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Paramount+ to Premiere 'Chopper Cops' Docuseries on June 18

PARAMOUNT+ TAKES VIEWERS ON AN IMMERSIVE HIGH-STAKES
POLICE PATROL IN THE SKIES IN NEW DOCUSERIES
CHOPPER COPS

Premiering June 18, CHOPPER COPS Features Heart-Pounding Stories of Police Chases, Suspects Hunted and Families Lost and Found
By the High-Tech Eyes in the Sky

Chopper Cops

May 22, 2024 – Paramount+ announces the June 18 launch of CHOPPER COPS, an all-new docuseries that takes viewers into the cockpit of an elite Florida police team of helicopter pilots as they attack crime from the skies.

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They’re just north of Disney World, but to the men and women of the Marion County Sheriff’s Department, the 1,600 square-mile area they patrol is no fantasy. Marion County’s highways, forests and suburban neighborhoods are crime scenes to more than 7,000 felonies a year. But with a jurisdiction larger than the state of Rhode Island, ground units find it impossible to have eyes everywhere.

With 10 half-hour episodes, CHOPPER COPS showcases Marion County Sheriff’s Department’s secret weapon: state-of-the-art helicopters manned by elite police pilots. Known as Air One, these chopper cops, who operate 24 hours a day and seven days a week, are equipped with high-tech infrared cameras and augmented-reality mapping capabilities that allow police on the ground to see in the dark and locate the bad guys. As Sheriff Billy Woods’ “eye in the sky,” they detect where perpetrators are running and hiding and whether they’re armed; they essentially guide the SWAT team with vital, instantaneous information that could separate life from death.

Air One’s heart-pounding stories are brought to vivid life through in-chopper cameras, radio transmissions and gripping first-person interviews with law enforcement. The series also includes high-octane footage of the elite team’s response to an officer being shot and the efforts to arrest the suspected shooter.

“If you want to know fear, and if you want to know whether these brave cops are going to come home at night, you’re about to see it in CHOPPER COPS says Sheriff Woods. “To us, failure is never an option.”

CHOPPER COPS is produced by See It Now Studios,Texas Crew Productionsand V1 Productions. David Karabinas, Rick Cikowski, James Macnab, Chip Rivesand Brad Bernstein are the executive producers for Texas Crew Productions. Olive Chinarian Smithand W. Hulsey Smith are the executive producers for V1 Productions. Susan Zirinsky and Terence Wrong are the executive producers for See It Now Studios.

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About Paramount+

Paramount+, part of Paramount’s (Nasdaq: PARA, PARAA) global portfolio of multimedia entertainment and news brands, is a direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, combining live sports, breaking news and A Mountain of Entertainment™. The streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel. Paramount+ with SHOWTIME®, the service's cornerstone plan, is also home to SHOWTIME® content, including scripted hits and critically acclaimed nonfiction projects and films. This premium plan includes unmatched events and sports programming through the local live CBS stream, including golf, basketball and more. All Paramount+ subscribers have streaming access to CBS News 24/7 and CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis.

For more information about Paramount+, please visit http://www.paramountplus.com/, and follow @ParamountPlus on social media.

About See It Now Studios

See It Now Studios develops and produces original documentaries and docuseries for Paramount+, CBS, the Paramount Global television networks, international providers and third-party platforms. Since launching in September 2021, See It Now Studios has produced critically acclaimed projects such as News and Documentary Emmy nominees 11 MINUTES and WATERGATE: HIGH CRIMES IN THE WHITE HOUSE, along with SUPERPOWER co-directed by Sean Penn, JFK: WHAT THE DOCTORS SAW, the Mandy Patinkin-narrated series INDIVISIBLE: HEALING HATE, and FBI TRUE, NEVER SEEN AGAIN, 9/11: THE RACE AGAINST TIME. Susan Zirinsky is the president of See It Now Studios. Follow See It Now Studios on X, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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'Peppa Pig’s Play-A-Long Podcast' to Make Debut on Audible

Peppa Pig’s Play-A-Long Podcast encourages families to embrace life’s adventures with their pre-schoolers and will be released this July.

Peppa Pig’s Play-A-Long Podcast

Audible, a leading provider of spoken word entertainment, has announced Peppa Pig’s Play-A-Long Podcast, the first release as part of a podcasting deal between Audible and Hasbro.

Building on the cherished legacy of Peppa Pig, this podcast invites listeners into Peppa’s world with six episodes, each spanning 15 minutes. Voiced by Amelie Bea Smith as Peppa Pig, the podcast features Peppa and her pals in a mix of interactive games, outdoor adventures and sing-alongs with her new band, The Piggy-Wigs. Whether it’s a companion during car rides or a calming wind-down before bedtime, Peppa Pig’s Play-A-Long Podcast has been designed as an immersive experience for the whole family.

Peppa Pig’s Play-A-Long Podcast provides another medium through which Peppa can inspire confidence and foster development in pre-schoolers. As a lifelong friend, Peppa Pig encourages kids to jump in together and explore the world around them, while instilling confidence to treat every first step as a new adventure – from the everyday to the epic.

Themes in the podcast, including Are We There Yet?, an episode supporting pre-schoolers on long journeys, and an episode about anger entitled Very Big Feelings, are designed specifically to help families with pre-schoolers recognise and navigate their big emotions.

Aurelie de Troyer, head of Regional Content Europe at Audible said: “It’s been wonderful collaborating with team at Hasbro to bring Peppa’s first ever podcast to our audiences, on this special anniversary year for the iconic show. Having Peppa behind the mic at Audible’s London studios was an absolute delight.”

As the animated show celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, the rich storytelling for all family listening occasions hs been created to reaffirm Peppa’s commitment to providing quality entertainment for families.

Kristin McKay, senior vice president and general manager, Global Brands, Fashion & Pre-school at Hasbro, said: “For 20 years, Peppa has been the first best friend of children around the globe, inspiring them to confidently jump into all of life’s muddy puddles. She’s come to life on screens and in books, along with engaging toys and live experiences. Now, with Audible, we’re proud to deliver even more ways for fans and families to connect with their favourite piggy with podcasts to bring Peppa wherever they are.”

Peppa Pig’s Play-A-Long Podcast is available exclusively on Audible from 11th July and available to pre-order now at www.audible.co.uk. Audible membership may be required.

Prior to the podcast launch, new episodes of Peppa Pig will be airing on TV for the first time on 25th May, exclusively on Milkshake.

Kicking off with the 3-part wedding party special, featuring the guest voices of Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom, the brand new episodes are also in celebration of the iconic animated character’s 20th anniversary this year. As part of the celebrations, Peppa Pig herself will be in the Milkshake studio on Saturday 25th May and throughout half term.

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Netflix to Premiere New CG-Animated 'Winx Club' Reboot in 2025; Playmates Toys and Giochi Preziosi Named Master Toy Partners

Rainbow Studios’ new CGI animated Winx Club series has been slated by Netflix to premiere globally in 2025, and Playmates Toys and Giochi Preziosi have been appointed master toy partners for the new show.

Winx Club

Playmates and Giochi Preziosi will split global distribution of an all-new collection of fashion dolls, accessories, role-play toys and playsets. Playmates will handle sales, marketing and distribution in North, Central and South America, as well as Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and South Africa, while Giochi Preziosi will manage Europe and the U.K.

Winx Club, produced and distributed by Rainbow Group, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Created by Iginio Straffi, president of Rainbow, the franchise first debuted in 2004. It follows the journey of Bloom, a teenage girl from Earth who discovers that she is a fairy with extraordinary powers. She enrolls in the Aldea College for Fairies, where she forms the Winx Club with her new friends.


Since its debut, Winx Club has evolved into a global phenomenon, spanning eight animated season, three theatrical movies, four made-for-television movies, two World of Winx animated series co-produced with Netflix, two seasons of the Netflix original live-action series Fate—The Winx Saga and a widespread merchandising program.

The new CGI adaptation for Netflix will reimagine the class tales of Bloom and her friends, blending the show’s themes with contemporary storytelling and visual effects.

“We are honored to be at the forefront of this exciting new chapter,” said Georgia Manolas Walker, VP of marketing at Playmates Toys. “The enduring legacy of Winx Club is a testament to the timeless appeal of its stories and characters. We look forward to unveiling a spellbinding range of products that captures the adventure, friendship and magic that Winx Club represents.”

“We are very excited about this new chapter of the Winx saga,” commented Jay Visconti, chief strategic officer of the Giochi Preziosi. “Having worked hand in hand with Rainbow since the very first launch in 2004, we are fully aware of the appeal such an amazing brand/franchise has to consumers. We are sure that this time, too, Winx will be a global success.”

Straffi added, “The Winx are returning stronger than ever, and I am grateful to collaborate with Netflix once again, the ideal partner to bring any IP to global audiences. It is a thrill to collaborate with our long-time friends and partners Giochi Preziosi and Playmates and to create the best Winx toys ever for all our fans. I am also overly excited that the collaboration with these esteemed partners will ensure a bright future for a powerful Winx comeback both on screen and at retail.”

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Outright Games Announces 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants Unleashed' Deluxe and Collector's Editions

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: MUTANTS UNLEASHED – DELUXE AND COLLECTOR’S EDITIONS

Outright Games Announces 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants Unleashed' Deluxe and Collector's Editions

As the highly anticipated new video game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants Unleashed gears up to launch later this year, global video games publisher Outright Games is excited to reveal full details of the incoming Deluxe and Collector’s Editions, specifically for release on Nintendo Switch™ and PlayStation 5®.

With the game taking place following the events of the box office hit film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, the upcoming action-packed 3D Brawler/Platformer will serve up more mutant chaos for fans to enjoy, with the Deluxe and Collector’s Editions both loaded with exclusive TMNT-themed collectibles.

Paying homage to the iconic heroes in a half shell, fans will be able to get their hands on a radical artbook and an assortment of pin badges in both variants, with the Deluxe Edition also including 4 themed keychains and a unique Steelbook cover. The Collector’s Edition arrives jam-packed with access to the season pass for more post-launch awesome content as well as exclusive collectibles, including an iconic pizza van statue, gnarly LED pizza sign and more, all inside an incredible Collector’s Box!

Full details on contents and prices below:

  • Deluxe Edition – £54.99 / €59.99/ $59.99
    • Includes:
      • Exclusive Steelbook
      • 4 Pin Badges
      • 4 Keychains
      • Artbook

  • Collector’s Edition – £219.99 / €249.99/ $199.99
    • Includes:
      • Season Pass
      • Pizza Van Statue
      • LED Sign
      • 5 Pin Badges
      • 4 Patches
      • Mouse Mat
      • Notebook
      • Pen
      • Artbook
      • Poster
      • Stickers
      • Collectors Box

Get ready to wreak havoc in New York City, playing as the brothers in solo or 2 player co-op mode. Unleash their unique ninja skills to restore the peace and prevent the newly formed human-mutant relationship from going down the drain. For more information on specific bundles, check out availability at your preferred store.

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Outright Games Announces 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants Unleashed' Deluxe and Collector's Editions

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Lion Star, Everest Place, and Paramount Announce Plans for Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Orlando, Opening in 2026

Lion Star, Everest Place, and Paramount Announce Plans for Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Orlando, Opening in 2026

Hotel to Feature Most Popular Nickelodeon Brands and Characters for an Immersive, Family-Friendly Experience

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Orlando Lobby
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Orlando Lobby

MIAMI, May 23, 2024 -- Lion Star, Everest Place, and Paramount have unveiled their partnership to bring to life the much-anticipated Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Orlando in Kissimmee, Florida. Slated to open in 2026, this resort will be located in the Everest Place development and expertly operated by Lion Star Hospitality Inc., the exclusive US licensee for Karisma Hotels & Resorts, welcoming guests to explore a world of limitless fun and boundless opportunity.

Boasting over 400 hotel rooms and condo units combined, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Orlando will showcase uniquely themed accommodations, including suites inspired by iconic characters and ensuring epic experiences. The family-friendly resort mixes luxury amenities with F.U.N. for both the young and young at heart. Guests will have the opportunity to interact with Nickelodeon's globally beloved franchises, including SpongeBob SquarePants, PAW Patrol, Dora, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Orlando Suite
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Orlando Suite

"Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Orlando is poised to set the standard for family vacations, seamlessly blending world-class entertainment with forward-thinking accommodation options," says Mario Mathieu, SVP Business Development, Design and Construction, Karisma Hotels & Resorts. "As the exclusive US licensee for Karisma Hotels & Resorts, Lion Star Hospitality Inc. is committed to elevating this venture to new heights, ensuring that families and Nickelodeon enthusiasts alike enjoy the Slime of their life. We are thrilled to contribute our expertise to this collaboration, creating a resort experience that not only meets but exceeds the expectations of every guest."

"The new Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Orlando will bring guests and residents an exciting new way to express their fandom and make long-lasting memories," said Pam Kaufman, President and CEO of International Markets, Global Consumer Products & Experiences. "I am thrilled that this resort is set to become yet another unforgettable travel destination in our award-winning portfolio, offering top family-focused amenities. This new resort is just one of the many ways we are committed to bringing immersive experiences, attractions and products to fans of Paramount's brands all over the world."

A world of play takes center stage at Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Orlando, where stays will become a gateway to cherished family memories. Get delicious eats and experiences with a Nickelodeon twist, whether dining at Le Spatula (named in honor of SpongeBob's iconic spatula), grabbing a slice at Mikey's Pizzeria (celebrating the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' favorite food), or hanging out at the Snick Lounge with games, sports, live music and the Big Orange Couch. Guests can make a splash during their vacation with unmatched offerings, including Aqua Nick water park, Club Nick, Nick retail shops, character meet and greets, and the greatest Nickelodeon honor - getting Slimed! In addition to the hotel, the resort also offers condos available to buy, ranging from studio to two-bedroom options. Owners will have access to all resort amenities.

"The team and I are excited about our collaboration with Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts and confident that in addition to setting new standards for family resorts, it will also change how people think about owning a vacation property," said Zafir Rashid, CEO of Everest Place. "Our partnership allows condo owners to invest in fun with shopping, activities, and dining at Everest Place, as well as an unparalleled Nickelodeon-infused family experience, interactive character encounters, unrivaled seasonal programming, and unmatched entertainment for everyone. We look forward to welcoming future owners!"

Nestled within the expansive 220-acre Everest Place complex in Kissimmee, Florida, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Orlando is set to offer guests and residents access to a diverse array of amenities, including a vibrant retail scene and medical center. The region boasts an enchanting blend of natural beauty and thrilling attractions. From the world-renowned theme parks to the tranquil shores of Lake Tohopekaliga, there's something for every adventurer. Visitors can explore the vibrant Old Town, where charm meets modern entertainment, offering eclectic shops, dining experiences, and classic car shows. With its year-round sunny weather, Kissimmee beckons visitors to enjoy outdoor adventures such as airboat rides through the Everglades or championship golf on pristine courses. Whether seeking family fun or relaxation, Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Orlando promises an unforgettable getaway in the Sunshine State.

For more information, visit https://lionstarhospitality.com/.

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 45th 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 brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location-based experiences, publishing and feature films. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon is a part of Paramount's (Nasdaq: PARA, PARAA) global portfolio of multimedia entertainment brands.

About Paramount Location-Based Entertainment & Experiences
Paramount Location-Based Entertainment & Experiences brings Paramount's stories and franchises to life across experiential touchpoints, including theme parks, hotel & resorts, water parks, cruises, pop-ups, attractions, themed restaurants, Broadway musicals, touring shows, and more. Driven by iconic consumer brands, Paramount Location Based Entertainment & Experiences operates globally with more than 50 restaurants, 7 hotels & resorts including Nickelodeon Punta Cana, Nickelodeon Riviera Maya and Paramount Hotels in Dubai, themed parks and family centers across the US, the UK, Spain, Germany, Australia, Italy, Belgium, China and Malaysia and stage shows including Mean Girls The Musical, The SpongeBob Musical, and the family touring hit PAW Patrol Live! 

About Lion Star Hospitality Inc.
Lion Star Hospitality Inc. stands as a beacon of innovation, reshaping the hospitality industry across the United States with its visionary approach to experiential stays. Through exclusive partnerships, the company brings iconic brands like Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts and Margaritaville Island Reserve® to life, setting new benchmarks for operating results. From meticulous planning to supporting developers at each and every step, Lion Star offers comprehensive services that ensure every aspect of a project, from conceptualization to flawless operation, is nothing short of exceptional and experiential.

About Everest Place & Teramir Group
TERAMIR GROUP is led by Zafir Rashid, a developer in the real estate business since 2002. Zafir has successfully developed from scratch multiple real estate asset classes, land developments and infrastructure, commercial space, student housing, low and high rise residential, hotels and multifamily in major destinations across North America. The vision of EVEREST PLACE Orlando (www.everestplace.com) is to provide the destination's visiting families the opportunity to new getaway and entertainment experiences. To achieve this, TERAMIR GROUP is developing unique real estate products partnering with highly successful brands and operators from the international marketplace excited and fully committed to enter the Florida destination.

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Originally published: May 23, 2024 at 22:54 BST.

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