Thursday, February 28, 2013

Nickelodeon UK Launches Twitter Voting For The UK Nominees Of The Nickelodeon 2013 Kids' Choice Awards

Nickelodeon UK and Ireland has announced the exciting Nickelodeon UK News in a series of Tweets (posts) on their official Twitter profile page (@NickelodeonUK) that, to help make the Nickelodeon 2013 Kids' Choice Awards, also known as "Nickelodeon's 26th Annual Kids' Choice Awards", the most successful and most global ever, Nickelodeon UK has launched Kids' Choice Awards 2013 voting on the social networking and microblogging service Twitter, allowing everybody with a Twitter account to vote in all seven of the UK-exclusive "Nickelodeon 2013 Kids' Choice Awards" category's and pick and choose their favourites from 24 nominees from the world of television, music, and movies, including the hit Nickelodeon mystery series "House Of Anubis" and UK-Irish boy band "One Direction", just by Tweeting messages using the special KCA UK hashtags!

To vote for your favourite stars and shows on Twitter, simply open up the 'Compose new Tweet' window and type or copy and paste Nick UK's special Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2013 hashtags (#KCAUK + #Vote_____) into a new Tweet, for example, to vote for Fave UK TV Show, you should use one of the following messages:

#KCAUK #VoteAnubisUK
#KCAUK #VoteDrWhoUK
#KCAUK #VoteXFactorUK
#KCAUK #VoteWolfBloodUK

When voting for your favourite UK stars and shows on Twitter, please make sure that each KCA UK voting Tweet contains just one vote (#KCAUK + #Vote_____) at a time, that way Nickelodeon UK are able to track and count everyone's votes and award an orange blimp to who British & Irish Nickelodeon fans and viewers think deserves a award!

Below is a complete list of each of Nickelodeon UK's 2013 Kids' Choice Awards Twitter voting hashtags, from Nickelodeon UK's official Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2013 "How To Vote" webpage on Nick.co.uk:

UK: Favourite UK TV Show

House of Anubis - #KCAUK #VoteAnubisUK
Dr Who - #KCAUK #VoteDrWhoUK
X Factor - #KCAUK #VoteXFactorUK
WolfBlood - #KCAUK #VoteWolfBloodUK

UK: Favourite UK Actor
Andrew Garfield - #KCAUK #VoteAndrewUK
Daniel Craig - #KCAUK #VoteDanielUK
Matt Smith - #KCAUK #VoteMattUK
Robert Pattinson - #KCAUK #VoteRobertUK

UK: Favourite UK Actress
Emma Watson - #KCAUK #VoteEmmaUK
Jenna-Louise Coleman - #KCAUK #VoteJennaLouiseUK
Kiera Knightley - #KCAUK #VoteKieraUK
HelenaBonhamCarter - #KCAUK #VoteHelenaUK

UK: Favourite UK Sports Star
Tom Daley - #KCAUK #VoteTomUK
Jessica Ennis - #KCAUK #VoteJessicaUK
Mo Farah - #KCAUK #VoteMoUK
Bradley Wiggins - #KCAUK #VoteBradleyUK

UK: Favourite UK Band
One Direction - #KCAUK #Vote1DUK
Lawson - #KCAUK #VoteLawsonUK
Little Mix - #KCAUK #VoteLittleMixUK
The Wanted - #KCAUK #VoteTheWantedUK

UK: Favourite UK Male Artist
Conor Maynard - #KCAUK #VoteConorUK
Labrinth - #KCAUK #VoteLabrinthUK
Olly Murs - #KCAUK #VoteOllyUK
Ed Sheeran - #KCAUK #VoteEdUK

UK: Favourite UK Female Artist
Adele - #KCAUK #VoteAdeleUK
Cheryl - #KCAUK #VoteCherylUK
Jessie J - #KCAUK #VoteJessieJUK
Rita Ora - #KCAUK #VoteRitaOraUK

Vote now and help keep #KCAUK in Twitter's trend list!

Who wins a coveted orange Kids' Choice Award blimp is up to YOU! Keep voting for your KCA UK favourites on kca.nick.co.uk and Twitter, then tune into the premiere of the 2013 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on Nickelodeon UK and Ireland and Nickelodeon HD UK on Sunday 24th March 2013 at 5.30pm (6.30pm on Nickelodeon+1) to find out who wins!

Comedian And Former Nickelodeon UK Presenter Mike McClean To Perform At Witham Public Hall In Essex, UK On Saturday 2nd March 2013

The official website of the Braintree and Witham Times, a local newspaper of Braintree, Essex, UK, is reporting the news that comedian and former Nickelodeon UK presenter Mike McClean will be appearing and performing stand-up comedy when The Comedy Club, a nationally-renowned group with a firmly established reputation for making stars of its performers, visits Witham Public Hall, in Collingwood Road, Witham in Essex on Saturday 2nd March 2013!:
Witham: All-round talent at the comedy club

All-rounder Mike McClean is the main attraction as the Comedy Club comes to Witham this weekend.

Mike, who originally trained as an actor, started his entertainment career in comedy, but rose to prominence as a television personality.

While touring his comedy magic act, he was spotted by a TV producer from children’s channel Nickelodeon, which gave him his first break on the small screen.

From there, he became the roving reporter on Channel 4’s cult show The Big Breakfast, interviewing celebrities such as Brad Pitt and Britney Spears.

In recent years, Mike has returned to his acting roots, playing Father Tony in comedy-drama series Shameless.

Joining Mike on the line-up this week is self-styled rock ‘n’ roll poet Paul B Edwards, whose set combines jokes, songs and poetry.

Proceedings will be hosted by former Club Mirror comedian of the year Kevin McCarthy.

The Comedy Club returns to Witham Public Hall, in Collingwood Road, on Saturday.

Doors open at 7.30pm and the show starts at 9pm. Tickets are £12.50 in advance or £15 on the door.

Call 0845 459 56 56 or visit thecomedyclub.co.uk.
Mike McClean was a Nickelodeon UK Presenter between 1996 and 1999, where he presented Nickelodeon UK's live in-vision continuity studio links in-between programmes, including for the Nickelodeon Programming Blocks "Nick AM" (Nickelodeon UK's live daily breakfast show) and "Nicktoons TV" (a block dedicated to animated Nickelodeon original shows), where he also portrayed a variety of comic characters, including the world renowned fussy art critic 'Michelangelo De La Toon', and also presented Nickelodeon UK's science and education show "Teck Nick", Nickelodeon UK's children's magazine show "And Now This", Nickelodeon UK's computer and video games review show "Fish and Chips" (with Bert The Fish!), Nickelodeon UK's music show "Sussed", and also presented Nickelodeon UK's continuity links for a Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Nickelodeon Unveils Pictures Of The Stars And Characters Of Their Brand New Shows!

To celebrate Nickelodeon unveiling their 2013-2014 season highlights as their annual upfront presentation (Nickelodeon Upfront 2013) on Tuesday 26th February 2013, Nickelodeon has released a series of brand new images featuring photographs and pictures of the stars, casts and characters of some of their brand new shows, which will be premiering on Nick USA soon!:


"Sam & Cat": In this live-action comedic spin-off from award-winning creator and executive producer Dan Schneider ("iCarly", "Victorious", "Drake & Josh", "Zoey 101"), "Sam & Cat" stars Jennette McCurdy ("iCarly"'s Sam Puckett ) and Ariana Grande ("Victorious"' Cat Valentine) reprising their roles from their respective hit shows. The series features the pair as unlikely roommates and best friends who become teen entrepreneurs by starting their own after-school babysitting business. "Sam & Cat" is currently in production on 20 episodes in Los Angeles, California, USA and will premiere this on Nickelodeon USA in Fall 2013.


"Sanjay & Craig": The 20-episode animated series tells the story of two best friends -- one of whom is a snake -- and the true adventures of being a kid. Voice actors include: Maulik Pancholy ("30 Rock") as Sanjay; Chris Hardwick ("Nerdist", "Back at the Barnyard") as Craig; Tony Hale ("Arrested Development") as Mr. Noodman; Linda Cardellini ("Freaks and Geeks") as Megan; Kunal Nayyar ("The Big Bang Theory") as Vijay; and Grey DeLisle ("Fairly Odd Parents") as Darlene. "Sanjay & Craig" is created and co-executive produced by Jim Dirschberger , Jay Howell (character design for "Bob's Burgers") and Andreas Trolf, and executive produced by Nickelodeon alumni Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi ("The Adventures of Pete & Pete", "Alvin and the Chipmunks").


"Breadwinners": Created by Gary "Doodles" DiRaffaele ("MAD", "Metalocalypse"), who was discovered from Nick's 2012 Animated Shorts Program, and Steve Borst ("Teen Titans Go!", "MAD"), "Breadwinners" is a animated series that follows two booty-shaking ducks as they operate a bread delivery service out of their awesome, jet-fueled rocket van. The series was picked up for 20 full-length episodes.


"The Haunted Hathaways": Life in The Big Easy gets a little more complicated and way more spirited in this all-new live-action series when the Hathaway siblings (Amber Montana, Breanna Yde) and their mom (Ginifer King) move into a house already occupied by a dad ( Chico Benymon ) and his sons ( Curtis Harris , Benjamin "Lil P-Nut" Flores Jr.) who happen to be ghosts. Created by veteran comedy writer-producer Robert Peacock ("Reba", "The Jeff Foxworthy Show"), "The Haunted Hathaways" is executive produced by Boyce Bugliari & Jamie McLaughlin ("Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures"). The series will begin production on 20 episodes this spring.


"Nick Studio 10": This live action, daily afternoon daypart features four friends who make and share outrageously funny content in real time. Beginning this spring, content created on the show will also migrate from on-air to the recently launched Nick App, and content from the app will also be featured on the series.


"Monsters vs. Aliens": Inspired by DreamWorks Animation's 2009 blockbuster feature film ($383 million worldwide gross), this new CGI-animated series follows the further adventures of the beloved monsters -- B.O.B., the gelatinous blob without a brain; Link, the prehistoric fish-man; Dr. Cockroach, the half-man/half-insect mad scientist; and Susan (aka Ginormica), the incredible growing woman — as they learn to adapt to a new world filled with bizarre aliens. This series, which is greenlit for 26 episodes, marks the third partnership between Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation.


"Rabbids": This CGI-animated series brings to television the hysterical physical comedy that is the hallmark in Ubisoft's wildly successful "Raving Rabbids" video games. Irreverent, unpredictable and silly, the Rabbids are a mysterious breed of rabbit-like creatures that explore, and often wreak havoc, in the human world. Everything is a source of wonder and amusement, and these indestructible and uncontrollable creatures have absolutely no respect for the social rules that govern society. For them, there are no laws, no rules of the road. It's all about having fun and saying "Bwaaaaaah!" Nickelodeon has secured global broadcast rights for 26 new half-hour CG episodes of "Rabbids", which will be produced by Ubisoft.

(Source of above images: Nickelodeon USA's official Tumblr blog)
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NickToons UK To Premiere New Episodes Of "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers" During March 2013

According to the official Sky Media UK websites' 'Sky TV's Children's Television Schedule Highlights In March 2013' webpage, Nickelodeon UK has announced the news that Nick UK's animation and action channel, Nicktoons UK and Ireland, will premiere and show more brand new to NickToons episodes and adventures of the original "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers" series that started it all in March 2013, as part of "March on Nicktoons UK 2013"!:
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
NickToons
Throughout March


The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are back with Brand New episodes this March! Tune in for non-stop action from the rangers!

COPPA Clarity: Proceed With Caution

The children's entertainment and media news website Kidscreen has unveiled an exclusive interview that Kidscreen reporter Wendy Smolen recently held with Linnette Attai, founder of Playwell, LLC, a company that specializes in helping clients navigate the safety and privacy requirements for kids, about the changes everyone can expect to see as part of the US Federal Trade Commission's revision of the COPPA law, COPPA 2.0, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, which will give parents greater control over the personal information that websites and online services can collect from kids under 13, which also talks about research just released by Nickelodeon which reveals how tablet use among kids 11 and younger is projected to grow faster than almost any other age group:
COPPA clarity: Proceed with caution

The Federal Trade Commission recently revised COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, to give parents greater control over the personal information that websites and online services can collect from kids under 13. To get the 411, I talked to Linnette Attai, founder of Playwell, LLC, a company that specializes in helping clients navigate the safety and privacy requirements for kids. Linnette will be delving deeper into this subject as a panelist discussing privacy vs. creativity at SandboxSummit@MIT in April [2013]. But for now, here’s her top-line interpretation of the changes we can expect:

WS: How does COPPA 2.0 differ from the old COPPA?

LA: The biggest differences in COPPA 2.0 (which is what we’re informally calling the new law), are in the modified definitions of personal information, operator, and website or online service directed to children. The new rule also includes some streamlined provisions related to parental notice, new requirements for data retention and deletion, and additional oversight of safe harbor outlets.

WS: What personal information can’t be collected? And was any of it previously collected?

LA: The personal information that can’t be collected from users under 13 without prior parental consent includes:

- A first and last name

- A home or other physical address including street name and the name of a city or town

- Certain online contact information, such as an email address or other substantially similar identifier that permits direct contact with a person online

- A screen or user name where it functions in the same manner as online contact information

- A telephone number

- A Social Security number

- A persistent identifier (such as a customer number held in a cookie, an IP address, a processor or device serial number, a unique device identifier) that can be used to recognize a user over time and across different websites or online services

- A photograph, video or audio file where such file contains a child’s image or voice

- Geolocation information sufficient to identify street name and name of a city or town;

- Information concerning the child or the parents of the child that the operator collects online from the child and combines with an identifier (as described above)

Significant additions include an expanded definition of persistent identifier, the overt mention of geolocation, the addition of all photographs, videos and audio files that contain a child’s image or voice, and changes to the definition of a screen or user name.

WS: Wow! So what CAN be collected?

LA: When it comes to children, not much! But that’s always been the case. The idea here is twofold: 1) all of the information listed above can be used to identify an individual, and when that individual is a child, it should be the parent who has the final say in what companies can and can’t collect, use or share; and 2) let’s keep data collection from children to the bare minimum.

However, the FTC is by no means interested in putting companies out of business. There is some data that is commonly used for purposes such as analytics, site security or, for example, to ensure that site features function properly, that can still be collected (when used only for those purposes). And companies can still respond once to a specific request from a child as long as the data is deleted once the request has been fulfilled.

WS: What does this mean for existing companies?

LA: The rule goes into effect on July 1, 2013, so companies with established websites and online services are now working to retrofit their policies and practices to comply with the new law.

WS: According to research just released by Nickelodeon, tablet use among kids 11 and younger is projected to grow faster than almost any other age group. So who’s watching over these kids as they go on Instagram or YouTube?

LA: Attempting to ensure that children access only those sites and services that are designed for them is a tremendous challenge for industry and parents. Sites that include social networking features or allow users to upload content create particular challenges. Most of them don’t allow users to register unless they’re 13 or older. Aside from privacy considerations, there are also potential safety issues. And of course, there is also content on some of these sites that is simply not intended for young children.

If the site is age-gating properly, it falls back on the parents to really understand what sites their children are visiting and what they’re doing online. They have to balance empowering their children to use the best that technology has to offer, and setting digital and mobile boundaries just as they do in the real world.

WS: Let's get real. Will a 10 year old still be able to go on Facebook by making up a birthdate? And if so, what does the new ruling really do?

LA: Yes, it's true, kids will still be able to make up a birthdate and access sites that aren't intended for them. Unfortunately, there's simply no easy way for most operators to truly verify whether or not a child is being honest.

Industry can play a role in helping parents understand that the age limit is often in place for a number of reasons. Privacy law is just one consideration. Safety and age appropriate content are also priorities.

What COPPA does accomplish is that it ensures that parents have control over their child’s personal information when that child honestly enters their birthdate. It also reminds the industry that when we create sites and services intended for children, we need to take responsibility for the fact that our users are not fully able to understand, let alone navigate, complicated concepts such as privacy.

WS: And probably most important for Kidscreen readers, how will this affect new businesses as they develop their products?

LA: Having worked in the compliance space for many years, I believe that when done properly, compliance and business success can go hand in hand. With COPPA 2.0 upon us, it’s very important that businesses take a look at the new regulations and assess their policies and practices for compliance.

Businesses that are still in the development stage actually have an advantage, in that they can truly embrace the concept of “privacy by design,” and build privacy considerations into the infrastructure of their products.

As an industry, we can also help by providing parents with more education about privacy, safety, password security and the implications of uploading user-generated content.

Comments? Private or not at wendy@sandboxsummit.org

Tags: COPPA, Playwell

Interview With Nickelodeon Consumer Products UK & Australia's Mark Kingston And Flair's Nic Aldridge About Classic Brands Making A Comeback

ToyNews, a monthly trade magazine for the toy business, has unveiled a exclusive interview they recently held with Mark Kingston, the Vice President of Nickelodeon Consumer Products UK & Australia at MTV Networks, and Nic Aldridge, the Marketing Director at Flair Leisure Products Plc., the British toy distributor who's responsible for distributing Playmates' "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" in the UK, in which they speak about retro brands making toy comebacks:
'Great brands will continue to make toy comebacks'


"If there’s a gap in the market that can be filled by updated existing IP, it will happen," says Nickelodeon.

Licensing experts believe Turtles, Furby and Cabbage Patch Kids are just the start of what could be a huge resurgence in retro toys.

Long-running brands like the above enjoyed a comeback last year with new products hitting shelves, and other established properties could follow suit in the coming years.

“Nostalgia and tradition might be a part of [why older brands are returning nowadays] but I think these things can be rather cyclical,” Nickelodeon’s VP of consumer products for the UK and Australia Mark Kingston told ToyNews.

“I think that great brands will continue to make a comeback. If there is a gap in the market that can be filled by updated existing IP then it is going to happen. Classic brands are successful due to new creative interpretations that make them relevant to today's generation.

“The popularity of Turtles is testament to relatable, dynamic characters and exciting storylines for kids today, making it a truly timeless property.”

Rob Corney, MD of Bulldog Licensing, which handles properties such as Sindy, added: “Retro brand resurgence has been a core facet of licensing for as long as I can remember. Although technology has moved on and the method of consumption of entertainment has changed, kids are still wowed by the same principals that enthused them 50 years ago.”

Flair, which is responsible for the Turtles figure range in the UK, has the rights to several classic brands including Plasticine, Slinky and Tom & Jerry.

Marketing director Nic Aldridge said: “This is much more than a passing trend and we will continue to see retro as a recurring theme in years to come, as products are innovated and redeveloped to meet the demands of today’s market.”

Flair's Turtles recently reached number one in the action figure supercategory.

Tags: toys, turtles

Flair's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Action Figures Range Claim Top Spot In The UK

ToyNews, a monthly trade magazine for the toy business, is reporting in the following article that the market research company NPD Group has announced the news that Playmates and Flair's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" toyline soared 56 per cent above next best selling line according to January 2013 figures, and that GP Flair's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" action figures are now the number one selling item in the super category in the UK!:
Flair's Ninja Turtles claim top spot in action figures


NPD data for January shows range soaring 56 per cent above next best selling line.

GP Flair's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures are now the number one selling item in the super category, according to new data from NPD.

The range was 56 per cent above the next best selling line, according to January figures. Overall, the range was fourth in the action category for the month, and third new property in the total toy markey YTD.

The Power FX figures and Ninja Combat gear also appear in the overall top 20 for the super category at number 12 and 19 respectively.

The GP Flair Turtles line-up also performed well in the sub categroies, with all three figure ranges - Action Figures, Power FX and Classic - making the top 20 of the action figure category.

In Action Figure Play-sets and Accessories, the Turtles toys claim three of the top five spots, with the Shell Raiser at number one.

In addition, the Ninja Combat Gear made number two in the action role-play and dress up category.

"These latest results are outstanding and just go to show that the Turtles toys really are starting to be the top choice for kids across the UK," said Nic Aldridge, marketing director at Flair Leisure Products. "The action figures being the number one line in the Action Figure Super Category and so far above the next line shows the immense popularity of the range, which continues to gather pace at an amazing speed in its second full month from launch.

"We are going to be extending the range even further with a number of new waves of product launches throughout the year, and are confident that the phenomenon will continue as the Turtles continue their UK takeover."

Tags: gp flair, nickelodeon, teenage mutant ninja turtles

Your Chance To Enjoy Animal Magic With DreamWorks' Madagascar Live! In Glasgow In March 2013!

The Kirkintilloch Herald, a weekly tabloid newspaper serving the Kirkintilloch area of East Dunbartonshire in Scotland that is known locally as the Kirky Herald, has announced a brand new and exclusive competition which is giving fans of the popular "Madagascar" movie series and of the animated Nickelodeon series (Nicktoon) "The Penguins of Madagascar" the chance to win a set of five family tickets (for four people, worth £120) to attend and see a performance of DreamWorks' Madagascar Live! stage show at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow on Friday 8th March 2013!:
Your chance to enjoy animal magic with Madagascar Live! in Glasgow


HERE’S a competition you can really go wild for – DreamWorks’ ‘Madagascar Live!’ at the Clyde Auditorium.

The Herald is offering you the chance to win tickets for a family of four to the first arena tour of this amazing show – presented by Stage Entertainment Touring Productions.

There are a fabulous five family tickets (for four people, worth £120) up for grabs for the Glasgow performance on Friday, March 8.

Everyone’s favourite Madagascar characters star in a live theatrical show based on the blockbuster DreamWorks Animation franchise.

The super show relives the fun and humour of the animals and their escapades – brilliantly recreated in an arena production of lively storytelling, dance and music, including the hit song ‘Move It, Move It’.

Audiences of all ages will love the wild and action-packed adventure as Alex the lion, Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe, Gloria the hippo and the plotting penguins escape from their home at New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on an unexpected journey to the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar.

This celebration of friendship is brought vividly to life by imaginative sets and costumes, joyous dance numbers and spectacular new songs – bringing West End values to the arena environment.

A cast of 25 characters take the audience on a journey from Central Park Zoo all the way to the beaches of Madagascar in a song-filled show for the whole family.

The show is on from March 8-10 at Clyde Auditorium. Telephone 0844 581 0600 for tickets.

To be in with a chance of winning see this week’s Kirkintilloch Herald (dated February 27).

‘Madagascar Live!’ is directed by Gip Hoppe, director of ‘Dora the Explorer Live’, who has worked with Broadway Across America and Nickelodeon on other family-friendly live touring productions. Hoppe also wrote and directed the Broadway play ‘Jackie: An American Life’ and is a founding member and co-artistic director of the Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theatre.

He said: “It’s like a Broadway musical for the whole family. We took the incredible adventure and amazingly funny and rich characters from the film and added some great songs.

“There are beautiful sets and costumes that render the films wonderful artwork into a fully realised dimensional world.

“The show is based on the original film and it tells the story that got the whole thing started.

“To me, ‘Madagascar’ is really about friendship and seeking your true place in the world. These characters are so beautifully developed . . . and funny!”

Meanwhile King Julien had this to say:

“Alex who is a lion, Gloria who is a hippo, Melman who is a giraffe and Marty who is a zebra, escape from their zoo and find themselves in my royal kingdom on the island of Madagascar.

“Somehow the penguins end up there too. Do not ask me how. As always when I am around, there is much singing and dancing – but also thrilling jeopardy and excitement.

“If you are dancing and singing in the cinema people might say “sit down, be quiet!”, but when you come to see our show, live, you can boogie on down and no one will tell you to stop.

“You will also be laughing out loud. Indeed there will be generalised hilarity, colourful scenes and much joyful music, along with lots of lemurs. You like lemurs? Of course you do.

“What better way to proclaim your love for your great leader (me) than to come along to ‘Madagascar Live!’ to bask in my warm and powerful glow? Come, worship your king and I promise you too will learn how to MOVE IT MOVE IT like the grooviest of lemurs.”

See this week’s Herald or visit www.madlive.co.uk for more information.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Nickelodeon Unveils New Generation Of Content For New Generation Of Kids At Nickelodeon Upfront 2013

Nickelodeon today (Tuesday 26th February 2013) previewed the brands 2013-2014 season and strategy to serve the new generation of post-millennial kids; introduced a line-up of brand-new animated and live-action comedy series from new creative voices; outlined plans for new, innovative content development platforms; and presented a new slate of educational preschool programming at its annual upfront (Nickelodeon Upfront 2013) presentation, which was hosted by Nickelodeon Group President Cyma Zarghami, and held at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City! Full details below in Nickelodeon's official Upfront Press Release, from PRNewswire, and don't forget to let NickALive! know what your most looking forward to on Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, and/or Facebook!:

Via Press Release

Nickelodeon Unveils New Generation Of Content For New Generation Of Kids At Annual Upfront Presentation

Joining Nick's Content Portfolio This Season Are: Animated Series Sanjay & Craig and Breadwinners; New Live-Action Series The Haunted Hathaways and The Thundermans; and Robust Preschool Lineup Including New Dora the Explorer Spin-Off

Presentation Featured First Research Findings on New Generation of Post-Millennials and Announcements of Innovative New Content Development Platforms

Presentation Punctuated with Appearance by Josh Duhamel, Host of Nickelodeon's 26th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, and Musical Performance by OneRepublic

NEW YORK, Feb. 26, 2013 /Nickelodeon Press Release via PRNewswire/ -- Nickelodeon today at its annual upfront previewed its strategy to serve the new generation of post-millennial kids; introduced a line-up of brand-new animated and live-action comedy series from new creative voices; outlined plans for new, innovative content development platforms; and presented a new slate of educational preschool programming. Hosted by Nickelodeon Group President Cyma Zarghami, the presentation was held at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

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Among the new animated projects introduced were: Sanjay & Craig, an animated series about a boy and his best friend--a snake--whose creative team combines two first-generation Nickelodeon creators Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi (The Adventures of Pete & Pete) with first-time Nickelodeon creators and co-executive producers Jim Dirschberger , Jay Howell and Andreas Trolf ; and Breadwinners, whose creative team (animator Gary "Doodles" DiRaffaele and writer Steve Borst ) came from Nickelodeon's Animation Shorts Program and features two booty-shaking ducks who operate a bread delivery service out of their awesome, jet-fueled rocket van. Additional new animated projects include the previously announced Rabbids and Monsters vs. Aliens. Nickelodeon is also picking up a third season of its hit animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which bowed in 2012 as the number-one new animated series with boys 2-11.

In live-action, two new family comedy series were announced, including The Haunted Hathaways, created by veteran comedy writer-producer Robert Peacock (Reba, The Jeff Foxworthy Show) in his first Nickelodeon show, about a family who moves into a house in New Orleans, LA, only to learn it's already occupied by a family of ghosts; and The Thundermans, from Jed Spingarn , who most recently served as co-executive producer of the hit Nickelodeon series Big Time Rush, about the sibling rivalry between twins in a family of superheroes. These series join the previously announced live-action series Sam & Cat and the recently launched Wendell & Vinnie.

A robust slate of original new educational programs for preschoolers was also introduced, including Wallykazam! --Nickelodeon's first literacy show for preschoolers that embeds the curriculum into a rich narrative story with the goal of helping and inspiring kids to read; Blaze and the Monster Machines, which is the first-ever preschool series that features a curriculum dedicated to all areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and follows the adventures of an 8-year-old boy and his monster truck; and Dora and Friends, a spin-off from the original creative team behind megahit Dora the Explorer, which stars the Latina heroine as a 10-year-old who goes on adventures in the big city with a group of new friends.

In addition, Zarghami outlined Nick's commitment to researching the newest generation of kids, the post-millennials, born between 2005 to present, as well as how the network is reinventing its development process and pipeline and innovating on new platforms. The presentation also included a look at Nickelodeon's just-launched Nick App – which now ranks as the number-one title on the Entertainment App list and the number-two title on the Free App list in the iTunes Store, approaching 400K downloads. Also detailed were: a new live afternoon daypart, Nick Studio 10; announcements about new sketch-comedy workshops for live-action development; and a partnership with Brian Robbins' AwesomenessTV online site.

"We have reorganized our development process in a way that allows us to make content smarter and faster than ever before, tailored specifically for this first generation of post-millennial kids," Zarghami said. "Our research tells us that for them funny is a badge of honor, and because funny is in Nickelodeon's core DNA, we believe our position will ensure our success with them."

In a surprise appearance, actor Josh Duhamel took the stage to highlight his role as host of Nickelodeon's 26th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, which will air Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). Duhamel was later joined by Viacom President and CEO Philippe Dauman ; and the presentation was capped off with a musical performance by Interscope recording artists OneRepublic, who performed their latest hit single, "If I Lose Myself."
Details of Nickelodeon's new content slates include:

ANIMATION:

Sanjay & Craig – The 20-episode series tells the story of two best friends--one of whom is a snake--and the true adventures of being a kid. Voice actors include: Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock) as Sanjay; Chris Hardwick (Nerdist, Back at the Barnyard) as Craig; Tony Hale (Arrested Development) as Mr. Noodman; Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks) as Megan; Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory) as Vijay; and Grey DeLisle (Fairly Odd Parents) as Darlene. Sanjay & Craig is created and co-executive produced by Jim Dirschberger , Jay Howell (character design for Bob's Burgers) and Andreas Trolf, and executive produced by Nickelodeon alumni Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi (The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Alvin and the Chipmunks).

Monsters vs. Aliens – Inspired by DreamWorks Animation's 2009 blockbuster feature film ($383 million worldwide gross), this new series follows the further adventures of the beloved monsters -- B.O.B., the gelatinous blob without a brain; Link, the prehistoric fish-man; Dr. Cockroach, the half-man/half-insect mad scientist; and Susan (aka Ginormica), the incredible growing woman — as they learn to adapt to a new world filled with bizarre aliens. This series, which is greenlit for 26 episodes, marks the third partnership between Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation.

Rabbids – This series brings to television the hysterical physical comedy that is the hallmark in Ubisoft's wildly successful Rabbids video games. Irreverent, unpredictable and silly, the Rabbids are a mysterious breed of rabbit-like creatures that explore, and often wreak havoc, in the human world. Everything is a source of wonder and amusement, and these indestructible and uncontrollable creatures have absolutely no respect for the social rules that govern society. For them, there are no laws, no rules of the road. It's all about having fun and saying "Bwaaaaaah!" Nickelodeon has secured global broadcast rights for 26 new half-hour CG episodes of Rabbids, which will be produced by Ubisoft.

Breadwinners – Created by Gary "Doodles" DiRaffaele (MAD, Metalocalypse), who was discovered from Nick's 2012 Animated Shorts Program, and Steve Borst (Teen Titans Go!, MAD), Breadwinners follows two booty-shaking ducks as they operate a bread delivery service out of their awesome, jet-fueled rocket van. The series was picked up for 20 full-length episodes.

Nickelodeon has renewed its Animated Shorts Program, as a further commitment to produce hit animated content for kids. Last year, more than 600 pitches were collected during Nickelodeon's inaugural program. From the pitches, 12 were created and five are in series development. All 12 shorts will air on the network, or appear on www.nick.com or on Nickelodeon's new app, which launched Feb. 21.

Nickelodeon also announced a third season pick up of its hit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, which was 2012's number-one new animated program with boys 2-11 across all TV. Season two is currently in production.

For the 2013-14 season, the network will also roll out new episodes of returning hit animated series, including season two of The Legend of Korra, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, Winx Club, T.U.F.F. Puppy, Kung Fu Panda : Legends of Awesomeness and Robot and Monster.

LIVE ACTION:

The Haunted Hathaways – Life in The Big Easy gets a little more complicated and way more spirited when the Hathaway siblings (Amber Montana, Breanna Yde) and their mom (Ginifer King) move into a house already occupied by a dad ( Chico Benymon ) and his sons ( Curtis Harris , Benjamin "Lil P-Nut" Flores Jr.) who happen to be ghosts. Created by veteran comedy writer-producer Robert Peacock (Reba, The Jeff Foxworthy Show), The Haunted Hathaways is executive produced by Boyce Bugliari & Jamie McLaughlin (Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures). The series will begin production on 20 episodes this spring.

Wendell & Vinnie – A brand-new, live-action family comedy featuring Jerry Trainor (iCarly) in his first starring and producing role, this series follows 30-year-old Vinnie Bassett (Trainor) living the life of a carefree bachelor, when he suddenly becomes the legal guardian of his precocious, wise-beyond-his-years nephew, Wendell ( Buddy Handleson , Shake It Up) forming a hysterical odd-couple family dynamic. Nicole Sullivan ( Rita Rocks , MadTV) also stars as Vinnie's older unlucky-in-love sister, Wilma, with Haley Strode (Gangster Squad) as Vinnie's newly divorced neighbor and love interest, Taryn. Wendell & Vinnie, which has received has received a 20 episode order. The series airs regularly on Saturdays at 8p.m. (ET/PT).

Sam & Cat – In this comedic spin-off from award-winning creator and executive producer Dan Schneider (iCarly, Victorious, Drake & Josh, Zoey 101), Sam & Cat stars Jennette McCurdy (iCarly's Sam Puckett ) and Ariana Grande (Victorious' Cat Valentine) reprising their roles from their respective hit shows. The series features the pair as unlikely roommates and best friends who become teen entrepreneurs by starting their own after-school babysitting business. Sam & Cat is currently in production on 20 episodes in Los Angeles and will premiere this fall.

The Thundermans – The Thundermans are a typical suburban family who happen to have astounding superpowers. At the center of the action are the 14-year-old Thunderman twins, Max ( Jack Griffo ) and Phoebe ( Kira Kosarin ), who share the same bathroom, the same school and the same annoying younger siblings. Their only difference? Phoebe is a super student with a super sunny disposition who super looks forward to being a superhero someday, and Max aspires to become a super villain. The 13-episode series will commence production this spring and is written by longtime Nickelodeon producer Jed Spingarn , who most recently served as co-executive producer of the hit series Big Time Rush and prior to that, produced on The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and Johnny Bravo .

Nick Studio 10 – This live, daily afternoon daypart features four friends who make and share outrageously funny content in real time. Beginning this spring, content created on the show will also migrate from on-air to the recently launched Nick App , and content from the app will also be featured on the series.

Awesomeness (working title) – Nickelodeon is partnering with Brian Robbins (Smallville, One Tree Hill, Coach Carter) to co-develop a new half-hour sketch comedy show that features a mix of new and existing content from the extremely popular online site AwesomenessTV.

Nickelodeon will also premiere more new episodes of its hit live-action series, including Big Time Rush, Marvin Marvin and See Dad Run.

PRESCHOOL:

Dora and Friends – An original, animated Dora the Explorer spin-off, Dora and Friends: Into the City stars Latina heroine Dora as a 10-year-old who goes on city adventures with a group of new friends. Fantastical twists and turns abound as the stories take Dora and her friends into exotic magical worlds waiting to be explored. Dora and Friends features a curriculum that fosters a child's understanding of Spanish, teamwork, music and community service. The series has been picked up for 20 episodes and will launch on Nickelodeon in 2014.

Wallykazam – This new animated series is Nickelodeon's first literacy show for preschoolers that embeds the curriculum into a rich narrative story, with the goal of helping kids fall in love with words and inspiring them to read. The original comedy follows the adventures of a boy named Wally Trollman and his pet dragon, Norville. Wally has a magic stick that makes words come to life and playfully transforms the world around him. Wallykazam! is currently in production on 26 episodes that will premiere on Nickelodeon in 2014.

Blaze and the Monster Machines – This original CG-animated series introduces preschoolers to the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This is the first preschool show that features a curriculum dedicated to all areas of STEM. Viewers will join an eight-year-old boy named AJ and his incredible monster truck Blaze on super-sized adventures. AJ and the viewer help Blaze as they explore the physics of how things move, master mathematics and discover how everyday technologies work. The series, which received a 20-episode order, will debut on Nickelodeon in 2014.

Peter Rabbit – This new CG-animated series is a reimagining of the popular Beatrix Potter children's books based on the beloved Peter Rabbit character, which have sold over 250 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 35 languages. The series follows the adventures of Peter Rabbit and his best friends Benjamin Bunny and Lily Bobtail. Peter Rabbit features educational goals that encourage preschoolers to learn problem-solving and interpersonal skills, self-efficacy, resilience, positive re-framing and fosters an interest in nature. The series, which received a 26-episode order, launched on Feb. 19 and posted double-digit gains and won its time period across all cable with kids 2-5, adults 18-49 and total viewers.

During the presentation, Nickelodeon highlighted original research into the newest generation of kids, the post-millennials. The network's early profile of them reveals some of their unique connections to friends, family and funny, including:

Post-millennial kids are part of a Velcro family – The post-millennials' parents are the Gen-Xers who are striving to right those perceived wrongs from their own neglected childhoods. Their kids, the post-millennials, are therefore more protected and sheltered than any generation before. No one is more important to these kids than mom and dad: 90% of them say their parents are their heroes; 80% say they want to spend more time with their parents; and the majority of the next generation says that family time is the first choice for how to spend free time.

Post-millennials view friendship differently than their predecessors – Unlike millennials before them, friendship is not a game of numbers but is about shared trust among a small circle of people. While the post-millennials may have limitless cyber connections, they choose to have only 2 or 3 real friends in their lives.

This new generation of kids speaks fluent "Grown-Up" – Post-millennials are included in the adult world, and they influence adult decisions. They understand how to keep the adults in their lives happy, and it makes them feel good about themselves. They speak fluent "Grown-Up."

The post-millennial generation cares deeply about community – This new generation of kids has been exposed at a very early age to war, climate change and a poor economy, which has made their sense of compassion and desire to improve the world particularly pronounced. They genuinely want to make positive contributions and participate alongside one another in making the world a better place.

Post-millennials have a strong affinity for comedy–Humor plays a pivotal role in the lives of post-millennials, uniting them with friends and family and playing a key role in how they view themselves. A majority of post-millennials (74%) describe themselves as funny, and as a descriptor, that rates as highly as being smart. Additionally, when it comes to spending time together as a family, this current generation of kids ranks laughing together higher than vacations, having a meal together and holidays. Post-millennials also consider being funny as a badge of honor, a commodity to be traded with friends, which brings them social currency.

Nickelodeon, now in its 33rd 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 18 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).

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Wolf Trap Announces New Set Of Summer 2013 Performances; To Include Performance By Nickelodeon Star Victoria Justice

The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts has announced the news in the following Press Release, from PRNewswire, that Nickelodeon Star Victoria Justice ("Victorious", "Zoey 101") will be one of the special guest performers who will be performing as part of the performing arts foundations 2013 summer schedule at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts!:

Wolf Trap Announces New Set of Summer 2013 Performances featuring Josh Groban, Juanes, She & Him, La traviata with the National Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Justice, Melissa Etheridge, The Tenors, Widespread Panic, Anita Baker, and Many More

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All Summer Performances at the Filene Center at
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
1551 Trap Road, Vienna, VA 22182
(Unless Otherwise Noted)

VIENNA, Va., Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts announced today 34 additions to its 2013 summer schedule at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. In a wide-ranging season that features opera, theatre, comedy, dance, symphony, international and contemporary music, Wolf Trap continues to strengthen its commitment to the presentation of high quality, accessible and affordable arts experiences for the broadest possible audience. Tickets to the newly announced shows go on sale Saturday, March 16 at 10 am, with more performances to be announced later this spring.

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Wolf Trap Debuts

Each summer, Wolf Trap is proud to welcome a fresh roster of in-demand acts. Artists making their first appearance at the Filene Center this season include classical-pop singer Josh Groban ; hip indie-rock duo She & Him with special guest Camera Obscura; Nickelodeon star and teen-pop sensation Victoria Justice ; iconic comedian turned bluegrass star Steve Martin with this year's GRAMMY Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, featuring Edie Brickell ; celebrated Canadian vocal foursome The Tenors; and the good vibes and powerful instrumentation of Widespread Panic. Also making his Wolf Trap debut will be D.C.-born acoustic-pop singer Eric Hutchinson , appearing as a special guest in a program headlined by Melissa Etheridge .

Evenings of Folk, Pop & Rock; Returning Wolf Trap Favorites

From May through September, the Filene Center stage will come alive almost every night with performances by top-quality artists and touring acts making their way to Northern Virginia for memorable evenings under the stars. The folk acts in place for the upcoming season include acclaimed folk-rock duo Indigo Girls, in a co-bill with singer and GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Joan Baez ; the 50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour with Canadian folk legend Gordon Lightfoot ; and folk icons Don McLean and Judy Collins . The diverse rock 'n' roll line-up to date features GRAMMY Award winner and international Latin superstar Juanes; all-female rock pioneers The Go-Go's; celebrated pop-rockers the Doobie Brothers ; '80s chart-toppers Huey Lewis & The News; Mexican-American roots-rock bands Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys; and a stream of popular hits with GRAMMY winner Pat Benatar , Neil Giraldo , and Cheap Trick. Other notable performances include a showcase of unparalleled guitar skills by Peter Frampton and B.B. King ; and the vocal and instrumental talents of Ian Anderson in his classic progressive masterpiece and its sequel Thick as a Brick 1 & 2.

Wolf Trap also welcomes back GRAMMY-winning R&B/soul diva Anita Baker ; legendary singer Michael McDonald , on tour with jazz-rock singer/songwriter and guitarist Boz Scaggs ; rock-pop pioneers Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons; flamenco fusion idols the Gipsy Kings; country-folk beloved singer/songwriters Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin in a duo performance;'70s "rock 'n' roll band with horns" Chicago; bluesy-classic rock leaders the Steve Miller Band; and veteran alt-country music singer/songwriter Lyle Lovett and His Large Band.

Performances of great entertainment value for families include Sing-A-Long Grease, featuring the re-mastered 1978 film on huge screens; and the Golden Dragon Acrobats from China, the world's premier Chinese acrobatic touring company.

NSO@Wolf Trap: Visual Explorations, Musical Celebrations, Opera & More!

Today's announcement includes six additions to the highly anticipated summer schedule of the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap with Festival Conductor Emil de Cou . NSO@Wolf Trap highlights include a new Operascape production of Verdi's La traviata with the Wolf Trap Opera Company, conducted by L.A. Opera resident conductor Grant Gershon ; Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration, featuring blues-rock singer and guitarist Warren Haynes ; Orff's Carmina Burana , featuring The Choral Arts Society of Washington and soloists from the Wolf Trap Opera Company; and Wicked Divas, a concert of show-stopping Broadway and film hits, featuring vocalists Julia Murney and Stephanie J. Block , and conducted by NSO Principal Pops conductor Steven Reineke .

Newly announced performances pairing imagery with live music are Frozen Planet in Concert, a visual and musical exploration of the Earth's great frozen wilderness led by composer and conductor George Fenton ; and America the Beautiful, including " Ansel Adams : America," composed by Chris and Dave Brubeck and featuring over a hundred striking images of or by Ansel Adams .

Wolf Trap Opera Company Presents Finest Emerging Talent in Three New Productions

The GRAMMY-nominated, nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Opera Company will showcase the exceptional talent of its Filene Young Artists in three full-length opera productions as part of the summer schedule. The 2013 repertoire will include Verdi's La traviata with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Filene Center and Rossini's The Journey to Reims and Verdi's Falstaff at The Barns at Wolf Trap.

In addition, the Filene Young Artists and Studio Artists will offer recitals and concerts, including two performances of Wonders To Wander To: Songs and Stories of Faraway Lands, with Steven Blier , and Aria Jukebox, both held at The Barns at Wolf Trap; and Vocal Colors, in the Music Room of The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

For information on the full Wolf Trap Opera Company season, see the latest 2013 WTOC press release.

For the full summer 2013 calendar to date, visit http://www.wolftrap.org/Filene_Center.aspx.

Tickets for Wolf Trap's 2013 performances can be purchased online at www.wolftrap.org, by phone at 1(877)WOLFTRAP, or at the Wolf Trap Box Office located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Virginia. For more information, please call Wolf Trap at (703) 255-1868.

Members buy tickets before the general public for all summer 2013 shows. Join now to get early tickets, while supporting Wolf Trap's renowned arts and education programs.

About Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, founded by Catherine Filene Shouse (1896-1994), produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally and internationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues, the outdoor Filene Center and Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, located down the road from the national park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns is operated by the Foundation year round, and during the summer months is home to the GRAMMY-nominated Wolf Trap Opera Company, one of America's outstanding resident ensemble programs for young opera singers. Wolf Trap's education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes, grants, and a nationally recognized internship program that was included in Bloomberg BusinessWeek's2009 List of "Best Places to Intern." As part of its ongoing commitment to protect and preserve the environment, Wolf Trap offers metro access and is a founding member of the Green Music Group.

Visit the Wolf Trap website at www.wolftrap.org for more information.

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Viacom Issues Official Statement Regarding North American Media And Telecommunications Company Cablevision's Antitrust Lawsuit Against Viacom

In response to the US media and telecommunications company Cablevision Systems Corporation announcing the news that they have filed an antitrust lawsuit today against Viacom (NYSE: VIA), in the federal court in Manhattan, for allegedly "illegally forcing Cablevision to carry and pay for 14 lesser-watched ancillary networks its customers do not want, such as Palladia, MTV Hits and VH1 Classic, in order to carry must-have networks such as Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central", Viacom has released the following statement today (Tuesday 26th February 2013) on their official blog, Blog.Viacom, regarding the antitrust lawsuit Cablevision filed against the company:
Statement from Viacom on Cablevision Antitrust Lawsuit

Viacom released the following statement today regarding the antitrust lawsuit Cablevision filed against the Company:

“At the request of distributors, Viacom and other programmers have long offered discounts to those who agree to provide additional network distribution. Many distributors take advantage of these win-win and pro-consumer arrangements. Reflecting the highly competitive cable programming business, these arrangements have been upheld by a number of federal courts and on appeal. Viacom will vigorously defend this transparent attempt by Cablevision to use the courts to renegotiate our existing two month old agreement.”

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Below is Cablevision Systems Corporation's original press release, from PRNewswire, announcing the news:
Cablevision Files Federal Antitrust Lawsuit Against Viacom For Illegally Forcing Purchase Of Programming Services

BETHPAGE, N.Y., Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) filed an antitrust lawsuit today against Viacom (NYSE: VIA), in federal court in Manhattan, for illegally forcing Cablevision to carry and pay for 14 lesser-watched ancillary networks its customers do not want, such as Palladia, MTV Hits and VH1 Classic, in order to carry must-have networks such as Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central.

Commenting on the lawsuit and Viacom, Cablevision offered the following statement:
"The manner in which Viacom sells its programming is illegal, anti-consumer, and wrong. Viacom effectively forces Cablevision's customers to pay for and receive little-watched channels in order to get the channels they actually want. Viacom's abuse of its market power is not only illegal, but also prevents Cablevision from delivering the programming that its customers want and that competes with Viacom's less popular channels."
Cablevision's suit contends that:

* Viacom abused its market power over commercially critical networks, including must-have networks such as Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and MTV, to coerce Cablevision into carrying the 14 far less popular ancillary channels.

* Viacom coerced Cablevision by threatening to impose massive financial penalties unless Cablevision complied with Viacom's demands.

* Viacom's conduct harms Cablevision and its customers, and impairs competition by making Cablevision pay for and carry networks that many subscribers do not want to watch, while other networks are excluded from distribution, preventing Cablevision from being able to differentiate its services and harming subscribers.

Cablevision's complaint asserts that Viacom engaged in a "per se" illegal tying arrangement in violation of the federal antitrust laws. Cablevision's antitrust lawsuit also asserts that Viacom has engaged in unlawful "block booking," which is a form of tying that conditions the sale of a package of rights on the purchaser's taking of other rights. Viacom's conduct also violates the Donnelly Act in New York State Law, which parallels federal anti-trust laws.

The complaint was filed under seal and a public version is not yet available.

Cablevision is seeking a number of remedies including:

* Declaratory relief voiding the December 2012 carriage agreement.

* A permanent injunction barring Viacom from conditioning carriage of any or all of its core networks on Cablevision's licensing any or all of Viacom's ancillary networks.

* To effectuate the permanent relief, a requirement that Viacom permit Cablevision to carry the core networks and ancillary products on terms pending negotiation of a new, lawful agreement

* Treble damages and legal fees.

Viacom's eight core networks:

MTV
MTV2
Nickelodeon
VH1
Spike
TV Land
Comedy Central
BET

Viacom's 14 ancillary networks:

Centric
CMT
MTV Hits
MTV Tr3s
Nick Jr.
Nicktoons
Palladia
Teen Nick
VH1 Classic
VH1 Soul
Logo*
CMT Pure Country**
Nick 2**
MTV Jams**

*Optimum East Only
**Optimum West Only

Antitrust Legal Background

* Federal antitrust laws protect competition. By protecting competition, antitrust laws secure lower prices, higher quality, and other benefits for consumers.

* The antitrust laws prohibit tying, where a powerful firm wields its leverage from a product in one market, called the "tying" product, to compel a customer to take another product, called the "tied" product, when that customer would have preferred instead to take a product that competes with the "tied" product.

* The reason antitrust law prohibits such tie-ins is to protect competition and consumers. If powerful firms can leverage their power from one market to another, they can insulate the tied product from competition. Forcing customers such as Cablevision to take Viacom networks instead of competing networks, in turn, hurts consumers because they get less for what they pay for video services.

Cablevision officials indicated that there would be no immediate disruption in programming offerings pending the resolution of this matter.

About Cablevision Systems Corporation

Cablevision Systems Corporation is one of the nation's leading media and telecommunications companies. In addition to delivering its Optimum-branded cable, Internet, and voice offerings throughout the New York area, the Company owns and operates cable systems serving homes in four Western states. Cablevision's local media properties include News 12 Networks, MSG Varsity and Newsday Media Group. Cablevision also owns and operates Clearview Cinemas. Additional information about Cablevision is available on the Web at www.cablevision.com

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Also, from C21Media:
Cablevision acts to unbundle Viacom

US cableco Cablevision has filed a lawsuit against Viacom in an attempt to drop some of the latter’s channels it claims are unpopular with customers.

Cablevision said that as part of the carriage agreement it signed with Viacom in December, it was illegally forced to carry and pay for “14 lesser-watched ancillary networks its customers do not want,” in order to carry “must-have networks” such as Nickelodeon, MTV and Comedy Central.

Viacom has “abused” the market power its popular channels provide, according to Cablevision, which names some of the “lesser-watched” channels as Palladia, MTV Hits and VH1 Classic. The cableco accused Viacom of selling its programming in a manner that is “illegal, anti-consumer and wrong.”

Viacom has dismissed the claims, saying it will “vigorously defend this transparent attempt by Cablevision to use the courts to renegotiate our existing two-month-old agreement.”

The company said in a statement: “At the request of distributors, Viacom and other programmers have long offered discounts to those who agree to provide additional network distribution. Many distributors take advantage of these win-win and pro-consumer arrangements.

“Reflecting the highly competitive cable programming business, these arrangements have been upheld by a number of federal courts and on appeal.”

If Cablevision’s lawsuit is successful, it would set a precedent in which cable providers would be able to cherry-pick the channels they carry, rather than having to take on bundles of networks.

Cablevision’s full complaint is available here.

Nico Franks
27-02-2013
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Nickelodeon Channels Around The World, Including NickToons USA, To Debut "Monsuno Combat Chaos", Later This Year; Jakks Pacific Announce New "Monsuno" Merchandise For Season 2

The children's entertainment and media news website Kidscreen is reporting the Nickelodeon News in the following article that Nick USA's animation and action network, Nicktoons, and Nickelodeon's international channels (Planet Nickelodeon / Nickelodeon International) will start to premiere and show season two of the popular animated series "Monsuno", titled "Monsuno Combat Chaos", later this year (2013).

The second season continues the adventures of a group of heroic kids wrestling with the power to command and battle creatures called Monsuno, while fending off larger threats including new villains and catastrophic events. "Monsuno" is co-produced by Pacific Animation Partners, a joint-venture between Jakks Pacific and Dentsu Entertainment USA, with FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment and The Topps Company.

Kidscreen is also reporting in the same article that Jakks Pacific will release new Monsuno toys, including brand new larger transforming action figures, cores, accessories and battle sets that complement the existing Monsuno products on sale, and an all-new "Monsuno" battle action game to complement the second season of the action-packed adventure show:
Jakks Pacific takes on Monsuno second season

A new toy line based on the action-adventure series Monsuno Combat Chaos will make its way to US and global stores this year.


Jakks Pacific will release new Monsuno toys and an all-new battle action game. The toys include new larger transforming action figures, cores, accessories and battle sets that complement the existing Monsuno products.

The new line reflects season two of the animated series that will debut in the US later this year on NickToons and internationally on Nickelodeon international channels and free-to-air networks.

The second season continues the adventures of a group of heroic kids wrestling with the power to command and battle creatures called Monsuno, while fending off larger threats including new villains and catastrophic events. The series is co-produced by Pacific Animation Partners, a joint-venture between Jakks Pacific and Dentsu Entertainment USA, with FremantleMedia Kids & Family Entertainment and The Topps Company.

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Diversity Stars Jordan And Perri Looking For Entrants To Take Part in Nickelodeon UK And Sky 1's Brand New Street Dance Show, "Jordan & Perri's Ultimate Block Party"!

To celebrate Nickelodeon UK and Sky's brand new street dance-themed reality entertainment show, "Jordan & Perri's Ultimate Block Party", Sky 1 (also known as Sky One) has announced on their official "Got To Dance" website that Princess Productions, the production company who will be making the series, are currently looking for applicants to nominate themselves and their friends to take part in Nick UK's brand new series, "Jordan & Perri's Ultimate Block Party"!


Jordan & Perri are having a party - and you're invited, so if you are aged between 9 and 13, love to dance and want the chance throw the ultimate party for your friends, Diversity stars Jordan Banjo and Perri Kiely want to hear from you now!

They will help you to plan your very own event and teach you and your friends a slick dance routine so that YOU can become the headline act at your very own party!

For more information on how to nominate yourself and your friends to take part in an episode of Jordan & Perri's Ultimate Block Party, potential entrants should contact Princess Productions via email: jordanandperri@princesstv.com. The deadline for entry's to apply to be on the show is Sunday 31st March 2013. So get in touch - this is one block party you don't want to miss out on!

Production on "Jordan & Perri's Ultimate Block Party" will take place during Spring 2013, and will be shown on Nickelodeon UK & Ireland and Nickelodeon HD UK during Summer 2013, before launching on Sky 1 later in the year!

Good luck to everybody who enters to be on "Jordan & Perri's Ultimate Block Party"!

Are you auditioned or are planning to apply to be the star of your very own block party as part of "Jordan & Perri's Ultimate Block Party"? Let NickALive! know on Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, and/or Facebook!

Remember, there ain't no party like a Jordan & Perri Ultimate Block Party!

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Monday, February 25, 2013

"Blue's Clues" Co-Creator Traci Paige Johnson Teams Up With Feature Film producer Caroline Baron To Launch Brand New Interactive Children's Media Company "yummico"

Kidscreen's children's digital entertainment news column, iKids, is reporting the news in the following article that Traci Paige Johnson, a co-creator of Nickelodeon Preschool's (Nick Jr.'s) groundbreaking 1990's series "Blue's Clues" and co-creator of PBS' preschool series "Super Why!", which currently airs on Nick Jr. UK and Ireland, has teamed up with the feature film producer Caroline Baron, of "Capote" fame, to launch a brand new interactive children's media company called "yummico", which will develop interactive content for preschoolers and toddlers. The company will launch digital games, interactive shows, apps and eBooks, as well as traditional narrative animation, print books and other consumer products. First out of the gates for yummico is a new musical animated interactive series called "Yummiloo" (pictured below), which is designed to help kids develop food identification skills and healthy eating habits. The property features the Yum Yums, a band of creatures that lives in a world made entirely of food. The first Yummiloo app, "Yummiloo Rainbow Power", was produced in collaboration with Night & Day Studios and will launch March 2013 at the iTunes store. The company is also rolling out additional content shortly, including "The Adventures of Ash & Ollie", which will reinforce lifestyle habits like bedtime rituals, screen time, potty training and good manners. Other interactive programming in development includes "The App Police", a buddy comedy featuring two bumbling policemen that takes place inside the world of tablet devices, and "Edison the Invention Detective", which follows a young girl inventor who loves to solve mysteries:
Blue’s Clues co-creator launches kids interactive media venture


Blue’s Clues co-creator Traci Paige Johnson and feature film producer Caroline Baron, of Capote fame, have launched a new interactive children’s media company called yummico.

yummico is focused on developing interactive content for preschoolers and toddlers. The company will launch digital games, interactive shows, apps and eBooks, as well as traditional narrative animation, print books and other consumer products.

First out of the gates for yummico is a new musical animated interactive series called Yummiloo (pictured), which is designed to help kids develop food identification skills and healthy eating habits. The property features the Yum Yums, a band of creatures that lives in a world made entirely of food.

The first Yummiloo app, Yummiloo Rainbow Power, was produced in collaboration with Night & Day Studios and will launch next month at the iTunes store.

The company is also rolling out additional content shortly, including The Adventures of Ash & Ollie, which will reinforce lifestyle habits like bedtime rituals, screen time, potty training and good manners. Other interactive programming in development includes The App Police, a buddy comedy featuring two bumbling policemen that takes place inside the world of tablet devices, and Edison the Invention Detective, which follows a young girl inventor who loves to solve mysteries.

Johnson is a co-creator of groundbreaking 1990s Nickelodeon series Blue’s Clues and co-creator of PBS preschool series Super Why!, while Baron has produced several feature films, including Capote and Monsoon Wedding. She is currently executive producer of upcoming big-screen comedy Admission, starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd. Baron is also the founder of A-Line Pictures with her husband and producing partner Anthony Weintraub.

Tags: A-Line Pictures, apps, Blue's Clues, Caroline Baron, digital media, Traci Paige Johnson, yummico, Yummiloo, Yummiloo Rainbow Power

"Bucket And Skinner's Epic Adventures" Actress Simone Missick To Star In San Francisco's TheatreWorks' Regional Production Of "The Mountaintop"

The theatrical news website BroadwayWorld.com San Francisco is reporting that the North American actress Simone Missick, who played a reporter in the episode of the Nickelodeon original comedy series "Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures" called "Epic Babysitters", will be portraying the character "Camae" in TheatreWorks, the nationally acclaimed theatre of Silicon Valley, presentation of the regional premiere of "The Mountaintop" by Katori Hall. Winner of the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play, this London/Broadway hit re-imagines the events on the night before the assassination of civil rights leader DR. Martin Luther King, Jr. Directed by Anthony J. Haney, THE MOUNTAINTOP plays at TheatreWorks at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto, March 6 - March 31, 2013 (press opening March 9), with added performances April 3, 4, 6, and 7. The April 4 performance will include a special tribute to Dr. King on the 45th anniversary of his death:
Photo Flash: First Look at TheatreWorks' THE MOUNTAINTOP

In a timely production that coincides with the 45th anniversary of DR. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, TheatreWorks, the nationally acclaimed theatre of Silicon Valley, presents the regional premiere of THE MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall. Winner of the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play, this London/Broadway hit re-imagines the events on the night before the assassination of civil rights leader DR. Martin Luther King, Jr. Directed by Anthony J. Haney, THE MOUNTAINTOP plays at TheatreWorks at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto, March 6 - March 31, 2013 (press opening March 9), with added performances April 3, 4, 6, and 7. The April 4 performance will include a special tribute to Dr. King on the 45th anniversary of his death.

BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

THE MOUNTAINTOP journeys beyond realism to explore the last evening of DR. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life. After delivering one of his most memorable speeches - a passionate oration supporting the Memphis sanitation workers' strike in which he declares, "I have been to the Mountaintop" - an exhausted Dr. King retires to Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel while a storm rages outside. Camae, an effervescent and beautiful motel maid, arrives with Dr. King's coffee, but it soon becomes clear that she is not what she appears to be. When she reveals some surprising news, King is forced to confront his life, his legacy, and the future of his people.

For the regional premiere of this poignant drama, TheatreWorks welcomes AdrIan Roberts as "Rev. DR. Martin Luther King, Jr." and Simone Missick as "Camae." Bay Area audiences may recognize Roberts from his roles in productions at Magic Theatre (Tough Titty) and San Francisco Playhouse (First Person Shooter). Off-Broadway credits include "Ken" in Playboy of the West Indies (Lincoln Center Theater), with regional appearances as "Charles" in As You Like It, "Arthur" in OO BLA DEE, "Antenor" in Troilus and Cressida, and "Fedotik" in The Three Sisters, (all at Oregon Shakespeare Festival), "Commander Osembenga" in Ruined (La Jolla Playhouse), "Gower" in Henry V (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), "Lucien P. Smith" in The Boys Next Door (Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre), and roles at Sacramento Theatre Company, Capital Stage, B Street Theater, Willows Theatre Company, Dorset Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre Company, and Dallas Theater Center. Roberts' television credits include co-starring roles on Trauma, Criminal Minds, Scrubs, and Brothers & Sisters, with film appearances in Death Ride, Out for Blood, and Close to Home.

Missick, who was most recently featured in the acclaimed In the Red and Brown Water at Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles, has appeared in a variety of roles at The Lost Studio, White Buffalo Theatre Company, Whitefire Theatre, Two Roads Theater, Plowshares Theatre Company, St. Clair Shores Players, and Eastpointe Theatre Company. She has guest-starred in Nickelodeon's television series Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventure, as well as the Hallmark Channel Original Movie A Taste of Romance. Other film credits include The Road to Sundance, Look Again, and Douglass U. A graduate of the British American Drama Academy, Missick is currently writing and producing her own series of one act plays as well as a web TV series.

The TheatreWorks production of THE MOUNTAINTOP includes scenic design by Eric Sinkkonen, costume design by Jill Bowers, and lighting and video design by Jason H. Thompson, and sound design by Gregory Robinson.

Playwright Katori Hall's The Mountaintop (2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play) received its Broadway debut in 2011 at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson. Hall's other works include Hurt Village (2011 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Signature Theatre), Children of Killers (National Theatre, UK and Castillo Theatre, NYC), Hoodoo Love (Cherry Lane Theatre), Remembrance (Women's Project), Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, WHADDABLOODCLOT!!! (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Our Lady of Kibeho, and Pussy Valley. Her awards include the Lark Play Development Center Playwrights of New York (PONY) Fellowship, the Arena Stage American Voices New Play Residency, The Kate NeAl Kinley Memorial Fellowship, two Lecomte du Nouy Prizes from Lincoln Center, the Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award in Drama, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Playwriting Award. Hall's journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Essence, The Commercial Appeal, and UK's The Guardian, and includes contributing reporting for Newsweek. Currently a member of the Residency Five at Signature Theatre Company in New York City, Hall is an alumna of the Lark Playwrights' Workshop, where she developed The Mountaintop, and a graduate of Columbia University, the A.R.T. at Harvard University, and the Juilliard School.

Multiple award-winning actor and director Anthony J. Haney returns to TheatreWorks to direct THE MOUNTAINTOP. In addition to serving as the company's Associate Artistic Director in the 1980s, Haney has directed TheatreWorks Productions of Intimate Apparel and Crowns, as well as a commercial revival of Crowns at San Francisco's Marines Memorial Theatre. He also directed Snatched, a musical adaptation of the horror film classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and musical tributes to Ben Vereen, Della Reese and Ruby Dee at The Nate Holden Theater in Los Angeles. His numerous acting credits with TheatreWorks include the post-Broadway premiere of Grey Gardens, "Roosevelt Hicks" in Radio Golf, "John Merrick" in The Elephant Man, "Troy Maxson" in Fences, "Levee" in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, and "Benedick" in Much Ado About Nothing. Other onstage roles include "Sam" in Master Harold...and the Boys at Rubicon Theatre Company and "King Billy" in Daisy in the Dreamtime at [Inside] the Ford, and starring roles in acclaimed extended runs of Central Avenue and Oyamo's I Am a Man (which he also directed) for The Fountain Theatre. He has also appeared at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Magic Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and the Edinburgh Festival, as well as with the San Francisco Mime Troupe (National Tour).

With some 100,000 patrons per year, TheatreWorks has captured a national reputation for artistic innovation and integrity, often presenting Bay Area theatregoers with their first look at acclaimed musicals, comedies, and dramas, directed by award-winning local and guest directors, and performed by professional actors cast locally and from across the country. A home for artists developing new works, it was at TheatreWorks that Memphis, the 2010 Tony Award-winning musical that played on Broadway for three years before embarking on its current national tour, was first workshopped and received its world premiere.
For tickets ($23-$73) and information the public may call (650) 463-1960 or visit www.theatreworks.org. Note: Contains mature language.

Nickelodeon Brazil Teams Up With Conspiracao For New Telenovela Titled "Dani Who?"; To Premiere In March 2014

The entertainment industry news website Variety is reporting in the following article that Viacom Networks Brasil, the Brazilian branch of MTV Networks Latin America, has teamed up with the Brazilian production company Conspiracao to produce 75 hour-long episodes of a brand new Portuguese-language telenovela called "Dani Who?", a company designed for 7-14 year olds that will premiere on Nickelodeon Brazil (also known as Nickelodeon Brasil) in March 2014:
Latin American content still struggling to crack U.S.

But RioContentMarket wraps with slew of local deals

RIO DE JANEIRO -- The TV biz is booming in Brazil, but indie shows still face obstacles breaking into the U.S. main-stream TV and theatrical markets, according to local industryites and government officials at the third RioContentMarket, Latin America's main indie producers meeting, which closed Thursday with a flurry of local deals.
The distribution of Brazilian TV shows is usually limited to Latino nets or VOD platforms, while pics make it to the art-house circuit, VOD and homevideo.

"The U.S. market is formatted to be self-sufficient. The studios make their shows in-house or co-produce with U.S. indie companies," said Daniela Vieira, content manager of the Brazilian versions of Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Toonscast and one of 3,000 participants from around the world at the event.

Vieira added Turner has acquired a number of Brazilian animated series and will co-produce a few others with local partners, designed for the local market. These series, she said, have international quality and global themes, and Turner intends to air them on its channels across Latin America, but not in the U.S.

One show that has broken through in the U.S. is Sao Paulo-based 44 Toons' "Newbie and the Disasternauts," which will be the first 100% Brazilian cartoon series to air on a main-stream net in the U.S.

Sci-fi space comedy follows the young commander of an interstellar ship and his crew.

Created and directed by 44 Toons' Ale McHaddo, the English-language series consists of 39 episodes of seven minutes and will bow April 1 on Starz Kids & Family.

New York-based distrib Branscome Intl. and 44 Toons are looking for a co-production partner for the series' second season.

But nothing indicates this is a trend. "It is very difficult for any indie production to make it to the U.S. market, especially if it is a foreign production," said Branscome topper Catherine Branscome.

But while U.S. biz remains elusive, there was good news at the Rio confab where the local TV biz is booming, boosted by new regulations that impose primetime quotas for Brazilian programming on pay TV channels. This is opening up the local TV production sector.

An example of this is Viacom's pact with Conspiracao to produce 75 hourlong episodes of Portuguese-language telenovela "Dani Who?" Designed for 7-14 year olds, comedy will bow March 2014 on the local version of Nickelodeon.

Brazil's Grifa and Gaul's FL Concepts will co-produce 20 episodes of "Bel Etoile," hosted by local chef Bel Coelho, for French/German net Arte to air in 2014. The $20 million-budget skein will see Coelho travel Brazil looking for local dishes to prepare.

Meanwhile, the Spirit of Football, an international non-governmental organization that promotes social empowerment via soccer, pacted with DGT Filmes to produce content to screen in workshops with kids in Brazilian schools, among other venues.

The Spirit of Football promotes this initiative every four years in the country hosting FIFA's Soccer World Cup, which will take place in Brazil in 2014. DGT's business director Daniel Melloni said the deal amounts to $5 million.

The RioContentMarket was created and organized by the Brazilian Independent TV Producers Assn. (ABPI-TV).

It has grown exponentially in its three years, from an attendance of 800 for its first edition in 2011 to 3,000 this year.

Some 208 local production companies participated in the event, with large delegations from the U.K. (35), France (20) and Germany (10). Rio hosted 16 keynote speeches, 93 panels and 820 business meets.