Sunday, May 20, 2018

Mattel To Release 'Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie' In The UK On Friday 20th July 2018

Mattel’s latest Thomas & Friends movie, "Big World! Big Adventures!" will receive a UK nationwide theatrical release this summer in partnership with National Amusements!

The movie will receive a UK nationwide theatrical release in partnership with National Amusements, running in over 400 cinemas from Friday 20th July 2018.

The news follows Channel 5’s Milkshake! signing up the new series of the same name, to air from September 2018.

The series has undergone a major refresh, opening up the world of Thomas & Friends to the next generation of children. The changes will be first seen in the 2018 tentpole and action-packed, feature-length film, Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie, where Thomas will embark on an ambitious trip around the world, leaving Sodor for the first time. Travelling across five continents, Thomas will discover new sights and cultures, while making friends with an inspiring and fun Kenyan engine called Nia.

Following the movie, Series 22 (26 x 11’ episodes) will see the iconic blue engine’s adventures continue, with a few visits to Sodor along the way. The show will have a more contemporary feel, increasing global appeal for pre-school viewers. This all-new format series will feature faster-paced action, increased humour and music, new international friends and animals and exciting fantasy elements.

Sanjay Luthra, managing director, Mattel Europe, commented: “We are delighted to announce the theatrical launch and Milkshake! signing of Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures!. 2018 is going to be an incredibly exciting year for the brand as we see a huge transformation to the content which offers many opportunities for the franchise, taking Thomas & Friends from an evergreen to a must-have property.”

The new UK deals follow the recent signing for the refreshed new show of broadcaster’s Nickelodeon (US), ABC TV (Australia), Televisa (Mexico), TV Cultura (Brazil), and Super RTL (Germany).

Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie and Big World! Big Adventures! will make its debut on Nickelodeon USA later this year, following Nickelodeon partnering with Mattel to bring the iconic intellectual property (IP) from its longtime PBS home to the number-one channel for kids. The show launched on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. in the USA in March 2018 with the debut of season 21.

Under the partnership, Nickelodeon also serves as the exclusive consumer products agent for Thomas & Friends in the USA across multiple merchandise categories including apparel, accessories, home goods, consumer electronics, and more.

Back in the UK, Thomas & Friends recently partnered with London Bridge railway station for a four-week campaign to promote free wifi in the station during April 2018.

The campaign saw Thomas on the big screen, featuring on electronic billboards and directing travelling families to the wifi’s portal and interactive ‘Mattel Kids Zone’.

The portal features video content, books and quizzes, helping to keep children entertained during the school holidays. In addition, the ‘Day Out With Thomas’ experience will also be promoted.

Thomas & Friends will return to the portal with the new trailer for the summer film Big World! Big Adventures! The Movie, taking over the home page for one week from Monday 28th May 2018.

The campaign will also feature on the portal at London’s Euston station.

Thomas the Tank Engine was originally created over 70 years ago by the Rev W Awdry, as a storybook for his son. That story quickly grew to become the award-winning global brand franchise it is today, enjoyed by families around the world across multiple touch-points and formats, including; toys, apps; consumer products; publishing; live attractions and much more with over 1 engine sold per second. Thomas & Friends is aired in over 160 territories, in over 50 languages with over 1.16 billion lifetime views on YouTube, and offers more than 80 hours of original content produced from 500 episodes and 12 specials.

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Sources: Toy World Magaazine, Preschool News.
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Toymaster Unveils Dedicated Preschool Friends Window Display

Four key preschool brands showcased in windows across buying group’s store estate.

Toymaster has revealed a special Preschool Friends window installation which will be running across its independent retailers.

The window will run for four weeks and features four key preschool brands: Nick Jr.'s Nella the Princess Knight and Peppa Pig, along with Vampirina and Super Wings.

To support the initiative, the buying group will be running competitions across its social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Toymaster May Show recently took place at The Majestic Hotel in Harrogate between May 15-17.

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Original source: Preschool News.
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BWI Appointed UK Licensing Agent For Preschool Property 'Wissper'; Season Two To Premiere On Milkshake! During Autumn 2018

Studio100 Media and m4e appoint Brands with Influence as UK licensing agent for property.

Brands with Influence has added to its preschool portfolio, with Studio100 Media and m4e appointing the agency to handle the UK licensing for Milkshake! and Nick Jr. UK's popular animated series, Wissper.

The animated presschool series – which first aired in 2015 and follows the adventures of animal whisperer, Wissper, and her penguin friend, Peggy – is returning on Milkshake! this autumn for season two.

Brands With Influence will initially be working with existing licensees to maximise the reach through retail.

Master toy partner Simba is gearing up for a spring 2019 launch, with Bioworld (daywear), C&M Licensing (nightwear and underwear) and Amscan (partywear) all launching ranges in 2019.

Other key categories being targeted are publishing, stationery, bags, homewares, dress-up, arts and craft and confectionery.

“Appointing a UK licensing agent is just another piece of the puzzle in order to make Wissper the preschool brand of choice in the UK,” said Peter Kleinschmidt, international commercial director at Studio 100 Media and m4e.

“BWI demonstrated such a strong understanding for the brand and with their pedigree, made their appointment an easy decision. They are already working hard to co-ordinate plans with existing licensees and formulating plans for 2019 and beyond.”

Dom Wheeler, director at Brands With Influence, added: “We are delighted to have been appointed as the UK licensing agent for Wissper and see great potential for the brand in the UK.

“The first season made a real splash on Milkshake! in 2015 and with the new season 2 confirmed for an autumn 2018 release, we know fans will be engaged with the great storytelling and beautiful animation.”

More Milkshake! UK: Channel 5 Acquires Rights To 'Thomas & Friends' Season 22, 'Big World! Big Adventures!'; To Premiere On Milkshake! In September 2018!
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UK: 'Pirata & Capitano' To Set Sail On Channel 5's Milkshake! This Summer

Licensing Link Europe is setting sail with new 3D CGI animated preschool series Pirata & Capitano, having been appointed by Millimages to manage the property's UK licensing programme.

The show follows the adventures of Pirata and her trusty crew as she travels the seas at the helm of the Pink Skull. Together with her best friend Capitano – who flies a red seaplane – Pirata and the crew embark on a number of nautical adventures on a quest for treasure, while also teaching preschoolers the importance of teamwork and friendship.

Created by Emilio Gallego and Jesus Gallego, directed by: François Narboux and co-produced by national public broadcasters France Télévisions and Italy’s Rai, the 52 x 11-minute series will make its UK premiere on Channel 5's Milkshake! programming block this summer.

Pirata & Capitano is being touted as the first animated show to be fully produced in “Global Illumination,” a system that models how light bounces onto surfaces using technology developed by Dwarf Studios. (This form of indirect lighting is meant to give cartoons a more realistic and lifelike look.)

"This delightful show offers a wide range of possibilities for licensing partnerships, notably in toys, gifts, stationery and publishing," read a statement from Licensing Link.

The firm will be presenting the IP at this year’s Licensing Expo.

Pirata & Capitano is already gaining a strong following in a number of territories and, with its arrival in the Milkshake block, is certain to do the same in the UK,” said Ian Wickham, director at Licensing Link Europe.

“With its vibrant imagery, beautiful high definition animation and fantastic storylines, we are sure its licensing performance will mirror that popularity. We are absolutely thrilled to be working with this great show from one of the major players in European entertainment.”

Pirata & Capitano currently airs on France 6 and French pay-TV broadcast Tiji, as well as on Rai TV in Italy. The series is set to launch shortly on SVT (Sweden), YLE (Finland), RUV (Iceland), TV3 (Spain), Gloob (Brazil), Al Jazeera (Middle East), Canal+ (Poland), Gulli Girl (Russia), ETV (Estonia) and LTV (Latvia). It has now been localised for the UK audience by BTI Studios.

Channel 5 recently revamped its Milkshake! preschool block with a number of new acquisitions, including Poppy Cat, and original content such as Shane the Chef and Milkshake! Monkey Bananas About Food. The block also recently picked up the 22nd season of Mattel’s Thomas & Friends, "Big World! Big Adventures!", where it will premiere this September.

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Sources: Licensing Source, TVKIDS, Kidscreen,,, Millimages.
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MY EPIC 15TH BIRTHDAY PARTY!!! | JoJo Siwa Vlogs [Updated]

Thank you so much to everyone who came to my 15th birthday party!! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!

Happy Birthday, JoJo! :)

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Fans in the UK and Ireland can celebrate JoJo's birthday by catching JoJo's Big Birthday on Saturday 19th May 2018 from 8:00am and 4:30pm, only on Nickelodeon UK & Ireland!

More Nick: JoJo Siwa Unveils First-Look At Her New Nickelodeon Animated Digital Series 'The JoJo & BowBow Show Show'!

Originally published: Saturday, May 19, 2018.
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Nickelodeon Asia To Host Slime Cup 2018 Philippines On Saturday 26th May 2018

Slime Cup 2018 (Philippines)

Date: May 26
Time: 10am - 6pm
Country: Philippines
Venue: SM Mall of Asia, Concert Grounds

THE SLIMIEST GAMEFEST IS BACK! Nickelodeon Slime Cup 2018 is coming your way. Get set for a goo-reat day full of games, the slimiest obstacle courses; and get to meet your fave Nickelodeon characters. So get in on that OG Nick SLIME – all day! May 26, from 11am to 6pm at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. Admission is free. It's high time you get slimed at Nickelodeon Slime Cup!

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Originally published: Sunday, May 20, 2018.
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Nickelodeon Asia To Host Wide Range Of Magical Events Featuring Preschooler Favourites In May & June 2018

Nickelodeon Asia will be hosting a wide range of fantastic events featuring preschooler favourites throughout May & June 2018! Check them out below!

Shimmer & Shine Magical Raya At Johor Bahru City Square

Dates: May 17 - Jun 24
Country: Malaysia
Venue: Johor Bahru City Square

Come on down to Johor Bahru City Square and have a Magical Raya with Shimmer & Shine! Lots of fun activities are in store for you!

Playland / Beauty Pass

With a minimum spend* in the mall or any purchase at the Nickelodeon merchandise area, Innercity & Level 6 to get access to the Playland and participate in activities

Shimmer & Shine Merchandise Area - 17 May 2018 – 24 June 2018 (39 days) Level 1 Atrium 2

Shimmer & Shine Exclusive Raya Packets + Instant Print Photo

With a minimum spend* in the mall, get exclusive Shimmer & Shine Raya packets and an instant print photo!

Shimmer & Shine Meet & Greet

Get up close and personal with Shimmer & Shine!

May 25-27, June 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 & 22-24

*Terms and conditions apply

Nick Jr. Power Squad

When: May 25 - Jun 24
Country: Singapore
Venue: City Square Mall

Calling all little explorers and heroes! Be part of the coolest Nick Jr. team, the Power Squad this school holiday, and join them on their first-ever adventure at City Square Mall from 25 May – 24 June 2018. Embark on an adventure of bravery and kindness featuring Dora the Explorer, Boots and Diego, and catch the awesome new hero, Nella the Princess Knight, in action for the first time in Asia! Then head outdoors for loads of fun-filled activities at the Power-Packed Carnival and also get to meet Dora and friends as they go on an explorer trail throughout the mall.

Power Squad Interactive Experience on Stage
Dates: Jun 2 - 17 (except Monday)
Times: Tue - Fri: 2pm & 6.30pm; Sat & Sun: 1pm, 4.30pm & 6.30pm
Location: L1 Stage

Join forces with the Power Squad at their first-ever interactive experience and learn how to SOLVE (be innovative), SHARE (be caring), EXPRESS (be yourself), EXPLORE (discover) and CREATE (be imaginative) with the company of Dora, Boots, Diego and Nella the Princess Knight in this truly immersive session.

First In Asia - Nella The Princess Knight Meet & Greet
Dates: Jun 2 - 17 (except Monday)
Times: Tue - Fri: 2.45pm & 7.15pm; Sat & Sun: 1.45pm, 5.15pm & 7.15pm
Venue: B2 beside travelators

Meet the charming new hero - Nella the Princess Knight, for the first-time ever in Asia and enjoy royal photo opportunities with Nella and her bestie, the life-sized 3D Trinket the Unicorn! Redeem a Meet & Greet Pass 1 hour prior to each show with $50* spent. 50 passes per session – be sure not to miss this!

Dora's Adventure Trail
Dates: Jun 2 - 17 (except Monday)
Time: 3.15pm
Venue: L1 Stage

Come and join Dora the Explorer and her friends as they go on a roving explorer adventure around the mall in search of their friends Bunny, Butterfly, Turtle and Iguana. This roving experience will take little explorers on a fun adventure to various locations around Level 1 of City Square Mall, including the carnival area. There will be heaps of music, interaction and fun!

Power-Packed Carnival
Dates: May 25 - Jun 24
Times: 1pm to 10pm daily (last admission at 9.30pm)
Location: L1 City Green

There will be endless fun at the carnival where kids will be thoroughly engaged by various games and activities like Unicorn Hop, Princess Bouncer, Blaze Inflatable Slide and Ball Pit, Dora Light Trail and Hide-n-Seek. Redeem a Carnival Pass with a minimum spend of $60* to play at the carnival and get to bring home a fun-filled Power Squad Activity Booklet!

Awesome Rewards
Dates: May 25 - Jun 24

Receive a $10 City Square Mall voucher with a minimum spend of $250*. Limited to the first 5,000 redemptions only.

*Terms and conditions apply, refer to for more information.

PAW Patrol Leap Into Action Stage Shows / Meet & Greet

Dates: Jun 1 - 14
Country: Singapore
Venue: United Square

Children's all-time favourite PAW Patrol characters are coming back to United Square with Leap Into Action Stage Show. The highlight this year will be Rubble's debut appearance in Asia. Join Ryder for an action-packed, high-energy and musical adventure with the pups - Marshall, Chase, Skye and Rubble, as they enchant fans with singing, dancing and lots of laughter. Bring along a camera to shake paws with the pups with a minimum spending after the show.

Stage Show / Meet & Greet
Mon - Fri, 2.30pm & 7pm
Sat & Sun, 2pm, 5pm & 7pm
(No Shows / Meet & Greet on Tue, Jun 5 & 12)

Spend $60* in a single same-day retail receipt at United Square to shake paws with the pups. Limited photo passes will be issued one hour before each show.

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Planet Nickelodeon Video Round-Up | NickTube | Sunday 20th May 2018

Check out a selection of video clips featuring your favourite Nickelodeon shows and stars from Nickelodeon channels around the world!

Please note that some videos may be subject to geographical restrictions.

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Nickelodeon USA To Premiere Final Five Episodes Of 'The Thundermans' On Friday 25th May 2018 [Updated W/Trailer]

All great things must come to an end sometime, and unfortunately, The Thundermans is no exception. Nickelodeon USA will premiere the the final five brand-new episodes of The Thundermans, including the bittersweet hour-long series finale, "The Thunder Games", in a special Thunder-Marathon on Friday 25th May 2018 starting at 6:00pm ET/PT.

Update (5/17): In honor of the debut of The Thundermans series finale, Nick USA has released a super sneak-peek on and the Nick App! In Nickelodeon's super sneak-peek "Twin Power" (#994), Max and Phoebe are even stronger when they are together!

Update (5/19): Nickelodeon USA will air "The Final Four Preview", a five-minute special which will offer fans a special preview of the final four episodes of The Thundermans, as Max and Phoebe Thunderman finally make it to the Z-Force Championship, on Tuesday 22nd May 2018 at 7:00am ET/PT!

Below is Nickelodeon's The Thundermans finale marathon schedule (spoilers ahead!):

6:00pm - Mad Max: Beyond Thunderhome: Max finally declares his independence from his parents' house rules and moves to his friend's house, where they only rule is that there are no rules; ultimate freedom quickly becomes more than Max can handle. (#428)

6:30pm - The Thundreth: Phoebe and Max are determined to make their 100th save their best and most memorable one yet, but by ignoring a series of small saves they overlook a supervillain plotting revenge on Hank and Barb. (#429)

7:00pm - Looperheroes: The Z-Force gives Max and Phoebe a superhero day off, but when they relive the day over and over again, they must find a way to break the loop. (#422)

7:30pm - The Thunder Games: Max and Phoebe advance to the final tryout for a spot on an elite superhero squad, but a new supervillain with a surprise connection to the Thunderman family may force them to sacrifice their crime fighting dream. (series finale; #412-#413)

Created by Jed Spingarn, The Thundermans stars Kira Kosarin as “Phoebe,” Jack Griffo as “Max,” Diego Velazquez as “Billy,” Addison Riecke as “Nora,” Maya Le Clark as “Chloe” and Chris Tallman as “Hank” and Rosa Blasi as “Barb.”

Kira Kosarin & Jack Griffo Prepare Fans For 'The Thundermans' Series Finale

It’s coming – the series finale of The Thundermans is coming and - like many fans - I'm 100% not ready for it.

Stars Kira Kosarin and Jack Griffo, who play Phoebe and Max on the Nickelodeon show, are preparing fans for the end on social media.

“Dear Thunderfans, The final four episodes of Thundermans ever are airing May 25th,” Kira shared on Twitter. “Thank you for joining us on this incredible journey over the past 5 years. Playing Phoebe has been the greatest gift a girl could ask for.”

Jack added on Instagram later on, “It all ends May 25th. Thank you Nickelodeon, mom and dad, my incredible cast and crew, and you guys: THE FANS 💙🧡💛 It’s been my biggest honor.”

Mark your calendars for Friday, May 25th – it will all start at 8PM on Nickelodeon.