Sunday, September 21, 2014

Nickelodeon's Northern European Channels To Premiere "Breadwinners" On Monday 29th September 2014

Following Nickelodeon Germany (Deutschland) and Nickelodeon Netherlands (Nederland) announcing that they will start to premiere and show Nickelodeon's brand-new bread-tastic original animated buddy comedy series (Nicktoon) "Breadwinners", locally titled "Die Brot-Piloten" and "Broodschappers", respectively, on Monday 29th September 2014, more Nickelodeon channels across Northern Europe have announced plans to debut "Breadwinners" on Monday 29th September 2014!


Below are the days and TX (transmission) times each local Nickelodeon channel within Nickelodeon Northern Europe will air Nick's all-new NickToon, along with the title of the series in each country:

Nickelodeon Benelux:

Nickelodeon Netherlands (Nederland) - Everyday at 5:35pm (17:35; locally titled "Broodschappers")

Nickelodeon Belgium (België; Flanders) - Everyday at 6:05pm (18:05; locally titled "Broodschappers")

Nickelodeon Scandinavia:

Nickelodeon Denmark (Danmark) - 3:40pm (15:40; locally titled "Krumme-banden")

Nickelodeon Sweden (Sverige) - 3:35pm (15:35; locally titled "Smulbröderna")

Nickelodeon North:

Nickelodeon Germany (Deutschland) - Every Monday to Friday at 1:25pm (13:25; locally titled "Die Brot-Piloten")

Nickelodeon Austria (Österreich) - Every Monday to Friday at 1:25pm (13:25; locally titled "Die Brot-Piloten")

Nickelodeon Switzerland (Schweiz) - Every Monday to Friday at 2:10pm (14:10; locally titled "Die Brot-Piloten")

Nickelodeon Poland (Polska) - Every Monday to Friday at 6:00pm (18:00; locally titled "Piekaczki")

Nickelodeon Norway - TBA
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Here Come the Post-Millennials - Nickelodeon And Target Discuss Digitally Savvy 'Post-Millennial' Consumers At Ad Age Digital Conference 2014

The marketing and media magazine Ad Age is reporting in the following article that, during the opening session at their recent Ad Age Digital Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday 16th September 2014, top marketing executives from Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, and Target, one of the largest retailers in the United States, detailed the emerging, unique behavior of the youngest consumers, the Post-Millennials. As part of their panel, Nick and Target presented a case study on their joint campaign around the revamp of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" franchise:



Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello and Michelangelo
Here Come the Post-Millennials

Ad Age Digital Conference: How Nickelodeon, Target Mine Digital Habits of Kids

Marketers have been focused for years on targeting millennials, now it's time to start focusing on even younger consumers. Get ready for the 'post-millennials.'



Pam Kaufman

During the opening session of the Ad Age Digital Conference in San Francisco, top marketing executives from Nickelodeon and Target detailed the emerging, unique behavior of the youngest consumers. They presented a case study on the joint campaign around the revamp of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.

Born around 2005, the 'post-millennial' is a digital native, constantly connected to a host of devices. Tablet ownership in households with children aged six to eleven is rising rapidly, with kids focused heavily on gaming and entertainment, said Pam Kaufman, CMO and president of consumer products at Nickelodeon. "This is an audience we better know very, very well," she said.



Rick Gomez

The television network has branched out into a series of digital channels. Accompanying the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, distributed with Viacom, Nickelodeon leaned on a suite of marketing platforms from mobile apps to cupcakes. "This has become a global consumer goods powerhouse," said Ms. Kaufman.

Kids do not surrender their devices once they enter a store, either. Ninety-eight percent of 'post-millennials' use their devices while they shop at Target, said Rick Gomez, the retailer's SVP, brand and category marketing. He referred to his young consumers as "the demanding enthusiast." Target has built a campaign tailored to mobile shopping for the franchise.

Marketing to families, too, means that campaigns much shift to the youngest members, both speakers said.

"Kids are making the decision about where to go on vacation, what cars to buy," Ms. Kaufman said, eliciting chuckles from the audience. "You guys are laughing because you know it's true."

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Multi-Screen Viewership Boosts TV Fandom And Loyalty, According To Viacom's "Getting With the Program: TV's Funnels, Paths and Hurdles"

Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), the parent company of the Nickelodeon brand, has unveiled in the following press release, from Business Wire, the results of "Getting With the Program: TV's Funnels, Paths and Hurdles," a new study exploring how audiences discover, watch and become fans of TV shows.

The findings reveal that the proliferation of devices and sources is having a positive impact on viewership and fandom. Additionally, multi-screen viewers (those who used multiple screens and sources) demonstrate a preference for live TV and stronger network loyalty compared to single-screeners (those who only used one screen).


Original Viacom Press Release:

Multi-screen Viewership Boosts TV Fandom and Loyalty, According to Viacom's “Getting With the Program: TV’s Funnels, Paths and Hurdles”

New Research Explores How Audiences Discover, Trial and Watch TV Shows

September 11, 2014 09:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) today unveiled the results of "Getting With the Program: TV’s Funnels, Paths and Hurdles," a new study exploring how audiences discover, watch and become fans of TV shows. The findings reveal that the proliferation of devices and sources is having a positive impact on viewership and fandom. Additionally, multi-screen viewers (those who used multiple screens and sources) demonstrate a preference for live TV and stronger network loyalty compared to single-screeners (those who only used one screen).

The study involved in-person interviews in Boston and Chicago and online surveys of more than 1,500 U.S. Viacom viewers ages 13-44. The online survey included digital diaries on TV viewing paths, for which respondents listed up to 10 TV programs in the order they watched them "yesterday," and logged more than 7,000 shows.

"The goal of our research was to uncover the often complex paths audiences take to discovering and becoming fans of our content," said Colleen Fahey Rush, Executive Vice President and Chief Research Officer, Viacom Media Networks. "What we're seeing is that the myriad of sources and devices has taken fandom to new heights, making TV a bigger part of our audiences' lives than ever before."

The study shows that, compared to a few years ago, a vast majority (79%) of viewers say having more ways of accessing shows helps them try more programs and 78% wouldn't have become fans of some shows if they couldn't watch in multiple ways. Multi-screen viewership is also connected to a stronger preference for live TV and network loyalty:

* 47% of multi-screeners say it's important to watch their favorite shows live, versus 23% of single-screeners;
* 45% of multi-screeners are loyal to a few networks, versus 28% of single-screeners; and
* 45% of multi-screeners wouldn't give up pay TV because they rely on DVR, versus 22% of single-screeners.

Funnels to Fandom

The process of becoming a fan occurs over the course of a five-stage process, or a TV viewing funnel. The journey starts with discovery of a show, followed by research, selection, fandom and ultimately sharing.

* Discovery: in-person word of mouth is the #1 source for show discovery at 90%, closely followed by TV promos at 85% and word of mouth online or via social media at 78%.

* Research: once aware of a show, viewers usually watch an episode to find out more (55%), check when it airs next (42%) or discuss with friends or family (35%). Nearly a quarter usually discuss the show online and via social media.

* Selection: when deciding what device or source to trial a TV show on, live TV is the most popular source (57%), followed by streaming (22%), DVR (10%) and VOD (6%).

* Fandom: once a viewer becomes a fan, they first want to know when the show airs on TV (61%), whether it is live (52%) and whether it is in-season or not (48%). When they've decided to continue watching, 53% watch on live TV.
** Among fans, marathoning is popular across all age groups: 83% of Millennials say this is one of their favorite ways to watch, followed by 72% of Gen Xers and 65% of Digital Natives.

* Sharing: 61% of viewers recommend a show to others in-person, while 38% invite others to co-view. Among Digital Natives (ages 13-17), invitations to co-view are most prevalent at 47%, followed by Millennials (ages 18-34) at 40% and Gen Xers (ages 35-44) at 29%.

TVs are the most-used device for show discovery and fandom, while computers are most used for research. Live TV is the most-used source for show trial and continuing to watch a show.

Within the TV viewing funnel, audiences are dedicating more time to the discovery and research stages, which is driving greater fandom and sharing. Compared to a few years ago:

* 73% become interested in new shows more quickly;
* 50% spend more time researching shows before watching;
* 81% watch a greater variety of shows;
* 83% are fans of more shows at the same time; and
* 61% agree that TV is a bigger part of their social life.

Paths to Viewing

Drawing on data from the digital diaries, the study explores the different ways viewers watch TV programs, or their viewing path. While the growing number of devices and sources makes watching TV more complicated, it also promotes viewing.

* Gen Xers show a heavy reliance on live TV: 45% only watch live TV and 80% watch live TV at any point in a given viewing path.

* While Millennials tend to stream more than Gen Xers, they still rely on live TV: 33% only watch live TV and 66% watch live TV at any point in a given viewing path.

* Digital Natives rely on a mix of streaming and live TV: 45% only watch live TV and 70% watch live TV at any point in a given viewing path.

Hurdles, Encountered and Overcome

There are a number of hurdles viewers encounter when looking for specific TV shows. The most common is not having access to the latest episode (79%), followed by not being able to find the show on TV (77%).

Audiences turn to alternate devices and sources to overcome these hurdles. For example, when a viewer cannot find their show on TV, they usually watch something else on live TV, DVR or VOD. If they are looking for the same show, they first go to network/show apps or sites, followed by download-to-own sources like iTunes or Amazon. Viewers ranked "deciding not to watch TV" as the least likely solution for each hurdle.

"Our fans are very driven and solution-oriented when it comes to finding their favorite shows," continued Rush. "We want to encourage that fandom by making content available whenever, wherever our audiences' TV viewing paths take them. Understanding these paths will help us leverage multiplatform opportunities even more strategically."

The Future of TV is Bright

Viewers are very positive about TV's future when asked to look ahead five years.

* 84% agree that they will have more options for where, how and what to watch.
* 83% will watch a greater variety of TV programs.
* 79% will keep up with more TV programs at the same time.
* 76% expect better recommendations from sources and devices.

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, Channel 5 (UK), 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.

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Nickelodeon USA Debuts "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Season Two Finale "The Invasion" Online

Can't wait until Nickelodeon USA premieres the brand-new one-hour second season finale episode of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" on Friday 26th September 2014? You're in luck! Nick USA has digitally premiered the season two finale of TMNT, titled "The Invasion", online a week early on the networks official website, which fans in North America can watch in full right here on Nick.com!


In the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" season two finale, Leo and Donnie disagree about their plan to stop the Kraang invasion. Meanwhile, Donnie must step up as a leader when Leo makes a critical mistake and is separated from the team.

Following the premiere of the season two finale, Nickelodeon USA is expected to start to premiere and show "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" season three, which will continue the adventures of Nickelodeon's justice-sworn, pizza-fuelled, half-shelled heroes, from Friday 10th October 2014 at 7pm (E/P)!
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Nick Star Jack Griffo Announces "The Thundermans" Season Two Finale To Be One-Hour Special

Nickelodeon Star Jack Davis Griffo has announced the exciting Nickelodeon News in a Tweet (post) on his official Twitter profile page, @LittlejGriffo, that the cast and crew of Nickelodeon's popular superhero-themed original comedy series "The Thundermans" recently filmed (shot) the season two finale episode of "The Thundermans", and that the second season finale episode of the hit Nick sitcom will be a one-hour long special!:
Shooting part two of the hour long season 2 finale this week.. The things I do for this show.. #youllsee #Thundermans.
Although unconfirmed, it is expected that Nick USA will premiere and show the hour-long season two finale episode of "The Thundermans" during Spring 2015.
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Alexandria Brager Announces She Is Working On Potential Brand-New Nick At Nite Sitcom

Nickelodeon Star Alexandria K. Brager, who played Penelope on Nickelodeon's popular family comedy series "Wendell & Vinnie", has announced the exciting Nick News in a Tweet (post) on her official Twitter profile page, @AlexandriaBrage, that she is currently working on a brand-new comedy series for Nickelodeon USA's nighttime programming block Nick at Nite, speculated to be titled "Divorced Family"! To celebrate, Alexandria also shared a photo of her standing outside the Warner Bros. Pictures studio lot in Burbank, California!:
I'm outside of @wbpictures! Guys, A new family sitcom may be heading your way to @nickatnitetv! [Emojis]

Alexandria's "Wendell & Vinnie" co-star Buddy Handleson will also be starring in a upcoming brand-new Nickelodeon show called "Bella and the Bulldogs", due to premiere in 2015!
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NYCC's New York Super Week To Hold Classic Nickelodeon Event

New York Comic Con's New York Super Week has announced the very exciting Classic Nickelodeon news in a Facebook event that they have teamed up Mathew Klickstein, the author of "SLIMED! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age", to present a very special retro-Nickelodeon themed event called "A Nite of Nickelodeon Nostalgic Nonsense!"!


"SLIMED! Presents A Nite of Nickelodeon Nostalgic Nonsense!" will feature a night packed full of Nickelodeon nostalgia, including:

* A live performance by Polaris, the house band of "The Adventures of Pete & Pete", fronted by Mark Mulcahy ("The greatest voice I've ever heard," says Radiohead's Thom Yorke). Not only is it their first show of their first ever tour, it'll be Polaris' first-ever live show in New York City!;

* In their second-ever ever appearance, a live performance by Fred Newman and Dan Sawyer, the masterminds behind the music of the classic Nicktoon "Doug" (The Beets' "Killer Tofu", anyone...?), who will be performing music from the show!;

* A guest appearance by Jason Zimbler, who played Ferguson W. Darling on "Clarissa Explains It All"!;

* A surprise celebrity guest panel with stars from some of your favorite Classic Nick shows, moderated by "SLIMED!" author Mathew Klickstein;

* A live podcast recording of "The Adventures of Danny & Mike" by "The Adventures of Pete & Pete" stars Michael Maronna and Danny Tamberelli (Big Pete/Little Pete, respectively, though Little Pete has little to no respect for anyone except for Artie... and MAYBE Big Pete). The Pete's are bringing along a few special guests of their own, as well, from both the world of "Pete & Pete" AND Classic Nickelodeon in general, including a throwback to a 1990's Nickelodeon game show!

"A Nite of Nickelodeon Nostalgic Nonsense!" will be held on Thursday 9th October 2014 between 8:00pm and 11:00pm (EDT) at the Hammerstein Ballroom at Manhattan Center, 311 W 34th St, New York, New York 10001. Tickets to attend "SLIMED! Presents A Nite of Nickelodeon Nostalgic Nonsense!" are available to be purchased through Ticketmaster.

For more information, please visit the events official page on Facebook.

Check out Danny and Mike announcing the line-up in the online streaming video clip below!:



From the official NYCC Presents New York Super Week website:
SLIMED! Presents a Nite of Nickelodeon Nostalgic Nonsense!
Thu. October 9| 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM | Hammerstein Ballroom

What the hell was he singing about in that incredible opening song to The Adventures of Pete & Pete? Maybe you'll find out at SLIMED! presents a Nite of Nickelodeon Nostalgic Nonsense! For the first time in New York and one of the first few times live, POLARIS -- the band that played all your favorite music on Pete & Pete -- will be playing LIVE, fronted by Mark Mulcahy, who Thom Yorke called "the greatest voice I've ever heard." We're also tossing in a little "Killer Tofu," with a live performance by Fred Newman and Dan Sawyer, creators of the inimitably outrageous music for Nicktoons' Doug. And just to keep things thematically sensible, we're serving up a guest panel with some of the stars of your favorite Golden Age Nick shows, all topped off by Pete & Pete's own Michael Maronna (Big) and Danny Tamberelli (Little), who will be joined by god-knows-who for a live presentation of their The Adventures of Danny & Mike podcast. Pipe! Why only remember your childhood memories ... when you can re-live them?

VIP Tickets are SOLD OUT for this Event!

Buy Tickets Here!

Cost: $25 - $65

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Nickelodeon Australia Announces Timomatic Won't Be Able To Perform At SLIMEFEST 2014; Reveals Dami Im To Perform At Melbourne Event

Nickelodeon Australia has announced the unfortunate SLIMEFEST 2014 news in a post on their official Facebook profile page, facebook.com/NickelodeonAustralia, that Timomatic is unable to perform at both SLIMEFEST events in Sydney or Melbourne. Timomatic revealed in a statement to fans that he had to regrettably cancel his appearances at this year's SLIMEFEST due to his friend and manager Mark Byrne, who his performance was to be a creative collaboration with, sadly passing away suddenly a few weeks ago. In his statement, Timomatic also mentions that he hopes Justice Crew gets a good sliming at SLIMEFEST 2014 from him!

However, Nickelodeon Australia has announced also the aweslime news that South Korean-born Australian singer, Dami Im, best known as the winner of the fifth series of "The X Factor Australia", will now be performing at SLIMEFEST in Melbourne at the State Netball Hockey Centre in Parkville, Victoria (VIC) on Sunday 28th September 2014! Nick AU will also be announcing a new performer for Sydney slime fans soon, too, stay tuned! Dami Im will be joining the Australian pop singer Cody Simpson and his younger sister Alli Simpson, as well as Justice Crew and Sabrina Carpenter at Nick AU's 3rd annual SLIMEFEST!

Posted by Nickelodeon Australia on their official Facebook profile page:
SLIMEFEST Update: We are very sad to announce that Timomatic is unable to perform at SLIMEFEST in Sydney or Melbourne.

However, we’re super excited to reveal that Dami Im will now be joining us at SLIMEFEST in Melbourne.

Stay tuned Sydney slime fans! We’ll be announcing a new performer soon.

Also, posted by Timomatic on Nickelodeon Australia's official Facebook page:
It is with great regret that I have had to cancel my performance at this year’s SLIMEFEST.
My performance was to be a creative collaboration with my manager and friend Mark Byrne who sadly passed away suddenly a few weeks ago.
I apologise for any disappointment this may cause as I was really looking forward to performing for you all.
Make sure Justice Crew get a good sliming this year for me!
Peace
T

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Sneak Peeks Of This Saturday's Brand-New Episodes Of "Henry Danger" And "The Haunted Hathaways", Premiering 9/20 On Nickelodeon USA

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA premiering and showing brand-new episodes of the networks hit original comedy series "The Haunted Hathaways" and brand-new original sitcom "Henry Danger" on Saturday 20th September 2014 as part of Nick USA's all-new 'New Saturday Night' programming block, Nickelodeon USA has unveiled super sneak peek previews of both all-new episode on their official YouTube channel, which you can watch in the online streaming video clips below!

In the all-new episode of "Haunted Hathaways" titled "Haunted Mind Games", Frankie's on a mission to sabotage Taylor's study date with a cute boy from school. Can Taylor keep Frankie out of the house long enough for the date to be a success? Find out in the brand-new "Haunted Hathaways" episode this Saturday at 7:30pm ET/PT; 6:30c!:



Then, in the brand-new episode of "Henry Danger" called "The Secret Gets Out", Henry's secret identity as "Kid Danger" is in danger when Charlotte starts to get suspicious. Has Charlotte figured out Henry's secret identity or will she believe his jazzy excuse? Could Henry's superhero day job as Kid Danger be numbered already? Tune in this Saturday at 8pm ET/PT; 7c to find out!:





Plus, don't forget to catch the brand-new episode of "Sanjay and Craig", "Barfy's Babies"/"Butts Up Club", and the all-new episode of "Breadwinners", "Introducktions"/"Fowl Feud", this Saturday from 10:30am ET/PT;9:30c, as part of Nick USA's Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play!:


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NickToons UK Premiering Brand-New Episodes Of "Rabbids Invasion"

The Invasion Continues! Nickelodeon UK, the number one commercial kids TV network in the UK, has announced the exciting Nick UK news in their new 'Weekend Mornings' trailer/promo that Nicktoons UK and Ireland, Nick UK's animation and action channel, is currently premiering and showing brand-new episodes of Nickelodeon and Ubisoft's popular CG-animated series "Rabbids: Invasion" every Saturday and Sunday at 8:00am, following all-new episodes of Nicktoons' brand-new show "Oggy and the Cockroaches" at 7:30am, as part of the channels Autumn/Winter 2014 programming highlights!


Nicktoons UK and Eire started to debut all-new episodes of "Rabbids Invasion" every weekend morning on Saturday 13th September 2014.
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Moody Gardens And Nickelodeon Reveal First Glimpse Of New "SpongeBob SquarePants" Holiday Ice Sculpture Attraction

Moody Gardens, a public, non-profit, educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research, has announced the exciting news in the following press release, from PR Newswire, that they have partnered with Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, to create the Gulf Coast's only holiday ice sculpture attraction featuring the world-renowned underwater characters from Nickelodeon's hit original animated series (Nicktoon) "SpongeBob SquarePants"! "ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures" with SpongeBob SquarePants will debut at the educational tourist destination located in Galveston, Texas on Saturday 15th November 2014 and offer a unique and interactive holiday experience through Sunday 4th January 2015. To celebrate, an image of one of the scenes was released today, Thursday 18th September 2014, offering the first opportunity for the public to see what the towering ice sculptures will look like.

A portion of the Moody Gardens central parking lot is the staging ground for a 28,000 square-foot, climate-controlled tent that will be chilled to a frosty nine degrees to house the most spectacular carved ice attraction on the Gulf Coast. An internationally acclaimed team of 28 artisan ice carvers from Harbin, China, will take 900 tons of ice and transform it into "SpongeBob SquarePants' Bikini Bottom" at holiday time, featuring SpongeBob, his pals and his Bikini Bottom neighborhood!

Guests will be on a real adventure as Plankton has another villainous plan up his sleeve. This time, not only does he want to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula, but he wants to ruin Christmas! Can SpongeBob save the holiday? Guests will find out as they witness the majestic marvels in "ICE LAND's" "SpongeBob SquarePants" experience.

The decision to feature the Bikini Bottom inhabitants for the inaugural year of "ICE LAND" was only fitting as the family-oriented message, marine life education and island setting are seen throughout the Moody Gardens property and mission statement. There was also a very positive response from guests to the "SpongeBob SquarePants" 4D film at the 4D Special FX Theater.

ICE LAND will be a frosty new addition to the Festival of Lights and other holiday attractions this year as Galveston makes its holiday transition into a Winter Wonder Island. Admission will be $26.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors and $15.95 for children. Courtesy parkas will be distributed to each guest. For a list of peak, non-peak and group blackout dates, visit www.moodygardens.com/holidayschedule. Guests can also visit www.moodygardens.com/icelandwebcam to view the live "ICE LAND" web cam for a behind-the-scenes look at the construction process, as well as the ice carvings over the next few months.

For more information, call (800) 582-4673 or visit www.moodygardens.org.

Original Nickelodeon Suites Resort Press Release:

Moody Gardens And Nickelodeon Reveal First Glimpse Of New SpongeBob SquarePants Holiday Ice Sculpture Attraction



Moody Gardens and Nickelodeon reveal first glimpse at ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants. Master ice carvers from Harbin, China will create towering ice sculptures from 900 tons of ice to open Nov.15 in Galveston, Texas. Watch them create at www.moodygardens.com/icelandwebcam/ (PRNewsFoto/Moody Gardens)

GALVESTON, Texas, Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Moody Gardens and Nickelodeon have come together to create the Gulf Coast's only holiday ice sculpture attraction featuring the world-renowned underwater characters from Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants. ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants will debut on Nov. 15, 2014 and offer a unique and interactive holiday experience through Jan. 4, 2015. An image of one of the scenes was released today, offering the first opportunity for the public to see what the towering ice sculptures will look like.

A portion of the Moody Gardens central parking lot is the staging ground for a 28,000 square-foot, climate-controlled tent that will be chilled to a frosty nine degrees to house the most spectacular carved ice attraction on the Gulf Coast. An internationally acclaimed team of 28 artisan ice carvers from Harbin, China, will take 900 tons of ice and transform it into SpongeBob SquarePants' Bikini Bottom at holiday time, featuring SpongeBob, his pals and his neighborhood!

"SpongeBob has been delighting kids and adults alike with his nautical nonsense for 15 years, and fans continue to clamor for more," said Gerald Raines, Vice President of Recreation, Nickelodeon. "Through this brand-new attraction, Moody Gardens is giving fans of all ages an exciting opportunity to see SpongeBob and his Bikini Bottom friends like never before."

Guests will be on a real adventure as Plankton has another villainous plan up his sleeve. This time, not only does he want to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula, but he wants to ruin Christmas! Can SpongeBob save the holiday? Guests will find out as they witness the majestic marvels in ICE LAND's SpongeBob SquarePants experience.

The decision to feature the Bikini Bottom inhabitants for the inaugural year of ICE LAND was only fitting as the family-oriented message, marine life education and island setting are seen throughout the Moody Gardens property and mission statement. There was also a very positive response from guests to the SpongeBob SquarePants 4D film at the 4D Special FX Theater.

ICE LAND will be a frosty new addition to the Festival of Lights and other holiday attractions this year as Galveston makes its holiday transition into a Winter Wonder Island. Admission will be $26.95 for adults, $21.95 for seniors and $15.95 for children. Courtesy parkas will be distributed to each guest. For a list of peak, non-peak and group blackout dates, visit www.moodygardens.com/holidayschedule. Guests can also visit www.moodygardens.com/icelandwebcam to view the live ICE LAND web cam for a behind-the-scenes look at the construction process, as well as the ice carvings over the next few months.

For more information, call (800) 582-4673 or visit www.moodygardens.org.

Moody Gardens® is a public, non-profit, educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research.

©2014 Viacom International Inc. All rights reserved. Nickelodeon, SpongeBob SquarePants and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. SpongeBob SquarePants created by Stephen Hillenburg.

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Nickelodeon UK And KiCK! Magazine Launch "Footy Quacks" Web Series

To celebrate Nicktoons UK and Ireland, Nick UK's animation and action channel, starting to premiere and show Nickelodeon's brand-new bread-tastic original animated buddy comedy series (Nicktoon) "Breadwinners" from Monday 22nd September 2014 at 4:30pm, Nickelodeon UK, the number one commercial kids TV network in the UK, has teamed up with the popular kids' football magazine KiCK! for a brand-new weekly Football-themed web series called "Footy Quacks"!

In each weekly episode of "Footy Quacks", Nick and KiCK!'s quack-tastic match predicting feathered footie fans David Beakham and Quack Wilshere will be predicting the winner of the weekend's biggest Premier League game.

In the first episode, the Ducky's are predicting the outcome of the big game on Sunday 21st September 2014 between Manchester City and Chelsea! Both teams will want an early advantage in the title race, but who will win this Sunday? Find out who David Beakham and Quack Wilshere think will win in this epic video!



If you want to see more of these Ducky friends, catch Nickelodeon's QUAZY brand-new show "Breadwinners", weekdays at 4:30pm on NickToons, beginning Monday 22nd September 2014! Download the Nick App today for a sneak beak, and keep watching to find out if these ducks really know their footie, or if they are just QUACKERS! Follow the Duckies latest predictions at #FootyQuacks.


Nick's brand-new animated comedy "Breadwinners" is an original production from the Nickelodeon Animation Studio that follows SwaySway and Buhdeuce, two hilarious ducks who operate a bread delivery service out of their jet-fueled, Rocket Van, feeding hungry beaks everywhere.

Throughout the series SwaySway, the upbeat leader of the flock and his loyal best friend Buhdeuce go on riduckulous adventures together. From eating a loaf of 'Stank Bread' and getting lost on the lower yeastside, to record-beaking attempts for most bread deliveries in one day, nothing will stop this duo from making a delivery all while shaking their tail feathers.

For Duckies who can't wait, Nickelodeon UK will give Bread Heads a aweslime sneak beak by putting the first episode on the award-winning Nick App on Monday 15th September 2014. In the series premiere, "Thug Loaf", when SwaySway and Buhdeuce have to deliver bread to the bad part of Duck Town, they accidentally lock their keys in the Rocket Van and have to befriend a gang of Biker Ducks for help.

Steve Borst ("Teen Titans Go!", "MAD") and Gary "Doodles" Di Raffaele ("MAD", "Metalocalypse") teamed up to produce "Breadwinners" which was discovered as part of Nickelodeon's 2012 Animated Shorts Program. With inspiration taken from classic buddy-comedy animation, gaming and pop culture, this innovative new show introduces a duck duo who always keep their beaks up and their heads boppin'.

Viewers can play new game "Big Bread Booty Bash" on the Nick App, where players must complete a day of work as SwaySway and Buhdeuce without crashing, toasting or roasting. The Nick App also plays host to the 'Breadwinners Ducktionary' where viewers can brush up on their beak lingo.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Nickelodeon Suites Resort Thaws Winter's Chill with Annual "Let It Snow" Celebration Featuring Attractions, Live Shows and Costumed Characters

Nickelodeon Suites Resort has announced the exciting news in the following press release, from Business Wire, and on their official website, nickhotel.com, that Nickelodeon Suites Resort (also known as the Nick Hotel / Nickelodeon Hotel), the only Nickelodeon-themed resort of its kind in the world, will kick off its annual winter celebration, "Let It Snow", on Friday 21st November 2014! This event, held every weekend and on select week nights, will transform the resort into a winter wonderland, featuring:


* Bright, sparkling and brilliant holiday lights, with nightly snow fall on the Oasis Pool Deck

* Cozy poolside fire pits, complete with hot chocolate and s'mores treats

* Two-story festive poolside inflatable slide

* Family photo opportunities with Santa Claus and popular Nickelodeon characters, including "Dora the Explorer", "SpongeBob SquarePants" and the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", dressed in their holiday best

* A perfectly heated 84-degree pool

* Holiday Karaoke inside Studio Nick and Holiday-themed activities at the Oasis Pool

* New 4-D Experience film, "Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas 4-D" (charges apply)

Additionally, guests can enjoy Nick Hotel's "Let It Snow" package, which is packed full of discounts and special offers:

* 15% savings on our comfy suites

* 10% savings on Food, Snacks, Drinks and Other Stuff Store (excludes Nick Stuff Store)

* 10% savings on 4-D Experience films

* 10% savings on cabana rentals

* $50 savings on Ultimate SLIME Experience

* Commemorative Nick Hotel Holiday Ornament (1 per stay)

* Use Promo Code: SNOW

NickHeads can find more information about "Let It Snow" at the Nickelodeon Hotel by visiting the events official website, www.nickhotel.com/letitsnow.

The snow begins falling at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort on November 21, 2014. from NickALive! on Vimeo.


Original Nickelodeon Suites Resort Press Release:

Nickelodeon Suites Resort Thaws Winter’s Chill with Annual “Let It Snow” Celebration Featuring Attractions, Live Shows and Costumed Characters

September 16, 2014 11:49 AM Eastern Daylight Time

ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nickelodeon Suites Resort (Nick Hotel), the only resort of its kind in the world, will kick off its annual winter celebration, Let It Snow, on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. This event, held every weekend and on select week nights, will transform the resort into a winter wonderland, featuring:

* A festive poolside inflatable slide

* Sparkling holiday lights, with nightly snow fall on the Oasis Pool

* Cozy poolside fire pits, complete with hot chocolate and s’mores treats

* Santa Claus and popular Nickelodeon characters, including Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

* Holiday-themed activities at the Oasis Pool

"Let It Snow became an instant holiday favorite with our guests and has turned into an annual family tradition for many," said Tony Aslanian, Director of Sales and Marketing for Nickelodeon Suites Resort. "At the Nick Hotel, we provide our guests with unique experiences and Let It Snow lets us bring winter to Florida in a very fun way!"

For more information, visit www.nickhotel.com/letitsnow.

Follow us on Twitter @nickhotel.

Join our Nick Hotel Facebook Fan page.

Additional photography is available upon request or by visiting Nick Hotel on Flickr.

About Nickelodeon Suites Resort

Located in the heart of Orlando's tourism district, Nickelodeon Suites Resort, otherwise known as 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 Experience 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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Nickelodeon Latin America To Premiere "The Legend of Korra" "Book Three: Change" In October 2014!

Nickelodeon Latin America has announced the exciting "Legend of Korra" news on the homepage of their official website, MundoNick.com, that Nickelodeon Latin America will start to premiere and show brand-new episodes from season three of Nickelodeon's hit original animated series (Nicktoon) "The Legend of Korra", called "Book Three: Change" (locally titled "La Leyenda de Korra" "Libro 3") in October 2014 (exact transmission (TX) air dates and times to be announced)!



La Leyenda de Korra - Libro 3 - Adelanto
En Octubre se viene el Libro 3 de La Leyenda de Korra. No te pierdas el adelanto del primer episodio.

The Legend of Korra - Book 3 - Advancement
In October Book 3 of The Legend of Korra is coming. Do not miss the preview of the first episode.

To celebrate Nickelodeon Latin America officially debuting "The Legend of Korra - Book 3: Change", Nick LatAm's official website has unveiled a fantastic first-look sneak peek preview at the first episode from "Book 3: Change", "A Breath of Fresh Air", which Korra fans located in Latin America can watch in a online streaming video clip here on mundonick.com!

Spanish to English translation provided by Google Translate.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Nick Jr. Australia & New Zealand To Debut "Wallykazam!" In October 2014; Premiering New Episodes Of "Zack and Quack"

Nick Jr. Australia & New Zealand has announced the exciting news in their latest "Nick Jr. News" e-Newsletter (eDM), September 2014, that Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand's local version of the popular preschool channel will start to premiere and show Nickelodeon Preschool's brand-new CG-animated literacy series "Wallykazam!" on Monday 13th October 2014, at 8:30am, as part of the channels Spring 2014 programming highlights!



Nick Jr. invites your pre-schoolers to discover the magic of words in the new animated literacy series Wallykazam!, premiering Monday, 13 October at 8:30am.

Additionally, Nick Jr. Australia & New Zealand has also announced in the same newsletter that they are currently premiering brand-new episodes of Nickelodeon's popular CG-animated preschool series "Zack and Quack" weekdays at 4:30pm!



(Download Image - Photo - Wally and Norville in Nickelodeon's Wallykazam! (PRNewsFoto/Nickelodeon): http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140114/NY46234)

In "Wallykazam!", Nick Jr. invites preschoolers to discover the magic of words. "Wallykazam!" follows the adventures of a troll named Wally and his pet dragon, Norville, who live in a forest with giants, goblins, ogres, sprites and other mythical creatures. Wally uses his magic stick to make words come to life on screen that start with a specific letter, sound or rhyme. Each episode features a new set of magic words that Wally uses to playfully transform the world around him.

"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. Celebrity guests featured in season one include Vanessa Bayer ("Saturday Night Live"), Weird Al Yankovic, John O'Hurley (J. Peterman in "Seinfeld"), Kate Micucci (Lucy in "The Big Bang Theory") and Alanna Ubach (Amy Hobbs in Nick at Nite's "See Dad Run", Manny Rivera / El Tigre in Nickelodeon's "El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera", and Boo, Cletus, Fresca and the voice of Miss. Daisy in Nickelodeon Movies Oscar-winning animated film "Rango"). "Wallykazam!" is created by producer/writer Adam Peltzman (Emmy Award-winning "The Backyardigans" and "Bubble Guppies").
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Nick Jr. Australia & New Zealand Debuts "Wanda and the Alien"

Nick Jr. Australia & New Zealand has announced the exciting news in their latest "Nick Jr. News" e-Newsletter (eDM), September 2014, that Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand's local version of the popular preschool channel started to premiere and show the brand-new animated preschool series "Wanda and the Alien" on Monday 15th September 2014, at 7:45am, as part of the channels Spring 2014 programming highlights!



Join Nick Jr. this Spring for the arrival of the brand new show Wanda and the Alien. Follow this magical tale of friendship and adventure from Monday 15th September at 7:45am.

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.
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Nickelodeon UK To Premiere Brand-New Episodes Of "The Haunted Hathaways" In October 2014

Get ready for some more supernatural fun, as its All New All Nick this Autumn on Nickelodeon UK! The online British and Irish TV guide website Digiguide is reporting the very exciting Nick UK news that Nickelodeon UK and Ireland and Nickelodeon HD UK, the number one commercial kids TV network in the UK, will be showing more brand-new episodes of Nick's hit live-action comedy series "The Haunted Hathaways" every Monday at 4:00pm (repeated at 5:00pm on Nickelodeon+1) from Monday 6th October 2014, just in time for Halloween!


Below is a list of currently announced all-new "Haunted Hathaways" episodes set to debut on Nickelodeon UK in October 2014, with episode descriptions:

Monday 6th October 2014 - "Haunted Bowling" (also known as "Haunted Bowling Alley"): Miles' friend James, the boy who can see ghosts, is back and informs Miles that he's moving away because his bowling alley is haunted. Miles tries to meet the ghost responsible, but is shocked when he finds out who it is. Meanwhile, Michelle's bakery is struggling, so she uses Louie's possession of Frankie to turn their rap video into a live performance at Pie Squared.

Monday 13th October 2014 - "Haunted Boo Crew": Louie tries to join a boy club of ghosts that carries out group scares called the Boo Crew and Frankie disguises herself as a ghost boy to get in, but soon they want her to become a member! Meanwhile, a conman tries to sue Michelle in court when he gets injured.

(Big thanks to NickUKHub)
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Nickelodeon UK To Premiere Brand-New Episodes Of "Sam & Cat" In October 2014

It's All New All Nick this Autumn on Nickelodeon UK! The online British and Irish TV guide website Digiguide is reporting the very exciting Nick UK news that Nickelodeon UK and Ireland and Nickelodeon HD UK, the number one commercial kids TV network in the UK, will be premiering and showing more brand-new episodes of Nick's original buddy comedy series "Sam & Cat" every Monday at 5:00pm (repeated at 6:00pm on Nickelodeon+1) from Monday 6th October 2014!


Below is a list of currently announced new "Sam & Cat" episodes set to debut on Nickelodeon UK in October 2014, with episode descriptions:

Monday 6th October 2014 - "#YayDay": Cat invents a holiday called "Yay Day" so she can buy gifts for and receive gifts from everyone. When Cat snoops what other people have gotten her, she discovers an insulting present from Sam.

Monday 13th October 2014 - "#Bluedogsoda": Sam and Cat find that their favourite drink, Blue Dog Soda, is banned statewide due to its high sugar content. Meanwhile, a gruff government agent named Mark Bonner confiscates the remaining soda at Handy Quick, and happens to see a sign advertising Sam and Cat as babysitters. Defying the ban, Sam and Cat along with Goomer and Dice begin making their own version from their apartment in a secret manufacturing operation. Cat figures out the soda's recipe and sales take off, yet the gang becomes paranoid and decides to shut production down. Before they can, agent Bonner shows up at the apartment, and the girls panic, assuming he knows about their illegal venture; however, he is only there so they can babysit his son.

(Big thanks to NickUKHub)
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Nickelodeon Releases Sneak Peek Of First Episode Of "The Legend of Korra" Book Four

Following Nickelodeon's special "Korra Nation" Tumblr challenge to Korra fans yesterday and to celebrate Nickelodeon USA starting to premiere "The Legend of Korra" Book Four, the fourth and final season of Nickelodeon's hit original animated series (Nicktoon), titled "Balance", online on nick.com and on the networks Emmy Award-winning Nick App from Friday 3rd October 2014, Nick USA has released a brand-new exclusive video featuring a fantastic first-look at the first episode from "The Legend of Korra - Book 4: Balance", which you can watch in the online streaming video clips below!


SPOILER ALERT!!




Nick's sneak-peek at the first new episode from "The Legend of Korra - Book Four: Balance" demonstrates that Korra's recovery from the near-fatal assault of the Red Lotus may be more difficult than anyone anticipated.

In the new sneak peek, Korra – still wheelchair-bound – is returning home to the Southern Water Tribe for a few weeks to heal. Bolin is thrilled that she is leaving and can be his pen pal; Asami offers to go with Korra, but Korra needs some time alone.

Tenzin assures Korra that he and the airbenders have the whole "world peace" thing completely under control, which clearly only confirms her fears of no longer being needed...

Once back in the Southern Water Tribe, Korra is finding it hard to sleep, and wakes from a violent nightmare of nearly dying at Zaheer's hands. Clearly, the Avatar has a few issues she will need to work through.


The clip from "The Legend of Korra" season 4, episode 1 also suggests that something Korra experiences will inspire her to make a change. One of the first images of Korra from the new season, below, shows the Avatar standing, with shorter hair and a brutal look in her eyes – in other words, she looks tough, but not super happy.

Though all we have at this point is speculation, we have to imagine that Korra's internal demons – her feelings of weakness and uselessness, the thought that the world no longer needs her – will manifest in a major way in "The Legend of Korra" season 4. Things may look up for Korra, but she may have a serious struggle before then. After all, this final book is called "Balance" – and what is balance, if not a struggle?



Additional source: Hypable.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Nickelodeon To Release First-Look At "The Legend of Korra" Book Four On Tuesday 16th September 2014!

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA starting to premiere "The Legend of Korra" Book Four, the fourth and final season of Nickelodeon's hit original animated series (Nicktoon), titled "Balance", online on nick.com and on the networks Emmy Award-winning Nick App from Friday 3rd October 2014, Nick's official "The Legend of Korra" Tumblr blog, Korra Nation, today, Monday 15th September 2014, issue Korra fans with a special challenge - get a post featuring a exclusive picture of Korra with her new haircut, drawn by the one-and-only Bryan Konietzko, co-creator of "The Legend of Korra", over 15,000 notes by reblogging or favoriting the image, and Nickelodeon will release a brand-new exclusive online streaming video featuring a fantastic first-look at "Legend of Korra - Book 4: Balance"! Shortly following Nick's initial announcement, Nickelodeon announced the very exciting news on their official Twitter feed that Korra fans had smashed that goal within a hour, and that Korra fans can look forward to watching Nick's first sneak-peek of "The Legend of Korra - Book 4: Balance" tomorrow morning (Tuesday 16th September 2014)!

Since Nick posted the challenge three hours ago, the post has so far got 26,611 notes!


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Toy Industry Foundation Partners With Charitybuzz To Auction Off Exciting Experiences, Including Tickets To The 2015 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards In LA!

The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF), in cooperation with global charity auction site Charitybuzz, announced today, Monday 15th September 2014, in the following press release, from PR Newswire, the launch of an online fundraising auction featuring one-of-a-kind experiences – including FOUR tickets to attend Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards (Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards 2015; KCA 2015) in Los Angeles to have the slime of your life, which have been donated by Nickelodeon, plus much much more!

Bids may be placed through Tuesday 30th September 2014 at charitybuzz.com/TIF. The auction's proceeds will benefit TIF programs and grants which bring the therapeutic benefits of play to children in need around the world.

You can find a full list of The Toy Industry Foundation and Charitybuzz's charity auctions in their official press release below!



Host Mark Wahlberg gets slimed at Nickelodeon's 27th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, March 29, 2014, at USC's Galen Center. Photo credit: Kevin Winter

Original Toy Industry Foundation Press Release:

Toy Industry Foundation Partners with Charitybuzz to Auction Off Exciting Experiences

Proceeds to Benefit TIF Programs Supporting Kids in Need

NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF), in cooperation with global charity auction site Charitybuzz, announced today the launch of an online fundraising auction featuring one-of-a-kind experiences – including a visit to the set of Sesame Street in New York, tickets to Nickelodeon's 2015 Kids' Choice Awards in LA, and private meetings with top toy executives. Bids may be placed through September 30, 2014 at charitybuzz.com/TIF. The auction's proceeds will benefit TIF programs and grants which bring the therapeutic benefits of play to children in need around the world.

"We're thrilled to offer such unique experiences through this auction, and we invite toy and play lovers of all ages to participate and support TIF's mission of delivering brand-new toys to millions of kids who are homeless, in foster care, living on a military base, or otherwise in need," said Jean Butler, TIF Executive Director. "Every dollar we receive through this auction will help us bring comfort and a sense of normalcy to the lives of disadvantaged children."

Open now through Tuesday, September 30th at 2 p.m. (EDT), the auction includes the following items up for bid:

* Lunch with LEGO President Soren Torp Laursen at CT Headquarters
* Coffee with Mattel CEO Bryan Stockton & Tour of Mattel Headquarters
* 4 Tickets to Nickelodeon's 2015 Kids' Choice Awards in LA
* Lunch with American Plastic Toys President/CEO John Gessert & Tour of Headquarters
* 30-Minute Pitch Meeting with Mattel Marketing and Design executives in CA
* Become an Animated Video Character in a VTech Kids GoGo Smart Video!
* Lunch with LeapFrog CEO John Barbour & Tour the Headquarters in Emeryville, CA
* Private Audio Session at the LeapFrog Headquarters; Record Lines in LeapReader and Take Home Personalized Copy
* 1-Hour Power Lunch with Alan Hassenfeld, former Chairman and CEO of Hasbro
* Behind the Scenes Set Visit for 4 to Sesame Street in New York
* Lunch with Former CEO of Mattel, Sega & LeapFrog, Tom Kalinske, in San Francisco
* Meet The Wiggles & Receive 4 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice
* Meet the Kratt Brothers & Receive 4 Tickets to a WILD KRATTS Live Show
* LEGOLAND Tickets and Hotel Package
* Own a one-of-a-kind Venetian Muse Barbie Doll

ABOUT TOY INDUSTRY FOUNDATION (www.toyindustryfoundation.org)

The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) is a non-profit organization whose mission it is to bring joy, comfort, and learning to children in need through play. The Foundation currently fulfills its mission through core programs including The Toy Bank™ and grants to organizations whose missions are in line with that of the Toy Industry Foundation. The first industry-wide program of its kind, The Toy Bank receives donations of newly manufactured toys from members of the toy industry and distributes them through local charities to underserved, at-risk and homeless children throughout the United States and around the world.

ABOUT CHARITYBUZZ (www.charitybuzz.com)

Charitybuzz raises funds for nonprofits around the globe through online auctions with the world's most recognizable celebrities and brands. Featuring access to acclaimed actors and musicians, business and political leaders, sports stars, luxury travel, couture fashion, rare memorabilia and more, Charitybuzz brings its online community of bidders exclusive opportunities to live their dreams and make a difference. Since launching, Charitybuzz has raised more than $100 million for charity. To learn more, visit www.Charitybuzz.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/Charitybuzz or follow us on Twitter at @Charitybuzz.

SOURCE Toy Industry Foundation

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The Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) and Charitybuzz's '4 Tickets to Nickelodeon's 2015 Kids' Choice Awards in LA' charity auction terms and conditions:

Valid for 4 people.
Does not include a meet & greet.
Approximate duration: 3 Hours.
Event date: to be determined in 2015.
Seat location will not be known in advance.
Cannot be resold or re-auctioned.
Travel and accommodations are not included.
Charitybuzz expects all winning bidders and their guests to conduct themselves appropriately when attending an experience won on their website.
Polite manners and respect for the generous donor and adherence to any rules or parameters are a must.
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The Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando Bids Farewell to Summer 2014 with a Special Resort Credit Offer

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), the only Nickelodeon-themed resort of its kind in the world, is offering a USD$50 resort credit promotion, but Nick Hotel fans need to act fast! The hotel's resort credit offer will be available for travel booked between Tuesday 16th and Tuesday 23rd September 2014. The offer is good for travel between Tuesday 23rd September and Thursday 20th November 2014. The credit applies to travel for guests arriving Sunday – Thursday for a minimum two night stay.


Guests will enjoy all of the incredible entertainment happening on property from LIVE stage shows, poolside entertainment, meet and greets with everyone's favorite Nickelodeon friends, movies in the 4-D theater and the hotel's famous Nick Or Treat celebration every weekend in October 2014.

Special events happening at the hotel during resort credit promotion include:

* Julius Jr. Weekend, Friday 26th to Sunday 28th September 2014

* Power Rangers Super Megaforce Weekends, Friday 17th to Sunday 19th October 2014 and Friday 24th to Sunday 26th October 2014.

Nick Or Treat Weekends, Every Friday in October 2014.

Original Nickelodeon Suites Resort Press Release:

The Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando Bids Farewell to Summer with a Special Resort Credit Offer

Don't delay, summer is almost over and this offer is only available for a limited time

September 15, 2014 10:31 AM Eastern Daylight Time

ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nickelodeon Suites Resort, the only resort of its kind in the world, is offering a $50 resort credit promotion, but Nick Hotel fans need to act fast. The hotel’s resort credit offer will be available for travel booked between September 16th and September 23rd, 2014. The offer is good for travel between September 23rd and November 20th, 2014. The credit applies to travel for guests arriving Sunday – Thursday for a minimum two night stay.

Guests will enjoy all of the incredible entertainment happening on property from LIVE stage shows, poolside entertainment, meet and greets with everyone’s favorite Nickelodeon friends, movies in the 4-D theater and the hotel’s famous Nick Or Treat celebration every weekend in October.

"We had an amazing summer at the Nick Hotel with so many great events, we even set a new Guinness World Record," said Tony Aslanian, director of sales and marketing for Nickelodeon Suites Resort. "We don't want to say goodbye to summer just yet, so we decided to offer guests a special resort credit as a way of saying thanks for making the summer of 2014 the best ever at the Nickelodeon Suites Resort."

Special events happening at the hotel during resort credit promotion include:

* Julius Jr. Weekend, September 26 – 28, 2014

* Power Rangers Super Megaforce Weekends, October 17 – 19 and 24 – 26, 2014

* Nick Or Treat Weekends, Every Friday in October

Follow us on Twitter @nickhotel.

Join our Nick Hotel Facebook Fan page.

Additional photography is available upon request or by visiting Nick Hotel on Flickr.

About Nickelodeon Suites Resort

Located in the heart of Orlando's tourism district, Nickelodeon Suites Resort, otherwise known as 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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Nickelodeon USA's TV and Digital Channels to Go Dark for Eleventh Annual Worldwide Day of Play, Saturday 20th September 2014

Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, has announced in the following press release, from Business Wire, that Nickelodeon USA will empower kids to get up and get active when its TV channels, websites and app go off air and offline for its 11th Annual Worldwide Day of Play (WWDoP) on Saturday 20th September 2014, from 12pm. to 3pm (all times ET/PT)! Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nick.com, NickJr.com, Nicktoons.com, TeenNick.com and the Emmy Award-winning Nick App will all participate. Additionally, the network's national prosocial partners – United States Tennis Association, NFL PLAY 60, the Boys and Girls Club of America and Key Club, among others — will host several thousand local events across the USA to help celebrate kids' love of play.


Original Nickelodeon Press Release:

Nickelodeon's TV and Digital Channels to Go Dark for Eleventh Annual Worldwide Day of Play, Saturday, Sept. 20

United States Tennis Association, NFL PLAY 60 and Boys and Girls Club of America Among More Than 15 National Partners to Host Thousands of Health and Wellness Events Across the U.S.

September 15, 2014 11:35 AM Eastern Daylight Time

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nickelodeon will empower kids to get up and get active when its TV channels, websites and app go off air and offline for its 11th Annual Worldwide Day of Play (WWDoP) on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (all times ET/PT). Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nick.com, NickJr.com, Nicktoons.com, TeenNick.com and the Emmy® Award-winning Nick App will all participate. Additionally, the network’s national prosocial partners – United States Tennis Association, NFL PLAY 60, the Boys and Girls Club of America and Key Club, among others — will host several thousand local events across the country to help celebrate kids’ love of play.

"This year's Worldwide Day of Play celebration will cap off a summer of 'Road to Worldwide Day of Play" local-market visits in San Diego, Detroit, and Virginia Beach where we teamed up with grassroots organizations to celebrate kids and all the ways they stay active," said Marva Smalls, Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Nickelodeon Group. "Nickelodeon is taking the spirit of those visits to a global level on Sept. 20 for Worldwide Day of Play, when our partners host almost 4,000 events to encourage kids and their families everywhere to be more physically active."

Kids across the country are expected to participate in several thousand locally scheduled events. These events will be hosted by Nickelodeon's national partners, including the Afterschool Alliance, the Association of Children's Museums, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, the Boys and Girls Club of America, Girls on the Run, the Girl Scouts of the USA, Key Club/Kiwanis, the National Environment Education Foundation, NFL PLAY 60, Playworks, Right to Play (USA Gymnastics), Roller Skating International, Save the Children, the United States Tennis Association, Up2Us, USA BMX and the YMCA.

On Sept. 20, Nickelodeon will air health and wellness-themed messaging beginning at 9 a.m. Throughout the morning, interstitials featuring stars from Nickelodeon's hit live-action series, including Sydney Park and Tylen Jacob Williams (Instant Mom), Curtis Harris and Breanna Yde (The Haunted Hathaways) and Paola Andino and Nick Merico (Every Witch Way), will encourage kids to take the time to be more physically active. At 12 p.m., Nickelodeon will sign-off on air and online, signaling kids and families to get up and get moving. While the network is dark, a message encouraging viewers to go play will appear on a loop.

When Nickelodeon, its niche channels, websites and app resume programming at 3 p.m., health and wellness messaging will continue with highlights from this summer's "Road to Worldwide Day of Play" events in San Diego, Calif., Detroit, Mich. and Virginia Beach, Va.

Nickelodeon's "Road to Worldwide Day of Play" initiative was a series of visits to grassroots organizations who host active-play and sports programs for youth. The network encouraged kids to get active by bringing Nickelodeon-themed games, costumed characters and live-action stars to local events in the area.

Worldwide Day of Play is part of Nickelodeon's ongoing health and wellness efforts and continues the network's legacy of promoting prosocial initiatives to its viewers. Kids and families can visit http://www.nick.com/play to find photos and videos from "Road to Worldwide Day of Play" events, get tips on the best ways to play and access toolkits to help plan their own Worldwide Day of Play activities.

Nickelodeon's 11th annual Worldwide Day of Play is sponsored by the United States Tennis Association and Yvolution. USTA and their affiliates will host thousands of tennis events across the country throughout the month of September in support of Worldwide Day of Play. Yvolution, an active lifestyle company that makes innovative ride-ons, balance bikes and scooters for toddlers through teens, gets kids worldwide outside and moving.

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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