Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Iconic Nickelodeon Characters Heading to SMITE: Battleground of the Gods

SMITE: Battleground of the Gods added another crossover to its expansive lineup of collabs this week by unveiling new Nickelodeon skins that'll soon be added to the game. This crossover event is scheduled to get underway in July 12th, and with it will come five new cosmetics mirroring the looks of Danny Phantom, Invader Zim, Rocko from Rocko's Modern Life, Powdered Toastman from Ren & Stimpy, and XJ9 from My Life as a Teenage Robot. Each of the five skins will be available for five different gods, but even if you don't end up paying for those to own them, you can get some different cosmetics for free by completing challenges.


Danny Phantom's skin is for Janus, Rocko's is for Danzburou, XJ9's is for Freya, Powdered Toastman's is for Gilgamesh, and Invader Zim's is for Cupid. The trailer below shows what these skins look like in action within Smite. We don't have prices for them just yet, but players can expect them to follow the premium pricing trend established in past crossovers.


The trailer that shows a lighter side of Zeus as he interacts with the Nicktoons characters before being slimed. The trailer gives Smite fans a brief glimpse at what they'll see with the Nickelodeon crossover like Rocko riding a vacuum and wielding a remote, Zim riding an inflatable before summoning Gir with an army of Minimoose, and Danny Phantom shooting ecto-energy prior to opening a portal which presumably can be used to traverse the battlefield. Like in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, XJ9 takes to the sky to unleash an aerial attack on her foes in the Smite x Nickelodeon trailer, while Powdered Toastman enters the arena with a ground pound as he fittingly wields a butter knife.


As mentioned previously, Smite has had tons of crossovers already. Just recently, it introduced a crossover with the metal group Slipknot which was one of the most unexpected crossovers even considering already how many there are in the game. Transformers heavies Optimus Prime, Megatron, and Starscream joined the roster last year. Other Nickelodeon properties like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Avatar: The Last Airbender as well as Legend of Korra characters have been added in the past, too, but Smite's creators pointed out that this will be the first time the game has benefitted from a collab introducing multiple characters from different shows at once.

"This is our first crossover that includes characters from multiple completely different shows, which presented an interesting challenge to the team," said A.J. Walker, the design director at Titan Forge Games. "For example: how do you turn a feisty musket-toting Tanuki (Danzaburou) into a shirt-wearing, tv-watching Wallaby (Rocko)? By turning the musket into a remote control, of course! We wanted to design every character in a way that did their Nickelodeon origins justice."


On top of the skins being added with Smite x Nickelodeon, there will be a dozen free cosmetics for players to unlock such as the Global Emote or Gir Jump Stamp, allowing Nickelodeon fans to express themselves in numerous ways.

Titan Forge Games also said PlayStation Plus subscribers would have an opportunity to purchase a bundle including the five gods mentioned above as well as their voice packs.

Based on the positive reception to Smite's previous Nickelodeon crossovers with TMNT and Avatar, many Smite fans are expressing the same excitement for this latest batch of characters. Several responses to the Nickelodeon trailer crossover voiced enthusiasm for each of the shows as well as Hi Rez Studios' ability to do all sorts of different kinds of crossovers rather than sticking to a tone or specific style. Some fans utilized the opportunity of another Smite crossover to voice their hopes for future ones that include SpongeBob SquarePants, Jimmy Neutron, Cartoon Network, Fortnite, Berserk, and more.


Further details about the crossover event and the rest of Smite’s midseason update will be announced at the upcoming update show later this week. The midseason update show will be live at 2pm CT on July 6, via the official Smite Twitch channel.


Nickelodeon and Smite collide in an all-new crossover, live July 12

Plus Titan Forge Games takes a look back at Smite’s colorful crossover journey.

A.J. “TitanAjax” Walker, Designer Director, Titan Forge Games

Don’t touch that remote! Danny Phantom, Invader Zim, Rocko, Powdered Toastman, and XJ9 battle Gods in the all-new Nickelodeon x Smite crossover event going live July 12! After the success of Smite’s previous crossovers with Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, we’re going all out this time to bring you your favorite characters from across Nickelodeon’s roster.

Bringing these iconic Nickelodeon characters into the Battleground of the Gods was an incredible experience for our team, and I’m so proud of how these skins turned out.

Wait… Danny Phantom in Smite?

Yup, you heard that right! Every Classic Nickelodeon character materializes in Smite as a dazzling skin for an existing Smite God: Danny Phantom Janus, Rocko Danzburou, XJ9 Freya, Powdered Toastman Gilgamesh, and Invader Zim Cupid. Plus, players can unlock a dozen free Nickelodeon cosmetic rewards like the meme-worthy smashing Global Emote or Gir Jump Stamp, just by playing Smite games and completing quests.

Why Nickelodeon?

“Excited” doesn’t even begin to explain how our team reacted when the news broke about the Nickelodeon crossover. Our team dove into the project with animated enthusiasm, developing imaginative ideas and amazing content. While we’ve worked with the Paramount team before, this crossover covered so many different generations of childhood television that it brought up a lot of nostalgia for the team. We hope that our community will experience that same feeling of nostalgia when they see some of their favorite Nickelodeon characters realized in Smite.

This is our first crossover that includes characters from multiple completely different shows, which presented an interesting challenge to the team. For example: how do you turn a feisty musket-toting Tanuki (Danzaburou) into a shirt-wearing, tv-watching Wallaby (Rocko)? By turning the musket into a remote control, of course! We wanted to design every character in a way that did their Nickelodeon origins justice.

From the Gods of Mt. Olympus to the Heroes of Nickelodeon…

Smite has come a long way since its PS4 launch in 2016, going from 17 gods to now over 121 in total. As the roster of deities grew, so did the number of pantheons in the game. At first, the precedent was set: Smite was the Battleground of the Gods – and as such; we’d only be including actual Gods and Goddesses from times past.

As the game matured, we started to push back against these boundaries. The team decided that King Arthur, from Arthurian myth, would be an ideal addition to Smite. Sure, he’s not a god, but he is a figure of myth.

We followed up the Arthurian Pantheon with Cthulhu, the legendary tentacled Great Old One. Smite’s lore is simple: If people believe in a God, if they talk about it, they make it real – even more modern entries like Cthulhu. These legendary figures from history and mythology brought a breath of creative freedom to the Battlegrounds – giving us the chance to include even more characters that didn’t fit the “standard” mold.

And as we looked toward expanding our collection of characters in Smite, we wanted to stay authentic to the game. why you’ll see all these crossovers as Skins and not as God additions. But we think these crossovers resonate with our community because this idea of crossovers is at the core of Smite. And we love welcoming new communities that are as passionate about these great IPs as we are about the pantheons of Smite. 

Smite’s First Nickelodeon Crossover: Avatar: The Last Airbender

The first Nickelodeon crossover to hit Smite was the legendary Smite x Avatar: The Last Airbender crossover. The Titan Forge Games team is full of diehard Avatar fans and was overjoyed to bring the Avatar world to life in Smite. This world-bending crossover event saw Aang, Zuko, Korra, and Naga face their toughest challenge yet: the Battleground of the Gods.

This project included many technical challenges that the Titan Forge team had to overcome. For example: How do we make Merlin, a full-size adult, into a child (Aang, from Avatar: The Last Airbender)? Merlin was chosen for Aang because of his use of different elements. It felt like it would fit best for Aang’s Character- but Merlin looked nothing like Aang. Modeling, rigging, and animation departments had to collaborate to make the skin a success. 

Aang was referred to internally as a “god-Level” skin. He doesn’t share any of Merlin’s base assets. The only thing that is similar to Merlin is the timing of the abilities. He was created from the ground up, completely from scratch. Every single part of the Aang skin was created entirely new so that we could make sure that Aang was represented in the best possible way. A bunch of us here on the Titan Forge team are huge fans of the show, so we were able to easily find references to fit into the game.

We followed up on Avatar with another Nickelodeon classic: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Featuring Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo; this crossover was full of incredible content from the classic animated show. Cowabunga!

More Smite Crossover Hits:

Ruby Rose, Blake Belladonna, Weiss Schnee, and Yang Xiao Long from RoosterTeeth’s hit anime series RWBY was the first crossover to crash into Smite as a resounding success. Our players loved the inclusion of these bombastic huntresses and clamored for more crossover content. Smite slipped into the Upside-Down with the Smite x Stranger Things crossover; which included four fan-favorite characters from Stranger Things: Eleven, Hopper, The Mind

Flayer, and The Demogorgon.

Transformers rolled out onto the Battleground of the Gods in 2021, with Optimus Prime, Megatron, and Starscream. 

Soon after that, the Titan Forge team broke the mold yet again with the Monstercat Crossover. This bass-pounding crossover used music to help define a variety of EDM-inspired skins, like Crab Rave Khepri. 

Quickly following up on that endeavor, Smite released their Rambo crossover in April 2022.

Our most recent crossover (before today’s Nickelodeon news) was an entirely new kind of crossover: Slipknot. This massive crossover included nine new skins for the Gods of Smite, accompanied by a head-banging Music Pack created with original Slipknot anthems. 

All of these projects have culminated in our newest incredible collaboration : The Smite x Nickelodeon crossover event, and we’re so excited for players to dive in starting July 12.

Special offer for PlayStation Plus members

To celebrate the Nickelodeon crossover, we’ve put together a limited-time offer for 

PlayStation Plus Members*. The Smite x Nickelodeon Plus Pack unlocks all five Gods featured in the Nickelodeon Event (Invader Zim Cupid, Rocko Danzburou, XJ9 Freya, Powdered Toastman Gilgamesh, and Danny Phantom Janus) and their Voice Packs.

This offer does not include the Nickelodeon Skins or Cosmetics.

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Of course, there’s already an outlet for Nick fans to throw down as these characters: Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl. In fact, all five of them are confirmed characters for that platform fighter too. Powdered Toast Man, Zim, and Danny Phantom were a part of the game on day one, while Rocko and XJ9 are being added as DLC. The game also saw a big update in May, which added voice acting, items, and more.

Stream all your favorite Nickelodeon shows old and new on Paramount+. Try it FREE at ParamountPlus.com!


Originally published: July 05, 2022 at 20:46 BST.

Source: ComicBook.com; Additional sources: GamePur, GameRant, Dot Esports; H/T: @TwogoodMax.

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Jenny Wall Steps Down As Nickelodeon CMO; Sabrina Caluori Promoted To EVP & Head Of Marketing

Jenny Wall is leaving Nickelodeon after a three-year stint as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). She will be succeeded by Sabrina Caluori, who has been promoted to Executive Vice President (EVP) and Head of Marketing and Brand Strategy for Nickelodeon.

Sabrina Caluori, left, and Jenny Wall. Nickelodeon

In her new position, Caluori, previously Senior Vice President (SVP) Brand and Content Strategy, will be leading on- and off-air consumer marketing, brand creative and content launches globally across the brand’s linear, digital and social platforms. She will report to Brian Robbins, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon; and Chief Content Officer, Kids & Family for Paramount+.

“Sabrina’s vast experience in brand building and marketing global franchises for linear and streaming will help move Nickelodeon forward as its audiences and platforms continue to grow,” Robbins said. “Her generous spirit and empathetic leadership is also key to guiding our stellar marketing team during this time of continued industry transformation.”

Caluori will add oversight of brand and creative marketing, supporting content for Nick’s linear networks and the Nick content developed for Paramount+ as she also will continue to develop consumer campaigns designed to connect Nickelodeon and its franchises with kids and families around the world. Additionally, Caluori will add two execs to her existing direct reports: Vincent Arrico, SVP and Executive Creative Director at Nickelodeon, and Sara Francis, Vice President (VP) Marketing Operations.

Caluori’s promotion follows the exit this week of Wall, who stepped down as Chief Marketing Officer at Nickelodeon.

“Jenny played an important role during these last three years of Nick’s creative renaissance, and we are grateful to her for all the strategy and creative vision she brought to our organization,” Robbins said.

Caluori joined Nickelodeon in August as SVP Brand and Content Strategy, overseeing global brand strategy, original programming launches, media planning, digital and social media, and marketing analytics.

Prior to Nickelodeon, Caluori spent 12 years at HBO, most recently as EVP Marketing & Digital Media, where she built and led the digital and social marketing function across all brands and programming.  Before joining HBO, Caluori headed the account team at the interactive agency Deep Focus, where she oversaw digital media, creative and publicity for clients such as HBO, Miramax, Google, Court TV and Comedy Central.

The news was first reported by Deadline.


H/T: Special thanks to @RegularTweetsUK for the news!

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Tuesday, July 05, 2022

Kellogg’s Unveils Apple Jacks Slime Cereal

Kellogg’s has partnered with Nickelodeon to launch Kellogg's® Apple Jacks® Slime, a brand new cereal inspired by Nickelodeon's iconic green slime!


Kellogg's Apple Jacks Slime is a sweet, green apple flavored cereal that turns milk green right before your eyes.

Apple Jacks typically has the flavor combination of apples and cinnamon, but with this limited release, Kellogg’s has gone with a green apple, removing the cinnamon entirely.

Nickelodeon has previously teamed up with Walmart to release Nickelodeon Slime ice cream and pops, and Nickelodeon Slime sauce (green ketchup). Nickelodeon and FYE also previously teamed up to release Reptar Cereal, based on the iconic cereal in Nickelodeon's beloved animated series, Rugrats, which also famously turns milk green.

Boxes of Kellogg's® Apple Jacks® Slime are on supermarket shelves today!

Stream all your favorite Nickelodeon shows old and new on Paramount+. Try it FREE at ParamountPlus.com!


Original source: Ghostbusters News; Additional source: @CandyHunting.

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Shari Hanson Promoted To EVP, Physical Production And Visual Effects For Paramount Pictures & Nickelodeon Animation

Shari Hanson has been promoted to the role of Executive Vice President (EVP), Physical Production and Visual Effects at Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Animation.


In her new role, Hanson will continue her work on Paramount’s live-action features, while expanding into the realm of hybrid animation/live-action titles at Nickelodeon. The longtime physical production exec came to Paramount in 2015, having previously worked at companies including Industrial Light & Magic.

Prior to joining the physical production team nearly seven years ago, Hanson worked with Paramount on several of its film franchises. She began her career at Industrial Light & Magic in 1994, where she oversaw over 200 commercials, music videos and feature films. At the company, which was founded by George Lucas, Hanson was a visual effects producer for several CGI-heavy films such as Hulk, The Day After Tomorrow, The Island, Mission: Impossible 3 and Transformers.

She later transitioned to freelance and continued to work in visual effects on films such as Rango, Star Trek, The Lone Ranger and Terminator Genysis, as well as with directors including Ang Lee, J.J. Abrams, Michael Bay and Gore Verbinski.


Hanson’s promotion comes as Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Studios work to streamline their strategy for production.

Announcing Hanson’s promotion today (July 5) was Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Studios’ President of Worldwide Physical Production, Lee Rosenthal. Read his memo circulated internally at Paramount and Nick below.

Dear Team,

As our organization continues to move forward with the overall strategy for aligning and optimizing the production groups across Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Studios, I want to share an exciting update with you.

I am proud to announce that Shari Hanson, an exemplary executive, and invaluable member of our team, is being promoted to Executive Vice President of Physical Production and Visual Effects for Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Animation. In addition to her work on Paramount’s live-action films, Shari’s portfolio will expand to include our hybrid animation/live-action titles produced at Nick Animation.

As we all know, Shari is a great physical production executive and trusted partner to our producers, as witnessed on The Lost City, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Gemini Man and Crawl. With this newly created hybrid role, we have an amazing opportunity to bridge our VFX and production work in unique, collaborative ways moving forward. Given her thirty-year track record in production and VFX and strong, trusting filmmaker relationships, I have no doubt Shari will elevate our VFX operations as we continue to ramp up our slates in ’23-’24 and beyond.

Prior to joining us as a physical production executive in 2015, Shari worked with Paramount on several of its most beloved franchise properties. After beginning her career in advertising, her passion for visual storytelling led her to Industrial Light & Magic in 1994 where she moved up the production ladder on over 200 commercials, music videos and feature films. During an era of immense visual effects innovation, Shari was a visual effects producer for several groundbreaking films such as Hulk, The Day After Tomorrow, The Island, Mission: Impossible 3 and Transformers. Building on her filmmaker and studio relationships, she transitioned to freelance and continued to VFX produce, associate produce and co-produce tentpole films such as Star Trek, the Oscar®-winning Rango, The Lone Ranger and Terminator Genysis. Shari has worked repeatedly with many of the industry’s most revered directors including Ang Lee, JJ Abrams, Michael Bay and Gore Verbinski.

It’s incredible to think how much we’ve accomplished as a studio since the start of the year, and I’m just so grateful and proud to be part of this team.  I hope everyone is really feeling our momentum and understands how important our expertise is to the broader organization.

Thank you to everyone for your commitment, hard work and passion — and please join me in congratulating Shari on this new role!

Lee


Original source: Deadline; Additional source: Variety.

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July 2022 on Nickelodeon Russia

--- This July (июле), Nickelodeon Russia (Россия) will be airing:

Nickelodeon Russia July 2022 Trailer (Nickelodeon Russia)


It's Pony New Episodes Promo - Starting July 8, 2022 (Nickelodeon Russia)


The Patrick Star Show New Episodes Promo - Starting July 24, 2022 (Nickelodeon Russia)


Фрагмент эфира Nickelodeon (04.07.2022)


Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks Promo - Starting July 4, 2022 (Nickelodeon HD Europe) [Kazakh Audio]


Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks Promo - Starting July 4, 2022 (Nickelodeon HD Europe) [Russian Audio]


Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks Promo - Starting July 4, 2022 (Nickelodeon HD Europe) [English Audio]


Nickelodeon Power Party Marathons Promo - July 2022 (Nickelodeon HD Europe) [Kazakh Audio]


Nickelodeon Power Party Marathons Promo - July 2022 (Nickelodeon HD Europe) [Russian Audio]


Nickelodeon Power Party Marathons Promo - July 2022 (Nickelodeon HD Europe) [English Audio]


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Originally published: July 04, 2022.

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