Thursday, November 21, 2019

Nickelodeon to Premiere 'The Adventures of Paddington' on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 12:30 P.M. (ET/PT)

Original Nickelodeon Press Release:

BELOVED PADDINGTON BEAR RETURNS TO TV
IN NICKELODEON’S BRAND-NEW ANIMATED PRESCHOOL
SERIES, THE ADVENTURES OF PADDINGTON, PREMIERING
MONDAY, JAN. 20, AT 12:30 P.M. (ET/PT) IN THE U.S.

Special Episode to Air Friday, Dec. 20, at 12:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Ahead of Series Launch

Share it: @NickJr #Paddington


NEW YORK–Nov. 20, 2019–Preschoolers will journey across the pond to London for heartwarming adventures with beloved British bear Paddington in Nickelodeon’s brand-new CG-animated series The Adventures of Paddington. Premiering in the U.S. on Monday, Jan. 20, at 12:30 p.m. (ET/PT), The Adventures of Paddington (26 episodes) centers on a younger Paddington as he writes letters to Aunt Lucy celebrating the new things he has discovered through the day’s exciting activities. Following its U.S. launch, The Adventures of Paddington will roll out on the net’s international channels and branded blocks beginning March 2020.

In advance of the series debut, Nickelodeon will air a holiday presentation of “Paddington Finds a Pigeon/Paddington and the Chores List,” on Friday, Dec. 20, at 12:30 p.m. (ET/PT). In the episode, Paddington nurses an injured bird back to health and discovers a new friend in Pigeonton. Then, Mr. Brown creates a list of chores for Paddington, who accidentally picks up the wrong list.

The Adventures of Paddington is a Heyday Films and STUDIOCANAL production in association with Copyrights. Actor Ben Whishaw (Paddington 1 & 2) reprises his role as the voice of the title character, alongside new cast members Morwenna Banks, Bobby Beynon, Sheena Bhattessa, Darren Boyd, Noel Clarke, Phyllis Logan, Monica Lopera, Sabrina Newton-Fisher, David Schofield, Reece Shearsmith, Liz Sutherland-Lim and Jeremiah Waysome. The Adventures of Paddington will also feature a brand-new theme song “Paddington Bear” written and performed by one of Britain's most successful musicians, Gary Barlow (Take That).


In the Jan. 20 series premiere, “Paddington Finds a Hobby/Paddington and the Stamp,” Paddington doesn’t have a hobby, so Mrs. Brown helps him find out what he’s good at. Then, Paddington gets his arm stuck in a mailbox while sending a letter to Aunt Lucy.

Following the series premiere of The Adventures of Paddington, NickJr.com and the Nick Jr. App will feature short-form content and full-length episodes in the U.S. Episodes will also be available on Nick Jr. On Demand and Download-To-Own services in the U.S.

The Adventures of Paddington is directed by Adam Shaw and Chris Drew of BlueZoo (Go Jetters, Digby Dragon, Miffy, Q Pootle 5), and developed for television and written by Jon Foster and James Lamont (The Amazing World of Gumball, Cuckoo, Paddington 1 & 2).

The series is executive produced by multi-award-winning David Heyman (producer of all eight of the Harry Potter films, Paddington 1 & 2) and Rosie Alison (Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Paddington 1 & 2). The Adventures of Paddington is produced by Karen Davidsen (formerly with Disney and HIT Entertainment) and Simon Quinn (Isle of Dogs, Fantastic Mr. Fox), and co-produced by Rob Silva.

About Paddington

For over 60 years, British-born writer Michael Bond has delighted children and families all over the world with his stories about Paddington, the bear from Darkest Peru famous for his love of marmalade. Paddington is popular with both children and adults who feel affectionate and warm towards him and the charm and humour of the Paddington stories is the key to their enduring popularity.

Paddington’s adventures have been adapted several times for television and at the end of 2014 Paddington made his debut onto the big screen, a further film Paddington 2 followed in 2017 with a third in the works. The movies were produced by STUDIOCANAL, part of the international content and media group Vivendi. A new Paddington TV series also from STUDIOCANAL is set to launch on Nickelodeon in 2020.

Follow Paddington on Twitter at @paddingtonbear. Like Paddington’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PaddingtonBear/

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Licensed on behalf of STUDIOCANAL S.A.S by Copyrights Group

About STUDIOCANAL

STUDIOCANAL, a 100% affiliate of CANAL+ Group held by Vivendi, is Europe’s leader in production, distribution and international sales of feature films and TV series, operating directly in all three major European markets - France, the United Kingdom and Germany - as well as in Australia and New Zealand.

STUDIOCANAL owns one of the most important film libraries in the world, boasting more than 5,500 titles from 60 countries. Spanning 100 years of film history, this vast and unique catalogue includes among others the iconic Terminator 2, Rambo, Breathless, Mulholland Drive, The Pianist and Belle de jour.

STUDIOCANAL has fully-financed box office hits Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Paddington 1 and 2, The Commuter and Shaun The Sheep. Upcoming films backed by STUDIOCANAL include Marjane Satrapi’s Radioactive featuring Rosamund Pike, The Secret Garden produced by David Heyman starring Colin Firth, Aardman Studios’ stop-motion film Shaun the Sheep 2.

STUDIOCANAL is actively developing and distributing high-end TV series through its network of award-winning European production companies, including TANDEM in Germany (Take Two) and the UK’s RED Production Company (Years and Years). STUDIOCANAL is also an associate of Danish-based SAM Productions founded by Søren Sveistrup and Adam Price (Ride Upon The Storm) as well as of UK-based GUILTY PARTY PICTURES; Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company SUNNYMARCH TV (Patrick Melrose); URBAN MYTH FILMS (War of the Worlds) and Spain’s BAMBÚ PRODUCCIONES (Instinto). In 2018, STUDIOCANAL launched a new label in France, STUDIOCANAL ORIGINAL.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 40th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location based experiences, publishing and feature films. 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, VIAB).

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Lucero-Garcia Rehearse "Granada" 🎺 in Their Hotel Room! | America's Most Musical Family

Lucero-Garcia Rehearse "Granada" 🎺 in Their Hotel Room! | America's Most Musical Family



Sometimes when you're really feeling a performance, you just gotta jump on the bed! Especially if you're practicing in a hotel room. Watch Lucero-Garcia rehearse the classic standard "Granada" (originally by Augustín Lara) before they hit the stage of America's Most Musical Family!

About America’s Most Musical Family!

America’s Most Musical Family is a brand new singing competition on Nickelodeon that showcases the most talented and brilliant family performers! On the AMMF YouTube channel Ben Azelart will be your backstage digital host, and you can expect the same OTT energy you love from Ben as he plays games, pranks, and conducts exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with your favorite singing families and judges. Expect some cameo appearances from the AMMF panel of judges like uber-popular YouTuber David Dobrik, Grammy Award-winning singer Ciara, 80’s pop icon Debbie Gibson, and on-air host Nick Lachey from the multi-platinum-selling boyband 98 Degrees. Tune in every week for new content from Ben and to watch your favorite performances from each round of the competition!

America’s Most Musical Family airs Fridays at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon USA and YTV Canada and 7:30pm on Nickelodeon UK & Ireland!

Follow America’s Most Musical Family: nickammf.com | Instagram | YouTube | Audition for Season 2 | #AMMF

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America's Most Musical Family | Episode 4 Trailer | The Sanchez Family, The Hope Brothers, The Johnson Family and The Schultz Family | Nickelodeon

The Sanchez Family from Las Vegas, Nevada, The Hope Brothers from Hiram, Georgia, The Johnson Family from Valdosta, Georgia, The Schultz Family from Kalamazoo, Michigan, The Tonga Family from Oahu, Hawaii, and a whole lot more talent on America's Most Musical Family episode four, premiering Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. on Nickelodeon USA and YTV Canada!





Who was your favorite family band in America's Most Musical Family episode 3? Vote in the poll here!: http://nickalive.blogspot.com/2019/11/who-was-your-favorite-family-band-in_16.html

About America’s Most Musical Family!

America’s Most Musical Family is a brand new singing competition on Nickelodeon that showcases the most talented and brilliant family performers! On the AMMF YouTube channel Ben Azelart will be your backstage digital host, and you can expect the same OTT energy you love from Ben as he plays games, pranks, and conducts exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with your favorite singing families and judges. Expect some cameo appearances from the AMMF panel of judges like uber-popular YouTuber David Dobrik, Grammy Award-winning singer Ciara, 80’s pop icon Debbie Gibson, and on-air host Nick Lachey from the multi-platinum-selling boyband 98 Degrees. Tune in every week for new content from Ben and to watch your favorite performances from each round of the competition!

America’s Most Musical Family airs Fridays at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon USA and YTV Canada and 7:30pm on Nickelodeon UK & Ireland!

Follow America’s Most Musical Family: nickammf.com | Instagram | YouTube | Audition for Season 2 | #AMMF

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'The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage!' Cast Sing Fan-Favorite 'SpongeBob' Songs

How many of these iconic SpongeBob songs do you know? Sing along to The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage! this Dec 7! Click the following link for all the spongeriffic deets!: http://nickalive.blogspot.com/2019/11/nickelodeon-to-premiere-spongebob.html



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Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opens to the Public

Originally published: Friday, October 25, 2019

AMERICAN DREAM UNVEILS NICKELODEON UNIVERSE AND THE RINK

A Fall Festival will also take place throughout the property until November 3


Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com

East Rutherford, New Jersey, Oct. 25, 2019 -- Today marks the official opening of American Dream in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Nickelodeon Universe, the largest indoor theme park in the Western Hemisphere, and The Rink – an NHL-size ice skating and hockey facility, opened to guests, marking the first chapter in the revolutionary destination’s opening.

Don Ghermezian, CEO of American Dream and President of Triple Five, and Ken Downing, Chief Creative Officer of Triple Five greeted guests as they descended the stairs into Nickelodeon Universe. They were joined by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. The crowd of over 2500 was entertained by a host of Nickelodeon characters including the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dora the Explorer and the Clifton Mustang Marching Band surprised and delighted guests in a parade through the park led by SpongeBob Square Pants.

Inside, guests enjoyed 35+ rides, rollercoasters and attractions. Between the shrieks of guests plunging down the world’s steepest roller coaster, the Shellraiser, and the nervous laughter of children meeting their Nickelodeon BFFs for the first time, the park was full of excitement and joy.

Nickelodeon Universe tickets are sold out through opening weekend. Special preview tickets are available at www.americandream.com from October 28 – November 7, 2019. Ticket prices are $39.99 for General Access and $49.99 for All Access. Children 2 and under enter the park for free.

Steps away from Nickelodeon Universe, guests enjoyed indoor ice skating at The Rink – one of the few NHL-size skating and hockey rinks in the region. Adjacent to The Rink, is a window into DreamWorks Water Park, allowing guests a sneak peek at the progress of the second chapter of American Dream’s opening.

In addition to Nickelodeon Universe and The Rink, there is an interactive Fall Festival happening throughout the property, bringing together some of the region’s most unique and exciting seasonal offerings, including a hay maze, pumpkin patch and more autumn fun. The Fall Festival will run through November 3 and is open to the public.

For more information about ticket pricing and hours, please visit www.americandream.com

Complete list of Nickelodeon Universe rides and attractions:


  • Aang’s Air Gliders - Hold on tight as you soar and spin like an Airbender! After your flight you can snap a photo with Appa, Aang’s sky bison.
  • Blaze’s Monster Truck Rally - Rev up and roll out with Blaze and his friends for an epic race in the Monster Dome.
  • Blue’s Skidoo - Blue Skidoo, you can too! Make Blue and Magenta soar up, down, and all around! Then, sit down in the Thinking Chair to think… think… think with a little help from your good friend Blue.
  • Dora’s Sky Railway - ¡Todos a bordo! Join Dora for a trip aboard her little blue train friend, Azul. First, a hot air balloon floats you up to the rail station in the clouds. Then you’ll board Azul for a sky-high journey featuring scenic views of the park from the elevated tracks.
  • Timmy’s Half Pipe Havoc - Take a not-so-ordinary spin on the halfpipe with Timmy, Cosmo and Wanda. This giant skateboard ride provides the ultimate in airtime!
  • Fairly OddAirways - When Timmy wishes to become a pilot, you get to go along for the ride! With the wave of a wand, you’re ready for takeoff. This thrilling flight through the clouds is a wish come true for the whole family.
  • Invader Zim’s Flip & Spin... OF DOOM! - You’ve been recruited to battle aboard planet Irk’s latest militarized spacecraft. Aid in Zim’s invasion as you flip, spin, and bump into unsuspecting humans.
  • Jimmy Neutron’s Atom Smasher - Jimmy Neutron needs your help to supercharge his latest invention. You control the level of thrill from gentle cruise to a topsy-turvy tumble … all in the name of science!
  • Legends of the Hidden Temple Challenge - Olmec challenges all to scale to breathtaking heights in the world’s tallest adventure ropes course. How high will you climb to reach the Shrine of the Silver Monkey? The choices are yours and yours alone!
  • Nickelodeon Skyline Scream - The spectacular Skyline Scream is the world’s tallest indoor spinning drop tower. It’s a scenic, scream-filled thrill ride with mesmerizing views of Nickelodeon Universe and the dazzling cityscape of Manhattan!
  • Nickelodeon Slime Streak - As this coaster streaks along a twisting, turning track through Nickelodeon Universe, it leaves nothing but a Slime streak of screams in its wake.
  • PAW Patrol Adventure Bay - Get on a roll with the PAW Patrol! The slides, climb structures and rescue-play activities in Adventure Bay are specially designed for the younger pups.
  • Pup Pup & Away - Join Marshall and the gang on a PAWsome Ferris wheel that’s an adventure for the whole family.
  • Ren & Stimpy’s Space Madness - Join Commander Hoëk and Cadet Stimpy on a 36-year mission to the Crab Nebula. Strap in, hold on and prepare for launch… but try to avoid the dreaded SPACE MADNESS!
  • Rugrats Reptar Go-Round - Hop on Reptar’s back or take a spin in a giant sippy cup on this double-decker, all-ages merry-go-round.
  • Shimmer & Shine Jumping Genies - Climb onto your very own magic carpet as you take a genie-rific ride through the skies of Zahramay Falls.
  • SpongeBob’s Jellyfish Jam - Whirl and swirl through Jellyfish Fields in this thrilling family swing ride.
  • Bikini Bottom Crosstown Express - Board the Crosstown Express Bus to go spinning and reeling through the streets of Bikini Bottom.
  • Sandy’s Blasting Bronco - Yeehaw! Sandy, our favorite Texan squirrel, and mechanic Patrick have built an out-of-control coaster contraption. Saddle up as it blasts you forward, backwards, up, down and even upside-down!
  • The Shellraiser (world’s steepest roller coaster) - Help the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles battle the villainous Shredder. First snap a pic with the Turtles in the Shellraiser, then prepare to LAUNCH onto the streets of New York City. This coaster holds the record for the world’s steepest drop. Booyakasha!
  • Kraang Prime Pandemonium! - Kraang Prime has the innocent citizens of New York in her clutches. Can you endure swinging back and forth in her giant, slimy tentacles?
  • The Shredder (world’s tallest and longest spinning coaster) - Join the Foot Clan as Shredder leads a massive attack against the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. You’ll hang on for dear life aboard the world’s tallest and longest free-spinning coaster traversing hairpin turns, plummeting spirals and speeding spins.

Be on the lookout for future announcements around American Dream’s next chapters during the holiday season and into Spring 2020:

  • November 27, 2019 – Make a Splash: DreamWorks Water Park Opens
  • December 5, 2019 – Every Day is a Snow Day: Big SNOW American Dream Opens
  • March 2020 – In Grand Style: Over 450+ retail, food, and entertainment offerings join the property

Update - 10/28: Although it's just opened, it seems that the cost of tickets to access the park will be increasing soon.

The current rate (for five hours access to the park) is a special preview admission price that was originally supposed to end November 7, but according to American Dream’s website it will last until November 15. Then, the price you will pay will get you into the park for the full day.

The price for All Access — recommended for individuals over 48 inches who want to ride the most thrilling rides — will be $79.99. General access for individuals under 48 inches or who will skip the most thrilling rides will be $59.99.

That’s a $30 jump from the current rates of $49.99 for All Access and $39.99 for General Access. But the admissions now are sold for specific blocks of time, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The prices don't include parking charges.

Admission for Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream is now available to purchase online at americandream.com through December 30.

Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream also had its first celebrity guest: Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill posted videos of himself taking in the mall for the first time to his Instagram story Sunday. It’s fitting considering Meek Mill’s best known projects incorporate the word “dream” in some way (Dreams And Nightmares, Dreamchasers and Dreams Worth More Than Money).

In some of the video clips, which usually expire after 24 hours, the “Going Bad" rapper shows off some of the new rides at the Nickelodeon Universe amusement park.

It looks like he even got a tour of the indoor ski park — which isn’t open to the public yet.

When asked by someone off-camera what he thinks of American Dream, Meek Mill responds: “It’s a dream. It’s fire.”

A blogger named OooLala Blog posted Meek Mill’s Instagram story on YouTube.


Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Opening Day Photo Gallery:

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

MTV’s 2020 +1theVote Campaign Harnesses the Power of Friendship to Ignite the Country’s Largest Voting Bloc

MTV’s 2020 +1theVote Campaign Harnesses the Power of Friendship to Ignite the Country’s Largest Voting Bloc

Campaign sets sights on the 60% of eligible voters who have never been invited to register

Initiative marks first national effort to open new polling sites on college campuses and in local communities

Find out more: plus1thevote.com

November 19, 2019 10:57 AM Eastern Standard Time


NEW YORK--MTV is harnessing the power of friendship to ignite the most powerful voting bloc in the country. The global youth brand, whose impact on youth turnout dates back to “Choose or Lose,” today announced its 2020 +1theVote campaign. This year-long initiative will target first-time voters – including the four million who will turn 18 before the election – to help make voting a part of their personal identity and an experience to be shared with friends.

MTV’s +1theVote builds on its successful 2018 midterm campaign, which unleashed a powerful coalition of talent, nonprofit and corporate partners that encouraged young people to vote with a friend. Two months post-launch, the AP cited a 20% increase in young people who were “extremely likely” to bring a friend to the polls.

The campaign also marks the first national effort to open new polling sites across the country on college campuses and in local communities.

“It’s astounding that tens of millions of eligible voters have never been invited to register,” said Brianna Cayo Cotter, MTV’s Senior Vice President, Social Impact. “We know that once people vote 2-3 times, it becomes a habit and our goal is to celebrate this coming of age ritual and turn them into lifelong voters.”

Gen Z and Millennials have an opportunity to outnumber the Boomer generation for the first time in a presidential election. As the most-watched non-sports U.S. cable network in primetime with 18-34 year-olds, MTV will use all of its platforms – linear, digital, social and live events – to reach them through the following programs:

  • +1 AMBASSADORS: MTV will partner with artists and influencers who will be voting in their first Presidential election to inspire their fans to register and vote. Confirmed Artists include: AJ Mitchell, Lil Tjay, Polo G, PRETTYMUCH, Why Don’t We, and Yvng Swag.
  • +1 THE SHOWS: Together with leading civic engagement experts, MTV has developed a first-of-its-kind workshop to support content creators in effectively integrating voting messages into their programming. MTV is working with Creative Artists Agency’s Foundation to make that training available across the industry.
  • +1 THE PROMS: In partnership with When We All Vote, Rent the Runway, artists, and other brands, MTV will sponsor high school proms hosting innovative registration drives as part of their big night.
  • +1 THE LINES: Through a partnership with HeadCount, MTV will register first-time voters in line across MTV’s wide footprint of events including the VMAs, Movie & TV Awards and SnowGlobe, a three-day music festival, as well as tapings of from Wild ‘N Out to Singled Out.
  • +1 THE POLLS: In conjunction with the Alliance for Youth Organizing, Campus Vote Project, and Students Learn Students Vote, MTV will launch the first-ever national effort to open polling sites in county jails and on college campuses to give voters easier access to the polls.


Additionally, MTV is reimagining the voting experience at the polls by creating installations and events to make the moment more memorable and social.

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Ariana Grande, Matt Bennett and Elizabeth Gillies Host Mini 'Victorious' Reunion

It's a Victorious reunion!


Ariana Grande reunited with her former co-stars Elizabeth Gillies and Matt Bennett during her Sweetener Tour stop in Atlanta on Tuesday, November 19!

The 26-year-old singer and the 26-year-old actor threw it back to their Nickelodeon days by performing their hit "Give It Up" from the show. Bennett sang "I Think You're Swell" from the series live on stage, and fans lost it.

"The best moment of my life @lizgillz," Grande wrote on Instagram Stories alongside footage of their duet.

Bennett, 28, also took the State Farm Arena stage to play a little guitar.

Gillies and Bennett joined Grande again during her finale performance of "Thank U, Next", in which the trio walked alongside each other, and the three posed together backstage.

The celebs also posted photos of the mini-reunion on Instagram.

"I love u forever," Grande wrote underneath Gillies' pic. "U sang sang sang."

"The most special show to me yet. Truly," Grande wrote on her Twitter. "Love u. This was too much to process and don’t know what to say yet but so grateful and thrilled. Love u forever @LizGillies @MattBennett."

Back on Instagram Stories, Grande also sent her love to her other Victorious costars who couldn't make it, tagging Victoria Justice, Leon Thomas, Daniella Monet, and Avan Jogia. "Look how special this is," she wrote. "We love you and wish you all could have been here tonight."

Needless to say, fans were pretty excited to see the stars back together.

Liam Hemsworth's (Ghostbusters: Answer the Call) new girlfriend Maddison Brown was in the crowd and shared her own photo from the night on her Instagram. Brown and Gillies are co-stars on The CW's Dynasty, which shoots in Atlanta. "LIVING LEGENDS" the actor wrote on Instagram.

After all, it had been a while since viewers saw these three together.

Prior to the show, Grande teased on her Twitter that something big was happening at her Atlanta Sweetener concert last night, and she wasn't overselling it.

As fans will recall, Grande played Cat Valentine on the hit Nickelodeon comedy series while Gillies played Jade West. As for Bennett, he played Robbie Shapiro.

The show ran from 2010 to 2013.

Watch the videos to see footage of the reunion and enjoy the trip down memory lane!





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As a reminder, Ariana Grande and Elizabeth Gillies originally sang "Give It Up" on Victorious NINE years ago! It's crazy to see how far they've both come:


And here's a throwback of Bennett's character serenading Grande's character with "I Think You're Swell":


ICYMI: Victorious is now available on Netflix!

From MTV News:

ARIANA GRANDE MADE IT SHINE WITH A VICTORIOUS REUNION AT HER ATLANTA SHOW

SEE HER PERFORM ALONGSIDE LIZ GILLIES AND MATT BENNETT <3 Earlier this month, Netflix added all four seasons of Victorious to its streaming platform, giving fans of the beloved Nickelodeon series a surprise blast from the past. But on Tuesday night (November 19), Ariana Grande kicked the nostalgia up a few notches by staging a mini Victorious reunion that proves the Hollywood Arts High alumni have still got it. At the Atlanta stop of her Sweetener World Tour, Ari welcomed former co-stars Elizabeth Gillies (Jade) and Matt Bennett (Robbie) to the stage for a pair of special duets. The real showstopper was her and Gillies reprising their epic banger "Give It Up," which, yes, still slaps. Watch them belt those high notes in the fan-shot clips [above]. "The best moment of my life @lizgillz," Grande wrote on Instagram alongside footage of their performance. As for Bennett, he jammed out to the Victorious theme song, "Make It Shine," with fans in the pit, before getting onstage to sing "I Think You're Swell" with Grande. It was, indeed, swell.

Gillies and Bennett, of course, are still tight with Grande — they both made cameos in her "thank u, next" video last year. And at Tuesday's show, they joined their Grammy-nominated BFF onstage for her encore performance of the chart-topper.

Grande's Atlanta show was a big deal, as it marked her return to the stage after falling ill and canceling her November 17 show in Lexington, Kentucky. Thankfully, she seemed to be feeling much better in ATL, so fingers crossed she makes it through the final few weeks of her tour happy and healthy.

And before you go, here's a cute snap of Cat, Robbie, and Jade, for all your nostalgic pleasure.


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Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Announces Key Leadership Changes, Elevates OTT and Studio Businesses

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Announces Key Leadership Changes, Elevates OTT and Studio Businesses

Pierluigi Gazzolo, Appointed President, OTT International & Viacom International Studios

Juan “JC” Acosta Promoted to President of VIMN Americas

November 20, 2019 01:00 PM Eastern Standard Time


MIAMI--Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) announced today that Pierluigi Gazzolo, President of VIMN Americas and Executive Vice President of Nickelodeon International, has been appointed President of OTT International and Viacom International Studios (VIS), signalling the increasing importance of VIMN’s OTT and Studio businesses. Gazzolo will report to David Lynn, President & CEO of VIMN.

In this role, Gazzolo will initially focus on accelerating the rollout of Pluto TV across international markets, starting with a major launch across Latin America in early 2020. In addition, Gazzolo will further establish VIMN’s premium D2C products in partnership with distributors. He will also be responsible for creating an integrated Viacom International Studios operation, managing original content creation assets across ViacomCBS internationally. This new structure will enable the company to accelerate the creation of original content across international markets, consistent with the ViacomCBS mission of becoming one of the world’s pre-eminent content companies.

Gazzolo will be responsible for establishing Viacom’s international business strategies, product offerings and operations for these critical growth areas of the business in all international markets. He will work closely with Marc DeBevoise, Chief Digital Officer for ViacomCBS and President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Interactive and Tom Ryan, CEO and Co-Founder of Pluto TV to expand the company’s digital strategy to the international market.

As President of VIMN Americas, Gazzolo is credited for driving the extraordinary growth of VIMN’s business in the region and was responsible for the expansion of the business through the acquisition of Telefe and Porta dos Fundos. During his tenure, Gazzolo led the transformation of VIMN Americas, including establishing its non-linear presence through innovative multiplatform products and services such as Paramount + and Noggin and working with the Pluto TV team to launch 11 Pluto Latino channels to the US Hispanic market earlier this year – which has since grown to 22 channels and 4,000 hours of Spanish and Portuguese content.

Under Gazzolo’ s leadership, Viacom International Studios (VIS) was launched following the 2016 acquisitions of Telefe and then Porta dos Fundos. Synergies recognized by those acquisitions enabled the launch of VIS first in the Americas in 2018 and then in the UK, Europe and Asia in 2019. In 2019 VIS Americas revenues grew by 57%.

David Lynn commented: “Pier is a uniquely dynamic executive and has an unrivalled track record of growing revenues for the entire VIMN ecosystem. Pier’s vision and leadership in acquiring and integrating both Telefe and Porta dos Fundos for the Americas business was a step-change for Viacom in the region and enabled the creation of a studio business, not just for the Americas, but for all of Viacom International. Additionally, Pier’s leadership in the streaming and OTT space has driven subscriber growth and established VIMN as a key player in OTT in the region partnering with MVPD’s and mobile operators. I’m confident that Pier will apply the same vision and rigor to launching these key business lines for ViacomCBS internationally as we continue to super serve our distribution partners.”

Pierluigi Gazzolo added: “With ViacomCBS’ position as one the world’s most important content creators and distributors, it’s an extraordinary moment to help drive the expansion of both Pluto TV and OTT internationally, which is the fastest growing part of the video business; and at the same time, create a unified international studio for Viacom – when the demand for content has never been greater.”

VIMN Americas Leadership

Juan (“JC”) Acosta, currently Executive Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer of VIMN Americas, will be promoted to President of VIMN Americas, effective January 3rd, 2020. Acosta will report to David Lynn, President & CEO of VIMN.

Lynn commented: “JC’s understanding of the entertainment industry, strategic expertise and deep knowledge of both VIMN and the international television market make him ideally suited for his new role. JC’s tenure with VIMN and impact on the business to date, will ensure both a seamless leadership transition and a continued growth trajectory for our Americas operations. JC played a key role in the transformation of the VIMN Americas business, integrating and managing Telefe and Porta dos Fundos, and is ideally equipped to take VIMN Americas through its next stage of growth.”

JC Acosta commented: “I couldn’t be more excited to take on this role. It’s been my privilege to partner with Pier during such a transformational period for our business. The VIMN Americas team is expert in driving value through its ability to adapt to the ever-changing media landscape through innovation, content entrepreneurship, and passion. I look forward to continuing to work with them and our partners as we create and distribute winning content, products and experiences for the region.”

In his new role, Acosta will be responsible for VIMN operations for Latin America, spanning Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, as well as Canada and the US Hispanic market. He will be tasked with the ongoing expansion of VIMN’s portfolio and products in the region, including its multiplatform business, global studio and content distribution and licensing efforts and TV channels (MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Paramount Channel, and Telefe, Argentina’s leading free-to-air broadcaster) and digital portfolio (including Porta Dos Fundos).

As Chief Operating Officer of the Americas cluster since 2015, JC has been responsible for the region’s brand portfolio and monetization across all platforms and lines of business throughout Latin America, US Hispanic and Canada. As well as overseeing strategic service areas such as Finance, Strategy & Operations, Production/Studios, Research and Emerging Business.

JC has been with VIMN for 13 years, having first joined the company in 2007 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of VIMN Americas. Since that time, Acosta has served in a variety of roles leading to his current role as EVP Chief Financial Officer & Executive in Charge of Production. Acosta has worked across a range of areas of the VIMN Americas business and was a key partner to Gazzolo, as COO of the America business as they designed and implemented the integration of Telefe and Porta dos Fundos.

About Pierluigi Gazzolo

In addition to his role as President of VIMN Americas, Gazzolo is also the Nickelodeon brand lead for all markets outside of the U.S., with its centralized Programming, Marketing, Creative, Consumer Products and International Program Sales teams reporting into him.

Prior to his current role as President of VIMN Americas, Gazzolo was Chief Operating Officer of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) from 2011 - 2014, during which time he reported to Robert Bakish. Gazzolo was appointed COO of VIMN following his tenure as COO for MTV Networks International (MTVNI) - commencing in 2009 - for which he established a new level of integrated operations. During that time, he was instrumental in developing a global content-based partnership with Rainbow Group. Subsequent to this partnership, Viacom Inc. acquired a minority interest in Rainbow Group, of which Gazzolo is a board member.

From 2009-2011, Gazzolo was President of MTV Networks Latin America (MTVNLA). Under his leadership, MTVNLA saw double-digit growth year on year as a result of operational and creative excellence, driven by more original productions and the expansion of the company’s linear and digital offerings. He re-invented the traditional telenovela format starting with Nickelodeon’s hugely successful series Isa TKM, Isa TK+, as well as three seasons of the highly successful Grachi, which later led to the English-language adaptation, Every Witch Way for Nickelodeon US.

Gazzolo holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Florida International University, where he was honoured as Alumni of the Year in 2011. Born in Italy and raised in El Salvador, Gazzolo speaks English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese fluently.

About Juan Acosta

As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for VIMN Americas, Acosta oversees VIMN’s extensive portfolio of brands including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and Paramount Channel in Latin America and Canada, Telefe in Argentina, Porta dos Fundos in Brazil, and Tr3s in the U.S. Hispanic market.

He also has financial oversight of the entire VIMN Americas organization and oversees the company’s Revenue Strategy, Multiplatform Strategy and Business Development divisions, as well as the Viacom International Studios Americas, which is charged with the development, production and global distribution of the company’s combined portfolio of content.

Previously, Acosta was SVP, CFO and Executive-in-Charge of production, playing a key role in structuring multi-layered production deals and financials to include executing co-production agreements, negotiating distribution rights, integrating pro-social media partners, driving non-linear partnerships, and leveraging fiscal tax incentives. Acosta was instrumental in establishing the company’s co-production model utilizing investments from non-linear partners, distributors, NGOs and government ministries in key markets.

With expertise in studio/production, distribution, consumer products, program sales, Acosta was formerly Director of Finance for NBC Universal/Telemundo Network Group, where he was responsible for the financial reporting, budgeting/forecasting, and compliance for Telemundo Studios and its corporate entities. He also previously held positions at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and the Walt Disney Company.

A native of Miami, Acosta is a Certified Public Accountant for the State of Florida and holds a Bachelor of Accounting Degree and a MBA from Florida International University.


David Lynn, President and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks, will oversee the ViacomCBS's international media networks, including Network 10 in Australia


Juan “JC” Acosta, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of VIMN Americas, will serve as President of VIMN Americas


Pierluigi Gazzolo, President of VIMN Americas and Executive Vice President of Nickelodeon International, will serve as President of OTT International and Viacom International Studios

About Viacom International Media Networks

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), is comprised of many of the world’s most popular multimedia entertainment brands, including Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Paramount Channel, alongside a number of key local brands including Channel 5 (UK) and Telefe (Argentina). Viacom brands reach more than 4.3 billion cumulative subscribers in 180+ countries via nearly 300 locally programmed and operated TV channels and a range of digital media and mobile TV properties, in more than 40 languages. For more information about Viacom visit www.viacom.com.

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From The Hollywood Reporter:

Viacom International Taps Pierluigi Gazzolo to Lead Streaming Push

The company veteran's promotion signals "the increasing importance" of its studio and streaming businesses, the firm says.
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) on Tuesday said that it has promoted Pierluigi Gazzolo, president of VIMN Americas and executive vp Nickelodeon International, to the new role of president of OTT International and Viacom International Studios.

The company said that the appointment of the 26-year Viacom veteran to the new role, ahead of the planned completion of Viacom's merger with CBS Corp. in early December, signals "the increasing importance of VIMN’s studio and OTT business." Gazzolo will report to David Lynn, president and CEO of VIMN.

In his new role, Gazzolo will initially focus on accelerating the rollout of Pluto TV across international markets, starting with its launch across Latin America in early 2020. He is also charged with further establishing VIMN’s direct-to-consumer products, such as Paramount+, in partnership with distributors.

"He will also be responsible for creating an integrated, Viacom International Studios operation, managing original content creation assets across ViacomCBS internationally," the company said. "This new structure will enable the company to accelerate the creation of original content across international markets, consistent with the ViacomCBS mission of becoming one of the world’s pre-eminent content companies."

The appointment will see the executive roll out in more foreign markets a content and distribution strategy that has driven growth in Viacom's Latin American unit. Gazzolo is, for example, credited with boosting the firm's reach beyond linear TV in the region through such streaming services as Paramount+ and Noggin and also worked on the launch of Pluto Latino channels targeting U.S. Hispanics earlier this year. Under his leadership, the company also launched Viacom International Studios (VIS) following the 2016 acquisitions of Argentinean broadcaster Telefe and Brazilian YouTube comedy channel Porta dos Fundos. "Synergies recognized by those acquisitions enabled the launch of VIS first in the Americas in 2018 and then in Europe, including the U.K., and Asia in 2019," Viacom said.

"Our strategy has been an incredible driver of growth in Latin America and one that now David [Lynn] and Bob [Bakish] want me to replicate internationally," Gazzolo told THR. "I am excited to partake in this transformation that ViacomCBS will have internationally. These areas [streaming and Viacom International Studios] are definitely going to be a driving force for growth for ViacomCBS internationally."

In a statement, he also highlighted: "It’s an extraordinary moment to help drive the expansion of both Pluto TV and OTT internationally, which is the fastest growing part of the video business; and at the same time, create a unified international studio for Viacom — when the demand for content has never been greater."

Gazzolo will also work closely with Marc DeBevoise, who was recently tapped as chief digital officer for ViacomCBS and president and CEO of CBS Interactive, and Tom Ryan, CEO and co-founder of Pluto TV, to expand the merged company’s digital strategy to the international market.

He said Tuesday that it was too early to say whether the CBS All Access streaming service could get rolled out in foreign markets or whether CBS content could be added to Viacom streaming services abroad. "The role has just been created, and I will work very closely with the folks at CBS, but the intent is always to utilize our global content as much as possible," he said.

"Pier is a uniquely dynamic executive and has an unrivaled track record of growing revenues for the entire VIMN ecosystem," said Lynn. "Pier’s vision and leadership in acquiring and integrating both Telefe and Porto dos Fundos for the Americas business was a step-change for Viacom in the region and enabled the creation of a studio business, not just for the Americas, but for all of Viacom International. Additionally, Pier’s leadership in the streaming and OTT space has driven subscriber growth and established VIMN as a key player in OTT in the region, partnering with [pay TV distributors] and mobile operators. I’m confident that Pier will apply the same vision and rigor to launching these key business lines for ViacomCBS internationally as we continue to super serve our distribution partners."

Juan "JC" Acosta, currently executive vp and COO of VIMN Americas, will take over Gazzolo's role as president of VIMN Americas, effective Jan. 3. He will also report Lynn.

Discussing his vision for Viacom International Studios, Gazzolo told THR on Tuesday: "I believe that premium content continues to be very important, and people are expecting to watch high-quality content. The beauty about international is that we have production models that can show you high-quality content, but the cost is not necessarily going to be horrific as we have the ability to use our production hubs around the world and find more efficient ways. In Latin America, we have built about 900 hours of content."

One key strategy will be "to take local hits" and localize them for other markets. Dramedies, such as Telefe comedy 100 Days to Fall in Love, which has scored various local versions, including an English-language remake for Showtime, have been a focus in scripted fare for his team, but tastes and demand constantly evolve, he said.

Streaming services will also be tailored to regional needs, said Gazzolo. "From a content point of view, we will have global content and local content, so the content strategy is going to be very different in different markets depending on the appetite and the business models we have in those markets," he said.

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