Thursday, January 23, 2014

It's The Battle Of The Babysitters On Friday 31st January 2014 On Nickelodeon UK

Nickelodeon UK has announced the exciting Nick UK news in their brand new promo/trailer, below, that Nickelodeon UK and Ireland and Nickelodeon HD UK will be holding a special babysitting-themed programming stunt called "Battle of the Babysitters" from 5:00pm on Friday 31st January 2014!

As part of "Battle of the Babysitters", the best babysitting Nickelodeon Stars from some of Nick's biggest shows - "Sam & Cat", "The Haunted Hathaways", "Big Time Rush" and "iCarly" - will be going head-to-head to be crowned the best babysitter!

At 5:00pm, Sam and Cat have their plates full when Sam & Cat's Super Rockin' Fun-Time Babysitting Service babysit Gwen and Ruby (portrayed by Sophia Grace and Rosie, respectively), two British girls who turn out to be con artists and all-round brats, in the "Sam & Cat" episode #TheBritBrats.

In "The Haunted Hathaways" at 5:30pm, after Michelle leaves Miles to babysit an ever-scheming Louie and Frankie duo, they think they've pulled the ultimate prank on him. Can Miles and Michelle get the last laugh? Find out in "Haunted Babysitter"!

Then at 6:00pm, "Big Time Rush" have to do a lot of "Big Time Babysitting" when Gustavo gets Kendall and Logan to take care of an out-of-it rock legend called Babylace (Jess Harnell, Wakko Warner on "Animaniacs") until his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame that night. Meanwile, James and Carlos are stuck babysitting Kendall's sister, Katie.

The battle concludes at 6:30pm with the "iCarly" episode "iBust a Thief", in which, after Sam's laptop gets stolen, the iCarly gang tries to help track down the thief. Meanwhile, Spencer finds his misplaced old lunchbox filled with Funk E. Festers tickets, his favourite arcade, which he collected when he was ten-years-old to win a plush dolphin. However, when he gets there, he finds out they are worthless since the arcade switched to electronic points. Since adults aren't allowed to enter without a child, he takes Guppy, Gibby's younger brother (play by Ethan Munck, Noah Munck's real-life brother) with him to get in. After spending the entire day at the arcade, he manages to get the 1,000 points he needs just before it closes and wins his plush dolphin.

Who will prove to be the best Nick Nanny and be crowned the ultimate babysitting champion? Decide for yourself in the Battle of the Babysitters, coming on the 31st January, only on Nick!

Below is a online streaming video clip featuring Nick UK's "Battle of the Babysitters" promo (starts at 25 seconds into the video):

Nickelodeon channels around the world have also been holding special "Battle of the Babysitters" programming stunts, including Nickelodeon Russia and CIS (Nickelodeon Россия and СНГ), Nickelodeon Portugal and Nickelodeon Italy (Italia).
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Nick Jr. UK's "Peppa Pig" And "Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom" Nominated In The 2014 British Animation Awards

The children's entertainment and media news website Kidscreen and the licensing industry news website are reporting the very exciting Nickelodeon UK news that the popular Nick Jr. UK animated series "Peppa Pig" and "Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom" have been nominated for awards in the 2014 British Animation Awards (BAAs)!

"Peppa Pig" has been nominated for the "Best Preschool Series" British Animation Awards award for the episode "Mr. Bull in a China Shop". In the episode, while enjoying a tea break, Mr. Bull accidentally breaks his delicate teapot. He takes the pieces to Miss. Rabbit in the hope that she can mend it.

Additionally, the British comedy actress, writer and producer Morwenna Banks has been nominated for the "Best Voice Performance" BAA award for her portrayal of the character Queen Marigold in the "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom" episode "Nanny's Magic Test".

Both "Peppa Pig" and "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom" are produced by Astley Baker Davies for Nick Jr. and eOne Entertainment.

Rewarding new and established animators, the British Animation Awards are held every two years and rewards the very best in British animation across a number of categories including children's series, preschool series, short films, animated graphics for film and television, music videos and commercials.

The 2014 British Animation Awards will be held at the BFI on London's Southbank on Friday 7th March 2014. The special ceremony will be hosted by award-winning Irish comedian Aisling Bea.

Congratulations and good luck to all the finalists in the 2014 British Animation Awards!

From Kidscreen:
Peppa Pig, Gumball among top series shortlisted for British Animation Awards

The 2014 British Animation Awards (BAAs) finalists have been announced and studios up for multiple awards this year include Aardman Animations, Astley Baker Davis and Beakus.

Rewarding new and established animators, the awards are held every two years and recognize all types of animation across a number of categories including children’s series, preschool series, short films, animated graphics for film and television, music videos and commercials.

This year, Aardman Animations' Shaun the Sheep is up for best children’s series with competition from Cartoon Network Studio Europe's Amazing World of Gumball and CiTV's Compost Corner. Aardman is also nominated in the long-form category for Pirates: In An Adventure with Scientists and in the best motion graphics category for Darkside.

Astley Baker Davis’ two noms are for its hit program Peppa Pig (best preschool series) and for the voice work of Morwenna Banks in Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom.

Other notable nominations include Beakus, which is up for three awards including best mixed media children’s series for its CBeebies show Num Tums, Snapper Productions for its preschool series nomination for its first TV series production Q Pootle 5, and Karrot Animation for Sarah & Duck, also up for best preschool series.

The winners of the 2014 BAAs will be announced on March 7, 2014 at a special ceremony held at the BFI on London’s Southbank.

Here is the full list of finalists in the children's categories:

Best Preschool Series

Peppa Pig: Mr. Bull in a China Shop
Philip Hall & Joris van Hulzen
Produced by Astley Baker Davies for Nick Jr. and eOne Entertainment

Q Pootle 5: The Groobie Woogie
Adam Shaw
Produced by Snapper Productions and Q Pootle Ltd for CBeebies

Sarah & Duck: Bobsleigh
Tim O’Sullivan
Produced by Karrot Animation for CBeebies

Best Children's Series

Shaun the Sheep: The Stand Off
Lee Wilton
Produced by Aardman Animations for CBBC

Compost Corner
Westley Wood
Produced by CITV

Amazing World of Gumball: The Apology
Ben Boquelet & Mic Graves
Produced by Cartoon Network Studio Europe and SOI Studio

Best Mixed Media Children's

Baby Jake: Popping Peas
Maddy Darrall and Rafa Canales
Produced by Darrall Macqueen for CBeebies

Num Tums: No 5
Steve Smith
Produced by Beakus for CBeebies

Get Squiggling Letters: Letter A
Dan Edgley and Adrian Hedley
Produced by Dot to Dot Productions for CBeebies

Best Voice Performance

Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom: Nanny’s Magic Test
Morwenna Banks
Produced by Astley Baker Davies

The Hungry Corpse
Bill Nighy
Produced by Beakus

Compost Corner
Tim Dann
Produced by CITV

Best Long Form

Room on the Broom
Max Lang and Jan Lauchauer
Produced by Magic Light Pictures

Pirates: In An Adventure with Scientists
Peter Lord
Produced by Aardman Animations and Sony Pictures Animation

The Snowman & The Snowdog
Hilary Audus
Produced by Lupus Films

Tags: Aardman Animations, Amazing World of Gumball, Astley Baker Davis, Beakus, British Animation Awards, Darrall Macqueen, Peppa Pig, Q Pootle 5, Sarah & Duck, Shaun the Sheep
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British Animation Awards finalists revealed

The awards ceremony will take placve on London's Southbank on March 7th

The finalists of the British Animation Awards 2014 have been revealed.

Held every two years, The BAAs reward the best in British animation across a variety of categories.

British actor Bill Nighy is in the running for Best Voice Performance for his work in The Hungry Corpse, facing off against Morwenna Banks for her role as Queen Marigold in Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom: Nanny's Magic and Tim Dann for Compost Corner.

The Best Long Form category sees Aardman Animations and Sony Pictures Animations' Pirates In An Adventure with Scientists go up against the Oscar-nominated Magic Lights Pictures' Room on the Broom and Lupus Films' The Snowman and the Snowdog.

The Awards will be held at the BFI on London’s Southbank on March 7th 2014. The ceremony will be hosted by award-winning comedian Aisling Bea.

Meanwhile, Peppa Pig is up for a second BAA for Best Pre-School Series for Peppa Pig: Mr Bull in a China Shop. A win would spell the fourth gong in this category for production company Astley Baker Davies.

Peppa faces competition in the pre-school category from Q Pootle 5: The Grooble Woogie and Sarah and Duck: Bobsleigh.

Aardman Animations’ Shaun the Sheep has been nominated alongside The Amazing World of Gumball and Compost Corner in the Best Children’s Series.

Meanwhile, in the Best Music Video category, Benjamin Scheuer: The Lion, Atoms for Peace: Before Your Very Eyes and Savages: Marsahl Dear go head-to-head, while the Best Short Film category will be contested by Mikey Please for Marilyn Myller, Sam Taylor and Bjorn-Erik Aschim for Everything I can See From Here and Felix Massie for In the Air is Christopher Gray.

Elsewhere, ads for Honda, Talk Talk, TSB and Barclays received nominations for Best 2D and 3D Commercial, while Passion Pictures BBC Olympic trail Stadium UK is up against Agile Film’s animated end credits for the film Filth and Blue Zoo’s promotional sequence for the new series of Gumball in the Best Film/TV Graphics.

Several animation studios are in the running for multiple awards this year. Beakus Ltd and Aardman Animations have each been nominated for three awards. Astley Baker Davis have two nominations for Best Pre-school and Best Voice Performance. The Royal College of Art in London has produced two of the three finalists in the Best Student Award category, whilst Fieldtrip also has two nods in the Best 2D Commercial category.

The three Public Choice Awards, voted for by the public, will be announced at the awards ceremony. The Public Choice Screenings are running across the country in 14 different venues from the 25th January through to the 19th February.

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Light Up The Night With Turtle Power - Nickelodeon And 3DLightFX Partner For "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" 3D Deco Lights Range

The animation news website ToonBarn and World Screen, a publication which covers the international media business, is reporting the exciting TMNT News that Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, has partnered with 3D Deco Lights creators 3DLightFX to produce a fantastic brand-new line of three-dimensional decorative lights inspired by the networks hit CG-animated "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" series!

The 3DlightFX "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Deco Lights are cordless decorative lights that provide a playful illusion that the turtles' faces are busting through the wall while providing a soothing glow. Available now exclusively at Target in the USA, the collection includes all four turtles - Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michelangelo - for the retail price of US$29.99 each. Each "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Deco Light is battery operated with three AA battery's, uses LED lights, never gets hot to touch, and comes with a free 3D cracked wall effect sticker.

"We are excited to partner with 3DlightFX and bring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles brand to the 3D light world," said Julie McKenzie, Senior Vice President, Soft Goods and Packaged Goods, Nickelodeon

"These innovative 3D lights will bring TMNT fans closer to the ever so popular and iconic turtles in a unique illuminative way, brightening rooms everywhere."

"When Nickelodeon contacted us with interest to develop the famous pizza-loving 'Heroes in a Half-Shell' as 3D Deco lights, we jumped at the opportunity," says Tom Wegrzyn, Co-Founder and Creative Director of 3DlightFX. "The vision of having Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael crashing through the wall into the homes of fans was something we had to bring to life."

3D Deco Lights are comforting, cordless, decorative night lights that are loved by everyone and help keep the away. Tested by 3DLightFX's most discerning critics, the 3D Deco/Night Lights are an amazing addition to nurseries, rec rooms and kids' rooms.

Below is a gallery of photos featuring each of 3DlightFX's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Deco Lights in glow mode:





Visit 3DLightFX's official website for images and videos of each of their TMNT decorative lights! Booyakasha!
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