Friday, November 30, 2018

VIMN Names Chris Rose VP of International Animation for Nickelodeon

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has announced Chris Rose as the new Vice President (VP) of International Animation Production & Development for Nickelodeon. Reporting to Nina Hahn, Senior Vice President (SVP) of International Production and Development for Nickelodeon, Rose will lead the internal and external animation development and production teams for Nickelodeon International.


Chris Rose

“I am very excited to welcome Chris to the Nickelodeon family. Chris has an established track record of identifying innovative new IP and developing fresh titles that have gained industry acclaim. His creative sensibility and eye for children’s television will play a key role in developing Nickelodeon’s global animations,” said Hahn. “I trust that his passion for unique, winning content will continue to elevate the work of our animation team, and capture the attention and affection of children around the world.”

Rose brings 20 years of experience in broadcasting, development and production, and joins Nickelodeon from London-based Beano Studios (Dennis and Gnasher: Unleashed) in London, where he headed the development and production of long form television, film and theatre productions. Prior to joining Beano Studios, Rose was the Commissioning Editor of Children’s Television at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), developing and executive producing commissioned content for ABC’s two dedicated children’s channels, ABC ME and ABC KIDS.

Rose takes the role over from Alexi Wheeler, who is now part of Netflix’s kids and family team.

Rose has also previously worked as VP of programming and development at HIT Entertainment, and as a content and acquisitions manager for CBeebies. His kids TV credits include The Flamin’ Thongs, The Kazoops and The Deep, the latter of which airs on Nickelodeon Greece.

Original source: Animation Magazine; Additional sources: Animation World Network, Kidscreen.
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Ariana Grande's ‘Thank U, Next’ Music Video Features a Mini Victorious Reunion!

Update (11/30): Ariana Grande has finally released the full music video for her hit song “Thank U, Next”, and as rumored, it features a mini Victorious reunion! However, not only does it feature Daniella Monet and Elizabeth Gillies, but also Matt Bennett!



In the epic music video, Gillies portrays Cady Heron in the Mean Girls section, and, in the Bring It On sequence, Monet plays one of the cheerleaders and Bennett plays Cliff to Ariana's Torrance!

Below is a list of all the celebs making epic cameos in Ariana's “Thank U, Next” music video!

Featuring (in alphabetical order)

Colleen Ballinger
Jonathan Bennett
Matt Bennett
Courtney Chipolone
Jennifer Coolidge
Gabi DeMartino
Stefanie Drummond
Elizabeth Gillies
Toulouse Grande
Kris Jenner
Alexa Luria
Daniella Monet
Victoria Monet
Scott Nicholson
Tayla Parx
Troye Sivan

Song available here: https://arianagrande.lnk.to/thankunextYD

Original post:

Daniella Monet is just one of the surprise guests that will be featured in the tune's visual counterpart!


Photo credit: Mike Copolla / Getty Images for Nickelodeon

Breakup anthem and certified bop “Thank U, Next” by Billboard’s Woman of the Year Ariana Grande has taken the world by storm, with fans raving over the singer’s unapologetic name drops of her famous ex-boyfriends Ricky Alvarez, Big Sean, Mac Miller, and Pete Davidson. The empowering track has stayed in the number one slot of the Billboard Top 100 list and in just a few short weeks after it’s release has already gone certified platinum.

But despite the new single coming shortly after the release of Grande’s fourth studio album Sweetener, fans were hungry for more, which the singer gave them by announcing just a few days ago that the music video for number one hit was in the works. Grande spent the week revealing to fans that the song’s visual counterpart would pay homage to four movies that celebrate strong women–Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, 13 Going on 30, and finally Bring It On–and Arianators are freaking out about it. And to add more to the ever-growing buzz, it appears Grande has tapped at least two of her former co-stars from Victorious to make guest appearances in the “Thank U, Next” music video, Inquisitr reports!

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that’s all for today .... thank u, next 🖤🏈

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As noted by the Daily Mail, it appears that one of those familiar faces will be Daniella Monet, who played Trina in the hit Nickelodeon comedy series. Eagle-eyed fans were quick to spot Monet’s Instagram post seemingly unveiling her cameo, in which she wears the classic red cheerleading uniform that is worn by the Rancho Carne High School’s Toro cheerleading squad in the first installment of the Bring It On franchise.

“Bring it,” Monet captioned the sassy snap. “thank u, next.”

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bring it. thank u, next ♥️

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But Daniella is not the only Victorious alum that will have a spot in the video–Elizabeth Gillies will as well! Gillies portrayed Jade in the TV series and recently posted a clue to her own Instagram account that she would be a featured face as well, though her part will be in a scene depicting Tina Fey’s Mean Girls.

“I have this theory that if you cut all her hair off, she’d look like a British man,” Gillies captioned a shot of a group of people wearing pink, quoting one of the film’s iconic lines.


Ariana has used her power to tap a few other familiar faces for the music video as well, including Jennifer Coolidge, who played Paulette in the hit film Legally Blonde. There is also some speculation, as noted by the Daily Mail, that Kim Kardashian may even make a guest appearance after she tweeted over the weekend that she “just witnessed the funniest thing OF ALL TIME OMG,” and tagging Grande in the post.


Needless to say, nobody will be saying “thank u, next” to this music video when it debuts.

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new best friend .... thank u, next

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Originally published: Thursday, November 22, 2018.

Additional source: Cosmopolitan (I, II)
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November & December 2018 on NickSplat on VRV | New Show and Full Series


The moment you’ve all been waiting for is here—More NickSplat content is coming to VRV! For the first time since the channel's launch, all episodes of select series are now available to stream on VRV. Here’s a handy list of which shows that are now available to stream in full:

- All Grown Up (NEW!)
- The Amanda Show
- Catdog
- Kenan & Kel
- Rocket Power
- Rocko’s Modern Life

If you’re familiar with what happened last time, as new series come on, other series get rotated out for the time being. Unfortunately, this means that All That, Angry Beavers, Doug, The Wild Thornberrys, Chalkzone, Clarissa Explains It All, KaBlam!, Salute Your Shorts, Figure It Out and Guts are having a break from the service, but will most likely be added for fans to enjoy again in the near future.

Don’t worry about staying up all night to watch it all, though! Next month, another series will be rotated out and you’ll be able to watch other episodes of another series.

VRV understands your frustration—they don’t want to say goodbye to these shows either. This won’t affect any other content that comes to VRV, it’s just the way NickSplat content lives on VRV.

You’ll also still be able to watch shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark? and both the movie and the series of Legends of the Hidden Temple.

NickSplat is a multi-screen destination that includes beloved Nickelodeon content from the 1990’s and beyond across television and social platforms. Nickelodeon collaborated closely with VRV to create a NickSplat-branded streaming channel that features a rotating selection of nearly 30 series of Nick’s most popular nostalgic animated and live-action programming. Titles include AAAHH!!! Real Monsters, All That, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, CatDog, Clarissa Explains It All, Doug, Kenan & Kel, Legends of the Hidden Temple, Rocko's Modern Life, The Angry Beavers and The Wild Thornberrys, among others, with additional series to be added at a later date. NickSplat will be available to purchase a la carte for $5.99 per month, and will be included in the VRV premium bundle for $9.99 per month.

VRV – the premiere launch partner for NickSplat – and Viacom will curate programming on the channel throughout the partnership. Viewers can visit the NickSplat channel guide to find the latest episodes available by visiting vrv.co/nicksplatguide. Viewers can watch NickSplat on VRV now by heading over to www.vrv.co or downloading the app on Xbox One, PS4, Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Android TV, Chromecast, and on Android and iOS.

VRV launched in 2016 to build fans a better universe through a premium, bundled streaming experience. The platform collaborates with both digital-first and traditional media brands and currently offers 12 channels in the VRV Premium bundle including NickSplat, Crunchyroll, Funimation, Rooster Teeth, Shudder and more, alongside exclusive series like “HarmonQuest,” “Killjoys,” “Thundercats,” and “Gary and His Demons” for a monthly subscription of $9.99. Ellation is the parent company of VRV and sister-platform Crunchyroll, and is a part of the Otter Media portfolio.

Update (11/30): With NickSplat's massive collection of cartoons, shows, and movies, awesome is always on the menu. Here's everything you can expect to see in the NickSplat rotation on VRV!:

AAAHH!!! Real Monsters
All That
Angry Beavers
Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Nickelodeon Arcade
Chalkzone
CatDog
Double Dare 2000
Nickelodeon Doug
Clarissa Explains It All
Nickelodeon Global Guts
Figure It Out
Rocket Power
Nickelodeon GUTs
Hey Dude
KaBlam!
Kenan & Kel
Legends of the Hidden Temple (the TV game show)
Legends of the Hidden Temple (the TV movie)
Rocko's Modern Life
The Wild Thornberrys
All Grown Up!
Salute Your Shorts
The Amanda Show
The Journey of Allen Strange
The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo
Unfabulous
Zoey 101

NickSplat on VRV launched in August 2018.

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Originally published: Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

H/T: Anime Superhero Forum /@Commander Beeper, @BillK15.
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Genius Brands International Secures Four New Licensing Partners for the Rainbow Rangers Preschool Brand, Which Debuted to Strong Nielsen Ratings with the Animated Series on Nick Jr. USA on November 5th

Official Genius Brands International, Inc. Press Release via GlobeNewswire:

Genius Brands International Secures Four New Licensing Partners for the Rainbow Rangers Preschool Brand, Which Debuted to Strong Nielsen Ratings With the Animated Series on Nick Jr. on November 5th


Cra-Z-Art, Esquire Footwear, Integrity Vitamins, and Townley Girl Join a Roster of Over 25 Licensing Leaders for 2019 Retail Program Launch



Genius Brands International Adds Roster of New Licensing Partners for its Original Preschool Brand, Rainbow Rangers

Rainbow Rangers, the new animated adventure series for girls, which premiered on Nick Jr. on November 5th to stellar Neilsen ratings, continues to attract new licensing partners in Genius Brands International, Inc.’s "Genius Brands" (NASDAQ: GNUS) ramp up to the 2019 U.S. retail launch of the preschool brand.

Genius Brands International, Inc.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rainbow Rangers, the new animated adventure series for girls, which premiered on Nick Jr. on November 5th, continues to attract new licensing partners in Genius Brands International, Inc.’s "Genius Brands" (NASDAQ: GNUS) ramp up to the 2019 U.S. retail launch of the preschool brand.

Genius Brands’ SVP of Global Licensing Lloyd Mintz announced today that the Company has signed four new licensing partners, including Cra-Z-Art for crafts and activities; Esquire Footwear for shoes and footwear; Integrity Vitamins, for developing a line of chewable, all natural, vegan, gummy vitamins for kids based on the colorful Rainbow Rangers characters; and Townley Girl, for a line of age-appropriate cosmetics and a variety of health and beauty products.

“We are thrilled with the response from licensees who are clamoring to be associated with this fresh, colorful and exciting new preschool brand,” explained Mintz. “There is already an amazing consumer awareness for the brand, heightened by the premiere on Nick Jr., of course. And once the licensing program launches at retail outlets throughout the country--starting in back-to-school 2019 with over 300 product SKU’s coming to the marketplace--we fully anticipate Rainbow Rangers will be among the top ‘must have’ consumer products for children of all ages throughout next year.”

Genius Brands has partnered with over 25 blue-chip industry-leading licensing partners for the retail launch of Rainbow Rangers, including Mattel Inc. (master toy), MacMillan Publishing (master publishing), Bentex (master apparel), A.M.E. (sleepwear), Berkshire Fashions (cold weather accessories), BioWorld (bags, backpacks), Ceaco (puzzles), Disguise (Halloween costumes), Handcraft Manufacturing (packaged underwear), H.E.R. Accessories (jewelry and hair accessories), Jay Franco (bedding and bath), Dynacraft (bicycles), Kid Galaxy (bubble toys), Kiddieland (foot-to-floor ride-ons), Planet Sox (hosiery), Spirit Halloween (direct-to-retail program), KIDdesigns (youth electronics line), and Basic Fun! (novelty toy line).

About Rainbow Rangers
The Rainbow Rangers series follows the thrilling rescue-based adventures of seven 9-year-old girls who are Earth’s first responders, protecting people, animals, resources, and the natural beauty of our world. The Rainbow Rangers, who live in the magical land of Kaleidoscopia at the other side of the rainbow, have their own distinctive personalities and superpowers. Whenever there’s trouble for the people or animals of Earth, our seven heroines zoom into action and ride their Spectra Scooters across the rainbow to save the day. Viewers will join them on exciting adventures, but also see them at home having the same daily dramas and hilarities as every preschooler watching the show. And at its heart, Rainbow Rangers is about empowering and encouraging girls to take action and make a difference in their own homes and neighborhoods to improve and safeguard the planet. Every viewer—boys and girls alike—will see themselves in at least one of these strong, unique and empowered Rangers!

Boasting a unique and highly-accomplished team of creators from the animated motion picture world, Rainbow Rangers’ creative development and production team includes Rob Minkoff (Disney’s The Lion King director), Shane Morris (Disney’s Frozen co-writer), Tim Mansfield, and New York Times Bestselling author and Emmy-nominated writer Elise Allen (Dinosaur Train, Lion Guard, Barbie specials) who is serving as head writer and co-creator. Genius Brands’ Chairman and CEO and multiple Emmy Award-winning producer of more than 5,000 episodes of children's programming, Andy Heyward, serves as executive producer, with legendary Disney alum Ruben Aquino creating key designs. Aquino is responsible for the design and animation of many of Disney’s most iconic characters from award-winning films including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Mulan and Frozen.

About Genius Brands International
Headquartered in Beverly Hills, Genius Brands International, Inc. (NASDAQ:GNUS) is a leading global kids media company developing, producing, marketing and licensing branded children’s entertainment properties and consumer products for media and retail distribution. The Company’s “content with a purpose” brand portfolio, which is led by award-winning creators and producers, includes preschool properties Rainbow Rangers for Nick Jr. and Llama Llama for Netflix; award-winning toddler brand, Baby Genius; adventure comedy STEM series, Thomas Edison's Secret Lab; and financial literacy and entrepreneurship series, Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club. The Company’s content catalog also includes the animated series, Stan Lee's Cosmic Crusaders, created with Stan Lee's Pow! Entertainment. Seeing the need to provide kids and parents with a safe viewing environment that offers premium enriching and engaging programming, Genius Brands launched the Genius Brands Network – comprised of Kid Genius Cartoon Channel and Baby Genius TV, as well as an exclusive Kid Genius Cartoons Plus subscription channel on Amazon Prime. The Network channels are available in approximately 80 million U.S. households via a variety of distribution platforms, such as OTT, set-top box, internet and mobile. Through licensing agreements with category leading partners, characters from the Company’s properties also appear on a wide range of consumer products for retail. For additional information please visit www.gnusbrands.com.

Certain statements in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Words such as "may," "might," "will," "should," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "continue," "predict," "forecast," "project," "plan," "intend" or similar expressions, or statements regarding intent, belief, or current expectations, are forward-looking statements. While the Company believes these forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on any such forward-looking statements, which are based on information available to us on the date of this release. These forward looking statements are based upon current estimates and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including without limitation those set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), not limited to Risk Factors relating to its patent business contained therein. Thus, actual results could be materially different. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/1693fb6a-c233-4a78-a371-77f98b6fde6e

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Also, official Genius Brands International, Inc. Press Release via GlobeNewswire:

Genius Brands International, Inc. Issues Shareholder Letter


Genius Brands International's (Nasdaq:GNUS) new animated preschool series, Rainbow Rangers, continues to grow week to week since its debut on Nick Jr. on November 5th.


BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Genius Brands International, Inc. “Genius Brands” (NASDAQ: GNUS), the global brand management company that creates and licenses multimedia entertainment content for children, released a letter to shareholders from Chairman & CEO Andy Heyward. The complete letter follows:

Dear Genius Brands Shareholders,

Rainbow Rangers Week 2 Nielsen Numbers Continue to Grow!!!

I have a quick update for those of you who are tracking the launch of Rainbow Rangers and its strong Nielsen performance debut the week of November 5th, in which we were one of the highest rated programs on Nick Jr. I am ecstatic to report that in Week #2, once again, Rainbow Rangers continued to improve and grow its ratings numbers, against our key target demo of Girls 2-5.

In our Week 1 launch, we were at .7, and in our Week 2, we moved up 16% to .81. This not only placed us amongst the top shows on Nick Jr., but also delivered a higher Nielsen rating than a number of established hit franchises.

As for the critical metric of audience retention, Rainbow Rangers also continued to retain and improve our lead in audience this week by an average of +36%.

At the end of week 1, Nick Jr. added encore performances for Rainbow Rangers on both Saturday and Sunday, and during Week 2, Nick added TWO PRIMETIME BROADCASTS this last Sunday night, November 25th, from 8pm-9pm. These are both strong steps speaking on behalf of the shows ability to perform.

Meanwhile, all of the Rainbow Rangers’ consumer products are now poised for the retail market launch in Q3 2019. Successful shows that attract viewers sell a lot of consumer product merchandise, and we believe that is exactly where Rainbow Rangers is heading!

There could not possibly be better news to report!

Sincerely,
Andy Heyward
Chairman & CEO
Genius Brands International, Inc.

Forward Looking Statements:
Certain statements in this notice constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning o the federal securities laws. Words such as "may," "might," "will," "should," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "continue," "predict," "forecast," "project," "plan," "intend" or similar expressions, or statements regarding intent, belief, or current expectations, are forward-looking statements. While the Company believes these forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on any such forward-looking statements, which are based on information available to us on the date of this release. These forward-looking statements are based upon current estimates and assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties, including without limitation those set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), not limited to Risk Factors relating to its patent business contained therein. Thus, actual results could be materially different. The Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/17fef2b5-7a30-418a-af9f-82ca572a3dee

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Viewers can visit nickjr.com, the Nick Jr. app and the official Rainbow Rangers show website, rainbowrangers.com to find out more about the show and its colorful superheroes and to watch exclusive video clips. Viewers can also follow the official Rainbow Rangers community on Facebook and Instagram for magical updates.

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Follow the SpongeBob Trail on the Redwood Coast in California | 'SpongeBob' Creator Leaves Lasting Legacy in Humboldt

SPONGEBOB CREATOR LEFT LASTING LEGACY IN HUMBOLDT


Follow the SpongeBob Trail on the Redwood Coast



Stephen Hillenburg, creator of the hit Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, died on November 26. He was 57. Hillenburg, a Humboldt State University graduate and former marine biology teacher, died of complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, at his home in Southern California.

Just months ago, Hillenburg ('84, marine science major, art minor) and his wife Karen created the Stephen Hillenburg Marine Science Research Award Endowment at HSU with a $135,000 gift to provide grant awards for student research projects in marine biology, oceanography, and marine fisheries.

To honor Hillenburg and his Humboldt heritage, which had a huge impact on the show, the Eureka-Humboldt Visitors Bureau is encouraging visitors to follow his fun-filled footsteps through the county. Kids of all ages will enjoy a sensational aquatic adventure. *

First stop, the Telonicher Marine Laboratory (570 Ewing St, Trinidad 826-3671, requested $1 donation) managed by Humboldt State University, where Hillenburg studied marine biology and art. The facility, perched on a cliff overlooking Trinidad State Beach, houses aquariums teeming with odd local sea life, such as a monkeyface eel, a bashful octopus, camouflaged eelgrass fish, florescent jellyfish, and one of the world’s fastest starfish. After examining a giant whale skull nearby, the grand finale awaits outside where young hands can plunk their digits over the squishy bodies of starfish, sea cucumbers and sea anemones in several open touch tanks.


What about sponges like Bob? Alas, such gentle souls don’t last long in the aquaria jungles, where voracious shrimp turn them into dishes du jour. But go five miles north to Patrick’s (not named for Bob’s co-star) Point State Park (4150 Patrick’s Point Drive, Trinidad, 677-3570, $8 day-use fee per vehicle) and judicious exploration of its tide pools at low tide, in particular, those around Palmer’s Point Beach at the south end of the park, reveal bonanzas of hermit crabs, fish, mollusks, sea stars and occasional sponges. For the more ambitious, stop in the visitor center to request a “Get in the Zone” brochure to identify the tide pool creatures or a Redwood EdVenture Quest map to earn a badge on a park scavenger hunt.


Ocean, redwoods, big sky: These were some of the sights that influenced the incredibly talented Stephen Hillenburg during his Humboldt County days. You can find places that have that sweet "SpongeBob" vibe on your next visit to the region. Photo: Don Forthuber.

Naturally, the pursuit of Poriferans may prod the appetite, best satisfied by a visit to Stars Hamburgers (1535 G St, Arcata, 826-1379 or 2009 Harrison Ave, Eureka, 445-2061, which serve up grass-fed beef burgers with toppings like guacamole, bacon and blue cheese; veggie patties, Cajun fries, onion rings, chocolate malts, and of course fish & chips. The place may seem familiar. It is said to have inspired the Krusty Krab restaurant, dining establishment where SpongeBob SquarePants works in the series. Hungry for more SpongeBob fare? Try Toni's 24 Hour Truck Stop (1901 Heindon Road, Arcata, 822-0091), thought to be the muse for the show’s Chum Bucket restaurant, the arch-rival to the Krusty Krab.

For more information about the Redwood Forests of California, Eureka and Humboldt County, please visit https://www.visitredwoods.com.

* Excerpted from the Spring 2017 issue of the Humboldt Insider.

Based on a official Eureka-Humboldt Visitors Bureau press release.

Also, from NBC 7 San Diego:

Visit the 'SpongeBob Trail' in Humboldt County

Creator Stephen Hillenburg called the nature-packed, oh-so-quirky region home during his university days.

KNOW "SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS"? Then you know it is a timeless show, one that will be as watchable in a century as it was a decade ago, thanks in part to its creator's devotion to all-out quirk-a-tude, to gentle but sophisticated humor, and a love of nature, specifically the ocean. Know Humboldt County? Then you can understand how Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the hit Nickelodeon series, basked in some of that quintessential Humboldtian character during his time at Humboldt State University, and later brought that character and pluck to his perfect animated series.

IT IS A BEAUTIFUL REGION, in short, that fits the sprightly show, a show that followed the adventures of a sweetly offbeat sea sponge and his pals and frenemies, very well, thanks to Humboldt's natural bounty and whimsy-loving character. If you thought the county's whimsical rep was mostly to do with its famous Kinetic Grand Championship, and its other famous and unusual events, best ponder another visit. And make it about paying homage to the memory of Mr. Hillenburg, who passed away in Southern California on Nov. 26, at age 57, following a battle with ALS.

WHERE TO FIND THAT HUMBOLDT MAGIC? It's all around, as any local will tell you, but the Eureka-Humboldt Visitors Bureau has shared some suggestions for fans of Mr. Hillenburg and his iconic series under the header of the "SpongeBob Trail." You can swing by Telonicher Marine Labratory, to eye the aquariums "teeming with odd local sea life," a place where Mr. Hillenburg put in his time studying, you guessed it, marine biology (and, of course, art, too). Patrick's Point State Park is also on the list, as well as some area places to grab a hamburger (if not a Krabby Patty).

FOR MORE INFORMATION... on this sweet travel-oriented tribute to one of Humboldt's favorite students and lovers of nature, start your SpongeBob-spunky journey to the land o' the giant trees.

--Ends--

Additional source: Wikipedia.

I AM FRANKIE: BEHIND THE ANDROID (Parts 3 + 4) | THE ZONE | YTV

I AM FRANKIE: BEHIND THE ANDROID (Part 3) | THE ZONE



Go behind the scenes of new episodes from I Am Frankie with star Alex Hook in PART 3 of "Behind The Android."

I AM FRANKIE: BEHIND THE ANDROID (Part 4) | THE ZONE



Go behind the scenes of new episodes from I Am Frankie with star Alex Hook in PART 4 of "Behind The Android."

Watch Behind The Android Parts 1 & 2 here!: http://nickalive.blogspot.com/2018/11/i-am-frankie-behind-android-zone-itv.html

Catch I Am Frankie, weekdays at 6:30pm ET/PT on YTV Canada, and on Nickelodeon channels globally!

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Jingle Bells, SpongeBob & Loud House Carol, & More Christmas Songs 🎶 | Nickelodeon

Tis the season for some of your favorite holiday tunes! Catch more of your favorite shows on Nickelodeon!



What is YOUR favorite holiday song of ALL TIME?! ⛄🎶

More Nick: Nickelodeon USA's December 2018 Premiere Highlights | Nickmas | Holidays!
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Holiday DIY Taste Test❄️ Ft. Jojo Siwa, Jace Norman & More! | #FunniestFridayEver | Nickelodeon

The holidays are right around the corner so what better way to get in the holiday spirit than with a holiday taste test.❄️ But this one comes with a DIY twist! See which DIY recipes the Nick stars totally nail and which ones are a total fail!🎄



Featuring: Jace Norman, JoJo Siwa, Cooper Barnes, Daniella Perkins, Owen Joyner, Amarr Wooten, Lexi DiBenedetto and the cast of Nickelodeon’s new show, Cousins for Life!

What is YOUR favorite holiday food of ALL TIME?! 💛

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Rise of the TMNT | Magic Weapons; Fear Stink; Job Interview | Nickelodeon UK

Rise of the TMNT | Magic Weapons | Nickelodeon UK



The Turtles discover their new magic weapons, when April comes under threat.

Rise of the TMNT | Fear Stink | Nickelodeon UK



Raph is feeling the pressure and giving off the fear stink, so Mikey steps in to give him a hand.

Rise of the TMNT | Job Interview | Nickelodeon UK



The Turtles must come up with a plan to stop the paper thieves. And how do you get the attention of paper thieves? With salami of course!

Watch more Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Nicktoons UK & Ireland! Visit nicktoons.co.uk/rise for more Turtley Awesomeness!

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Takeshi’s Castle | Turtle Path | Nickelodeon UK

Check out these contestants take on Takeshi’s Castle's 'Turtle Path'. Will they be able to hop over those slippery turtles, or fall straight into the water?



Catch brand-new episodes of Takeshi’s Castle every Wednesday at 6:00pm on Nicktoons UK & Ireland! Visit nicktoons.co.uk/takeshi for more Takeshi’s Castle!

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Super Sint Surprises! ❤️ | TubeTube | Nickelodeon Nederlands

Sinterklaasavond komt eraan! Nienke maakt 5 toffe surprises! Welke is jouw favoriet?



Meer: http://www.nickelodeon.nl/shows/3723 | http://www.nickelodeon.be/shows/3723.

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Dora and Friends | Sing Along: Little Box Song | Nick Jr. UK

Sing along with Dora and Alana to the Little Box song!



Watch all your favourite Nick Jr. friends everyday on Nick Jr.! For more magical Nick Jr. activities and games visit NickJr.co.uk and download the Nick Jr. Play app!

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'Hamilton' Tony Winner Renée Elise Goldsberry to Showcase Rapping Skills on New 'Sunny Day' Episode 'A Different Duo'

Hamilton Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry is set to show off her rapping skills once again, this time on a brand-new episode of Nickelodeon's popular animated preschool series, Sunny Day! And to celebrate, Playbill has unveiled a fantastic sneak-peek from the all-new episode! Check out Goldsberry and fellow Broadway alum Kyle Dean Massey singing “Simple and Fancy Things” from the upcoming episode here on Playbill.com!


The brand-new episode, titled “A Different Duo,” will premiere Sunday, December 2 at 11 AM ET on Nick Jr. USA. In it, Johnny‐Ray (Massey) wins a chance to perform with rap music star Fee‐B (Goldsberry), but when their styles don’t mesh, they decide to go their separate ways. It’ll take Johnny‐Ray helping Fee‐B, Sunny, and the girls out of a jam to make them all realize what the pair can achieve.

Sunny Day follows the adventures of Sunny, a 10-year-old master hairstylist and entrepreneur who uses creative problem-solving to tackle any dilemma that arises in her seaside town of Friendly Falls. The series celebrates individuality, self-expression, leadership, innovative thinking, and teamwork.

DK Books Launches Immersive 'Stand-Out Marketing Campaign' for 'Rugrats' and 'Hey Arnold!' Humour Titles

Ten posters with a difference have been installed at ten sites across Camden, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Islington, Southwark, and Tower Hamlets London sites.


DK Books, a division of Penguin Random House, has created a stand-out marketing campaign to promote its new humour titles published with Nickelodeon, Rugrats Guide to Adulting and Hey Arnold! Guide to Relationships!

Ten posters with a difference have been installed at ten sites across Camden, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Islington, Southwark, and Tower Hamlets in London.

The posters will be available to see until the December 6th and mark a first for DK and the independent creative out-of-home agency Jack Arts, and promises to give fans “an immersive experience, with Nickelodeon branding at its heart”.

"Not only are they visually striking but they will play the iconic Nick ‘90s shows theme tunes via a motion sensor," read a description from the firm.


The humorous books take direct quotes and stills from Nickelodeon's beloved '90s animated series to offer advice on the themes of adulthood and relationships. With “bold and colourful” designs, the titles aim to evoke a playful nostalgia and feature throwbacks to the original animated series.

Simon Beecroft, publishing director of DK’s licensing division, said: “We're excited to be supporting our millennial-inspired, 90s throwback Nickelodeon books with a promotion to match.

"DK strives to do things differently and reach readers in new ways, and these interactive posters around London will turn heads and should inspire the odd post on Instagram.”

Rugrats Guide to Adulting and Hey Arnold! Guide to Relationships were released in October and are now available to purchase in the UK, US and Canada.

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Originally published: Thursday, November 29, 2018.

Original sources: Licensing.biz, The Book Seller.
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Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel | 'The Poisy Show' Sneak Peek | Holiday Special | Nickelodeon USA

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA premiering the brand-new Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel holiday special "The Poisy Show" on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. (ET/PT), Nick USA has unveiled a fantastic sneak peek preview from the all-new PRSNS festive episode, which you can watch in the super video clip here on Nick.com!


In the brand-new Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel Christmas special "The Poisy Show" (#822), when an old foe of the Rangers returns, the Rangers call upon Santa Claus to help them save the world! In Nick's super sneak-peek, titled "A White Christmas", the Red Ranger (Will Shewfelt) can travel anywhere this Holiday season!

"The Poisy Show" will officially bring the action packed Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel, the landmark 25th season of the iconic Power Rangers franchise to a close. Following the holiday special, Nick USA will debut Power Rangers Beast Morphers, the 26th season of the iconic long-running Power Rangers franchise, in early 2019! Click play below for a first look at PRBM!:



Set in the future, a secret agency combines a newly discovered substance called “Morph-X” with animal DNA to create the Power Rangers Beast Morphers team. The Rangers must fight off an evil sentient computer virus named Evox which is bent on taking over the source of all Ranger power, the Morphin Grid itself. Only one fighting force can come together and stop Evox once and for all: the three new Beast Morpher Power Rangers and their Beast Bot sidekicks! Featuring never-before-seen leather suits and an all-new beast-themed arsenal (including dynamic new Zords), fans should get ready for a season full of secret ops and morphinominal fun!


Power Rangers Beast Morphers will star Rorrie Travis as Devon / Red Ranger, Jacqueline Scislowski as Zoey / Yellow Ranger, Jasmeet Baduwalia as Ravi / Blue Ranger, Abraham Rodriguez as Nate, Colby Strong as Blaze, Cosme Flores as Ben, Kristina Ho as Betty, Liana Ramirez as Roxy.

For the first time ever, each of the Power Rangers will have their own sidekick in Power Rangers Beast Morphers! The Beast Bots are the lovable sidekicks that will aid the Rangers in the quest to defeat Earth’s evildoers.

- The Red Ranger’s Beast Bot will be a Cheetah named Cruise.
- The Blue Ranger’s Beast Bot will be a Gorilla named Smash.
- The Yellow Ranger’s Beast Bot will be a Jackrabbit named Jax.

Power Rangers Beast Morphers will use footage from the 2012 Super Sentai series Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters (the 36th season overall).

Missed any episodes of Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel? Catch up now at nick.com/ninjasteel and on the Nick App!

Connect with Power Rangers:

Web - http://www.powerrangers.com
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/powerrangers
Twitter - http://twitter.com/PowerRangers
Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/powerrangers

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Originally published: Thursday, November 29, 2018.
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Wear It, Drive It, Meme It - SpongeBob's Pop Culture Legacy

Wear It, Drive It, Meme It—SpongeBob's Pop Culture Legacy


How Nickelodeon’s ‘SpongeBob’ cartoon became a cultural phenomenon.



Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob SquarePants—that’s who.

The oddball yellow sponge from the fictional undersea community of Bikini Bottom is one of the most recognizable cartoons of all time, thanks to creator Stephen Hillenburg.

Nearly 20 years after the series first aired on Nickelodeon, SpongeBob SquarePants is still going strong. The hit show spawned hundreds of episodes, several feature films, and a Tony Award-winning Broadway show.

Beyond that, characters and images from the show are pervasive throughout fashion, music, and Internet culture.

"SpongeBob is one of the most significant television series in meme history."

“SpongeBob is one of the most significant television series in meme history,” Know Your Meme managing editor Don Caldwell told Wired.

He added that the show currently has 90 sub-entries and some 290 related entry search results on the website—that’s more documented memes than The Simpsons, the longest-running primetime scripted series in history. "Evil Patrick Star" and "Tired SpongeBob" are among some of the most prevalent and popular ones.

“SpongeBob clearly resonates with a large part of internet culture like no other, and I don’t think this is simply driven by nostalgia,” said Caldwell.


Fashion bloggers Sam Beckerman and Cailli Beckerman (Photo by Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images)

The show pervades hip-hop culture as well. According to Genius, the SpongeBob SquarePants TV series is referenced in hundreds of hip-hop lyrics, from D12’s song “Keep Talkin’” in 2004 to YouTube mixes of SpongeBob trap tunes. SpongeBob himself has been mentioned over 100 times on songs by artists ranging from Wu-Tang Clan to Smokepurpp.

Chuuwee, a Los Angeles hip-hop artist who collaborated with DJ duo Cookin Soul on the SpongeBob rap “Bikini Bottom,” told Noisey the impact on music is connected to the show’s influence on fashion and streetwear, saying that “growing up, we all had Jordan Dub Zeros with SpongeBob on the side and SpongeBob backpacks.”


A model walks the runway at the Moschino Autumn Winter 2014 fashion show during Milan Fashion Week. (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)

He added, “They started printing SpongeBob on shirts and sweaters hoping it would bring people in. Once Bay Area rappers and tastemakers started wearing them in music videos, it set up the show as an acceptable staple in the culture.”


Models present the new collection of Patrick Mohr during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin Spring/Summer 2016. (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images for IMG)

The SpongeBob character and his zany undersea community have inspired plenty of other merchandise, including lunch boxes and backpacks, mugs and notebooks, earning more than $13 billion in merchandise sales, according to The New York Times.

The hit show also inspired several fashion collaborations with a variety of brands and designers, including Vans and Moschino. Others in the industry, like PSD Underwear, paid tribute to Hillenburg and thanked him for “all the laughs.” Designer like Marc Jacobs, who has the square sponge tattooed on his arm, has praised Hillenburg and the show in the past.


The Toyota Sienna 'SpongeBob' display at the Motor City Comic Con in 2015. (Photo by Monica Morgan/WireImage)

“The colors of that cartoon are really beautiful and really sophisticated and interesting,” Jacobs told The Cut.

And where better to rock that SpongeBob gear than in a SpongeBob-inspired Toyota Highlander, which the auto giant unveiled in 2013.

The colorful cartoon character even influenced the close-knit scientific community. In 2011, they named a new fungus, spongiforma squarepantsi, after the titular character.

For approximately $2,416 a night, excluding holiday pricing, travelers to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic can stay in a pineapple like their favorite undersea dwelling friend at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana.

Hillenburg never anticipated that the small-screen star would become a global brand.

“I thought we’d get four seasons, but it’s still going,” Hillenburg explained to The Guardian in 2016. “I see SpongeBob on ice-cream trucks a lot and I’ve got bootleg SpongeBob merchandise from Mexico. In Egypt, they even wear hijabs with SpongeBob on them.”

Behind this wide-ranging legacy and the deep connection celebrities and fans feel for the apple-cheeked undersea creature, Hillenburg’s legacy will likely continue traveling beyond Bikini Bottom for a long, long time to come.

Original source: The Viacom Newsroom.

Originally published: Friday, November 30, 2018 at 12:40am GMT.