Friday, October 13, 2017

Nickelodeon International Greenlights Two Short-Form Series From Global Animated Shorts Program

Nickelodeon International has greenlit the first two short-form series to come out of its Global Animated Shorts Program!

The two shorts are Sharkdog from Singapore and MooseBox from South Africa.

Sharkdog is a 20 x 90-second series created by Jacinth Tan and Raihan Harun from Singapore. It follows Max and his adopted pet/sidekick that’s half shark and half dog, and all appetite. But can Sharkdog suppress his ravenous urges and, just this once, not eat Max's homework? It is being produced by CGI animation studio One Animation.

MooseBox (20 x 90 seconds, pictured) is created by Mike Scott and produced by South African studio Mind’s Eye Creative. It follows Moose and CatBox, two best friends who need each other to play, explore and survive a video game world called The Cube.

Both will premiere on the Nickelodeon Play app in several international markets.

Along with these two shorts, the kids network has also picked 21 additional pitches out of 850 submissions for potential development into an animated shorts series, which will have the potential to air on the network or live on the Nickelodeon Play app.

Nickelodeon also recently took its popular digital short Welcome to the Wayne offline and into the TV world after it found success online.

Nickelodeon's Global Animated Shorts Program is designed to identify and develop original comedy-driven content for kids.

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has also given season-two orders for Comedy Central International short-form hits Absolutely Fine, Share This and Bad Snappers.

“We are always on the lookout for original content that’s emotional, broad, simple and character-driven, and we love working with creative talent from around the world,” said Nina Hahn, the Senior Vice President (SVP) of international production and development at Nickelodeon. “Sharkdog and MooseBox originated from our Global Animated Shorts Program and have grown into the perfect fit for Nickelodeon’s global content pipeline.”

MooseBox from Nickelodeon International on Vimeo.

Original Nickelodeon Asia Press Release via Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Asia's official Pressroom:


CANNES/ SINGAPORE, 13 OCTOBER 2017 – Nickelodeon International has greenlit Sharkdog, its first animated short-form series from Asia. Created by first-time creator Jacinth Tan and Raihan Harun from Singapore, Sharkdog is a 20 x 90-second series that follows the adventures and misadventures of Max and his special pet/sidekick, Sharkdog – half shark, half dog, all mayhem. Max is desperate to be a superhero – he’s got the super side kick but now just needs to figure out the hero part. The series will be produced by multi-award-winning CG animation studio, One Animation. Sharkdog will premiere on Nickelodeon Play app in several international markets, including Singapore.

Sharkdog is the first animated series from Asia to come out of the 2015 edition of the annual Nickelodeon’s Global Animated Shorts Program, designed to identify and develop original comedy-driven content for kids. Besides Sharkdog, a further 21 pitches were chosen out of 850 pitches and developed into animated shorts, with the potential to air on the network, or live on the Nickelodeon Play App. The news was announced at this year’s MIP Junior, held on 14 -15 October in Cannes, France.

“We are always on the lookout for fresh content that’s original, humor-based and character-driven out of the Global Animated Shorts Program and Sharkdog met the criteria. We are excited to create this short-form original series, which has a lot of silly humor and a lot of heart,” said Nina Hahn, Senior Vice President, International Production & Development. “At Nickelodeon, we have a commitment to work with new creative talent to bring to life great stories across multiple platforms.”

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About One Animation

Founded in 2008, One Animation is a CG Animation studio and IP developer. With an international team of award winning talent, the company has produced a portfolio of highly successful animation titles that are broadcast on a variety of global networks and seen across over 100 countries worldwide. Dedicated to developing the highest quality, family-focused TV, film and new media content, the team continues to push the boundaries; building upon a unique pipeline that delivers the highest quality productions.

About Nickelodeon International

Nickelodeon, now in its 38th year globally, 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 special events, consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family, with 1.2 billion cumulative subscriptions in more than 500 million households across 170+ countries and territories, via more than 100+ locally programmed channels and branded blocks. Outside of the United States, Nickelodeon is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc.

About Viacom International Media Networks

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), is comprised of many of the world’s most popular multimedia entertainment brands, including MTV, MTV LIVE HD, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central, Paramount Channel, and more. Viacom brands reach more than 3.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 180+ countries and territories via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties, in 40 languages. Keep up with VIMN news by visiting the VIMN PR Twitter feed at For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit, and the Viacom Twitter feed at


Sources: Kidscreen, WORLD SCREEN.

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