Monday, June 29, 2015

Meet The Creators Of "Pig Goat Banana Cricket"

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA starting to premiere and show Nickelodeon's brand-new original animated comedy series "Pig Goat Banana Cricket" on Saturday 18th July 2015 at 10:30am ET/PT, Nick USA has unveiled a fantastic behind-the-scenes video clip on their official YouTube channel featuring Johnny Ryan ("MAD Magazine", "DC Comics") and Dave Cooper ("Futarama"), the co-creators of "Pig Goat Banana Cricket", who talk about the creative process of their all-new Nicktoon, and about how the great response the shows original short, "Pig Goat Banana Mantis!", got from audiences led to Nickelodeon commissioning the series! Johnny also talks about their work on Nickelodeon Magazine!

Pig Goat Banana Cricket | Meet the Creators: Johnny Ryan & Dave Cooper | Nick

Meet the creative masterminds behind Pig Goat Banana Cricket, Johnny Ryan & Dave Cooper!

"Pig Goat Banana Cricket" follows four friends nature never intended - a pickle-obsessed Pig, a Goat with musical dreams, a Banana who loves video games and a Cricket with a crazy science lab — in Boopelite City, a gigantic, fantastical metropolis unlike anything you've seen before; where fruit can walk, animals can talk, the sidewalks are crammed with animals, robots and sea creatures, and you can find all your pickle needs at the downtown Picklemart! The quad are roommates in a treehouse, which sits in the middle of the city, surrounded by the forest, seas and everywhere else the foursome could possibly go.

From surviving a fudge-pocalypse to challenging Prince Mermeow in the underwater city of Catlantis, Pig, Goat, Banana and Cricket often find themselves in sticky situations... but wherever these four friends go, they always know where they'll end up: TOGETHER!

Nickelodeon will hold the world premieres of "Pig Goat Banana Cricket" and the networks upcoming brand-new animated comedy series "The Loud House" at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2015 on Saturday 11th July 2015!

Viewers can visit Nickelodeon's official "Pig Goat Banana Cricket" property website on and the Nick App to learn more about the show and its characters, play show-based games, take character quizzes, and watch funny short videos. Episodes of Pig Goat Banana Cricket will be available on and the Nick App, along with platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Google Play, Vudu, Playstation, Hulu and VOD.
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Nelvana's "Little Charmers: Sparkle Up" App Hits #1 on iTunes

Original Corus Entertainment Inc. Press Release via CNW:

Nelvana's Little Charmers App Hits #1 on iTunes

Kids create magical makeovers of the popular series with Little Charmers: Sparkle Up app

TORONTO, June 29, 2015 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment's Nelvana is pleased to announce that Little Charmers: Sparkle Up, the first app for the Little Charmers brand, soared to the #1 spot for downloaded iPad apps in the App Store on iTunes across the United States and Canada, less than a week after its launch. The Little Charmers animated preschool series launched in January 2015 consistently ranking among the top five preschool programs on Nick Jr. in the U.S. and Treehouse in Canada.

Little Charmers: Sparkle Up is a free download for tablets and smartphones available in the App Store on iTunes and will be available on Amazon and Google Play in July. Players can immerse themselves into Hazel, Posie and Lavender's magical world by casting spells to transform their surroundings, beam across a variety of locations and arrange charming props to create enchanting images which users can print, save and share with their friends. Additionally, they can also play with the girls' pets Seven, Flare and Treble.

"We're thrilled with the immediate popularity of the Little Charmers app," said Colin Bohm, Vice President, Head of Corus Kids. "It's no surprise that kids have embraced the app's magical interactivity that encourages exploration and seamlessly complements the top rated Nickelodeon and Treehouse series. This app is the first of many brand extensions for Little Charmers including an imaginative toy collection from our partner, Spin Master, which will roll out to mass retail later this summer."

Since rising to the top of the iTunes ranking, the app has garnered more than 100,000 downloads in the U.S. and Canada.

Little Charmers, produced by Nelvana and Spin Master, takes place in the whimsical land of Charmville where three "Charmers-In-Training" embark on spellbinding adventures using their new magical powers that always seem to cause more problems than they solve.

Little Charmers currently airs on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. in territories worldwide including the U.S., and airs on Treehouse in Canada.

About Nelvana
Nelvana is a world-leading international producer and distributor of children's animated and live-action content. Nelvana produces a stable of award-winning and globally renowned brands that focus on comedies, preschool and boys action series and ancillary consumer products programs. Nelvana's content airs on Corus Entertainment's kids channels in Canada and in over 160 countries around the world. The Nelvana library has well over 4,000 episodes of programming and has received over 70 major international program awards including Emmys® and Geminis. Visit the Nelvana website at

About Spin Master Ltd.
Spin Master is a leading global children's entertainment company that creates, designs, manufactures and markets a diversified portfolio of innovative toys, games, products and entertainment properties. Spin Master is best known for award-winning brands including Bakugan Battle Brawlers™, Air Hogs®, Spin Master Games™ and the 2015 Toy of the Year, Zoomer™ Dino. Since 2005, Spin Master has received 58 TIA Toy of The Year (TOTY) nominations with 14 wins across a variety of product categories. Spin Master has been recognized with 11 TOTY nominations for Innovative Toy of the Year, more than any of its competitors. Spin Master is among a limited number of companies that not only develop and produce global entertainment properties, characters and content, but also monetize that content through the creation, sale and licensing of products. To date, Spin Master has produced five television series, including 2007 hit series Bakugan and its current hit PAW Patrol, which is broadcast in over 160 countries and territories globally. Spin Master employs over 850 people globally with offices in Canada, United States, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Bratislava, Germany, Holland, Mexico, China, Hong Kong and Japan.

SOURCE Corus Entertainment Inc.

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Corus Entertainment Unveils First in a Suite of New Kids Apps with the Launch of TreehouseGO

Original Corus Entertainment Inc. Press Release via

Corus Entertainment Unveils First in a Suite of New Kids Apps with the Launch of TreehouseGO

Download-to-go feature gives kids and families complete portability and offline access to their favourite Treehouse shows

Corus Entertainment Unveils First in a Suite of New Kids Apps with the Launch of TreehouseGO (CNW Group/Corus Entertainment Inc.)

(Toronto, Canada) As part of Corus Entertainment's expanding digital content roll out, the company is launching a full suite of TV Everywhere apps for its kids television brands starting with TreehouseGO. Fans of Treehouse, Canada's #1 preschool network, will have access to their favourite Treehouse shows anytime, anywhere with the launch of TreehouseGO for mobile devices and tablets. Designed for kids 2 to 6, TreehouseGO is playful and easy for kids to navigate, and above all, gives them on-the-go access in the same fun, safe and trusted Treehouse environment that parents know and love. The app, free to Treehouse TV subscribers, will be continually updated with the most popular and current Treehouse series such as Dora and Friends, Little Charmers, Octonauts, Toopy & Binoo, Bubble Guppies and Mike the Knight. Visit for more information.

"We're thrilled to begin rolling out a full suite of Corus Kids brands specially optimized for mobile devices, beginning with TreehouseGO," said Colin Bohm, Vice President, Television, Head of Corus Kids. "These apps ensure that our content is everywhere consumers are and available to them whenever and wherever they want it. Parents and kids will love the flexibility of being able to watch their favourite entertainment on the go with the TreehouseGO experience that mirrors the full, rich environment of Canada's #1 television brand for young kids."

TreehouseGO is the first of several apps Corus is launching to ensure audiences have convenient access to their favourite brands and content anywhere, anytime. Corus' apps will be available free to subscribers of its TV services in Canada on iOS and Android devices, giving kids and families access to hundreds of hours of current programming that they can view, download and live stream.

TreehouseGO Key Features:

* Safe and easy for little ones to use

* Free with your Treehouse subscription

* Features full-length episodes on demand—or you watch the channel live as it airs by clicking on the Live TV icon

* Can be watched offline with the "My Backpack" download-to-go option

TreehouseGO is free to download from the App Store or Google Play and video content is available at no charge to satellite and cable subscribers of Treehouse TV. Additional features will be rolled out in the coming year.

Upon downloading and opening the TreehouseGO app, users will be able to submit their email to receive special promotions such as a discount code for tickets to Treehouse Big Day Out, the two-day family festival taking place in Toronto on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13.

Corus' new apps are built using You.i Engine software, developed by Ottawa-based startup You.i TV, which powers the user experience across all platforms. These apps are also supported by technologies from thePlatform, Adobe Primetime, Penthera, Akamai and Elemental.


Loved by Kids! Trusted by Parents! Treehouse, Canada's #1 channel for young children, offers premium programming and a trusted, safe environment for little ones and their parents. Delivering a strong balance of educational, imaginative and entertaining programs, Treehouse provides high-quality children's series from Canada and around the world. Hit shows include Bubble Guppies, Trucktown, Dora and Friends, Mike the Knight and Toopy & Binoo. Canada's pre-eminent brand for young children, Treehouse is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Learn more about Treehouse at

About Corus Entertainment Inc.

Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company that creates, broadcasts and licenses content across a variety of platforms for audiences around the world. The Company's portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children's book publishing, children's animation and animation software. Corus' brands include YTV, TELETOON, ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), HBO Canada, Historia and Séries+, as well as Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and 39 radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Fresh FM London, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at


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Nickelodeon Poland Records Best Ever Ratings In May 2015

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Polska has announced in the following press release, via, that Nickelodeon Poland (Polska) recorded record ratings in May 2015, reaching as much as 7.5% and 1.1% Shr RT in the kids aged 4-12 years demographic, making May 2015 the most successful month in Nickelodeon Poland history!

Nickelodeon Poland's record ratings were helped by Nickelodeon's roster of hit shows, including "Chica Vampiro", "Sam & Cat", "The Thundermans", "Max & Shred" and "Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn".

Nickelodeon Polska's May 2015 ratings performance was the crowning achievement of great ratings results since the channel launched in March 2010. The average share of Nickelodeon viewers in the 4-to-12 years old age group was up 6.8%, and for school-age children (7-12 years) to 8.3%. Thanks to a programme line-up popular with kids of all ages, the channel also had very high rates of AMR%: 1.2% in the 4-12 age group and 1.4% in the 7-12 demographic.

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

W maju stacja Nickelodeon Polska zanotowała najlepszy wynik w swojej dotychczasowej historii, osiągając aż 7,5% Shr i 1,1% RT w grupie 4-12 lat. To 25% wzrost wobec wyników stacji z maja 2014 roku.

To był najlepszy miesiąc w historii badań telemetrycznych Nickelodeon Polska, czyli od marca 2009 roku. Tak dobre wyniki stacja zanotowała dzięki mocnym pozycjom ramówkowym. Niesłabnącą popularnością cieszą się wśród młodych widzów pozycje takie jak „Chica Vampiro”, „Sam i Cat”, „Grzmotomocni”, „Max & Shred” oraz „Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn”.

Majowe wyniki oglądalności Nickelodeon Polska były ukoronowaniem świetnych rezultatów stacji od początku roku. W pierwszych czterech miesięcy stacja osiągała najlepsze średnie wyniki oglądalności wśród kanałów dziecięcych. Przeciętny udział Nickelodeon w grupie widzów od 4 do 12 lat wyniósł aż 6,8%, a dla dzieci w wieku szkolnym (7-12 lat) aż 8,3%. Dzięki ramówce atrakcyjnej dla dzieci w każdym wieku, kanał miał także bardzo wysoki wskaźnik AMR%: 1,2% w grupie wiekowej 4-12 oraz 1,4% – w grupie 7-12.

Nickelodeon ma szansę na osiągnięcie jeszcze lepszych wyników oglądalności za sprawą niespodzianki, którą przygotował dla najmłodszych z okazji Dnia Dziecka. Od 1 czerwca do 5 lipca kanały Nick Jr., Nickelodeon oraz Nick HD dostępne będą w otwartych oknach programowych u operatorów: Cyfrowy Polsat, Orange TV, Multimedia oraz Toya. Dodatkowo, przez cały czas trwania akcji mali widzowie uzyskają bezpłatny dostęp do 30 odcinków seriali z portfolio Nickelodeon w ramach usługi VOD. Widzowie będą mogli śledzić losy swoich ulubionych bohaterów, takich serii live action jak: „Hotel 13”, „Nawiedzeni”, „Sam & Cat” czy „Grzmotomocni”. Fanom kreskówek stacja oferuje niezwykle przygody z prawdziwymi gwiazdami: „Wojownicze Żółwie Ninja”, „Kórliki”, czy „Sanjay & Craig”. Najmłodsi widzowie też znajdą coś dla siebie. Przedszkolaki mogą poznawać świat z Dorą, małą podróżniczką czy odkrywać „Bąbelkowy Świat Gupików”.

źródło:Viacom Polska

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Nickelodeon USA To Premiere Brand-New Episodes Of "Harvey Beaks" And "Sanjay and Craig" From Saturday 18th July 2015

The television news website The Futon Critic is reporting the exciting news that Nickelodeon USA will start to premiere more brand new episodes of "Harvey Beaks" and "Sanjay and Craig" every Saturday at 11:00am and 11:30am, respectively, following the premiere of all-new episodes of Nickelodeon's brand-new original animated comedy series (NickToon) "Pig Goat Banana Cricket" at 10:30am from Saturday 18th July 2015!

Below is a list of currently announced premiere dates for each brand-new "Harvey Beaks", "Sanjay and Craig" and "Pig Goat Banana Cricket" episode:

Saturday 18th July 2015:
10:30am - Pig Goat Banana Cricket: Fudge-pocalypse (#102) (Series Premiere)
11:00am - Harvey Beaks: Fee's Haircut/Harvey's Favorite Book (#111)
11:30am - Sanjay and Craig: King of Kids/Ew de Hector (#214)

Saturday 25th July 2015:
10:30am - Pig Goat Banana Cricket: Prank Thy Neighbor (#106)
11:00am - Harvey Beaks: Dad Band/Foo's Panic Room (#112)
11:30am - Sanjay and Craig: Serpentco/Chrome Dome (#219)

Additionally, The Futon Critic is reporting the further exciting news that the brand-new episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants" that Nickelodeon USA will premiere on Thursday 16th July 2015 at 7:30pm ET/PT (6:30pm C) will be called "Lost in Bikini Bottom"/"Tutor Sauce"! To celebrate, Nick USA has launched a social media campaign called #WheresTheSquare!

Original source: ToonZone forums member shakeheitor.
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Sky To Offer Even More Great Stuff For Kids

Official Sky Press Release via the Sky Media Centre:

Sky to offer even more great stuff for kids

29 June 2015

Sky today committed to offer even more great stuff for kids as it builds on its position as the best entertainment service for children and their parents. New developments will include the launch of a dedicated app and the appointment of a Head of Kids Content. This follows the recent expansion of the kids' shows available in Sky's on demand library from 700 to 4,000 episodes, making Sky home to more episodes of the most-watched kids' shows than any other provider in the UK.

Development of the kids app for mobile devices is already underway and it is expected to launch in early 2016. To build it Sky is combining its 25 years of expertise in delivering great content in a family friendly way with the talents of ustwo: designers of Monument Valley, winner of Apple's 2014 Design Award iPad game of the year and two BAFTAs.

The app will mean children in Sky homes can access their favourite shows in a way that best suits them. Latest data from Ofcom 1 shows around one quarter of children aged 5-7 and one-third of children aged 8-11 own a tablet. The proportion of children watching TV on a tablet has risen by a third in a year to 20% while a third watch TV on-demand.

Aimed at children aged 4-9 years, the app will bring together all the best age-appropriate shows available on Sky, from the likes of The Cartoon Network, Disney and Nickelodeon, in an easy-to-use and fun way. At the heart of the app's design will be the creation of an intuitive and playful experience that empowers children to discover programmes themselves but also provides parents with peace of mind. It will include options to filter what their child views, limits usage including a 'bedtime' setting as well as the ability to understand what their child has been watching.

In addition to the app, the appointment of a new Head of Kids Content will help ensure Sky continues to offer the most compelling kids content presented in a creative and appealing way. The recruitment process for the new role has started.

Following the recent investment in expanding its on demand library, Sky is now home to 4000 episodes of much loved kids shows including Adventure Time, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom. Kids' viewing on demand is already up 50% and it is expected to grow further following the launch of a major new advertising campaign. Set to air from 29 June, 'Operation Kids' features characters from some of UK's most popular childrens' shows including Peppa Pig and Captain Barnacles from The Octonauts working together to add the new dedicated kids section to the Sky+ home page. The new section opens up a one-stop-shop of all the kids shows and movies available on demand, all kids TV recordings, plus a quick view of what's on now on linear channels like CBeebies and Nick Jr.

Stephen van Rooyen, Chief Marketing and Digital Officer, Sky commented: "We want kids to have access to all their favourite shows when and on whatever device they want, in a way that parents know is creative, engaging but ultimately, safe. Sky has always focused on providing great entertainment for the whole family which is why we are continuing to invest in what we offer the youngest members of the household."

1 Ofcom: Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes Report 2014

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About Sky
Sky is Europe's leading entertainment company. The group serves 21 million customers across five countries: Italy, Germany, Austria, the UK and Ireland. We offer the best and broadest range of content, deliver market-leading customer service and use innovative new technology to give customers a better TV experience, whenever and wherever they choose.

Sky has annual revenues of over £11 billion and is Europe's leading investor in television content with a combined programming budget of over £4.6 billion. The company employs 31,000 people and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (SKY).

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Sky's Operation Kids, created by Brothers & Sisters, is available to view here

Full credits:
Client – Sky
Agency – Brothers & Sisters
Creative Director – Tim Clarke
Creatives – Rory Robinson & Olly Fernandez
Agency Producer – Ashlie Hutber
Account Handling – Alessandra Russell & Shaida Vaillancourt
Production Company – MMMultiply
Audio – Wave Studios

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