blu-ray sets, including package art and pricing details, closer to their release date.


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Nick Jr. UK To Premiere "Wanda and the Alien" On Monday 5th January 2015

The online British and Irish TV guide website Digiguide is reporting the exciting news that Nick Jr. UK and Ireland, Nickelodeon UK's top-performing preschool channel, will start to premiere and show the brand-new animated preschool series "Wanda and the Alien" from Monday 5th January 2015 at 7:00pm (encored at 9:00pm; repeated at 8:00pm and 10:00pm on Nick Jr+1)! Following the shows debut, Nick Jr. UK will continue to premiere brand-new episodes of "Wanda and the Alien" weekdays at 7:00pm (encored at 9:00pm; repeated at 8pm and 10pm on Nick Jr. +1).


Friends come in all shapes and sizes. Based on the books by best selling author Sue Hendra, "Wanda and the Alien" is a pre-school animated series about wonder and unconditional friendship. When a young and scared alien crashes with his space rocket into the woods, little rabbit Wanda's world becomes even more interesting and exciting. After a few moments of hesitation, they are now the best friends in the universe.


The Alien has a unique gift that makes him very special: he can freeze a moment in time so that you can see the magical details in it from different points of view. Even a splash in the water can become special if you can catch it and wear it like a crown! Combining an enchanting story with the best 2D animation, every episode sees the two characters exploring the beauty and the wonders of Wanda's charming forest and the Alien's incredible and funny planet, while highlighting the importance of values such as friendship, trust and kindness. Follow Wanda and the little Alien as they discover things out of their worlds!


"Wanda and the Alien" (52 x 10 minutes) is co-produced by UK-based Random House and Komixx Entertainment.


Nickelodeon acquired the rights to Random House Children's Screen Entertainment's "Wanda and the Alien" under a global deal (excluding the US) with London-based distributor CAKE in 2013 that will see the new animated preschool series head to more than 70 Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. channels around the world (Nickelodeon International). The Nickelodeon deal marks the first key international agreement for "Wanda and the Alien" and a large step for Random House's first book-to-screen venture.

"Wanda and the Alien" Creative Team - Producers: Chris Bowden, Andrew Cole-Bulgin & Richard Randolph; Executive Producers: Ed Glauser, Ian Mackinnon & Peter Saunders; Series Directors: Will Brenton & Jez Hall.

Below is a list of currently announced new "Wanda and the Alien" episodes set to debut on Nick Jr. UK, with episode descriptions:

Monday 5th January 2015: Rainbow Painting - It has been raining. Once the sun comes out, a rainbow appears - so Wanda and Alien go on an adventure to find the end of the rainbow.

Tuesday 6th January 2015: Non Pop Bubbles - Wanda is showing Alien how to blow bubbles. He has never seen them before and is a bit baffled when they begin to pop!

Wednesday 7th January 2015: Pumpkins - Wanda and Alien are given some pumpkin seeds to plant. After planting the seeds the pair sit and wait expectantly for them to grow.

Thursday 8th January 2015: Rabbit Dance - Wanda's mum gives Wanda a recorder to play with. It takes Alien a while to realise what the instrument is, first he thinks it's a walking stick, then a telescope, even food!

Friday 9th January 2015: A Star for Wanda - Wanda and Alien are stargazing in the garden. Wanda decides she wants a star and tries her hardest to catch one. With a little help from Alien's magic, Wanda gets her stars.

Monday 12th January 2015: Sea Sea, You Cant Catch Me - Wanda, Alien and Wanda's family are at the beach. They play in the waves and then build sandcastles, decorating them with shells.

Tuesday 13th January 2015: Catch a Leaf - Wanda teaches Alien to play catch a leaf with the autumn leaves. Alien uses his magic to create a magic 'leaf' carpet, which they both sit upon and fly around the meadow chasing leaves.

Wednesday 7th January 2015: Hopscotch - Wanda teaches Alien how to play hopscotch. Alien struggles to find a stone to throw on the hopscotch grid. First he picks up a frog thinking it was a stone, and it hops away!
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Nickelodeon Asia Announces Highlights For 2015

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Asia has announced in the following press release, from VIMN Asia's official Pressroom, a selection of Nickelodeon Asia's exciting highlights for 2015!

In the year ahead, Nickelodeon Asia will deliver fresh hits, a deep pipeline of new series, and tent-pole events tailor-made for the tastes of today's post-millennial generation of kids.

Nickelodeon in Asia will be kicking 2015 off by welcoming the brand-new animated series "Oggy and the Cockroaches" to its programming line-up. One of the most beloved cartoons globally, "Oggy and the Cockroaches" is a worldwide hit broadcasting in over 150 countries on major networks, including many of Nickelodeon's international channels. Featuring Oggy the cat, your typical victim, and three cockroaches, who just won't leave him alone, the show premieres as a two-hour marathon on Thursday 1st January 2015 at 12pm (Hong Kong/Philippines/Singapore), 12.15pm (Thailand/Indonesia) and 1.15pm (Malaysia) before beginning its regular timeslot on weekdays from Monday 5th January at 5pm (PH), 5.05pm (TH/WIB), 6.05pm (MY) and 6.50pm (HK/SG).

Nickelodeon Asia will also be running year-long campaigns based on two of Nick's biggest animated property's, "SpongeBob SquarePants" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", throughout 2015 - "SpongeBob SquarePants: Everything is Funnier with Friends" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Heroes, Brothers, Dudes" - as well as bringing to viewers new seasons of returning hit series "The Haunted Hathaways", "Winx Club" and "Rabbids Invasion". Nick Asia will continue to deliver laughs for kids by building its slate with even more content, such as recently premiered "Breadwinners" and "Max & Shred", and brand-new original series, including "Dora and Friends: Into the City!", "ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks" and "Bad Seeds".

Original Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Asia Press Release:

TOP-RATED OGGY AND THE COCKROACHES MAKE NICKELODEON THEIR NEW HOME AS PART OF NEW CONTENT LINE-UP FOR 2015

Premieres across Asia on Thursday, 1 January 2015 at 12pm (HK/PH/SG), 12.15pm (TH/WIB) and 1.15pm (MY)

Tweet it: Top-rated @oggytv #OggyandtheCockroaches make @nickelodeontv their new home as part of new content line-up for 2015!


SINGAPORE, 10 DECEMBER 2014Nickelodeon in Asia is kicking off 2015 by welcoming Oggy and the Cockroaches, to its programming line-up. In the year ahead, Nickelodeon will deliver fresh hits, a deep pipeline of new series, and tent-pole events tailor-made for the tastes of today’s post-millennial generation of kids. One of the most beloved cartoons globally, Oggy and the Cockroaches is a worldwide hit broadcasting in over 150 countries on major networks. Featuring Oggy the cat, your typical victim, and three cockroaches, who won’t leave him alone, the show premieres as a two-hour marathon on Thursday, 1 January 2015 at 12pm (HK/PH/SG), 12.15pm (TH/WIB) and 1.15pm (MY) before beginning its regular timeslot on weekdays from Monday, 5 January at 5pm (PH), 5.05pm (TH/WIB), 6.05pm (MY) and 6.50pm (HK/SG).


Oggy and the Cockroaches reimagines "old-fashioned" slapstick cartoons in an ever-fresh hit battling good versus bad and big versus little. The simplicity of the plotline with wild chase scenes and endearing characters, complemented by the lack of dialogue and the colourful world of animation, brings together families of all ages for an enjoyable co-viewing experience. The cartoon was produced during 1998 to 2013 and has enjoyed 15 years of television success with a total of four seasons and garnered over 2.2 million fans on its Facebook page.


Nickelodeon in the U.S. has been chalking up ratings wins this year, driven by strong performances from its hit live-action and animation slate of programmes such as The Thundermans, The Haunted Hathaways, and SpongeBob SquarePants. It closed 2Q14 as basic cable's number-one network in total day with Kids 2-11 (2.6/834K) and total viewers (1.6M), marking the network's third consecutive quarter at the top. It was the top-rated total day network for the 3Q14 with Kids 2-11 (2.4/748K); and among total viewers, the network averaged 1.4M P2+ that quarter.

In 2015, Nickelodeon will be running year-long campaigns “SpongeBob SquarePants: Everything is Funnier with Friends” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Heroes, Brothers, Dudes,” as well as bringing to viewers new seasons of returning hit series The Haunted Hathaways, Winx Club and Rabbids Invasion. It will continue to deliver laughs for kids by building its slate with even more content including just-released Breadwinners and Max & Shred, and new original series Dora and Friends: Into the City!, Alvin!!! and the Chipmunks, and Bad Seeds.

About Oggy and the Cockroaches

Oggy and the Cockroaches is the explosive face-off of a cat with three pests—but this time, the victim is the cat himself, and his tormentors are nature's ugliest, filthiest, most offensive creatures. Oggy would be the happiest of cats if three cockroaches, Joey, Dee-Dee and Marky hadn't settled inside his comfortable house. In this fast-paced family series, Oggy fights to defend his home turf from the unwelcome pests, making for wild chase scenes and laughs for all ages. True to cartoon tradition, there's a happy end on the horizon. Despite his agonies, Oggy always comes out on top... well, nearly always.

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About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year globally and 16th year in Asia, is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family. Creating surprising and playful entertainment experiences everywhere it goes, Nickelodeon has a portfolio that includes television programming and production around the world, plus special events, consumer products, digital offerings, recreation, books, feature films and pro-social initiatives. Nickelodeon's brands are seen globally in more than 450 million households in over 100 territories via more than 70 locally programmed channels and syndication. For more information about Nickelodeon in Asia, visit www.nick-asia.com.

ABOUT VIMN ASIA PRESS

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is comprised of many of the world’s most popular multimedia entertainment brands, including MTV, MTV LIVE HD, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central, Paramount Channel, and more. Viacom brands are seen globally in more than 3.2 billion households in approximately 170 territories and 37 languages via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties. Keep up with VIMN news by visiting the VIMN PR Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/VIMN_PR. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com, the Viacom blog at blog.viacom.com and Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/Viacom.

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Nick Australia And Wet'n'Wild Sydney Open Nickelodeon Beach At Popular Water Park

To celebrate Wet'n'Wild Sydney's first birthday, Village Roadshow Theme Parks has teamed up with Nickelodeon Australia to open a brand-new Nickelodeon-themed area at the popular water park called Nickelodeon Beach, just in time for summer!


Nickelodeon Beach, which opened on Friday 12th December 2014 as part of the parks first anniversary, is part of the Wet'n'Wild Junior part of the resort, and is home to some of the world's best known Nickelodeon characters, including SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star, Dora The Explorer and Boots, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Bubble Guppies. Designed especially for kids, Nickelodeon Beach features kid-friendly water slides including miniature versions of Wet'n'Wild Sydney's larger thrill slides!


Nickelodeon Beach has two bright and colourful areas filled with lots of splashtacular fun! Splash about with your favourite Nickelodeon friends, including SpongeBob and Patrick, get soaked under the giant tipping bucket or use the watersprays to drench your friends. There's a shaded Splash Zone especially for toddlers too, to keep them happy and safe.


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Kids Get A New Take On Education In New "Nick News With Linda Ellerbee" Special "Old School/New School" Premiering 12/16 On Nickelodeon USA

Nickelodeon has announced in the following press release, from The Futon Critic, that Nickelodeon USA will premiere and show the latest brand new "Nick News with Linda Ellerbee" special episode, called "Old School/New School", in which kids receiving non-traditional educations share their stories, on Tuesday 16th December 2014 at 8:00pm (ET/PT). The special profiles teens around the country who attend cyber, game-focused and real-world learning schools, and are finding out what it takes to be successful.


Original Nickelodeon Press Release:

KIDS GET A NEW TAKE ON EDUCATION IN NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE "OLD SCHOOL/NEW SCHOOL" PREMIERING TUESDAY, DEC. 16, AT 8 P.M. (ET/PT) ON NICKELODEON

NEW YORK- Dec. 12, 2014 - Kids receiving non-traditional educations share their stories in the brand-new Nick News with Linda Ellerbee half-hour special, "Old School/New School," premiering Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. The special profiles teens around the country who attend cyber, game-focused and real-world learning schools, and are finding out what it takes to be successful.

"New schools. Old schools. Where and how you learn is never going to count as much as what you learn," says Ellerbee.

Dylan, 12, of New York says before he started classes at Quest to Learn, a school in New York City that uses games to teach almost everything, he wasn't interested in his schoolwork. "I was really zoned out. I was like reading comics in class," he says. "But now I'm not even considering touching a comic book because I'm so scared that I'm going to miss a subject."

Bella, 15, of Bemidji, Minn., goes to school at TrekNorth where kids are required to go on wilderness trips to get a diploma. "They have amazing service learning trips (as well)," she says. "Sometimes (kids) go on weeklong trips to help the homeless."

Izabel, 14, attends Durango Big Picture High School in Durango, Colo., where students spend two days a week at internships and the rest of the time working on independent projects based completely on student interests. "I wanted to come here because I didn't like sitting in the classroom listening to a lecture all day," she says. "(Here) you're creating a future that you want."

Avianna, 12, of Drexel Hill, Pa., goes to school online through Connections Academy. "I learned that actually not having a lot of kids around me makes me thrive," she says. "Now that all the distractions are removed, I'm a lot more focused."

Lea, 15, attends Diablo Valley School in Concord, Calif., where there isn't curriculum, homework, tests or grades. "I've become a lot more confident with myself," she says. "And I think the best thing about this school is that there is no pressure to be anyone other than yourself."

Nick News, produced by Lucky Duck Productions, is now in its 23rd year and is the longest-running kids' news show in television history. It has built its reputation on the respectful and direct way it speaks to kids about the important issues of the day. Over the years, Nick News has received more than 21 Emmy nominations and recently won its tenth Emmy Award for Forgotten But Not Gone: Kids, HIV & AIDS in the category of Outstanding Children's Nonfiction Program. Additional Emmy wins for outstanding children's programming include: Under the Influence: Kids of Alcoholics (2011); (The Face of Courage: Kids Living with Cancer (2010); Coming Home: When Parents Return from War (2009); The Untouchable Kids of India (2008); Private Worlds: Kids and Autism (2007); Never Again: From the Holocaust to the Sudan (2005); Faces of Hope: The Kids of Afghanistan (2002) and What Are You Staring At? (1998). In 1995, the entire series won the Emmy. In 2009, Nick News was honored with the Edward R. Murrow Award for best Network News Documentary for Coming Home: When Parents Return from War - the first-ever kids' television program to receive this prestigious award. Nick News has also received three Peabody Awards, including a personal award given to Ellerbee for explaining the impeachment of President Clinton to kids, as well as a Columbia duPont Award and more than a dozen Parents' Choice Awards.

Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Saban Brands Launches New "Power Rangers Student Alliance" Program To Empower Youth Across America

Original Saban Brands Press Release via PR Newswire:

Saban Brands Launches New Power Rangers Student Alliance Program To Empower Youth Across America


LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Saban Brands announced today the Power Rangers Student Alliance, a new national program where students work together to bring the core values of the Power Rangers to communities across the country. The Power Rangers Student Alliance was inspired by the 'Florida Ranger Coalition,' a group of high school students who caught national attention by making mysterious masked appearances at children's events and nonprofit fundraisers in Power Rangers Morphsuits. When these teens saw how much kids loved seeing the Power Rangers, they decided to work together to raise awareness of anti-bullying and teach the importance of reading. After learning about these exemplary young Power Ranger fans, Saban Brands decided to launch this new program to encourage students across the country to follow suit and start their own local Power Ranger teams.

The Power Rangers Student Alliance provides a framework and incentives to encourage young people to start local chapters at their own high schools, colleges and universities to give back to their communities and raise funds for charity, while demonstrating the core Power Rangers values of helping others, friendship and teamwork. The program was previewed at the 4th bi-annual Power Morphicon, the largest Power Rangers fan-run convention, in Pasadena, CA this past August. Members of the original 'Florida Ranger Coalition,' who kept their identities hidden until shortly after graduating high school, and have since publicly announced plans to build additional chapters on their college campuses, were invited to attend the convention and received VIP access to exclusive events.

"The Power Rangers Student Alliance initiative fits perfectly within our Power Rangers emPOWER program," said Elie Dekel, President of Saban Brands. "We are inspired by the work of the 'Florida Ranger Coalition' and we hope with the launch of this program, we can further encourage their positive story and motivate other fans across all of Ranger Nation to get involved."

"I could never have anticipated what an impact on my community and myself I would make through dressing up as a Power Ranger," said Adam Cooper, co-founder of the 'Florida Ranger Coalition'. "From the first smile of a little kid at a birthday party, to performing motivational speeches in a packed room full of troubled youth, I can see what an effect we've made in the community. I'm excited to see what new heights we can reach and new audiences we can impact as collegiate members of the Power Rangers Student Alliance."

New groups interested in the Power Rangers Student Alliance can easily register online at www.empower.powerrangers.com. Members must be high school or college students and are encouraged to seek official "club" status from their schools. As an added incentive, Morphsuits will be offering 25% off all Power Rangers Morphsuits to all who register for this program.

About Saban's Power Rangers
Saban's Power Rangers franchise is the brainchild of Haim Saban, creator and producer of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers hit series that launched in 1993. Following its introduction, Power Rangers quickly became the most-watched children's television program in the United States and remains one of the top-rated and longest running boys live-action series in television history. The series follows the adventures of a group of ordinary teens who "morph" into superheroes and save the world from evil. It is seen in more than 150 markets, translated into numerous languages and a favorite on many key international children's programming blocks around the world. For more information, visit www.powerrangers.com.

About Saban Brands
Formed in 2010 as an affiliate of Saban Capital Group, Saban Brands (SB) was established to acquire and develop a world-class portfolio of properties and capitalize on the company's experience, track record and capabilities in growing and monetizing consumer brands through content, media and marketing. SB applies a global omni-channel management approach to enhancing and extending its brands in markets worldwide and to consumers of all ages. The company provides full-service management, marketing, promotion and strategic business development for its intellectual properties including comprehensive strategies unique to each brand, trademark and copyright management and enforcement, creative design, retail development, direct-to-consumer initiatives and specialized property extensions. SB's portfolio of properties currently includes Power Rangers, Paul Frank, Macbeth, Julius Jr., Digimon Fusion and Popples, among many others. For more information, visit www.sabanbrands.com.

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USA: Julius Jr. Partners With Blick Art Materials For "Donation For Imagination" Program

Original Julius Jr. Press Release via PR Newswire:

Julius Jr. Partners With Blick Art Materials For "Donation For Imagination" Program

Julius Jr. & Blick Art Materials to Collect and Donate Art Supplies for Kids Nationwide

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Julius Jr. and Blick Art Materials today announced "Donation for Imagination," a new art supplies drive benefitting kids nationwide. The initiative was established to inspire creativity in kids by providing art supplies to nonprofit organizations, schools and after-school art programs. The drive kicks off today as an official partner of #GivingTuesday, a globally recognized day dedicated to giving back, and runs through December 24, 2014. Supporters of the effort can make donations at conveniently located donation bins at 66 Blick stores nationwide and online through Blick's Art Room Aid website.



Julius Jr. Partners with Blick Art Materials for "Donation for Imagination" Program

The Julius Jr. "Donation for Imagination" program has transitioned from what began as the Paul Frank Art Supplies Round-Up, the first-ever national art supplies drive for kids, which Saban Brands and Blick Art Materials debuted during the 2012 holiday season. Over the past two years, donations to the drive have topped more than $120,000 in art supplies, benefitting more than 35,000 children.

"For the third year in a row, Saban Brands has partnered with Blick Art Materials to inspire donations of thousands of art supplies across the nation, first with Paul Frank, and now with Julius Jr.'s 'Donation for Imagination'," said Elie Dekel, President of Saban Brands. "We're excited about the evolution of the program as creativity, invention and imagination are all core elements of the Julius Jr. television series, making this a very natural transition and partnership."

Through this partnership with Blick Art Materials, the program encourages Julius Jr. fans and Blick shoppers to donate new and gently used art supplies to local children's art non-profits. In addition to serving as a central donation destination, Blick stores are supporting the effort with a special 20% discount for products purchased as donations. Customers who donate will also receive a thank-you offer good for 20% off their own purchases from Dec. 26 through Dec. 31. Each store will work with either a local children's art non-profit or Blick's national partner, Dreaming Zebra, to distribute donations to their community. Online donations can be made through Blick's Art Room Aid website.

This year's "Donation for Imagination" program debuted Nov. 16 at the P.S. ARTS annual "Express Yourself" event in Los Angeles. The celebrity fundraiser featured fun art activities for families and benefitted P.S. ARTS' award-winning programs that help improve the lives of children through arts education in underserved public schools and communities. The Julius Jr. activation featured a paper playhouse that kids assembled and decorated with art supplies donated by Blick. Celebrity parents including Melissa McCarthy, Jason Bateman, Jordana Brewster and Elizabeth Berkley also stopped by the Julius Jr. booth to join in on the artistic fun and show their support for "Donation for Imagination."

For more information on the "Donation for Imagination" program, visit DickBlick.com and view the "Donation for Imagination" video on the Julius Jr. YouTube channel.

Viewers can catch an all-new Julius Jr. holiday special on Dec. 13 at 1:30 p.m. (ET/PT), only on Nick Jr. For more information on Julius Jr., please visit www.juliusjr.com and follow the series on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

About Julius Jr.
Julius Jr. is an animated preschool series based on the creative spirit and lovable characters from the world of Paul Frank. The show follows Julius Jr. and friends who use equal doses of imagination and inventive spirit to help each other overcome challenges big and small – teaching kids that the best inventions are the ones that help your friends. Together, they build a playhouse out of a simple cardboard box, but when they walk inside, to their surprise and delight, they discover that ordinary objects magically come to life and adventures are just a door away. A property of Saban Brands, Julius Jr. airs on Nick Jr. in the U.S. weekdays at 4:30 p.m., Saturdays at 6 a.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. (ET/PT). Visit www.juliusjr.com for more information.

About Saban Brands
Formed in 2010 as an affiliate of Saban Capital Group, Saban Brands (SB) was established to acquire and develop a world-class portfolio of properties and capitalize on the company's experience, track record and capabilities in growing and monetizing consumer brands through content, media and marketing. SB applies a global omni-channel management approach to enhancing and extending its brands in markets worldwide and to consumers of all ages. The company provides full-service management, marketing, promotion and strategic business development for its intellectual properties including comprehensive strategies unique to each brand, trademark and copyright management and enforcement, creative design, retail development, direct-to-consumer initiatives and specialized property extensions. SB's portfolio of properties currently includes Power Rangers, Paul Frank, Macbeth, Julius Jr., Digimon Fusion and Popples, among many others. For more information, visit www.sabanbrands.com.

About Blick Art Materials
Founded in Galesburg, Illinois, in 1911, Blick Art Materials is one of the largest and oldest providers of art supplies in the United States, with 72 retail stores nationwide. Its products cater to the full spectrum of artists — from the youngest child ready to scribble with his or her first crayon to well known, gallery-represented professionals. The company's extensive selection, competitive prices, and superior customer service make Blick the best choice for art educators, students, artists, architects, designers, hobbyists, or anyone requiring quality art materials for work or pleasure. A long-time advocate of art education in the U.S., Blick also provides support of scholastic, collegiate, and professional art shows, both financially and through a variety of materials that emphasize the benefits of art education. Blick also supports the communities in which it does business by sponsoring in-store events, local schools, art leagues, and community groups across the country. Visit www.dickblick.com for more information.

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