Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Double Dare's Marc Summers Reflects on His Career

Marc Summers became a household name in the late ‘80s on Nickelodeon’s ooey, gooey game show for kids, Double Dare. But the charismatic host who beamed on camera as the network’s signature “slime” slid down his suit would rush to remove his clothes as soon as the broadcast ended. Summers, now 66, was suffering from crippling Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a condition he hadn’t even heard of until he was diagnosed live on his own Lifetime talk show in 1995.


Marc Summers. Brandon Riley Miller

Going public put his career on hold — until the Food Network took a chance on him in 2001, tapping him to host its longest running program to date, Unwrapped.

“Most people weren’t aware what OCD was back in the late ‘90s,” he tells PEOPLE. “I was supposed to be hosting Hollywood Squares and then lost the job because people didn’t understand what Obsessive Compulsive Disorder was, and they were spreading rumors that I was difficult to work with and uncooperative, none of which was true. But people were not given the tools to learn what it was.”


Marc Summers hosting Double DareCourtesy of Marc Summers

He made it his mission to raise awareness and points to Howie Mandel, the Deal or No Deal host who’s open about his own OCD and germaphobia today: “I think in many ways, I was a pioneer.”

Still, Summers says compulsions — he’d clean his home incessantly, lie on the living room floor straightening the fringe of a rug and get stuck at the grocery store reading the label of every product lining the aisles — gave him focus and drive.

“I’ve had kind of a charmed existence,” he says.

Summers also worked as a magician, comedian (he rubbed elbows with Robin Williams at LA’s famed Comedy Store in the ‘70s) and TV producer (Ryan Seacrest and Guy Fieri consider him a mentor). But as he says in the new documentary about his life, On Your Marc, “I’ve always thought of myself of being a player on AAA baseball and never quite making the big leagues.”

As Fieri — who affectionately calls him “Obi Wan” — put it, ““The life of Marc Summers, well, it should be a ride at an amusement park, because it’s got every twist and turn you can imagine.”


On Your Marc. Courtesy of Marc Summers.

Growing up in Indiana, Summers says he “always wanted to do theater and got side-tracked along the way.” Two harrowing ordeals prompted him to pursue that passion. In 2009, he felt pain in his stomach and underwent a surgery that removed 17.5 inches of his small intestine.

“I woke up and, being a stand-up comic, I sort of joked with the doctor, ‘Do I have cancer?’ And he says, ‘As a matter of fact, you do,’” Summers recalls. He was misdiagnosed with mantle cell lymphoma and told he had six months to live. Another oncologist determined the father of two was actually battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and he began two years of grueling chemotherapy with his wife of 43 years, Alice — a Natalie Wood lookalike whom he met while working as an usher at The Mary Tyler Moore Show — by his side.

He’s now in remission, but for the four months until he was correctly diagnosed, the conflicting medical opinions made Summers and his family — wife Alice, 65, son Matthew, 37, and daughter, Meredith, 34 — think he was dying.

“The whole story about your life flashes in front of you. I called Alice from the cab, and I said, ‘I’m not going to see the kids get married. I’m not going to see our grandchildren. I’m going to be dead,’” he says. “I was a mess. I was confused. I didn’t know what the hell was going on.”

Then, in 2012, he broke every bone in his face when his taxi hydroplaned, crashing into a Philadelphia highway divider. He didn’t leave his house for months and suffered memory loss: He remembers giving a tourist wrong directions to Independence Hall, a landmark in the city he calls home, and reintroducing himself in a meeting to a TV executive he’d known for 20 years.

“My biggest fear was the fact that when I went to host another show, would I be able to retain, memory-wise?” he says.


Marc Summers. Courtesy of Marc Summers

It took nine months to a year for Summers to fully recover. “It was really frightening,” he says, and forced him to realize, “there’s no time like the present.”

Working his Broadway connections, Summers developed an autobiographical one-man play back in Indiana; the documentary chronicles its development, a chapter in Summers’ career that is both a reinvention and return to his roots.

Soon, he’s executive-producing a new Food Network program with Fieri. And after three years of cognitive therapy, Summers says his OCD is “80 percent cured,” adding, “It’s like retraining your mind not to have the intrusive thoughts and not to do the repetitive actions.”

As for all that slime? Nickelodeon’s top-secret, original recipe isn’t so gross, after all: vanilla pudding, apple sauce and green food dye.

“The insurance company made us guarantee if any of this got in the kids’ mouths it was edible,” he explains with a laugh. “And it tasted good, and it smelled great.”

Click here to find out more about On Your Marc.

‘JoJo Siwa Is One To Watch As We Near Christmas,’ Reveals George At Asda's Ruth Golightly

JoJo Siwa will be one of the key brands to watch as we approach the key Christmas period, while female empowerment remains a major theme.


This is the view of Ruth Golightly, head of buying, George childrenswear and licensing manager for George at Asda.

Ruth spoke to Licensing Source Book as part of the judging of the product categories for this year’s Licensing Awards.

She said: “Trolls and My Little Pony are performing well and can only be boosted further by the upcoming animations and movie respectively. PAW Patrol is smashing it, while Peppa Pig is holding its own.

“Female empowerment remains a key theme and we’re seeing main ranges coming through into licensed.

“JoJo Siwa is one to watch as we approach Christmas.”

Also, from AdAge:

Q&A WITH THE GIRL BEHIND THAT BIG HAIR BOW


If you have a tween girl, you're probably familiar with their latest craze: colorful, over-size hair bows. And with the holidays approaching, you likely also know that these two gifts are hard to find: a hair-bow maker and a singing doll wearing the hair accessory.

Well, thank JoJo Siwa.

The 14-year-old YouTube star and her signature JoJo bow—which has beome a symbol for standing up to bullies—rose to fame as a dancer on the Lifetime series "Dance Moms." She's now a top YouTube personality and the face of Nickelodeon, and retailers like Walmart are eager to be partners.

Siwa's YouTube channel has over 5 million subscribers, and more than 9 million people watched epsidoes of her getting ready in the morning and giving a tour of her bedroom. She also has over 6 million followers on Instagram, 10 million on Musical.ly and 316,000 on Twitter.

Nickelodeon made an unprecedented move in March by partnering with Siwa for a multi-platform deal that includes TV appearances and consumer products. It was an unusual move for Nick, the talent of which has typically been homegrown.

But the Viacom-owned network tapped Siwa amid a changing landscape in kids' programming. An increasing number of teens and tweens turn to YouTube as their source of entertainment, and some of the biggest celebrities among the demographic have been born from social media.

Perhaps the biggest opportunity has been in the consumer products space. Nickelodeon has licensed hundreds of products featuring Siwa and her dog BowBow, including a singing doll that's a finalist for toy of the year and a bow maker that's currently sold out at Toys R Us.

"From a retail perspective there's a giant white space for teen and tween products," says Pam Kaufman, CMO and president of consumer products at Nickelodeon. "'High School Musical,' Justin Bieber, One Direction, they all came and went. I love SpongeBob and the Turtles, but there's something about having a real-life person."


Credit: Walmart

Siwa has also been featured with her mom in a Toyota campaign around Nick's "Kids' Choice Awards," and appeared in marketing for Universal theme parks and Milk.

We sat down with Siwa, and her dog BowBow, in her hotel room in New York City ahead of the Ad Council Public Service Award Dinner earlier this month (Siwa worked with the council for its bullying prevention campaign). Playing with her teacup pup (who has also a line of products) and looking like a typical 14-year-old in a sweatshirt over a YouTube T-shirt—and no bow in her hair—we discussed bullying, her online fame and the future of the JoJo brand. Our conversation has been edited.

How did the bow craze start?

I've been wearing bows for my whole, entire life—since I was in preschool and obviously now and above and beyond. But the story on how they really became what they are today, the JoJo bows, Claire's took a big chance on me. My manager literally just called Claire's and was like, "I need to speak with corporate," and wiggled her way in. Then she got hold of this girl and asked her the next time she was in California to let us know and she was like, "Well, actually, I am flying out tomorrow." But then she said her schedule is full so maybe we could do it the next time. And my manager was like, "Actually, we'll just meet you in the lobby of your hotel, where are you staying?"

At the time I was like, "Oh god, what is happening?" But I was like, whatever, I'm just going to go with it. So we went with it, we met her in the hotel lobby and you know, they were going to do a bow test in 100 stores, then they moved it up to 300 stores, then it moved up to 1,000 stores, and then it moved up to all their stores which is like 3,500. So they took a really, really big chance on me. And I am so grateful for them because without them it wouldn't be what it is today.

There's meaning behind the bow. Where did that originate?

I have something called "Siwanators," and if you're a Siwanator you're strong, you're powerful, you stand up to the bullies. If you're a Siwanator, you're nice. And the way you can tell if someone is a Siwanator is if they have a JoJo bow in. So if you're sitting at recess at school and someone is not being nice to you but you see another kid who has a JoJo bow in, you can go hang out with them and they'll be nice to you because they're a Siwanator.

Have you experienced bullying?

I have experienced a lot of online bullying because I am homeschooled.

That's where a lot of kids experience bullying now.

That's what makes it so terrible. I say in "Boomerang" [her single; Siwa is also a singer], "hide behind the screen, you're so mean." It's literally about someone hiding behind their screen or behind their phone saying, "You're fat, you're rude, you're ugly, you're a brat, you're annoying, I hate you." And it's just terrible. I have to go through it every day. And I found what works for me is I can just delete and block, but I want to inspire other people and let them know it's OK and you don't need to worry about those comments because for every one comment that's rude there are 100 that are nice.

The JoJo brand goes beyond bows now. You have products in Walmart and other retail stores.

7-Eleven is getting bows.

How involved are you in the process of making JoJo-branded products?

Pretty much how it works is there's a style guide with pictures of me, colors, fonts for wording, different prints, different styles, different patterns—there's everything you can imagine that can go on a shirt. And so what happens is, I did a big photo shoot and so did Bow [her dog] and those are the approved pictures that can go on stuff. So then I say, "Yeah, I love that," and then they say, "OK, we're going to put this on a bike, this on a T-shirt, this on a napkin. And then I see it online and am like, 'Ohh, new things." I love it.

Are there products you hope to see on shelves?

One of my personal favorites is JoJo underwear. Just to think there are girls walking around...it's weird but funny. You have Elsa and Anna, you have SpongeBob you have Ninja Turtles, and then you have JoJo. It's so funny. There's a bike out in Australia and a helmet that's unbelievable. The shoes that are coming out are really cool. It's crazy how many JoJo things there are.

What do you think when you see your face on this stuff?

It is crazy, crazy, crazy that this is my life. I know this is what I've always wanted—I wanted to be Hannah Montana—but it's crazy that this is my reality. I am a kid from Nebraska, I followed my dreams and these are my dreams I'm living now. It's just really cool I believed in myself, my family, my friends they all believed in me and now look at what I'm doing.

A lot of that started with YouTube. How did you build your following?

It's kind of funny how the whole YouTube thing started. When I was 10—but even before that, I posted all my duck tape stuff I made [like bows], my dance stretch tutorial when I was 5 years old—but I was about 10 and my publicist was like, "I'm going to make you a YouTube channel" and I was like, "OK." She gave me a GoPro and said, "This is what you're going to do, you're going to send me stuff and I'm going to edit it." And I was like, "I don't know, OK, cool." We vlogged a little bit and I just kind of did it. And then one of my friends was telling me all about YouTube and how amazing it is and I was like, "Wow, that's something I seriously want to get into." So then I went home, I learned about it, I mean I have been watching it my whole life.

Do you watch a lot of YouTube? Do your friends?

One-hundred percent. All the time. It's the new thing. It is fun. It's fast. It's energetic. So yeah. Definitely. But then I just did it as I felt like it. I never said, "I have to do this." YouTube is 100 percent a job. but it's a fun job. And if I didn't like it I would not do it. It was definitely really organic going into it. It's not like I have a set script and I have to do this every single day.

Are there other platforms you're regularly using?

The two things I use the most are YouTube and Instagram. Then of course Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, Music.ly. Back to the YouTube thing, I used to post one time a week, now I literally post nine. One day I can come up with 50 content ideas and I'm like, "Boom, I want to do this idea, this idea, this idea." I have a YouTube notebook and I write them all down. Then other days I'm like, "I have no clue what I want to do today." I rarely have days like that. But it's so fun.

What do you watch on a regular basis? What do you watch on YouTube?


I went through a phase where I watched a bunch of YouTubers who do kind of the same stuff I do, who are in the same demographic. I watched the videos a lot, and I still do, I still love them, they are all my friends, it's just like a family, but I felt sometimes like I would be copying them almost. And I want them to have their thing and I want to have my thing so I had to step away and watch something else. So now what I watch on YouTube is this YouTube page called "What's Up Moms." I don't know why I watch it. It's a YouTube channel for moms who have kids who want fun DIY stuff, but there are some brilliant things on there.

Do you watch TV?

I do. I have a very slight obsession with "Grey's Anatomy."

Did you binge on Netflix? Are you fully caught up?

Fully caught up. I probably watched every episode three times. "Grey's Anatomy" is by far, by a landslide, my favorite show.

What comes next for you?

It's hard to think what comes next because I try to do whatever feels right in the moment. I don't really plan things. I can't tell you what I'm going to do tomorrow, I can't tell you what I am doing in a year, but I can tell you what I am doing in 10 years.

What's that?

So, in 10 years I will be 24 years old. I will probably be going on my first big, big tour. I would have just released a huge album, in my brain it would have been wildly successful.

So music is the goal?

Music, definitely. As of now.

Where do you see your brand going?

I've thought about my future and everything that's to come, but a lot of people are like, "What does high school JoJo look like? What does senior JoJo look like?" And you know, it's just going to kind of evolve as it happens. If one day I wake up and I go, "I want to wear my hair down today," I will.

At what point do you stop wearing the bow in your public appearances?

I think the bow will stick with me through my entire life. I don't think I'll always wear a side ponytail and bow, but I do think I'll l eventually buy a ring and it will have a diamond bow on it and it will always forever and forever be in my life, because it is me, it's who I am, it's what I love. It's not like I have a contract that says I have to wear a bow every day. That's not a thing. It's just going to evolve as I evolve. If one day I wake up and go, "I just don't want to wear the bow today," I just wouldn't wear it. I just have to do what's right for me and make the transition right now.

Are there brands you gravitate toward?

Anything with rainbow sequins. If it has rainbow sequins on it I like it. That's not necessarily a brand…The places I shop are Target, Justice, Walmart, Claire's, JCPenney, Forever 21, H&M. I online shop. I don't like to go shopping.

Do you have a YouTube shirt on?

I do have a YouTube shirt on. Always. Forever. YouTube is my No. 1, my love.

--Ends--

On air, Siwa will guest star on Nickelodeon's hit musical comedy series School of Rock, as part of a multi-episode story arc, and feature as Nick Cannon's sidekick on Nickelodeon's Lip Sync Battle Shorties. JoJo will also star in the brand-new Nickelodeon Original Movie Blurt, alongside Jace Norman (Henry Danger, Splitting Adam, Rufus) and Daniella Perkins (Knight Squad, Legendary Dudas).

JoJo and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment's brand-new DVD, JoJo Siwa: My World, which follows the stars dance journey leading up to her biggest moment yet — performing at the Mall of America, is out now!

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Nickelodeon USA's December 2017 Premiere Highlights | Holidays | Nickmas

Below are Nickelodeon USA's currently announced December 2017 premiere highlights for Nick, Nicktoons, Nick Jr., Nick at Nite, NickSports, TeenNick, TV Land and CMT:

'Thomas & Friends' To Arrive On Nickelodeon USA On Friday 15th December 2017

Zap2it TV Listings is reporting the exciting news that Nickelodeon USA will start to air the beloved children's series Thomas & Friends, which follows the adventures of a group of trains and road vehicles who work and live on the Island of Sodor, home of The Fat Controller's (Sir Topham Hatt's) railway, on Friday 15th December 2017 at 1:30pm ET/PT!


Update: Nickelodeon has announced in a trailer that the episode will be a holiday special!

Update II: The episode will be the brand-new episode "The Christmas Coffee Pot", which has not currently aired in the US! In the episode, a voice cries out in alarm and Marion thinks she's found a talking Christmas tree.

Update III: Following the Holiday special, Nick Jr. will start to air Thomas & Friends weeknights at 7:00pm ET/PT from next week!:



The episodes will be:

Monday 18th December 2017 - Over the Hill: It's the day after Christmas and Glynn, the old Coffee Pot engine, has been restored and brought to Ulfstead Castle, but Stephen, the other old restored engine at the castle, is jealous.

Tuesday 19th December 2017 - Daisy's Perfect Christmas: Daisy loves a traditional Sodor Christmas so she is upset when things go differently; There's no snow for the children's Christmas outing; The children change the words to a Christmas song; The Small Engines put on a different show.

Wednesday 20th December 2017 - Emily in the Middle: One snow day, Donald and Douglas pick up a long train of heavy flatbeds; Sir Topham Hatt asks Emily to lend the two engines some puff.

Thursday 21st December 2017 - The Big Freeze: It's winter on Sodor; The steam engines are still waiting for the coal delivery to arrive, when the weather takes a turn for the worst and everything freezes; The engines carry on with their work, but the coal still doesn't arrive.

Friday 22nd December 2017 - The Christmas Coffee Pot (encore)

Thomas & Friends has been making tracks to great destinations for over 65 years. Initially created by a father for his son, today the little blue engine is enjoyed by families across the globe. The #1 blue engine and his friends invite children to enter a world of imagination. Through colourful and timeless stories children embark on a host of exciting journeys with their engine friends and learn about discovery, friendship and cooperation.

Thomas & Friends (titled Thomas the Tank Engine in the UK) is based on The Railway Series of books by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son, Christopher Awdry. The books were based on stories Wilbert told to entertain his son, Christopher, during his recovery from measles. Many of the stories from the first four series are based on events from Awdry's personal experience.

The Thomas & Friends television series, created by Britt Allcroft, airs in more than 185 territories in more than 30 languages. To date, 512 episodes and 21 television series of Thomas & Friends have been produced.

Thomas & Friends originally aired in the US on PTV between 1989–98, as segment on Shining Time Station. The series currently airs on PBS KIDS, and has also aired on Fox Family and PBS KIDS Sprout/Sprout. According to the PBS schedule on the WNED TV website, PBS KIDS has no plans to air Thomas & Friends from January 2018.

For more information about Thomas & Friends, please visit www.thomasandfriends.com.

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Originally posted: Saturday, December 09, 2017.

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Nickelodeon's 'I Am Frankie' Season 2 To Begin Production During Early 2018

Florida - A 20-episode MTV Networks Latin America television series continuation heads the line to become the first recipient in Miami-Dade County’s new film incentive program, approved in July 2017.


I Am Frankie

Nickelodeon's “I Am Frankie Season 2” is to come before the county commission’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee today (12/14) to seek the maximum incentive, $100,000. The county administration has recommended approval.

A second series by the same network. 75 one-hour episodes of Club 57, was also recommended for approval and was to have come before the same committee today but before the meeting requested a withdrawal of its application. The future of the project, which was slated to begin production in January 2018, is currently unknown.

For the second season of I Am Frankie, Nickelodeon, a subsidiary of Viacom, is projecting 50 production days for the half-hour show with a total expenditure of $5.4 million. The network proposes to produce 80% of the productions in Miami and employ 96 county residents, beginning in early January, with principal photography starting Monday, March 12.

The show, said Deputy Mayor Jack Osterholt in a memo to commissioners, centers on Frankie Gaines (Alex Hook), who looks like any other human girl “but harbors a big secret: She functions as a high-tech computer, complete with internet access, extensive memory and more.”

In Season 2, Frankie finally is fitting in and exploring what it means to be human with the help of her best friend, Dayton (Nicole Alyse Nelson). Things quickly become complicated when a new android arrives at Sepulveda High and the world learns that androids exist. And when WARPA comes back with a new threat, Frankie must struggle to keep her true identity a secret and keep her friends and family safe.

“There’s a lot of interest out there for 2018, especially from independent film producers. We urge them to apply” for the incentive program, county Office of Film and Enertainment chief Sandy Lighterman recently told Miami Today.

Citing the loss of millions in revenues in Miami-Dade “in the absence of state incentives,” county Commissioner Sally Heyman proposed the program in June. To be eligible, companies must spend at least $1 million, film at least 70% of the production here, and hire at least 80% of vendors and contractors locally to receive a tax rebate not to exceed $100,000 per production.

“Everyone wants this done,” Ms. Heyman told one commission meeting before the incentive was approved. “My colleagues and I kept waiting for the state to step up and entice the industry back, especially to South Florida.”

Each year between 2010 and 2016 – when Florida had a well-funded incentive program – film, television, digital media and other productions spent $160 million to $406 million in Miami-Dade, her ordinance said. In addition to local crew salaries, auxiliary spending benefitted hotels, restaurants, suppliers and other businesses.

A 2012 study by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau found that television shows and movies filmed in the region reached more than 1.5 billion viewers, for an advertising value of $405 billion.

That same year, a study by the Visit Florida tourism board revealed that 23% of people interviewed reported that seeing a movie or television series filmed in the state guided their decision to travel to Florida.

But after refusing to add new funding to the incentive program for four consecutive years, the Florida Legislature allowed it to end in 2016
“This program is intended to reverse Miami-Dade County’s fortunes by increasing the number of television, film and entertainment productions shot and produced in Miami-Dade County,” Ms. Heyman’s ordinance said. “It is anticipated that this will ultimately stop many of the remaining jobs supported by the industry from leaving to other locations, and also create new job opportunities.”

The application for I Am Frankie says approval of the tax rebate is a determining factor in whether to film in Miami or elsewhere. It lists Los Angeles and Atlanta as competitors for the project.


Club 57

The Club 57 series that withdrew its application had listed alternative locations in Colombia and Mexico. Its application cited an expenditure of more than $6.8 million, employing 110 Miami-Dade residents for the projected nine-month production period and producing 80% of the project here.

Both series will air on Nickelodeon: I Am Frankie is being produced for Nickelodeon channels worldwide, and is the international adaptation of Yo Soy Franky, which was produced by Nickelodeon Latin America (Latinoamérica) in Colombia; and Club 57 will be made for Nickelodeon Latinoamérica and Nickelodeon Brazil (Brasil).

I Am Frankie would be photographed in various locations around Miami-Dade County, the application states.


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Nickelodeon Invests In Location-Based VR Startup Dreamscape Immersive; To Develop Virtual Reality Experience Using Nick's IP's

Original Dreamscape Immersive Press Release via PR Newswire:

Dreamscape Immersive Closes $30M Series B


Financial Commitment from Nickelodeon, Majid Al Futtaim, Bold Capital Partners, 21st Century Fox, Warner Bros., VRSense Solutions Limited, Image Nation Abu Dhabi and more, Demonstrates the Power of Dreamscape Immersive's Location-Based Offering and Plans for Global Expansion into New Territories



(PRNewsfoto/Dreamscape Immersive)

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Dreamscape Immersive, the location-based VR startup backed by some of Hollywood's biggest players, today announced the close of a $30M Series B financing round.

Since announcing the series led by AMC Entertainment (NYSE: AMC), which will also open and operate up to six Dreamscape Immersive VR centers in North America and the U.K., the company has received an incredible amount of interest from additional parties. To make room for these strategic investments, Dreamscape Immersive has increased its Series B financing round to $30M with new financial commitments from Nickelodeon, Majid Al Futtaim, VRSense Solutions Limited, and Image Nation Abu Dhabi. Returning Series A investors including, Bold Capital Partners, 21st Century Fox, and Warner Bros. also participated in the round.

"We started Dreamscape Immersive with the fundamental belief that strategic partners will be key to our success," said Aaron Grosky, COO of Dreamscape Immersive. "This group of existing and new investors, each of whom are leaders in their own respective categories, not only share in our vision but will help Dreamscape Immersive execute and grow. We couldn't be more excited for what we're going to be able to accomplish together."

Funding from each investor will be used to help Dreamscape Immersive scale operations, build a marquee slate of content and further its global expansion into a slew of new territories.

Specifically, in addition to Nickelodeon's investment, Nickelodeon and Dreamscape Immersive have committed to produce an experience using the brand's IP for kids and families. Majid Al Futtaim, the leading lifestyle conglomerate across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has made a strategic equity investment in Dreamscape Immersive, with the intent to take the VR offering global. Other investors such as VRSense Solutions Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of PC Partner Group Limited and maker of PC backpacks, will help the company advance hardware development, and investors such as Image Nation Abu Dhabi, one of the leading media companies in the Arab-speaking world, will help further develop a robust slate of immersive content.

Dreamscape Immersive's flagship location is slated to open to the public at Westfield Century City Mall in Los Angeles, California in 2018. In addition to this location, the company has formed a strategic partnership with AMC Entertainment, with a commitment from AMC to open and operate up to six Dreamscape Immersive VR centers within AMC theatres and at standalone locations in North America and the U.K.

The company is spearheaded by co-chairmen Walter Parkes and Kevin Wall, CEO and former Disney Imagineering chief Bruce Vaughn, COO Aaron Grosky, and utilizes unique body-mapping technologies developed by the Swiss research foundation, Artanim. It has also attracted an A-list group of advisors including Yves Behar, renowned industrial designer, as Brand and Design Advisor; Hans Zimmer, Music Advisor; Dan Fellman, Past President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, as Distribution Advisor; Rick Carter, Academy Award winning production designer, as Production Advisor; Tom Staggs, former COO of the Walt Disney Company, as Corporate Strategy Advisor; and Gore Verbinski, Academy Award winning filmmaker, as Creative Advisor.

About Dreamscape Immersive
Dreamscape Immersive is a location-based VR entertainment company that was founded in January 2017. Led by co-chairmen Walter Parkes, Kevin Wall, CEO Bruce Vaughn and COO Aaron Grosky, with technology created by Swiss research institute Artanim, Dreamscape offers untethered VR experiences with body-mapping technology that allows participants to enter into, explore, and interact within cinematic worlds in a way they never dreamed possible. The Dreamscape Immersive team is made up of a dynamic group of cinematic storytellers, music trailblazers, theme park attractions-experts, gaming executives, technologists and medical researchers, who all share one thing in common: a collective commitment to bringing an entirely new entertainment experience to a mass audience. Dreamscape Immersive is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

SOURCE Dreamscape Immersive

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http://www.dreamscapeimmersive.com/

Nick’s investment in the company comes amid its production of Blurt, a live-action TV movie featuring virtual reality sequences developed and created by the kidsnet’s newly launched Entertainment Lab.

Dreamscape already had the backing of some major Hollywood players, Steven Spielberg.

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JoJo Siwa & Ella Anderson Teach 'How To Make a Crunchy Holiday Slime Snowman' | Nickelodeon

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow SLIME! It’s the most wonderful time of the year so join us as we mold crunchy holiday slime into one crazy snow creation with your favorites: Ella Anderson (Henry Danger) and JoJo Siwa. And be sure to catch more holiday fun, on Nickelodeon!



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Regal Academy | Let’s discover Magical Rose, Astoria and Joy dolls!

So cool! Let’s discover Magical Rose, Astoria and Joy dolls by Alpha! They are ready to fight the enemies with their magic armor and the help of their little Magical Pets! Try the Light-Up wand to discover fairytale secrets.



Buy them here:

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- Astoria https://goo.gl/bTZQ11
- Joy https://goo.gl/EFjm4C

Rose and all her fairy tale friends await you for more incredible adventures at the Regal Academy! Catch brand-new episodes of Regal Academy season two Sundays at 1:30pm (ET/PT) on Nick Jr. USA! Pumpkins away!

Connect with Regal Academy online:
Official Site: www.regalacademy.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/RegalAcademyEN
Facebook: www.facebook.com/RegalAcademyTV
Instagram: www.instagram.com/regalacademy

More Nick: Nickelodeon To Debut "Regal Academy" Season Two Globally In 2018!
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School of Rock | Christmas Auditions | Jingle Bell Rock | Nickelodeon UK

Kale (Brec Bassinger) is dressed to kill for her Christmas audition, but it doesn't quite go to plan in this festive video clip from the brand-new School of Rock Christmas special, "Jingle Bell Rock"!



Watch more School of Rock on Nickelodeon, and make sure to visit nick.co.uk/christmas for stockings full of festive videos, games, photos and more, and to enter Nick's Rockin' Holiday Giveaway!

More Nick: Watch And Win With 'Tinsel Toons' This December On Nicktoons UK!
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'Dora And Friends' Theme Song | Polish Version | Nick Jr. Polska

Dora i przyjaciele | Piosenka czołówkowa | Nick Jr. Polska



Za każdymi drzwiami czeka przygoda! Śpiewaj razem z Dorą, Emmą, Kate, Plecakiem oraz ich przyjaciółmi i poznawaj wraz z nimi miasto.

Watch more Dora and Friends: Into the City! on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., and find more video collections and preschool songs on the official Nick Jr. España website, nickjr.com.pl.

Więcej Nick: Nickelodeon Poland To Premiere 'Tiny Christmas' On Sunday 24th December 2017!
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Power Rangers Turbo | Mini-Rangers (Update: Added English Version)

The Turbo Rangers face a new challenge when they are shrunk to miniature size in this action-packed clip from Power Rangers Turbo, available to watch in Spanish and Portuguese!

Power Rangers Turbo | Mini-Rangers!



The Turbo Rangers face a new challenge when they are shrunk down to miniature size!

Power Rangers en Español | Mini-Rangers!



Los Turbo Rangers se enfrentan a un nuevo desafío cuando son reducidos a tamaño miniatura!

Power Rangers em Português | Mini-Rangers



Os Rangers Turbo enfrentam um novo desafio quando encolhem até virarem miniaturas!

Missed any episodes of Power Rangers Ninja Steel? Catch up now at nick.com/ninjasteel and on the Nick App!

Connect with Power Rangers:
Web - http://www.powerrangers.com
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/powerrangers
Twitter - http://twitter.com/PowerRangers
Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/powerrangers

More Nick: Saban’s Power Rangers Unveils 25th Anniversary Campaign!

Originally posted: Monday, December 11, 2017.
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Remporte la hotte du Père-Noël et gagne une Nintendo Switch avec NICKELODEON FRANCE

Remporte la hotte du Père-Noël et gagne une Nintendo Switch avec NICKELODEON FRANCE !



Par ici pour remporter plein de cadeaux, dont la console Nintendo Switch: https://concours.nickelodeon.fr/hotte_noel/0/42755/

Plus Nickelodeon: Nickelodeon 4Teen France To Premiere 'Tiny Christmas' On Friday 15th December 2017!
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Gagne des cadeaux très Teen pour Noël ! | NICKELODEON Teen FRANCE

Gagne des cadeaux très Teen pour Noël !



Par ici pour participer au concours: https://concours.nickelodeon.fr/teen_noel/0/44800/

Plus Nickelodeon: Nickelodeon Teen France To Premiere 'Tiny Christmas' On Friday 15th December 2017!
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Remportez la hotte du Père-Noël avec NICKELODEON JUNIOR ! | NICKELODEON JUNIOR FRANCE

Remportez la hotte du Père-Noël avec NICKELODEON JUNIOR ! Retrouvez plus de vidéos sur NICKELODEONJUNIOR.fr !



Plus Nickelodeon: Le calendrier Nickelodeon Junior | NICKELODEON JUNIOR FRANCE!
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Design Miami x Viacom

Redefining Cultural Impact: How New Technologies Influence Artists & Creatives. Kodi Foster, SVP Data Strategy, Viacom host this conversation with Cecilia Dean, Founder Visionaire, Daniel Arsham, Contemporary Artist and Anne Spalter, New Media Artist and the musical artist Young Paris.



Design Miami x Viacom: Kodi Foster



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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

7 dias para o Natal (Séries) | O Natal Mais Esperado | Nickelodeon Brasil

Celebre #ONatalMaisEsperado com a Nick!



Mais: http://mundonick.uol.com.br/programas/o-natal-mais-esperado/t5wxzc

Mais Nick: Nickelodeon Latin America And Nickelodeon Brazil To Premiere 'Tiny Christmas' On Saturday 23rd December 2017!
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Kuu Kuu Harajuku | Live 24/7 Songs Special | KuuKuuTube



Watch Kuu Kuu Harajuku on Nick Jr. (USA) and Nickelodeon (Greece)!

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More Nick: Nickelodeon Presents Second Seasons Of Hit Series "Kuu Kuu Harajuku" And "Teletubbies" In July On Nick Jr. USA!
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Karisma And Viacom Postpones The Opening Of Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya

Travel Agent Central is reporting that Karisma Hotels & Resorts and Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) have unfortunately had to delay the opening of Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya in Mexico.


Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Leonardo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles attend Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya's groundbreaking ceremony in May 2016.

Announced in May 2016, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya was scheduled to open on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, adjacent to Karisma's Generations resort, in December 2017, however, a representative from Karisma has told Travel Agent Central that the Nickelodeon resort currently doesn't have an official opening date, and that it will not open any time this year. Although the resorts official opening date has yet to be announced, TravelPulse reports that the resort will open in 2019.

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya will be the second property in the luxurious collection of five-star experiential resorts by Karisma and VIMN, following the successful opening of Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana in summer 2016. Karisma and VIMN broke ground on the Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya resort in May 2016.


A third Nickelodeon hotel is planned for Huatulco, Mexico, along with El Dorado and Generations resorts. Groundbreaking is slated for 2019, with openings set for 2020.

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya will deliver non-stop family entertainment and Karisma’s renowned Gourmet Inclusive® Experience.

The new property – featuring 288 spacious swim-up and infinity suites, each with its own pool on a private terrace or balcony – will be located on a secluded white-sand beach facing Mexico’s stunning Caribbean Sea. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya will reimagine the art of hospitality to deliver delightful twists including surprise Slimings and unexpected visits from your favorite Nickelodeon characters. Combined with world-class dining, contemporary design, innovative amenities and access to neighboring Karisma Hotels & Resorts properties, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya will offer an unforgettable getaway for Nickelodeon fans and luxe resort lovers alike.

“We have been thrilled with the overwhelming response to Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts’ combination of luxury and playfulness, and are excited to announce a second international property for guests looking to enjoy an unforgettable upscale vacation,” said Gerald Raines, Senior Vice President, Global Recreation for Viacom International Media Networks.

Armando Chomat, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Karisma Hotels & Resorts, commented, “Karisma Hotels & Resorts has a rich history in the Riviera Maya and we are eager to invite guests of all ages to experience the beauty of the destination anew along with the adventures and surprise elements uniquely afforded by Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts.”


Room rendering at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana

Casual luxury is the focal point of the property’s grand lobby, restaurants, bars, spa and two main six-story buildings – all set between lush indigenous mangroves, palm trees, and a white-sand beach. The first floors of both main buildings will be comprised of swim-up suites that boast direct access to swimming pools and swim-up bars, while floors two through six will host the infinity pool suites with unobstructed ocean views.

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya’s accommodations will be as stylish as they are spacious with one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites, each featuring shared living spaces and private pools. Twenty four hour room service, and amenities like complimentary baby food, strollers, and cribs will ensure vacations are luxurious and carefree.

As a part of Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts, the Riviera Maya property will provide entertainment for all guests within Nickelodeon Place™. The heart of the resort, Nickelodeon Place will include Just Kiddin’, a hangout for kids; Character Central where guests can meet Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; and more: water features; and a kid’s spa. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya will also feature Studio Nick, a theater for hosting an array of immersive entertainment experiences.

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya will deliver the award-winning Gourmet Inclusive® Experience, ideal for guests who value quality. Dining will be an art and a pleasure at six Gourmet Inclusive® restaurants including two oceanfront eateries, four bars and lounges, and a one-of-a-kind food truck experience that will present a half-dozen fun and casual culinary options to be enjoyed while seated or as a part of an outdoor picnic. The property will also feature an array of innovative food and beverage options at themed restaurants that reflect the brand with unexpected colors, imaginative food samples, and Slime Smoothies. A majority of the resort’s organic produce will be sourced from Karisma’s 75,000-square-foot Greenhouse located next door.

Additionally, Nickelodeon Spa-ahh will beckon with relaxation. Guests will have the opportunity to experience signature treatments within individual suites, couple’s suite, a luxurious bridal suite, or “al fresco” outdoor treatment areas for those craving a little sand with their spa.

For guests celebrating a special occasion, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya will offer fully themed party options inclusive of character meet & greets, game play, specialty food & beverage and more. Karisma is renowned for its exquisite Gourmet Inclusive® Wedding Events, and the Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Riviera Maya will be no exception. Couples will be presented with an array of romantic options for their wedding events, including a Beachfront gazebo and signature Sky Wedding location featuring stunning 360-degree views from the private rooftop terrace. And if a couple’s wedding day just won’t be complete without someone getting Slimed, the resort is happy to hook them up!

Nickelodeon and Paramount to Release 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' Movie on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 (Updated 12/12)

Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, Paramount Pictures has set a Halloween season release date of Friday 11th October 2019 for Paramount Players's movie adaptation of the '90s Nickelodeon horror anthology series Are You Afraid of the Dark?!


The project was unveiled last month with It writer Gary Dauberman hired to write the script. Matt Kaplan is producing along with Dauberman. Paramount is producing the film conjunction with Nickelodeon Movies.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? was created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel and ran as an anthology series on Nickelodeon between 1992 and 1996. It was set around a group of teenagers who called themselves the Midnight Society and would meet weekly at a secret location in the woods to tell a scary story around a campfire. Subjects ranged from abandoned houses and vampires to scary clowns and witches. The show was revived in 1999 for two more seasons with new writers and showrunners. Tia and Tamera Mowry, Will Friedle, Neve Campbell, Hayden Christensen, Jay Baruchel, Tatyana Ali, Melissa Joan Hart, Jewel Staite, and two-time Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling are just a few of the household names that lent their acting skills to the anthology.


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

"The show is about the shared experience of telling stories — especially scary ones. We're going to celebrate that with this movie and honor the darker, scarier tone of the show, which was really groundbreaking for Nickelodeon at the time. I hope the Midnight Society approves," Dauberman told The Hollywood Reporter last month.

Paramount Players is a new division at Paramount Pictures that is led by Awesomeness founder Brian Robbins and focuses on contemporary talent and properties for young audiences while drawing upon the vast resources of the Viacom brands. Nickelodeon is one of those Viacom brands and is already developing a live-action Dora the Explorer movie, based on Nickelodeon's hit animated preschool series, through Paramount Players with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes producing.

Update:

Matt Kaplan is leaving Awesomeness after two years helming its film division to establish his own production company, ACE Entertainment, that will focus on making films, television series and digital content for youth audiences, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Through this new shingle, Kaplan has signed a first-look deal for film with Paramount Players, the six-month-old production division run by Brian Robbins. The deal reunites Kaplan with Robbins, the founder and CEO of Awesomeness who departed the company in February.

Kaplan tells THR that ACE partnered with Paramount Players in part because of the companies' shared focus. "I had an incredible run with Brian at Awesomeness and I wanted to continue to make films specifically for a demo that's targeted to millennial and Gen Z as Brian and I had been doing," he says, adding that the goal is to make between six and eight films each year.

ACE Entertainment has set up offices on the Paramount lot and one of Kaplan's first projects with the studio will be producing the previously announced Are You Afraid of the Dark movie reboot.

"Matt is a talented and creative executive and producer," Robbins said in a statement. "He and I enjoyed a successful partnership at Awesomeness making modestly budgeted films for targeted audiences. I'm excited to continue our relationship here at Paramount Players."

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Originally posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2017.

Sources: Variety, Deadline, Coming Soon, Tubefilter.
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Nickelodeon Leads Kidscreen Awards 2018 Finalists

The children's entertainment and media news website Kidscreen has announced the exciting news that Nickelodeon has been nominated for a raft of awards in the 2018 Kidscreen Awards, Kidscreen's annual competition that honors the best work in children's television and digital media!


This year’s nominees in the Programming, Broadcasting and Digital categories will continue in the competition through a final round of judging. The class of 2018 KSA winners will be announced at a special presentation event and after-party being held during Kidscreen Summit in Miami, on the evening of Tuesday, February 13. Without further ado, here is the full list of nominees:

PRESCHOOL PROGRAMMING

Best New Series
Dino Dana (Sinking Ship Entertainment)
P. King Duckling (UYoung Animation Culture & Media Co./Little Airplane Productions)
Splash and Bubbles (The Jim Henson Company/Herschend Studios)

Best Animated Series
DocMcStuffins: Toy Hospital (Disney Junior/Brown Bag Films)
Olobob Top (Beakus)
Sarah & Duck (Karrot Entertainment)

Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series
Bookaboo (Happy Films/Sinking Ship Entertainment)
Dino Dana (Sinking Ship Entertainment)
Sesame Street (Sesame Workshop)

Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie
Bookaboo’s Barkin’ New Year (Happy Films/Sinking Ship Entertainment)
The Snowy Day (Amazon Studios/Karrot Entertainment)
Peppa Pig: The Outback, Surfing,The Great Barrier Reef, The Boomerang (Astley Baker Davies/Entertainment One)

KIDS PROGRAMMING

Best New Series
Insectibles (One Animation)
Skylanders Academy (Activision Blizzard Studios, in association with TeamTO)
Trollhunters (DreamWorks Animation Television)

Best Animated Series
Grizzy and the Lemmings (HARI)
Hotel Transylvania: The Series (Nelvana/Sony Pictures)
Oddbods (One Animation)

Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series
Horrible Histories (Lion Television)
Odd Squad (The Fred Rogers Company/Sinking Ship Entertainment)
Snowfall (NRK Super)

Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie
An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win (Amazon Studios)
Kids’ Choice Awards 2017 (Nickelodeon Live Event Television, ROK Productions, Dempsey Productions, GHS Productions)
Revolting Rhymes (Magic Light Pictures)

TWEENS/TEENS PROGRAMMING

Best New Series
Free Rein (Lime Pictures)
Jenny (Productions Avenida)
Juacas (Disney Channel Latin America)

Best Animated Series
Bob’s Burgers (20th Century Fox Television/ Bento Box Entertainment)
Dragons: Race to the Edge (DreamWorks Animation Television/Netflix)
Voltron Legendary Defender (DreamWorks Animation Television)

Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series
Degrassi: Next Class Season 4(DHX Media)
Nowhere Boys: Two Moons Rising (Matchbox Pictures)
The Next Step (Radical Sheep Productions)

Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie
HALO Awards 2016 (Nickelodeon Live Event Television, ROK Productions, N-credible)
Kiss and Cry (Family Channel/ 9 Story Media Group/ Telefilm Canada/OMDC)
Nickelodeon’s Ultimate Halloween Haunted House 2016 (Nickelodeon Live Event Television, Stun Creative, Alternative Plan)

Shortlisted entries in the Programming categories will be reviewed and assessed by a fresh panel of judges, including Dominique Bazay (Netflix), Julien Borde (France Télévisions), Michael Carrington (ABC Australia), Nina Hahn (Nickelodeon International), Sarah Muller (Channel Five), Lucy Murphy (Sky), Adina Pitt (Cartoon Network), Linda Simensky (PBS KIDS), Cheryl Taylor (BBC Children’s) and Katie Wilson (Corus Kids).

BROADCASTING:

Channel of the Year
CBeebies
Gulli
PBS KIDS 24/7 Channel & Live Stream

Best Channel Design
CBC Kids
Gulli

Best Programming Block
National Geographic Kids Block (National Geographic Kids)
Sprout House (Universal Kids/ Sprout)
TVOKids (TVOKids)

Best Channel Website
CBC Kids
PBS KIDS
TVOKids

Best On-Air Host or Hosting Team
Tony Kim, Janaye Upshaw, Victor Verbitsky, Jason Hopley, Kira Hall, Todd Doldersum, Frank Meschkuleit—CBC Kids (CBC Kids)
Lydia Gieselmann— NRK Newton (NRK)
Carlos, Lisa, Suki, Jesse and Meisha —The Zone (YTV)

DIGITAL:

PRESCHOOL

Best Learning App—Original
Animal World—Animal Sounds For Babies & Toddlers (Papumba)
Hopster (Hopster)
This is Betsy—a contrary girl (Editora Caixote + Webcore)

Best Learning App—Branded
Elmo Loves ABCs (Sesame Workshop/Aspire Games)
LeapFrog Academy (LeapFrog)
StoryBots —Learning Videos & Books Starring You! (JibJab Bros. Studios)

Best Game App—Original
CBeebies Playtime Island (BBC Children’s/Media Applications Technologies for the BBC)
Dr. Panda Plus: Home Designer (Dr. Panda)
Sago Mini World (Sago Mini)

Best Game App—Branded
Disney Color and Play (Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media/Nanu Interactive)
Hey Duggee: We Love Animals (BBC Worldwide/ Scary Beasties/ Studio AKA)
Thomas & Friends: Magical Tracks (Mattel/Budge Studios)

Best Streaming Video Platform
Hopster (Hopster)
Noggin (Nickelodeon)
PlayKids (PlayKids)

Best Web/App Series
Amigo to the Rescue (Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media/Reel FX)
Melia and Jo (100 Chickens Productions/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Through the Woods (The Fred Rogers Company /Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Best Website
Nick Jr. (Nickelodeon)
Ollie’s Edible Adventures (Radical Sheep / Boat Rocker / Tobo)
SesameStreet.org (Sesame Workshop)

KIDS

Best Learning App—Branded
Amazon FreeTime (Amazon FreeTime/Amazon)
Dotopedia (Industrial Brothers/ The Jim Henson Company/ CBC/The Bell Fund/REDspace)
Outdoor Family Fun with Plum (WGBH Educational Foundation)

Best Game App—Original
Animal Jam —Play Wild! (WildWorks)
EverRun (Budge Studios)
Toca Life: Hospital (Toca Boca)

Best Game App—Branded
Compubot Plus App (Sinking Ship Entertainment)
My Little Pony Rainbow Runners (Hasbro/Budge Studios)
Slugterra: Slug it Out 2 (DHX Interactive/DHX Media)

Best Streaming Video Platform
Azoomee (Azoomee)
LeapFrog Epic Academy Edition (LeapFrog)
LeapPad Ultimate (LeapFrog)

Best Web/App Series
Storybooth (Created Entertainment)
The Paper Girls (FableVision Studios and Global Tinker)
Young Girls (NRK)

Best Website
Animal Jam (WildWorks)
iCoolKid (iCoolKid)
National Geographic Kids (National Geographic Kids)

Shortlisted entries in the Digital categories will be reviewed and assessed by a fresh panel of judges, including Daniel Bays (Lightning Sprite Media), Gregory Dray (YouTube), Chris Heatherly (NBCUniversal), Azadeh Jamalian (Tiggly), Jason Krogh (Sago Mini), Gary Pope (Kids Industries), Beau Teague (Cartoon Network) and Dylan Yamada-Rice (Dubit).

Additional details about the Kidscreen Awards–including categories, eligibility, judging and entry process–can be found at awards.kidscreen.com.

The 2017 Kidscreen Awards event was hosted by comedian Darrin Rose and exclusively sponsored by the Canada Media Fund.

Congratulations and good luck to Nickelodeon and and everyone nominated in Kidscreen Awards 2018!

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BTS w/ the Voice Actors Ft. Ben Schwartz, Kat Graham & More | Rise of the TMNT | Nickelodeon (Updated 12/12)

Announcing a totally NEW team of Turtles for 2018! Here’s your very first behind-the-scenes look at the voices of Raphael (Omar Miller), Leonardo (Ben Schwartz), Donatello (Josh Brener), Michelangelo (Brandon Mychal Smith), and April (Kat Graham) from the all-new Nickelodeon series Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles… Coming your way in 2018, only on Nickelodeon!



Update: OG TMNT Rob Paulsen, who is voice directing the series, has revealed on Instagram that episode 16 of season one will be titled "The Longest Fight"!:

Thanks, Nickelodeon, for giving me a shot at a new gig! #tmnt #nickelodeon #cartoons

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Originally posted: Thursday, November 02, 2017.
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An End Of An Era: Nickelodeon On Sunset Is Being Demolished

It's the end of an era, guys. Nickelodeon on Sunset - aka the building on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California that housed a TON of beloved Nickelodeon live-actions shows — is being obliterated by a bulldozer.


To give you an idea just how precious this piece of real estate was to Nick Kids, the soundstage served as Nickelodeon's West Coast hub for live action shows after production moved from Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida at Universal Studios, with various episodes of iCarly, Drake & Josh, All That, Kenan & Kel, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, The Amanda Show, Victorious, and more were filmed there. Soon, a pivotal piece of nostalgia will be nothing but dust, presumably becoming a new building that won't house insanely funny and memorable tween and teen shows.


Victoria Justice, star of Victorious, recently walked past her old stomping ground and filmed the sadness, tweeting the video on Monday (December 11).

She reminisced about filming exterior lunch scenes at the studio, sharing that though it was "sad" to see so many homeless people outside their set, the people outside would often shout things and interrupt their takes and ruining the shot, resulting in the cast having to redo scenes. "Anywho, just wanted to say, 'Rest in peace, Nick on Sunset.' Thanks for all the good times and the memories, and I'll never forget you."

Victoria finishes the video by taking a final twirled peek at the scene around her and then shares her wishes for the building to become something "beautiful." SOB.

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of Nickelodeon on Sunset here.

Nickelodeon on Sunset (also called Nick on Sunset), formerly known as Earl Carroll Theatre, was a stage facility located at 6230 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California which has housed the West Coast production of live-action original series produced for the Nickelodeon cable channel since 1997, starting with the production of the third season of All That.

Shows taped at Nickelodeon on Sunset:

- Zoey 101 – table reads, only some minor episodes
- All That (seasons 3-10)
- Kenan & Kel (seasons 3 and 4)
- The Amanda Show (seasons 2-3)
- SNICKhouse
- The Nick Cannon Show (Various soundstage production)
- Taina (season 2 only)
- Drake & Josh (seasons 1, 2, 4)
- Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide (season 1 only)
- Unfabulous
- iCarly (season 1 to 5) – Moved to Sunset Bronson for season 6 & 7
- Dance on Sunset
- Blue's Room
- True Jackson, VP (season 1 only)
- The Fresh Beat Band – Various episodes for Nick Jr.
- Victorious
- Alf's Hit Talk Show – For Nick's sister network TV Land
- Sam & Cat
- Bella and the Bulldogs
- The Conspiracy Zone (the series was produced for Nickelodeon's sister channel TNN, now Spike)

Specials produced at Nickelodeon on Sunset:

From the studios prime opening in 1997, several shows have used Nickelodeon on Sunset to film special events, shows which have used the soundstage in such ways include:

- All That LIVE – The 100th episode of All That was presented live from the studios on the evening of March 6, 1999 and was the first Nickelodeon show of its kind broadcast live from Hollywood, with some elements taped before the live show. The exterior of the building was sparingly used to avert confusion with the Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida.
- R U All That? Competition
- All That 10th Anniversary Reunion Special



Nick on Sunset originally opened on December 26, 1938 as the West Coast location of the Earl Carroll Theatre. The supper club-theatre offered shows on a massive stage containing a 60-foot (18 m)-wide double revolving turntable, staircase and swings that could be lowered from the ceiling. The building's facade was adorned by a 20-foot (6.1 m)-high neon head portrait of entertainer Beryl Wallace. The sign had been long gone by the 1960s, but a recreation made from photographs of the sign is now on display at Universal CityWalk, as part of a collection from the Museum of Neon Art.

After Carroll and Wallace died in the crash of United Airlines Flight 624 in 1948, the theater was sold. In 1953, it became the Moulin Rouge nightclub, then later the Hullabaloo Rock and Roll club, and then the Aquarius Theatre in the late 1960s. The Pick-Vanoff Company, who owned Sunset Gower Studios, purchased the property in 1983, converting it into a television theater where Star Search, the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon and The Chevy Chase Show were once broadcast.

In the mid-1990s, Nickelodeon decided to move production of some live-action series' to the West Coast from Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida at Universal Studios, after scouting soundstages for a year, the network's headlining mover All That spent a year at Paramount Pictures before Nickelodeon obtained a lease for the 6238 Sunset Blvd facility, acquiring the soundstage and rebranding it "Nickelodeon on Sunset" by 1997. Due to limited studio space and the need to control plot spoilage for several programs, only a few series' are taped at Nickelodeon on Sunset at a time. As a result, other live-action series' produced for the network are filmed in other stage facilities with closed set policies throughout the Hollywood area.

Since September 2017, no new Nick programs have been filmed there and all of the Nickelodeon signage has since been removed. Though rumors from current and former pages at CBS Television City talk about either HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher or The Late Late Show with James Corden moving to the studio which will revert its name back to Earl Carroll Theatre sometime in 2018.

Earlier this year, Nickelodeon opened Nickelodeon Studios, a over 200,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art, sustainable complex home to more than 700 Nickelodeon employees and over 20 live-action and animated productions, in Burbank, California.

Original source: Seventeen; Additional source: Wikipedia, Teen Vogue.
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