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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Remember When | Invader Zim's Organs | Nickelodeon

Remember when Invader Zim harvested organs for himself in "Dark Harvest"? Nickel-o-zone Acres remembers!


Couldn't make it to the Comic-Con Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus panel? Nickelodeon has got us covered – watch the entire discussion with commentary from the movie’s very own Richard Horvitz (voice of Zim), Rikki Simons (voice of Gir), creator Jhonen Vasquez, and Art Director Jenny Goldberg. It’s a conversation filled with exclusive art reveals and cast confessions that you. just. CAN’T. miss! Watch the panel here: http://bit.ly/zimsdcc18panel


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The Many Guest Stars of 'The Adventures of Pete & Pete' | NickSplat

Many famous faces guest starred The Adventures of Pete & Pete... do you remember then all? 👀


Featuring: Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop, the late great Adam West, Selma Blair, LL Cool J, Patty Hearst, Chris Elliot, David Johansen, J.K. Simmons, Syd Straw, Gordon Gano, Janeane Garofalo, Bebe Neuwirth, and James Rebhorn!


Watch all your '90s Nickelodeon favorites on NickSplat, your late-night destination for your favorite childhood Nickelodeon cartoons and live-action shows! NickSplat doesn't question football-shaped heads, but embrace them - along with Reptar bars, a Big Ear of Corn, orange soda, and even slime for Pete (and Pete's) sake. Make your slime-covered Nickelodeon childhood dreams come true every night at 11 PM ET/PT, only on TeenNick USA! #NickSplat!

More Nick: Danny Tamberelli and Michael C. Maronna Announce '90s Night' Tour!
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Nickelodeon’s 'Double Dare' Kicks off Multi-City U.S. Tour, Hosted by Marc Summers and Original Sidekick Robin Russo

Original Nickelodeon USA Press Release | Share the news - http://bit.ly/doubledarelive:

NICKELODEON’S DOUBLE DARE KICKS OFF MULTI-CITY

U.S. TOUR, HOSTED BY MARC SUMMERS AND ORIGINAL SIDEKICK ROBIN RUSSO


Double Dare Live, Produced in Partnership with

Red Tail Productions, LLC and CB Entertainment, to Visit

Cities Across North America Beginning October 30


Tickets on Sale Friday, Aug. 24, at 10:00 a.m.


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NEW YORK-Aug. 20, 2018- Nickelodeon, in partnership with Red Tail Productions, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Red Tail Entertainment, and CB Entertainment, announced today Nickelodeon’s Double Dare Live, a multi-city live stage tour inspired by the iconic TV game show Double Dare. Featuring original host Marc Summers and his beloved sidekick Robin Russo, the live stage show will debut in Fayetteville, NC, on October 30 and will tour North America through November. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, August 24 at 10:00 a.m. Fans can visit doubledarelivetour.com for a list of upcoming Double Dare Live tour cities, times and ticket information.

“Hosting the Double Dare Live tour couldn’t be any more exciting, and I look forward to bringing the fun and messiness of Double Dare to audiences across the country,” said Marc Summers. “Doing the show again with my sidekick Robin will fulfill childhood dreams of the generation that grew up with us and introduce this classic show to the next generation.”

Double Dare Live will feature two teams comprised of selected audience members competing to win prizes by answering brain-bending trivia questions, completing messy physical challenges and ultimately facing the legendary obstacle course.


The brand-new Double Dare series premiered this summer and ranks in the top three shows with Kids 6-11 on all TV. The new Double Dare TV series is hosted by digital creator and actress Liza Koshy, with original host Marc Summers providing color commentary on the challenges and lending his vast knowledge of the game and expertise to each episode.

Double Dare premiered on Oct. 6, 1986, on Nickelodeon, and ran from 1986-1993, making it the network’s longest running game show. Marc Summers served as the show’s original host from 1986-1993. Shortly after its debut, Double Dare became one of the most popular original daily programs on cable television. The series went into syndication in 1988, and was later revived as Super Sloppy Double Dare in 1989. The show also ran on broadcast television as Family Double Dare in 1988, followed by new versions on Nick, including Double Dare 2000.

NICKELODEON’S DOUBLE DARE LIVE TOUR CITIES AND DATES:

Oct. 30 Fayetteville, NC Crown Theatre (opening night)
Nov. 1 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre
Nov. 2 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
Nov. 3 Baltimore, MD UMBC Events Center
Nov. 4 Norfolk, VA Constant Center
Nov. 7 Milwaukee, WI Miller High Life Theatre
Nov. 8 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre
Nov. 9 Nashville, TN TPAC
Nov. 10 Rosemont, IL Rosemont Theatre
Nov. 11 Cleveland, OH State Theatre
Nov. 14 Hartford, CT Bushnell
Nov. 15 Newark, NJ NJPAC
Nov. 16 Rochester, NY Auditorium Theatre
Nov. 18 Pittsburgh, PA Benedeum Center

Double Dare Live is produced by Red Tail Productions, LLC and CB Entertainment.

Red Tail Productions, LLC

CEO Phillip Drayer and President Marc Engel produce and present a wide variety of entertainment throughout North America, including the acclaimed Broadway hit A Night with Janis Joplin (Tony Nomination), the spectacular Do You Hear the People Sing, Cirque Musica, Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live and Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure. Through its division Red Tail-Live, the company has a tremendous track record of producing and presenting live entertainment in a variety of venues, theatres, performing arts centers and arenas throughout the U.S. and Canada presenting over a hundred events annually, spanning genres from Broadway Musicals to Country and Pop, to Classic Rock, Jazz and Comedy, and featuring heritage artists such as Tony Bennett, Alan Jackson, Norah Jones, Dolly Parton, Harry Connick, Jr., The Beach Boys, Bill Maher, and Martina McBride.

About CB Entertainment

Charlie Blum is a renowned entertainment industry executive with over 40 years of experience as a major concert promoter, talent buyer, theatre executive, television producer and artist manager. He served for almost three decades as President/CEO for Chicagoland’s premier concert facility, the Star Plaza Theatre, following more than ten years as a Vice President with the Nederlander Concerts. Charlie has worked with virtually every major artist in show business, presenting thousands of concerts featuring performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Garth Brooks, Frank Sinatra, Madonna, The Jackson Five, Christina Aguilera, The Grateful Dead, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Rod Stewart and Cher. He has executive-produced four nationally released PBS television shows, most recently, the groundbreaking “Harmonies 4 Healing” with partner Connecticut Public Broadcasting. Charlie is also the host of Lakeshore Classic Movies every weekend on PBS in Chicago.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 39th 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, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids’ basic cable network for 22 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, VIAB).

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Those aged 18 years or older who purchase tickets may also return to the site after purchasing to register for a chance to be a contestant on the live show! The show will begin accepting online applications to participate on Oct. 1. You can also register to be a participant in person on the day of the show. This could be your one chance to face the legendary Double Dare obstacle course and get really messy!

For fans who are interested in meeting Marc Summers and Robin Russo, there are special VIP tickets you’ll be able to buy that include premium show seating, a pre-show meet and greet photo opportunity with Marc Summers and Robin Russo on the Double Dare Live stage, and an official Double Dare Live tour laminate souvenir. At this time, the cost of tickets is unknown, so I'm unsure much more these tickets will cost at the moment, although there are reports that regular tickets will start at around $32.00 and the VIP package will cost $94.

Are you excited to see Double Dare Live hit the road this fall? Will you and a friend try out for the show? You can take the physical challenge or leave a comment for me below!

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Originally published: Monday, August 20, 2018.

Additional sources: Business Wire, W3Schools, Indianapolis Star, /Film, Nerdist, LocalSYR.com.
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Happy Birthday Stephen Hillenburg | SpongeBob SquarePants | Nickelodeon

A very Happy Birthday to the man who gave us SpongeBob SquarePants, Stephen Hillenburg! Hope you're having a Sponge-Tastic day! 🎉


On this day 19 years ago, we also met fearless heroes Mermaid Man (the late Ernest Borgnine) and Barnacle Boy (Tim Conway) in the flesh for the first time! 😂


SpongeBob | College Roommates


Which type of rockmate are you? 🏡

Watch SpongeBob SquarePants on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons, and get your tickets for Nickelodeon's critically acclaimed SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical at SpongeBobBroadway.com!


More Nick: Are You Ready Kids? The TONY-AWARD Winning SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Musical Is On Broadway!

Additional source: Facebook /Kenyan Evans.
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'Lost and Found' Final Storyboard | SpongeBob SquarePants | Vincent Waller

Vincent Waller, the Creative Director on Nickelodeon's hit original animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, has unveiled a Sponge-Tastic video on his official YouTube channel featuring the Final storyboard for the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Lost and Found"! Check them out below, and watch the finished episodes in full on Nickelodeon, Nick.com and the Nick App!



Written By: Dani Michaeli
Rough Storyboard By: Fred Osmond
Plussed Storyboard By: Sherm Cohen & his crew extraordinary cartoonists
Animatic By: Estrella Capin

Watch SpongeBob SquarePants on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons, and get your tickets for Nickelodeon's critically acclaimed SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical at SpongeBobBroadway.com!

More Nick: Are You Ready Kids? The TONY-AWARD Winning SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Musical Is On Broadway!

Originally published: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 12:20am BST.
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THE ZONE | AUTOCOMPLETELY AWESOME | RTMNT | YTV

What's up Z-Heads! In the Zone today, Suki and Jesse use Google's autocomplete feature to answer questions about your favourite teenage turtles! Enjoy!



Why do the Turtles wear different colours? What Ninja Turtle is the best looking? Is Splinter a good father? What is the best pizza topping? Does mutagen exist? And is it good on pizza? Find out all the answers in the video above!

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premieres Monday 17th September 2018 on Nickelodeon USA and Friday 21st September 2018 on YTV! Visit nick.com and ytv.com/rise for more information about Rise of the TMNT.

Did you hear? Nickelodeon has renewed Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for a second season! COWABUNGA!

More YTV: YTV Asks Fans To "Keep It Weird" As Channel Fetes 30th Anniversary!
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A Nick é a favor de um mundo melhor | Nickelodeon Brasil

Converse com os adultos sobre temas importantes como desrespeito, preconceito, maus tratos, corrupção e, claro, a pirataria!



Mais Nick: Nickelodeon Brazil to Host Meus Prêmios Nick 2018 at Citibank Hall in São Paulo on Wednesday 17th October 2018!
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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Stefán Karl Stefánsson, Actor Who Portrayed 'Robbie Rotten' on 'LazyTown', Passes Away

Stefan Karl Stefansson has sadly passed away.


The actor, best known as Robbie Rotten on LazyTown, died on Tuesday following a longtime cancer battle, the actor's rep confirmed to E! News. The Iceland native was 43 years old.

"My beloved, Stefan Karl Stefansson, 43, has passed away after battling aggressive bile duct cancer for two years," the star's wife, Steinunn, said in a statement.


He played villain Robbie Rotten in LazyTown (Image: BBC)

In lieu of a funeral, the actor's "remains will be scattered in secrecy in a distant ocean," Steinunn explained. "Stefan's family wants to express their gratitude for the support and warmth received in recent years, and to express their deepest sympathy to the many friends and fans of Stefan Karl."

The puppeteer and actor rose to fame on the popular preschool television series LazyTown, which debuted in the early 2000, as the villain, Robbie Rotten, starring alongside Julianna Mauriello, who played Stephanie. Stefansson's last episode on the show was its finale in 2014. He later gained Internet fame as a meme, "We Are Number One".



"In celebration of Stefan Karl and his contribution to the world of humor and joy of heartfelt expression that unites us all, The Stefan Karl Academy & Center for the Performing Arts will launch in 2019 in Switzerland, hosted by HIAG Immobilien," the late star's friend and manager, Cheryl Edison, told E! News in a statement. "In fulfillment of Stefan Karl's wishes, The Academy will be dedicated to training young people in the history and skills of expression across all genres, while the Theater will offer audiences an opportunity to become part of Stefan's legacy through enjoyment."

In late 2016, a GoFundMe campaign was launched for the actor after it was revealed that he had been diagnosed with cancer. Stefansson shared a hopeful update with fans in February 2017.

"Thank you everyone. It brings me to tears with the amount of support, well wishes and love you have provided, I am very grateful," he wrote at the time. "Chemotherapy has been successful. I have my last drug treatment next week followed by radiation three weeks after."


However, by May 2017, his wife revealed to fans that his cancer had metastasized. "From the bottom of my heart I thank you for the support you provide me," the actor wrote to Instagram followers in June 2017. "You give me hope and you all move me."

The actor shared his last Instagram post on June 25, an inspirational message that read: 'At the end of every storm there is a rainbow of hope'.


In a statement in March, Stefansson said, "It's not until they tell you you're going to die soon that you realize how short life is. Time is the most valuable thing in life because it never comes back. And whether you spend it in the arms of a loved one or alone in a prison-cell, life is what you make of it. Dream big."

LazyTown is an Icelandic educational musical comedy series that encourages kids to eat healthily and exercise. The programme features a cast and crew from Iceland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It was created by Magnús Scheving, a gymnastics champion and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LazyTown Entertainment, who also has a lead role as "Sportacus" in the show. The show aired on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. channels around the world, among other stations globally, including Turner's Cartoonito and BBC's CBeebies.

Stefansson, who lived in Los Angeles with his family, was father to three daughters and one son.

RIP Stefan Karl Stefansson, 10 July 1975 – 21 August 2018.

Additional sources: TMZ, Mirror Online, Wikipedia (I, II), Daily Mail.

Jim Lang Reveals Nickelodeon Has No Current Plans to Make 'Hey Arnold!' Season 6

The Tunes/Toons Podcast, a show dedicated to all things concerning anime, music and life, has unveiled a fantastic interview Jim Lang, the composer on Nickelodeon's beloved '90s animated series Hey Arnold!, which you can check out below!:

Nickelodeon India's Sonic to Host Indian TV Premieres of 'Digimon Adventure tri.' Film Series In August 2018 [Updated]

Nickelodeon Sonic, India's first channel for the action-loving generation, will host the Indian TV premiere of the popular Digimon Adventure tri. anime film series this August, kicking off with the first movie in the series, "Reunion", on Friday 10th August 2018 at 7:30pm, as part of the channel's Friday Premiere Punch programming stunt!


Update (19/8): Unfortunately, Nickelodeon made a last minute schedule change, and didn't air the Digimon Adventure tri. movie "Determination" as planned, and has taken Digimon Adventure tri. off the schedule completely for the foreseeable future. Stay tuned for more updates! The schedule change was very last minute, as Nick continued to advertise the premiere and had a on-screen countdown clock up.

Update (21/8): Nickelodeon Sonic's communications team has reportedly confirmed to Anime News India that Digimon Adventure tri., along with other non-locally produced shows, such as Power Rangers and Dinosaur King have been pulled from Sonic's schedules due to poor ratings performances.

Update (14/8): Sonic will air the second movie in the Digimon Adventure tri. series, "Determination", on Friday 17th August 2018 at 7:30pm!

Digimon Adventure tri. (Japanese: デジモンアドベンチャーtri. Hepburn: Dejimon Adobenchā Torai) is a Japanese adventure anime film series produced by Toei Animation to celebrating the 15th anniversary of Akiyoshi Hongo's hit Digimon franchise. The six-part series serves as a direct sequel to the first two television series, Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02.

Digimon Adventure tri. is set three years after Digimon Adventure 02. A mysterious anomaly is causing distortions in the Real World and Digimon are being plagued by a virus that turns them hostile. These circumstances lead to the DigiDestined being reunited with their partner Digimon. Joined by another DigiDestined named Meiko Mochizuki and her partner Meicoomon, they must not only deal with the mystery of the infected Digimon but also with the responsibility of growing up.

Sonic will be airing five of the six Digimon Adventure tri. films this August: "Reunion", "Determination", "Pronounce", "Lost" and "Existence".


Digimon Adventure tri Hindi PROMO | Nickelodeon Sonic

In additional news, Nickelodeon Sonic has teamed up with Dettol, McVitie’s Creams, Casio and Parle Kaccha Mango Bite to launch "School Is Cool", a brand-new initiative featuring Sonic Star Shiva!:









More Nick: Nickelodeon India Aims To Increase Original Programming To 500 Hours By March 2019; Considering Launching Localised Kannada And Bangla Feeds!

Originally published: Monday, August 6, 2018.

H/T: ToonZone Forums /@jackz167, @animegamer (II, III, IV); Additional sources: Wikipedia, Amazon.co.uk, Times of India.
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MTS Russia Adds Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. to DTH Line-Up; Jadoo Adds Nickelodeon India's Nick HD+

MTS, the leading Russian telecommunications operator and digital service provider, has added five Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) channels to its DTH (direct to home) offer!


With the channels – Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Paramount Comedy, MTV and Spike TV HD – MTS's basic package now consists of 192 channels, while the subscription fee remains unchanged.

MTS (also known as Мобильные ТелеСистемы / MTC) says that to view the TV channels customers need to have reception equipment supporting the video compression format HEVC/H.265. This allows the service to offer more HD and Ultra HD channels to its customers.

The Viacom International Media Networks channels were added to the service on Thursday 16th August 2018.

In additional news, Jadoo, a leading distributor of Internet based South Asian & Multicultural content, has added Nickelodeon India's Nick HD+ to its line-up! Customers are advised to re-tune their Set Top Box's for the updated lineup. For more information, please customers can call 16503. Jadoo currently boasts 57 HD channels on its service.

More Nick: August 2018 on Nickelodeon Russia | Star Falls | NRDD S4 | Knight Squad | Kid Danger | Zoofari | Mysticons S2 | WWDoP 2018!

Original source: Digital TV News; Additional sources: MTS Investor Relations, Wikipedia, ToonZone Forums /@animegamer, Google.co.uk, telesat-news.net via Parabola.cz, Google Translate.
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JoJo Siwa to Takeover Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand with 'JoJo’s 5 Day Down Under' in September 2018

Update - Below is Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand's official Press Release announcing the exciting news!:

JOJO SIWA IS ‘COMING BACK LIKE A BOOMERANG’ AND GOING ALL OUT AUSSIE THIS SEPTEMBER ON NICKELODEON.



Tuesday, 21 August – Following her whirlwind Australian tour in July, Nickelodeon is celebrating all things JoJo Siwa this September with JoJo’s 5 Days Down Under.

Starting Monday, the 10th of September at 5pm AEST, and for the entire week, JoJo will host the one-hour block on Nickelodeon, introducing hand-picked episodes of her fave Nick shows – sharing why each one is special to her. Siwanatorz[1] can also catch exclusive JoJo content, which includes behind the scenes footage from her Australian tour.

JoJo will take on Aussie challenges, including singing one of her songs using an Australian accent, she’ll try a classic Aussie food challenge, with a Nick twist, and get to know some of Australia’s most iconic animals.

In additional to JoJo’s 5 Days Down Under on Nick, JoJo fans can access even more exclusive footage on Nickelodeon’s free app, Nick Play, plus watch Blurt!, starring JoJo Siwa and Jace Norman.

Double episodes:

– Monday, 10 September at 5pm: The Thundermans (Guest stars JoJo Siwa)

– Tuesday, 11 September at 5pm: Game Shakers

– Wednesday, 12 September at 5pm: Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn (Guest stars Maddie Ziegler, Dance Moms).

– Thursday, 13 September at 5pmSchool of Rock (Guest stars JoJo Siwa)

– Friday, 14 September at 5pm: Henry Danger

– Friday, 14 September at 6.30pm: Blurt (Guest stars JoJo Siwa)

JoJo’s 5 Days Down Under is on Nickelodeon (Foxtel channel 701, Fetch channel 146) from 10th of September – 14th of September at 5pm AEST.

Additional exclusive content is available on Nick Play. Download the free app from the Apple Store and Google Play.

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nick.com.au | Facebook: @Nickelodeon | Instagram: @Nickelodeon_AU | Twitter: @Nickelodeon_AU

1] “Siwanatorz” – the term used to describe JoJo Siwa fans.

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Original post:

Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand will premiere JoJo’s 5 Day Down Under, a brand-new special featuring highlights from JoJo Siwa's recent tour of the east coast of Australia, on Monday 10th September 2018!


You already know her from TV, Instagram, Musical.ly or YouTube — spreading positivity and kindness across the globe! In JoJo’s 5 Days Down Under, take an exclusive look at all the fun the inspirational star got up to during her recent visit to Australia, in which the Nickelodeon star visited Sea World on the Gold Coast, Eastland Shopping Centre in Victoria, and Westfield Parramatta in New South Wales!

After quickly realising she had a love for dance at age two, Siwa began taking classes in Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Ballet. Since discovering her love for dance as a toddler, Siwa has gone on to hit some major milestones in her budding career, including becoming the youngest contestant to appear on Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition at just 8 years old, and also starring in Dance Moms.


Siwa has garnered an incredible social media following, connecting with her fans in several different ways: through social media, where she currently has over 6.3 million followers on Instagram, 11.4 million followers on Musical.ly, 308,000 Twitter followers and 654 million views on her YouTube channel; through her SIWANATOR club which stands against negativity and bullying; through her varied line of consumer products; and with her single, “Boomerang,” which has been viewed more than 290 million times.


JoJo Siwa is a Nickelodeon and Social Media superstar, with over 1.2 billion views on her YouTube channel alone. In addition to her co-hosting duties on Lip Sync Battle Shorties, she recently performed at Kids’ Choice Awards 2018 in March and the first ever SLIMEFEST U.S. in Chicago in June, and regularly collaborates on an extensive global consumer products range including her eponymous bows, a newly launched magazine series, apparel (including the newly launched JoJo's Closet), accessories, home, toys, party and publishing. On air, Siwa has had guest roles in Nickelodeon hit shows School of Rock and Henry Danger, her own docu-style special JoJo Siwa: My World and was seen alongside Jace Norman in TV movie Blurt!.

JoJo’s 5 Day Down Under is Siwa's second Nickelodeon special, following JoJo Siwa: My World and JoJo Siwa: My UK Tour.


More Nick: Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand to Premiere 'Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' on Monday 1st October 2018!

Additional source: WHO Magazine.

Originally published: Thursday, August 09, 2018.
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Former Nickelodeon VP Alexi Wheeler Talks Animation in Africa

Children's television executive Alexi Wheeler recently left his post at Nickelodeon, where he served as Vice President (VP), Animation Production & Developer for Nickelodeon International for a new position on Netflix Kids' kids and family international originals team. Before Alexi left Nickelodeon, he gave a fantastic interview with Screen Africa about the South African and African animation industry, which you can check out below!:


Nickelodeon’s Alexi Wheeler talks animation in Africa

SCREEN AFRICA EXCLUSIVE: The South African and African animation industry as a whole has been booming in recent years, winning numerous awards, travelling further than ever before and expanding every day. Screen Africa chatted to Alexi Wheeler, VP of Animation Production and Development at Nickelodeon to get his input on our industry.

HOW HAS THE LANDSCAPE CHANGED IN THE AFRICAN ANIMATION INDUSTRY IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS?

There is a lot more happening than has been before; the nature of the projects coming out of Africa resonates more globally. South Africa has always had a very creative scene which has allowed us to tap into for content. Local animators are definitely more visible in the international landscape. This is an encouraging trend because there is a need to continuously invest in, grow and develop the skills and talent in this industry.

WHICH TRENDS, IN YOUR OPINION, ARE CURRENTLY DOMINATING THE GLOBAL ANIMATION INDUSTRY?

Globally the trends for the next five years are: Shows that are grounded more with fundamental principles such as family, friends and that relate more to the environment of home and school. There is a definite rise in local content around the world which is translating to a more glocal audience.

WHAT ELEMENTS ARE CRUCIAL IN DEVELOPING A SUCCESSFUL ANIMATED SERIES FOR YOUNGER VIEWERS?

We like our projects to contain three main elements: Broad, Simple, and Emotional. Broad meaning that kids all over the word can relate to it and also find it funny. Simple being that the idea is not over complicated, and is accessible and explainable in a one liner. Emotional meaning it provides a firm connection to the viewer giving them someone to root for and care about.

HOW DO THE SOUTH AFRICAN AND INTERNATIONAL AUDIENCES COMPARE – SIMILARITIES/DIFFERENCES?

Kids today have an altogether different attitude towards entertainment – one that puts a premium on more new content and on-demand viewing. Similar to global markets, family remains the bedrock for kids and is their number one source of happiness. It’s important that our content embodies this value.

WHAT SETS SOUTH AFRICAN ANIMATORS AND CONTENT APART ON THE GLOBAL STAGE?

The story telling format of the local market is by nature very authentic, clear and honest, creating a distinct voice in the region. Because of the diversity of the African continent, there is an opportunity to create and share these stories on more global platforms.

CAN YOU SHARE SOME OF THE EXCITING RECENT PROJECTS COMING OUT OF SA?


Yes, MooseBox is one of two first international short form animated series to come out of Nickelodeon’s annual Global Animated Shorts Programme, designed to identify and develop original comedy-driven content for kids. MooseBox, a 20 x 90-second episode order, was created by Mike Scott from South Africa, with the short form series produced by Johannesburg-based studio Mind’s Eye Creative. The original short was produced by Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation. Moose and CatBox (AKA ‘MooseBox’) are two best friends who need each other as much as they need to play, explore and survive the unpredictable video game world called The Cube.

MooseBox, along with another international short form animation was chosen out of 850 global pitches.


MooseBox from Nickelodeon International on Vimeo.


HOW DO YOU SEE SOUTH AFRICA FURTHER DEVELOPING AS A GLOBAL PLAYER IN THE ANIMATION INDUSTRY?

I think South Africa is already highly recognised and already considered a global player in the animation industry with the likes of Triggerfish being nominated in the 2018 Oscars in the animation category for Revolting Rhymes. Sunrise Productions has also already garnered huge success in the Asian market with their popular Jungle Beat animation series.

HOW DO LOCAL FESTIVALS SUCH AS THE CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL BENEFIT THE INDUSTRY?

The Cape Town International Animation Festival (CTIAF) provides the opportunity for creatives, industry, broadcasters and government to collaborate and explore ways to work together. Most importantly it allows us to get the message out to students and up and coming creative, exposing them to the incredible talents and opportunities that the market offers.

More importantly, the student awards which we participated in for the third consecutive year at this year’s CTIAF – which took place in March 2018 – sponsors a prize for two students to participate in a two week internship at our Burbank studios in the USA. Our continued commitment to this award is indicative of Nickelodeon’s commitment to creating platforms which contribute to and uplift Africa’s youth and society along with the opportunity to showcase young animators internationally.

This market has tremendous opportunity and Nickelodeon is committed to growing and nurturing the industry.

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Wheeler held various roles during his time at Nickelodeon, working up from programming manager in 2010 to manager, director, senior director and finally animation veep for Nick International. Prior, he was a development executive at Rubber Duck Entertainment and a producer for eOne Family. He has produced more than 250 hours of content for preschoolers and kids 6-12. Wheeler is also responsible for implementing the Nickelodeon International Shorts Program and International Preschool Shorts Initiative.

Wheeler’s producer credits include international hits Peppa Pig, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, Fireman Sam and Nella the Princess Night.

Netflix has been diving into more international kids series, recently announcing that it would be adapting a popular Dutch medieval adventure novel for kids entitled The Letter for the King into a Netflix Original series for kids and families. It also jumped on board a new original kids fantasy series The Dragon Prince by Aaron Ehasz, the head writer of Nickelodeon’s hit series Avatar: The Last Airbender.

NickALive! wishes Alexi all the best in all his future endeavours. :)

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'PAW Patrol Live! 'Race to the Rescue' to Return to Portugal this Autumn

Based on the hit animated TV series on Nickelodeon, PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” will be returning to Portugal this Autumn! Following the success of it's first tour of Portugal in 2017, the heroic pack of rescue pups are back for a musical adventure packed with action and lots of energy! When Mayor Goodway goes missing during the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race, the pups come to the rescue. Join Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Sky and Everest for the show’s latest tour of Portugal, stopping at the Altice Arena, Lisbon on Saturday 29th September 2018, and at Convento São Francisco in Coimbra on Saturday 10th November 2018! Full details about PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue”'s 2018 tour of Portugal can be found in Nickelodeon Portugal and LEMON's official press release below, via Nickelodeon Portugal's newsroom on cision.com!:

PATRULHA PATA AO VIVO - "ENTRAR EM AÇÃO"!


TER, AGO 21, 2018 17:30 CET

O ESPECTÁCULO BASEADO NA SÉRIE DE ANIMAÇÃO DO NICKELODEON ESTÁ DE REGRESSO COM NOVAS DATAS!



Junta-te aos teus agentes de quatro patas preferidos numa heróica aventura musical! Baseado na série de animação de grande sucesso do Nickelodeon, produzida pela Spin Master, Patrulha Pata Ao Vivo! "Entrar em Ação", está de regresso a Portugal. Depois do sucesso da primeira digressão, os teus cães preferidos estão de volta para uma aventura musical recheada de ação e muita energia. Quando a Presidente Goodway desaparece no dia da Grande Corrida da Baía da Aventura, a Patrulha Pata vai salvá-la. Junta-te a Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye e Everest.

29 de Setembro - Altice Arena, Lisboa.
2 sessões: 11h e 15h
10 de Novembro – Convento São Francisco, Coimbra.
1 sessão: 15h30
PREÇOS Entre os 12,50€ e os 40€

Bilhetes disponíveis em www.blueticket.pt , na Bilheteira Online e nos locais habituais


Com um elenco repleto das personagens preferidas da Patrulha Pata e apresentado pela VStar Entertainment Group e Nickelodeon, Patrulha Pata Ao Vivo! “Entrar em Ação”, vem demonstrar que “nenhum trabalho é demasiado grande, nenhum cão é demasiado pequeno”, e partilha lições para todas as idades sobre cidadania, valores sociais e a capacidade única de cada uma das personagens para a resolução de problemas em equipa. O espetáculo está dividido em duas partes, com um intervalo, e vai cativar o publico com os fatos Bunraku (uma abordagem inovadora aos fatos de mascote que dão vida às personagens Patrulha Pata), e também com os seus carros e equipamentos. “Com a técnica Bunkaru, é possível adicionar elementos de marionete a fatos de mascote utilizados por atores, de modo a criar uma incrível combinação de cães em tamanho real e que cria também uma maior conexão com o público. O elenco da Patrulha Pata canta e dança, mostrando um paralelo divertido e realista entre os desenhos animados e o espetáculo ao vivo” - Jim Waters, Produtor, VStar Entertainment Group. “Estamos muito felizes por esta parceria com o VStar Entertainment Group, Life Like Touring e Lemon Live Entertainment / Pandora Producciones, que trazem a Patrulha Pata Ao Vivo! às famílias em Portugal. Esta produção única promete aventuras a cada esquina, em que o público trabalha em conjunto com as personagens de modo a ajudar os nossos agentes de quatro patas a salvar o dia” - Thomas Kingsley, Senior Manager, Recreation Business Development para a Nickelodeon. O espetáculo inclui música enérgica e um novo guião, cuidadosamente escrito, que é uma boa introdução ao Mundo dos espectáculos ao vivo para os mais pequenos. Um cenário teatral clássico, juntamente com um ecrã de vídeo de alta tecnologia, transporta as famílias para um ambiente autêntico da Patrulha Pata, incluindo locais da série televisiva, como a Baía da Aventura, a Base, a Ilha das Focas, a quinta da Sra. Yumi e a Montanha do Jake. Um vídeo interativo permite que o público participe no espetáculo através de entrevistas, resolver pistas com os cães, seguir a Presidente Goodway e muito mais. O espetáculo tem a duração de 1 hora e 15 minutos (dividido em duas partes, com intervalo).



PATRULHA PATA AO VIVO! "ENTRAR EM AÇÃO" é apresentado pela Life Like Touring, VStar Entertainment Group e Nickelodeon. O espetáculo é promovido em Portugal pela Lemon Live Entertainment e Pandora Producciones.

Para mais informação visite www.lemon.pt e siga-nos nas redes sociais.

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Rise of the TMNT Cast Reads Your Comments w/ a SURPRISE Moment! 😂 | #TurtlesTuesday | Nickelodeon

The Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cast (Kat Graham, Omar Miller, Ben Schwartz, Josh Brener, and Brandon Mychal Smith) read all the exSHELLent comments YOU wrote! So get ready to LOL at their hysterical responses and make sure you watch ‘til the end for a SURPRISE Kat and Omar moment you can’t miss! Follow NickALive! for all things Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!



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Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premieres Monday 17th September 2018 on Nickelodeon USA and Monday 22nd September 2018 on Nicktoons UK & Ireland and Channel 5! Visit nick.com and nicktoons.co.uk/rise.

Have you watched the FIRST FULL EPISODE yet?! Check it out right here prior to the official premiere: http://bit.ly/rtmnt-ep1

Fans in the US can watch the first episode of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the Nick App, Nick.com/Rise, and Nickelodeon On Demand now. Fans in the UK will be able to watch the first episode of Rise of the TMNT, “Mystic Mayhem” on Nick.co.uk, Nicktoons.co.uk and the Nick Play app from Saturday 15th September 2018. Sky Subscribers will also be able to watch a sneak peek of Episode 1 along with four additional stories and 4 pieces of additional short form content exclusively on Sky VOD.


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'Find Me in Paris' to Twirl onto Nickelodeon UK

Nickelodeon UK & Ireland has announced the exciting news in their 2018 Summer Sizzle Reel that Nickelodeon UK & Ireland will start to premiere and show the hit drama series Find Me in Paris later this summer!

Update (21/8): Nick UK has announced in their brand-new Find Me in Paris teaser trailer that Nickelodeon UK & Ireland will start to premiere and show the hit drama series during Autumn 2018!


Find Me in Paris is a live-action dance-themed tween drama centering on Lena Grisky, a typical teenage girl attending the Paris Opera Ballet School, the most elite dance institution in the world. But Lena has a secret. She’s a time traveler, accidentally propelled from 1905 into the 21st century by her boyfriend Henri. Stuck in the past, Henri does everything he can to find a way to bring her home. Meanwhile, Lena tries to fit in, juggling high school and rigorous ballet training. She even becomes a member of an elite underground dance crew, the BLOK, all while trying to keep her secret. With a unique mix of ballet, contemporary dance, comedy and drama, Find Me in Paris (52×26’) is a high-end dramedy shot on location in some of the most iconic sites in Paris with a stellar international cast.

The series is produced by David Michel, President, Cottonwood Media and Co-Founder of Federation Entertainment, Zoé Carrera, and Cécile Lauritano of Cottonwood Media, a division of Federation, and is co-produced by ZDF, ZDF Enterprises, B-FILMS, and the Opera National de Paris, with the support of the European Union Media program. Federation Kids & Family and ZDF Entertainment hold worldwide rights to the series.

Written and co-executive produced by Jill Girling and Lori Mather-Welch (creators of Nickelodeon’s hit series Ride), Find Me in Paris stars Jessica Lord (The Next Step, Descendants) as Lena Grisky, Eubha Akilade (Clique, Eve) as Ines Lebreton, Rory J. Saper (The Legend of Tarzan) as Max Alvarez, Hannah Dodd (face of Burberry with Romeo Beckham in 2014) as Thea Raphael, Castle Rock Peters (Make It Pop) as Jeff Chase, Hiran Abeysekera (star of Royal Shakespeare Company productions) as Dash Khan, and Christy O’Donnell (Moon Dogs) as Henri Duquet.


Actors were selected as much for their acting experience as dancing abilities. They will be doubled in some dance performances by members of the Opera Ballet School, where Find Me in Paris is shot, the first time a youth series has done that in decades.

“We wanted people who could act very well and had enough experience in dance so that we could train or double them with some of the best dancers in the world,” said Michel, adding: “Most of the cast have one or two significant acting experiences for a very good reason that they’re young. Some of them have huge star potential, however, and we look forward to shooting with them.”

The series has been widely sold to top broadcasters including NBC Universal Kids (USA), US streaming platform HULU, France Télévisions (France), Disney Channel (France and Italy), ABC (Australia), and VRT (Belgium). ZDF will air the show in Germany. FranceTV Distribution was tapped late last year as the French licensing agent for the half-hour show. Season one reportedly had a US$11.7-million production budget. The series is distributed by Federation Kids & Family around the globe, excluding Germany, GST and Scandinavia, where sales are handled by ZDFE.

Find Me in Paris recently had the honour of being selected as the first-ever Kids’ World Premiere Screening at MIPTV 2018 in April 2018.

“It is a tremendous honour for Find Me in Paris to be selected by Reed MIDEM for its first ever Kids’ World Premiere Screening. This high-profile screening further confirms the status of the series as a genuinely unique show in the tween drama genre,” said Michel.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Federation Kids & Family for this first Kids’ World Premiere Screening, which will showcase one of the most hotly-anticipated series in the children’s industry. This inaugural Kids’ WPS will be one of the highlights of the Junior@MIPTV programme, focussing particularly this year on live-action series. At a time when series are at centre stage, it is fitting to spotlight series for the younger generation,” said Laurine Garaude, Director of Television at Reed MIDEM, which organises MIPTV.

Following the success of it's first season, Find Me in Paris was recently renewed for season two. The sophomore season of Find Me in Paris sees Ronan and Robert Burke joining Matt Bloom on the directorial team. The 26×30-minute new installment will be in production for 20 weeks.

France Télévisions and Disney in France and Italy have signed up for season two, which is being penned and co-executive produced by Jill Girling and Lori Mather-Welch, with Leila Smith serving as executive producer.

“We are very excited to start shooting 26 new episodes, allowing us to offer an impressive 52 episodes of this critically acclaimed series to our clients,” noted David Michel, the managing director of Federation Kids & Family and president of Cottonwood Media. “We welcome the new super-talented British directors and cast who have helped make Find Me in Paris an international star.”

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Originally published: Friday, July 27, 2018.

Additional sources: Variety, TVKIDS, Kidscreen, IMDb, cottonwood.tv.
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Peppa Pig Live: 'Peppa Pig's Surprise' to Tour the USA During Fall 2018 [New Dates Added]

Peppa Pig Live, now one of the most successful family theater tours in North American history with more than 500,000 tickets sold to date, will continue its record-breaking run when it returns this fall to visit nearly 40 cities in the U.S.


Just in time for the holiday season, “Peppa Pig’s Surprise”, the newest live stage show based on Entertainment One’s (eOne) top-rated series airing daily on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., will visit cities across the United States, including San Jose, Dallas, Houston and Chicago.

Most tickets and VIP packages, which include meet-and-greets with the characters, go on sale to the general public now. Facebook presale begun Tuesday, July 31 at 9am (local time). VIP Party packages are available, and can be purchased at cidentertainment.com. The Peppa Pig Party Pass features exclusive access to the Peppa Pig Party after the show, a Meet & Greet photo opportunity with Peppa Pig cast, and an exclusive party gift. A real treat for the whole family!


In “Peppa Pig’s Surprise,” it’s a lovely day and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have a surprise for her and her younger brother George, but no matter how hard they try, Peppa and George cannot guess what it is. Audiences will enjoy fun interactive games and, of course, many surprises!

The live show encompasses the charming, colorful nature of the incredibly popular preschool series and features brand-new songs and life- size puppets that walk, talk, dance, and jump up and down to give audiences a unique, fully immersive theatrical experience from the moment the curtain opens. The show gives little ones and their families the opportunity to engage with their favorite characters like never before in an unforgettable first live stage show experience.


For more information and tour dates, please visit www.peppapigliveus.com, Facebook and Twitter.

Peppa Pig Live “Peppa Pig’s Surprise” Fall 2018 North American Tour Dates:

Thursday, November 1: Performing Arts Center at Roland E. Powell Convention Center, Ocean City, MD

Friday, November 2: Weinberg Center for the Arts, Frederick, MD

Saturday, November 3: Ferguson Center for the Arts, Newport News, VA

Sunday, November 4: Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, NJ [two shows]

Wednesday, November 7: State Theater, New Brunswick, NJ [two shows]

Thursday, November 8: Auditorium Theatre, Rochester, NY

Friday, November 9: Palace Theatre, Stamford, CT [two shows]

Saturday, November 10: Altria Theater, Richmond, VA

Sunday, November 11: State Theatre Center For The Arts, Easton, PA

Tuesday, November 13: Berglund Performing Arts Theatre, Roanoke, VA

Wednesday, November 14: EKU Center for The Arts, Richmond, KY

Thursday, November 15: Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte, NC

Friday, November 16: Township Auditorium, Columbia, SC

Saturday, November 17: Carson Center, Paducah, KY

Sunday, November 18: Tivoli Theatre, Chattanooga, TN

Tuesday, November 20: Byham Theater, Pittsburgh, PA

Wednesday, November 21: Palace Theater, Columbus, OH

Friday, November 23: Taft Theater, Cincinnati, OH

Saturday, November 24: Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont, IL

Sunday, November 25: KeyBank State Theatre, Cleveland, OH

Tuesday, November 27: State Theatre, Minneapolis, MN

Wednesday, November 28: Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI

Thursday, November 29: DECC's Symphony Hall, Duluth, MN

Friday, November 30: Fargo Civic Center, Fargo, ND

Saturday, December 1: Orpheum Theater, Sioux City, IA

Sunday, December 2: Bismarck Event Center, Bismarck, ND

Tuesday, December 4: Murat Theater in The Old National Centre, Indianapolis, IN

Thursday, December 6: Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LA

Friday, December 7: Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, Sugar Land, TX

Saturday, December 8: Winspear Opera House, Dallas, TX

Sunday, December 9: Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center, Midland, TX [two shows]

Tuesday, December 11: Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, AZ

Wednesday, December 12: California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA

Thursday, December 13: City National Civic, San Jose, CA

Friday, December 14: Fox Theater, Bakersfield, CA

Saturday, December 15: Arlington Theater, Santa Barbara, CA

Sunday, December 16: Bob Hope Theater, Stockton, CA


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Originally published: Monday, July 30, 2018.

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Nickelodeon Netherlands Announces Headline Acts For 'Nickelodeon Familie Festival' 2018 [Updated]

Nickelodeon Benelux has announced the headline acts that will be taking the stage at the channel's first-ever Nickelodeon Familie Festival in the Netherlands (Nederland) this summer!


Taking place on Sunday 26th August 2018 at the beach in Almeerderstrand, Almere between 10:00 uur to 18:30 uur, Nickelodeon Familie Festival is a brand-new family-centric festival specially designed for kids aged 6-12 years and their parents. The entire day will feature live performances from many well-known Dutch artists and lots of activities inspired by hit Nickelodeon shows. The one-of-a-kind event is being organised by Nickelodeon in collaboration with Tribe Company, known for De Vrienden van Amstel LIVE! and Strandfestival ZAND.

Headlining Nickelodeon Familie Festival will be Ronnie Flex & Deuxperience, Djamila, Kraantje Pappie, Vinchenzo, Famke Louise, Gierige Gasten and STUK (DJ-sets), who will each provide dazzling live performances on one of the three stages at Nickelodeon Familie Festival. Joining them will be Kaj van der Voort, Yosina and Hello August.


Update (21/8): Nickelodeon Benelux has announced that Dutch YouTube star Kelvin Boerma (aka Kalvijn), who makes up one half of the Cinemates channel, as the surprise act of Nickelodeon Familie Festival 2018! He will join 10-year-old YouTube star Noah on stage to perform his hit song "Nu al miljonair". The social media star will also hold a meet & greet and signing session at Nickelodeon Familie Festival!


Update (12/7): Nickelodeon Benelux has announced that Nielson will be the closing act of Nickelodeon Familie Festival 2018! The singer-songwriter (whose full name is Niels Littooij) was part of Zirkus Zirkus, a popular band formed by Nickelodeon in partnership with MTV between 2009 and 2011, which makes him the ideal artist to conclude Nickelodeon's first annual Nickelodeon Familie Festival, Nick said on Thursday 12th July 2018. Nielson is set to release his third album, "Diamant", featuring his newly released single "Doen, Durven Of De Waarheid", on Friday 21st September 2018.

Nickelodeon has also announced that, in addition to the aforementioned headline acts, fans can look forward to special appearances from Girlys Blog, Vonneke Bonneke and Stefania at Nickelodeon Familie Festival 2018, which will be hosted by Kaj van der Voort and Nienke van Dijk.

Tickets for Nickelodeon Familie Festival, including an affordable family ticket for four people, are now available to purchase online at www.nickelodeon.nl/festival.

Tickets for the Nickelodeon Family Festival (organized by Viacom channel Nickelodeon in collaboration with Tribe Company), including an affordable family rate from 4 persons, are now available via http://www.nickelodeon.nl/festival.

At Nickelodeon Familie Festival, fans will also get to meet and have their photos taken with their favourite Nickelodeon heroes in a special meet and greet area. Musical.ly-star Nina Schotpoort, Nickelodeon hosts Iris Hesseling, Nienke van Dijk and Stef Poelmans, as well as the pups of PAW Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants, Shimmer and Shine, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer and Diego, and the cast of De Ludwigs will also be at the party!

Rather be active? Take a ride on the Ferris wheel, jump around on the numerous inflatables, or play on the lovely beach of Almere. Naturally, a festical is not complete without great food or drink: festival goers will be able to choose from a wide and varied selection of healthy food from several food trucks at the event.

For younger Nickelodeon fans, there'll be a Nick Jr. area, where none other than Nick Jr.'s Kim Kötter will be reading to children! Kids can also have fun in the PAW Patrol playzone. Child-favourite Dirk Scheele will also be giving special musical performances!

For the little ones there is a Nick Jr. section where none other than Nick Jr.-face Kim Kötter will read and children can have fun in the PAW Patrol playzone. Child hero Dirk Scheele can also be seen with a musical performance.

There'll be something for everyone at Nickelodeon Familie Festival!

The full celebrity guest list Nickelodeon Familie Festival is: Nielson, Ronnie Flex & Deuxperience, Djamila, Kraantje Pappie, Vinchenzo, Famke Louise, Gierige Gasten, STUK (DJ-sets), SpongeBob SquarePants, Girlys Blog, Nina Schotpoort, Kaj van der Voort, Nick Jr.'s Kim Kötter, Yosina, Chase, Marshall and Skye from PAW Patrol, Stefania, Dora the Explorer and Diego, Dirk Scheele, Peppa Pig, Nickelodeon-hosts Iris Hesseling, Nienke van Dijk en Stef Poelmans, Vonneke Bonneke, the cast of De Ludwigs, Shimmer and Shine, Raphael and Donatello from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the cast of Nachtwacht, and The Teenz!

Even more information on the Nickelodeon Familie Festival program, including more about the artists and activities kids and families can look forward to, will be announced in the coming weeks. Visit www.nickelodeon.nl/festival for the latest information.

Below is Nickelodeon Nederland's official press release announcing the exciting news:

Ronnie Flex, Djamila, Kraantje Pappie en Famke Louise eerste headliners Nickelodeon Familie Festival


05/06/2018

Ontmoet SpongeBob, PAW Patrol, Nina Schotpoort en nog veel meer helden tijdens het festival



De eerste namen van het Nickelodeon Familie Festival zijn bekend! Op zondag 26 augustus vindt op het Strand van Almere de allereerste editie van het festival plaats dat niet alleen leuk is voor kinderen, maar ook voor hun ouders! Niemand minder dan Ronnie Flex & Deuxperience, Djamila, Kraantje Pappie, Vinchenzo, Famke Louise, Gierige Gasten en STUK (DJ-sets) verzorgen een spetterend live-optreden op één van de drie podia.


Kaarten voor het Nickelodeon Familie Festival (georganiseerd door Viacom-zender Nickelodeon in samenwerking met Tribe Company), waaronder een voordelig familietarief vanaf 4 personen, zijn nu verkrijgbaar via http://www.nickelodeon.nl/festival.


Geniet van vette muziek, ontmoet je helden en speel tot je niet meer kunt

Naast de eerder genoemde artiesten treden ook Kaj van der Voort, Yosina en Hello August op. Ook kun je op het festival in het speciale meet & greet-gedeelte de hele dag door jouw helden ontmoeten en natuurlijk met ze op de foto! O.a. Musical.ly-ster Nina Schotpoort, Nickelodeon-hosts Iris Hesseling, Nienke van Dijk en Stef Poelmans, maar ook de pups van PAW Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants, Shimmer & Shine, de Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora en Diego en de cast van De Ludwigs zijn van de partij. Liever spelen en dingen doen? Neem een ritje in het reuzenrad, waag een sprong op één van de talloze springkussens of speel op het heerlijke strand van Almere. Een festival is natuurlijk niet compleet zonder goed eten en drinken: de verschillende foodtrucks bieden een ruime keuze aan gezond en lekker eten. Voor ieder wat wils dus!


Voor de allerkleinsten is er een Nick Jr.-gedeelte waar niemand minder dan Nick Jr.-gezicht Kim Kötter zal gaan voorlezen en kinderen zich kunnen vermaken in de PAW Patrol playzone. Ook kinderheld Dirk Scheele is te zien met een muzikaal optreden.


Later worden er nog meer namen en activiteiten van het Nickelodeon Familie Festival bekend gemaakt.

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Also, from Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANP) via RTL Nieuws:

Nielson op Nickelodeon Familie Festival

Nielson is de afsluiter van het Nickelodeon Familie Festival. De singer-songwriter maakte van 2009 tot en met 2011 deel uit van de door Nickelodeon opgerichte band Zirkus Zirkus, en is daarmee de ideale kandidaat om de eerste editie af te sluiten, zo laat de organisatie donderdag weten.

Eerder werd al bekendgemaakt dat onder meer Kraantje Pappie, Ronnie Flex en Famke Louise optreden op het evenement. Ook Girlys Blog, Vonneke Bonneke, Stefania, Vinchenzo, Djamila, Gierige Gasten en STUK zijn van de partij. Kaj van der Voort en Nienke van Dijk nemen de presentatie voor hun rekening.

Het Nickelodeon-feestje vindt op 26 augustus plaats op het Almeerderstrand en is niet alleen bedoeld voor kinderen maar ook voor hun ouders. Er zijn drie podia met verschillende artiesten en er komen ook verschillende speelterreinen en een speciaal meet & greet-gedeelte waar bezoekers onder anderen de Nickelodeon-hosts Iris, Nienke en Stef kunnen ontmoeten en de cast van De Ludwigs.

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Also, via TVvisie:

Surprise act: Kalvijn op Nickelodeon Familie Festival

YouTube-ster Kelvin Boerma, alias Kalvijn is DE surprise act op het allereerste Nickelodeon Familie Festival. Kalvijn (22) heeft in korte tijd een enorm aantal volgers gecreëerd met zijn YouTube en Instagram accounts.

Zijn gigantische following, die hij de 'KALFAM' noemt, steekt hij graag een hart onder de riem met de quote: 'Doe eens gek, je bent al normaal genoeg'! Hij zal samen met YouTube talent Noah (10 jaar) onder andere het nummer Nu al miljonair ten gehore brengen.

Signeersessie
Onlangs bracht Kalvijn een boek uit waarin hij vertelt over hoe hij één van de grootste YouTubers van Nederland is geworden: Van Niks naar Clicks. Op het Nickelodeon Familie Festival verzorgt Kalvijn voor het eerst een optreden met een meet & greet signeersessie, een unieke ervaring voor de fans!

Het Nickelodeon Familie Festival vindt plaats op 26 augustus op het Strand van Almere. Kids' Choice Awards-genomineerde Kaj van der Voort en Nickelodeon-presentatrice Nienke van Dijk presenteren het festival vol gave optredens en meet 'n greets. Zo verzorgen onder andere Ronnie Flex & Deuxperience, Djamila, Kraantje Pappie, Vinchenzo, Famke Louise, Gierige Gasten en STUK (DJ-sets) een spetterend live-optreden, met singer-songwriter Nielson als grote afsluiter!

Ook kun je op het festival de hele dag door jouw helden ontmoeten in de speciale meet & greet zones! Zo zijn o.a. Musical.ly (TikTok)-ster Nina Schotpoort, Girlys Blog, Vonneke Bonneke en zangeres Stefania, Nickelodeon-hosts Iris Hesseling en Stef Poelmans, maar ook de pups van PAW Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants, Shimmer & Shine, Dora en Diego, Raphael & Donatello van de Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles en de cast van De Ludwigs van de partij.

Voor de allerkleinsten is er een Nick Jr.-gedeelte waar niemand minder dan Nick Jr.-ambassadrice Kim Kötter zal gaan voorlezen. Ook doet Kim live verslag van het event op het Instagram account van Nick Jr.!

Met de uitgebreide en diverse programmering is het Nickelodeon Familie Festival niet alleen leuk voor kinderen, maar voor het hele gezin! Ga voor meer informatie of tickets naar: www.nickelodeon.nl/festival.

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Originally published: Tuesday, June 05, 2018.

Additional sources: Google Translate, Wikipedia (I, II), Famous Birthdays, .
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