Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Nick Jr. Germany To Premiere "Blaze and the Monster Machines" On Saturday 9th May 2015

Nickelodeon Germany has announced the exciting Nickelodeon International news on their "Nick Pressecenter" that Nickelodeon Germany's preschool channel, Nick Jr. Germany (Deutschland), will start to premiere and show "Blaze and the Monster Machines", Nickelodeon's brand-new CG-animated preschool series that will introduce viewers to the exciting world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), on Saturday 9th May 2015 at 4:00am! Following the shows debut, Nick Jr. Deutschland will continue to air "Blaze and the Monster Machines" most days at a different time each day.

Below is Nick Jr. Deutschland's debut schedule for "Blaze and the Monster Machines":

Saturday 9th May 2015 at 04:00;

Sunday 10th May 2015 at 05:10 and 16:00;

Monday 11th May 2015 at 17:10 and 18:35;

Tuesday 12th May 2015 at 06:35;

Thursday 14th May 2015 at 23:35;

Friday 15th May 2015 at 11:35 and 20:55.

To celebrate Nick Jr. Deutschland starting to air "Blaze and the Monster Machines", nickjr.de has unveiled the channels all-new official "Blaze and the Monster Machines" show website to accompany the brand new show, which features information about the series and each of the characters in the show - Blaze, AJ, Gabby, Crusher, Pickle, Darington, Starla, Stripes and Zeg!

Big thanks to dcbanners3 for the news!
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Nickelodeon South East Asia Debuts "Every Witch Way" Season Two

Nickelodeon South East Asia has announced the magical news in a post on the channels official Facebook profile page, Facebook.com/nickasia, that Nickelodeon South East Asia is currently premiering and showing brand-new episodes from the all-new second season of Nickelodeon's hit fantasy television series "Every Witch Way", weekdays at 5:00pm on Nickelodeon Philippines (PH) and at 5:40pm on Nickelodeon Singapore (SG)!

EVERY WITCH WAY SEASON 2 GALLERY: Pictured: Diego (Tyler Alvarez), Andi (Daniela Nieves), Jax (Rahart Adams), Emma (Paola Andino), Daniel (Nick Merico), Maddie (Paris Smith), Katie (Denisea Wilson), Sophie (Autumn Wendel) in Every Witch Way on Nickelodeon. Photo: Terry Doyle/Nickelodeon. © 2014 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved.

"Every Witch Way" season two has more spells, more laughs, more romance and more awesomeness than ever, and will welcome a new student to Iridium High School, new boy Jax Novoa, played by Australia's very own Rahart Adams ("Nowhere Boys", "Neighbours")!
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Nickelodeon USA To Premiere More New Episodes From "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Season Three From Sunday 26th April 2015

Nickelodeon USA has announced the Turtley Awesome news in a Tweet on their official Twitter profile page, @NickelodeonTV, that, following a short break, Nickelodeon USA will start to premiere and show more brand new episodes from "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" season three from Sunday 26th April 2015 at 11:00am ET/PT; 10:00am C, continuing the shell-raising crime-fighting adventures of the four mutant Heroes in a Half-Shell turtles — Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo!

To celebrate, Nick USA has unveiled a fantastic video featuring a sneak-peek preview from the first upcoming all-new episode, "The Noxious Avenger", which fans can watch here on nick.com! In the sneak-peek, the Turtles have been waiting for Bebop and Rocksteady for 15 hours and they are ready for a fight, plus someone gets some mutagen to the face!

Additional source: The Futon Critic.
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Nickelodeon Greece To Premiere "Henry Danger" On Saturday 25th April 2015

Nickelodeon Greece has announced the exciting news on their official website that Nickelodeon Greece, the Greek version of the world's number one kids' channel, will start to premiere and show Nickelodeon's brand-new crime-fighting comedy series "Henry Danger", locally titled "Χένρι Ο Επικίνδυνος", from Saturday 25th April 2015 at 8:00pm (20:00)!

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Viacom Details Strategic Realignment to Create Efficiencies and Drive Long-Term Growth

Original Viacom Inc. Press Release via Business Wire:

Viacom Details Strategic Realignment to Create Efficiencies and Drive Long-Term Growth

Company to Recognize Pre-Tax Charge of Approximately $785 Million in Quarter Ended March 31; Annual Cost Savings Will Total Approximately $350 Million

April 06, 2015 04:06 PM Eastern Daylight Time

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAB, VIA) today announced the elements of its strategic realignment, including initiatives designed to promote greater cross-brand collaboration, focus on new growth areas, and improve operational efficiency and financial performance.

Following a company-wide review across its worldwide Media Networks, Filmed Entertainment operations and corporate functions, Viacom is implementing significant strategic and operational improvements, including reorganizing three of its domestic network groups into two new organizations. The new structure realigns sales, marketing, creative and support functions, increases efficiencies in program and product development, enhances opportunities to share expertise, and promotes greater cross-marketing and cross channel programming activity. The Company is also reallocating resources to expand its capabilities in critical business areas including data analysis, technology development and consumer insights, reflecting the rapidly changing media marketplace, shifting consumer behavior and evolving measurement practices.

President and CEO Philippe Dauman said, "Viacom has a powerful combination of world-class brands and popular content that is driving our business across the globe. We will continue to lead the way in connecting our vibrant brands to audiences through both traditional and innovative new platforms. This strategic realignment, which is largely completed, will allow us to sharpen our focus on driving long-term growth in a rapidly changing industry. We will transition rapidly into the future, generate substantial cost savings and continue to increase our investment in original programming to bring our audiences great content in new and groundbreaking ways."

In connection with the realignment, Viacom will recognize a pre-tax charge in the second fiscal quarter of 2015 of approximately $785 million. The charge reflects the impact of write-downs of underperforming programming, including the abandonment of select acquired titles, as well as costs associated with workforce reductions. The charge also reflects accelerated amortization of programming expenses associated with a change in the Company's ultimate revenue projections for certain original programming genres that have been impacted by changing media consumption habits.

The initiatives are expected to provide ongoing annual savings of approximately $350 million. The savings in fiscal 2015 are expected to be approximately $175 million.

In light of these actions and previously discussed strategic acquisitions anticipated in the current fiscal year that could total approximately $400 million, Viacom will temporarily pause share purchases under its current $20 billion stock repurchase program in order to stay within its target leverage ratio. The repurchase program has returned $15 billion to shareholders since its inception in October 2010, including $1.5 billion in the first half of fiscal 2015. The Company anticipates resuming stock repurchases no later than October 2015, when it begins its next fiscal year.

Mr. Dauman added, "We remain steadfastly committed to returning capital to shareholders through stock buybacks as well as our ongoing dividend program. This temporary pause reflects our history of sound financial management and our commitment to operating within Viacom's target leverage ratio."

Viacom will report results for the fiscal second quarter ended March 31, on April 30, 2015.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains both historical and forward-looking statements. All statements that are not statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements reflect our current expectations concerning future results, objectives, plans and goals, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are difficult to predict and which may cause future results, performance or achievements to differ. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, among others: the measured audience acceptance of our programs, motion pictures and other entertainment content on the various platforms on which they are distributed; technological developments and their effect in our markets and on consumer behavior; competition for content, audiences, advertising and distribution; the impact of piracy; economic fluctuations in advertising and retail markets, and economic conditions generally; fluctuations in our results due to the timing, mix and availability of our motion pictures and other programming; the potential for loss of carriage or other reduction in the distribution of our content; changes in the Federal communications laws and regulations; evolving cybersecurity and similar risks; other domestic and global economic, business, competitive and/or regulatory factors affecting our businesses generally; and other factors described in our news releases and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to our 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K and reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K. The forward-looking statements included in this document are made only as of the date of this document, and we do not have any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. If applicable, reconciliations for any non-GAAP financial information contained in this news release are included in this news release or available on our website at http://www.viacom.com.

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 Nickelodeon, CMT, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, TV Land, Nick at Nite, MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, SPIKE, Logo, BET, CENTRIC, Channel 5 (UK), Tr3s, Paramount Channel and VIVA, reach a cumulative 3.2 billion television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.

For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com. Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom's blog at blog.viacom.com and Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/viacom.

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SpongeBob SquarePants Is Out Of Water And Onto The Runway With TFI

Original Toronto Fashion Incubator press release via Marketwired:

SOURCE: Toronto Fashion Incubator

February 12, 2015 16:36 ET

Media Alert/Design Challenge - Sponge Out Of Water: SpongeBob SquarePants is Out of Water and Onto the Runway With TFI

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - February 12, 2015) - SpongeBob SquarePants hits the silver screen in "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water," and now, he's making a splash on the catwalk. The Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) has partnered with Nickelodeon and Viacom to present the SpongeBob Design Challenge, a new national design competition.

The design challenge will take place during the TFI New Labels 2015 event On May 4, 2015 at One King West, where seven Canadian designers will showcase their art-to-wear pieces for a chance to win the $10,000 cash prize.



Runway design challenge to create a bold, high-fashion couture gown inspired by SpongeBob SquarePants and his Pantone colour palette


* Toronto Fashion Incubator - Award-winning non-profit organization dedicated to developing successful fashion entrepreneurs

* Viacom - With media networks reaching approximately 700 million global subscribers, Viacom's leading brands include MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and COMEDY CENTRAL

Judges - Judges will be looking for a high-impact gown that is fresh, playful and newsworthy and that best captures the spirit of SpongeBob SquarePants

* Brenda Emslie, Director, The Room, The Hudson's Bay Company
* Shauna Levy, President, Design Exchange
* Carmen Martinez, Head Of Hardlines, Canada, Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products
* Felipe Vega, Creative Director, Canada and Latin America, Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products
* Susan Langdon, Executive Director, Toronto Fashion Incubator

Designer Finalists - Seven designers out of 60 entrants were selected to showcase their creation:

* David Dixon of David Dixon Inc.
* Lise Godel of Coeur De Lise Couture
* Maria Ruginets of Masha Apparel
* Matthew Gallagher of Maison Matthew Gallagher
* Natasha Sakhuja of SAKHUJA
* Ryan Alexander Smith of Ryan Alexander Inc.
* Tanya Théberge of T Theberge Designs Inc.

Click HERE for high res images of the designer sketches


One King West Hotel


Monday, May 4, 2015


The challenge winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize for the best SpongeBob SquarePants-inspired couture gown


* Elite panel of judges
* Seven playful yet couture gowns showcased on a glamorous runway
* The winning designer accepting the $10,000 cash prize
* Tastemakers and fashion influencers

Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2015/2/12/11G033154/Images/Designer_Sketches_SB-782800597933.jpg

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Nickelodeon Launches Nick Jr. Apple Watch App That Offers Parental Controls For iPhone Users

Original Nickelodeon USA Press Release via NickPress.com:


NEW YORK – April 21, 2015 – Nickelodeon today announced the launch of the Nick Jr. Apple Watch App, enabling greater parental controls for the preschool app on the iPhone. The Nick Jr. App for iPhone offers hit preschool content and educational activities, so kids can interact with and learn from their favorite Nickelodeon preschool characters anytime and anywhere. When the Apple Watch is used in tandem with the Nick Jr. app for iPhone, parents will be able to manage screen time via a timer, supervise their child's activities on the phone and regulate the volume settings. These watch functions are extensions of the user's iPhone experience and can be accessed by tapping on the Nick Jr. icon on the watch.

"The addition of Apple Watch support for the Nick Jr. App is another opportunity for innovation at Nickelodeon, allowing parents to conveniently supervise and manage screen time on their iPhones while providing kids with the freedom to explore and learn," said Matthew Evans, SVP, Digital, Viacom Kids and Family Group.

As part of the Nick Jr. App experience for the Apple Watch, parents can manage screen time by setting a timer, start or stop the playback, and control the volume when kids are watching an On Demand video on the iPhone. Additional features include the ability of parents to see at a glance what kids are watching in the app at any given moment.

Designed specifically with preschoolers in mind, the Nick Jr. App offers a variety of educational activities, alphabet buttons that trigger pop-up surprises, live simulcast streaming of the Nick Jr. channel and on-demand episodes via TV Everywhere authentication through participating TV providers, plus over 100 short-form videos including curriculum moments, music videos, funny mashups, and exclusive first looks.

Throughout the app experience, kids will engage with characters from the net's top-rated preschool series such as PAW Patrol, Dora and Friends: Into the City!, Blaze and the Monster Machines, and Wallykazam!, while boosting their STEM, reading, motor and problem-solving skills.

To date, Nickelodeon has launched more than 20 preschool apps including top-performing titles like PAW Patrol Rescue Run (problem-solving and social skills), Blaze and the Monster Machines (STEM), Wallykazam! Letter and Word Magic (literacy), Bubble Guppies Animal School Day (science), and the award-winning Nick Jr. Draw and Play (creativity and imagination).

The Nick Jr. App is available for free on www.AppStore.com. Visit www.nickjr.com/app to learn more.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 36th 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 company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 20 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

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