Saturday, August 24, 2019

Nick Jr. Australia to Premiere 'Ryan's Mystery Playdate' on Monday, September 2, 2019

NICKELODEON AUSTRALIA UNVEILS RYAN’S MYSTERY PLAYDATE, BRAND NEW PRESCHOOL SERIES STARRING YOUTUBE SUPERSTAR


Preschoolers will be playing and problem-solving along with seven-year-old YouTube superstar Ryan, of Ryan ToysReview, in the brand new live-action series, Ryan’s Mystery Playdate premiering Monday, September 2, 2019 at 8.30am (AEST) on Nick Jr. Australia. Following launch, new episodes will continue to premiere weekdays at 8.30am (AEST) for two weeks until Friday September 10 on the Nick Jr. channel in Australia.

Created and produced by pocket.watch, the new studio creating global franchises with YouTube stars, Ryan’s Mystery Playdate follows Ryan, his parents, and animated friends Gus the Gummy Gator and Combo Panda, as they work together to tackle a series of imaginative, physical challenges and unbox puzzles that ultimately reveal the identity of his mystery playdate.


In the first-ever episode, "Ryan’s Kickin’ Playdate", Ryan comes face-to-face with karate black belt Kieran Tamondong, who tests his chops while teaching him the tricks of his trade.

In the second part of the episode, "Ryan’s Viral Playdate", Ryan scrolls through challenges to find out his next mystery playdate. Sure to go viral, his featured guest is YouTube star MarMar (aka Marlin Ramsey Chan) who has over 3.3 million subscribers of his own!

Other notable guests appearing on the show as Ryan’s mystery playdate include; professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, Captain Man from Henry Danger Cooper Barnes, Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez, the world’s youngest astronaut Alyssa Carson, 13-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani, original Dance Moms cast member Nia Sioux and many more.

With over 31 billion video views on YouTube and 21 million subscribers, kids are sure to love turning in for their playdates with Ryan in a safe and kid-friendly environment on Nick Jr.

Brian Robbins, Nickelodeon President said “Ryan is a kid who happens to be one of YouTube’s towering giants, with millions of followers who are going to love seeing him and his family on Nickelodeon in a totally new and fun way. Unboxing is just the start of the new adventures fans can expect from Ryan’s Mystery Playdate on Nick Jr., and we’re excited to be working with pocket.watch to bring this series to our audience.”

“We’re thrilled that our friends at Nickelodeon recognise the power and popularity of Ryan and the characters that inhabit his world with him,” said Albie Hecht, pocket.watch’s Chief Content Officer. “Over the last year pocket.watch launched Ryan’s World books, games and consumer products to great success so a TV show with Nickelodeon is the natural next step in propelling Ryan to true global franchise status.”


Ryan’s Mystery Playdate will take its place among Nickelodeon’s powerful preschool portfolio that will soon include Blue’s Clues & You! premiering in 2020.

Ryan’s Mystery Playdate premieres on Nick Jr. (Foxtel channel 703, Fetch channel 253) for two weeks at 8.30am AEST from Monday, 2nd September to Friday, 10th September.

Ryan's Mystery Playdate made its world premiere on Nickelodeon USA on Friday, April 19, and has quickly emerged as the number-one preschool show on television in the U.S. Following its launch, Nick commissioned a second season of Ryan's Mystery Playdate, bringing the series total to 40 episodes. Production on a new batch of 20-x-half-hour episodes begun this summer.

Online at nickjr.com.au and on the Nick Jr. App, parents and children can find out more about Ryan's Mystery Playdate, as well as sing and dance-along to music videos and watch short-form video clips from the series. Fans can also like the official Nick Jr. Australia and New Zealand Facebook and Instagram pages for the latest Nick Jr. news, highlights, video clips and more.

A sneak-peek of Ryan’s Mystery Playdate is available on Nick Jr. Play and Foxtel Go from 19th August. Download the free Nick Jr. Play app on the Apple Store or Google Play.

Since its inception in 2015, Ryan ToysReview has grown to become one of the world’s largest YouTube channels with videos that feature Ryan and his family playing with toys for kids. The channel, along with other channels featuring Ryan and his friends, averages over one billion views monthly and currently has over 18 million subscribers. In addition to videos of Ryan playing with toys, Ryan ToysReview also features fun and easy science experiments, educational content, and videos that document daily life for the family of five, which includes Ryan’s younger twin sisters. Ryan’s World, a companion consumer products line developed by pocket.watch, featuring Ryan and the universe of characters created by Ryan and his parents, launched nationwide last year.

Pocket.watch is the new studio that specializes in entertaining and inspiring kids and families through digital-first content and sparking their imaginations with lifestyle products ranging from toys to toothbrushes. The company inspires kids to seamlessly move between screen time and playtime and boasts a growing portfolio of franchises that includes some of the largest kids and family YouTube brands in the world alongside original characters and talent that the company has extended into premium series, consumer products, books, games, live events and more. Pocket.watch was founded in March 2017 by Chris M. Williams and is located in Culver City, CA where it maintains an office and studio. The management team is made up of studio veterans and visionaries from traditional and digital entertainment including Albie Hecht, Stone Newman, Jon Moonves and David B. Williams. Investors include Viacom, Greycroft, Third Wave Digital and United Talent Agency (UTA), as well as notable strategic angels including Robert Downey Jr. (Team Downey) and Jon Landau.

In additional news, Nick Jr. Australia premiered Corn & Peg on Monday 12th August 2019 at 09:30 (AEST)!

About Nick Jr.

Nick Jr. is “the Smart Place to Play”, giving kids and parents what they want – educational and entertaining content with great stories and characters that empower kids to learn while they play. The educational curriculum is in everything Nick Jr. does – the shows, packaging and promos – delivered by all the Nick Jr. characters kids know and love. Its award-winning property PAW Patrol, and other world-class programmes such as Shimmer and Shine, and Blaze and the Monster Machines are designed to engage and encourage early childhood development. For more information about Nick Jr., visit http://www.nickjr.com.au.

About Nickelodeon International:

Nickelodeon, now in its 23rd year in Australia and 40th globally, 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 is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family, with 1.2 billion cumulative subscriptions in more than 500 million households across 170+ countries and territories, via more than 100+ locally programmed channels and branded blocks. Outside of the United States, Nickelodeon is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc.

Additional source: Corn & Peg Wiki.

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