Sunday, December 21, 2014

Nickelodeon USA Unveils Official Kids' Choice Awards 2015 Website

Nickelodeon USA has unveiled the networks official "Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2015" website, which you can visit at!

To make the 2015 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, the biggest and slimiest ever, Nick needs your help! Nickelodeon wants to know what YOU'RE into and they're looking to YOU to help them decide what will happen at KCA 2015! Get ready to tell Nick all about your favorite music, video games, celebrity's, and more!

Nick are packing the house with loads of your fave celebs and performers because the Kids' Choice Awards are all about YOU! You pick who walks away with the blimp and this year YOU help make the show! To celebrate the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2015, is keeping you in the loop and giving you exclusive challenges, updates, video clips and pictures to help make this year's Kids' Choice Awards, YOUR KIDS' CHOICE AWARDS!

Nick USA's official Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2015 website currently features a "You Tell Us" page where NickHeads can tell Nickelodeon how they would make the Kids' Choice Awards more awesome, a poll asking fans what they would like to see at the 2015 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards - more celebrity's or more slime - plus exclusive videos, including Nickelodeon USA's "The Kids' Choice Awards Is Coming" teaser trailer, a video featuring all the highlights from Kids' Choice Awards 2014, and a video which relives all the moments that viewers help make an impact with during past KCA's!

Nickelodeon USA's official "Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2015" website also confirms that Nick USA will be holding, premiering and showing the main "Kids' Choice Awards 2015" ceremony on Saturday 28th March 2015 in Los Angeles, California!
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Asian Networks Acquire Rights To Raft Of Animated Nickelodeon Programming

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Asia has announced the exciting Nickelodeon International news in the following press release, from VIMN Asia's official Pressroom, that broadcasters in China, the Philippines and Taiwan have picked up the broadcast rights to a raft of Nickelodeon's original animated shows!

Original Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Asia Press Release:


Tweet This: Asian Broadcasters Unwrap a Host of #Nickelodeon Programming Treats

SINGAPORE, 3 DECEMBER 2014 - With Asia TV Forum taking place next week from 9 to 12 December, broadcasters in China, the Philippines and Taiwan are wasting no time snapping up Nickelodeon animation content.

Wrapped up under the tree at FTA broadcaster ABS-CBN in the Phillippines will be a host of Nickelodeon pre-school treats, including Paw Patrol (S1), Team Umizoomi (S3) and Dora the Explorer (S6), and for kids of all ages SpongeBob SquarePants (S8-9).

Beefing up its schedule for the big kids, ABS-CBN has also tapped into Nickelodeon's library of action, mystery, martial arts and sci-fi titles, recruiting to its cause fearless adventurers, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (S1-2), Penguins of Madagascar (S3), Kung Fu Panda (S1&3), The Legend of Korra (S1) and Monsters vs Aliens (S1).

IPTV broadcaster BesTV has put 20 separate Nickelodeon titles in its shopping trolley, including special episodes of Dora the Explorer, A Fairly Odd Christmas and A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up Timmy Turner! alongside additional series of Dora the Explorer (S1-2), Fairly Odd Parents (S9), Team Umizoomi (S4), T.U.F.F. Puppy (S1), Bubble Guppies (S1) and SpongeBob SquarePants (S2-3,7).

Off-world antics will be keeping BesTV viewers glued to their sets thanks to the acquisitions of Invader Zim (S1-2), Monsters vs Aliens (S1), Planet Sheen (S1), Robot and Monster (S1) and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius (1-2). Back on earth, Nickelodeon superheroes and unusual friendships make the grade, as BesTV rounds out its animation offering, thanks to Sanjay & Craig (S1), Legend of Korra (S1) and Kung Fu Panda (S1).

In Taiwan, pay-TV Eastern Broadcasting Asia Co., Ltd is loading up its sleigh with 8 different Nickelodeon titles including 8 seasons of SpongeBob SquarePants (S1-8) and 3 series of Dora the Explorer (S3-4,6). Additional treats under the tree for pre-schoolers will include Go, Diego, Go! (S1-2), Team Umizoomi (S2&4), Blue's Clues (S4) and Paw Patrol (S1), while older viewers will be able to enjoy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (S2) and Monsters vs Aliens (S1).


About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year globally and 16th year in Asia, is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family. Creating surprising and playful entertainment experiences everywhere it goes, Nickelodeon has a portfolio that includes television programming and production around the world, plus special events, consumer products, digital offerings, recreation, books, feature films and pro-social initiatives. Nickelodeon's brands are seen globally in more than 450 million households in over 100 territories via more than 70 locally programmed channels and syndication. For more information about Nickelodeon in Asia, visit


Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is comprised of many of the world's most popular multimedia entertainment brands, including MTV, MTV LIVE HD, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central, Paramount Channel, and more. Viacom brands are seen globally in more than 3.2 billion households in approximately 170 territories and 37 languages via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties. Keep up with VIMN news by visiting the VIMN PR Twitter feed at For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit, the Viacom blog at and Twitter feed at

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"Rocket Monkeys", "Justin Time" And "If I Had Wings" Capture The Tenth Annual Shaw Rocket Prize

Original Shaw Rocket Fund Press Release via Marketwired:

Justin Time, Rocket Monkeys and If I Had Wings Capture the Tenth Annual Shaw Rocket Prize

All three Canadian programs awarded a $25,000 prize as chosen by kids from across the country

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 25, 2014) - The Shaw Rocket Fund is pleased to announce the winners of the tenth-annual Shaw Rocket Prize, with three independently-produced Canadian children's programs capturing top honours at a gala event held this evening at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa.

Presented each year to the best independently-produced Canadian children's, youth, and family programs and their associated digital content, the $25,000 Shaw Rocket Prize was given out to each of the three winners in their respective age categories: Justin Time by Toronto production company Guru Studio, Rocket Monkeys by Toronto's Breakthrough Entertainment and If I Had Wings by Vancouver's Really Real Films.

"On behalf of the Shaw Rocket Fund, we congratulate the producers of the three shows winning top honours this year," said Annabel Slaight, Chair of the Shaw Rocket Fund. "The quality of all entries received is a true testament to the high level at which Canadian production teams are functioning and the strength of the Canadian children's media industry as a whole."

Hosted by Global News Chief Political Correspondent Tom Clark, and ET Canada's Sangita Patel, the Shaw Rocket Fund awards were presented at the gala to the production teams of the three winning programs by the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

"We are pleased to celebrate Canada's leadership position in producing quality children's programming," said Minister Glover. "We would like to extend our congratulations to both the winners and the finalists of this year's Shaw Rocket Prize, and celebrate their dedication to telling the kind of stories we can all be proud of."

Barb Williams, Executive Vice President, Broadcasting and President, Shaw Media, commented on the leadership role Canadians have taken in creating quality and inspirational children's television content.

"On behalf of Shaw Communications, we'd like to congratulate this year's winners and acknowledge their commitment to producing some of the best children's programming this country has to offer," said Barb Williams. "This award represents Shaw's continued dedication to investing in the growth and development of programming for children and youth."


Preschool Category (ages 0-to-5) - Justin Time, Season 2

Justin, Olive and Squidgy star in the biggest stories of all time, told from every corner of the world. Every day, preschool challenges set the stage for exciting adventures. From building a sky scraper in Manhattan, to questing through Ancient Greece and even playing tag with a dinosaur, preschoolers will be surprised how Justin's imaginative adventures relate to their everyday lives.

Children (ages 6-to-12) - Rocket Monkeys, Season 2

When facing rogue black holes, criminal masterminds, and rifts in the evil dimension, the universe turns to its bravest and brightest to save the day. When those guys are busy, the universe is stuck with the Rocket Monkeys. Inexplicably charged with carrying out a wide range of important missions, brothers Gus and Wally, along with their devoted robot friend YAY-OK, tend to cause more intergalactic calamity than they actually prevent.

Youth and Family (ages 13-to-17) - If I Had Wings

Sixteen-year-old Alex dreams of flying and of running for his high school's cross-country track team. Both dreams seem equally out of reach, as Alex has been blind since the age of two. Alongside his troubled running partner Brad Coleman, the two boys must overcome many obstacles and prejudices for Alex to make his exciting climactic run at the County championship.


The finalists of the 2014 Shaw Rocket Prize's three categories were selected by an international jury of industry experts. This jury was comprised of

* Jules Borkent - SVP, Global Acquisitions and International Programming, Nickelodeon, Viacom International Media Networks;

* Stephen Green - EVP Kids Content and Distribution, ITV Studios Global Entertainment;

* David Levine - Vice President, Programming, Production and Strategic Development, Disney Channels Europe, Middle East and Africa;

* Cecilia Persson - Vice President, Acquisitions & Co-Productions, EMEA and International, Turner Broadcasting, Kids;

* Alison Stewart - Head of CBeebies, Production, Animation and Acquisitions, BBC.

Once narrowed to five finalists, a jury of children from across Canada chose their favourite programs by voting on each finalist's television and digital media content online throughout October and November. All children who voted were entered into a draw to win a $2,500 scholarship.

About Shaw Rocket Fund

The Shaw Rocket Fund is a forward-thinking, not-for-profit production fund that focuses on stimulating excellence in the Canadian children's production industry through investment and various initiatives such as the much celebrated Shaw Rocket Prize which has awarded $475,000 in prize money to date. The Fund is a passionate champion for the children's production sector to ensure that Canadian children's media experience is enhanced with high quality programming, recognizing that entertainment for kids has become a multi-platform experience and part of children's everyday lives. To date, the Shaw Rocket Fund has proudly invested over $160 million towards high quality television programs and their associated digital media content. Shaw Rocket Fund is supported by Shaw Communications, Shaw Pay Per View, a division of the Shaw Cablesystems, and Shaw Direct.

About Shaw Communications

Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company. Shaw serves 3.2 million consumers and businesses through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw provides consumers with broadband Internet, WiFi, Digital Phone and Video services. Shaw Business provides businesses with Internet, data, WiFi, telephony, Video and fleet tracking services, and ViaWest provides collocation, cloud and managed services. Shaw Media provides Canadians with engaging programming content through one of Canada's largest conventional television networks, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks, including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY® and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.B, NYSE - SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit

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Viacom Inc. to Report Quarterly Financial Results on Thursday 29th January 2015

Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), the parent company of the Nickelodeon brand, has announced in a press release on Business Wire that it will issue the media company's financial results for the quarter ending Wednesday 31st December 2014 on Thursday 29th January 2015. The Company will conduct a conference call at 8:30 a.m. (ET), following the release of its earnings announcement.

A live audio webcast of the call will be available here and on the Investor Relations homepage of Viacom's website, beginning at 8:30 a.m. (ET) on January 29. The conference call can also be accessed by dialing (866) 575-6538 (domestic) or (913) 312-1498 (international). Please call five minutes in advance to ensure that you are connected prior to the call.

The audio webcast replay will be available beginning at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on January 29 in the Events/Webcasts section of Viacom's website. A replay of the call will also be available beginning at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on January 29 at (888) 566-0808 (domestic) or (402) 220-9387 (international).

The earnings release and any other information related to the call will be accessible from the home page of Viacom's website.
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Viacom Releases 2014 Viacommunity Social Responsibility Report

Original Viacom Press Release via Business Wire:

Viacom Releases Annual Viacommunity Social Responsibility Report

Report Released In Conjunction with New Series of Viacom NO MORE PSAs Taking on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

December 15, 2014 10:30 AM Eastern Standard Time

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB, VIA) today released its annual corporate social responsibility report, "Viacommunity 2014 Review: Impact Creating Value." The report showcases the company's investment in some of today's most pressing issues, and its work to inspire and activate audiences to bring about positive social change. In conjunction with the report's release, Viacom launched a powerful new series of NO MORE PSAs to raise awareness for the NO MORE movement to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

A few highlights from the Viacommunity report include:

* Viacom committed $116 million in in-kind goods and services to campaigns and nonprofit partners in 2013, the same amount that would purchase 464 seats on Virgin Galactic's commercial trips to space – or 5 copies of the Magna Carta.

* 1.8 million kids, educators and parents visited the Get Schooled website during the 2013-14 school year, enough to fill every Major League Baseball stadium, and then Yankee Stadium another 11 times.

* 40,000 volunteer hours were donated by Viacom employees in 2013. In that time you could watch the entire film Titanic 11,428 times.

"Our partnership with the NO MORE movement is a prime example of Viacom's commitment to shining a spotlight on the most important issues of the day," said Philippe Dauman, Viacom President and CEO. "I am proud to showcase this work and all of the company's initiatives in the Viacommunity 2014 Review."

The full "Viacommunity 2014 Review: Impact Creating Value" is available here.

The new "Speechless" NO MORE PSAs, produced by Viacom Velocity and the Joyful Heart Foundation, highlight the difficulty and critical need of starting conversations around domestic violence and sexual assault. The NO MORE PSA campaign initially launched in September 2013 and was designed to help dispel many of the most common and pervasive myths about sexual assault and domestic violence, and to engage the public in an open dialogue about these important issues. The three-year PSA campaign, developed in partnership with Y&R, director Mariska Hargitay and world-renowned photographer Timothy White, has been rolling out across the country in local and national markets via print, broadcast, online and outdoor advertising, in movie theaters nationwide, and in major airports and medical facilities.

About Viacom

Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form video, apps, games, consumer products, social media and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 165 countries and territories. Viacom's media networks, including MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, BET, CENTRIC, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick at Nite, Comedy Central, TV Land, SPIKE, Channel 5 (UK), Tr3s, Paramount Channel and VIVA, reach approximately 700 million households worldwide. Paramount Pictures, America's oldest film studio, is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.

For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom's blog at and Twitter feed at

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Katie Keenan To Lead Acquisitions For Viacom International Media Networks UK; Vanessa Brookman And Craig Morris Appointed As Brand Leads For 5* And Spike UK

Original Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) UK and Ireland Press Release via the Viacom UK and Ireland Press Centre:

Katie Keenan to lead acquisitions for Viacom in the UK

Vanessa Brookman and Craig Morris appointed as brand leads for 5* and Spike UK

London, 11th December 2014 – Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has promoted Katie Keenan to become Head of Acquisitions for Channel 5 and VIMN UK, giving her lead responsibility for acquiring programming for all its TV channels in the UK.

At the same time, VIMN has also confirmed the appointment of Vanessa Brookman and Craig Morris as the respective programming leads for 5* and Spike UK, due to launch in the spring of 2015.

Keenan, who is currently Head of Acquisitions for Channel 5 only, will become Viacom's main UK liaison with the U.S. studios and other distributors of TV content. She will work with the acquisition and programming teams of Channel 5, Comedy Central and MTV to identify and deliver their acquired programming requirements, with an additional focus on sharing content between brands.

She will continue to report to Channel 5's Director of Programming, Ben Frow, but will also have a reporting line to Jill Offman, SVP, Managing Director, Comedy Central UK for Comedy Central acquisitions.

Morris, who is also Head of Channel Management at Channel 5 and Brookman, who remains VP, Programming for MTV UK, will also report to Frow in their new roles overseeing programming for Spike UK and 5*. Brookman will additionally continue to report to Kerry Taylor, SVP, General Manager of MTV UK.

David Lynn, President, VIMN UK, said: "Viacom can now call on exceptional executive talent – like Katie, Craig and Vanessa – within both Channel 5 and our pay TV businesses to strengthen our overall UK operations. Our UK channels buy a lot of U.S. content and it makes both financial and creative sense to centralize our approach in this important area of our business."

As Head of Acquisitions for Channel 5 since 2010, Keenan has been responsible for securing a number of key acquisitions for the channel, including one of the most high-profile U.S. dramas of 2014, Gotham, which is averaging a consolidated weekly audience of approximately 3 million viewers on Channel 5. Keenan joined Channel 5 in 2006 as Deputy Controller of Acquisitions, having worked previously in acquisitions and business and legal affairs at UKTV and Channel 4 respectively.

About Viacom International Media Networks

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), is comprised of many of the world's most popular multimedia entertainment brands, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount Channel, Channel 5 in the UK, VH1, VIVA, COLORS, Spike, Game One and Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más. Viacom brands are seen globally in more than 3.2 billion households in approximately 170 territories and 40 languages via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties. Keep up with VIMN news by visiting the VIMN PR Twitter feed at For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit

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