Thursday, September 17, 2020

Nickelodeon International Orders New Live-Action Comedy 'Goldie’s Oldies'

Originally published: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 Update (17/9/2020) - Nickelodeon is slated to premiere Goldie’s Oldies "later this year"! In additional news, Maggie Bain has been cast in the role of Pib in the show! Update (15/10) - Below is Nickelodeon International and Viacom International Studios UK's official press release announcing the exciting news!:

NICKELODEON INTERNATIONAL COMMISSIONS LIVE ACTION COMEDY “GOLDIE’S OLDIES”

Viacom’s in-house production arm Viacom International Studios UK is set to produce the series


LONDON, 15th October 2019: Nickelodeon International today announced that it has commissioned a brand new live action comedy series titled Goldie’s Oldies. The series is the first original commission made exclusively for Nickelodeon International’s channels and platforms in more than 170 territories outside the U.S.

Goldie’s Oldies, a 20 x 22 minute live action situation comedy to be filmed in studio and on location, will be produced by Viacom’s in-house BAFTA-winning production arm, Viacom International Studios (VIS) UK, marking the studio’s first move into scripted comedy, first commission for Nickelodeon and a significant step into children’s TV production, following previous work for Channel 5’s multiplatform preschool brand, Milkshake!.

VIS UK’s move into children’s programming is being spearheaded by Jill Offman, who became Managing Director of the production studio in April, and has been tasked with overseeing its expansion.

Goldie’s Oldies focuses on the life of teenager Goldie, whose life is turned upside down when her family moves in with their Grandpa Maury and his three ‘70 something’ room mates. The series, which has an eleven strong global writing team, will begin filming in January 2020 and is set to air later next year across Nickelodeon’s international channels.

VIS UK will produce the series out of Manchester, expanding upon the launch of VIS UK’s first regional office at Salford’s dock10 MediaCity UK earlier this year. Goldie’s Oldies will tap into a number of local filming resources, including local on- and off-screen talent, studios, equipment and locations.

“We’re very excited about this series – its warmth, humour and variety of characters, including a strong female lead, make it a perfect fit for Nickelodeon,” Nina Hahn, SVP Production and Development, Nickelodeon International commented. “With a global writing room bringing different comedic and cultural perspectives to the show and its universal themes, including family and the special relationship between young and old, we can’t wait to introduce Goldie’s Oldies to our young audiences all around the world.”

Joe McLusky, General Manager, VIS UK saidGoldie’s Oldies will mark a number of firsts for VIS UK, broadening our scope and scale whilst demonstrating our commitment to supporting the UK’s regional production sector. The commission supports our ambitions to grow our international studio business, as we continue to expand production output for Viacom’s network of international channels, as well as third party broadcasters and VOD platforms.”

Goldie’s Oldies is set to join an impressive roster of live action content on the Nickelodeon slate including Hunter Street, Henry Danger, Are You Afraid of the Dark? and The Thundermans. The series has been commissioned for Nickelodeon International by Hahn. It was created by Evan Thaler Hickey (Top Wing, Go Away , Unicorn!, The Magic School Bus Rides Again) and the head writer is Mark Oswin (Hunter Street, So Awkward,). It will be executive produced for VIS UK by Trevor Klein.

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Note to editors:
Jill Offman is also Executive Vice President of Comedy Central and Paramount Network International.

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 40th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon 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 http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc.

About Viacom International Studios UK
Viacom International Studios (VIS) UK is Viacom’s in-house production arm and forms part of Viacom International Studios - the umbrella brand for all of Viacom’s content production and distribution activities outside of the U.S. VIS UK has grown significantly in terms of size and production turnover in the last three years, and has had a successful 2019, producing more than 105 hours of content for Viacom including the Inside… series (including Inside Aldi, the highest rated show on Channel 5 this year), Cruising with Jane McDonald and The Wonderful World of Chocolate for Channel 5, Cribs for MTV and Most Ridiculous for Comedy Central. Earlier this year, the production studio produced Trevor McDonald’s Indian Train Adventure for ITV in the UK. Last year its programmes won awards including a BAFTA for ‘Best Features Programme’ for Cruising with Jane McDonald, an RTS North West award, its first European win at the Venice TV Festival, and just this month retained its title as ‘Best UK Production Company’ at the NRTAs.

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Original post:

Nickelodeon International has handed out a series order to Goldie’s Oldies, a new live-action comedy from the Viacom International Studios UK. The announcement was made today at MIPCOM in Cannes.

Goldie’s Oldies is the first-ever original commission made exclusively for Nickelodeon International’s channels and platforms outside of the US. Viacom’s in-house production arm Viacom International Studios UK is producing the 20 x 22-minute series. Goldie’s Oldies follows the life of teenager Goldie, whose life is turned upside down when her family moves in with their Grandpa Maury and his three ‘70 something’ room mates. It is a single-camera comedy that will be shot in studio and on location.

Filming for the show, which has an 11-strong global writing team, gets underway in Manchester in January 2020 ahead of a global rollout on Nickelodeon’s channels later that year. Production will use a number of local filming resources such as studios, equipment and locations.

The series will be produced out of the dock10 TV facility at MediaCity UK in Salford, Greater Manchester, after VIS UK opened its first regional office there earlier this year.

Evan Thaler Hickey (Top Wing) created the series, and the head writer is Mark Oswin (Hunter Street). Trevor Klein is the executive producer for Viacom International Studios UK. Goldie’s Oldies was commissioned by Nina Hahn, Senior Vice-President (SVP) of Production and Development for Nickelodeon International. In addition to being the first original commissioned exclusively for Nickelodeon International, Goldie’s Oldies also marks VIS UK’s first move into scripted comedy. It is also a a significant step into children’s TV production, after their previous production for Channel 5’s Milkshake!. VIS UK’s move into children’s programming is being led by Jill Offman, who became Managing Director (MD) of the production studio in April and has been tasked with overseeing its expansion.

“We’re very excited about this series – its warmth, humour and variety of characters, including a strong female lead, make it a perfect fit for Nickelodeon,” Nina Hahn said in a statement. “With a global writing room bringing different comedic and cultural perspectives to the show and its universal themes, including family and the special relationship between young and old, we can’t wait to introduce Goldie’s Oldies to our young audiences all around the world.”

While Joe McLusky, General Manager of VIS UK, added: “Goldie’s Oldies will mark a number of firsts for VIS UK, broadening our scope and scale whilst demonstrating our commitment to supporting the UK’s regional production sector. The commission supports our ambitions to grow our international studio business, as we continue to expand production output for Viacom’s network of international channels, as well as third party broadcasters and VOD platforms.”

Other Nickelodeon live-action content produced in the UK include Renford Rejects, Summer In Transylvania, Tecknick, School of the Week, and Fish & Chips.

From TBI Vision:

VIMN promotes Jill Offman for Viacom International Studios UK’s scripted push

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has promoted Jill Offman to an expanded position at its global studios division, whose UK arm is now poised to move into scripted development.

Offman becomes MD at Viacom International Studios (VIS) with immediate effect, where she will oversee all English-speaking markets.

She assumed management of the UK arm of VIS in April, rebranding it from Elephant House Studios, and in her new role will add content sourcing opportunities for Canada, Australia and New Zealand, in addition to her existing remit overseeing VIS UK.

VIS UK is also now moving into scripted development, beginning with a slate of five co-production projects that have debuted here at MIPCOM this week. The projects – The Gold, Artemisia, Natalya, Sleepless and The Turkish Detective – are being developed as part of VIS UK’s strategy to secure commissions from third-party broadcasters and SVOD platforms.

The move into scripted development follows yesterday’s announcement that VIS UK is set to produce its first scripted kids’ show for Nickelodeon International and is a shift in focus for the division, which has primarily produced factual content for Viacom’s UK TV networks such as Channel 5.

Offman said: “This is an incredibly exciting time in global drama, with an intensifying battle for the best talent, ideas and scripts. I’m delighted that VIS UK is joining the fray with these fantastic projects, and I’m looking forward to finding partners across English-speaking territories who share our passion for extraordinary stories.”

VIS UK’s slate includes: The Gold, an 8 x 60 minute returning limited serial telling the untold story of Britain’s biggest gold heist written by Neil Forsyth; Artemisia (6 x 60 minutes) about the only female Renaissance artist; and Natalya, a 4 x 90 minute returning crime thriller.

Also on the slate is Sleepless, a 6 x 60 minute supernatural crime drama based on the novels by James Nally, and The Turkish Detective, a 6 x 90 minute returning detective series set in modern day Istanbul based on the Inspector Ikmen novel series by Barbara Nadel.

Since taking the helm at VIS UK, Offman has restructured the team to centre on five genres – scripted, comedy, reality, factual and children’s – with scripted, comedy and children’s being new areas of focus.

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From The Hollywood Reporter:

MIPCOM: Viacom U.K. Studio Moves Into Scripted Content

Jill Offman expands her role as managing director at Viacom International Studios for all English-speaking markets.
Viacom's Viacom International Media Networks unit said Wednesday that its Viacom International Studios (VIS) U.K. is moving into scripted development with five co-production projects being showcased at the MIPCOM market in Cannes.

It also said that Jill Offman has moved into an expanded role as managing director at VIS for all English-speaking markets. She assumed management oversight of VIS U.K. in April, now adding content sourcing for Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

"The move into scripted development follows yesterday’s announcement that VIS U.K. is set to produce its first scripted kids’ show for Nickelodeon International, also spelling a significant step for VIS U.K. into the production of children’s programming," the company said.

So far, VIS U.K. has primarily produced factual content for Viacom’s U.K. networks, including Channel 5, MTV and Comedy Central. Earlier this year, it secured its first third-party commission in travel documentary series Trevor McDonald’s Indian Train Adventure for ITV.

"This is an incredibly exciting time in global drama, with an intensifying battle for the best talent, ideas and scripts," said Offman. "I’m delighted that VIS U.K. is joining the fray with these fantastic projects, and I’m looking forward to finding partners across English-speaking territories who share our passion for extraordinary stories."

The five scripted co-production projects the studio is debuting at MIPCOM are The Gold, an eight-episode hourlong limited serial telling the story of Britain’s biggest gold heist; Artemisia, a drama about "ambition, sex, politics and art, telling the never-before told story of the only female Renaissance artist"; Natalya, a crime thriller series based on the books by GD Abson; Sleepless and The Turkish Detective.

Sleepless is described as a six-episode hourlong supernatural crime drama series based on the novels by James Nally, written by Rob Fraser (Tin Star) and Gillian Roger Park (Young Offenders) and produced and directed by Bruce Goodison (Born to Kill, Doctor Foster).

The Turkish Detective is a detective series set in modern-day Istanbul based on the Inspector Ikmen novel series by Barbara Nadel.

VIS U.K. was rebranded from Elephant House Studios in April and has doubled its output and revenue over the past two years. In 2018, it produced more than 100 hours of content for Viacom’s U.K. networks.

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From Forbes:

Viacom’s UK Studio Expands To Embrace Scripted Content, Too

Scripted content is the future for just about any media venture heading into 2020. So many have expanded to include it in their formula, going beyond unscripted or simply airing other studios’ content. Now you can add Viacom International Studios (VIS) U.K. to the list.

Today Viacom's Viacom International Media Networks announced that VIS U.K. has five co-productions underway. They were introduced at Cannes during the MIPCOM market.

Up till now, VIS U.K. had largely concentrated on fact-based content for Viacom networks based in the United Kingdom, such as Channel 5 and Comedy Central.

With the new venture, Jill Offman rises to VIS’s managing director for English-speaking markets, which include Australia, New Zealand and Canada. She had risen to head of VIS U.K. earlier this year.

On Tuesday, VIS U.K. said it was getting into children’s productions with a new scripted series for Nickelodeon International.

In an interview late last month, Viacom International CEO Dave Lynn said the company had carefully considered global expansion plans.

“Our TV studios business, Viacom International Studios, is already a leading creator and distributor of Spanish and Portuguese content, with a slate of 1,000 hours available for sale this year, including a TV remake of the Hitchcock classic, To Catch a Thief,” he said.

“VIS Americas has sold the rights to two of its scripted series to a leading U.S. broadcaster and streaming service. We’ve also got ambitious plans to expand our studios business across Europe and particularly in the UK, where we’ve just secured our first third-party commission for ITV [Trevor McDonald’s Indian Train Adventure].”

VIS U.K.’s new co-productions are:

- The Turkish Detective, based on the series of more than a dozen Barbara Nadel books
- Sleepless, a supernatural crime drama also based on a book, this one by James Nally
- Natalya, another crime drama
- The Gold, which chronicles the biggest gold theft in British history
- Artemisia, about a woman artist during the Renaissance

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Originally published: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 19:37 BST.

Sources: TVWise, Kidscreen, C21 Media.

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