Thursday, October 31, 2019

Nickelodeon Sets the Stage for 'America’s Most Musical Family', Premiering Friday, November 1, 2019

Update (2/10) - Below is Nickelodeon's official Press Release announcing the exciting news!:


FRIDAY, NOV. 1, AT 7:00 P.M. (ET/PT)

30 Family Bands Compete in Front of Celebrity Judges Ciara, David Dobrik, Debbie Gibson
and Host Nick Lachey for a Recording Contract with Republic Records
and a $250,000 Cash Prize

America’s Most Musical Family to Simulcast Across BET, MTV, MTV2, Nicktoons,
Paramount Network, TeenNick, TV Land and VH1 at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT)

Share it: @AmericasMostMusicalFamily #AMMF @nickelodeon

BURBANK, Calif.—Oct. 2, 2019—Nickelodeon has set the premiere date for its brand-new music competition series, America’s Most Musical Family: Friday, Nov. 1, at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT). 30 talented family bands performing in all genres take center stage in front of celebrity judges Grammy Award-winning global superstar Ciara, digital media sensation David Dobrik, pop icon and Broadway star Debbie Gibson and show host, singer and television personality Nick Lachey to compete for a recording contract with Republic Records and the chance to win a $250,000 cash prize in partnership with Capri Sun 100% Juice.

The premiere of America’s Most Musical Family will simulcast across BET, MTV, MTV2, Nicktoons, Paramount Network, TeenNick, TV Land and VH1 at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT), with new episodes airing every Friday night on Nickelodeon.

America’s Most Musical Family kicks off with the following five family bands ready to battle it out with their very own take on hit songs: Nashville, Tennessee’s eight-member group The Rees Family (“Walking on Sunshine”); New Jersey’s band of brothers, Wanmor, whose father is Wanye from Boyz II Men (“It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday”); From Rancho Santa Margarita, California, harmonizing sisters and human beat box brother Juat Sibs (“Honeymoon Avenue”); Brother and sister duo Juna N Joey from West Palm Beach, Florida (“Beautiful Crazy”); and San Jacinto, California’s sibling quartet The Mitchells (“We Got the Beat”).

America’s Most Musical Family is produced by Industrial Media’s Emmy Award-winning The Intellectual Property Corporation, with IPC’s Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman (Undercover Boss, So You Think You Can Dance), Claire Kosloff and showrunner Jeff Boggs (Nashville Star, Who Will Rock You?) as Executive Producers. Ciara also serves as Executive Producer, alongside Republic Records and Nickelodeon’s Rob Bagshaw and Paul J Medford. The series is directed by Julia Knowles (The X Factor, MTV Europe Music Awards), with stage design by Emmy Award-winning set designer Anton Goss (The Voice, Shark Tank). Production of America’s Most Musical Family is overseen for Nickelodeon by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.

About The Intellectual Property Corporation

The Intellectual Property Corporation (IPC) is an Emmy-winning IP creation and production studio based in Van Nuys, California. Founded in 2016, IPC develops and produces a wide range of television, film, documentary, and interactive mobile content. The company currently has series in production or development with a wide range of US broadcast, cable networks, and streamers including “Free Meek” for Amazon and the company’s first scripted project, “Dirty Thirty”, for HBO. In 2017, the company was awarded an Emmy and in 2018 a Producers Guild Award for its series “Leah Remini: Scientology & the Aftermath” which was nominated for another Emmy this year. IPC was acquired by Industrial Media in 2018.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 40th 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 Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

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Update (10/16) - Rheas of Life, a family singing group that specializes in contemporary, a capella, Christian music, in addition to a capella music, that also performs on guitar, bass, keyboard, flugel horn, and a variety of drums, has been selected as finalists on the new Nickelodeon show America’s Most Musical Family!

“I am looking for the family that’s going to bring it,” Ciara tells Lachey in the preview clip, above — and bring it they do, from siblings a capella to parents playing back-up instruments for their talented kids.

Original post:

Nick Lachey, the host of America’s Most Musical Family, has revealed that Nickelodeon USA will premiere the network's brand-new musical competition series on Friday, November 1, 2019!

In an interview with FoodSided about his new partnership with Subway to encourage families to 'adopt' ugly vegetables, Lachey, the front-man of 98 Degrees, dished: "I’m excited about a new show, called America’s Most Musical Family that I’m hosting for Nickelodeon, which premiers November 1st, and I’m still preforming with 98 Degrees. We have a handful of shows still between now and the end of the year and other shows already lined up for next year. So I’m excited to be hopefully in a city near you soon."

Nickelodeon sets the stage with an all-star celebrity lineup for the network’s new music competition show, America’s Most Musical Family. Grammy Award-winning global superstar Ciara, who is an executive producer, digital media sensation David Dobrik and singer-songwriter, record producer and actress Debbie Gibson will serve as series judges alongside host Nick Lachey, as 30 talented families compete for a recording contract with Republic Records and a $250,000 cash prize.

America’s Most Musical Family was first announced in February as part of Nickelodeon’s biggest, most wide-ranging content slate ever. The 12-episode series filmed in Los Angeles during summer 2019 and is scheduled to premiere later this fall on Nickelodeon in the U.S. and YTV in Canada.

“We are thrilled to welcome Nick Lachey and our incredibly talented judges—Ciara, David Dobrik and Debbie Gibson—to Nickelodeon. Nick continues to wow crowds performing alongside his brother Drew in 98°; Debbie remains the record-holder as the youngest female artist to write, produce and perform a number-one hit; David’s razor-sharp wit and expertise in the digital world will help families build their brand; and Ciara leads her own family in the spotlight as she continues her chart-topping career as a true triple threat. But ultimately, this competition for all ages is about celebrating exceptionally talented families. We’re in for a spectacular show,” said Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President of Unscripted Content.

America’s Most Musical Family is a one-of-a-kind music competition series that features a wide variety of talented and diverse families of two or more relatives who perform together, ranging from a father/daughter duo, sibling groups and a 12-member multigenerational brass ensemble. Over the course of 12 hour-long episodes and one half-hour special, 30 of America’s most musical families will battle it out on stage for the chance to win a $250,000 cash prize and a recording contract with Republic Records.

America’s Most Musical Family is produced by Industrial Media’s Emmy Award-winning The Intellectual Property Corporation, with IPC’s Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman (Undercover Boss, So You Think You Can Dance), Claire Kosloff and showrunner Jeff Boggs (Nashville Star, Who Will Rock You?) as Executive Producers. Ciara also serves as Executive Producer, alongside Republic Records and Nickelodeon’s Rob Bagshaw and Paul J Medford. The series is directed by Julia Knowles (The X Factor, MTV Europe Music Awards), with stage design by Emmy Award-winning set designer Anton Goss (The Voice, Shark Tank). Production of America’s Most Musical Family is overseen for Nickelodeon by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.

Update (1/10) - America’s Most Musical Family will feature rising country-pop duo, Juna N Joey!

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From Kidscreen:

Nick & Disney’s non-fiction growth strategies

Looking to tap into co-viewing opportunities on traditional TV and streaming, the kidcos are stacking their slates with family-friendly unscripted content.

Let’s get real. It’s no secret that SVOD services, especially Netflix, continue to lure young audiences away from the big three kids cable broadcasters. In 2018, Disney XD, Nickelodeon and CN’s average combined ratings dropped 29%, according to analyst Nielsen.

Nick and Disney, in particular, remain invested in what they do best—animated comedies and live-action sitcoms and movies. But as of late, both kidsnets are also diversifying into original unscripted content.

The genre, which includes reality TV, competition, game show and documentary formats, has been a bright spot for television over the last decade, while other categories have diminished. According to Nielsen, between 2011 and 2018 the combined viewing share of syndicated TV series, movies and kids programming fell to 36%, from 52%, among viewers ages two and up. Unscripted content, however, rose to 32% last year (from 24% in 2011).

Kids have played a big role in the success of the genre because they latch onto the same primetime shows their parents watch. Now, nearly every successful reality competition TV format for the coveted 18-to-49 demographic has a pint-sized version for children. Shows like Fox’s MasterChef Junior, Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship and ITV’s The Voice Kids have all spawned multiple seasons since launching and are bolstering the overall presence of the brands.

While Nickelodeon had success with unscripted content in the past with ’80s and ’90s competition game shows like Double Dare and Legends of the Hidden Temple (both of which have been revived), its strategy shifted away from non-fiction as animation became more popular worldwide, says Rob Bagshaw, EVP of unscripted content.

But when Brian Robbins took over as president at the end of 2018, he saw the wave of young viewers tuning in to popular unscripted formats for wide audiences and wanted to renew Nick’s investment in the genre, Bagshaw says.

To fully optimize its non-fiction ambitions with cost-efficient reboots that can be made quickly—as well as original content featuring more tweens and diverse families—Nick launched its first official unscripted division in January under the leadership of Bagshaw. A former Bunim/Murray Productions exec, Bagshaw heads up the development and production of unscripted content across all Nick formats and platforms—including reality competition shows and marquee live events like the Kids’ Choice and Sports Awards. He previously worked on unscripted hits including RuPaul’s Drag Race, Top Chef Masters and Jim Henson’s Creature Shop Challenge.

In June, the burgeoning division hired another Bunim/Murray alum, Paul Medford. As VP of current series, Medford is in charge of Nick’s current slate of live-action unscripted shows, including America’s Most Musical Family, The Substitute and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader. Rounding out the development team is VP of live-action development Mandel Ilagan, and senior director of development Stacey Carr, who recently joined from Endemol Shine. Bagshaw says additional staff will be hired as more shows are greenlit. The unit’s slate consists of about a dozen greenlit, pre-production or production projects.

For its adaptation of Fox hit Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, Bagshaw says it was important to appeal to the widest audience possible, which led to the casting of WWE star John Cena as the show’s host.

“John Cena has huge co-viewing potential,” says Bagshaw. “But to make the show appropriate for Nick, we show him in a new light as a comedian, and pivoted the format to focus on the fifth graders, rather than the adult contestants.”

So far, the strategy is paying off. The revival’s June 10 premiere delivered double-digit increases in viewership with kids (21%) and adults (34%) over the prior four-week time slot averages, according to Nielsen.

As new shows roll out, the division is taking internal and external pitches for concepts that could live on any platform, and is seeking new production partners to collaborate with.

“In researching what our audience is watching and what they want to see, there are three key areas that resonate with our demo: comedy, music and competition,” says Bagshaw.

Nick is also looking for opportunities to develop more factual-driven, long-form stories—including, potentially, hour-long content for YouTube or other digital platforms—but Bagshaw says more development time is required to find the right projects. It also plans to develop factual linear content for 2020 similar to one of the kidsnet’s longest-running series, Nick News, which aired from 1992 to 2015—though no timeline for delivery has been set yet.

“Nick News allowed for serious conversations about pop culture or newsworthy moments. Our audience today is smarter and more aware than ever—we would be doing them a disservice if we didn’t provide opportunities to have those conversations,” says Bagshaw.

Disney, meanwhile, recently named former Marvel, ABC and ESPN Films exec Dan Silver as VP of original unscripted content for Disney+ in the lead up to the SVOD’s November 12 launch.

Unscripted shows headed to the service include Disneynature feature film Dolphin Reef; six x half-hour guide dog show Pick of the Litter; student competition series Shop Class; aspirational program Marvel’s Hero Project; global scavenger hunt series The Maze; and the high school musical-themed Encore.

For its real-world stories, the House of Mouse is looking for inspirational, aspirational, heroic, grounded and feel-good narratives that embody not only Disney, but also its sub-brands, including Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Nat Geo.

As for Disney’s take on formatted competition series, Silver says there is value in them and the sub-genre is healthy, but the company is mindful about how they are produced.

“Sometimes competition can be leveraged for what I would call ‘fabricated drama,’” says Silver. “In non-fiction programming, there’s a tendency to have the issue lead [the plot], and then the narrative and the characters inform the issue. For us, the people we follow lead [the story], and if there are issues that are contained within the narratives, they inform the character. If you know the people, you’re going to care about whatever they’re going through.”

Some Disney+ unscripted shows are also taking a slightly more niche-driven approach to how they target their audiences.

For example, Encore is made for adults because it brings together former castmates of a high school musical and tasks them with recreating their original performance during a reunion. The series will be available for the November 12 launch and is executive produced by Frozen actress Kristen Bell.

“Encore is a proper adult show. But it’s about adults going back to high school. If you’re nine, 15 or 18 and love theater, you’re going to watch the show, too,” says Silver.

According to children’s media consultant Rick Clodfelter, kids want genuine, heartfelt, diverse and relatable content that entertains, which is why many unscripted series and formats for all ages are resonating across platforms. In short, they want to see real people.

“There is unfortunately a lot of turmoil in the world, so inclusive unscripted content is more important than ever,” he says.
The co-viewing opportunity is also going to be a big driver for the genre. According to media and consumer analyst GfK MRI, co-viewing is on the rise, and opportunities exist for both streaming and linear platforms. Its latest research found that 49% of US adults say they are co-viewing more now than they did three years ago, and parents are more likely to be watching with their kids.

As for the type of content adults watch with their children, kids television was the number-one response for co-viewing ahead of movies.

And as more young parents shift to streaming services (the report found that 72% of 18- to 34-year-olds used SVODs as their co-viewing medium of choice), streamers are rushing to fill their video consumption needs at a much quicker pace.

Clodfelter notes that family-friendly, live-action unscripted shows are quicker to make compared to animation. “The turnaround is faster, and they tend to be a little more cost-efficient, so there’s a big financial benefit as well,” he says.

Looking forward, Clodfelter sees bigger unscripted opportunities in the preschool space, pointing to the success of Nickelodeon series Ryan’s Mystery Playdate.

Created and produced by digital media company, the live-action/animated preschool show stars seven-year-old YouTube star Ryan and his family as they attempt physical challenges and unboxing puzzles to reveal celebrity playdates.

The April premiere drew 5.5 million viewers and was tops among kids ages two to 11 in its 12:30 p.m. time slot across all TV, according to Nickelodeon.

“YouTube caters to what kids want to see in the moment, but how do you take what’s precious about that short-form content and flip it into an 11-minute show?” asks Clodfelter.

“Ryan’s Mystery Playdate manages to honor the original, and extend it to a very different long-form series.”

But even with the demand for more content and influencer opportunities in the unscripted and scripted space, challenges remain—especially for traditional TV channels that target the whole family.

For example, Nielsen reported Universal Kids and Discovery Family saw respective ratings declines of 73% and 46% in 2018. In June, NBCU-owned Universal Kids halted production on originals altogether. It’s not known if any of the net’s previously commissioned unscripted shows, including Top Chef Junior and American Ninja Warrior Junior, will have the option of new seasons after they air as scheduled.

These concerns aren’t enough to deter the growing non-fiction movement, however.

At Nickelodeon, Bagshaw sees the expansion into unscripted shows that kids and families can enjoy together as a big plus for the long-term sustainability of the network.

“One of the reasons we’re focused on co-viewing is so we can keep our audience,” he says. “If our unscripted division has the same success that Nickelodeon has had with its big animation titles, then our audience will stay with us for a long time.”


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From Monsters & Critics:

Nick Lachey, Ciara, Debbie Gibson, and David Dobrik on America’s Most Musical Family: When does the show air?

Move over American Idol and The Voice, there’s a new musical competition series crowding the airwaves. Nickelodeon’s America’s Most Musical Family begins airing this Friday, November 1.

Hosted by Nick Lachey, this new show features an amazing group of 30 different family bands performing in front of three celebrity judges — Ciara, David Dobrik, and Debbie Gibson. The prize for the winner is a recording contract with Republic Records and a possible $250,000 cash prize partnership with Capri Sun’s 100% Juice, according to the show’s press release.

The stars of the show are no strangers to musical fame. Nick Lachey began performing with his brother Drew in 1996 for 96 Degrees, Ciara began singing at a young age with the girl group Hearsay, and Debbie Gibson began performing while still in high school. YouTuber David Dobrik is the only one without a musical background. All four will appear during the second hour of TODAY on Wednesday, October 30 on NBC to talk about the new show.

One of the first five families presenting their own versions of popular hit songs for the first episode of America’s Most Musical Family is The Rees Family from Nashville. The group features eight of Linda and John Ree’s 10 children that range in age from 13 years old to 30. All of the kids play multiple instruments, including the trumpet, trombone, and bass. They will be performing Walking on Sunshine.

Another family group, WanMor, consists of four brothers from South Jersey. Some have said that they represent a sound similar to Boyz II Men. That might have something to do with the fact that they are the sons of Wanyá Morris from Boyz II Men and their band’s name is derived from his name. They will be singing It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.

Then there is Just Sibs, a family that consists of three harmonizing sisters and one beatboxing brother from Rancho Santa Margarita, California. They will be singing Honeymoon Avenue.

The remaining two families are the country music brother/sister duo, Juna N Joey, from West Palm Beach, Florida singing Beautiful Crazy and the sibling quartet, The Mitchells, from San Jacinto, California taking on the Gogo’s We Got the Beat.

The premiere of America’s Most Musical Family will simulcast across BET, MTV, MTV2, Nicktoons, Paramount Network, TeenNick, TV Land, and VH1 at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT), with new episodes airing every Friday night on Nickelodeon.


‘America’s Most Musical Family’ stars on finding the next great singing act

Nick Lachey, Ciara, Debbie Gibson and YouTube sensation David Dobrik star in the new series “America’s Most Musical Family.” They sit down on the 3rd hour of TODAY to discuss the talent they’ve seen, their own musical roots and Ciara’s legendary Halloween costumes.

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Originally published: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 20:05 BST.

Additional source: TheWrap.
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