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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Nickelodeon USA Wins Third Week Of October 2014 With Kids And Total Viewers

Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, has announced the exciting Nickelodeon Ratings News in the following press release, from TVByTheNumbers.com, that Nick USA closed the third week of October 2014 (Monday 13th to Sunday 19th October 2014) as basic cable's number-one total day network with Kids 2-11 (2.0/620K) and total viewers (1.2M)! The net's weekly win was fueled by strong performances across its animation and live-action lineup.


"SpongeBob SquarePants" was the network's number-one animated series for the week with Kids 2-11, averaging a 3.8/1.2M and securing 2.2M total viewers. "Sanjay and Craig" followed as Nick's number-two animated program with the demo, scoring a 3.0/930K and 1.8M P2+. Also, in live-action, "Henry Danger" was Nickelodeon's top program with Kids 2-11 (3.0/949K), pulling 1.7M total viewers. Additionally for the week, the net's top preschool programs with Kids 2-5 included "PAW Patrol" (5.5/669K), "Blaze and the Monster Machines" (4.5/542K) and "Team Umizoomi" (4.1/501K), respectively.

Original Nickelodeon Press Release:

NICKELODEON WINS THE WEEK WITH KIDS AND TOTAL VIEWERS


NEW YORK – Oct. 21, 2014 – Nickelodeon closed the third week of October (10/13/14-10/19/14) as basic cable’s number-one total day network with Kids 2-11 (2.0/620K) and total viewers (1.2M). The net’s weekly win was fueled by strong performances across its animation and live-action lineup.

SpongeBob SquarePants was the network’s number-one animated series for the week with Kids 2-11, averaging a 3.8/1.2M and securing 2.2M total viewers. Sanjay and Craig followed as Nick’s number-two animated program with the demo, scoring a 3.0/930K and 1.8M P2+. Also, in live-action, Henry Danger was Nickelodeon’s top program with Kids 2-11 (3.0/949K), pulling 1.7M total viewers.

Additionally for the week, the net’s top preschool programs with Kids 2-5 included PAW Patrol (5.5/669K), Blaze and the Monster Machines (4.5/542K) and Team Umizoomi (4.1/501K), respectively.

Nickelodeon, now in its 35th 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, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 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, VIA.B).

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Nickelodeon Teams Up With WWE to Air "WWE Slam City" on Nicktoons USA's "NickSports" TV Block

Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, and WWE, a recognized leader in global entertainment, have announced the exciting Nick news in the following press release, from Business Wire, that "WWE Slam City", WWE's popular kids property that includes an original animated short-form series, will debut on Wednesday 22nd October 2014 during the "NickSports" programming block from 9–11 p.m. (ET) on Nickelodeon USA's animation and action channel, Nicktoons USA!


The 26-episode series is comprised of two-minute shorts featuring WWE Superstars John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus, The Miz, Rey Mysterio, Kane and Mark Henry in a all-new animated world. Nickelodeon's "NickSports" block airs every Wednesday from 9–11 p.m. (ET) on Nicktoons and features a rotating lineup of sports-themed content including series, specials and documentaries from leagues and key athletes, as well as acquired theatrical movies.

"WWE Slam City", filmed in the next generation of stop-motion animation, features a new WWE animated character, The Finisher, who fires all of the WWE Superstars and sends them to WWE Slam City to find day jobs. With John Cena as an auto mechanic, Randy Orton as a zookeeper and Sheamus as a theater usher, these Superstars stay true to their WWE personas as they face life outside of the ring with new career challenges.

"WWE Slam City" is a key component of WWE's larger strategy to expand its reach to kids. In 2013, WWE's national TV programming reached nearly 3 million kids each week, representing more than 20 percent of WWE's average weekly TV audience. WWE also reaches kids through the number 2 action figure property in the U.S., WWE Studios productions of "The Flintstones", "Scooby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery" and "Christmas Bounty" as well as partnerships with Mattel, Kraft Foods, Frito-Lay, Post Foods and MilkPEP. In addition, WWE supports programs that positively impact children and families around the world, including a 30-plus year relationship with Make-A-Wish as well as various literacy, education, anti-bullying and military initiatives.

Since its launch earlier this year, "WWE Slam City" has secured nearly 20 million views across a variety of platforms including WWEslamcity.com, Cartoonium, WWE Network, Hulu, Kabillion, Nintendo and AOL.

Additional upcoming NickSports programming highlights include the world TV premiere of "Little Ballers", a brand-new sports documentary that centers on a group of 11-year-old basketball players in New York City's Amateur Athletic Union, an inner-city springboard for potential NBA talent, on Wednesday 26th November 2014 at 9:00pm.

Original Nickelodeon Press Release:

Nickelodeon Teams Up With WWE® to Air WWE Slam City on Nicktoons' NickSports TV Block

October 21, 2014 09:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Nickelodeon today announced that WWE Slam City, WWE's kids property that includes an original animated short-form series, will debut tomorrow night during the NickSports programming block from 9–11 p.m. (ET) on Nicktoons. The 26-episode series is comprised of two-minute shorts featuring WWE Superstars John Cena®, Randy Orton®, Sheamus®, The Miz™, Rey Mysterio®, Kane® and Mark Henry® in a new animated world. The NickSports block airs every Wednesday from 9–11 p.m. (ET) on Nicktoons and features a rotating lineup of sports-themed content including series, specials and documentaries from leagues and key athletes, as well as acquired theatrical movies.

WWE Slam City, filmed in the next generation of stop-motion animation, features a new WWE animated character, The Finisher, who fires all of the WWE Superstars and sends them to WWE Slam City to find day jobs. With John Cena as an auto mechanic, Randy Orton as a zookeeper and Sheamus as a theater usher, these Superstars stay true to their WWE personas as they face life outside of the ring with new career challenges.

"This exciting partnership will allow us to bring WWE's passionate fan base to the NickSports programming block while also creating new WWE fans through Nickelodeon's massive audience," said Michelle D. Wilson, Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer, WWE. "WWE programming reaches 3 million kids each week and we're sure they'll be excited to watch WWE on Nicktoons."

"True to the spirit of the NickSports programming block, WWE Slam City offers kids and their families a fun, fresh way to experience these exciting WWE Superstars, and the series is a great complement to our diverse, and ever expanding, sports lineup," said Keith Dawkins, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Nicktoons, TeenNick and Nick Jr.

WWE Slam City is a key component of WWE's larger strategy to expand its reach to kids. In 2013, WWE's national TV programming reached nearly 3 million kids each week, representing more than 20 percent of WWE's average weekly TV audience. WWE also reaches kids through the number 2 action figure property in the U.S., WWE Studios productions of The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery and Christmas Bounty as well as partnerships with Mattel, Kraft Foods, Frito-Lay, Post Foods and MilkPEP. In addition, WWE supports programs that positively impact children and families around the world, including a 30-plus year relationship with Make-A-Wish as well as various literacy, education, anti-bullying and military initiatives.

Since its launch earlier this year, WWE Slam City has secured nearly 20 million views across a variety of platforms including WWEslamcity.com, Cartoonium, WWE Network, Hulu, Kabillion, Nintendo and AOL.

About Nicktoons

Nicktoons has the highest concentration of B2–11 across all television and offers programming such as the NFL RUSH ZONE franchise, Rob Dyrdek's Wild Grinders, Dragon Ball GT, the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, the Digimon franchise and the Power Rangers franchise as well as a roster of hits that have defined kids' and animation lovers' TV, including Avatar: The Last Airbender, Invader Zim, Danny Phantom, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius. Nicktoons currently reaches almost 68 million homes via cable, digital cable and satellite. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nicktoons and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

About WWE

WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 35 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all 12 live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 170 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.

Trademarks: All WWE programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, trademarks, logos and copyrights are the exclusive property of WWE and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks relating to entering into, maintaining and renewing key agreements, including television and pay-per-view programming and our new network distribution agreements; risks relating to the launch and maintenance of our new network; the need for continually developing creative and entertaining programming; the continued importance of key performers and the services of Vincent McMahon; the conditions of the markets in which we compete and acceptance of the Company's brands, media and merchandise within those markets; uncertainties relating to regulatory matters; risks resulting from the highly competitive and fragmented nature of our markets; uncertainties associated with international markets; the importance of protecting our intellectual property and complying with the intellectual property rights of others; the risk of accidents or injuries during our physically demanding events; risks associated with producing and travelling to and from our large live events, both domestically and internationally; risks relating to our film business; risks relating to new businesses and strategic investments; risks relating to our computer systems and online operations; risks relating to general economic conditions and our exposure to bad debt risk; risks relating to litigation; risks relating to market expectations for our financial performance; risks relating to our revolving credit facility; risks relating to the large number of shares of common stock controlled by members of the McMahon family and the possibility of the sale of their stock by the McMahons or the perception of the possibility of such sales; the relatively small public float of our stock; and other risks and factors set forth from time to time in Company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results could differ materially from those currently expected or anticipated. In addition, our dividend is dependent on a number of factors, including, among other things, our liquidity and historical and projected cash flow, strategic plan (including alternative uses of capital), our financial results and condition, contractual and legal restrictions on the payment of dividends, general economic and competitive conditions and such other factors as our Board of Directors may consider relevant.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Nickelodeon USA To Premiere "100 Things To Do Before High School" TV Movie On Tuesday 11th November 2014

UPDATE: Added Nickelodeon USA's official "100 Things To Do Before High School" promo below!

ToonZone Forums member 'J21697' is reporting the exciting Nick News in a post on TZ's NickToons forum that Nickelodeon USA has announced in a brand-new trailer/promo that Nick USA will premiere and show the first episode of the networks brand-new live-action original comedy series "100 Things To Do Before High School" as a one-hour television movie on Tuesday 11th November 2014 at 7pm ET/PT!



Following the debut of the shows pilot, Nickelodeon USA is expected to fully premiere "100 Things To Do Before High School" soon after during early 2015.



Isabela Moner (CJ Parker), Jaheem Toombs (Fenwick) and Owen Joyner (Crispo) in "100 Things To Do Before High School". Photo via Variety.com.

"100 Things To Do Before High School" is a brand-new live-action creator-driven comedy-focused series from "Big Time Rush" creator and executive producer Scott Fellows. The half-hour, single-camera series follows three best friends as they navigate the highs and lows of middle school, with the help of a bucket list of adventures that help them overcome class cliques, terrifying bullies and clueless teachers.


With real life and teen drama awaiting her after 8th grade graduation, CJ Parker (Isabela Moner) has only a short time left to make the most of her middle school years. Together with her two lifelong best friends Fenwick (Jaheem Toombs) and Crispo (Owen Joyner), she is determined to get the most out of this time, using an ever-expanding list of challenges as a guide. For this group, growing up means trying everything and taking chances while they still can.


"100 Things To Do Before High School" will join Nick's robust, live-action slate that features recently premiered series "Henry Danger", which follows a 13-year-old boy who lands a part-time job as the sidekick-in-training to a superhero; "Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn", centering on the Harper quadruplets who have only two things in common - their parents and their birthday; and upcoming comedy series "Bella and the Bulldogs" which follows a perky head cheerleader whose life in Texas takes an unexpected twist when she becomes the new quarterback for her school team.

Scott Fellows created and executive produced Nickelodeon's hit TV series "Big Time Rush", "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide" and DHX Media's "Johnny Test". Previously, he worked as a staff writer for the second, third and fourth seasons of "The Fairly OddParents", and received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for the show in 2003. Fellows' earlier writing credits also include episodes of "Weinerville", "U to U", "100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd" and "Doug".

Nickelodeon placed a 26-episode order for "100 Things To Do Before High School" in July 2014 following the filming of the shows successful pilot in March 2014. Filming for the series is scheduled for Fall 2014 in Los Angeles.
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Sneak Peek Of New "Henry Danger" Episode "Jasper Danger", Premiering 10/18 On Nickelodeon USA

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA premiering and showing the brand-new Halloween episode of the networks all-new original sitcom "Henry Danger", titled "Jasper Danger", on Saturday 18th October 2014 at 8pm ET/PT; /7 C, as part of Nick USA's Halloween highlights, Nickelodeon USA has unveiled a super sneak peek preview of the brand-new episode on their official YouTube channel, which you can watch in the online streaming video clip below!



- Episode 107 - Jasper Danger; Pictured: Monica (Sedona Cohen), Jasper (Sean Ryan Fox), Henry/Kid Danger (Jace Norman) and Charlotte (Riele Downs) in Henry Danger on Nickelodeon. Photo: Lisa Rose/Nickelodeon. ©2014 Viacom International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

In the all-new "Henry Danger" Halloween episode, when Jasper (Sean Ryan Fox) goes as Kid Danger for Halloween, he takes things too far and is mistaken for the real deal. It's then up to the real Kid Danger (Jace Norman) and Captain Man (Cooper Barnes) to come to his rescue. Meanwhile, Henry and Charlotte (Riele Downs) have to take Piper trick or treating on Halloween night, but Henry and Piper are having trouble finding the perfect Halloween costume. Henry decides on a Zombie Tennis Player costume, but there's been a mix-up with Piper's costume... Who exactly is Jonathan Swift (no relation to Taylor Swift) and are zombies finally played out? Find out on a brand new episode of "Henry Danger" this Saturday at 8pm/7c, only on Nick USA, plus look out for Captain Man's Cheerleader Lobster costume (could he be a Dancing Lobster?)!:





- Episode 107 - Jasper Danger; Pictured: Captain Man/Ray (Cooper Barnes), Henry Hart/ Kid Danger (Jace Norman) and Charlotte (Riele Downs) in Henry Danger on Nickelodeon. Photo: Lisa Rose/Nickelodeon. ©2014 Viacom International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Additional source: Just Jared Jr.
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Nickelodeon To Premiere "Get Blake!" On Nick USA During Fall 2014; Internationally Soon

Zodiak Kids has announced the exciting Nickelodeon news in the following press release, from Animation World Network, that Nickelodeon USA will start to premiere and show "Get Blake!", Marathon Media's brand-new exciting cartoon style comedy series filled with visual gags and delirious characters, developed in partnership with Nickelodeon and Gulli, during Fall/Autumn 2014, as part of the networks Fall/Winter 2014 programming highlights!

Following the shows debut on Nick USA, Nickelodeon is expected to premiere "Get Blake!" on Nickelodeon channels internationally soon after.


"Get Blake!" (52x11'), formally titled "Blake and the Aliens", is a hilarious new animated comedy series featuring 13 year-old Blake Myers, and his best friend Mitch, who constantly find themselves under siege by three squirrels in their city block. These are not just regular Earth-squirrels... They're alien squirrels! These "Squaliens" have been sent from the future with one secret goal: capture Blake in order to prevent him from one day becoming Blake Myers, Space Ranger. Hero. Defeater of Squaliens. But this trio of silly, alien squirrels quickly learn that operation Get Blake isn't easy as it sounds...

The series boasts world-renowned creative teams with long-standing credentials in animation including director Daniel Klein, executive producer Eryk Casemiro; and Derek Dressler ("Kick Buttowski", "Johnny Test", "Breadwinners" and "Annoying Orange"), who supervised the writing, and features a American comic sensibility whilst preserving the distinctive French artistic style.

Zodiak Kids recently launched "Get Blake!" at the MIPJunior 2014 market in Cannes, France, where Zodiak Kids offered complimentary "Get Blake!" branded Tuk-tuk Express rides to and from the Palm Beach with stops at Palais and the main hotels on the Croisette.

Original Zodiak Kids Press Release:

Zodiak Kids launches Get Blake!' a new production from Marathon Media in partnership with Nickelodeon and Gulli.

Zodiak Kids announced the launch of Marathon Media’s brand new production Get Blake! (52x11’) an exciting new cartoon style comedy series filled with visual gags and delirious characters, developed in partnership with Nickelodeon and Gulli.

For Get Blake!’s market debut, Zodiak Kids is launching a special initiative at the Mipjunior market in Cannes. Zodiak Kids is offering complimentary Get Blake! branded Tuk-tuk Express rides to and from the Palm Beach on Saturday and Sunday with stops at Palais and the main hotels on the Croisette.

Get Blake! is a hilarious new animated comedy featuring 13 year-old Blake Myers, and his best friend Mitch, who constantly find themselves under siege by three squirrels in their city block. These are not just regular Earth-squirrels… They're alien squirrels! These “Squaliens” have been sent from the future with one secret goal: capture Blake in order to prevent him from one day becoming Blake Myers, Space Ranger. Hero. Defeater of Squaliens. But this trio of silly, alien squirrels quickly learn that operation Get Blake isn’t easy as it sounds…

Eryk Casemiro, CCO Marathon Media comments, "After years of doing light-hearted action such as Totally Spies or Martin Mystery, this is the first broad comedy series for Marathon Media, employing an American comic sensibility while preserving the distinctive French artistic style."

"We're excited to bring Get Blake! to our Nickelodeon audiences," commented Jules Borkent, SVP, Global Acquisitions and International Programming, Nickelodeon, Viacom International Media Networks. "Get Blake! is a fresh new series that will keep kids laughing, and complement our existing line-up of funny, character driven content currently airing on our Nickelodeon channels globally."

Caroline Cochaux, TV broadcast and programs Executive Director France & international, Lagardère Active, comments, "Humor is one of the reasons for the remarkable success of Gulli, the leading kids channel in France. It is a real pleasure to be part of the Get Blake! adventure and we are thrilled to bring this tremendous asset to our audience in a few months."

The series boasts world-renowned creative teams with long-standing credentials in animation including director Daniel Klein, executive producer Eryk Casemiro; and Derek Dressler (Kick Buttowski, Johnny Test, Breadwinners and Annoying Orange), who supervised the writing.

The TV broadcast launch is planned for this Fall on Nickelodeon US and then on Gulli.

Zodiak Kids holds worldwide TV and licensing rights to the series.

Source: Zodiak Kids

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Nickelodeon USA To Premiere New Holiday Movie "Santa Hunters" During Thanksgiving 2014

The entertainment news website Just Jared Jr. has unveiled a exclusive video clip featuring Nickelodeon USA's first teaser trailer for Nickelodeon's upcoming brand-new Christmas-themed Original Nickelodeon TV Movie called "Santa Hunters", which you can watch here on JustJaredJr.com!


Nick's first "Santa Hunters" promo goes behind-the-scenes of Nick's brand-new holiday movie with the films stars - Nickelodeon Stars Benjamin Flores, Jr. and Breanna Yde from the hit Nick original comedy series "The Haunted Hathaways" and Nick star Mace Coronel from "Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn" - to give viewers a exclusive sneak peek at Nick's all-new Christmas film!


In "Santa Hunters", Alex (Flores) and his cousins Zoey (Yde) and Richard (Coronel) rig up an elaborate setup of traps and video equipment to catch Santa Claus on video tape. However, their plan backfires when they realize that when they see Santa, he begins to lose his Christmas magic. The kids have to protect the tape to save Christmas, and they learn that believing is more important than seeing.

Nickelodeon also announces in JJJ's exclusive first-look that Nick USA will premiere and show the networks brand-new holiday movie "Santa Hunters" in November 2014 during the Thanksgiving Weekend, and that Nick.com will launch the movies official website, nick.com/santahunters, very soon!

"Santa Hunters" is directed by Savage Steve Holland ("Big Time Rush") and is produced by Pacific Bay Entertainment.
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Nickelodeon USA's Premiere Of "Haunted Thundermans" Special Is Week's Top Entertainment Telecast With Kids

Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, has announced the exciting Nickelodeon Ratings News in the following press release, from TVByTheNumbers.com, that the premiere of Nickelodeon's "Haunted Thundermans" crossover Halloween special on Nick USA on Saturday 11th October 2014 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, featuring the stars of Nick's hit live-action series "The Haunted Hathaways" and "The Thundermans", topped the second week of October 2014 (Monday 6th to Sunday 12th October 2014) as the number-one entertainment program with Kids 2-11 (4.7/1.5M) and drew 2.5M total viewers! The hour-long special episode also posted double-digit year-over-year gains for the net with K2-11 (+38%) and total viewers (+29%).



"211_Haunted Thundermans"--Pictured: Max (Jack Graffo), Phoebe (Kira Kosarin), Miles Preston (Curtis Harris), Taylor (Amber Montana), Chad (Chase Austin) Photo by: Bonnie Osborne/Nickelodeon ©2014 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved

In animation, "SpongeBob SquarePants" was the week's top kids program with total viewers, scoring 2.7M P2+. "Sanjay and Craig" was the number-two animated kids program with total viewers (2.4M P2+). Additionally, a brand-new episode of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" on Friday 10th October 2014 ("A Foot Too Big") ranked number-one in its time period with Boys 2-11 (2.4/386K) and Boys 6-11 (2.9/281K).

Original Nickelodeon Press Release:

NICKELODEON'S HAUNTED THUNDERMANS SPECIAL IS WEEK'S TOP ENTERTAINMENT TELECAST WITH KIDS

SpongeBob SquarePants is Top Kids Show with Total Viewers for the Week; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Wins with Boys in its Time Period

NEW YORK–Oct. 14, 2014 The premiere of Nickelodeon’s “Haunted Thundermans” crossover Halloween special (Saturday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT), featuring the casts of Nick’s hit live-action series The Haunted Hathaways and The Thundermans, topped the second week of October (10/6/14-10/12/14) as the number-one entertainment program with Kids 2-11 (4.7/1.5M) and drew 2.5M total viewers. The hour-long special episode also posted double-digit year-over-year gains for the net with K2-11 (+38%) and total viewers (+29%).

In animation, SpongeBob SquarePants was the week’s top kids program with total viewers, scoring 2.7M P2+. Sanjay and Craig placed was the number-two animated kids program with total viewers (2.4M P2+). Additionally, a brand-new episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Friday, Oct. 10, 8 p.m. ET/PT) ranked number-one in its time period with Boys 2-11 (2.4/386K) and Boys 6-11 (2.9/281K).

Nickelodeon, now in its 35th 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, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 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, VIA.B).

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Verizon FiOS and Viacom Renew Carriage Agreement

Verizon and Viacom Inc. have announced in the following press release, from Business Wire, a comprehensive renewal of their FiOS carriage agreement, under which FiOS carries 25 of Viacom's industry leading networks, including Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, VH1, Spike, TV Land and CMT, in addition to Viacom joint venture services EPIX and Aapka Colors!


Under the terms of the new agreement, Viacom joins a growing list of major programmers who have entered into ground-breaking, active user agreements with Verizon, granting national rights to distribute marquee content to Verizon Wireless customers. More details will be made available in the near future.

Additionally, Verizon FiOS customers will enjoy full access to all of Viacom's networks, live and on-demand, in and out of the home. From early 2015, Verizon will enable live, out of home viewing of all of Viacom's channels via Verizon's industry-leading FiOS Mobile app. FiOS customers can already access live feeds of most of the Viacom networks inside the home via the FiOS Mobile app. FiOS TV customers will also be able to access Viacom's authenticated TV Everywhere websites and apps and the company's complete selection of video-on-demand (VOD) programming across multiple platforms such as smartphones and tablets. Additionally, Verizon FiOS will enable dynamic ad insertion in all Viacom TV Everywhere and VOD content.

The deal also enables Verizon to launch innovative new TV packages to better match content packaging with consumer preferences.

Original Viacom Inc. and Verizon Press Release:

Verizon FiOS and Viacom Renew Carriage Agreement

FiOS Customers Will Enjoy Viacom Programming Anytime, Anywhere with Out-of-Home Viewing; Verizon and Viacom enter into ground-breaking national wireless distribution deal

October 01, 2014 04:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Verizon and Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) today announced a comprehensive renewal of their FiOS carriage agreement, under which FiOS carries 25 of Viacom’s industry leading networks, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, VH1, Spike, TV Land and CMT, in addition to Viacom joint venture services EPIX and Aapka Colors.

Under the terms of the new agreement, Viacom joins a growing list of major programmers who have entered into ground-breaking, active user agreements with Verizon, granting national rights to distribute marquee content to Verizon Wireless customers. More details will be made available in the near future.

Additionally, Verizon FiOS customers will enjoy full access to all of Viacom’s networks, live and on-demand, in and out of the home. Early next year, Verizon will enable live, out of home viewing of all of Viacom’s channels via Verizon’s industry-leading FiOS Mobile app. FiOS customers can already access live feeds of most of the Viacom networks inside the home via the FiOS Mobile app. FiOS TV customers will also be able to access Viacom’s authenticated TV Everywhere websites and apps and the company’s complete selection of video-on-demand (VOD) programming across multiple platforms like smartphones and tablets. Additionally, Verizon FiOS will enable dynamic ad insertion in all Viacom TV Everywhere and VOD content.

The deal also enables Verizon to launch innovative new TV packages to better match content packaging with consumer preferences.

"People want to watch TV anywhere, not just in their living rooms. Disruption in the TV marketplace is happening and Verizon wants to reach agreements with content providers like Viacom that reflect that reality and give people what they want," said Ben Grad, Executive Director, Content Strategy & Acquisition, Verizon. "We are thrilled to extend our long-term distribution partnership with Viacom Media Networks, delivering some of the most recognizable and popular kids, music and entertainment programming available to our customers anytime, anywhere on a variety of platforms from TV to wireless."

"Verizon FiOS continues to be among the most innovative and consumer-focused video services on the market," said Samantha Cooper, Senior Vice President, Content Distribution, Viacom Media Networks. "We're glad to have reached an agreement with Verizon that covers the full spectrum of viewing options for their customers across platforms, including wireless, and extends our long-standing and productive partnership."

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with 104.6 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries. A Dow 30 company with more than $120 billion in 2013 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 177,800. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

About Viacom

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Saban Brands and Crayola Partner to Produce All-New "Power Rangers" Product Line to Hit Store Shelves Worldwide Fall 2015

Saban Brands and Crayola, the worldwide leader in children's creative expression products, have announced the exciting "Power Rangers" news in the following press release, from Business Wire, their new global partnership to produce a super-charged coloring and activity line of Power Rangers products! The all-new Power Rangers items are slated to launch Fall/Autumn 2015, starting with products themed around the upcoming 22nd season of Saban's popular "Power Rangers" franchise, "Power Rangers Dino Charge", which Nickelodeon USA will start to premiere and show from early 2015!


Original Saban Brands and Crayola Press Release:

Saban Brands and Crayola Partner to Produce All-New Power Rangers Product Line to Hit Store Shelves Worldwide Fall 2015

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Saban Brands and Crayola, the worldwide leader in children's creative expression products, today announced their new global partnership to produce a super-charged coloring and activity line of Power Rangers products. The all-new Power Rangers items are slated to launch fall 2015, starting with products themed around the upcoming 2015 season, Saban's Power Rangers Dino Charge.

“Crayola is an expert in knowing how to bring kids’ favorite characters to life with color and creativity”

"Crayola is an expert in knowing how to bring kids' favorite characters to life with color and creativity," said Kirk Bloomgarden, Senior Vice President of Global Consumer Products at Saban Brands. "It is an honor to partner with Crayola on this upcoming line of Power Rangers coloring and activity products. We know they will be an instant hit with our Power Rangers fans around the world."

"Saban Brands and Crayola both know the importance of delivering innovative products to kids worldwide," said Warren Schorr, Vice President of Licensing at Crayola. "With this partnership, we're thrilled to add Crayola color to the legendary Power Rangers franchise inspiring kids to be creative in all new ways."

The Power Rangers line from Crayola will include no-mess color wonder products, fun coloring pads and pages, giant coloring pages, interactive color-by-number activity sheets and a variety of color and sticker sets. Items will be available for the suggested retail price of $4.99—$7.99 and sold in store and online at select retailers worldwide.

For more information on Power Rangers, please visit www.powerrangers.com and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Instagram.

About Saban's Power Rangers Dino Charge

Saban Brands will launch the next installment of its Power Rangers franchise, one of the top-rated and longest running boys live-action series in television history, with Power Rangers Dino Charge. The new season, which will premiere in the U.S. on Nickelodeon in early 2015, will deliver thrilling "dino charged" action, adventure, humor and excitement in addition to core themes of friendship, teamwork, responsibility and helping others. Power Rangers Dino Charge will introduce a new team of Power Rangers who must band together, find powerful ancient prisms and channel their inner dino spirit energy to charge up an array of dino-fueled swords, blasters, zords and Megazords to save the world from evil. The Power Rangers franchise is helmed by Haim Saban, who created and produced the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series in 1993. SCG Power Rangers LLC, which licenses and merchandises the Power Rangers brand, is an affiliate of Saban Brands. For more information, visit www.powerrangers.com.

About Crayola

Crayola LLC, based in Easton, Pa. and a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Incorporated, is the worldwide leader in children's creative expression products. Known for the iconic Crayola Crayon first introduced in 1903, the Crayola brand has grown into a portfolio of innovative art tools, crafting activities and creativity toys that offer children innovative new ways to use color to create everything imaginable. Consumers can find the wide array of Crayola products in the "Crayola Aisle" at all major retailers. For more information visit www.crayola.com or join the community at www.facebook.com/crayola.

About Saban Brands

Formed in 2010 as an affiliate of Saban Capital Group, Saban Brands (SB) was established to acquire and develop a world-class portfolio of properties and capitalize on the company's experience, track record and capabilities in growing and monetizing consumer brands through content, media and marketing. SB applies a global omni-channel management approach to enhancing and extending its brands in markets worldwide and to consumers of all ages. The company provides full-service management, marketing, promotion and strategic business development for its intellectual properties including comprehensive strategies unique to each brand, trademark and copyright management and enforcement, creative design, retail development, direct-to-consumer initiatives and specialized property extensions. SB's portfolio of properties currently includes Power Rangers, Paul Frank, Macbeth, Julius Jr., Digimon Fusion and Popples, among many others. For more information, visit www.sabanbrands.com.

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Saban's "Power Rangers Super Megaforce" Celebrate A Frighteningly Fun And Spooktacular Halloween All Month Long

Saban Brands has announced the exciting "Power Rangers" news in the following press release, from PR Newswire, that this Halloween, Saban's "Power Rangers Super Megaforce" are powering up the season with frightful festivities and spooky adventures that will thrill fans throughout the month of October 2014! Power Ranger fans will be treated to a range of Halloween-themed activities including super mega cast appearances at the Mall of America, home of Nickelodeon Universe, the Nickelodeon Hotel, and at Spirit Halloween's annual Spirit of Children Week, a chill-tastic trick-or-treat safety video and all-new Power Ranger costumes for both kids and adults!

Original Saban Brands Press Release:

Saban's Power Rangers Super Megaforce Celebrate A Frighteningly Fun And Spooktacular Halloween All Month Long

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- This Halloween, Saban's Power Rangers Super Megaforce are powering up the season with frightful festivities and spooky adventures that will thrill fans throughout the month of October. Power Ranger fans will be treated to a range of Halloween-themed activities including super mega cast appearances, a chill-tastic trick-or-treat safety video and all-new Power Ranger costumes for both kids and adults.


On Oct. 12, the Power Rangers will visit the Mall of America, the nation's largest retail and entertainment complex, in Bloomington, Minn., and deliver action-packed Halloween fun to fans of all ages. Activities will include meet & greets and photo opportunities with the Power Rangers, episode screenings, super charged video game demos from Bandai Namco, a chance to win spooktacular prizes and a make-your-own mask station, just in time for trick-or-treating.

Following the mall appearance, fans can attend two thrilling Power Rangers Weekends at Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando, Fla. Both weekends will offer fans a chance to "Train Like a Ranger" at a very special lunch where they can meet their favorite Ranger, partake in themed activities and crafts and catch a sneak peek screening of an all-new episode of Power Rangers Super Megaforce. The first weekend, October 17-19, will include appearances from the live-action cast including the all-new Silver Ranger from Power Rangers Super Megaforce. The second weekend will be held on October 24-26 and will offer meet & greet opportunities with the suited Power Rangers. Fans can visit www.nickhotel.com/powerrangers to book this super mega vacation!

For the third year in a row, the Power Rangers will be participating in Spirit Halloween's annual Spirit of Children Week by bringing happy Halloween spirit to young patients at six hospitals across the country. During the visits, the Power Rangers Super Megaforce will take photos with the kids, demonstrate their super mega moves and work to empower the young patients to be superheroes in their own right. Spirit of Children has raised over $16 million in funding for their partner hospitals. To learn more about Spirit of Children, visit www.spiritofchildren.com.

In addition, the Power Rangers are once again involved in an informative and ghoulishly fun Halloween safety video available for kids to watch before trick-or-treating. The video, available on the Power Rangers YouTube page, reminds kids that they can both have fun and stay safe on Halloween night.



To cap off the month-long excitement, fans can morph into their favorite Power Ranger with Halloween costumes. Power Rangers Super Megaforce costumes for kids and toddlers and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers suits for adults are now available at your local Spirit Halloween store and online at SpiritHalloween.com. Spirit Halloween is also partnering with the Power Rangers to give away a trip for four to Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando, FL for a Power Rangers weekend in February 2015. The winner and their guests will have a one-of-a-kind trip including a sliming experience! Participants can enter for their chance to win at SpiritHalloween.com/Sweeps. Go Go Halloween!

Watch all-new episodes of Power Rangers Super Megaforce every Saturday on Nickelodeon at 12 p.m. (ET/PT). For more information, downloadable Halloween-themed activities and pumpkin carving stencils, please visit PowerRangers.com/Halloween and follow the brand's official social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and YouTube.

About Saban's Power Rangers Super Megaforce

Power Rangers Super Megaforce is the current season of the iconic franchise on television. The series, which airs Saturdays at 12 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon, delivers super mega action, humor, excitement and entertainment, in addition to the core themes of friendship, teamwork, fitness and helping others. Power Rangers Super Megaforce introduces all-new morphing abilities, allowing the Rangers to morph into any team of Power Rangers from the past. The Power Rangers franchise is helmed by Haim Saban, who created and produced the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series in 1993. SCG Power Rangers LLC, which licenses and merchandises the Power Rangers brand, is an affiliate of Saban Brands. For more information, visit www.powerrangers.com.

About Saban Brands

Formed in 2010 as an affiliate of Saban Capital Group, Saban Brands (SB) was established to acquire and develop a world-class portfolio of properties and capitalize on the company's experience, track record and capabilities in growing and monetizing consumer brands through content, media and marketing. SB applies a global omni-channel management approach to enhancing and extending its brands in markets worldwide and to consumers of all ages. The company provides full-service management, marketing, promotion and strategic business development for its intellectual properties including comprehensive strategies unique to each brand, trademark and copyright management and enforcement, creative design, retail development, direct-to-consumer initiatives and specialized property extensions. SB's portfolio of properties currently includes Power Rangers, Paul Frank, Macbeth, Julius Jr., Digimon Fusion and Popples, among many others. For more information, visit www.sabanbrands.com.

About Spirit Halloween

Spirit Halloween (www.spirithalloween.com) is the largest Halloween specialty retailer in the country with over 1,100 locations in strip centers and malls across North America. At the heart of Spirit Halloween is Spirit of Children (www.spiritofchildren.com), a program which focuses on making hospitals less scary for kids and their families. For the 2014 Halloween season, Spirit of Children's goal is to raise $5.2 million, bringing its total contribution to more than $21 million since its inception in 2006.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sneak-Peeks From "Haunted Thundermans" Halloween Special, Premiering 10/11 On Nickelodeon USA

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA premiering and showing the networks brand-new "The Haunted Hathaways" and "The Thundermans" crossover Halloween special, "Haunted Thundermans", on Saturday 11th October 2014 (TONIGHT) at 8:00pm ET/PT, EnterTeenmentNews, Just Jared Jr. and BOP & Tiger Beat have unveiled exclusive sneak-peeks from Nick's brand-new Halloween special and exclusive cast interviews where the Nickelodeon Stars of "The Haunted Hathaways" and "The Thundermans" talk about the spook-tacular episode, which you can watch in the online streaming videos below!


In the brand-new special episode, "Haunted Thundermans", after a super-villain named The Green Ghoul escapes Ghost World on Halloween, the Thundermans head to New Orleans to help the Hathaways and the Prestons defeat the ghoul. However, saving the day gets complicated when super-powered trick-or-treating, sibling jealousy and teen romance get in the way.

In the first video clip, from EnterTeenmentNews, The Hathaways, Prestons and Thundermans get to know each other at Pie Squared:



In the second video clip, from JJJ, Taylor Hathaway and Phoebe Thunderman attend Chad's (Chase Austin) party, but Taylor is worried that she has scared Scott away. Meanwhile, Chad offers to take Phoebe on a tour of his positively bewitching Moonlight garden, just as Psychic Miles Hathaway pops in! Psychic in the House!:



In the third "Haunted Thundermans" sneak peek video, from Tiger Beat TV, Max goes Ghost hunting and crashes Chad's Halloween party where his Ghost Zapper PKE Meter detects extreme Ghost activity (and a dancing Miles). After a bouncer spots Max, he gets Taylor to pretend to be his girlfriend so he can be her plus one, however, Amanda takes a Flirt Alert photo which Scott might see, making her the talk of the school!:



Additionally, EnterTeenmentNews has unveiled exclusive interviews with Nickelodeon Stars Kira Kosarin, Addison Riecke, Diego Velazquez, Jack Griffo and Curtis Harris, in which they talk to host Dawson Eagle about Nick's all-new "The Haunted Hathaways" and "The Thundermans" crossover special!

Kira Kosarin Talks The Thundermans/Haunted Hathaways Crossover Episode:



Addison Riecke & Diego Velazquez fill us in on The Haunted Thundermans crossover episode, and talk about their shows set pet, Voodoo the Gecko:



The Haunted Hathaways star Curtis Harris talks the Halloween crossover episode, playing Miles and PP The Pulverising Phantom, being part of the Nickelodeon Family, a normal week for the cast of "The Haunted Hathaways", the shows SFX, and more!:



Jack Griffo talks "The Haunted Thundermans", clean plate shots, and sends a special message to fans!:



Plus, check out these aweslime photos from the set of "Haunted Thundermans"!:



"211_Haunted Thundermans"--Pictured: Max (Jack Graffo), Phoebe (Kira Kosarin), Miles Preston (Curtis Harris), Taylor (Amber Montana), Chad (Chase Austin) Photo by: Bonnie Osborne/Nickelodeon ©2014 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved



"211_Haunted Thundermans"--Pictured: Louie Preston (Benjamin "Lil P-Nut" Flores) Photo by: Robert Voets/Nickelodeon ©2014 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved



"211_Haunted Thundermans"--Pictured: Louie Preston (Benjamin "Lil P-Nut" Flores) Photo by: Robert Voets/Nickelodeon ©2014 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved



"211_Haunted Thundermans"--Pictured: Louie Preston (Benjamin "Lil P-Nut" Flores) Photo by: Robert Voets/Nickelodeon ©2014 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved



"211_Haunted Thundermans"--Pictured: Phoebe (Kira Kosarin), Taylor (Amber Montana), Chad (Chase Austin) Photo by: Bonnie Osborne/Nickelodeon ©2014 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved



"211_Haunted Thundermans"--Pictured: Max (Jack Graffo), Louie Preston (Benjamin "Lil P-Nut" Flores), Taylor (Amber Montana) Photo by: Bonnie Osborne/Nickelodeon ©2014 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved



"211_Haunted Thundermans"--Pictured: Phoebe (Kira Kosarin), Miles Preston (Curtis Harris), Chad (Chase Austin) Photo by: Bonnie Osborne/Nickelodeon ©2014 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved



"211_Haunted Thundermans"--Pictured: Max (Jack Graffo), Phoebe (Kira Kosarin), Miles Preston (Curtis Harris) Photo by: Bonnie Osborne/Nickelodeon ©2014 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved



"211_Haunted Thundermans"--Pictured: Phoebe (Kira Kosarin), Chad (Chase Austin) Photo by: Bonnie Osborne/Nickelodeon ©2014 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved



"211_Haunted Thundermans"--Pictured: Nora (Addison Riecke), Billy (Diego Velazquez) and Frankie Hathaway (Breanna Yde) Photo by: Robert Voets/Nickelodeon ©2014 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Thursday, October 09, 2014

Nickelodeon Orders Second Season of New Preschool Hit "Dora and Friends: Into the City!"; Newly Imagined Latina Heroine Will Also Be Featured in First "Dora And Friends" Float at 2014 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, has announced and confirmed the exciting Nick news in the following press release, from Business Wire, that Nickelodeon has ordered a 20-episode second season of the networks brand-new preschool hit "Dora and Friends: Into the City!", featuring global phenomenon Dora in all-new adventures, with new friends and a new curriculum!

Nickelodeon has also announced the further exciting news in the same press release, below, that the newly imagined Latina heroine is now set to make her debut in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade! Dora will make the journey to the Big Apple on Thursday 27th November 2014, with some of her new friends, Kate and Pablo, to sing and dance along the parade route on a brand-new float inspired by the series titled "Aventuras Fantasticas"!

Original Nickelodeon Press Release:

Nickelodeon Orders Second Season of New Preschool Hit Dora and Friends: Into the City!

Newly Imagined Latina Heroine Will Also Be Featured in First Dora And Friends Float at 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®

October 09, 2014 03:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time



L-R: Alana, Naiya, Dora, Kate, Emma in Dora and Friends: Into the City! Credit: Nickelodeon

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nickelodeon has ordered a 20-episode second season of the new preschool hit Dora and Friends: Into the City!, featuring global phenomenon Dora in all-new adventures, with new friends and a new curriculum. The newly imagined Latina heroine launched on TV Aug. 18 and is now set to make her debut in the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. Dora will make the journey to the Big Apple on Thursday, Nov. 27, with some of her new friends, Kate and Pablo, to sing and dance along the parade route on a brand-new float inspired by the series.

The Dora and Friends float, “Aventuras Fantasticas,” appearing in the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® brings Dora's new home of Playa Verde to life with out-of-this-world landscapes and vibrant colors, capturing the excitement and adventure found in the new series. The float will take spectators on a tour of one of the new series' landmark locations, the Arco Iris CafĂ©, and showcase some of her new enchanted surroundings. Additionally, it features Dora's magical charm bracelet that helps her navigate the city and overcome any obstacle.

Since its launch this summer, Dora and Friends has already nestled into the top five preschool programs on all television, and it's the number-one show with kids 2-5 in its timeslot. With a new curriculum emphasizing community service and emotional skills, the new series has reached 13 million total viewers since its August 18 debut and already has spawned the hit Dora and Friends App which debuted as the number-one Kids and Education app, and the #2 overall paid app on iPad across all categories.

"Dora and her new friends have been met with huge enthusiasm from preschoolers who are embracing their camaraderie and community spirit, and we look forward to bringing kids along on even more adventures in season two," said Teri Weiss, Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon Preschool. "It was an enormous honor to have Dora as the first Latina character balloon in the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade back in 2005, and we're even more proud today that our new Dora float is able to continue that tradition in this year's parade."

"Dora has been an integral part of the Macy's Parade family for more than a decade," said Amy Kule, Executive Producer of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. "Inspiring millions of fans with her annual adventure in the Big Apple, we are thrilled this year to feature the next evolution of this classic character on a remarkable new float that transports spectators to Dora's vibrant new home at Playa Verde, a magical place that will capture and delight the imagination of children everywhere."

Dora made her first appearance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 2005 as the first Latina character balloon. Nickelodeon has participated in the Parade since 1997, with balloons and floats inspired by Rugrats, Blue's Clues, Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Dora and Friends: Into the City! is a half-hour educational preschool series featuring the iconic character Dora living in a city, attending school and at the center of a peer group that works together to give back to the community — having both real-life and magical adventures along the way. Developed with the support of educational experts and tested by preschoolers themselves, Dora and Friends is set to a contemporary soundtrack of Latin-influenced pop music and features an interactive curriculum focusing on community service, problem solving, emotional skills, Spanish language and Latino culture. Created by Chris Gifford and Valerie Walsh Valdes (Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!), the series airs weekdays at 10 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

With more than 50 million viewers across the country and more than 3.5 million spectators that line up along the streets of New York City each year, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. For more than 85 years, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. Growing in size and scale, the Parade proudly marches down a more than 2-mile route in New York City with more than 8,000 participants in tow including Macy's employees, their families, celebrities, athletes, clowns and dance groups spreading holiday cheer. The Parade also features America's best marching bands, fabulous floats and Macy's signature giant helium character balloons. For more information on the Macy's Parade please visit www.macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at 212.494.4495.

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationwide on NBC-TV on Thursday, November 27, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until noon, in all time zones.

About Macy's Parade & Entertainment Group

Macy's Parade & Entertainment Group, a dedicated staff at Macy's, Inc. are the creative, marketing, design and logistics organization behind world-famous events including Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade® and Macy's 4th of July Fireworks®. The group also oversees the creation and production of local in-store and significant community events in cities across the nation. Its partnership marketing team is responsible for creating strategic alliances with companies that will add value to Macy's retail and shopping experience. From celebrity appearances and flower shows to extravagant fashion events, tree lightings and parades; Macy's Parade & Entertainment Group is charged with bringing the magic of Macy's to millions of people from coast-to-coast.

Nickelodeon, now in its 35th 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, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 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, VIA.B).

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Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, Jessie J, Echosmith And The Vamps To Perform At "2014 Nickelodeon HALO Awards"

UPDATE - Added Nickelodeon's official "2014 Nickelodeon HALO Awards" press release announcing the exciting news!

Entertainment Weekly's 'The Music Mix' is reporting the exciting Nickelodeon News in the following article that Nickelodeon has announced that music superstars Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, Jessie J, Echosmith and the British pop band The Vamps will be performers at the sixth annual "Nickelodeon HALO Awards", the "2014 Nickelodeon HALO Awards"!

Celebrating real-life teens who are "Helping and Leading Others" (HALO), the star-studded annual awards show, hosted by "HALO Awards" creator Nick Cannon, will air live from 7:00pm on Sunday 30th November 2014 on all of Nickelodeon USA's networks, and will also stream live on Nickelodeon USA's official website, nick.com, and on the networks Emmy Award-winning Nick App!:
Nick Jonas, Jessie J to perform at Nickelodeon's HALO Awards


For the past five years, Nickelodeon's HALO (Helping and Leading Others) Awards has honored kids who do good in their communities. The young honorees receive scholarships and grants for their chosen organization — and a chance to see performers like Nick Jonas and Meghan Trainor live.

Jonas and Trainor are just two of the chart-toppers featured at this year’s awards: Jessie J, Echosmith, and The Vamps will also perform at the show, hosted by HALO Awards creator Nick Cannon.

The HALO Awards air Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. on all Nickelodeon networks and will also stream live on the Nickelodeon website and app.

Below is Nickelodeon's official press release announcing the exciting "2014 TeenNick HALO Awards" news, via Business Wire:

Jessie J, Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, Echosmith and The Vamps Join Nick Cannon for Nickelodeon HALO Awards, Hour-Long Concert Special Honoring Kids and Their Commitment to Service

Event Featuring Music Performances, Young Leaders and Celebs to Premiere Sunday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) Across Nickelodeon Networks and Stream Live on Nick.com and Nick App for First Time Ever

*Art available upon request or at www.nickpress.com

October 09, 2014 01:03 PM Eastern Daylight Time



Nick Cannon, host, creator and executive producer of the Nickelodeon HALO Awards, premiering Nov. 30 on Nickelodeon. (Photo: Business Wire)

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pop superstars Jessie J, Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, Echosmith and The Vamps will perform their chart-topping hits at the Nickelodeon HALO Awards, an hour-long concert special celebrating kids who are "Helping and Leading Others" (HALO) in their communities. Led by host, creator and executive producer Nick Cannon, the star-studded musical event is being held at New York's Pier 36 and will premiere Sunday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) across all Nickelodeon networks (Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons and Nick Jr.) and will stream live for the first time ever on Nick.com and the Nick App. The concert will also feature Nick stars, celebrity presenters, interactive elements and special surprises.

"We're taking over New York City with the hottest music performers and the most awe-inspiring kids for one huge fun night at this year's Nickelodeon HALO Awards," said Cannon. "The HALO Awards embodies the altruistic spirit of the holidays with its positive message and I can't wait to celebrate the terrific work of these young heroes."

Beginning today, Nick.com/halo and the Nick App will be the official digital destinations for all things HALO. Kids will be able to learn all about the HALO Awards, relive the best performances from last year's show, watch videos featuring Nick Cannon and all of this year's musical acts, flip through photo galleries featuring kids who have HALO'd, find out which celebs will have a front row seat to this year's concert event, and score some exclusive sneak peeks before the show. On Nov. 30, kids can watch the concert special unfold through a live photo stream featuring images of their favorite Nick Stars, Nick Cannon, Meghan Trainor and more. Plus, for the first time ever, Nick.com and the Nick App will feature a live video stream of the HALO Awards so kids can watch the show anywhere.

Currently in its sixth year, Nickelodeon HALO Awards is an annual awards show that recognizes real-life kids that are doing extraordinary things in their communities and “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO). In addition to being awarded a grant for their organization and scholarship funds, each HALO Award honoree is given an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and connect with celebrities that share their same passion for service.

Cited by People Magazine as one of the "Top Ten most successful young people in Hollywood," Nick Cannon is a multi-faceted entertainer -- film star, comedian, musician, writer and executive producer of his own hit TV shows. Beginning as an audience warm-up for the long running Nickelodeon hit show, All That, Cannon soon became a show regular as well as a writer, making him the youngest staff writer in television history at the age of 17. He went on to star in, direct and executive produce The Nick Cannon Show. He's since appeared in films including Men in Black II, Drumline, Roll Bounce and 2006's Bobby, for which Cannon became the first African American actor ever to be honored at the world-renowned Cannes Film Festival with the "Breakthrough Actor of the Year" award. He's the host of America's Got Talent and an NAACP Image Award-winner for "Outstanding Supporting Actor" for his role as a series regular on Up All Night. Cannon has always made the time to use his resources and his voice to give back to the community and those in need, working with nationally recognized organizations such as Feeding America, Boys and Girls Club, Do Something, Toys for Tots, Stomp Out Bullying, Lupus Foundation of America and The National Kidney Foundation, in addition to running his own Nicholas Scott Cannon Foundation.

Presenting sponsors of the annual Nickelodeon HALO Awards are Green Giant™, Reese's Puffs Cereal and Dave & Buster's.

The Nickelodeon HALO Awards is produced by Superfly in association with Nickelodeon Productions. Nick Cannon, Alex Coletti, Jay Schmalholz & Shelly Sumpter Gillyard are executive producers.

Nickelodeon, now in its 35th 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, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 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, VIA.B).

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Nickelodeon Orders Second Season Of "Dora and Friends: Into the City!"

The Los Angeles Times is reporting the exciting Nick news in the following article that, following the successful launch of the first series in August 2014, Nickelodeon has commissioned a 20-episode second season of its brand-new animated preschool series, "Dora and Friends: Into the City!", a spin-off from the networks hugely popular "Dora the Explorer" series!


Since the shows launch on Monday 18th August 2014, "Dora and Friends" has joined the networks sandbox of the top five preschool programs on all US television.

Nickelodeon is currently rolling out "Dora and Friends: Into the City!" on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. channels internationally, with the all-new preschool series set to premiere on Nick Jr. UK and Ireland on Monday 3rd November 2014.

Created by Chris Gifford and Valerie Walsh Valdes ("Dora the Explorer," "Go, Diego, Go!"), the half-hour series airs weekdays at 9am ET/PT on Nickelodeon USA.
Nickelodeon orders second season of 'Dora and Friends: Into the City!'

'Dora and Friends: Into the City' gets second season on Nickelodeon



An image of aged up Dora Marquez, along with her posse of friends, in a gallery image from "Dora and Friends: Into the City," which snagged a second season Oct. 9 (Nickelodeon)

Nickelodeon wants to stay in business with its aged up Dora Marquez.

The network has ordered a 20-episode second season of its "Dora the Explorer" spinoff series "Dora and Friends: Into the City!"

The companion preschool series, the first season of which launched in August, showed the world-renowned bilingual pipsqueak as a 10-year-old girl. She's taller, has longer hair, an updated wardrobe and, perhaps more subtly, now has ears and eyebrows. And the curriculum is centered on community service, as well as emotional skills.

Tweaking the beloved children's character was a risky move for the Viacom-owned network. But it's a move that has proved successful so far.

Since its Aug. 18 launch, "Dora and Friends" has joined the sandbox of the top five preschool programs on all television, according to the network.

Teri Weiss, the network's executive vice president of preschool programming, said in a statement: “Dora and her new friends have been met with huge enthusiasm from preschoolers who are embracing their camaraderie and community spirit, and we look forward to bringing kids along on even more adventures in season two." Created by Chris Gifford and Valerie Walsh Valdes ("Dora the Explorer," "Go, Diego, Go!"), the half-hour series airs weekdays at 9 a.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon.

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Monday, October 06, 2014

NickSports USA To Debut New Basketball Documentary On Wednesday 26th November 2014

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting the exciting news in the following article that Nickelodeon USA will host the world TV premiere of "Little Ballers", a brand-new sports documentary that centers on a group of 11-year-old basketball players in New York City's Amateur Athletic Union, an inner-city springboard for potential NBA talent, on Wednesday 26th November 2014 at 9:00pm, as part of Nicktoons USA's recently launched NickSports programming block!



'Little Ballers' - FYI Brand Communications

The 81-minute doc is set against the backdrop of New York City, shining a spotlight on the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) as a feeding ground to potential NBA stardom. Featuring interviews with NBA and WNBA stars including Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Steve Nash, Russell Westbrook, Joakim Noah, Walt Frazier, Tyson Chandler, J.R. Smith and Chamique Holdsclaw, Little Ballers follows four 11-year-old boys and their legendary coach as they set out to win an AAU National Championship. For these boys, basketball is more than a game; it offers them hope. The movie is directed by Crystal McCrary and executive produced by Lupe Fiasco and Stoudemire.

From THR:
Lupe Fiasco-Produced Sports Doc 'Little Ballers' to Air in November (Exclusive)

Also produced by Knicks player Amar'e Stoudemire, the doc centers on four 11-year-old basketball players in NYC's Amateur Athletic Union

Nickelodeon has set an airdate for Little Ballers.

The sports documentary — centering on a group of 11-year-old basketball players in New York City's Amateur Athletic Union, an inner-city springboard for potential NBA talent — will air on Nicktoons on Nov. 26 at 9 p.m., during the newly-established NickSports block.

The 81-minute doc, which also explores basketball among today's black youth, is directed by Crystal McCrary and executive produced by Lupe Fiasco and New York Knicks player Amar'e Stoudemire. It features interviews with NBA and WNBA stars including Carmelo Anthony, Steve Nash, Russell Westbrook, Joakim Noah, Walt Frazier, Tyson Chandler, J.R. Smith and Chamique Holdsclaw, as well as HBO Sports svp Kery Davis, Black Enterprise president and CEO Butch Graves, Relativity Sports vp Travis King, and journalists Pablo S. Torre, William C. Rhoden and Roland Martin, among others.

"I wanted to executive produce Little Ballers because I once was a little baller," Stoudemire tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It made a major impact on my life, helped me to become a better man and a better leader. Youth sports are very important for children — there are so many lessons to learn that impacts their lives forever. Sports help build character, discipline and teamwork, which are all important aspects for the future."

Watch a promo below, featuring the Little Ballers cast and Kobe Bryant.

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