Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Viacom International Media Networks Announces Raft Of Deals For Nickelodeon Series

The children's entertainment and media news website Kidscreen and the official website of World Screen, a publication which covers the international media business, are reporting the exciting Nickelodeon news that Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has signed a slew of third-party deals with broadcasters around the world for a raft of Nickelodeon's animated and live-action content!


In Turkey, free-to-air broadcaster CNBC-e has renewed its contract with VIMN and revamped its Nickelodeon programming block to include new animated series such as the first season of "Robot and Monster", the second seasons of "T.U.F.F. Puppy" and "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness", the first season of "Monsters vs. Aliens", as well, as live-action hits "iCarly" and "Marvin Marvin".

Ukraine's cable and satellite channel QTV/Novy has also renewed its Nickelodeon block, adding "Kung Fu Panda: Legends", "Monsters vs Aliens", "Planet Sheen", the first two seasons of "Fanboy & Chum Chum" and the first season of "Sanjay and Craig".

Reaching an audience across the entire Middle East and North Africa, MBC3's long-standing Nickelodeon-branded block will include season one of "Paw Patrol", seasons three and four of "Go, Diego, Go!", season three of "Bubble Guppies", the fourth season of "Team Umizoomi" and live-action programs such as season two of "Supah Ninjas" and the first seasons of "The Thundermans" and "Sam & Cat".

In France, TF1 picked up "Kung Fu Panda", "Go, Diego, Go!" special "The Great Polar Bear Rescue" and season one of "Dora the Explorer", and Lagardère has acquired seasons five to eight of "Fairly Odd Parents" and season one of "Monsters vs. Aliens". European deals continued in Spain with TVE signing up for the first seasons of "Fanboy & Chum Chum" and "Monsters vs. Aliens", season two of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and the third season of "Penguins of Madagascar", while Antena 3 took the first season of "The Thundermans" and the original Nickelodeon TV Movies of "Jinxed" and "Swindle".

Live-action content going to the UK included the first three seasons of "Unfabulous", which was signed by CSC Media Group for satellite kids' channel PopGirl. Ireland's RTÉ picked up the third seasons of "Big Time Rush" and "Victorious", while Norway's NRK also acquired "Big Time Rush", along with the first season of "Marvin Marvin".

Finally, Iceland's RUV signed up for the third seasons of "Bubble Guppies" and "Team Umizoomi" and the first seasons of "Sanjay and Craig" and "Paw Patrol", with Nelonen acquiring the first three seasons of "Bubble Guppies" and seasons one to four of "Go, Diego, Go!".

From Kidscreen:
Viacom signs raft of deals for Nick series

Coming out of MIPTV 2014, Viacom International Media Networks has signed a whack of TV deals with international broadcasters, including two Nickelodeon branded-block renewals and licensing agreements for its host of animated and live-action series.

Free-to-air (FTA) broadcaster CNBCe in Turkey has revamped its Nickelodeon block, renewing its yearly contract with VIMN to include series Robot and Monster, Tuff Puppy, Kung Fu Panda and Monsters vs. Aliens. As well, as live-action hits iCarly and Marvin Marvin.

Also renewing its Nickelodeon block is cable and satellite channel QTV/Novy in Ukraine, which has added more from Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs. Aliens, Planet Sheen, Fanboy & ChumChum (seasons one &two) and Sanjay and Craig (season one).

Reaching an audience across the entire Middle East and North Africa, broadcaster MBC3 has signed up for its fourth volume of new content for its long-standing Nickelodeon-branded block, scooping up Paw Patrol (season one), Go, Diego, Go! (seasons three & four), Bubble Guppies (season three), Team Umizoomi (season four) and live-action hits Supah Ninjas (season two), The Thundermans (season one) and Sam & Cat (season one).

Free-to-air broadcaster TF1 in France, has signed up for more Kung Fu Panda, Diego Polar Bear Rescue and Dora the Explorer, and Lagardere has taken Fairly OddParents (seasons five to eight) and Monsters vs. Aliens.

In Spain, public broadcaster TVE has signed up animation favorites Monsters vs. Aliens and TMNT (season two), Fanboy & ChumChum and Penguins of Madagascar (season three), whereas Antena 3 has added more live action to their programming mix with The Thundermans and specials of Jinxed and Swindle.

Live-action content continues to be popular in the UK with CSC Media Group signing the latest seasons of Unfabulous (seasons one to three) for satellite kids’ channel PopGirl, while RTE in Ireland has bagged Big Time Rush (season three) and Victorious (season three).

Heading north, public broadcaster RUV in Iceland has signed for Bubble Guppies, Team Umizoomi, Sanjay & Craig and Paw Patrol, with Nelonen opting for Bubble Guppies and Go, Diego, Go!

Meanwhile, NRK in Norway has bagged Marvin Marvin, alongside more seasons of Big Time Rush.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nickelodeon's First Preschool Literacy Mobile App, "Wallykazam!: Letter and Word Magic", Tops Educational, Kids and Paid App Lists

Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, has announced in the following press release, from Business Wire, the exciting Nickelodeon Preschool news that, in its first week live, Nickelodeon's brand-new literacy app, "Wallykazam!: Letter and Word Magic", skyrocketed to the number-one spot on the educational and kids app lists and the number-two spot on the paid app list on the iTunes App store in the U.S!



Nickelodeon's Wallykazam!: Letter and Word Magic is the Number One Education App (Photo: Business Wire)

Inspired by "Wallykazam!", the network's latest preschool literacy TV series, the application aims to help kids develop phonemic awareness, letter knowledge and letter-sound associations, and promote excitement about words and learning to read.

Original Nickelodeon Press Release:

Nickelodeon's First Preschool Literacy Mobile App Tops Educational, Kids and Paid App Lists

April 15, 2014 03:47 PM Eastern Daylight Time

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In its first week live, Nickelodeon's brand-new literacy app, Wallykazam!: Letter and Word Magic, skyrocketed to the number-one spot on the educational and kids app lists and the number-two spot on the paid app list on the iTunes App store in the U.S. Inspired by Wallykazam!, the network's latest preschool literacy TV series, the app aims to help kids develop phonemic awareness, letter knowledge and letter-sound associations, and promote excitement about words and learning to read. As one of the first kid-focused media companies to launch content on the iPad, Nickelodeon continues to provide compelling content to the platform. The network's apps are designed so kids can interact with their favorite characters in new and different ways, on all the platforms they have available to them.



Nickelodeon's Wallykazam!: Letter and Word Magic is the Number One Education App (Photo: Business Wire)

The Wallykazam!: Letter and Word Magic app, which was developed by curriculum consultants and tested by kid focus groups, follows Wally, Norville, Bobgoblin, Gina Giant and Libby Light Sprite, in magical and hilarious adventures. Users can play games and learn about the power of letters and words by touching, tapping, flicking and tilting their devices to interact with Wally and his friends. The app features four games, 400 words that teach upper and lowercase letters, and kids are rewarded with words after completing each activity.

Wallykazam!: Letter and Word Magic App Curriculum Includes:

* Letter Recognition and Letter-Sound Correspondence: Users search for missing letters in Wally's forest, but must watch out for troublemaking Bobgoblin;

* Letter Writing: Kids can learn to write letters with Libby Light Sprite by tracing and dragging letters in the night sky. Each time a letter is traced it grows brighter to show progress;

* Rhyming Words and Word Families: Users must build a stone word tower out of rhyming words to help Wally reach the top of Gina Giant's head. As the tower grows higher, Gina giggles causing the tower to tilt, prompting kids to turn their devices to keep up;

* Alliteration: Kids can use the words rewarded from each activity to make Ogre Doug's creatures do a variety of entertaining and silly things, like making Borgelorp big, blue or burp.

About Wallykazam!

Wallykazam! is Nickelodeon's first preschool series that embeds a literacy curriculum into a full-length story, introducing skills such as letter and sound identification, rhyming, vocabulary development and comprehension strategies. Each episode features a new set of magic words that Wally uses to playfully transform the world around him. Celebrity guests featured in season one include Vanessa Bayer (SNL), Weird Al Yankovic, John O'Hurley (Seinfeld), Kate Micucci (The Big Bang Theory) and Alanna Ubach (Nick at Nite's See Dad Run). Created by producer/writer Adam Peltzman (Emmy Award-winning The Backyardigans and Bubble Guppies), the series airs regularly weekdays at 1:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

About Nickelodeon

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. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

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Tori Fernandes
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Saban's "Power Rangers Megaforce" Touring Ireland During Easter 2014

The children's entertainment, toys and licensing news websites Kidscreen, Toy World Magazine and License! Global are reporting the very exciting "Power Rangers" news that Ireland-based Smyths Toys Superstores has announced that Saban's "Power Rangers Megaforce" is making its Irish debut at Smyths Toys Superstores around Ireland this Easter in the third stop on the brand's European retail tour!


After visiting the UK and France in 2013, the Power Rangers kicked off their Irish visit on Saturday 12th April 2014 with a stop by Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. The tour will continue on throughout the country from now through Thursday 17th April 2014, and will feature a 10m² pop-up marquee outside several of the leading toy retailer's stores. Beginning at Smyths Toys Superstore in Blanchardstown Centre on April 12th, the free tour will mark the first ever appearance in Ireland for the "Power Ranger Megaforce", which will include six different stops with exciting activities perfect for the whole family. The tour will feature a special Power Rangers performance, followed by exclusive meet and greets, as well as photo opportunities with the Rangers.

All children who visit the tour will receive a free face-mask and professional photograph, and will be able to visit face painting and temporary tattooing stations. The first 100 children who come dressed up as a Power Ranger will receive a special prize, while other guests will have the chance to win prizes. The retailer will also be offering 25% off the Power Rangers toy range on the days of the event.


The "Power Rangers" event is supported by headline sponsors Nicktoons, Bandai, Rubies, Mega Bloks, Channel 5 and Kix TV.

Commenting on the Power Rangers appearances, Dryden Geary, marketing manager for Smyths Toys Superstores, said: "Everyone at Smyths Toys Superstores is thrilled to be welcoming the Power Rangers Megaforce to Ireland for the first time. This event is one of the most exciting we've ever run and we'd like to invite everyone to attend the appearances as we bring the Power Rangers to life exclusively for our Irish customers."

"We had tremendous success with our "Power Rangers Megaforce" live tours last year in the U.K. and France, and this year we wanted to bring the same excitement to the fans in Ireland," added Gustavo Antonioni, managing director of consumer products, Europe, Saban Brands. "We can't wait for our Irish viewers to get the chance to experience the "Power Rangers" in a whole new way during the Easter holidays."

The full schedule of the Smyths Toys Superstores tour is as below:

* 12th April 2014: Blanchardstown Centre, 10am – 3pm
* 13th April 2014: The Park, Carrickmines, 11am – 4pm
* 14th April 2014: Ivory’s Retail Park, Waterford, 10am – 3pm
* 15th April 2014: Kinsale Road, Cork, 10am – 3pm
* 16th April 2014: Ennis Rd. Retail Park, Limerick, 10am – 3pm
* 17th April 2014: Headford Road Retail Park, Galway, 10am – 3pm.
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Nickelodeon USA Notches Weekly Ratings Win With Kids And Total Viewers

Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, has announced in the following press release, from TVByTheNumbers.com, the exciting Nickelodeon News that Nick USA closed the week (Monday 7th to Sunday 13th April 2014) as basic cable's number-one network in total day with Kids 2-11 (2.5/811K) and total viewers (1.5M)! This weekly win extends Nickelodeon USA's winning streak to 14 consecutive weeks, powered by the nets reinvigorated animation and preschool roster.


Nick USA also secured four of the top five animated series for the week with Kids 2-11. "SpongeBob SquarePants" was the number-one animated kids' show across all of television and led the Nickelodeon slate of programming in this category, averaging a 4.7/1.5M (+31% over a year ago). It was followed by "Sanjay and Craig" (3.9/1.2M), "Fairly Odd Parents" (3.8/1.2M, +13%), and "Breadwinners" (3.6/1.1M). "SpongeBob SquarePants" was also the top animated series with Kids 6-11 (4.2/818K, +35%) and total viewers (2.8M).

Additionally, Nickelodeon's portfolio of hit preschool shows ranked as the top five series with Kids 2-5. "PAW Patrol" led the way, averaging a 8.2/1.0M (+55%) with preschoolers; "Wallykazam!" ranked second with a 7.0/862K (+43%) average; "Team Umizoomi" placed third with a 6.2/763K (+24%); "Bubble Guppies" ranked fourth with a 6.2/762K (+13%) rating; and "Peter Rabbit" took the fifth spot averaging a 5.7/698K (+36K%).

Original Nickelodeon Press Release:

Nickelodeon NOTCHES WEEKLY WIN with Kids and Total Viewers

Net Extends Winning Streak to 14 Weeks; Lands Four of Top Five Animated Shows with Kids And Sweeps Preschool with Top Five Series

NEW YORK – April 15, 2014 – Nickelodeon closed the week (4/7/14-4/13/14) as basic cable's number-one net in total day with Kids 2-11 (2.5/811K) and total viewers (1.5M). This weekly win extends Nick's winning streak to 14 consecutive weeks, powered by the nets reinvigorated animation and preschool roster.

Nick also secured four of the top five animated series for the week with Kids 2-11. SpongeBob SquarePants was the number-one animated kids' show across all of television and led the Nick slate of programming in this category, averaging a 4.7/1.5M (+31% over a year ago). It was followed by Sanjay and Craig (3.9/1.2M), Fairly Odd Parents (3.8/1.2M, +13%), and Breadwinners (3.6/1.1M). SpongeBob SquarePants was also the top animated series with Kids 6-11 (4.2/818K, +35%) and total viewers (2.8M).

Additionally, Nickelodeon's portfolio of hit preschool shows ranked as the top five series with Kids 2-5. PAW Patrol led the way, averaging a 8.2/1.0M (+55%) with preschoolers; Wallykazam! ranked second with a 7.0/862K (+43%) average; Team Umizoomi placed third with a 6.2/763K (+24%); Bubble Guppies ranked fourth with a 6.2/762K (+13%) rating; and Peter Rabbit took the fifth spot averaging a 5.7/698K (+36K%).

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. 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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JAKKS Pacific Secures Multi-Category License for Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

The leading U.S. toymaker JAKKS Pacific, Inc. has announced in the following press release, from Business Wire, a licensing agreement with Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, to manufacture, distribute and market a brand-new line of specialty figures and toys in the United States based on the network's hit CG-animated series "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"!


The agreement includes JAKKS' Hero Portal™ TV video game platform, the next generation of JAKKS' Plug It In & Play TV Games™ products, large-scale figures and more. JAKKS expects to launch its "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" product line in Fall/Autumn 2014 to coincide with the Friday 8th August 2014 release of the feature film from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies.

Original JAKKS Pacific, Inc. Press Release:

JAKKS Pacific Secures Multi-Category License for Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

April 15, 2014 06:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

MALIBU, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Leading U.S. toymaker JAKKS Pacific, Inc., (Nasdaq: JAKK) announced a licensing agreement with Nickelodeon to manufacture, distribute and market a line of specialty figures and toys in the United States based on the network's hit animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The agreement includes JAKKS' Hero Portal™ TV video game platform, the next generation of JAKKS' Plug It In & Play TV Games™ products, large-scale figures and more. JAKKS expects to launch its Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles product line in fall 2014 to coincide with the August 8, 2014, release of the feature film from Paramount Pictures.

"We are pleased to be a part of the hugely successful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise and to bring to life the famous, crime-fighting quartet," said John Blaney, Executive Vice President of Marketing, JAKKS Pacific. "Our 48.5 inch rendering of Michelangelo is the biggest articulated figure available at retail and evokes all the action, adventure and fun of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles experience. Our new Hero Portal platform capitalizes on the way kids are playing today with collectible game pieces designed to activate features with an all-in-one TV video game console."

"JAKKS Pacific is a leader in the toy making industry and we are excited to tap into their expertise in creating products that epitomize the essence of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," said Manuel Torres, Senior Vice President, Global Toys and Publishing, Nickelodeon Consumer Products. "This new line of products will spark the imaginations of our worldwide fans and give them even more of their favorite Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo adventures at home."

About Nickelodeon

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 www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

About JAKKS Pacific, Inc.

JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) is a leading designer and marketer of toys and consumer products with a wide range of products that feature popular brands and children's toy licenses. JAKKS' diverse portfolio includes Action Figures, Electronics, Dolls, Dress-Up, Role Play, Halloween Costumes, Kids Furniture, Vehicles, Plush, Art Activity Kits, Seasonal Products, Infant/Pre-School, Construction Toys, Ride-On Vehicles, Wagons, Inflatable Environments and Tents, Impulse Toys and Pet Products sold under various proprietary brands including JAKKS Pacific®, Road Champs®, Funnoodle®, JAKKS Pets™, Plug It In & Play TV Games™, Kids Only!®, Tollytots®, Disguise®, Moose Mountain® and Maui®. JAKKS is also the creator of the underlying Monsuno® property and toy line. JAKKS is an award-winning licensee of several hundred nationally and internationally known trademarks including Nickelodeon®, Warner Bros.®, DC Comics, Saban's Power Rangers® and Cabbage Patch Kids®. DreamPlay Toys, LLC is a joint venture between JAKKS Pacific, Inc. and NantWorks LLC to develop, market and sell toys and related consumer products incorporating NantWorks' proprietary iD™ recognition technology. www.jakks.com

This press release may contain forward-looking statements (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about JAKKS Pacific's business based partly on assumptions made by its management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such statements due to numerous factors, including, but not limited to, those described above, changes in demand for JAKKS' products, product mix, the timing of customer orders and deliveries, the impact of competitive products and pricing, and difficulties with integrating acquired businesses. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date on which they are made, and JAKKS undertakes no obligation to update any of them to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.

© 2014 JAKKS Pacific, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Nickelodeon Promotes Ad Sales And Integrated Marketing Executives

Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, has announced in the following press release, from Nickelodeon's Kids and Family Press Site, NickPress.com, several key promotions across its Ad Sales and Integrated Marketing departments. In Ad Sales, Lauren Buerger has been named Senior Vice President (SVP), New Business Development; and Jake Piasecki has been named Senior Vice President (SVP), Ad Sales NYC. They will report to Jim Perry, Head of Sales, Nickelodeon Group.


Original Nickelodeon Press Release:

NICKELODEON PROMOTES AD SALES AND INTEGRATED MARKETING EXECUTIVES

NEW YORK –April 11, 2014 – Nickelodeon today announced several key promotions across its Ad Sales and Integrated Marketing departments. In Ad Sales, Lauren Buerger has been named Senior Vice President, New Business Development; and Jake Piasecki has been named Senior Vice President, Ad Sales NYC. They will report to Jim Perry, Head of Sales, Nickelodeon Group.

In Integrated Marketing, Lauren Elchoness has been named Senior Vice President of Integrated Marketing; Marc Epstein has been named Senior Vice President of Sports, Recreation and New Business Integrated Marketing; and Jennifer Tracy has been named Senior Vice President, Integrated Marketing, Innovation and Sponsorship Development. Elchoness, Epstein and Tracy will report to Sharon Cohen, Executive Vice President, Partnership Marketing, Nickelodeon Group.

Buerger, in her new role, will shape sales strategy for the New Business group and lead a national team of senior sales directors charged with broadening and developing new business relationships nationwide. She joined Nickelodeon as the Vice President of New Business Development in 2012 after serving over 20 years in the magazine publishing sector, primarily at Condé Nast and Meredith Publications.

Piasecki will oversee a New York sales team and help lead strategy, drive creative vision and direct innovative programs that deliver maximum revenue potential. Piasecki is a 15-year Viacom veteran who, most recently, served as Vice President, Sales and Marketing where he led one of the New York sales teams and oversaw sales' marketing operations for Nickelodeon's television and digital screens.

Elchoness, a 15-year Nickelodeon veteran, will lead the Integrated Marketing convergent account team in creating compelling promotional concepts that drive brand awareness and market share. In her previous role as Vice President of Integrated Marketing, Elchoness directed efforts to create and implement innovative convergent promotions across Nickelodeon's television and digital portfolio. Epstein will now manage teams dedicated to developing innovative marketing partnerships for nontraditional and new business ad sales partners, shape sports marketing strategy and craft programs to support Nickelodeon's recreation venues, tours and exhibits. The nine-year Nickelodeon veteran previously served as the Vice President of Business Development, Integrated Marketing and Partnerships where he created compelling promotional programs that helped secure non-endemic advertisers and partners.

Tracy, a nine-year Nickelodeon veteran, will oversee the Innovation and Convergent Sponsorship Development team, creating new sponsorship models and concepts for the network's properties, tentpoles and events, as well as its Movie Studios and Video Games accounts. Prior to this role, she served as Vice President of Digital Integrated Marketing where she launched Nick's first cross-platform games and destinations for advertising partners and markedly improved social media performance for her department.

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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Kids Try And Stay in the Game on "Nick News with Linda Ellerbee" Special "Sidelined: How Safe Are Kids' Sports?", Premiering Tuesday 15th April 2014 On Nickelodeon USA

Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, has announced in the following press release, from TV by the Numbers, that Nick USA will premiere and show the latest brand-new "Nick News with Linda Ellerbee" special episode, called "Sidelined: How Safe Are Kids' Sports?", on Tuesday 15th April 2014 at 8:00pm (ET/PT). The special will explore how kids can get hurt playing sports and what's being done to reverse this trend.

Original Nickelodeon Press Release:

KIDS TRY TO STAY IN THE GAME ON NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE "SIDELINED: HOW SAFE ARE KIDS' SPORTS?"

PREMIERING TUESDAY, APRIL 15, AT 8 P.M. (ET/PT) ON NICKELODEON


NEW YORK – April 11, 2014Nick News with Linda Ellerbee explores how kids can get hurt playing sports and what's being done to reverse this trend in the brand-new special, "Sidelined: How Safe Are Kids' Sports?" premiering Tuesday, April 15, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. In the half-hour special, kids from around the country share stories of the injuries they have endured playing the sport they love.

"Kids playing sports today are getting hurt in alarming numbers," says Ellerbee. "More kids get hurt than professional athletes, and according to the Centers for Disease Control, kids account for half of all sports injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms."

"There is a trend for earlier specialization in sport… so in the last ten years we're seeing a dramatic increase in overuse related injuries," says Dr. Michael Bergeron, Executive Director of the National Youth Sports Health and Safety Institute.

12-year-old Masyn, a middle school baseball player from Lancaster, Pa. badly injured his shoulder from throwing. "[The doctor] told me that I had to stop playing baseball for three months and go to physical therapy," he says. "When I heard those words come out of his mouth, I started to cry because I couldn't live without baseball."

17-year-old football star Devin of Huber Heights, Ohio has experienced multiple concussions. "I'm not all the way there mentally yet, focusing is harder, my hands rattle when I write because of my nervous system," he says. "The roughest part of this is knowing that I might not be able to play football again."

When 13-year-old Olivia of Houston, Texas felt pain in her back, she continued cheering and wound up with a severe spinal stress fracture. "I was really driven to keep on going," she says.

The special discusses how kids suffer more concussions in football than any other organized sport. As a result, in 2012 USA Football implemented the "Heads Up Football" program, which focuses on tackling and making contact in a safer way. "With the increased awareness and diagnosis of concussions and other injuries we felt that we needed to regulate our sport a little better," says Mike Lalli, the Head Football Coach at Chantilly High School in Fairfax County, Va. "The key thing is training and education for the kids, the parents, and the coaches."

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 addition, 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.

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Nickelodeon UK To Premiere "See Dad Run" On Tuesday 6th May 2014

Nickelodeon UK, the number one commercial kids TV network in the UK, has announced the exciting Nick UK news that All New All Nick will be continuing in May 2014 when Nickelodeon UK & Ireland and Nickelodeon HD UK starts to show Nick at Nite USA's first original scripted family comedy series "See Dad Run" from Tuesday 6th May 2014 at 6:30pm (repeated at 7:30pm on Nick +1), as part of Nickelodeon UK's Spring/Summer 2014 programming highlights!


Nick UK announced the aweslime news on their brand-new recently launched official "See Dad Run" show website to accompany the all-new series on nick.co.uk, which features a 'Meet the Characters' section featuring bios about each character in "See Dad Run" - David Hobbs, Amy Hobbs, Emily Hobbs, Joe Hobbs, and Janie Hobbs - plus a photo gallery full of animated GIF's featuring some of the shows best moments, a video clips section featuring hilarious exclusive online streaming video clips from the series and a exclusive online quiz in which you can find out which Hobbs kid you most relate with!

"See Dad Run" is executive produced by and stars Scott Baio who plays David Hobbs, an actor who, after a decade on television, becomes a stay-at-home father while his soap star wife Amy Hobbs (Alanna Ubach, "Legally Blonde") makes her return to the limelight. Mark Curry ("Hangin' with Mr. Cooper") also stars. Rounding out the cast are Ryan Newman ("Zeke and Luther") and Bailey Michelle Brown as David’s daughters, Emily and Janie, and Jackson Brundage ("One Tree Hill", "You Gotta See This") as David's son, Joe. The series, shot on the former "Happy Days" stage in Los Angeles, is created/executive produced by Tina Albanese and Patrick Labyorteaux, with executive producers Nat Bernstein and Mitchel Katlin serving as showrunners. Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey also serve as executive producers through their production company Bischoff Hervey Entertainment (BHE).
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Nickelodeon Italy To Premiere New Episodes Of "Rabbids Invasion" From Thursday 17th April 2014

Nickelodeon Italy (Italia) has announced the exciting Nickelodeon Europe News in the news slider on the homepage of their official website and in a post on their official Facebook profile page that Nick Italy will start to show more brand-new episodes of Nickelodeon and Ubisoft's all-new CG-animated series "Rabbids Invasion" every morning at 11:00am on Thursday 17th April 2014, as part of the channels Spring 2014 highlights!


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Nickelodeon Spain To Premiere Brand-New Episodes Of "Rabbids Invasion" From Monday 14th April 2014

Nickelodeon Spain (Espana) has announced the exciting Nickelodeon Europe News in the news slider on the homepage of their official website that Nick Spain will start to show more brand-new episodes of Nickelodeon and Ubisoft's all-new CG-animated series "Rabbids Invasion", locally titled "Rabbids: La Invasión" ("Rabbids: Invasion"), on Monday 14th April 2014 at 8:45pm (20:45h), as part of the channels Spring 2014 highlights!:


RABBIDS LA INVASIÓN: NUEVOS CAPÍTULOS
A partir del 14 de abril a las 20:45
VER AHORA

RABBIDS INVASION: NEW CHAPTERS
Starting April 14 at 20:45
CHECK NOW.
[Spanish to English translation provided by Google Translate]
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Nickelodeon Encourages Kids To Clean Up The Planet With Its Brand-New 'Get Dirty!' Earth Day Initiative

Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, has announced in the following press release, from TVByTheNumbers.com, the exciting news that Nickelodeon is encouraging kids to get their hands dirty this Earth Day (Tuesday 22nd April 2014) with the kick-off of its "Get Dirty!" Earth Day pro-social initiative! The "Get Dirty" campaign lives on-air and online and features eco-themed TV spots highlighting Nickelodeon stars and real kids who offer fun ways to improve the environment, as well as a dedicated webpage that provides kids and families with tips and information on how they can take action to help protect the planet. Additionally, Nick USA and Nick Jr. USA will be celebrating Earth Day with an eco-friendly slate of programming.


Nickelodeon is preparing kids and families to get active this Earth Day with a series of interstitials (shorts) featuring some of the stars of the network's hit live-action series, including, "Instant Mom" (Sydney Park), "The Haunted Hathaways" (Curtis Harris and Amber Montana), "See Dad Run" (Ryan Newman) and "The Thundermans" (Jack Griffo and Kira Kosarin), as they do their part to pitch in and clean up the environment. In addition, the spots offer viewers environmental tips and ideas.

The network is also spreading the word online. Kids can log on to www.nick.com/earthday to stream the "Get Dirty!" Earth Day spots; read facts about environmental issues; get ideas from green-themed video clips from Nick partner organizations like the Boys & Girls Club of America; get tips on how they can dig in and take action on Earth Day; and get more information on how they can be a part of environmental projects led by the Natural Resources Defense Council, National Environmental Education Foundation and The Thirst Project.

In celebration of Earth Day, Nickelodeon USA will air an eco-friendly "SpongeBob SquarePants" special ("SpongeBob's Last Stand") at 8:00 a.m. – which will also encore at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – that follows SpongeBob and Patrick as they protest the construction of a highway that would destroy Jellyfish Fields. Also, the network will air a special preschool programming block, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., that features green-themed episodes of "Team Umizoomi" ("Playground Heroes") at 9:30 a.m.; "Dora the Explorer" ("Dora Saves the Mermaids") at 10:00 a.m.; and two episodes of "Bubble Guppies" ("Boy Meets Squirrel") at 11:00 a.m. and ("The Spring Chicken Is Coming") at 11:30 a.m.

Nick Jr. will also go green with a full day of eco-themed programming. Beginning at 6:00 a.m., the network will air environmental-themed episodes of "Peppa Pig" ("Recycling The Boat Pond"/"Traffic Jam"/"Bedtime"/"Sports Day") at 6:00 a.m.; "Max and Ruby" ("Ruby's Earth Day Party"/"Ruby's Earth Day Checklist"/"Max's Ducky Day") at 7:00 a.m. and ("Ruby's Hippity Hop Dance"/"Ruby's Bird Bath"/"Super Max Saves the World") at 7:30 a.m.; Dino Dan ("Moody Dino"/"Stop Motion Dino") at 9:30 a.m.; "Ni Hao, Kai-lan" ("The Place Where We All Live") at 10:00 a.m.; "Yo Gabba Gabba" ("The Place Where We All Live") at 12:00 p.m. and more throughout the day.

At NickJr.com, parents can find Earth Day-themed games and activities to get their kids excited about helping the environment, including a "Going Green" family handbook, "Bubble Guppies" and "Dora the Explorer" games, as well as a printable poster, stickers and other activities.

For more information about Nickelodeon's Earth Day efforts, visit www.nick.com/earthday and www.nickjr.com/earth-day.

Original Nickelodeon Press Release:

NICKELODEON ENCOURAGES KIDS TO CLEAN UP THE PLANET WITH ITS BRAND-NEW 'GET DIRTY!' EARTH DAY INITIATIVE

NEW YORK – April 10, 2014 – Nickelodeon is encouraging kids to get their hands dirty this Earth Day (April 22) with the kick-off of its “Get Dirty!” Earth Day initiative. The “Get Dirty” campaign lives on-air and online and features eco-themed TV spots highlighting Nickelodeon stars and real kids who offer fun ways to improve the environment, as well as a dedicated webpage that provides kids and families with tips and information on how they can take action to help protect the planet. Additionally, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. will be celebrating Earth Day with an eco-friendly slate of programming.

"Earth Day offers an invaluable platform to raise awareness and help encourage this new generation of kids to take action to improve the environment," said Marva Smalls, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Nickelodeon. "Through our 'Get Dirty' campaign, we aim to provide kids with information on top-of-mind issues and connect them with green activities, in collaboration with our community-based partners."

Nickelodeon is preparing kids and families to get active this Earth Day with a series of interstitials featuring some of the stars of the network’s hit live-action series, including, Instant Mom (Sydney Park), The Haunted Hathaways (Curtis Harris and Amber Montana), See Dad Run (Ryan Newman) and The Thundermans (Jack Griffo and Kira Kosarin), as they do their part to pitch in and clean up the environment. In addition, the spots offer viewers environmental tips and ideas.

The network is also spreading the word online. Kids can log on to www.nick.com/earthday to stream the “Get Dirty!” Earth Day spots; read facts about environmental issues; get ideas from green-themed video clips from Nick partner organizations like the Boys & Girls Club of America; get tips on how they can dig in and take action on Earth Day; and get more information on how they can be a part of environmental projects led by the Natural Resources Defense Council, National Environmental Education Foundation and The Thirst Project.

In celebration of Earth Day, Nickelodeon will air an eco-friendly SpongeBob SquarePants special (“SpongeBob’s Last Stand”) at 8:00 a.m. – which will also encore at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – that follows SpongeBob and Patrick as they protest the construction of a highway that would destroy Jellyfish Fields. Also, the network will air a special preschool programming block, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., that features green-themed episodes of Team Umizoomi (“Playground Heroes”) at 9:30 a.m.; Dora the Explorer (“Dora Saves the Mermaids”) at 10:00 a.m.; and two episodes of Bubble Guppies (“Boy Meets Squirrel”) at 11:00 a.m. and (“The Spring Chicken Is Coming”) at 11:30 a.m.

Nick Jr. will also go green with a full day of eco-themed programming. Beginning at 6:00 a.m., the network will air environmental-themed episodes of Peppa Pig (“Recycling The Boat Pond/Traffic Jam/Bedtime/Sports Day”) at 6:00 a.m.; Max and Ruby (“Ruby's Earth Day Party/Ruby's Earth Day Checklist/Max's Ducky Day”) at 7:00 a.m. and (“Ruby's Hippity Hop Dance/Ruby's Bird Bath/Super Max Saves the World”) at 7:30 a.m.; Dino Dan (“Moody Dino/Stop Motion Dino”) at 9:30 a.m.; Ni Hao, Kai-lan (“The Place Where We All Live”) at 10:00 a.m.; Yo Gabba Gabba (“The Place Where We All Live”) at 12:00 p.m. and more throughout the day.

At NickJr.com, parents can find Earth Day-themed games and activities to get their kids excited about helping the environment, including a "Going Green" family handbook, Bubble Guppies and Dora the Explorer games, as well as a printable poster, stickers and other activities.

For more information about Nickelodeon’s Earth Day efforts, visit www.nick.com/earthday and www.nickjr.com/earth-day.

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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Viacom and Mass Relevance Partner to Launch EchoGraph, Exclusive Social Media Measurement Platform for Advertisers

Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), the parent company of the Nickelodeon brand, and Mass Relevance have today, Thursday 10th April 2014, announced in the following press release, from Business Wire, a partnership to launch EchoGraph, a social media measurement platform that will track and analyze social activity for advertisers. Throughout the 2014 Upfront season, Mass Relevance, which recently merged with Spredfast, will work exclusively with Viacom to measure earned media generated by Viacom client campaigns across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Vine, Google+ and YouTube in real time. With EchoGraph, Viacom will provide clients with comprehensive data and analysis regarding reach, social activity, types of engagement, hashtag popularity, influencers and more.


The EchoGraph social analytics platform will support Viacom Echo, a client-service offering through which Viacom Velocity creates custom content to deliver measured earned media for advertisers. Echo extends an advertiser's message beyond Viacom's owned and operated linear, digital and mobile screens and into the social ecosystem, including the company's Twitter Amplify and Tumblr partnerships.

Viacom and Mass Relevance have partnered previously to track and measure social integrations for programming and advertiser campaigns including MTV's "MTV Video Music Awards", "MTV Movie Awards" and "Catfish: The TV Show". Mass Relevance is the only certified partner for both Twitter and Facebook and the company has the ability to curate content streams from a broad range of social platforms.

Original Viacom Press Release:

Viacom and Mass Relevance Partner to Launch EchoGraph, Exclusive Social Media Measurement Platform for Advertisers

April 10, 2014 02:12 PM Eastern Daylight Time

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) and Mass Relevance today announced a partnership to launch EchoGraph, a social media measurement platform that will track and analyze social activity for advertisers. Throughout the 2014 Upfront season, Mass Relevance, which recently merged with Spredfast, will work exclusively with Viacom to measure earned media generated by Viacom client campaigns across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Vine, Google+ and YouTube in real time. With EchoGraph, Viacom will provide clients with comprehensive data and analysis regarding reach, social activity, types of engagement, hashtag popularity, influencers and more.

"We have a long history of working alongside this innovative company to help them push the boundaries of the TV and entertainment industry"

The EchoGraph social analytics platform will support Viacom Echo, a client-service offering through which Viacom Velocity creates custom content to deliver measured earned media for advertisers. Echo extends an advertiser’s message beyond Viacom’s owned and operated linear, digital and mobile screens and into the social ecosystem, including the company’s Twitter Amplify and Tumblr partnerships.

"We've cracked the code on how to connect advertisers to the enormous social activity around our networks but, until now, the missing piece was comprehensive measurement," said Jeff Lucas, Head of Sales, Music and Entertainment, Viacom Media Networks. "Through EchoGraph, we can offer clients true accountability and tell the full story of how our custom campaigns carry their brand messages across the social sphere."

"We have a long history of working alongside this innovative company to help them push the boundaries of the TV and entertainment industry," said Jesse Redniss, Chief Strategy Officer, Mass Relevance. "Viacom has always taken a lean forward strategy to define the marketplace, not just move it. The EchoGraph project is a groundbreaking approach in identifying the core value of social TV for their brand partners."

Viacom and Mass Relevance have partnered previously to track and measure social integrations for programming and advertiser campaigns including MTV's MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Movie Awards and Catfish: The TV Show. Mass Relevance is the only certified partner for both Twitter and Facebook and the company has the ability to curate content streams from a broad range of social platforms.

About Viacom

Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form video, apps, games, consumer products, social media and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 160 countries and territories. Viacom's media networks, including MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, BET, CENTRIC, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick at Nite, Comedy Central, TV Land, SPIKE, Tr3s, Paramount Channel and VIVA, reach approximately 700 million households worldwide. Paramount Pictures, America's oldest film studio, is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.

For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com. Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom's blog at blog.viacom.com and Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/viacom.

About Mass Relevance

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Mass Relevance is a social acceleration platform that gives brands, media and agencies the power to transform their marketing strategies. The Mass Relevance platform sifts through millions of pieces of social content per minute to identify what matters to clients. Over 400 major brands, sports teams, publishers and broadcasters have partnered with Mass Relevance to create actionable, engaging and visually stunning experiences on every digital screen. In the past three years, Mass Relevance has delivered more than 35 billion pieces of social content to multiple digital surfaces for world-class brands such as Pepsi, Campbell's, GE, Target, Walgreens and Microsoft. Mass Relevance works with all four major broadcast networks and has supported a multitude of iconic events such as the Super Bowl, March Madness, the Academy Awards, and the GRAMMYs. Mass Relevance merged with Spredfast on April 2, 2014, to learn more visit http://www.massrelevance.com/spredfast

Contacts
Viacom
Mark Jafar, 212.846.8961
[...]

or
Mass Relevance
Courtney White, 619.699.9897
[...]
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Nick Jr. UK To Premiere "Lily's Driftwood Bay" On Monday 5th May 2014

The online British and Irish TV guide website Digiguide is reporting the very exciting Nick Jr. UK news that Nickelodeon UK's preschool channel, Nick Jr. UK and Ireland, will start to show the brand-new mixed media animated preschool series "Lily's Driftwood Bay" from Monday 5th May 2014 at 5:00pm (repeated at 6:00pm on Nick Junior UK's plus-one (+1) timeshift channel, Nick Jr.+1)!


"Lily's Driftwood Bay" (52 x 7 minute episodes) is a all-new mixed media animated preschool series commissioned by Nick Jr. UK which is about a little girl who creates an imaginary world from treasures she finds washed up on the beach. The series features a top-notch voice cast which includes Stephen Fry ("QI" ("Quite Interesting"), "The Hobbit", "Blackadder", "Gadget Man"), Peter Mullan ("Harry Potter", "Top of the Lake"), Tameka Empson ("EastEnders", "3 Non-Blondes"), Jane Horrocks ("Sunshine on Leith", "Absolutely Fabulous"), Ardal O'Hanlon ("Father Ted", "London Irish", "My Hero"), Annette Crosbie ("One Foot in the Grave", "Hope Springs") and Richard Dormer ("Game of Thrones", "Good Vibrations", "Fortitude")!

"Lily's Driftwood Bay" follows Lily (Orlagh O'Keefe from Belfast), a five year old who lives in a beach hut on the shore with her Dad (Dormer). Everyday, the sea washes up a curious new treasure, which sparks Lily's imagination about what might be happening 'across the way on Driftwood Bay'. And so, with her best friend Gull - the clever seagull (Paul Currie), an adventure begins as they head off to Driftwood Bay – and its cast of colourful inhabitants.

There's Salty Dog (Mullan), the jolly seafaring sailor with a story for every occasion; Nonna Dog (Crosbie), a sage granny who runs Cockle Café and who's always ready with some advice and a biscuit; Hatsie Hen (Empson), a train-driving hen with a need for speed and a love of excitement; Bull (O'Hanlon), a boisterous bull who always charges head first into things (sometimes literally); Wee Rabbit (Horrocks), a gentle young bunny with a love of art, fairy tales and rainbows; and Lord Stag (Fry) an aristocratic deer with a taste for the finer things in life.

A unique series about making fun and adventure from things that you find, "Driftwood Bay" was created by Sixteen South, based on an original idea from artist Joanne Carmichael, and featuring characters and environments completely created from objects found washed up on the beach.

"Driftwood Bay" received funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Below is a online streaming video clip featuring Nick Jr. UK's first brand-new "Lily's Driftwood Bay" promo/trailer, from the official "Lily's Driftwood Bay" Facebook profile page, facebook.com/lilysdriftwoodbay:


Huge thanks to NickUKHub!
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Worldwide Pants Developing New Game Show For Nickelodeon

The entertainment industry news magazine The Hollywood Reporter (THR) is reporting the exciting Nickelodeon News that Worldwide Pants Inc., the American television and film production company owned by comedian and talk show host David Letterman, is currently developing a potential brand-new game show for Nickelodeon!:
Worldwide Pants: Letterman's production company isn't going anywhere. The shingle, which makes Late Show, co-produces The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, rakes in syndication money from Everybody Loves Raymond and has an active development slate, including a game show at Nickelodeon and a Harry Connick Jr. comedy at Fox. Insiders say Letterman hasn't decided how personally involved he wants to be, though president and CEO Rob Burnett will remain at the helm. It is unlikely that Worldwide Pants will produce a late-night show post-Letterman, who, aside from Johnny Carson, has been the lone late-nighter to own his time slot. Notes one source, "CBS is buying retail when they could be buying wholesale."

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NickToons UK To Premiere Brand-New "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Special "Wormquake!" On Saturday 12th April 2014

British and Irish ShellHeads, take cover, there's a Wormquake on the way! Nickelodeon UK, the number one commercial kids TV network in the UK, has announced in a advertisement in the April 2014 issue (#13) of Panini's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" magazine and on the What's On section of their official website, nick.co.uk, the Booyakasha TMNT news that Nick UK's animation and action channel, Nicktoons UK and Ireland, will premiere and show the hour-long special "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" season 2 episode "Wormquake!" in two parts on Saturday 12th April 2014! NickToons will debut "Wormquake! - Part 1" at 9:30am and "Wormquake! - Part 2" at 10:00am, with both parts repeated at 6:00pm and 6:30pm, respectively.


"Wormquake!" is a all-new hour-long special that is packed with epic ninja battles, Kraang worms (yes, you read that right), and the long awaited arrival of... TIGER CLAW!

In "Wormquake!", Leonardo must decide whether to risk his brothers' lives or ask for Splinter's help when facing Shredder's deadly new assassin, Tiger Claw. Meanwhile, Donatello must put aside his rivalry with Casey Jones in order to uncover a Kraang plot. The episode also features a special reunion of the original "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" ("Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles" in the UK) voice cast, Townsend Coleman, Barry Gordon and Rob Paulsen, who reprise their roles as the 1987 counterparts of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael, respectively, at the end of the episode.

Above retro-style "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" screenshot/framegrab from TMNT Wiki.
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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Nickelodeon Movies And Paramount Pictures Unveil First Four Teaser Posters For "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

To celebrate Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures upcoming "Ninja Turtles" movie, Nick and Paramount have today, Tuesday 8th April 2014, released the first four teaser posters for their brand-new movie on the films official Tumblr blog, tmntmovie.tumblr.com, which you can view below!

The new teaser posters for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" feature each of the boys' weapons clenched in their hands - Leonardo with his katana, Donatello with his bo staff, Raphael with his sais and Michelangelo with his nunchuks - with each of the Heroes in a Half Shells' distinctive colors prominent within each TMNT poster:



Leonardo with Katana



Michelangelo with Nunchuks



Donatello holding Bo Staff



Raphael holding Sais

The synopsis for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reads, "The city needs heroes. Darkness has settled over New York City as Shredder and his evil Foot Clan have an iron grip on everything from the police to the politicians. The future is grim until four unlikely outcast brothers rise from the sewers and discover their destiny as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The Turtles must work with fearless reporter April O'Neil (Megan Fox) and her wise-cracking cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett) to save the city and unravel Shredder’s diabolical plan."

Check out Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures' first teaser trailer for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" here on NickALive!.

The film, directed by Michael Bay ("Transformers"), is an reboot of the iconic franchise and will feature a origins story for the Heroes in a Half Shell, with Alan Ritchson, Pete Ploszek, Jeremy Howard and Noel Fisher stepping into the shells of Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo respectively. "Ninja Turtles" also stars Will Arnett as Vernon Fenwick and Whoopi Goldberg as Bernadette Thompson.

"Ninja Turtles" will be released in theatres and RealD 3D in the USA on Friday 8th August 2014 and in Digital 3D and 2D in cinemas across the UK on Friday 17th October 2014!
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Nickelodeon Decides Not To Order "Twang" To Series

Actress Rachel Cannon has confirmed to NickALive! in a Tweet (post) on her official Twitter profile page, @MsRachelCannon, that, after Nickelodeon ordered and filmed a pilot episode for a potential brand-new live-action comedy series "Twang" in 2013, Nickelodeon has decided not to pick-up the sitcom to series:
they decided not to pick it up. #boo.

"Twang" (working title) was going to be a all-new sitcom about a family that relocates from Hollywood, California to run a diner in Tennessee. The show was created and executive produced by Andy Gordon ("True Jackson, VP", "Just Shoot Me", "Kirstie"). The pilot starred actress Gatlin Green and her brother, Cooper Green, Storm Reid, Noah Urrea, Richard Reihle as the father of Rachel Cannon's character, and Patsy Cline.


Rachel Cannon has also confirmed the news and shared a few photographs from the set of "Twang" on her official website, rachel-cannon.com.

"Twang" logo from On Camera Audiences.
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Nick And Conglomerate Sunway Group Partner For Nickelodeon Explorer's Oasis, Asia's First Nickelodeon-Branded Attraction; To Open In Malaysia In March 2015

The Edge Malaysia, Malaysia's award-winning business and investment weekly newspaper, is reporting the exciting Nickelodeon Asia news on the publications official website, TheEdgeMalaysia.com, that Nickelodeon Asia has partnered with the Conglomerate Sunway Group for the development of the first Nickelodeon-branded attraction in Asia, which will be constructed in its 88-acre Sunway Lagoon, located in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia!

For the project, Conglomerate Sunway Group will make a total investment of RM100 million.

Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah, the founder and chairman of The Sunway Group of Companies in Malaysia, told reporters after the signing collaboration agreement with the Vice President (VP) of Nickelodeon recreation business development, Gerald Raines, that the new attraction, which will be called Nickelodeon Explorer's Oasis, will open its door to the public in March 2015, and will see the construction of six Nickelodeon-themed rides and nine new Nickelodeon attractions on the new 10-acre park in Sunway Lagoon.

Under the terms of the new agreement, Nickelodeon, the world's number-one global entertainment brand for kids and family, will bring its characters, expanded interactive shows and signature green slime to Sunway Lagoon.

Nickelodeon Explorers' Oasis will add to Sunway Lagoon's five existing parks namely Water Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park, Interactive Wildlife Park and Lynton V Harris Scream Park.
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Nickelodeon Canada Unveils Four Finalists In "Channel Your Inner Ninja Turtle" Contest

Nickelodeon Canada is asking Canadian ShellHeads to channel their inner Ninja Turtle for a brand-new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Street Art Challenge called "Channel Your Inner Ninja Turtle"!

As part of the contest, Nick Canada have asked fans of TMNT to show-off their street art skills by designing a work of art inspired by Nickelodeon's hit CG-animated series "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". To enter, fans of TMNT were invited to upload a digital photograph of themselves (or their child) channeling your their "inner Ninja Turtle" by showcasing one or more of the common themes explored within the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" television series (including but not limited to, heroism, action, teamwork, comedy and camaraderie) to Instagram along with the competition's official hashtag, #innerninjaturtle.

Nickelodeon Canada have now gone through every photograph submitted to the contest and have chosen four finalists, and are now asking "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" fans to vote for their favourite "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"-inspired artwork on the competitions official website, InnerNinjaTurtle.com, with the winning design being featured on a t-shirt which will be available exclusively at Walmart Canada stores from Fall 2014. The finalists in the contest are: "Stick it up your shell!" by Angel Carrillo (Cruz1), "Freeze Slimeballs!" by Spencer Harrington (Random), "Hot Nunchuk Fury!" by José-Gabriel Sandoval (Wahziir), and "Come on, gimmie your best!" by Adrian Hayles.

Voters who vote for the most epic TMNT-inspired artwork also have the chance to win a Ultimate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles prize pack!

ShellHeads can vote for their favorite "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" artwork between 12:01am ET on Saturday 5th April 2014 until 11.59pm CET on Friday 2nd May 2014, and the winner will be announced on approximately Saturday 3rd May 2014 on the contests official website, innerninjaturtle.com!

From Inside Toronto:
York artist presents his Ninja Turtle vision



Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Grafitti Challenge
Photo/TOM HICKEN
Graffiti artist Adrian Hayles participates in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Grafitti Challenge at Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday.

Artist Adrian Hayles has been busy exploring his inner Ninja Turtle.

A York resident, Hayles was one of four artists chosen for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Street Art Challenge on April 5 at Yonge-Dundas Square.

The challenge involved the artists spray-painting their vision of the turtles.

Organized by Nickelodeon, fans across the country have the opportunity to vote for their favourite design. The winning design will be printed on a T-shirt available for sale at Walmart this fall.

Hayles, 37, is a well-known artist in Toronto with many years of experience. He is a member of an artists' collective group and it wasn't surprising when Nickelodeon reached out and chose him to participate.

"I've been doing art since I was really young, around 10 or 11," Hayles said. "I excelled well doing drawings and illustrations, then I studied graphic design to get more familiar with computers."

During the summer, Hayles can be seen around Toronto demonstrating his creative skills with graffiti. Whether it's digital or street, he has all the avenues covered.

The fame of the Ninja Turtles was enough to keep Hayles excited about the event. Nickelodeon's promotion is related to its Ninja Turtle TV show, which has been on air since 2012. There's more turtle-mania in the air with a movie release planned for this summer.

"Ninja Turtles are amazing, everybody remembers them," Hayles said. "They've always been around, you can see them on TV now, it's not something that's disappeared."

His creative works include album art, graphic and website design, video game design and animations.

Hayles aspires to shift his focus to more community-oriented art.

"That was kind of the transition for me lately," he said. "I've been doing that for about three years now and I've been pretty successful, it's been good."

You can vote for your favourite Ninja Turtle painting on the Nickelodeon contest website: www.innerninjaturtle.com.

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Nickelodeon and Rainbow S.r.l. Partner For "Winx Club" Season 7; To Begin Airing On Nick Channels Internationally From 2015

The licensing industry news website Licensing.biz and the official website of World Screen, a publication which covers the international media business, are reporting the Winx-Tastic news that Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, and Italy-based Rainbow S.r.l., Europe's largest animation studio, have once again partnered to produce a seventh season of the popular animated series "Winx Club"!


"Winx Club" season seven is slated to premiere on Nickelodeon's global network of channels in 2015.

"Winx Club" is a fantasy adventure series that follows six best friends who are in fairy school. Together, they take on adventures using their strength, intelligence and teamwork.

"We are delighted to be announcing the brand new series of "Winx Club"," said Iginio Straffi, the president and CEO of Rainbow. "It will be a privilege to partner once more with Nickelodeon on this and we are all looking forward to bringing the latest adventures of the Winx Club fairies to Nick channels worldwide."

"Our ongoing partnership with Rainbow has enabled us to continue to bring the Winx fairies to Nickelodeon viewers around the world. We're delighted that our channels will continue to be home to the Winx Club," said Jules Borkent, the senior Vice President (VP) of programming and acquisitions for Nickelodeon.

From Licensing.biz:
Rainbow and Nickelodeon partner for Winx Club season seven

Winx Club season seven will begin airing on Nickelodeon’s global network of channels next year.

Rainbow and Nickelodeon have once again partnered to release a new series of the popular girl’s show, Winx Club.

Winx Club season seven will begin airing on Nickelodeon’s global network of channels next year.

Winx Club is an animated fantasy adventure series following Bloom, Stella, Flora, Musa, Tecna and Aisha.

Season seven will see the young fairies take on fresh advnetures and challenges in the Magic Dimension and Earth.

“We are delighted to be announcing the brand new series of Winx Club,” said Ignio Straffi, president and CEO of Rainbow.

“It will be a privilege to partner once again with Nickelodeon on this and we are all looking forward to bringing the latest adventure of the Winx Club fairies to Nick channels worldwide.”

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Nickelodeon USA Continues Winning Ratings Streak With Kids and Total Viewers As "SpongeBob SquarePants" and "Sanjay and Craig" Top With Kids

Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, has announced in the following press release, from TVByTheNumbers.com, the exciting Nickelodeon News that Nick USA closed the first week of April (Monday 31st March to Sunday 6th April 2014) as the number-one basic cable network in total day with Kids 2-11 (2.9/907K, up +12% over a year ago) and total viewers (1.7M)! In addition to notching 13 straight weekly wins, Nickelodeon USA also scored the top spots with kids across animation and preschool.


"SpongeBob SquarePants" was the week's number-one animated series with Kids 6-11 (4.3/828K, +187% over a year ago) and basic cable's top kids' program with total viewers (3.0M). The net also scored four of the week's top five animated shows with Kids 2-11, with "SpongeBob SquarePants" leading Nick's slate (4.6/1.5M,+7%); followed by "Sanjay and Craig" (4.5/1.4M); "Breadwinners" (4.3/1.4M); and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" (4.0/1.3M, +11%).

Additionally, Nickelodeon preschool's CG-animated hit "PAW Patrol", netted the week's top spot with Kids 2-5, averaging a 7.1/874K and posting gains of +69% over last year.

Original Nickelodeon Press Release:

NICKELODEON CONTINUES WINNING STREAK WITH KIDS AND TOTAL VIEWERS AS SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, SANJAY AND CRAIG TOP WITH KIDS

Nick Tops Cable for 13th Consecutive Week; Scores Four of the Top Five Animated Kids’ Shows

PAW Patrol is Week's Top Preschool Series

NEW YORK – April 8, 2014 – Nickelodeon closed the first week of April (3/31/14-4/6/14) as the number-one basic cable net in total day with Kids 2-11 (2.9/907K, up +12% over a year ago) and total viewers (1.7M). In addition to notching 13 straight weekly wins, Nick also scored the top spots with kids across animation and preschool.

SpongeBob SquarePants was the week’s number-one animated series with Kids 6-11 (4.3/828K, +187% over a year ago) and basic cable’s top kids’ program with total viewers (3.0M). The network also scored four of the week’s top five animated shows with Kids 2-11, with SpongeBob SquarePants leading Nick’s slate (4.6/1.5M,+7%); followed by Sanjay and Craig (4.5/1.4M); Breadwinners (4.3/1.4M); and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (4.0/1.3M, +11%).

Additionally, Nickelodeon preschool hit, PAW Patrol, netted the week’s top spot with Kids 2-5, averaging a 7.1/874K and posting gains of +69% over last year.

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. 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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