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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Nickelodeon Suites Resort Celebrates its 10th Birthday and You're Invited!

Original Nickelodeon Suites Resort Press Release via Business Wire:

Nickelodeon Suites Resort Celebrates its 10th Birthday and You Are Invited

Come Party with SpongeBob SquarePants and all of your favorite Nickelodeon Characters



Nickelodeon Hotel's Lagoon Pool (Photo: Business Wire)

April 30, 2015 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

ORLANDO, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nickelodeon Suites Resort, the only place in the world where guests are SLIMED and pied 365 days a year, is getting ready for a birthday extravaganza as the hotel celebrates ten years of entertaining guests from all over the world. The hotel is rolling out the orange carpet on May 28th for an extraordinary birthday dance bash at the World Famous Lagoon Pool.

Join SpongeBob SquarePants and all of your Nickelodeon friends while getting SLIMED poolside during the greatest birthday party dance bash in hotel history. The event includes:

* A Character parade including SpongeBob SquarePants, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer and lots of other Nickelodeon friends

* A poolside mass SLIMMING

* Our tower of birthday cupcakes for all of our guests to enjoy

* Singing of Nickelodeon Suites Resort’s special "Happy Birthday" song

* A special viewing of SpongeBob SquarePants most iconic episodes


In addition to our birthday dance bash on May 28th, 2015 at 1 p.m. the Nick Hotel is hosting birthday weekend events during select months through November, featuring exciting shows, poolside entertainment, Nickelodeon characters, Slime and lots of surprises. For a full list of birthday weekend celebrations visit www.nickhotel.com/hbd.

During the Birthday Weekend celebrations, guests can enjoy activities and entertainment for the entire family, such as:

* Evening Birthday Splash Bash parties at the Lagoon Pool

* A poolside mass sliming each day of the celebration weekend with birthday cupcakes for all guests

* Surprise Birthday Squad appearances throughout the weekend with pies and slime

* Singing of Nickelodeon Suites Resort’s special "Happy Birthday" song throughout the weekend festivities

* Complimentary birthday buttons for all guests celebrating their birthday

"At Nickelodeon Suites Resort, we always have so much to celebrate — and this is our biggest celebration yet," said Tony Aslanian, Director of Sales and Marketing for Nickelodeon Suites Resort. "What better way to commemorate 10 years of sliming, pies and incredible entertainment than to throw a party for our guests. It will be a celebration that Nickelodeon fans of all ages won’t want to miss!"

Fans of Nickelodeon Suites Resort will also have the opportunity to leave birthday wishes for the hotel on Facebook and Twitter using #HBDNICKHOTEL. A full calendar of Birthday Weekend dates, as well as other events on property can be found at www.nickhotel.com/hbd.


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Nicktoons Africa To Premiere "Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks" On Monday 4th May 2015

Nickelodeon Africa has announced in a post on their official Facebook profile page, Facebook.com/NickelodeonAfrica, the exciting Nickelodeon International News that Nicktoons Africa will start to premiere the brand-new CG-animated preschool series "Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks" from Monday 4th May 2015!


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Get Ready To HUMBLE With "Throwndown Of Niceness", This Saturday From 9am ET/PT On Nickelodeon USA!

Let's get ready to HUMBLE!


Nickelodeon USA has announced in a new trailer that SpongeBob SquarePants and Harvey Beaks, two legendary nice guys, will be throwing down some extreme politeness in "Throwndown of Niceness", a brand-new morning special airing on Saturday 2nd May 2015 from 9:00am ET/PT!


As part of "Throwndown of Niceness", Nick will be showing sensational episodes "SpongeBob SquarePants" and brand-new episodes of "Harvey Beaks"!

In one corner, his frown is always upside down, it's "Harvey Beaks", and in the opposite corner, it's the master of manners, SpongeBob SquarePants!

Don't miss the nicest dudes in town as they go toe-to-toe in "Throwndown of Niceness", starts this Saturday morning at 9:00am ET/PT, only on Nickelodeon USA!

Following the premiere of "Throwndown of Niceness", Nick USA will encore the entire block on Sunday 3rd May 2015 from 7:00pm ET/PT!

Below is Nick USA's "Throwndown of Niceness" line-up for 5/2:

9:00am - SpongeBob SquarePants - F.U.N.

9:15am - NEW Harvey Beaks - The Nature of Nature: Harvey goes on a crusade to stop the spread of chaos in the forest.

9:30am - SpongeBob SquarePants - Overbooked

9:45am - NEW Harvey Beaks - Princess Is Better Than You

10:00am - SpongeBob SquarePants - The Chaperone

10:15am - NEW Harvey Beaks - Old Fashioned Dade

10:30am - SpongeBob SquarePants - Patrick's Staycation

10:45am - NEW NEW Harvey Beaks - Someone's Stealing My Stuff: Harvey sets out to find the real culprit when everyone's stuff goes missing.

Additional sources: Zap2it, TheFutonCritic.com, Toon Zone forums.
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Sneak Peek Of New "Bella and the Bulldogs" Episode "Root For Newt", Premiering 5/2 On Nickelodeon USA

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA premiering and showing the brand-new episode of the networks all-new hit original comedy series "Bella and the Bulldogs" titled "Root For Newt" on Saturday 2nd May 2015 at 8:30pm (ET/PT), following part one of the brand-new "Henry Danger" special "Henry and the Bad Girl" at 8:00pm (ET/PT), Nick USA has unveiled a fantastic sneak peek preview of the brand-new episode on their official YouTube channel, which you can watch in the online streaming video clip below!:



In the all-new "Bella and the Bulldogs" episode "Root For Newt", Bella (Brec Bassinger) goes to bat for Newt (Buddy Handleson), trying to convince Coach Russell (Dorien Wilson, "Sister, Sister") to put him in the game. Unfortunately, it seems Newt'll need more than great hair and a killer guacamole recipe to get some field time... Find out if Newt gets to play in the Bulldogs' next game this Saturday at 8:30pm, only on Nickelodeon USA!
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Nickelodeon South East Asia To Premiere "Alvinnn!!! And The Chipmunks" In May 2015

Nickelodeon South East Asia has announced the exciting news in their latest Facebook cover photo, Facebook.com/nickasia, that Nickelodeon South East Asia will start to premiere the brand-new CG-animated preschool series "Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks" in May 2015!


Nick SEA will debut "Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks" at 6:00pm on Nickelodeon Singapore (SG) and at 7:30pm on Nickelodeon Philippines (PH) on Friday 8th May 2015.

Nickelodeon South East Asia will then start to premiere "Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks" at 6:55pm on Nickelodeon Indonesia (WIB) and at 7:55pm on Nickelodeon Malaysia (MY) the following week on Friday 15th May 2015.
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Viacom Reports Results for March 2015 Quarter

Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), the parent company of the Nickelodeon brand, has today, Thursday 30th April 2015, reported financial results for the quarter ending Tuesday 31st March 2015, including higher Media Networks revenues and a 7% increase in adjusted diluted earnings per share. The Company's previously announced strategic realignment resulted in a $784 million charge, and is expected to provide ongoing annual net savings of approximately $350 million.



Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies made a global splash with "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" (Photo: Business Wire)

Sumner M. Redstone, Executive Chairman of Viacom, said, "Viacom's outstanding brands deliver great entertainment content on every screen, from film to television, mobile and beyond. We have the global footprint and the expert leadership to continue our success."

Philippe Dauman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom, said, "We are deeply committed to investing in more and more original content, expanding in international growth markets, where we are launching networks at a rapid pace, and adapting to changes in technology and consumer behavior. In the quarter, Viacom's Media Networks delivered higher advertising and affiliate revenues, and new hits like Lip Sync Battle set the stage for even more exciting, original programming across our networks. Paramount Pictures also continues to be a proven hit maker. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water was the first title from our brand new Paramount Animation division and a box office success around the world, and we look forward to the releases of Terminator Genisys and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation this summer.

“With our strategic realignment largely complete, Viacom is in excellent position to take full advantage of the many opportunities in the rapidly evolving media environment. The $175 million in savings to be achieved in fiscal 2015 and substantial ongoing annual benefit will allow us to move efficiently through the second half of the year and beyond."

Quarterly revenues declined 3% to $3.08 billion, driven by increases in Media Networks that were more than offset by declines in Filmed Entertainment revenues and the impact of foreign exchange. Excluding an unfavorable 2% impact of foreign exchange, revenues declined 1%. Media Networks revenues increased 3% to $2.45 billion, due to higher advertising revenues and affiliate fees. Absent an unfavorable 2% impact of foreign exchange, Media Networks revenues increased 5%. Domestic advertising revenues declined 5%, reflecting lower ratings. Worldwide advertising revenues rose 4%, reflecting an 80% increase in international advertising revenues driven by growth in Europe, principally from Channel 5, which was acquired in September 2014. Domestic affiliate revenues rose 5% and worldwide affiliate revenues grew 3%, primarily due to rate increases.

Filmed Entertainment revenues decreased 21% to $659 million, driven by declines in television license fees and home entertainment revenues that were impacted by the number and mix of available titles. Excluding an unfavorable 4% impact of foreign exchange, Filmed Entertainment revenues declined 17%. Theatrical revenues declined 10%, due to lower carryover revenues from releases in the prior quarter. Theatrical revenues from current quarter releases benefited from the performance of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.

Quarterly adjusted operating income was $822 million, a 6% decline versus the prior year. Media Networks adjusted operating income declined 5%, as higher revenues were more than offset by increased programming and promotional expenses. Filmed Entertainment adjusted operating income was $1 million, reflecting the decline in revenues, partially offset by decreased expenses. Adjusted results exclude the impact of a $784 million charge related to the Company's previously-announced strategic realignment. Adjusted operating income results reflect a 1% adverse impact of foreign exchange.

Quarterly adjusted net earnings attributable to Viacom declined 3% to $467 million. Adjusted diluted earnings per share for the quarter increased 7% to $1.16, which reflects a $0.04 negative impact of foreign exchange.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2015, Viacom repurchased 10.9 million shares under its stock repurchase program, for an aggregate purchase price of $750 million. As of March 31, 2015, Viacom had 397 million shares of common stock outstanding.

At March 31, 2015, total debt outstanding was $13.23 billion, compared with $12.77 billion at September 30, 2014. The Company's cash balances were $306 million at March 31, 2015, a decrease from $1.0 billion at September 30, 2014.

You can read Viacom's press release announcing the company's Q2 2015 quarterly earnings in full, including tables of Viacom's statements and balance sheets, here on BusinessWire.com.
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Viacom Unveils 'Viacom Vantage'

Original Viacom Inc. Press Release via Business Wire:

Viacom Unveils 'Viacom Vantage'

A Revolutionary Data-Driven & Predictive Ad Solution Enabling Advertisers to Reach Custom Audiences Across Viacom's Media Networks

Viacom Vantage Pilots with Select Clients, Amplifying their Reach with Target Consumers

April 29, 2015 05:38 PM Eastern Daylight Time

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) today announced Viacom Vantage, an innovative, data-driven ad product that enables advertisers to reach their custom targets at the program level across the Viacom Media Networks portfolio. This pioneering new approach transforms traditional media planning and offers advertisers more choice, more flexibility and increased accountability. Through a combination of enhanced consumer targeting and a deep understanding of how various audience segments consume content across our platforms, Viacom Vantage predicts which content will perform the best for our clients across MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, Nickelodeon, CMT, Spike, TV Land and Logo.

"Our guiding principle is to offer best-in-class and client-centered products for our advertising partners," said Jeff Lucas, Head of Sales for Viacom Media Networks. "Viacom Vantage is our latest cutting edge product to deliver on that promise by enabling our clients to close the gap between how they define their true segments and where their messages can work best in reaching that audience on our shows."

Developed in-house over a year ago, Viacom Vantage's beta version was successfully piloted with a select group of national partners including Horizon Media. Viacom Vantage offered each of these clients deep data integrations, customized capabilities and took on operational and inventory management efforts to drive unique media plans and help set new industry standards.

"When Viacom came to us with this new ad solution, we recognized immediately it was a novel approach that could greatly build upon the effectiveness of our client's investment," said Dave Campanelli, Sr. Vice President, Director of National Television for Horizon Media. "The results far exceeded our expectations by directly identifying and reaching our targeted consumers and providing us with precisely the right programming that would generate the highest return."

Now in its second year and available at scale to clients, Viacom Vantage is the result of years of strategic investment in data, proprietary research and ongoing optimization to build out new predictive models. It goes far beyond the traditional age and gender demographics and provides the capability to integrate attitudinal and behavioral segments with other off-the-shelf segments by using a unique algorithm that is custom fit to each advertiser's goals.

"Our holistic and highly customizable approach to data is far ahead of the industry curve and leverages the unparalleled social and digital reach of our programming to help unlock insights into the commercial and digital behaviors of our audiences," said Kern Schireson, Executive Vice President, Data Strategy and Consumer Intelligence at Viacom Media Networks. "By effectively merging our expansive data footprint with syndicated research, we can continuously optimize media plans to integrate our advertisers' messaging on the exact right shows at the exact right time."

Viacom Vantage is the newest offering from Viacom as the company continues to advance innovative, first-to-market solutions. Last year, Viacom Velocity introduced Echo, an insights-driven approach to harnessing our massive social footprint for content creation, distribution, amplification and optimization. Echo is powered by the Echo Social Graph, a groundbreaking, analytics platform that delivers measured earned media for our partners.

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 165 countries and territories. Viacom's media networks, including Nickelodeon, CMT, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, TV Land, Nick at Nite, MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, SPIKE, Logo, BET, CENTRIC, Channel 5 (UK), Tr3s, Paramount Channel and VIVA, reach a cumulative 3.2 billion television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures 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 To Premiere 20 Brand-New "SpongeBob SquarePants" Episodes During Summer 2015

Thomas Dooley, the chief operating officer of Viacom Inc, today, Thursday 30th April 2015, announced the Sponge-Tastic news during their Q2 2015 earnings call that Nickelodeon USA will be premiering and showing twenty brand-new episodes of "SpongeBob SquarePants" during the Summer 2015 programming season!


Earlier this year, Tom Kenny, the voice of Nickelodeon megastar SpongeBob SquarePants, announced that he is now the voice director of "SpongeBob SquarePants"!

Additionally, Thomas Dooley also announced that, following the huge success of "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water" earlier this year, Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures are currently developing a third brand-new "SpongeBob SquarePants" movie!
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Snoop Dogg To Guest Star In Brand-New Episode Of "Sanjay and Craig", Premiering 5/17 On Nickelodeon USA

ETonline is reporting the very exciting news that Snoop Dogg will be a guest star in a upcoming brand-new episode of Nickelodeon's Emmy-nominated original animated series (NickToon) "Sanjay and Craig", premiering Sunday 17th May 2015 on Nickelodeon USA!


The iconic rapper is lending his signature voice and likeness to the very special episode of Nickelodeon's hit original animated buddy comedy series.

Snoop will play "Street Dogg", a fun, friendly rapper who moves in next door to Sanjay (Maulik Pancholy, "30 Rock") and his anthropomorphic pet snake, Craig ("@midnight" host Chris Hardwick). And while in the suburbs, Street Dogg finds some time to drop “funky, fresh flow”.

In fact, Street Dogg will swap rhymes with Megan Sparkles, Sanjay's over-enthusiastic friend voiced by Linda Cardellini ("Bloodline"). The actress recently told ETonline that rapping with musician was a highlight. "I'm actually cartoon rapping with Snoop Dogg, which is something I never thought I'd be able to do that in my career", she said.

The 43-year-old rapper joins a long list of guest stars, which includes "Workaholics" star Adam DeVine, the foul-mouthed chef Anthony Bourdain, and Tony Hale.

Snoop Dogg is no stranger to Nickelodeon. In 2012, the rapper guest starred as himself in the Christmas special of Nickelodeon's hit musical comedy series "Big Time Rush", "Big Time Christmas".

Watch a sneak peek video of Snoop's visit to Lundgren below!:


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Nickelodeon And Paramount Developing Third "SpongeBob SquarePants" Movie

Viacom Inc, the parent company of the Nickelodeon brand, today, Thursday 30th April 2015, announced the Sponge-Tastic news during their Q2 2015 earnings call that, following the huge success of "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water" earlier this year, Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Pictures are currently developing a third brand-new "SpongeBob SquarePants" movie!:
"@ParamountPics is in development on sequels to existing franchises: @WorldWarZMovie, @JackReacher & @SpongeBobMovie" - TD

Based on the highly acclaimed Nickelodeon TV series, "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water", the second "SpongeBob SquarePants" movie in the hit franchise from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies, sees SpongeBob Squarepants, the world's favourite sea dwelling invertebrate, come ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet. The movie, hailed as "laugh-out-loud funny" (Examiner) and "the best family film of the year" (Fanboy Nation), has grossed more than $285 Million worldwide, and stars Antonio Banderas, Tom Kenny, Clancy Brown, Rodger Bumpass, Bill Fagerbakke, Carolyn Lawrence, Mr. Lawrence and Matt Berry.

Paramount Home Media Distribution will release "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water" on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack, DVD and VOD in the USA (region 1) on Tuesday 2nd June 2015, and will arrive two weeks early on Digital HD Tuesday 19th May 2015.

Original source: Toon Zone forums member BeanoMaster.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Nickelodeon USA To Premiere New "Bubble Guppies" Episode "Super Guppies!" On 5/1; "Yo Gabba Gabba!" Stars To Visit NJ For Bright Pink On 5/2

Nick Jr. USA has announced the exciting Nickelodeon Preschool news on the homepage of their official website, nickjr.com, that Nickelodeon USA will be premiering a brand-new episode of the networks Emmy Award-winning popular preschool series "Bubble Guppies" called "Super Guppies!" on Friday 1st May 2015 at 11:00am ET/PT, as part of Nick USA's preschool programming block!


Pictured: (Top row:) Goby (Dark Blue hair), Oona (Purple hair), (Bottom Row) Molly (Pink hair), Nonny (Orange hair), Deema (Yellow hair), Gil (Blue hair) and Mr Grouper, in BUBBLE GUPPIES on Nickelodeon. Photo: Nickelodeon. ©2010 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved

In the all-new "Bubble Guppies" episode "Super Guppies!", when Molly and Gil bring a comic book to school, all of the Guppies want to be superheroes! Fans can catch a sneak peek here on nickjr.com!

Following the debut of "Super Guppies!" on 5/1, Nick USA will premiere the brand-new "Bubble Guppies" episode "A Dolphin is a Guppy's Best Friend!" on Tuesday 19th May 2015 at 11:00am ET/PT and the all-new "Bubble Guppies" episode "The Glitter Games!" (a episode from season four) on Thursday 21st May 2015 at 11:00am ET/PT.


Additionally, Brobee and Toodee from Nickelodeon's the hit preschool show "Yo Gabba Gabba!" will be visiting Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey, on Saturday 2nd May 2015 to help raise money for Bright Pink, a national non-profit for early detection of breast and ovarian cancer! With a $5.00 donation per family and guests can take a picture with Brobee and Toodee, enjoy music, kids crafts and more between 11:00am-2:30pm at Lord & Taylor court. For more information about the Mommy & Me Event featuring Yo Gabba Gabba's Brobee and Toodee event, please visit http://www.westfield.com/gardenstateplaza/entertainment/events/15151

Additional sources: TheFutonCritic.com, Zap2it.com
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"The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water" Success Sparks International TV Sales For Popular Nickelodeon Shows

The licensing news website License! Global Mag is reporting the exciting news that the success of Nickelodeon Movies and Paramount Animation's "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water" has sparked global interest in the brand's TV series from broadcasters around the globe!


In Europe, French free-to-air (FTA) broadcaster France 3 has bought 50 new episodes of "SpongeBob SquarePants" following the show's launch on the channel in February 2015, while Spain's free-to-air broadcaster Clan has renewed seasons one through three, six and seven.

Across the Atlantic, Canal 13 (Chile), Teledoce (Uruguay) and Vrak TV (Canada) have picked up the full series including the brand-new season nine.

In addition to "SpongeBob", Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has also inked new deals for additional children's content from Nickelodeon.

Canadian pay-TV channel Yoopa has acquired "Dora and Friends: Into the City!" (season one), while Clan in Spain picked up both "Dora and Friends" and "Dora the Explorer" (season eight). In Brazil, TV Cultura has snagged the rights to four Dora specials.

A Russian broadcaster has picked up the rights to "The Legend of Korra" (seasons one and two) while Teledoce in Uruguay is adding 26 episodes of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles". Finally, Italy's free-to-air broadcaster Rai has bought the live-action titles "The Haunted Hathaways" (season one) and "Big Time Rush" (seasons three and four).
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Sneak Peek Of New "Henry Danger" Special "Henry And The Bad Girl, Part 1", Premiering 5/2 On Nickelodeon USA

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA premiering and showing the first part of a massive "Henry Danger" special, called "Henry and the Bad Girl", on Saturday 2nd May 2015 at 8:00pm (ET/PT), Nick USA has unveiled a super sneak peek preview from "Henry and the Bad Girl, Part 1" on their official YouTube channel, which you can watch in the online streaming video clip below!:



In "Henry and the Bad Girl", whilst trying to track down a gang leader, Kid Danger is tempted by a girl in the gang and lets her escape. This can't be good. Will Henry turn on Captain Man whilst trying to defend her? See how far Henry will go to protect the criminal in the premiere of "Henry and the Bad Girl, Part 1" on Saturday 2nd May 2015 at 8:00pm, then catch the thrilling conclusion in the premiere of "Henry and the Bad Girl, Part 2" on Saturday 9th May 2015 at 8:00pm ET/PT, only on Nickelodeon USA! Being bad feels gooooood...

UPDATE: Catch a second sneak-peek here on Just Jared Jr.!
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Nickelodeon 4Teen France To Premiere "Bella and the Bulldogs" On Monday 4th May 2015

Nickelodeon France has announced the exciting news in a Tweet on their official Twitter profile page, @NICKELODEONFR, that Nickelodeon 4Teen will start to premiere and show Nickelodeon's brand-new original comedy series "Bella and the Bulldogs" ("Bella et les Bulldogs"), in which a head cheerleader's life takes an unexpected twist when her rifle-like throwing arm takes her from the sidelines to becoming her middle school's starting quarterback, on Monday 4th May 2015 at 18h05!


To celebrate, Nickelodeon France's official website, nickelodeon.fr, has unveiled the channels official "Bella et les Bulldogs" show website, which features information about the series and each of the characters in the show - Bella Dawson (Brec Bassinger), Troy Dixon (Coy Stewart), Sawyer Higgins (Jackie Radinsky), Newt (Buddy Handleson), Pepper (Haley Tju) and Sophie (Lilimar Hernandez), Ace McFumbles (Rio Mangini), Carrie Dawson (Annie Tedesco) and Coach Russell (Dorien Wilson) - plus exclusive video clips, including a video clip featuring the first few minutes from the first episode!

To further celebrate, Nickelodeon France will be hosting a special "Bella et les Bulldogs" Twitter party during the shows debut! Fans can live Tweet with Nick by using the custom hashtags ‪#‎BellaEtLesBulldogs‬ and #4Teen!

In additional Nickelodeon France news:


Nickelodeon 4Teen will premiere the series finale of "Sam & Cat" ("Sam Et Cat") on Friday 30th April 2015 at 18h30;


Nickelodeon 4Teen will start to debut more brand-new episodes of "House of Anubis" ("Anubis") from Monday 11th May 2015 at 17h40.
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Tara Strong Hints Nickelodeon Has Ordered A Tenth Season Of "The Fairly OddParents"

Following Nickelodeon veteran Fred Seibert ("The Fairly Oddparents", "ChalkZone", "My Life as a Teenage Robot", "Fanboy & Chum Chum", "Random! Cartoons", "Oh Yeah!Cartoons") hinting earlier this month that Nickelodeon has ordered a tenth season of "The Fairly OddParents", actress Tara Strong, who provides the voice of 'Timmy Turner' in Nick's Emmy Award-winning original animated series (Nicktoon), has further indicated that Nickelodeon may have greenlit a tenth season of "Fairly OddParents" in a exclusive Vine video!


Tara's Vine features Butch Hartman, the creator of "The Fairly Oddparents", and Nickelodeon voice actors Daran Norris (as Cosmo), Susanne Blakeslee (as Wanda), Carlos Alazraqui (as Denzel Crocker), and Tara herself (as Timmy Turner) displaying their shock that "The Fairly OddParents" didn't win a Emmy Award at the 42nd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards. The video also features Daran, Susanne, Carlos and Tara in recording booths, which could indicate they're recording their voices from brand-new episodes of "The Fairly Oddparents"!:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Nick Cannon Talks About His New Hit Nickelodeon Show "Make It Pop"

It's the final week of season one of Nickelodeon's brand-new musical comedy series Make It Pop, and ahead of Make It Pop's first season finale, premiering Friday 1st May 2015 at 7:00pm ET/PT, Billboard recently chatted exclusively with rapper/actor/TV executive Nick Cannon, the co-creator of Nick's all-new hit series, about the show, his love of "magnifying" sub-cultures and more!:
Nick Cannon's 'Make It Pop': How He Mixed K-Pop & Nickelodeon Culture for Hit Kids Show


Executive producer, Nick Cannon visits the set of of MAKE IT POP.
Stephen Scott/Nickelodeon

The rapper/actor/TV exec also teases his upcoming dancehall flick featuring Busta Rhymes, Beenie Man & more.

Nearly everything about Nickelodeon's new show Make It Pop sounds similar to what TV fans have already seen -- including the platform (musical-comedy, just in time for Glee's finale) and the setting (a boarding school a la Zoey 101) -- but its main inspiration is where things get unique. Make It Pop is inspired by Korean pop culture, with executive producers Nick Cannon and Thomas W. Lynch (The Secret World of Alex Mack, Class of 3000) betting on K-pop's colorful and bubbly aesthetic to draw viewers with new episodes every weeknight which has, so far, delivered strong, consistent ratings for Nick's young viewers.

While the audience may be new to the glossy world of Girls' Generation, f(x) and 2NE1, one of its creators is not. Cannon had worked closely with the Wonder Girls on their eponymous TeenNick film in 2012, introducing him to the highly stylized Korean entertainment world. Ahead of Make It Pop's first season finale on May 1, Billboard chatted exclusively with the rapper/actor/TV exec about the show, his love of "magnifying" sub-cultures and more.



Why is the world ready for a K-pop-inspired TV show?

I always say, "America's last to the party." Honestly. It's such a global phenomenon that I've witnessed over the years from traveling abroad. A few years back there was a girl group with a Nickelodeon movie called the School Gyrls, from that there was the Wonder Girls and that's when I was really introduced to Korean pop and thought, "This is amazing." I became a fan of the culture.

What specifically drew you to the culture?

The main reason is the admiration and respect for the fans, how they treat the artist and how they really become this real community. That's the thing that opened my eyes initially. And then when you see the quality in the music and the videos, the imaging and how detailed everything was; the pop-art feel. I thought it was just really cool, the way they presented it. Obviously, we've always had girl groups and boy bands and all that stuff in the states. But to see the detail, the hard work and the dedication in K-pop culture, I'd never seen anything like it.

So far, that mostly thrives online and on YouTube. What was your vision with Make It Pop and how do you make that translate on television?

I would say Make It Pop was inspired by that world, but not necessarily trying to be authentic because, ultimately, at the end of the day we're making a television show for Nickelodeon. I found there were similarities, like the colors, the fun, the music, uplifting stories, all those things were synonymous with the world and I just wanted to focus on all those aspects so, like, "Hey, we can bring all the things that people love about K-pop culture, love about Nickelodeon culture, bring those worlds together, and I think we have a hit show."



What were you looking for when it came to casting? You actually have Sun Hi played by Megan Lee, who was a pop singer in South Korea.

We were blessed to be able to have Megan Lee on the show. I want to say, man, over the course of about two years, I've seen thousands of young girls and actors for this show. To know that we were going to have three [stars]...we were not going to go through this until we have the right group of girls, and we definitely found the right group.

Did you learn anything from working with Wonder Girls?

The Wonder Girls' TeenNick Movie definitely helped. It was originally inspired by that. I was introduced to the K-pop world through the Wonder Girls. Those girls are so amazing. They were so professional, so well-versed in everything entertainment...very stylized, very fashionable, very funny, I wanted to implement all of those things into the show as well. Working with the Wonder Girls was great training for Make It Pop.

K-pop fans can be very defensive and there was a petition with almost 10,000 signatures demanding you cancel the show before it aired. Did you notice any negativity brooding?

It's interesting because while in development, I think there was a press release that went out that I was doing a K-pop show. I would go online seeing tweets here and there about this...I didn't understand why the fans were kind of upset. It intrigued me like, "Why would they be mad about a big show, that's not really even trying to be a K-pop show, but something that's inspired by paying tribute to their world?" because, obviously, they didn't know what the show was about. I could imagine that someone like myself, who's not in K-pop, you hear they're doing "a K-pop show," it wouldn't make you that excited.

But I reached out to a few of the people who were concerned -- that's the beauty of being online and social media -- [I asked], "Why are you guys upset?" And they were saying how much this world and these artists means to them. And I totally respected that. I assured the ones that I actually talked to that this show would do nothing but uplift the culture and pay respect to it... Ironically, since the show has aired, I've seen nothing but positive tweets and everything online, they're already starting fansites and stuff. I'm like, "Yo! We did our job. We did what we came to do."

I'm sure a lot of those fans would like to know, are you a personal fan of any other Korean acts?

I've had the opportunity of working close with JYP [Entertainment] and J.Y. Park, but I probably also would get in trouble if I chose anyone because you know how serious it is! I got to say everything that came from JYP and all of their acts have always been wonderful and the ones I've been supporting throughout the years.

What else are you up to this year?

I'm doing a lot of stuff. In the music space, with Wild 'N Out, we're actually releasing some music from a lot of the artists.

I'm starting photography for King of the Dancehall, a film I'm starring in, directing in and wrote in Jamaica that's about the dancehall culture. Myself, Busta Rhymes, Beenie Man, Ky-Mani Marley, everybody in that dancehall culture because I feel like that's another sort of culture that doesn't have the opportunity to kind of have its time in cinema. You see all these kind of watered-down dance movies, but you never seen one about Jamaican culture.

Sounds like it might be a new-age version of Dancehall Queen.

Yeah, yeah! I mean obviously, I was inspired by everything from Dancehall Queen to The Harder They Come, movies that really pay respect to Jamaican culture. Between the cast and what we're really trying to accomplish, I feel like we're going to be one that people will reference when talking about the world of dancehall.

I feel like I've done that quite a few times, in different aspects of my career. Like in Drumline, shedding like HBCU marching band sub-culture, Roll Bounce, even this thing with what we're talking about with K-pop, the Wonder Girls and Make It Pop. I feel like anytime I get an opportunity to shine a light, to put the middle American magnifying glass on a sub-culture and kind of pay respect to it, I feel like I'm doing my job in entertainment.

Make It Pop airs weeknights on Nickelodeon at 7:00pm EST.
Catch the exciting conclusion of Make It Pop, Friday 1st May 2015 at 7:00pm ET/PT, only on Nick USA!
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U-verse Continues To Assert Leadership In TV Everywhere Space; Adds Viacom Channels

Original AT&T Inc. Press Release via PRNewswire:

U-verse Continues To Assert Leadership In TV Everywhere Space

New U-verse App Update Widens the Gap Between U-verse and Cable Mobile Live TV Offerings


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DALLAS, April 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* U-verse® recently updated its U-verse App** to include 41 additional live channels and compatibility with a wearable. The U-verse App has more live channels available to watch outside the home than any cable provider with 236 live channels inside the home and 173 channels available outside the home.

New channels available to watch via the U-verse App both inside the home and on the go are:

* Al Jazeera America
* BET
* BET Gospel
* Boomerang
* Cartoon Network
* CMT
* CMT Pure Country
* Centric
* Comedy Central
* CSPAN
* CSPAN2
* CSPAN3
* Fox Sports 1
* Fox Sports 2
* Galavision
* EVINE (ShopHQ)
* HRTV
* LOGO
* MTV
* MTV 2
* MTV Hits
* MTV Jams
* mtvU
* MTV Tr3s
* Nickelodeon
* Nick2
* Nicktoons
* Nick Jr
* NUVOtv***
* Palladia
* PXTV
* RFD TV
* Spike TV
* TeenNick
* TV Land
* Univision
* UniMas
* VH1
* VH1 Classic
* VH1 Soul
* World Fishing Network

The new channels build upon U-verse's existing channel lineup available outside of the home, which already includes channels like ESPN, Fox News, HBO and USA Network. See the full U-verse App channel lineup here.

"We're proud of our leadership in the TV Everywhere space and the extensive lineup of content we're able to offer customers today," said GW Shaw, vice president of U-verse and Video Products, AT&T Home Solutions. "This is just the beginning of what we can do—we'll continue to add more content and features to fully mobilize the TV watching experience."

In addition to new live content, the update to the U-verse App includes new compatibility with Samsung Gear S™, the first 4G wireless network-connected wearable by Samsung and AT&T. Customers can pair their Samsung smartphones with their Gear S1 to:

* Use as a remote to control the TV
* Access the U-verse TV guide
* Search for shows
* Manage their DVR
* Get programming notifications

Learn more about the U-verse App here.

Geographic and service restrictions apply to AT&T U-verse services. For more information on AT&T U-verse — or to find out if it's available in your area — visit www.att.com/u-verse.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

**Requires qualifying device, U-family or higher TV plan and Wi-Fi or data connection. Content may vary by device, TV plan, and viewing location. Data charges may apply.

*** In the fourth quarter of 2015, NUVOtv will rebrand as Fuse.

1Samsung and Gear S are both trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

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Nickelodeon USA Launches Official "So Little Time" Website

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA starting to show the popular live-action comedy series "So Little Time", starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, weeknights at 7:30pm from Monday 27th April 2015, Nick.com has launched the networks official "So Little Time" website, which NickHeads can visit at nick.com/solittletime!


Nick USA's all-new "So Little Time" webpage features information about Nickelodeon's new animated show, character bios for Riley and Chloe Carlson (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen), fantastic online streaming video clips and Nickelodeon USA's official message board/forum for the show!


"So Little Time" follows Chloe and Riley Carson (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, "Full House", "Two of a Kind"), two young teens who experience the trials and tribulations of high school, first dates, and unconventional family and after-school jobs. "So Little Time" (26 episodes x 22 minutes) originally aired on Fox Family (later ABC Family) between 2001 and 2002.

Nickelodeon USA recently acquired the rights to the content library of Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen, featuring four series, seven TV movies and two music video specials starring the actresses. Following the debut of "So Little Time", the Olsens' catalogue will continue to roll out across Nickelodeon's ecosystem of multiple screens later this year.
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Sneak Peek Of New "Breadwinners" Episode "Bad to the Duck Bone", Premiering 5/3 On Nickelodeon USA

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA premiering the brand-new episode of Nickelodeon's popular original animated buddy comedy series (Nicktoon) "Breadwinners" titled "Bad to the Duck Bone"/"Rodeo Ducks" on Sunday 3rd May 2015 at 6:00pm ET/PT, as part of Nick USA's all-new Sunday night line-up, SwaySway and Buhdeuce have a bread-tastic sneak peek for yo beak of the all-new episode "Bad to the Duck Bone", which you can watch in the fantastic online streaming video clip from Nickelodeon's official YouTube channel below!:



Oh my baps! Can you believe what a taste of Dark Rye can do to a good ducky?! SwaySway goes bad to the beak to impress Jenny Quackles on this Sunday's new episode at 6pm/5c, only on Nickelodeon USA!

You just got a sneak peek up in yo beak!
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Sneak Peek Of New "Sanjay and Craig" Episode "King of Kids", Premiering 5/3 On Nickelodeon USA

Dudes, what's up? To celebrate Nickelodeon USA premiering and showing the brand-new episode of Nickelodeon's Emmy-nominated original animated series (NickToon) "Sanjay and Craig" titled "King of Kids"/"Ew De Hector" on Sunday 3rd May 2015 at 7:30pm ET/PT as part of Nick USA's all-new Sunday night line-up, the dude-snake duo have unveiled a fantastic super top secret sneak peek preview from the episode "King of Kids", which you can watch in the fantastic online streaming video clip from Nickelodeon's official YouTube channel below! Check it!:



The Sanjay and Craig fanboys have arrived!!! Go wild at the Frycade in a brand new episode of Sanjay and Craig, in which a group of young children start to idolize the dude-snake duo, Sunday at 7:30pm on Nickelodeon USA!

Plus, Megan Sparkles has unveiled a sparkling behind-the-scenes sneak-peek preview featuring a Animatic for the episode "Ew De Hector", in which Sanjay, Craig and Hector set up their own successful perfume stand to sell their new scent, 'Mansome', after Hector starts to bottle up his divine-smelling perspiration, which you can watch in the video clip below!:


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Nick Jr. UK To Debut "Puffin Rock", A Brand-New Animated Series Narrated By Chris O'Dowd, On Monday 18th May 2015

Nickelodeon UK, the number one commercial kids TV network in the UK, has announced and confirmed the very exciting news in the following press release, from VIMN's official Nickelodeon UK & Ireland Press Centre, that Nick Jr. UK and Ireland, Nickelodeon UK's top-performing preschool channel, will start to premiere and show "Puffin Rock", a brand-new funny, playful natural history animated preschool series narrated by Irish actor and comedian Chris O'Dowd ("Moone Boy", "The IT Crowd", "Bridesmaids") about a family of puffins living on a wild and beautiful Irish island, weekdays at 6:30pm (repeated at 7:30pm on Nick Jr. +1) from Monday 18th May 2015!


To celebrate, NickJr.co.uk has launched the channels official "Puffin Rock" show website, where parents and children can discover more about "Puffin Rock", as well as watch clips and complete fun creative activities.

Original Nickelodeon UK Press Release:

CHRIS O'DOWD STARS IN BRAND-NEW ANIMATION PUFFIN ROCK ON NICK JR.

Explore the island of Puffin Rock in the new series premiering Monday, 18th May on Nick Jr.


London, 23rd April 2015 – Narrated by Irish actor and comedian, Chris O'Dowd, the brand-new animated series Puffin Rock follows a puffling called Oona, the heroine of the show, and her brother, Baba, as they embark on a range of adventures. Premiering on Monday, 18th May at 6:30pm, the show sees Oona's family of puffins discover the wild and beautiful Irish island on which they live.


Throughout the series, Oona, and Baba explore the island – making friends and hunting for food while trying to stay safe. In the premiere episode "Puffin Practice," Oona tries to teach Baba how to be a grown-up puffling, but Baba doesn't take the game seriously. Oona soon realises that she was forgetting the most important thing - to have fun being a puffling.


Co-produced by Oscar nominated Irish animation studio, Cartoon Saloon, global publisher Penguin Random House Children's, and Northern Irish children's media company, Dog Ears, Puffin Rock will air weekdays at 6:30pm on Nick Jr. The show stars 11 year old Kate McCafferty from Derry as the voice of Oona. McCafferty also sings the theme song for the series.


Online at nickjr.co.uk, parents and children can discover more about Puffin Rock, as well as view clips and complete fun creative activities.

Nick Jr.

Where every day's an adventure, Nick Jr. is a top-performing commercial pre-school entertainment brand in cable and satellite homes. Launched in 1999 as the world's first channel dedicated to pre-school children, Nick Jr.'s programming includes beloved shows Dora and Friends: Into the City!, Peppa Pig, Lily's Driftwood Bay, Zack & Quack and Paw Patrol. Online, clips, games, exclusive activities and downloads are all available at nickjr.co.uk Viewers also have the opportunity to catch up with the schedule through Nick Jr. +1. Nick Jr. is available on Sky 615, Virgin 715, through BT Vision and TalkTalk channel 318.

The Nickelodeon Network is a top-performing commercial kids TV network in the UK and Ireland with Nickelodeon channels available in over 14 million cable and satellite homes. Having launched in 1993 Nickelodeon UK comprises seven dedicated entertainment channels for kids aged 4-15 and their families, and is a joint venture between Viacom International Media Networks and BSkyB.

Puffin Rock is produced with the support of Northern Ireland Screen, Irish Film Board and Media European Fund.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Nickelodeon Latin America To Premiere "Toni, La Chef" On Monday 4th May 2015

Nickelodeon Latin America has announced the exciting Nickelodeon International News on their latest Facebook cover photo that Nick Latin America (Latinoamérica) will start to premiere and show "Toni, La Chef", Nickelodeon's brand-new telenovela from Ecuadorian writer Catharina Ledeboer ("Grachi" (seasons 2 and 3) and "Every Witch Way") on Monday 4th May 2015 at 7:30pm on Nickelodeon Mexico and Nickelodeon Venezuela, 7:00pm on Nickelodeon Colombia, and 8:00pm on Nickelodeon Argentina!


"Toni La Chef" (40 episodes) follows Toni, a 16-year-old prodigy chef who has always dreamed of owning her own restaurant. After she movies in with his crazy grandmother Dolores in Miami Beach and starts spending time in the kitchen of his family's restaurant, Lola's, Toni discovers her true passion: cooking. With a natural ability, Toni conveys her emotions through delicious dishes prepared according to the tastes of each customer. Things will not be so simple, as they will face some rivalry from the Fuccinelli restaurant, owned by Sara and Frenchie Fuccinelli. "Toni La Chef" stars a wide range of actors from the worlds of Latin American television and theater, including Ana María Estupiñán from Colombia, Josette Vidal from Venezuela and Luis Álvarez and Patricio Gallardo from Mexico. Tatiana Rodriguez, Senior Vice President (SVP) of Programming for Nickelodeon Latin America, serves as the executive producer of "Toni, La Chef". The series will be supported by Chef Lorena Garcia, host of known culinary programs for different American TV.


To celebrate Nickelodeon Latin America debuting their all-new telenovela, mundonick.com has unveiled the channels official "Toni La Chef" website, which features information about the series and the characters in the show - Toni Parra, Nacho Rosales, Leandro Miranda, Sara Fuccinelli, Frenchie Fuccinelli, Diana, Olivia González, Natalia Parra, Dolores Parra, Dante Betancourt, Vito and Bigotes, Gaucho, Teresa Forlan, Ángela and Betty, and Sally Pimienta the Skunk (Zorrillo) - plus exclusive video clips and photo gallery's!


Additionally, fans can find out the latest from "Toni, La Chef" on the shows official Twitter, Facebook and Instagram profile pages and by using the hashtag #HeyChef!

Additional source: The Daily Television.
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Nickelodeon Portugal To Premiere "Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks" On Monday 11th May 2015

Nickelodeon Portugal has announced the exciting Nickelodeon Europe News in the following article from the 'Noticias'/'News' section of their official website, nickelodeon.pt, that Nickelodeon Portugal will start to premiere and show the brand-new CG-animated preschool series "Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks", locally titled "ALVINNN!!! e os Esquilos", from Monday 11th May 2015 at 13:15!:
"ALVINNN!!! e os Esquilos" chegam dia 11 de maio


Andam todos na mesma escola, têm tarefas e deveres para fazer quando chegam a casa e discutem como quaisquer irmãos. A única diferença é que enchem estádios de futebol com os seus concertos que são vistos por milhares de fãs em todo o mundo, tal como verdadeiras estrelas de rock! Ah, e são ESQUILOS!

"ALVINNN!!! e os Esquilos" dá-nos a conhecer as dificuldades de um pai solteiro, David Seville, para criar seis esquilos hiperativos. Como acontece a todos os pais, a paciência de Dave vai ser posta à prova e levada ao limite. Facto que será inescapável, já que todas as suas frases vão acabar com um "ALVINNN!!!".

A partir da próxima segunda-feira, dia 11 de maio, de segunda a sexta, poderás desfrutar do dia-a-dia destes esquilos super famosos e dos seus esforços para conjugar a escola com a sua maior paixão: A MÚSICA! E não estão a sair-se nada mal, já que Os Esquilos e As Chipettes estão nos tops musicais de sucesso de todo o mundo.

E claro, já era de esperar que a rivalidade entre rapazes e raparigas viesse ao de cima em menos do que nada, uma vez que estes seis esquilos não só cantam juntos, como também vivem juntos debaixo do mesmo teto. Como será que Dave vai conseguir controlar este punhado peludo de esquilos cheios de energia?

Não percas de vista estes esquilos irrequietos a partir de dia 11 de maio, de segunda a sexta às 13:15 no Nickelodeon.
Check out Nickelodeon Portugal's "ALVINNN!!! e os Esquilos" launch trailer below!:


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Nickelodeon Executives Talk About How Gender Parity Has Always Been Part Of Brands' Culture

To celebrate Variety's 2015 Power of Women New York issue, Variety recently interviewed Nickelodeon executives Cyma Zarghami, Pam Kaufman, Sarah Levy and Marva Smalls about how Nickelodeon has always encouraged and led the way for gender parity in the workplace since the channel's launch in 1979!:
Nickelodeon: Gender Parity Part of Cabler's Culture


Gender parity in the workplace took center stage at the Oscars in March, fueled by Patricia Arquette's impassioned speech during the broadcast, but for the women at cabler Nickelodeon, that issue has been in place since the channel's launch.

In 1980, Geraldine Laybourne became its first female president, fostering a female-friendly work culture while pioneering a slate of such innovative kids' programming as "Rugrats" and "You Can't Do That on Television!" It was under Laybourne's leadership that the then-fledgling Nickelodeon became a top-rated, Emmy- and Peabody-decorated network.

"One of the great things about the number of women in our organization — and we account for more than 50% — is that we actually have never had to say 'hear us roar' because we were all there already," says Cyma Zarghami, president of the Viacom Kids and Family Group. "For the most part our experience has always been very female friendly and that's something we're really proud of."

Pam Kaufman, president of consumer products and chief marketing officer, was hired when she was eight months' pregnant, a scenario that, in spite of women "leaning in" across corporate America, is the exception, rather than the rule.

"I was terrified. I told the person with whom I was interviewing that I was pregnant, and the first thing he said to me was congratulations," says Kaufman, who credits parent company Viacom Media Networks and president and CEO Philippe Dauman for implementing forward-thinking policies. "It is an incredibly family-friendly environment, and it does start at the top. If you're successful and a hard worker and you need to go take care of something (the philosophy) is to go take care of what's important."

An inhouse mentorship program also accounts for Nickelodeon's female-driven success, says chief operating officer Sarah Levy. "Because it's a family brand, as women go through the life stages we have come to see that women are incredible executives," says Levy. "The senior women have mentored the junior women in a way that has made (Nickelodeon) a great place with great opportunity."

Adds Marva Smalls, head of public affairs and chief of staff, and Viacom's head of global inclusion, "It's a culture where the women respect the men and the men respect the women and we're all just looking to hit it out of the park.

"We don't skew for female versus male but we really want that balance. We understand that it takes all those voices at the table in order for us put to best product out for our audience."

To that end, Nickelodeon has long taken pride in providing preschool entertainment with an educational component ("Bubble Guppies," "Dora the Explorer") as well as tween, teen and adult fare on its sister channels like TeeNick and Nick at Nite. What makes Nickelodeon's content stand out, says Zarghami, is the fact that it's primarily "gender neutral."

"We believe kids under 11 shouldn't be so conscious of the gender differences, so we went out of our way to make sure we were boy- and girl-friendly," says Zarghami, citing "girl-empowering" classics like "Clarissa Explains It All" and new series "Bella and the Bulldogs." "Once in a while you'll see a little pink or frills, but storytelling for kids really should be about being a kid, not about being a boy kid or a girl kid. At Nickelodeon your daughter kicks Cinderella's ass."

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Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products UK Honours Licensees At Annual Awards

Original Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP) UK Press Release via VIMN.com:


NICKELODEON & VIACOM CONSUMER PRODUCTS UK HONOURS LICENSEES AT ANNUAL AWARDS

Sambro International Ltd., Best Way Europe and TDP Textiles Ltd. among those celebrated at the Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products UK Achievement Awards

London, Thursday 23rd April – Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products held their annual UK Achievement Awards today at London's Ham Yard Hotel, to mark their successful collaborations with licensee partners over the past year. The awards saw Sambro International Ltd., Aykroyds & Sons, TDP Textiles, Scimitar Sports UK, Bestway Europe and Inspired Products UK all receive accolades in honour of their accomplishments with Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP).

Sambro International Ltd., who notably signed a multi-territory deal with NVCP for Paw Patrol earlier this year, were awarded Licensee of the Year for their support and commitment to the NVCP portfolio. Outstanding Partnership 2015 Award went to Aykroyds & Sons Ltd. and TDP Textiles Ltd. Scimitar Sports picked up the award for Innovative Softline Product 2015. Bestway Europe was presented with Innovative Hardline Product 2015. Breakthrough of the Year 2015 went to Inspired Products UK following their partnership with NVCP on a new car seat range with Nickelodeon's key animated properties.


"This year has seen incredibly innovative and successful new products from the licensees that we have awarded," said Marianne James, VP Consumer Products UK & Ireland & European Retail Sales & Marketing Viacom International Media Networks. "Our partners are instrumental to the success and development of Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products and we're delighted to celebrate their commitment to our brands through the UK Achievement Awards."

Complete List of Winners:

Breakthrough of the Year 2015
Inspired Products UK

Innovative Hardline Product 2015
Bestway Europe
SpongeBob SquarePants Activity Pool

Innovative Softline Product 2015
Scimitar Sports UK Limited
SpongeBob SquarePants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sports jerseys

Licensee of the year 2015
Sambro International Ltd.

Outstanding Partnership 2015
Aykroyds & Sons Ltd.
TDP Textiles Ltd.

Nickelodeon

Available in over 13 million homes, Nickelodeon is the place where kids rule and features top shows such as Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards, The Haunted Hathaways, The Thundermans, SpongeBob SquarePants and Sam & Cat. Launched in 1993, Nickelodeon brings hit international and locally-produced entertainment content to audiences in the UK and Ireland. Viewers can also watch Nickelodeon in high definition through Nickelodeon HD and have the opportunity to catch up with the schedule through Nickelodeon +1. Exclusive games, behind the scenes clips, show information and more are available on nick.co.uk and the dedicated Nick app where viewers can find exclusive content updated daily. Viewers can watch Nickelodeon on Sky, Virgin, TalkTalk, BT Vision, YouView, VUTV on Freeview and on UPC in the Republic of Ireland.

The Nickelodeon Network brings the best in kids content to the UK and Ireland with Nickelodeon channels available in over 13 million cable and satellite homes. Having launched in 1993 Nickelodeon UK comprises seven dedicated entertainment channels for kids aged 4-15 and their families, and is a joint venture between Viacom International Media Networks and BSkyB.

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Nicktoons UK Announces "Fairly Odd Weekend!"

Nicktoons UK has announced the magical news in a new trailer/promo that the Fairly OddParents are taking over your weekend with "Fairly Odd Weekend!", in which Nicktoons UK and Ireland, Nickelodeon UK's animation and action channel, will be showing a selection of favourite "The Fairly OddParents" episodes and live-action specials, plus a brand-new episode of Nickelodeon's Emmy Award-winning original animated series (Nicktoon), this weekend!


Below is Nicktoons UK's "Fairly Odd Weekend!" weekend line-up:

Saturday 2nd May 2015:

12:00pm - Fairly Odd Summer (movie special)
1:30pm - Lame Ducks & Perfect Nightmare
2:00pm - Stage Fright & Gone Flushing
2:30pm - Turning Into Turner & The Wand That Got Away
3:00pm - Jerk of All Trades & Snack Attack
3:30pm - Love at First Bark & Desperate Without Housewives

Sunday 3rd May 2015:

12:00pm - A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! (movie special)
1:15pm - Two and a Half Babies
1:30pm - Let Sleeper Dogs Lie & Cat-Astrophe
2:00pm - Weirdos on a Train & Tons of Timmys
2:30pm - Brand-new episode!
3:00pm - Cosmonopoly & Hero Hound
3:30pm - Dog Gone & Turner Back Time

Wish away your weekend with "Fairly Odd Weekend!", this weekend (Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May 2015) from 12pm to 4pm, only on Nicktoons UK and Ireland!

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