Tuesday, February 07, 2023

Nickelodeon UK Announces 'PAW Patrol on a Stroll' Initiative to Raise Funds For Dogs Trust

Nickelodeon’s nationwide activity, Paw Patrol on a Stroll, will raise funds for Dogs Trust as well as celebrating the 10th anniversary of the animated series.

This spring, Nickelodeon will rollout a nationwide activity plan, inspired by the beloved preschool animated series, PAW Patrol, created by Spin Master Entertainment. Paw Patrol on a Stroll is an activity-led walk that nurseries, child carers and families can take part in with children, and will take place between 22nd-26th May to raise money for Dogs Trust.

Paw Patrol on a Stroll will take nurseries, child carers and children out on a walk to raise vital funds for dogs in need. The activity guide provided will include a variety of ideas for the sponsored walk as well as extra activities for the Paw Patrol on a Stroll week, centred on teamwork and good citizenship; two key Paw Patrol values.

There will be cut out mask templates of the Paw Patrol Pups for children to decorate and wear, as well as a cut out dog template for children to colour in and take on their mission walk. Nurseries will be able to choose which day in the Paw Patrol on a Stroll week to complete their sponsored walk, as well as the optional group activities. Practitioners are encouraged to discuss with children what teamwork and citizenship means, empowering children to believe they can achieve big things when working as part of a team.

Nurseries will be encouraged to raise funds for Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest canine charity which rehomes around 14,000 dogs each year. The activity guide which will be made available to all participating childcare practitioners will include a host of fundraising ideas, tips and information on how the funds raised will help dogs across the UK.

On completion of each Paw Patrol on a Stroll activity children will receive a participatory badge and each nursery will receive a certificate to thank them for their support of Dogs Trust.

2023 marks the 10 year anniversary of Paw Patrol, which is broadcast in 180 countries and 30+ languages.

Venetia Davie, vice president of Consumer Products at Paramount said: “The Paw Patrol on a Stroll initiative is a marvellous way to engage with kids across the UK and help educate them on the importance of teamwork and citizenship, all while raising donations for dogs in crisis. We hope to maximise awareness of the initiative by launching it concurrently with Paw Patrol’s 10th anniversary as well as putting into practice the brand’s promise of empowering children to believe they can achieve big things when working as part of a team.”

Owen Sharp, chief executive of Dogs Trust, commented: “This is a wonderful initiative to be a part of and I’m delighted that Nick Jr. will be supporting Dogs Trust through this fun and engaging activity. We are currently dealing with an influx of dogs that need rehoming, the largest ever in the charity’s history, as the cost-of-living pressures are sadly affecting dog owners who can no longer take care of their dogs. The funds raised through this activity will be crucial to ensure we are able to meet the needs of all the dogs we support.”

For more information, visit pawpatrol-on-a-stroll.justgiving-sites.com

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Paramount+ and Three UK Partner For Mobile Distribution of the Streaming Service


Paramount+ is now available as an optional add-on for Three UK’s new monthly contract customers

Major new partnership with Three UK is the latest step in the streaming service’s strategy to grow its direct-to-consumer distribution in the UK

London, 6 February 2023: Paramount+, the global streaming service from Paramount Global (NASDAQ: PARA, PARAA), has joined forces with Three UK – the UK’s fastest-growing 5G network – to give customers access to more than 8,000 hours of the biggest entertainment titles.

Three UK becomes the streaming service’s first major mobile partner in the UK, as Paramount+ continues to grow its direct-to-consumer distribution.

Paramount+ is now available to new customers of Three UK who take out a qualifying monthly plan. Paramount+ is the exclusive subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) partner for Three UK, offering customers complementary access to the service for varying durations, depending on their tariff. At the end of their introductory offer, customers can roll onto mobile billing to pay for the service at the current market rate.

Paramount+ brings together exclusive originals, blockbuster films and iconic series across every genre from Paramount’s world-renowned brands and production studios including Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, SHOWTIME® and the Smithsonian Channel™.

As part of its ‘Mountain of Entertainment’, Paramount+ offers some of the most highly anticipated originals, including the sci-fi hit HALO, YELLOWSTONE, 1923, THE MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN, THE FLATSHARE, KAMP KORAL: SPONGEBOB’S UNDER YEARS and iCARLY. The streaming service is also home to a wide selection of new blockbuster films, including TOP GUN: MAVERICK.

“Mobile distribution is a crucial part of our strategy to reach the widest possible audience with our premium content proposition”, said Akhila Khanna, Vice President, Partnerships & Business Development, UK, at Paramount. “This significant partnership with Three UK allows us to complement their broad penetration and market-leading capabilities with the high value add on streaming content from Paramount+.”

“Our partnership with Paramount+ will make some of the best and biggest TV shows and films on the planet directly available to our customers”, said Andy Foy, Director of New Products and Propositions, at Three UK. “We are excited to be embarking on this journey with Paramount+ on the UK’s Fastest 5G Network.”  


About Paramount+

Paramount+ is a global digital subscription video streaming service from Paramount that features a mountain of premium entertainment for audiences of all ages. Internationally, 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 SHOWTIME®, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel™, in addition to a robust offering of premier local content. The service is currently live in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland and South Korea. For more information about Paramount+, please visit www.paramountplus.com


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Paramount+ Introduces Peak Romance Collection


The First-Ever Valentine’s Day-Inspired Collection Includes Over 200 of the Best Rom-Coms and Love Stories, Such as the New Paramount+ Original “At Midnight”

Featuring Over 10 Curated Carousels Exploring Different Genres of Romance Including Modern Love, Classic Romances, ‘90s Love or Something Like It, Twisted Romances and More

Stream the Valentine’s Day Collection Here

NEW YORK – Feb. 6, 2023 – Paramount+ today debuted Peak Romance, an all-new seasonal collection featuring over 200 romance-themed movies and seasonal episodes from beloved series. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the swoon-worthy library includes a curated assortment of love stories spanning from tales of modern love and popular rom-coms to nostalgic ‘90s films and twisted romances. The upcoming new rom-com AT MIDNIGHT, premiering exclusively on Paramount+ on Friday, Feb. 10, will join the collection as well as a special Valentine’s Day episode of GHOSTS on Thursday, Feb. 16*. The Peak Romance collection can be streamed now here.

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The picture-perfect collection of genre-defining rom-coms features more than 10 creative carousels that will enhance discovery of the diverse portfolio. From epic romances and timeless love stories to oddball couples and star-crossed lovers, Paramount+ has expertly themed carousels for everyone this holiday:  

  • Classic Romance: Iconic love stories for the ages such as GREASE, DIRTY DANCING, BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, THE GREAT GATSBY (1974), FUNNY FACE, SOME LIKE IT HOT and more. 
  • ‘90s Love or Something Like It: Nostalgic rom-coms including CLUELESS, RUNAWAY BRIDE, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, ALMOST FAMOUS, HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS, SOAPDISH and more. 
  • 2000s Rom-Coms: Favorite early 2000s romantic comedies including HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS, MEAN GIRLS, THE WEDDING PLANNER, SAVE THE LAST DANCE, NO STRINGS ATTACHED, SHE’S THE MAN and more.
  • Modern Love: Broad and popular films including THE LOST CITY, LICORICE PIZZA, ELIZABETHTOWN, LAST HOLIDAY and shows including BOB HEARTS ABISHOLA, THE NEIGHBORHOOD and more.
  • Twisted Romance: Movies and shows exploring the darker side of love such as SIGNIFICANT OTHER, BASIC INSTINCT, HOUSE OF GUCCI, WHY WOMEN KILL, VANILLA SKY and more. 
  • LOL (Lots of Love): Valentine’s-themed episodes that will have audiences crying from laughter from shows including FRASIER, DRUNK HISTORY, WORKAHOLICS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH, I LOVE LUCY and more. 
  • From SHOWTIME with Love: A look at the many sides of love for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME bundle subscribers featuring shows and movies such as FATAL ATTRACTION, THE HOLIDAY, THE TWILIGHT SAGA, THE CHI, GEORGE & TAMMY, MOONSTRUCK, MIDSOMMAR, LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE and more. 
  • Heartthrobs & Heartbreak: Unscripted dramas including ARE YOU THE ONE?, ALL STAR SHORE, LOVE & HIP HOP, THE REAL WORLD, THE REAL LOVE BOAT, CATFISH: TROLLS and more. 
  • Valentine’s Yay!: Episodes for Cupid’s smallest valentines such as HEY ARNOLD!, RUGRATS, PEPPA PIG, BLUE’S CLUES, PAW PATROL, BIG NATE, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS and more. 
  • Swoon-Worthy: Romantic dramas and period stories including IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, THE CIDER HOUSE RULES, BECOMING JANE, A WALK ON THE MOON, WUTHERING HEIGHTS, JANE EYRE and more. 
  • Offbeat Relationships: Odd-ball and quirky love stories such as EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, SUPERSTAR, THE SWITCH, HEAVEN CAN WAIT, ELECTION, LOVE SICK, A NIGHT AT THE ROXBURY and more.

Paramount+ subscribers will also be treated to the premiere of the all-new original romantic comedy film AT MIDNIGHT, premiering Friday, Feb. 10. AT MIDNIGHT centers on Alejandro (Diego Boneta, “Father of the Bride”), a hotel manager, and Sophie (Monica Barbaro, TOP GUN: MAVERICK), a movie star. He’s focused on opening his own hotel; she’s trying to concentrate on her new superhero film. When Sophie catches her co-star and boyfriend (Anders Holm) cheating, fate strikes when the shoot brings them all to Alejandro’s hotel in Mexico. Despite their radically different lives, Alejandro and Sophie begin to secretly meet “At Midnight.” 

Sparks will also fly in a romantic episode of the CBS Original series GHOSTS on Thursday, Feb. 16. In “A Date to Remember,” Sam and Jay help Thorfinn create a perfect first date with Flower. And, be sure to catch a special themed episode of THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT, with “Date Night” (Wednesday, Feb. 22) featuring couples getting a chance to win amazing prizes including romantic getaways for two.  

The Paramount+ Valentine’s Day Collection is available to stream now here.  

*Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service as well as on-demand. Essential tier subscribers will have access to on-demand the day after the episode airs.

About Paramount+

Paramount+, a direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, combines live sports, breaking news and a mountain of entertainment. The premium 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. The service is also the streaming home to unmatched sports programming, including every CBS Sports event, from golf to football to basketball and more, plus exclusive streaming rights for major sports properties, including some of the world’s biggest and most popular soccer leagues. Paramount+ also enables subscribers to stream local CBS stations live across the U.S. in addition to the ability to stream CBS News Streaming Network for 24/7 news, CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis.

For more information about Paramount+, please visit www.paramountplus.com and follow @ParamountPlus on social platforms.


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Comedy Central Shares First Look at ‘South Park’ Season 26 Debut

Comedy Central has shared a clip and images for the premiere episode of the 26th season of Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s renowned Emmy and Peabody Award-winning animated series, South Park, coming Wednesday, February 8… YES, THIS WEEK! All-new episodes will be available to stream in HD on SouthPark.cc.com, CC.com, and the Comedy Central App post-premiere. The new season will also roll out on Comedy Central internationally throughout 2023.

In the first episode, “Cupid Ye,” Cartman is jealous of the friendship that’s developed between Kyle and Tolkien and decides to do something about it. Check out the first-look clip below. But first, a little history lesson:

The show first aired in August 1997, inspired by a VHS-shared, animated short entitled The Spirit of Christmas, beginning an era of adult animation from which there was NO turning back! Co-created and executive produced by Trey Parker and Matt Stone Parker, Anne Garefino and Frank C. Agnone II also serve as executive producers. Eric Stough, Adrien Beard, Bruce Howell, and Vernon Chatman serve as producers. Christopher Brion is the creative director of South Park Digital Studios.

Last summer, Comedy Central celebrated the show’s 25th anniversary with South Park: The 25th Anniversary Concert. Filmed live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, it starred Trey Park and Matt Stone, Primus, and Ween, with a special appearance by members of the band RUSH – it is currently available on Paramount+.

MTV Entertainment Studios’ expansive deal with Parker and Stone extends the South Park franchise on Comedy Central through 2027. In addition to the series extension, the deal includes 14 South Park original made-for-streaming events for Paramount+, including South Park: The Streaming Wars Parts 1 & 2, South Park: Post Covid, and South Park: Post Covid: The Return Of Covid.

And now…

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Nickelodeon Reveals 2023 Writing and Artist Program Participants

Nickelodeon Reveals New Writing and Artist Program Participants

Programs align with ‘Content for Change’ initiative, a commitment to foster inclusive and diverse talent while developing tools needed to launch careers

4 writers and 8 artists join the annual programs

Nickelodeon has announced that 12 new participants have been selected to join its annual Writing and Artists Programs. The long-running Writing Program enters its 23rd year, while 2023 marks the 12th year for the Artist Program. Both programs are overseen by the Paramount Office of Global Inclusion and aligned with the company’s Content for Change initiative.

“We are thrilled to welcome the new participants and future storytellers to the Nickelodeon Writing and Artist Programs,” said Marva Smalls, Paramount’s Executive Vice President, Global Head of Inclusion. “For over 20 years, this program has been a catalyst for many people in the creative community to learn and develop the tools needed to launch their careers. Programs like these continue our commitment to an inclusive talent pipeline and diverse representation within both creators and the content they produce at Paramount.”

Within the yearlong Writing Program, participants get to network with executives and show creators, gain experience with script writing and pitching story ideas, attend workshops, seminars, and classes, and work in writers’ rooms. They will be paired with and offered guidance by executives mentors, including Nickelodeon’s Mollie Freilich (Director, Current Series Animation), Leslie Wishnevski (Manager, Animation Development), and Linda Halder (Director, Live-Action Development).

The Writing Program participants are:

Paige Elson:

A writer, actor, and comedian originally from Stockton, California. While studying at Pepperdine University, she “created a web series with her fellow acting peers, wrote and performed monologues, and even created, produced, and performed in a showcase for the theater department’s Black performers. As a Black, biracial, queer woman raised by a single, white mother, she often explores themes of Blackness, biracial-ness, womanhood, identity, and unconventional families in her writing.”

Michelle Miyoko Timm:

A biracial Japanese American from Castro Valley, California, she attended Las Positas Community College, where she took an acting class “she loved so much that she dropped out at age 19 and moved to Los Angeles. Unfortunately, she discovered that she’s a terrible actress. She did, however, find a love for improv and sketch comedy and writing short films.” Timm has decided to pursue comedy writing instead and is “proudly becoming her father at the volume of her mother.”

Bryan Smith and Mayanna Berrin (“Bryanna”):

Bryan Smith and Mayanna Berrin are “what’s known in showbiz as a ‘Triple Threat’—they write together, they do stand up together, and they apply for writing programs together! The essence of their voice as a writing team comes from the beautiful, messy collision of their opposite lived experiences. Berrin found her comedic style in her loud, mixed Long Island family that sent her to improv classes before she could talk. Smith developed his need for laughter growing up as an identical twin in Colorado.”

During the six-month Artist Program, participants will learn from lead artists and practice their craft while working on an animated series in various stages of production. The Artist Program tracks include storyboard, general design, or CG generalist.

The artists are paired with artistic mentors at Nickelodeon from shows, including Transformers: EarthSpark, Max and the Midknights, The Loud House, and SpongeBob SquarePants.

The Artist Program participants are:

Chase Mack (Storyboard Track):

Chase Mack was born in Houston, Texas, “and spent his formative years drawing and immersing himself in animation and filmmaking through local art classes and clubs.” He graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with a bachelor’s degree in Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communications with a focus in animation. “Mack continues to further his passion in storytelling so that he can inspire the next generation of artists.”

Dianna Kim (General Design Track):

Dianna Kim was born and raised in SoCal’s South Bay, spending summers at the beach or watching cartoons. As art was still just a hobby, she studied economics at UCLA and began a career in tech marketing. When she was abruptly laid off in early 2020, “Kim found joy in drawing again, and she made the big decision to pursue a career in animation. Through online classes, she found a love for creating spaces and telling stories through background art.”

Chad Bennett (Storyboard Track):

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Bennett “loved cartoons and spent most of his childhood drawing comics and characters inspired by the shows he saw on television. Thanks to the Internet and the advent of social media, Bennett discovered making silly cartoons could be a job! He pursued a degree in animation at Columbia College Chicago, where he found a deep love for storyboarding. Bennett recently moved to Los Angeles to break into the industry, hoping to share his sense of humor and his desire for complexity and diversity in the animation world.”

Elise Fedoroff (CG Generalist Track):

Elise Fedoroff is a Los Angeles-based 3D artist who grew up with “a passion for telling stories through her art.” Fedoroff secured her love for animation in the California State Summer School for the Arts pre-college program at CalArts, after which she attended Ringling College of Art and Design. There she discovered a passion for 3D modeling and texturing, and after graduating, she put her skills to work in the toy industry.

Doyung Lee (Storyboard Track):

Doyung Lee started his storyboarding journey two years ago, learning through mentorship programs like Rise Up Animation and Story4All, as well as numerous online resources. In college, he studied engineering, where he “fed his creativity by learning various forms of printmaking, building robots, and coming up with eclectic art projects.”

Jonathan Fernandez (General Design Track):

Jonathan Fernandez is a visual development artist based in Los Angeles. “As a child, he was inspired to draw and paint because of his love for television shows and movies. In college, he jumped around different career paths but always found time to draw and paint. Fortunately, he stumbled upon a concept art painting that reignited his curiosity and redirected him to pursue animation.”

Bikram Singh (Storyboard Track):

Bikram Singh grew up in the suburbs of Sacramento, California “watching Saturday morning cartoons and anime.” His passion for animation led him to enroll in the Animation/Illustration program at San Jose State University, and there he joined the “illustrious Shrunkenheadman Club.” After graduating, he did design and animation work for various companies and organizations in the Sacramento area.

Richard Rodriguez (General Design Track):

Richard Rodriguez is a visual development artist from Southern California “with a sense of humor and lively imagination influenced by the cartoons that captivated him in his youth.” Rodriguez honed his artistic skills at ArtCenter College of Design, where he discovered the power of visual storytelling. While working in animation has been his long-time goal, “his greatest ambition is to entertain and inspire young audiences in the same way as storytellers have done for him.”

Writing Program alumni currently working at Nickelodeon include Josh Brown (Story Editor, Baby Shark’s Big Show); Angel Hobbs (Staff Writer, That Girl Lay Lay); Sarah Allan (Writer, Big Nate); and Jeff Sayers (Staff Writer, The Loud House). In addition, program alumnus writer/producer Sameer Gardezi, in collaboration with his brainchild Break the Room, works closely with NWP designing and architecting innovative curricula for the workshops and writers’ room exercises.

Artist Program alumni include Roger Hernandez (CG Generalist, Big Nate); Dominique Evans (Visual Development Artist, Transformers: EarthSpark); Sarah Jacques (Art Director, Santiago of the Seas); Jasmine Reyes (Storyboard Revisionist, Big Nate); Anna Hill (Storyboard Artist, The Loud House); Carl Edward Mongan (Storyboard Revisionist, Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years); Marisa Torres (Visual Development Artist, Santiago of the Seas & Rock, Paper, Scissors); and Jake Kim (Storyboard Revisionist, Shimmer & Shine). Outside of Nickelodeon, alumni of both Programs have gone on to create shows and hold staff positions at every major studio and network.

For more information on the Nickelodeon Writing Program, visit @NickWriting on Twitter and @NickWritingProgram on Instagram and www.nickwriting.com, or @nick_artists on Instagram and www.nickartist.com for the Artist Program. The next submission period opens July 1 for both Programs.


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