Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Are You Afraid of the Dark? | Teaser Trailer #5 | Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon today unveiled their latest teaser trailer for their upcoming Are You Afraid of the Dark? revival! Click play below, and watch at your own risk!

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Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a Canadian Twilight Zone-esqie anthology series created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel. It revolves around a group of teenagers who called themselves the Midnight Society that meet weekly at a secret location in the woods, where one member tells a scary story to the rest of the group, some of which are based on public domain fairy tales, short stories or urban legends. Subjects range from abandoned houses and vampires to scary clowns, witches and aliens.

The series debuted in 1990 on the Canadian children's channel YTV and was picked up by Nickelodeon USA in 1991, though it didn’t debut until SNICK’s launch on Saturday, Aug. 15, 1992. The show ran until April 1996, and a revival series with new writers, directors, writers and cast members was produced by Nickelodeon from 1999 to 2000. In all, the series ran for 91 episodes over seven seasons. Tia and Tamera Mowry (Sister, Sister), Will Friedle (Boy Meets World), Neve Campbell, Hayden Christensen, Jay Baruchel, Tatyana Ali, Melissa Joan Hart (Clarissa Explains It All, Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Jewel Staite (Space Cases), Emily VanCamp, and two-time Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling are just a few of the household names who have lent their acting skills to the anthology.

Each episode is introduced with the storyteller saying “Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society,” who then would announce the title of that segment. MacHale said the line was a tribute to the series The Twilight Zone, in which creator Rod Serling would introduce the episode by saying, “submitted for your approval.”

In Nickelodeon's Are You Afraid of the Dark? revival miniseries, through three hour-long episodes, the new Midnight Society will tell a terrifying tale about the Carnival of Doom, only to have the events of the story come to life. The revival will premiere this October on Nick.

The new members of the Midnight Society are: Gavin, played by Sam Ashe Arnold (Best.Worst.Weekend.Ever.); Akiko, played by Miya Cech (Rim of the World, Always Be My Maybe); Louise, played by Tamara Smart (Artemis Fowl, The Worst Witch); Graham, played by Jeremy Taylor (It, Goosebumps 2:Haunted Halloween); and Rachel, played by Lyliana Wray (Top Gun: Maverick, Black-ish). The Carnival of Doom’s ringmaster, Mr. Tophat, is played by Rafael Casal (Blindspotting).

The Are You Afraid of the Dark? limited series is produced by ACE Entertainment (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Perfect Date) with ACE founder Matt Kaplan and Spencer Berman serving as executive producers. The series is written by BenDavid Grabinski (Skiptrace) and directed by Dean Israelite (Power Rangers movie, Project Almanac), both of whom will also executive produce.

Paramount Players is also currently working on a feature film adaptation of Are You Afraid of the Dark?.

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Originally published: Monday, August 19, 2019 at 19:22 BST.
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'Ricky Zoom' to Rev Onto Nickelodeon USA on Monday, September, 9 2019

Nickelodeon USA will premiere Ricky Zoom, a brand-new CGI action comedy adventure series all about friendship, community and learning to stand on your own two wheels, on Monday, September 9, 2019 in the Nick Jr. preschool block! Following launch, new episodes will air regularly on Nickelodeon.

Zoom into adventure with Ricky Zoom! Built for speed, Ricky Zoom is a little red rescue motorbike who shares his experiences with his loyal and enthusiastic Bike Buddies Loop, Scootio and DJ. Together they race around the sports track, try new stunts at the park and zoom into every adventure!

Ricky lives in Wheelford, a two-wheeled town tailor-made for bikes. The close-knit community is always on hand to guide Ricky on the road to becoming a rescue bike. Whether help comes from mum or dad, the town mechanic or local police bike, Ricky and the Bike Buddies have all the support they need as they learn to stand on their own two wheels. Zoomtastic!

The producers of PJ Masks, Entertainment One (eOne), Frog Box and Parisian prodco animation studio TeamTO are joined by coproduction partner, the Italian prodco Maga Animation, to introduce a show that’s all about friendship, family, community, resilience and learning to stand on your own two wheels. The series is produced by the same production team who make PJ Masks.

Ricky Zoom has also been sold to broadcast partners such as Super RTL in Germany, Clan TV in Spain, Youku in China, Gulli in France and RAI in Italy, along with Discovery Kids in Latin America. The series made its debut on Gulli in France, Discovery Kids LatAm and RAI in Italy during Spring/Summer 2019.

Alongside a growing broadcast presence, eOne is assembling a major global consumer products program which will be spearheaded by leading global master toy partner, TOMY International, with a range of products set to debut at retail in selected markets from spring 2020. eOne is also planning to expand this program with apparel shortly after the CP hits shelves.

“There are quite a few vehicle shows out there, so I wanted to make sure we had something that would feel unique,” says eOne president of family and brands Olivier Dumont.

“We didn’t want a show about racing, or anything that confined the bikes to a track. We really wanted something about daily life stories that will resonate with our audience; stories about growing up and the family unit.”

Dumont says the scope of the show is a significant step up compared to past projects as its stories follow not just Ricky but the entire Wheelford community, including his parents and sister, his three best friends and their families. Parisian prodco TeamTO—which has previously partnered with eOne on PJ Masks—developed the world of Ricky Zoom. The first season explores themes of practicing skills, supporting friends, spending time with family and overcoming fears.

“It’s a very rich world, a vast world with quite a few characters,” Dumont says.

Ricky Zoom (52 x 11-minute episodes) builds on eOne’s successful slate of preschool properties that includes award-winning shows Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, and PJ Masks.

More Nick: Nickelodeon USA's August 2019 Premiere Highlights!

Originally published: Monday, August 19, 2019 at 19:27 BST.

Special thanks to @TVShowsFan; Additional sources: Animation Magazine, Kidscreen, (II).
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Squidward Tentacles Sand Castle Art | Nick Upgrades | Nickelodeon

Squidward Tentacles Sand Castle Art | Nick Upgrades | Nickelodeon

This is ART! Only a true artist will appreciate this 👩‍🎨🖼 #sandcastleday

CALLING ALL GOOFY GOOBERS! (ROCK!) Are ya ready for a deep dive into the world of SpongeBob SquarePants? The SpongeBob YouTube channel is THE PLACE for all fan-favorite SpongeBob moments! We’re serving up everything from legendary scenes to remixes of classic songs to deep dives into Bikini Bottom lore. Be sure to check back every week for Music Mondays, Wumbo Wednesdays, and Flashback Fridays! Subscribe now at https://www.youtube.com/SpongeBobOfficial!

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The Legend of Korra's Voice Actors | NickRewind

Legend of Korra's Voice Actors

The Legend of Korra had so many incredible voice actors, including: Janet Varney (Stan Against Evil) as Korra, Seychelle Gabriel as Asami (Korrasami 4 evr!), Rami Malek as Tahno, Kiernan Shipka as Jinora, Steven Yeun as Wan, Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) as Eska, JK Simmons as Tenzin, David Faustino (Married With Children) as Mako, Mindy Sterling (iCarly) as Lin, Steve Blum as Amon, John Michael Higgins as Varrick, Zelda Williams as Kuvira, and PJ Byrnes as Bolin!

The Legend of Korra: An Avatar's Chronicle is in stores now!

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KCA | Melhores Momentos do KCA | Nickelodeon Brasil

KCA | Melhores Momentos do KCA | Nickelodeon em Português

Slime, apresentações, queda de braço e muito mais! #nickelodeon #nickelodeonportuguês

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Culture & Comedy: LatinX Artists and Writers Tap Into Their Heritage for 'The Casagrandes'

Nickelodeon is set to premiere The Casagrandes, the network's upcoming animated The Loud House spin-off which will follow Ronnie Anne and her chaotic multi-generational family in Great Lakes City, in October 2019, and to celebrate, The Animation Guild's Fall 2019 issue of Keyframe magazine has published an awesome article in which the production crew explain how the series will celebrate Latin American culture whilst keeping true to the ethos and designs of The Loud House, which you can read below!:

Culture & Comedy

LatinX artists and writers tap into their heritage for The Casagrandes

Nickelodeon's The Casagrandes, the upcoming spin-off of the channel's The Loud House, manages to create a plethora of new characters with distinctive personalities and physicalities while still staying beholden to the ethos and designs of the original hit series. The new show, which premieres in October, will also be, as co-exec producer Mike Rubiner describes, one that depicts a "multi-generational family with grandparents, aunts, and uncles, [and] cousins all living together [that is also] really emphasizing the Mexican American aspect of it."

It also a wonderful opportunity for Latinx animators, writers and others in the industry.

For art director Miguel Gonzalez, who is Mexican American, the idea of following The Loud House secondary characters Ronnie Anne and Bobby Santiago as they join their rambunctious, enormous extended family in Chicago (or, as it's known in this universe, Great Lakes City) is an opportunity to celebrate this culture. He says one of his first objectives when he was hired for The Casagrandes - a show he describes as a dream project and one he'd do anything to be a part of - was to adapt The Loud House color schemes of browns and earth tones to reflect the more vibrant palette of what he associates with his heritage and family.

My inspiration was looking into Mexican pottery and drapery and anything I could incorporate," says Gonzalez. He and his staff would do research online, in books or ask friends and colleagues to bring in photos of the festive greens and blue interiors of their grandparents' and parents' houses so that he could cross-reference them with his own memories. He also knew his designs came with the caveat that he couldn't make the show look completely different because it would still incorporate previously known characters, like The Loud House lead Lincoln, and it had to be recogizable to viewers who were already fans of the first show. But, he says, "we try to be honest with the culture too: What do they wear? How do they wear it?"

The Casagrandes employs respected Latino cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz - who was previously known for his work on projects like Pixar's Coco and Fox's Bordertown - as a cultural advistor who will go to bat for authenticity and will speak up when there's a worry of venturing too close to stereotypes of Latinx culture. But these facts are on the staff's minds about all characters, says writer Rosemary Contreras, who is also Mexican American and new to the franchise, whether showing the Italian American character Vito or neighbours Stanley and Rebecca Chang, who are a mixed-race family (there's an episode where the white wife attempts to cook Chinese food).

Art director Gonzalez also loves that The Casagrandes can be a teaching tool. An episode about Día de los Muertos will explain that the Day of the Dead is not tantamount to Mexico's Halloween and also gave Gonzalez the opportunity to incorporate important cultural details like the displaying of ancestors' portraits and the skulls and orange marigolds associated with the celebration. Thought was also given to what food would be on the shelves of the family's mercardo (market), which is on the ground floor of their apartment complex and serves as a gathering place for the neighborhood.

As for redefining what cramped quarters mean when we're talking about two apartments in a city dwelling versus a small house in suburbia? Rubiner drew from his experiences living in Brooklyn, where it's common to see four-unit apartments over a family-run business.

"We wanted the sense that this was a tight-knit family, and they do live kind of packed-in together," he says. "But we also don't want a claustrophobic feeling of everywhere you go, you're tripping over somebody."

He adds than "an important part of the show is there's this whole city for Ronnie Anne to explore," both in regards to what the neighborhood itself looks like with its shops and restaurants and the melting pot of people who live and work there.

The set-up also allows for a bit of creative levity. Contreras wrote an episode where Ronnie Anne is pet-sitting a snake that gets loose in the apartment complex. The audience gets to track the animal's whereabouts throughout the building, giving them glimpses of how everyone lives and teaching those who don't live in apartments "what it's like to grow up and know all their neighbors."

"We are trying to create stories that relate to all children," Contreras stresses.

Even those who have never misplaced their friends' pet snake.

-- Whitney Friedlander.


In additional news, Hannah Bosnian has started work on The Casagrandes as a storyboard revisionist!

More Nick: Nickelodeon to Host 'The Casagrandes' Panel & Screening at the 2019 PaleyFest Fall TV Preview in Calif.; Free 'The Casagrandes' Screening in New York!

Images via David King’s Instagram Story; Sources: Loud Casagrande, The Loud House Reddit; H/T: Anime Superhero Forum /@SweetShop209; Additional source: Wikipedia.
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Monday, August 19, 2019

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus | Official Trailer | Netflix

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus | Official Trailer | Netflix

ZIM discovers his almighty leaders never had any intention of coming to Earth and he loses confidence in himself for the first time in his life, which is the big break his human nemesis, Dib has been waiting for. Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus arrives on August 16th, only on Netflix! Click the following link for more info!: http://nickalive.blogspot.com/2019/07/netflix-to-premiere-invader-zim-enter.html

Though we have gotten several teasers for Enter the Florpus, this is the first preview that actually gives us a better look at the whole story. Plus, we finally get to see more of Zim’s nemesis Dib (and his sister Gaz). And before you ask, yes, those are flaming peanuts.

Created by Jhonen Vasquez, Invader Zim premiered on March 30, 2001, running for 27 episodes over two seasons on Nickelodeon, winning an Emmy Award and an Annie Award for individual achievement in animation (which went to storyboard artists Kyle Menke and Steve Ressel, respectively) - and getting “The Doom Song” stuck in jillions of puny human heads. The series chronicles an alien named Zim who arrived on Earth from his home planet of Irk with imperialistic intentions of conquering the planet (in order to gain favor with his Irken home race). Wildly ineffective but hilariously earnest, Zim and his robot companion GIR attempted to blend in and study the human race while simultaneously trying to enslave it. Despite Zim and GIR's subpar disguises, the only humans who realize they are extraterrestrials are school-aged paranormal investigator Dib. Invader ZIM boasts a devoted fandom. The series is produced by Nickelodeon.

The 2D-animated TV movie, directed by Jhonen Vasquez and Jake Wyatt and produced by Nickelodeon in Burbank, will see original voice cast members Richard Horvitz (The Angry Beavers) and Rikki Simons return as fan-favorites ZIM and GIR, alongside Andy Berman as Dib Membrane and Melissa Fahn as Gaz Membrane. Additional voice actors reprising their original series roles include: Wally Wingert as Almighty Tallest Red; Kevin McDonald as Almighty Tallest Purple; Rodger Bumpass (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Professor Membrane, Dib and Gaz's father; Olivia d'Abo as Tak, ZIM's Irken nemesis; and Paul Greenberg as Poonchy, one of ZIM and Dib's human classmates, as well as Jhonen Vasquez, Eric Bauza, Breehn Burns, Justin Roiland, Fred Tatasciore, Jenny Goldberg, Mo Collins, and Michael McDonald.

CBS and Viacom to Combine into One Company, ViacomCBS Inc.

Originally published: Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 20:06 BST.

CBS and Viacom to Combine

Creates a leading global, multiplatform, premium content company, positioned to be one of the most important content producers and providers in the world

-- Portfolio of powerful consumer brands spanning all content categories and demographics

- Iconic library of 140,000+premium TV episodes and 3,600+ film titles

- Production capabilities across five continents, including more than 750 series ordered to or in production

- One of a few major film studios operating on a global basis

- Among the biggest content spenders in the industry, with more than $13 billion spent in the last 12 months

- Diverse and fast-growing portfolio of direct-to-consumer offerings

- Global reach of more than 4.3 billion cumulative TV subscribers in 180+ countries

- #1 share of broadcast and cable viewing across all key demographics in the U.S.

- First-choice distribution and advertising partner with industry-leading reach and capabilities

-- Delivers financial benefits that will position the combined company to create significant value for all shareholders

- Increased financial scale for significant and sustained investment in programming and innovation

- Attractive growth outlook

- EPS accretive transaction with estimated run-rate annual synergies of $500 million

- Highly cash flow generative

- Committed to maintaining an investment-grade credit rating and modest dividend payment

-- Bob Bakish to lead the combined company as President and CEO; Joe Ianniello will serve as Chairman and CEO, CBS

August 13, 2019 02:09 PM Eastern Daylight Time

NEW YORK--CBS Corp. (NYSE: CBS.A, CBS) and Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), two of the world’s leading entertainment companies, today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine in an all-stock merger, creating a combined company with more than $28 billion in revenue.

The combined company, ViacomCBS Inc., will be a leading global, multiplatform, premium content company, with the assets, capabilities and scale to be one of the most important content producers and providers in the world. The combined company will be a scale player globally, with leadership positions in markets across the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia. This includes the largest television business in the U.S., with the highest share of broadcast and cable viewing across all key audience demographics, and strength in every key category, including News, Sports, General Entertainment, Pop Culture, Comedy, Music and Kids – making it a first-choice partner to distributors and advertisers. In addition, the combined company will possess a portfolio of fast-growing direct-to-consumer platforms, including both subscription and ad-supported offerings. It will also include a major Hollywood film studio, Paramount Pictures, which has been a producer and global distributor of filmed entertainment for more than a century and continues to be a global box office driver. Taken together, these distinct strengths will accelerate CBS and Viacom’s ability to deliver an array of compelling content to important and diverse audiences across both traditional and emerging platforms around the world.

Shari Redstone, Vice Chair of the Boards of Directors, CBS & Viacom, will be appointed Chair of the Board of ViacomCBS Inc. Source: Viacom

Bob Bakish, President and Chief Executive Officer, Viacom, will become President and Chief Executive Officer of the combined company. Bakish said: “Today marks an important day for CBS and Viacom, as we unite our complementary assets and capabilities and become one of only a few companies with the breadth and depth of content and reach to shape the future of our industry. Our unique ability to produce premium and popular content for global audiences at scale – for our own platforms and for our partners around the world – will enable us to maximize our business for today, while positioning us to lead for years to come. As we look to the future, I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunities ahead for the combined company and all of our stakeholders – including consumers, the creative community, commercial partners, employees and, of course, our shareholders.”

Joe Ianniello, President and Acting Chief Executive Officer, CBS, will become Chairman and CEO of CBS. Ianniello, who will oversee all CBS-branded assets in his new role, said: “This merger brings an exciting new set of opportunities to both companies. At CBS, we have outstanding momentum right now – creatively and operationally – and Viacom’s portfolio will help accelerate that progress. I look forward to all we will do together as we build on our ongoing success. And personally, I am pleased to remain focused on CBS’s top priority – continuing our transformation into a global, multiplatform, premium content company.”

Shari Redstone, Vice Chair of the Boards of Directors, CBS and Viacom, said: “I am really excited to see these two great companies come together so that they can realize the incredible power of their combined assets. My father once said ‘content is king,’ and never has that been more true than today. Through CBS and Viacom’s shared passion for premium content and innovation, we will establish a world-class, multiplatform media organization that is well-positioned for growth in a rapidly transforming industry. Led by a talented leadership team that is excited by the future, ViacomCBS’s success will be underpinned by a commitment to strong values and a culture that empowers our exceptional people at all levels of the organization.”

Bob Bakish, President & CEO, Viacom will become President & CEO of ViacomCBS Inc. Source: Viacom

Strategic Rationale

-- Premium content at scale. The combined company will possess a portfolio of powerful consumer brands, including CBS, Showtime, Nickelodeon, MTV, BET, Comedy Central and Paramount Network, as well as one of the largest libraries of iconic intellectual property, spanning every key genre and addressing consumers of all ages and demographics. This library comprises 140,000+ TV episodes and 3,600+ film titles, and reunites fan-favorite franchises such as Star Trek and Mission: Impossible. The combined company will also have more than 750 series currently ordered to or in production. In addition, it will include a major Hollywood film studio, Paramount Pictures, which creates and distributes feature-length entertainment around the world. The combined company will also be one of the largest content spenders, with more than $13 billion spent in the last 12 months.

Joe Ianniello, President & Acting CEO, CBS, will become Chairman & CEO of CBS, overseeing CBS-branded assets. Source: CBS Corporation

-- Global leadership positions. The combined company will be a broadcast and cable leader in key markets around the world, reaching more than 4.3 billion cumulative TV subscribers. In the U.S., the combined company’s portfolio of broadcast, premium and cable networks will have the highest share of viewing on television among key audiences, including Kids, African Americans and Hispanic viewers. In addition, the combined company will operate strong broadcast networks in the UK, Argentina and Australia, as well as pay-TV networks across more than 180 countries. It will also have significant global production capabilities across five continents – creating content in 45 languages.

-- Powerful, three-part strategy for growth. In a quickly evolving media landscape, the combined company will benefit from its distinct competitive position as one of the most important global content providers – for its own platforms as well as for third parties. This will enable the combined company to accelerate the growth of its direct-to-consumer strategy, enhance distribution and advertising opportunities and create a leading producer and licensor of premium content to third-party platforms globally.

- 1. Accelerate direct-to-consumer strategy. Together, the combined company will be positioned to accelerate and expand its direct-to-consumer strategy through its proven and diverse portfolio of both subscription and ad-supported offerings. These include CBS All Access and Showtime, which deliver premium, branded content live and on demand to millions of subscribers; Pluto TV, the leading free streaming TV service in the U.S.; and niche products such as CBSN, ET Live and Noggin. It also has an opportunity to expand globally by leveraging its existing strength in both subscription and ad-supported offerings, combined library, content production capabilities and international infrastructure.

- 2. Enhance distribution and advertising opportunities. The breadth and depth of the combined company’s reach across both traditional and new platforms – including 22% of U.S. TV viewership – will drive important new distribution and advertising opportunities. For distributors, this includes forming more expansive and multifaceted relationships, and applying the benefit of retransmission consent across a combined portfolio. For advertisers and agencies, the combined company will provide industry-leading reach through a variety of formats, including a portfolio of differentiated advanced advertising and marketing solutions, such as CBS Interactive, Viacom Vantage and Viacom Velocity, which will be applied against significant, expanded inventory across the portfolio.

- 3. Create a leading producer and licensor of premium content to third-party platforms globally. As one of the biggest premium content providers in the world, the combined company is positioned to deliver content to a diverse global customer base that includes MVPDs, broadcast and cable networks, subscription and ad-supported streaming services, mobile providers and social platforms. Notably, in addition to content licensing, CBS and Viacom are developing must-watch programming for a broad range of third-party networks and platforms to feed significant demand for original, premium content.

-- Significant value for all shareholders. The combined company will have an attractive growth outlook and increased financial scale with substantial free cash flow, which will enable significant and sustained investment in programming and innovation, as well as support the combined company’s commitment to maintaining a modest dividend payment. The transaction will be EPS accretive and is expected to deliver an estimated $500 million in annualized run-rate synergies within 12-24 months following closing, with additional strategic benefits. With one of the strongest balance sheets in the industry, the combined company will benefit from a solid investment grade rating.

Leadership, Governance and Transaction Terms

In addition to Bakish and Ianniello, the leadership team of the combined company will include Christina Spade as EVP and Chief Financial Officer; and Christa D’Alimonte as EVP, General Counsel and Secretary.

The Board of Directors will consist of 13 members: six independent members from CBS, four independent members from Viacom, the President and CEO of ViacomCBS and two National Amusements, Inc. (NAI) designees. Shari Redstone will be appointed Chair.

The merger agreement was approved by the Boards of Directors of both CBS and Viacom by unanimous vote of those present, upon the unanimous recommendations of the Special Committees of the CBS and Viacom Boards of Directors, respectively. Existing CBS shareholders will own approximately 61% of the combined company and existing Viacom shareholders will own approximately 39% of the combined company on a fully diluted basis. Under the terms of the merger agreement, each Viacom Class A voting share and Viacom Class B non-voting share will convert into 0.59625 of a Class A voting share and Class B non-voting share of CBS, respectively.

NAI, which holds approximately 78.9% and 79.8% of the Class A voting shares of CBS and Viacom, respectively, has agreed to deliver consents sufficient to assure approval of the transaction. More than two-thirds of the CBS directors unaffiliated with NAI (and all of those unaffiliated directors who voted on the transaction) have approved the transaction, as required in order to permit NAI to consent to the transaction under the terms of the 2018 settlement agreement entered into among CBS, NAI and certain other parties thereto.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. It is expected to close by the 2019 calendar year end.

The Special Committee of CBS’s Board of Directors is being advised by Centerview Partners LLC and Lazard Frères & Co. LLC as its financial advisors and by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP as its legal counsel. The Special Committee of Viacom’s Board of Directors is being advised by LionTree Advisors LLC and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC as its financial advisors and by Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP as its legal counsel. Viacom is being advised by Shearman & Sterling LLP. NAI is being advised by Evercore as its financial advisor and by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP as its legal counsel.

Investor Call Details

CBS and Viacom will host a conference call with investors at 4:30 p.m. (ET) on August 13, 2019 to discuss this announcement.

A live audio webcast of the call will be available on the Investors homepage of CBS’s website (investors.cbscorporation.com) and Viacom’s website (ir.viacom.com). The conference call can also be accessed by dialing 1 (877) 451-6152 (domestic) or 1 (201) 389-0879 (international). Please call five minutes in advance to ensure you are connected prior to the call.

An audio replay of the call will be available beginning at 7:30 p.m. (ET) on August 13, 2019 in the Investor Calendar section of CBS’s corporate website and in the Events, Webcasts & Annual Meetings section of Viacom’s Investors home page, and at 1 (844) 512-2921 (domestic) and 1 (412) 317-6671 (international) using PIN number 13693788.

The announcement press release and other information related to the announcement will be accessible on CBS and Viacom’s websites.

About CBS

CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) is a mass media company that creates and distributes industry-leading content across a variety of platforms to audiences around the world. The Company has businesses with origins that date back to the dawn of the broadcasting age as well as new ventures that operate on the leading edge of media. CBS owns the most-watched television network in the U.S. and one of the world’s largest libraries of entertainment content, making its brand –"the Eye” – one of the most-recognized in business. The Company’s operations span virtually every field of media and entertainment, including cable, publishing, local TV, film and interactive. CBS’ businesses include CBS Television Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), Network 10 Australia, CBS Television Studios, CBS Global Distribution Group, CBS Consumer Products, CBS Home Entertainment, CBS Interactive, CBS All Access, the Company’s direct-to-consumer digital streaming subscription service, CBS Sports Network, CBS Films, Showtime Networks, Pop, Smithsonian Networks, Simon & Schuster, CBS Television Stations and CBS Experiences. For more information, go to http://www.cbscorporation.com.

About Viacom

Viacom creates entertainment experiences that drive conversation and culture around the world. Through television, film, digital media, live events, merchandise and solutions, its brands connect with diverse, young and young at heart audiences in more than 180 countries.

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Videoland to Adds Nickelodeon Netherlands' 'ZOOP!'

Videoland in the Netherlands has acquired the rights to ZOOP, and will add Nickelodeon Netherlands' (Nederland) award-winning Dutch-language family comedy drama series to its streaming service on Thursday 19th September 2019!

Update (19/8) - Videoland today gave fans a awesome treat by adding ZOOP to its service a month earlier than expected! ZOOP is available to watch on Videoland today!

Zoop followed the lives of eight young adults working in the Ouwehands Dierenpark zoo in Rhenen. The series ran for 325 x 10-minute episodes over three seasons between 5 April 2004 – 2007. The series inspired three spin-off movies, Zoop in Afrika (2005), Zoop in India (2006), and Zoop in Zuid-Amerika (2007). Videoland has the rights to all 325 episodes of the series, however, the deal doesn't include the movies.

Zoop starred: Juliette van Ardenne as Sira Schilt; Viviënne van den Assem as Elise Pardoel; Erwan van Buuren as Alwin Bendorff; Nicolette van Dam as Bionda Kroonenberg; Ewout Genemans as Bastiaan van Diemen; Jon Karthaus as Moes Brinksma; Sander Jan Klerk as Aaron Zomerkamp; Patrick Martens as Mike Bosboom; and Monique van der Werff as Taffie Arends. In addition to the core cast, the series also starred Sabine Koning as Gaby Meerman Berenger; Raymi Sambo as Bowey Berenger; and Thomas Sykora as Fabian de Beurre, aka the Begeleiders in the series, as well as Kim Boekhoorn as Filo Schilt, de zus van Sira; Teun Kuilboer as Kaspar van Ooi; Ernst Löw as Siegfried Schilt, de vader van Sira; Hugo Maerten as Roy Akkermans, de klusjesman; and Pieternel Pouwels as Maxime Schilt, de moeder van Sira.

Zoop was produced by Nijenhuis & de Levita Film & TV B.V.

The news follows NL Film, which holds the rights to the Zoop series, recently saying that they would be open to making a fourth Zoop movie, and that although its not something that's being actively worked on, they would like the movie to take place in China.

Johan Nijenhuis, who directed the series and made the three films fifteen years ago, also said that he can "certainly to see the potential [to make] Zoop for a new generation".

The news also follows the stars of Zoop! recently coming together for a reunion.


From RTL Boulevard:

OMG: Alle seizoenen van ZOOP binnenkort bij Videoland

Yes! Videoland heeft officieel aangekondigd dat de eerste drie seizoenen van ZOOP binnenkort verschijnen op het platform.

Fans van het eerste uur, opgelet: alle seizoenen van ZOOP komen bij Videoland. De Nickelodeon-serie zal vanaf 19 september te zien zijn op de streamingdienst. En dat betekent dat je eindeloos Bionda, Alwin, Mike, Elise, Sira, Bastiaan, Aaron, Taffie en Moes kunt kijken. In totaal zijn er 325 afleveringen van de dierenshow, dus fans moeten wel even de tijd ervoor nemen. Helaas zullen de ZOOP-films in Afrika, India en Zuid-Amerika niet te zien zijn bij Videoland.

Het goede nieuws houdt daar niet op. Onlangs werd bekendgemaakt dat zowel de acteurs als de producent een remake wel zien zitten. Bovendien haalde Nicolette van Dam de hele cast weer bij elkaar voor een daadwerkelijke reünie bij haar eigen restaurant.


Also from RTL Boulevard:

Producent 'staat open' voor nieuwe Zoop-film

Producent NL Film, die de rechten bezit van de serie Zoop, "staat zeker open" voor een vierde bioscoopfilm. "We zijn er niet actief mee bezig, maar het lijkt ons oprecht heel leuk om Zoop in China te maken", liet een woordvoerder donderdag desgevraagd weten.

"Het lijkt ons oprecht heel leuk om Zoop in China te maken"

Het productiehuis reageert hiermee op aanzwellende geluiden dat de hoofdrolspelers van de voormalige hitserie wel oren hebben naar een reüniefilm. Ook regisseur Johan Nijenhuis, die vijftien jaar geleden de drie films maakte, zegt in een reactie "zeker de potentie te zien van Zoop voor een nieuwe generatie".

Bijna alle hoofdrolspelers van de voormalige hitserie Zoop kwamen woensdagavond samen voor een reünie. Hoofdrolspeelster Nicolette van Dam plaatste donderdag op Instagram een foto van een vrolijk samenzijn van zeven van de acht vaste hoofdrolspelers in haar eigen brasserie.

"Met elkaar 400 afleveringen opgenomen en 3 films! Feestje om weer samen te zijn en mooie herinneringen op te halen", schrijft Van Dam. Alleen Jon Karthaus, die in de serie Moes speelde, ontbrak. Het is niet bekend waarom hij verstek moest laten gaan.

Zoop liep van 2004 tot en met 2006 en vertelde over de avonturen van een groep Rangers in Ouwehands Dierenpark. Er volgden drie speelfilms, waarin zes hoofdrolspelers naar Afrika, India en Zuid-Amerika gingen. Onlangs hintte Jon Karthaus, die tegenwoordig vooral als producent en regisseur actief is, op een mogelijke doorstart van Zoop.


From Telegraaf:

Producent ’staat open’ voor film Zoop in China

Producent NL Film, die de rechten bezit van de serie Zoop, „staat zeker open” voor een vierde bioscoopfilm. „We zijn er niet actief mee bezig, maar het lijkt ons oprecht heel leuk om Zoop in China te maken”, liet een woordvoerder donderdag desgevraagd weten.

Het productiehuis reageert hiermee op aanzwellende geluiden dat de hoofdrolspelers van de voormalige hitserie wel oren hebben naar een reüniefilm. Ook regisseur Johan Nijenhuis, die vijftien jaar geleden de drie films maakte, zegt in een reactie „zeker de potentie te zien van Zoop voor een nieuwe generatie.”

Bijna alle hoofdrolspelers van de voormalige hitserie Zoop kwamen woensdagavond samen voor een reünie. Hoofdrolspeelster Nicolette van Dam plaatste donderdag op Instagram een foto van een vrolijk samenzijn van zeven van de acht vaste hoofdrolspelers in haar eigen brasserie.

Zoop liep van 2004 tot en met 2006 en vertelde over de avonturen van een groep Rangers in Ouwehands Dierenpark. Er volgden drie speelfilms, waarin zes hoofdrolspelers naar Afrika, India en Zuid-Amerika gingen. Onlangs hintte Jon Karthaus, die tegenwoordig vooral als producent en regisseur actief is, op een mogelijke doorstart van Zoop.


From Superguide:

Alle afleveringen van Zoop vanaf vandaag te zien bij Videoland

We lieten jullie vorige maand al weten dat deze heugelijke dag eraan zat te komen... En vandaag is het eindelijk zover! Vanaf NU kun je alle drie seizoenen van Zoop bingewatchen op Videoland. Dat betekent 325 afleveringen lang genieten van de dierentuinavonturen van Bionda, Alwin, Mike, Elise, Sira, Bastiaan, Taffie en Moes!

325 afleveringen Zoop op Videoland
Zoop speelde zich af in Ouwehands Dierenpark in Rhenen. De jeugdserie draaide om acht jongeren die een droomopleiding volgden tot dierenverzorger. Het team beleefde spannende avonturen, maar lag onderling ook regelmatig overhoop. Er werden 3 seizoenen van Zoop gemaakt. Dat klinkt behoorlijk karig, maar dat is het niet. In totaal gaat het namelijk om 325 afleveringen, die je dus vanaf vandaag allemaal op Videoland kan vinden!

En dan nu eindelijk een vierde Zoop-film?
Eerder dachten we nog dat Zoop pas vanaf 19 september op Videoland te zien zou zijn. Zodoende is deze (vervroegde) releasedatum natuurlijk een enorm leuke verrassing! Niet zo leuk als een update over die mogelijke vierde Zoop-film, natuurlijk... Maar alsnog hebben we wel weer eens zin om eens lekker te gaan zitten voor de Nickelodeon-serie. Is het alweer weekend?


From RTL Nieuws:

Eindelijk: ZOOP is vanaf vandaag te zien bij Videoland

Yes! En nu maar hopen dat het lelijk weer blijft, want we kunnen drie seizoenen lang ZOOP bingewatchen! Vanaf vandaag staat deze hilarische jeugd-soapserie namelijk op Videoland.

Wie is er niet mee opgegroeid? Drie seizoenen lang konden we genieten van acht jongeren die een droomopleiding volgden tot dierenverzorger in het Ouwehands Dierenpark in Rhenen. Honderden fans genoten van alle avonturen en streken van Taffy, de heerlijk zwoele stem en gitaarkunsten van Bastiaan en van de altijd populaire Bionda, die ervoor zorgde dat alle mannen smoorverliefd op haar werden. De serie was zelfs zo'n succes dat het is verkocht aan Brazilië, Frankrijk, India en Zweden.

Nadat het derde seizoen in 2006 was afgelopen, werden alle afleveringen opnieuw uitgezonden op Nickelodeon. De laatste aflevering was te zien in 2010, waardoor de succesvolle serie voor een periode van zes jaar te zien was. Tussen de seizoenen door werden ook speciale afleveringen uitgezonden. Maar nu kunnen we jaren later onze herinneringen opfrissen en eindelijk weer genieten van de avonturen in de dierentuin.


Meer Nick: Nickelodeon Netherlands Announces 'Nickelodeon Familie Festival 2019', Second Annual Festival for Kids and Families!

Originally published: Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

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Nickelodeon and VStar to Extend 'PAW Patrol Live!' Tour of China in 2019

Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group has announced the PAWsome news that, following the success of the first part of PAW Patrol Live!'s tour of China during Autumn 2018, the tour is set to go on a bigger tour around China in 2019!

From SHINE News:

Save the day for 'PAW Patrol Live!'

“PAW Patrol Live!,” a theatrical performance, kicked off its China tour on February 26.

Children in major Chinese cities will be able to enjoy “Race to the Rescue” and “The Great Pirate Adventure” from “PAW Patrol Live!” in the coming months.

Based on the hit animated TV series on Nickelodeon, the shows will bring lovely pups on the stage for an action-packed and dynamic musical adventure.

The pups will give a new interpretation of the slogan “no job is too big, no pup is too small,” and share lessons about social skills, problem-solving and teamwork.

“Race to the Rescue” is a story about the PAW Patrol’s mission to rescue Mayor Goodway and help her finish the race. In “The Great Pirate Adventure,” the PAW Patrol sets out over land and sea to find the pirate treasure.

The live action will feature up-tempo music, original script and classic theatrical scenery. By May, a total of 241 shows will be staged across 20 cities in China, including Shanghai, Hangzhou and Wuhan.


Date: July 11-12, 3:30pm, 7:30pm;

July 13-14, 10:30am

Tickets: 80-580 yuan

Tel: 1010-3721

Venue: SAIC Shanghai Culture Square

Address: 597 Fuxing Rd M.