Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MomoCon 2014 Welcomes Nickelodeon Voice Artists Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille And Dante Basco

MomoCon, a US-based fan convention, has announced the very exciting Nickelodeon News in the following press release, from PRNewswire, that, to celebrate American animation, Nickelodeon Voice Talent Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille and Dante Basco will be special guests at the MomoCon Animation and Game Convention, which will be held in Atlanta on Memorial Day Weekend 2014 (Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th May 2014)!


Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell and Tress MacNeille's provide the voices for many characters in popular Nickelodeon shows, movies and video games, including voices for Nickelodeon characters in "The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron", "Barnyard", "Back at the Barnyard", "Big Time Rush", "CatDog", "Catscratch", "ChalkZone", "Danny Phantom", "The Fairly OddParents", "The Penguins of Madagascar", "Planet Sheen", "Random! Cartoons", "Tak and the Power of Juju", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "T.U.F.F. Puppy", "The Wild Thornberrys", "Rugrats", "My Life as a Teenage Robot", "Random! Cartoons: Ratzafratz!", "As Told by Ginger", "All Grown Up!", "Hey Arnold!", "Avatar: The Last Airbender", "El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera", and "SpongeBob SquarePants featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom". Collectively, they are known for their work on Warner Bros.'s hit cartoon series "The Animaniacs", as siblings "Wakko Warner", "Yakko Warner", and "Dot Warner".

MomoCon 2014 will also welcome Nickelodeon Voice Artist Dante Basco, who is popular for providing the voice of the character "Prince Zuko" in Nickelodeon's phenomenal original animated series "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and "General Iroh" in "The Legend of Korra".

Original MomoCon Press Release:

MomoCon Welcomes Animation Voice Legends

Animaniacs Voice Actors Reunite for First Time, Joined by Pinky and the Brain and Others from Popular Cartoon Shows

ATLANTA, April, 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MomoCon Animation and Game Convention – held in Atlanta on Memorial Day Weekend 2014 (May 23rd – 25th) – has announced that they will be celebrating American animation with guests representing the Simpsons, Futurama, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Tiny Toons, the Animaniacs, and Pinky and The Brain.

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Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, and Tress MacNeille all have extensive voice acting careers, but collectively they are best known for their work on The Animaniacs, as siblings "Wakko Warner", "Yakko Warner", and "Dot Warner." MomoCon is proud to present the first public reunion of these voice actors since Animaniacs went off the air in 1998. Joining them will be voice actor legend Maurice LaMarche, who starred in Pinky and the Brain with Paulsen. All four of these actors have extensive voice over careers.

MomoCon also welcomes Dante Basco, popular for the character "Prince Zuko" in Nickelodeon's phenomenal hit, Avatar: The Last Airbender and "General Iroh" in The Legend of Korra.

Topping the list of American animation guests at MomoCon is writer and producer Mike Reiss. He serves as a show-runner, writer and producer for the animated series The Simpsons for over 20 years and co-created the animated series The Critic.

In addition to American animation guests, MomoCon welcomes voice actors and creators from Anime and Gaming in 2014. In addition to guests, MomoCon attendees can enjoy over 700 hours of programming include panels and workshops on costuming, culture, animation, and gaming.

MomoCon Anime and Gaming Convention in 2013 exceeded all expectations and set a new attendance record of 12,200 people growing by 42% over 2012. The organizers of the events are prepared for a repeat in growth for 2014.

For those interested in attending MomoCon 2014, the hotel registration is already available online for $129 a night and advanced memberships are also for sale for only $40 for all 3 days at MomoCon.com

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The 2013 "TeenNick HALO Awards" And "Instant Mom" Win At The 2014 NAMIC Vision Awards

The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC), has today, Wednesday 23rd April 2014, announced in the following press release, from PRNewswire, the very exciting Nickelodeon News that Nickelodeon won two prestigious awards at the 2014 NAMIC Vision Awards! Now celebrating the 20th anniversary, the Vision Awards recognizes multi-ethnic and cross-cultural television programming that depicts the lives, spirit and contributions of people of color and best reflects the diversity of the global viewing audience.

The 2013 "TeenNick HALO Awards", which celebrated real teens who are "Helping and Leading Others" (HALO) and making a difference in their communities, won a 2014 NAMIC Vision Award in the 'Awards & Honors' category!

Additionally, Nick At Nite's hit original family comedy series "Instant Mom", which stars Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Michael Boatman, won a 2014 NAMIC Vision Award in the 'Comedy' category!

You can find a full list of 2014 NAMIC Vision Awards winners in NAMIC's press release below.

Congratulations to Nickelodeon and everyone who won a prestigious 2014 NAMIC Vision Award!

Original NAMIC Press Release:

Winners Of The 20th Anniversary NAMIC Vision Awards Announced

2014 Vision Awards Winners Gallery Now Available Online

NEW YORK, April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) today announced the winners of the 2014 NAMIC Vision Awards. Founded in 1994 by NAMIC - Southern California, this year awards presentation marks the trade association's 20th anniversary of recognizing achievements in multiethnic and cross-cultural television programming that best reflects the diversity of the global viewing audience. Presented via an online event format, winning programs will be showcased via the 2014 NAMIC Vision Awards Winners Gallery. http://namicvisionawards.com



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Original programs having aired from November 1, 2012 to November 10, 2013 were recognized in 17 award categories. Eligibility to compete for NAMIC Vision Awards is extended to national broadcast and cable networks, local affiliates, local origination programs from cable operators and VOD content produced for digital platforms. Entries were judged by a distinguished panel of entertainment industry executives. Judging is focused on overall imagery (creative merit, originality, and presentation quality), sensitivity (the consideration given to cultural nuances), writing (the depiction of issues relevant to people of color) and the quality of acting in the performance categories.

Notably, ABC's primetime series "Scandal" was this year's Drama category winner. Best Performance - Drama was awarded to actor Jeffrey Wright for his role in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire." Nick@Nite's original series "Instant Mom" is this year's Comedy category winner. Top honors for Best Performance - Comedy were awarded to China Anne McClain for her role in Disney Channel's "A.N.T. Farm." Additionally, "A.N.T. Farm" garnered a second win in the Children's category. The complete winners list for the 2014 NAMIC Vision Awards is as follows:

ANIMATION
Doc McStuffins - Disney Junior

AWARDS & HONORS
2013 HALO Awards - Nickelodeon

BEST PERFORMANCE – COMEDY
China Anne McClain: A.N.T. Farm - Disney Channel

BEST PERFORMANCE - DRAMA
Jeffrey Wright: Boardwalk Empire - HBO

CHILDREN'S
A.N.T. Farm - Disney Channel

COMEDY
Instant Mom - Nick@Nite

DIGITAL MEDIA - SHORT FORM
East Los High - Hulu

DOCUMENTARY
Girl Rising - CNN

DRAMA
Scandal - ABC

FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Triquis - ESPN Deportes

LIFESTYLE
Leading Women: Helene Gayle, CEO CARE USA - CNN

NEWS / INFORMATIONAL
America Tonight: The Other America - Al Jazeera America

ORIGINAL MOVIE OR SPECIAL
CNN Special Projects: Power of She - HLN

REALITY
Six Little McGhees - OWN

REALITY - SOCIAL ISSUES
Urban Dove Team - ESPN

SPORTS
Richie Parker: Drive - ESPN

VARIETY / TALK SHOW (tie)
Oprah's Next Chapter - OWN/Harpo Studios
Real Time with Bill Maher - HBO

For more information on the 2014 NAMIC Vision Awards visit http://namicvisionawards.com or contact Sandra Girado, senior director of Meetings and Events, at NAMIC National, 212-594-5985.

ABOUT NAMIC

NAMIC (National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications) is the premier organization focusing on multi-ethnic diversity in the communications industry. Founded in 1980 as a non-profit trade association, today NAMIC comprises 2,200 professionals belonging to a network of 16 chapters nationwide. Through initiatives that focus on education, advocacy and empowerment, NAMIC champions equity and inclusion in the workforce, with special attention given to ensuring that the leadership cadres of our nation's communications industry giants reflect the multi-ethnic richness of the populations they serve. For more information, please visit www.namic.com and stay connected to NAMIC on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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Viacom and SMIT Enter Collaboration to Bring Award-Winning Edutainment Kids Service "My Nick Jr." to China

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Asia, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world's leading providers of original entertainment content, has today, Wednesday 23rd April 2014, announced in the following press release, from Business Wire, that it has entered a collaboration with SMIT, a global leader in conditional access module (CAM) manufacturing based in China! The award-winning "My Nick Jr.", a first of its kind user-personalized edutainment programming service that allows parents to curate and customize their children's multiplatform linear viewing experience around 11 educational themes, will be launched in China by both partners – marking the first time in the world that "My Nick Jr." will be delivered as a dedicated over-the-top (OTT) service! This collaboration also signifies the inaugural introduction of "My Nick Jr." in Asia following successful debuts of the service in France and the UK, and an announced launch in the U.S.


Announced at the Asia Pacific Operators Summit (APOS) in Bali this week, "My Nick Jr." in China will be available to subscribers of iVmall, an OTT Internet video service platform operated by Shenzhen Video Mall Network Technology Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of SMIT. iVmall will run China's first completely paid subscriber model for an Internet video service and is expected to roll out "My Nick Jr." as part of iVmall's commercial launch by middle of 2014 via iOS and Android apps and a dedicated website.



Xueliang Huang, Chairman and CEO of SMIT Corporation, and Bob Bakish, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom International Media Networks, with Nick Jr. Megastar Dora the Explorer (Photo: Business Wire)

"My Nick Jr." in China will feature hundreds of Nick Jr. episodes, including titles such as "Dora the Explorer", "Go, Diego, Go!", "Team Umizoomi" and "Ni Hao, Kai Lan". The advertisement-free personalized programming service allows parents to create a customized "My Nick Jr." profile and schedule for their child, according to their child's age and gender, and 11 educational themes identified within the programs in Nick Jr.'s extensive library of preschool content (e.g. Problem Solving, Math, Language and more). "My Nick Jr." also constantly adapts to the preferences of each child, who may at any time use the app to rate each episode. The partnership with SMIT also marks the first time that "My Nick Jr." will be offered in two languages in one market, providing parents the option to set their children's viewing experience to English or Mandarin. Additionally, parents may choose desired viewing durations, can be sent email 'report cards' summarizing what their children have watched and which topics have been covered within the viewed episodes, and use the shows for discussions with their children.

According to the latest report by CNNIC, 247 out of nearly 500 million Chinese mobile users now watch videos online in China.

"My Nick Jr." was first launched in France through CanalSat, a unit of Vivendi SA, in 2012. It has launched in the UK through Virgin Media for its TiVo customers and will soon launch in the U.S. through Verizon. VIMN Asia plans to roll out My Nick Jr. to other Asia Pay-TV/OTT operators later.

Nickelodeon's "My Nick Jr." won "Best Application for Entertainment" at the Trophée des Apps in October 2013 and "Best Enhanced TV Service" at International Interactive TV Awards during MIPCOM 2012.

Original Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Asia Press Release:

Viacom and SMIT Enter Collaboration to Bring Award-Winning1 Edutainment Kids Service, My Nick Jr. to China

Launch Introduces First-Of-Its-Kind User-Personalized Edutainment Programming Service to Asia

April 23, 2014 11:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time

BALI, Indonesia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Asia, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading providers of original entertainment content, today announced it has entered a collaboration with SMIT, a global leader in conditional access module (CAM) manufacturing based in China. The award-winning1 My Nick Jr., a first of its kind user-personalized edutainment programming service that allows parents to curate and customize their children’s multiplatform linear viewing experience around 11 educational themes, will be launched in China by both partners – marking the first time in the world that My Nick Jr. will be delivered as a dedicated over-the-top (OTT) service. This collaboration also signifies the inaugural introduction of My Nick Jr. in Asia following successful debuts of the service in France and the UK, and an announced launch in the U.S.

Announced at the Asia Pacific Operators Summit (APOS) in Bali this week, My Nick Jr. in China will be available to subscribers of iVmall, an OTT Internet video service platform operated by Shenzhen Video Mall Network Technology Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of SMIT. iVmall will run China’s first completely paid subscriber model for an Internet video service and is expected to roll out My Nick Jr. as part of iVmall’s commercial launch by middle of 2014 via iOS and Android apps and a dedicated website.

My Nick Jr. in China will feature hundreds of Nick Jr. episodes, including titles such as Dora the Explorer, Go Diego Go!, Team Umizoomi and Ni Hao Kai Lan. The advertisement-free personalized programming service allows parents to create a customized My Nick Jr. profile and schedule for their child, according to their child’s age and gender, and 11 educational themes identified within the programs in Nick Jr.’s extensive library of preschool content (e.g. Problem Solving, Math, Language and more). My Nick Jr. also constantly adapts to the preferences of each child, who may at any time use the app to rate each episode. The partnership with SMIT also marks the first time that My Nick Jr. will be offered in two languages in one market, providing parents the option to set their children’s viewing experience to English or Mandarin. Additionally, parents may choose desired viewing durations, can be sent email ‘report cards’ summarizing what their children have watched and which topics have been covered within the viewed episodes, and use the shows for discussions with their children.

"Nick Jr. is about giving children and parents what they want – 'A Smart Place to Play'. With My Nick Jr., we are offering parents a unique user-personalized digital viewing edutainment experience for their children to learn in a safe, supervised environment while maximizing their enjoyment watching their beloved Nick Jr. shows and characters like Dora the Explorer," said Bob Bakish, President and Chief Executive Officer of VIMN. "We're thrilled to be SMIT's exclusive international kids' entertainment app partner for pre-school children through this collaboration on iVmall. SMIT not only shares our belief in this product for children, but also delivers the technology know-how to bring My Nick Jr. to life in China."

"We are convinced of the potential of the My Nick Jr. service as we are living in the world of personalization. Chinese families who join our Internet video service will love the My Nick Jr. service for their children and we are delighted to not only be the first Internet video platform to launch it in China, but in Asia too. This certainly reinforces our commitment to be a serious player in the burgeoning Internet Video service market in China," said Chairman and CEO of SMIT Corporation, Xueliang Huang.

According to the latest report by CNNIC, 247 out of nearly 500 million Chinese mobile users now watch videos online in China.

My Nick Jr. was first launched in France through CanalSat, a unit of Vivendi SA, in 2012. It has launched in the UK through Virgin Media for its TiVo customers and will soon launch in the U.S. through Verizon. VIMN Asia plans to roll out My Nick Jr. to other Asia Pay-TV/OTT operators later.

1 My Nick Jr. won “Best Application for Entertainment” at the Trophée des Apps in October 2013 and “Best Enhanced TV Service” at International Interactive TV Awards during MIPCOM 2012.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year globally and 16th year in Asia, is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family. The company has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does with a portfolio that extends across television, music, publishing, digital media, mobile and consumer products. Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. are seen in more than 60 million households throughout North and Southeast Asia region with 24-hour programming services including Nickelodeon Southeast Asia, Nickelodeon Korea, as well as Nickelodeon branded program blocks and syndications. For information about Nickelodeon in Asia, visit www.nick-asia.com.

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, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount Channel, VH1, VIVA, COLORS, Game One and Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más. Viacom brands are seen globally in more than 600 million households in 170 territories and 37 languages via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com. Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom's blog at blog.viacom.com and Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/Viacom.

About iVmall

iVmall (originated from the concept of Internet Video Mall) is a service platform operated by "ShenZhen Video Mall Network Technology Co., Ltd.", a subsidiary of SMIT. Aimed to be as the first full pay service platform in China, iVmall provides users with unique quality programs in pre-school education, sports, lifestyle and live events (please note that the products planning might be adjusted). Subscribers can enjoy quality programs without the interruptions of commercials (advertisement), [...]

The goal is to build up our service platform to be the no. 1 brand that provides subscribers (aimed for upper middle class) an efficient access to be connecting to the world-class quality life, i.e. to Travel with iVmall to see the world.

About SMIT Corporation

SMIT Corporation ("SMIT") provides devices that enable secure digital content delivery for the pay-TV industry, allowing authorized subscribers access to protected content. SMIT is a global leader in the design and development of conditional access modules ("CAM"s), which enable the delivery of premium content to digital TVs without the need for a set-top-box ("STB"). SMIT's CAMs are custom designed to meet the strict security requirements of each conditional access ("CA") provider and the varied user-interface and compliance requirements of each pay TV operator. As Over-the-Top TV ("OTT"), internet video streaming, enriches the way content is delivered and consumed, SMIT also provides OTT solution and offers cloud platform to allow access to paid content by multiple screens in the household.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Nickelodeon Spain And Parque de Atracciones de Madrid To Open Nickelodeonland On Wednesday 30th April 2014

Nickelodeon Spain (Espana) has announced the very exciting Nickelodeon Europe News in a post on their official Facebook profile page, Facebook.com/NickelodeonES, that Nickelodeon Spain and Parque de Atracciones de Madrid (Madrid Amusement Park), a popular theme park in the Spanish city of Madrid, located in la Casa de Campo (Park Country House), specifically in the area of Batán, will open their brand-new Nickelodeon-branded attraction, Nickelodeonland, on Wednesday 30th April 2014, and to celebrate, the opening ceremony will include a very special performance by the Spanish girlband Sweet California, who will also be holding a Twitter Q&A session especially for NickHeads!


Nickelodeonland is a brand-new family area at Parque de Atracciones de Madrid, where parents can enjoy a family day out with their children, who will be able to visit all-new Nickelodeon attractions based on Nickelodeon's hit shows. SpongeBob SquarePants, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Dora the Explorer, Rugrats, the Fairly OddParents and many more Nickelodeon friends will be waiting at Nickelodeonland! Nickelodeon Land Spain will also feature a Nickelodeon Shop, games, a Nickelodeon themed restaurant, interactive shows starring Nick's biggest stars and lots and lots of Nickelodeon's trademark green slime.


Nickelodeonland Espana features brand-new Nickelodeon-branded rides such as Al bosque con Diego (Safari ride with "Go, Diego, Go!"), TMNT Licencia para conducir (TMNT Licence To Drive; "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"/"Tortugas Ninja" go-kart ride), Los Globos Locos ("Dora the Explorer"/"Dora La Exploradora" flying balloon ride), Nickelodeon Express (Nickelodeon Train ride), La Aventura de Dora ("Dora the Explorer" adventure ride), Cazamedusas de Patricio (Patrick from "SpongeBob SquarePants"/"Bob Esponja" Jellyfish hunting ride), Coches de choque de Rugrats (Rugrats Bumper Cars), Magneto de Jimmy Neutron (adventure ride featuring Jimmy Neutron's latest invention), Juegos de Agua (Bikini Bottom Water Games with SpongeBob SquarePants), Saltarín (Nickelodeon-branded trampolines for jumping) and Padrinos Voladores (Flying GodParents; "Fairly OddParents"/"Padrinos Mágicos").


Nickelodeonland Espana also features interactive entertainment (espectáculos) starring Nick's biggest stars, such as SpongeBob's KangreBurguer Party and the ultimate TMNT Experience, and meet and greet opportunity's, including the chance to visit SpongeBob's Pineapple home to have your photo taken with the Nickelodeon Superstar!


Nickelodeonland also boasts a Nickelodeon Café restaurant (restaurante), where visitors can eat the best 100% beefburgers in Madrid, freshly made sandwiches and baked bread, and even authentic Italian Pizzas and Focaccias, all homemade, plus a fully-stocked 150 square meters Nickelodeon Store! In NickelodeonLand Shop (Tienda) you will find fantastic based on all your favorite Nickelodeon shows, including exclusive products only available to buy in Spain!


You can find more information about Nickelodeonland and book tickets to visit the brand-new Nickelodeon attraction here on the official Nickelodeonland website, parquedeatracciones.es/nickelodeonland!
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Nickelodeon USA Nets 15th Consecutive Weekly Win With Kids And Total Viewers

Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, has announced in the following press release, from TVByTheNumbers.com, the exciting Nickelodeon News that Nick USA closed the third week of April 2014 (Monday 14th to Sunday 20th April 2014) as the number-one basic cable network in total day with Kids 2-11 (2.7/869K, up +4% over a year ago) and total viewers (1.6M), collecting its 15th consecutive weekly win!


The network's weekly ratings win was driven by strong performances from its hit programming across animation and preschool. "SpongeBob SquarePants" was the number-one series with Kids 2-11 for the week, averaging a 4.6/1.5M (+35% over a year ago).

Nickelodeon also swept with its slate of hit preschool shows, landing the top five series with Kids 2-5. "PAW Patrol" came in first place with preschoolers, averaging a 8.1/1.0M (+76%); "Wallykazam!" placed second with a 7.1/880K (+61%) rating; "Team Umizoomi" ranked third with a 7.0/865K (+59%); "Bubble Guppies" was fourth with a 6.8/840K (+33%) average; and "Dora the Explorer" secured the fifth spot averaging a 6.3/776K (+5%).

Additionally, Nickelodeon's niche nets posted double and triple-digit year over year gains with their core demos for the week. Nicktoons averaged 226K total viewers (+65%) and posted a 0.6/84K with Kids 6-11 (+100%) and a 0.8/59K with Boys 6-11 (+100%). TeenNick averaged a 0.5/76K with Teens 12-17 (+150%) and 233K total viewers.

Original Nickelodeon Press Release:

NICKELODEON NETS 15th CONSECUTIVE WEEKLY WIN WITH KIDS AND TOTAL VIEWERS

SpongeBob SquarePants is Top Series with Kids for the Week; Net Lands Top Five Preschool Series, Led by PAW Patrol and Wallykazam!

NEW YORK – April 22, 2014 – Nickelodeon closed the third week of April (4/14/14-4/20/14) as the number-one basic cable net in total day with Kids 2-11 (2.7/869K, up +4% over a year ago) and total viewers (1.6M), collecting its 15th consecutive weekly win.

The network’s weekly ratings win was driven by strong performances from its hit programming across animation and preschool. SpongeBob SquarePants was the number-one series with Kids 2-11 for the week, averaging a 4.6/1.5M (+35% over a year ago).

Nickelodeon also swept with its slate of hit preschool shows, landing the top five series with Kids 2-5. PAW Patrol came in first place with preschoolers, averaging a 8.1/1.0M (+76%); Wallykazam! placed second with a 7.1/880K (+61%) rating; Team Umizoomi ranked third with a 7.0/865K (+59%); Bubble Guppies was fourth with a 6.8/840K (+33%) average; and Dora the Explorer secured the fifth spot averaging a 6.3/776K (+5%).

Additionally, Nickelodeon’s niche nets posted double and triple-digit year over year gains with their core demos for the week. Nicktoons averaged 226K total viewers (+65%) and posted a 0.6/84K with Kids 6-11 (+100%) and a 0.8/59K with Boys 6-11 (+100%). TeenNick averaged a 0.5/76K with Teens 12-17 (+150%) and 233K total viewers.

Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Nickelodeon Australia And New Zealand To Air Sneak Peek Of "The Thundermans" On Monday 21st April 2014; To Fully Premiere New Show On 5th May 2014; Launches "Mug Shots" Contest

Nickelodeon Australia has announced in a post on their official Facebook profile page, Facebook.com/NickelodeonAustralia, the exciting Nickelodeon International News that Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand will be airing a super sneak peek preview of Nickelodeon's brand-new superhero-themed original comedy series "The Thundermans" on Monday 21st April 2014 at 3:40pm as part of the channels "Long Weekend" Easter celebrations!:

If YOU were a superhero, what would your superpower be?!

We can't wait to introduce you to a whole family of superheroes!

Catch a sneak peek of our brand new show The Thundermans - Next Monday @ 3.40pm. http://ow.ly/vNvCC.
Nick AU & NZ has also announced on their all-new "The Thundermans" show website on their official website, nickelodeon.com.au, that, following the special sneak-peek of the brand-new show, Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand will start to fully premiere and show "The Thundermans" from Monday 5th May 2014 at 5:00pm!

Additionally, as part of Nick Australia & New Zealand's Easter celebrations, Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand have launched a brand-new "Sam & Cat" competition called "Mug Shots", in which Aussie & Kiwi NickHeads can win the opportunity to have photos of their faces featured on mugs during episodes of "Sam & Cat"!
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Nickelodeon Films Upcoming Brand-New Christmas Movie "Santa Hunters" In Canada; Stars Benjamin Flores, Jr., Breanna Yde And Mace Coronel

The Canadian news website GlobalNews.ca is reporting the very exciting Nickelodeon News that Nickelodeon recently filmed a brand-new Christmas-themed Original Nickelodeon TV Movie in Canada called "Santa Hunters" during March 2014!

The film, "Santa Hunters", stars Nickelodeon Stars Benjamin Flores, Jr. and Breanna Yde from the hit Nick original comedy series "The Haunted Hathaways" and upcoming Nick Star Mace Coronel ("Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn"), and is being directed by Savage Steve Holland ("Big Time Rush") and is being produced by Pacific Bay Entertainment.

Although unconfirmed, the upcoming Nickelodeon Holiday movie "Santa Hunters" is expected to be about a group of kids on a mission to capture the real Santa Claus. Nick USA is also expected to premiere the brand-new movie during the Christmas holidays in December 2014.

According to IMDb, the current full cast of Nickelodeon's "Santa Hunters" is:

April Telek as Natasha
Benjamin Flores Jr. as Alex
Breanna Yde as Zoey
Serge Houde as Principal Welch / Santa
Kelly Perine as Uncle Charlie
Donavon Stinson as Santa (Donavon also played Santa in "A Fairly Odd Christmas")
Mace Coronel as Richard
Laya DeLeon Hayes as Elizabeth
Lisa MacFadden as Hairdresser
Hayes Laya as Elizabeth

Los Angeles-based acting coach Helen Anzalone (Helen Anzalone Studios) has posted a selection of great photographs featuring the cast on the set of "Santa Hunters" on her official Facebook profile page, Facebook.com/HelenAnzaloneStudios:


Day 1 on the set of Santa Hunters. Laya, Breanna, Ben, & Mace - Tuesday 4th March 2014


Santa Hunters. Day 2 - Wednesday 5th March 2014


Throwback to my last day in Vancouver with the...#SantaHunters - Friday 18th April 2014
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Kel Mitchell Makes Welcome Return To Nickelodeon UK In Premiere Of Brand-New "Sam & Cat" Episode "Peezy B"

Fill your fridge with orange soda, order a supply of Good Burgers and put your mobile tuba-phone on silent - Nickelodeon UK, the number one commercial kids TV network in the UK, has announced in the What's On schedule section of their official website, nick.co.uk, that Nickelodeon UK & Ireland and Nickelodeon HD UK will be premiering and showing the brand-new episode of Nick's original buddy comedy series "Sam & Cat" titled "Peezy B", which guest stars Classic Nickelodeon Star Kel Mitchell ("Kenan & Kel"), on Monday 21st April 2014 (Easter Monday) at 5:00pm (repeated at 6:00pm on Nick +1)! Nick UK & Eire/HD will also air a encore of the all-new episode at 8:00pm (replayed 9:00pm on Nick +1).


In the all-new "Sam & Cat" episode, "#PeezyB", Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy) gets a job as the new assistant to the huge rap star Peezy B (Kel Mitchell). Meanwhile, Cat Valentine (Ariana Grande) finds babysitting much more challenging without Sam around to help.

Nickelodeon UK will also be airing a special "Kenan & Kel" marathon from 8:30pm on Monday 21st April 2014 to celebrate the UK debut of "#PeezyB", which will feature the episodes:

8:30pm - Mental Kel-Epathy
9:00pm - Dial O for Oops
9:30pm - Baggin' Saggin' Kel
10:00pm - Safe and Sorry
10:30pm - Ditch Day Afternoon
11:00pm - Who Loves Orange Soda?
11:30pm - Get The Kel Out Of Here

To further celebrate the brand-new episode of "Sam & Cat", Nickelodeon UK's press office has sent out a exclusive mailer to press outlets which features "#PeezyB"-branded Orange Soda made designed especially for the all-new episode! Each bottle of #PeezyB Orange Soda features a label with the episodes social media custom hashtag printed on it.

Tweeted (posted) by Nickelodeon UK's Press Office on their official Twitter profile page, @NickelodeonUKPR:
Who loves orange soda? We do and so will you! Kel's back on Nickelodeon in #PeezyB Monday 21st April pic.twitter.com/YAsQV7wVL2

Also, Tweeted by Generation Media on their official Twitter stream, @GenMediaUK:
Delivery from @NickelodeonUK... @Iamkelmitchell is back on TV & we all know that Kel loves orange soda! #peezyb pic.twitter.com/ZJ12izfdEB

The all-new episode of "Sam & Cat" called "#PeezyB", reunites Kel Mitchell with "Sam & Cat" creator/executive producer Dan Schneider, who was a producer on the classic Nickelodeon sketch show "All That", in which Kel Mitchell played different characters, such as Ed the Good Burger Guy, Coach Kreeton, Repairman, Officer Colby (Cheese Police), Okrah, Clavis (Mavis and Clavis), Dr. K, Pasta Man, the hit 90's Nick sitcom "Kenan & Kel", in which Kel Mitchell played the orange soda loving Kel Kimble, and a writer and star of the popular Nickelodeon Movie "Good Burger", based on the popular "All That" sketch of the same name, in which he and Kel played Mr. Baily and Ed, respectively. Nickelodeon UK aired a selection of "All That" sketches in as "Comedy Zone" shorts as part of their Nickelozone programming block and as part of "Nick.Comedy".

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Scott Baio Rules The Roost In Nickelodeon UK's Brand-New Family Comedy "See Dad Run"

Nickelodeon UK, the number one commercial kids TV network in the UK, has announced and confirmed in the following press release, from VIMN's official Nickelodeon UK & Ireland Press Centre, that Nickelodeon UK & Ireland and Nickelodeon HD UK will start to show Nick at Nite USA's first original scripted family comedy series "See Dad Run" from Tuesday 6th May 2014 at 6:30pm (repeated at 7:30pm on Nick +1), as part of Nickelodeon UK's Spring/Summer 2014 programming highlights! After Nick UK debuts the series, Nickelodeon UK will then continue to air all-new episodes of "See Dad Run" every Tuesday to Friday at 6:30pm (repeated at 6:30pm on Nickelodeon+1).


In the series premiere, "See Dad Run Home", it's David's (Scott Baio, "Happy Days") first day as a stay-at-home-parent and his role as a TV dad hasn't quite prepared him for the demands of his family. From getting the kids ready for school to giving his teenage daughter Emily boy advice and making the family dinner, David's first attempt at looking after his children is a complete disaster. In order to redeem himself, David enlists his old TV crew to help him impress his wife, but will she see through his façade?


To celebrate the UK premiere "See Dad Run", Nick UK has launched the channels official "See Dad Run" show website to accompany the brand-new sitcom on nick.co.uk, which features a 'Meet the Characters' section featuring bios about each character in "See Dad Run" - David Hobbs, Amy Hobbs (Alanna Ubach, "Legally Blonde"), Emily Hobbs (Ryan Newman, "Zeke and Luther"), Joe Hobbs (Jackson Brundage, "One Tree Hill", "You Gotta See This"), and Janie Hobbs (Bailey Michelle Brown) - plus a photo gallery full of animated GIF's featuring some of the shows best moments, a video clips section featuring hilarious exclusive online streaming video clips from the series and a exclusive online quiz in which you can find out which Hobbs kid you most relate with!

Original Nickelodeon UK Press Release:

SCOTT BAIO RULES THE ROOST IN NICKELODEON'S SEE DAD RUN

Scott Baio Stars in New Family Comedy See Dad Run, Premiering on Tuesday, 6th May at 6:30pm on Nickelodeon

London, Wednesday 9th April – It's dad vs. the kids in new live-action family comedy See Dad Run, premiering on 6th May at 6:30pm on Nickelodeon. Scott Baio executive produces and stars as David Hobbs, an actor who after ten years of starring as America's favourite TV dad, becomes a stay-at-home father so that his soap-star wife Amy (Alanna Ubach, Meet the Fockers) can return to the limelight. See Dad Run will air Tuesday to Friday at 6:30pm.

Although David (Baio) has spent the last decade playing the perfect dad on TV it seems that he's forgotten how to be a dad in the real world as he finds himself cast in his most challenging role to date, handling life at home with three kids who aren't used to him being in charge. Teenage daughter Emily (Ryan Newman, Zeke and Luther) keeps her out-of-touch dad on his toes, as he becomes acquainted with the complicated world of a teenage girl. Rounding out the cast are Bailey Michelle Brown as Janie, David's youngest daughter and Jackson Brundage (One Tree Hill) as his son, Joe.

In the series premiere “See Dad Run Home,” it's David's first day as a stay-at-home-parent and his role as a TV dad hasn't quite prepared him for the demands of his family. From getting the kids ready for school to giving his teenage daughter Emily boy advice and making the family dinner, David's first attempt at looking after his children is a complete disaster. In order to redeem himself, David enlists his old TV crew to help him impress his wife, but will she see through his façade?

Available in 14 million homes, Nickelodeon is the place where kids rule and features top shows such as Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards, Sam & Cat, Victorious, SpongeBob SquarePants and iCarly. Launched in 1993, Nickelodeon brings hit international and locally-produced entertainment content to audiences in the UK and Ireland. Viewers can also watch Nickelodeon in high definition through Nickelodeon HD and have the opportunity to catch up with the schedule through Nickelodeon +1. Exclusive games, behind the scenes clips, show information and more are available on nick.co.uk and the dedicated Nick app where viewers can find exclusive content updated daily. Nickelodeon is on Sky 604, Virgin 712, TalkTalk channel 315 and through BT Vision.

The Nickelodeon Network brings the best in kids content to the UK and Ireland with Nickelodeon channels available in over 14 million cable and satellite homes. Having launched in 1993 Nickelodeon UK comprises seven dedicated entertainment channels for kids aged 4-15 and their families, and is a joint venture between Viacom International Media Networks and BSkyB.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Viacom International Media Networks Announces Raft Of Deals For Nickelodeon Series

The children's entertainment and media news website Kidscreen and the official website of World Screen, a publication which covers the international media business, are reporting the exciting Nickelodeon news that Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has signed a slew of third-party deals with broadcasters around the world for a raft of Nickelodeon's animated and live-action content!


In Turkey, free-to-air broadcaster CNBC-e has renewed its contract with VIMN and revamped its Nickelodeon programming block to include new animated series such as the first season of "Robot and Monster", the second seasons of "T.U.F.F. Puppy" and "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness", the first season of "Monsters vs. Aliens", as well, as live-action hits "iCarly" and "Marvin Marvin".

Ukraine's cable and satellite channel QTV/Novy has also renewed its Nickelodeon block, adding "Kung Fu Panda: Legends", "Monsters vs Aliens", "Planet Sheen", the first two seasons of "Fanboy & Chum Chum" and the first season of "Sanjay and Craig".

Reaching an audience across the entire Middle East and North Africa, MBC3's long-standing Nickelodeon-branded block will include season one of "Paw Patrol", seasons three and four of "Go, Diego, Go!", season three of "Bubble Guppies", the fourth season of "Team Umizoomi" and live-action programs such as season two of "Supah Ninjas" and the first seasons of "The Thundermans" and "Sam & Cat".

In France, TF1 picked up "Kung Fu Panda", "Go, Diego, Go!" special "The Great Polar Bear Rescue" and season one of "Dora the Explorer", and Lagardère has acquired seasons five to eight of "Fairly Odd Parents" and season one of "Monsters vs. Aliens". European deals continued in Spain with TVE signing up for the first seasons of "Fanboy & Chum Chum" and "Monsters vs. Aliens", season two of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and the third season of "Penguins of Madagascar", while Antena 3 took the first season of "The Thundermans" and the original Nickelodeon TV Movies of "Jinxed" and "Swindle".

Live-action content going to the UK included the first three seasons of "Unfabulous", which was signed by CSC Media Group for satellite kids' channel PopGirl. Ireland's RTÉ picked up the third seasons of "Big Time Rush" and "Victorious", while Norway's NRK also acquired "Big Time Rush", along with the first season of "Marvin Marvin".

Finally, Iceland's RUV signed up for the third seasons of "Bubble Guppies" and "Team Umizoomi" and the first seasons of "Sanjay and Craig" and "Paw Patrol", with Nelonen acquiring the first three seasons of "Bubble Guppies" and seasons one to four of "Go, Diego, Go!".

From Kidscreen:
Viacom signs raft of deals for Nick series

Coming out of MIPTV 2014, Viacom International Media Networks has signed a whack of TV deals with international broadcasters, including two Nickelodeon branded-block renewals and licensing agreements for its host of animated and live-action series.

Free-to-air (FTA) broadcaster CNBCe in Turkey has revamped its Nickelodeon block, renewing its yearly contract with VIMN to include series Robot and Monster, Tuff Puppy, Kung Fu Panda and Monsters vs. Aliens. As well, as live-action hits iCarly and Marvin Marvin.

Also renewing its Nickelodeon block is cable and satellite channel QTV/Novy in Ukraine, which has added more from Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs. Aliens, Planet Sheen, Fanboy & ChumChum (seasons one &two) and Sanjay and Craig (season one).

Reaching an audience across the entire Middle East and North Africa, broadcaster MBC3 has signed up for its fourth volume of new content for its long-standing Nickelodeon-branded block, scooping up Paw Patrol (season one), Go, Diego, Go! (seasons three & four), Bubble Guppies (season three), Team Umizoomi (season four) and live-action hits Supah Ninjas (season two), The Thundermans (season one) and Sam & Cat (season one).

Free-to-air broadcaster TF1 in France, has signed up for more Kung Fu Panda, Diego Polar Bear Rescue and Dora the Explorer, and Lagardere has taken Fairly OddParents (seasons five to eight) and Monsters vs. Aliens.

In Spain, public broadcaster TVE has signed up animation favorites Monsters vs. Aliens and TMNT (season two), Fanboy & ChumChum and Penguins of Madagascar (season three), whereas Antena 3 has added more live action to their programming mix with The Thundermans and specials of Jinxed and Swindle.

Live-action content continues to be popular in the UK with CSC Media Group signing the latest seasons of Unfabulous (seasons one to three) for satellite kids’ channel PopGirl, while RTE in Ireland has bagged Big Time Rush (season three) and Victorious (season three).

Heading north, public broadcaster RUV in Iceland has signed for Bubble Guppies, Team Umizoomi, Sanjay & Craig and Paw Patrol, with Nelonen opting for Bubble Guppies and Go, Diego, Go!

Meanwhile, NRK in Norway has bagged Marvin Marvin, alongside more seasons of Big Time Rush.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nickelodeon's First Preschool Literacy Mobile App, "Wallykazam!: Letter and Word Magic", Tops Educational, Kids and Paid App Lists

Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, has announced in the following press release, from Business Wire, the exciting Nickelodeon Preschool news that, in its first week live, Nickelodeon's brand-new literacy app, "Wallykazam!: Letter and Word Magic", skyrocketed to the number-one spot on the educational and kids app lists and the number-two spot on the paid app list on the iTunes App store in the U.S!



Nickelodeon's Wallykazam!: Letter and Word Magic is the Number One Education App (Photo: Business Wire)

Inspired by "Wallykazam!", the network's latest preschool literacy TV series, the application aims to help kids develop phonemic awareness, letter knowledge and letter-sound associations, and promote excitement about words and learning to read.

Original Nickelodeon Press Release:

Nickelodeon's First Preschool Literacy Mobile App Tops Educational, Kids and Paid App Lists

April 15, 2014 03:47 PM Eastern Daylight Time

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In its first week live, Nickelodeon's brand-new literacy app, Wallykazam!: Letter and Word Magic, skyrocketed to the number-one spot on the educational and kids app lists and the number-two spot on the paid app list on the iTunes App store in the U.S. Inspired by Wallykazam!, the network's latest preschool literacy TV series, the app aims to help kids develop phonemic awareness, letter knowledge and letter-sound associations, and promote excitement about words and learning to read. As one of the first kid-focused media companies to launch content on the iPad, Nickelodeon continues to provide compelling content to the platform. The network's apps are designed so kids can interact with their favorite characters in new and different ways, on all the platforms they have available to them.



Nickelodeon's Wallykazam!: Letter and Word Magic is the Number One Education App (Photo: Business Wire)

The Wallykazam!: Letter and Word Magic app, which was developed by curriculum consultants and tested by kid focus groups, follows Wally, Norville, Bobgoblin, Gina Giant and Libby Light Sprite, in magical and hilarious adventures. Users can play games and learn about the power of letters and words by touching, tapping, flicking and tilting their devices to interact with Wally and his friends. The app features four games, 400 words that teach upper and lowercase letters, and kids are rewarded with words after completing each activity.

Wallykazam!: Letter and Word Magic App Curriculum Includes:

* Letter Recognition and Letter-Sound Correspondence: Users search for missing letters in Wally's forest, but must watch out for troublemaking Bobgoblin;

* Letter Writing: Kids can learn to write letters with Libby Light Sprite by tracing and dragging letters in the night sky. Each time a letter is traced it grows brighter to show progress;

* Rhyming Words and Word Families: Users must build a stone word tower out of rhyming words to help Wally reach the top of Gina Giant's head. As the tower grows higher, Gina giggles causing the tower to tilt, prompting kids to turn their devices to keep up;

* Alliteration: Kids can use the words rewarded from each activity to make Ogre Doug's creatures do a variety of entertaining and silly things, like making Borgelorp big, blue or burp.

About Wallykazam!

Wallykazam! is Nickelodeon's first preschool series that embeds a literacy curriculum into a full-length story, introducing skills such as letter and sound identification, rhyming, vocabulary development and comprehension strategies. Each episode features a new set of magic words that Wally uses to playfully transform the world around him. Celebrity guests featured in season one include Vanessa Bayer (SNL), Weird Al Yankovic, John O'Hurley (Seinfeld), Kate Micucci (The Big Bang Theory) and Alanna Ubach (Nick at Nite's See Dad Run). Created by producer/writer Adam Peltzman (Emmy Award-winning The Backyardigans and Bubble Guppies), the series airs regularly weekdays at 1:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

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Saban's "Power Rangers Megaforce" Touring Ireland During Easter 2014

The children's entertainment, toys and licensing news websites Kidscreen, Toy World Magazine and License! Global are reporting the very exciting "Power Rangers" news that Ireland-based Smyths Toys Superstores has announced that Saban's "Power Rangers Megaforce" is making its Irish debut at Smyths Toys Superstores around Ireland this Easter in the third stop on the brand's European retail tour!


After visiting the UK and France in 2013, the Power Rangers kicked off their Irish visit on Saturday 12th April 2014 with a stop by Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin. The tour will continue on throughout the country from now through Thursday 17th April 2014, and will feature a 10m² pop-up marquee outside several of the leading toy retailer's stores. Beginning at Smyths Toys Superstore in Blanchardstown Centre on April 12th, the free tour will mark the first ever appearance in Ireland for the "Power Ranger Megaforce", which will include six different stops with exciting activities perfect for the whole family. The tour will feature a special Power Rangers performance, followed by exclusive meet and greets, as well as photo opportunities with the Rangers.

All children who visit the tour will receive a free face-mask and professional photograph, and will be able to visit face painting and temporary tattooing stations. The first 100 children who come dressed up as a Power Ranger will receive a special prize, while other guests will have the chance to win prizes. The retailer will also be offering 25% off the Power Rangers toy range on the days of the event.


The "Power Rangers" event is supported by headline sponsors Nicktoons, Bandai, Rubies, Mega Bloks, Channel 5 and Kix TV.

Commenting on the Power Rangers appearances, Dryden Geary, marketing manager for Smyths Toys Superstores, said: "Everyone at Smyths Toys Superstores is thrilled to be welcoming the Power Rangers Megaforce to Ireland for the first time. This event is one of the most exciting we've ever run and we'd like to invite everyone to attend the appearances as we bring the Power Rangers to life exclusively for our Irish customers."

"We had tremendous success with our "Power Rangers Megaforce" live tours last year in the U.K. and France, and this year we wanted to bring the same excitement to the fans in Ireland," added Gustavo Antonioni, managing director of consumer products, Europe, Saban Brands. "We can't wait for our Irish viewers to get the chance to experience the "Power Rangers" in a whole new way during the Easter holidays."

The full schedule of the Smyths Toys Superstores tour is as below:

* 12th April 2014: Blanchardstown Centre, 10am – 3pm
* 13th April 2014: The Park, Carrickmines, 11am – 4pm
* 14th April 2014: Ivory’s Retail Park, Waterford, 10am – 3pm
* 15th April 2014: Kinsale Road, Cork, 10am – 3pm
* 16th April 2014: Ennis Rd. Retail Park, Limerick, 10am – 3pm
* 17th April 2014: Headford Road Retail Park, Galway, 10am – 3pm.
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Nickelodeon USA Notches Weekly Ratings Win With Kids And Total Viewers

Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, has announced in the following press release, from TVByTheNumbers.com, the exciting Nickelodeon News that Nick USA closed the week (Monday 7th to Sunday 13th April 2014) as basic cable's number-one network in total day with Kids 2-11 (2.5/811K) and total viewers (1.5M)! This weekly win extends Nickelodeon USA's winning streak to 14 consecutive weeks, powered by the nets reinvigorated animation and preschool roster.


Nick USA also secured four of the top five animated series for the week with Kids 2-11. "SpongeBob SquarePants" was the number-one animated kids' show across all of television and led the Nickelodeon slate of programming in this category, averaging a 4.7/1.5M (+31% over a year ago). It was followed by "Sanjay and Craig" (3.9/1.2M), "Fairly Odd Parents" (3.8/1.2M, +13%), and "Breadwinners" (3.6/1.1M). "SpongeBob SquarePants" was also the top animated series with Kids 6-11 (4.2/818K, +35%) and total viewers (2.8M).

Additionally, Nickelodeon's portfolio of hit preschool shows ranked as the top five series with Kids 2-5. "PAW Patrol" led the way, averaging a 8.2/1.0M (+55%) with preschoolers; "Wallykazam!" ranked second with a 7.0/862K (+43%) average; "Team Umizoomi" placed third with a 6.2/763K (+24%); "Bubble Guppies" ranked fourth with a 6.2/762K (+13%) rating; and "Peter Rabbit" took the fifth spot averaging a 5.7/698K (+36K%).

Original Nickelodeon Press Release:

Nickelodeon NOTCHES WEEKLY WIN with Kids and Total Viewers

Net Extends Winning Streak to 14 Weeks; Lands Four of Top Five Animated Shows with Kids And Sweeps Preschool with Top Five Series

NEW YORK – April 15, 2014 – Nickelodeon closed the week (4/7/14-4/13/14) as basic cable's number-one net in total day with Kids 2-11 (2.5/811K) and total viewers (1.5M). This weekly win extends Nick's winning streak to 14 consecutive weeks, powered by the nets reinvigorated animation and preschool roster.

Nick also secured four of the top five animated series for the week with Kids 2-11. SpongeBob SquarePants was the number-one animated kids' show across all of television and led the Nick slate of programming in this category, averaging a 4.7/1.5M (+31% over a year ago). It was followed by Sanjay and Craig (3.9/1.2M), Fairly Odd Parents (3.8/1.2M, +13%), and Breadwinners (3.6/1.1M). SpongeBob SquarePants was also the top animated series with Kids 6-11 (4.2/818K, +35%) and total viewers (2.8M).

Additionally, Nickelodeon's portfolio of hit preschool shows ranked as the top five series with Kids 2-5. PAW Patrol led the way, averaging a 8.2/1.0M (+55%) with preschoolers; Wallykazam! ranked second with a 7.0/862K (+43%) average; Team Umizoomi placed third with a 6.2/763K (+24%); Bubble Guppies ranked fourth with a 6.2/762K (+13%) rating; and Peter Rabbit took the fifth spot averaging a 5.7/698K (+36K%).

Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).
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JAKKS Pacific Secures Multi-Category License for Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

The leading U.S. toymaker JAKKS Pacific, Inc. has announced in the following press release, from Business Wire, a licensing agreement with Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, to manufacture, distribute and market a brand-new line of specialty figures and toys in the United States based on the network's hit CG-animated series "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"!


The agreement includes JAKKS' Hero Portal™ TV video game platform, the next generation of JAKKS' Plug It In & Play TV Games™ products, large-scale figures and more. JAKKS expects to launch its "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" product line in Fall/Autumn 2014 to coincide with the Friday 8th August 2014 release of the feature film from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies.

Original JAKKS Pacific, Inc. Press Release:

JAKKS Pacific Secures Multi-Category License for Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

April 15, 2014 06:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

MALIBU, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Leading U.S. toymaker JAKKS Pacific, Inc., (Nasdaq: JAKK) announced a licensing agreement with Nickelodeon to manufacture, distribute and market a line of specialty figures and toys in the United States based on the network's hit animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The agreement includes JAKKS' Hero Portal™ TV video game platform, the next generation of JAKKS' Plug It In & Play TV Games™ products, large-scale figures and more. JAKKS expects to launch its Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles product line in fall 2014 to coincide with the August 8, 2014, release of the feature film from Paramount Pictures.

"We are pleased to be a part of the hugely successful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise and to bring to life the famous, crime-fighting quartet," said John Blaney, Executive Vice President of Marketing, JAKKS Pacific. "Our 48.5 inch rendering of Michelangelo is the biggest articulated figure available at retail and evokes all the action, adventure and fun of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles experience. Our new Hero Portal platform capitalizes on the way kids are playing today with collectible game pieces designed to activate features with an all-in-one TV video game console."

"JAKKS Pacific is a leader in the toy making industry and we are excited to tap into their expertise in creating products that epitomize the essence of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," said Manuel Torres, Senior Vice President, Global Toys and Publishing, Nickelodeon Consumer Products. "This new line of products will spark the imaginations of our worldwide fans and give them even more of their favorite Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo adventures at home."

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

About JAKKS Pacific, Inc.

JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) is a leading designer and marketer of toys and consumer products with a wide range of products that feature popular brands and children's toy licenses. JAKKS' diverse portfolio includes Action Figures, Electronics, Dolls, Dress-Up, Role Play, Halloween Costumes, Kids Furniture, Vehicles, Plush, Art Activity Kits, Seasonal Products, Infant/Pre-School, Construction Toys, Ride-On Vehicles, Wagons, Inflatable Environments and Tents, Impulse Toys and Pet Products sold under various proprietary brands including JAKKS Pacific®, Road Champs®, Funnoodle®, JAKKS Pets™, Plug It In & Play TV Games™, Kids Only!®, Tollytots®, Disguise®, Moose Mountain® and Maui®. JAKKS is also the creator of the underlying Monsuno® property and toy line. JAKKS is an award-winning licensee of several hundred nationally and internationally known trademarks including Nickelodeon®, Warner Bros.®, DC Comics, Saban's Power Rangers® and Cabbage Patch Kids®. DreamPlay Toys, LLC is a joint venture between JAKKS Pacific, Inc. and NantWorks LLC to develop, market and sell toys and related consumer products incorporating NantWorks' proprietary iD™ recognition technology. www.jakks.com

This press release may contain forward-looking statements (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about JAKKS Pacific's business based partly on assumptions made by its management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such statements due to numerous factors, including, but not limited to, those described above, changes in demand for JAKKS' products, product mix, the timing of customer orders and deliveries, the impact of competitive products and pricing, and difficulties with integrating acquired businesses. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date on which they are made, and JAKKS undertakes no obligation to update any of them to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Nickelodeon Promotes Ad Sales And Integrated Marketing Executives

Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, has announced in the following press release, from Nickelodeon's Kids and Family Press Site, NickPress.com, several key promotions across its Ad Sales and Integrated Marketing departments. In Ad Sales, Lauren Buerger has been named Senior Vice President (SVP), New Business Development; and Jake Piasecki has been named Senior Vice President (SVP), Ad Sales NYC. They will report to Jim Perry, Head of Sales, Nickelodeon Group.


Original Nickelodeon Press Release:

NICKELODEON PROMOTES AD SALES AND INTEGRATED MARKETING EXECUTIVES

NEW YORK –April 11, 2014 – Nickelodeon today announced several key promotions across its Ad Sales and Integrated Marketing departments. In Ad Sales, Lauren Buerger has been named Senior Vice President, New Business Development; and Jake Piasecki has been named Senior Vice President, Ad Sales NYC. They will report to Jim Perry, Head of Sales, Nickelodeon Group.

In Integrated Marketing, Lauren Elchoness has been named Senior Vice President of Integrated Marketing; Marc Epstein has been named Senior Vice President of Sports, Recreation and New Business Integrated Marketing; and Jennifer Tracy has been named Senior Vice President, Integrated Marketing, Innovation and Sponsorship Development. Elchoness, Epstein and Tracy will report to Sharon Cohen, Executive Vice President, Partnership Marketing, Nickelodeon Group.

Buerger, in her new role, will shape sales strategy for the New Business group and lead a national team of senior sales directors charged with broadening and developing new business relationships nationwide. She joined Nickelodeon as the Vice President of New Business Development in 2012 after serving over 20 years in the magazine publishing sector, primarily at Condé Nast and Meredith Publications.

Piasecki will oversee a New York sales team and help lead strategy, drive creative vision and direct innovative programs that deliver maximum revenue potential. Piasecki is a 15-year Viacom veteran who, most recently, served as Vice President, Sales and Marketing where he led one of the New York sales teams and oversaw sales' marketing operations for Nickelodeon's television and digital screens.

Elchoness, a 15-year Nickelodeon veteran, will lead the Integrated Marketing convergent account team in creating compelling promotional concepts that drive brand awareness and market share. In her previous role as Vice President of Integrated Marketing, Elchoness directed efforts to create and implement innovative convergent promotions across Nickelodeon's television and digital portfolio. Epstein will now manage teams dedicated to developing innovative marketing partnerships for nontraditional and new business ad sales partners, shape sports marketing strategy and craft programs to support Nickelodeon's recreation venues, tours and exhibits. The nine-year Nickelodeon veteran previously served as the Vice President of Business Development, Integrated Marketing and Partnerships where he created compelling promotional programs that helped secure non-endemic advertisers and partners.

Tracy, a nine-year Nickelodeon veteran, will oversee the Innovation and Convergent Sponsorship Development team, creating new sponsorship models and concepts for the network's properties, tentpoles and events, as well as its Movie Studios and Video Games accounts. Prior to this role, she served as Vice President of Digital Integrated Marketing where she launched Nick's first cross-platform games and destinations for advertising partners and markedly improved social media performance for her department.

Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).

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Kids Try And Stay in the Game on "Nick News with Linda Ellerbee" Special "Sidelined: How Safe Are Kids' Sports?", Premiering Tuesday 15th April 2014 On Nickelodeon USA

Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, has announced in the following press release, from TV by the Numbers, that Nick USA will premiere and show the latest brand-new "Nick News with Linda Ellerbee" special episode, called "Sidelined: How Safe Are Kids' Sports?", on Tuesday 15th April 2014 at 8:00pm (ET/PT). The special will explore how kids can get hurt playing sports and what's being done to reverse this trend.

Original Nickelodeon Press Release:

KIDS TRY TO STAY IN THE GAME ON NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE "SIDELINED: HOW SAFE ARE KIDS' SPORTS?"

PREMIERING TUESDAY, APRIL 15, AT 8 P.M. (ET/PT) ON NICKELODEON


NEW YORK – April 11, 2014Nick News with Linda Ellerbee explores how kids can get hurt playing sports and what's being done to reverse this trend in the brand-new special, "Sidelined: How Safe Are Kids' Sports?" premiering Tuesday, April 15, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. In the half-hour special, kids from around the country share stories of the injuries they have endured playing the sport they love.

"Kids playing sports today are getting hurt in alarming numbers," says Ellerbee. "More kids get hurt than professional athletes, and according to the Centers for Disease Control, kids account for half of all sports injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms."

"There is a trend for earlier specialization in sport… so in the last ten years we're seeing a dramatic increase in overuse related injuries," says Dr. Michael Bergeron, Executive Director of the National Youth Sports Health and Safety Institute.

12-year-old Masyn, a middle school baseball player from Lancaster, Pa. badly injured his shoulder from throwing. "[The doctor] told me that I had to stop playing baseball for three months and go to physical therapy," he says. "When I heard those words come out of his mouth, I started to cry because I couldn't live without baseball."

17-year-old football star Devin of Huber Heights, Ohio has experienced multiple concussions. "I'm not all the way there mentally yet, focusing is harder, my hands rattle when I write because of my nervous system," he says. "The roughest part of this is knowing that I might not be able to play football again."

When 13-year-old Olivia of Houston, Texas felt pain in her back, she continued cheering and wound up with a severe spinal stress fracture. "I was really driven to keep on going," she says.

The special discusses how kids suffer more concussions in football than any other organized sport. As a result, in 2012 USA Football implemented the "Heads Up Football" program, which focuses on tackling and making contact in a safer way. "With the increased awareness and diagnosis of concussions and other injuries we felt that we needed to regulate our sport a little better," says Mike Lalli, the Head Football Coach at Chantilly High School in Fairfax County, Va. "The key thing is training and education for the kids, the parents, and the coaches."

Nick News, produced by Lucky Duck Productions, is now in its 23rd year and is the longest-running kids' news show in television history. It has built its reputation on the respectful and direct way it speaks to kids about the important issues of the day. Over the years, Nick News has received more than 21 Emmy nominations and recently won its tenth Emmy Award for Forgotten But Not Gone: Kids, HIV & AIDS in the category of Outstanding Children's Nonfiction Program. Additional Emmy wins for outstanding children's programming include: Under the Influence: Kids of Alcoholics (2011); (The Face of Courage: Kids Living with Cancer (2010); Coming Home: When Parents Return from War (2009); The Untouchable Kids of India (2008); Private Worlds: Kids and Autism (2007); Never Again: From the Holocaust to the Sudan (2005); Faces of Hope: The Kids of Afghanistan (2002) and What Are You Staring At? (1998). In addition, in 1995, the entire series won the Emmy. In 2009, Nick News was honored with the Edward R. Murrow Award for best Network News Documentary for Coming Home: When Parents Return from War — the first-ever kids' television program to receive this prestigious award. Nick News has also received three Peabody Awards, including a personal award given to Ellerbee for explaining the impeachment of President Clinton to kids, as well as a Columbia duPont Award and more than a dozen Parents' Choice Awards.

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