Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Miffy And Friends Charity Cycle Challenge Begins

The licensing industry news website Licensing.biz is reporting the exciting news that 45 inteprid licensing industry colleagues, including Mark Kingston, the General Manager (GM) & Senior Vice President (SVP) for EMEA & Australia at Viacom, taking part in the Miffy & Friends Charity Cycle Challenge, a 300-mile cycling challenge taking place between London to Utrecht, created a colourful scene as they set off from the Emirates Cable Car in London at 8.30am this morning!

Bringing together the UK and Dutch licensing communities, as well as other international licensing partners, the group had already raised £50,500 by first thing this morning for The Light Fund and €25,000 for The Children's Hospital in Utrecht.

Nervous participants posed for photos with Miffy, against a backdrop of colourful banners and beach flags sponsored by a wide selection of character-owners and industry partners.

Two pelotons then headed out on the road to Folkestone - the first peloton is aiming for a speed of 16 miles per hour and the slower one at 13 miles per hour. The pace in each is being set by a lead cyclist from Sports Connection, the company managing the ride.

Viacom's Mark Kingston wearing a Sponge-tastic SpongeBob SquarePants cycle jersey by Scimitar Sports. Photo by Ian Downes, @StartLicensing.

One of the group is already nursing an injury - on his last cycle at the weekend, Icon Live's Warren Traeger was hit by a car and knocked off his bike. Although he is still in massive pain and was in a sling until this morning, he is heroically carrying on!

Executives from companies including Nickelodeon, Esdevium Games, Blues Clothing, Icon Live, Gemma, eOne, Trademark Collections, Max Publishing, Corsair, Sanrio, Collective Apparel, CPLG, Manchester City, MSB Accounting, Poetic Gem, Cherokee USA, Artists and Scientists, DRi, Rainbow Designs, Highlight PR, ESP Licensing and NJ Screenprints will all be part of the UK team.

Meanwhile, the Netherlands team will include execs from Mercis, Big Tent USA, World of Delights, Hubregtse, License Connection, Bambolino Toys, De Gele Trui Uitzenders and CPLG Benelux.

The organisers would like to say a huge thank you to the multiple sponsors of the Start and Finish line and the Beach Flags, meaning that, along with the branded jersey, it's going to be a colourful event.

To donate to the charities supported by the Miffy & Friends Charity Cycle Challenge, please visit the following Justgiving pages (or you can sponsor individual participants by visiting their own pages):

The Light Fund:


The Willhelmina Kinderziekenhuis Children's Hospital:


You can also sponsor Nickelodeon's Mark Kingston directly at https://www.justgiving.com/Mark-Kingston5/

To keep up with live updates from the group's progress, please visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/MFCCC/1590298317913466

Good luck to everyone taking part in the Miffy And Friends Charity Cycle Challenge!
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Nickelodeon Cooks Up Some Magic In "Talia In The Kitchen", New Daily Scripted Series Bowing Monday 6th July 2015 On Nick USA

Original Nickelodeon USA Press Release via NickPress.com:


New Series Launch Follows Anticipated Fourth and Final Season Premiere of Daily Hit Every Witch Way at 7 p.m. (ET/PT)

Santa Monica, Calif. – June 30, 2015 – An aspiring chef discovers if she wants to be the best, she will need a dash of magic in Talia in the Kitchen, Nickelodeon's newest live-action, daily scripted series debuting Monday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m. (all times ET/PT), following the season-four premiere of the daily scripted hit Every Witch Way at 7 p.m. Talia in the Kitchen is the story of 14-year-old Talia Parra (Maria Quezada), who discovers that she can cook just what each customer needs with her magical spices.

Filmed in Miami, Fla., Talia in the Kitchen (20 half-hour episodes) will air Monday-Friday at 7:30 p.m. after the fourth and final season of Every Witch Way (20 half-hour episodes). Each episode from both series will be available on Nick.com, the Nick App and Nick On Demand one day following their linear TV premieres. Talia in the Kitchen was created by Catharina Ledeboer and produced by Nickelodeon Latin America, the team also behind Every Witch Way.

"Talia in the Kitchen is great, fun storytelling that combines some of the trends that kids today love, like cooking, magic and wish fulfillment and, as always, comedy," said Russell Hicks. "Pairing Talia with Every Witch Way creates a full hour of daily format viewing, which our audience has an enormous appetite for due to the success of our other daily hits like Make It Pop and House of Anubis."

Talia in the Kitchen follows Talia as she discovers her passion for cooking after moving in with her eccentric grandmother (Jeanette Lehr) and her brainy little sister, Julie (Galilea Lasalvia). With the help of her friends (Ellis Ann Jackson and Joshua Hoffman) and her late father's magical spices, Talia tries to revive the family's restaurant business with food that literally stirs people's emotions. However, she must overcome competition from a local eatery owned by the rival Fuccinelli family: food snob Debbie (Gail Soltys), heartthrob Tyson (Liam Obergfoll) and head chef Frenchie (Miguel Luciano).

Every Witch Way begins its fourth and final season July 6th on a high note, having ranked number one in its timeslot with both kids and tweens during its third season. The high-stakes finale season follows 14-year-old Emma Alonso, who after standing up to the Witches Council, is more powerful than ever before. She's taking charge as The Chosen One and pushing the limits of what her magic can do. Friendships will be tested, enemies will be made and the Magic Realm will be changed forever. Every Witch Way is written by Catharina Ledeboer (Grachi, Talia in the Kitchen, General Hospital) and produced by Nickelodeon Latin America and Cinemat.

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 more than 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, VIA.B).

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Nickelodeon Australia & New Zealand Partners With Showtime Attractions For "PAW Patrol" Live Events

The licensing industry news website Licensing.biz is reporting the PUP-Tastic news that Nickelodeon is partnering with Showtime Attractions to bring "PAW Patrol" live events to Australia and New Zealand!

From September 2015, popular characters Chase and Marshall will be available for character appearances, followed by "Paw Patrol" live shows from January 2016.

Showtime Attractions will be responsible for managing bookings for non-ticketed character shows in shopping centres, meet and greet appearances, as well as activity and craft zones at small and large scale events.

"Since its launch in 2013, "Paw Patrol" has become a global phenomenon, achieving high ratings on subscription and free to air television, along with mass consumer product sales across all international territories," said Jihee Nam, vice president and general manager for Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand.

"The show's extension to the live events business in Australia and New Zealand is testament to the strength and success of our kids and family entertainment offering across multiple platforms."

Keith Brown, managing director for Showtime Attractions, added: "It is an exciting time to extend our existing partnership with Nickelodeon to include "Paw Patrol", a property that has evolved to become one of the biggest franchises for pre-schoolers worldwide.

"Along with Nickelodeon's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", we have a competitive offering that will cater for the whole family. We are looking forward to growing and supporting this powerful entertainment portfolio and strengthening Nickelodeon's live events arm in Australia and New Zealand."
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Nickelodeon And Papercutz Broaden Magazine Deal

Nickelodeon and Papercutz are expanding on their recent innovative first look deal!

The news comes following last weeks debut of Nickelodeon and Papercutz's all-new Nickelodeon Magazine that focuses on Nickelodeon's animated shows and features games, puzzles and activities for kids.

This new announcement will expand on that deal, giving Papercutz multi-territory rights to debut four exclusive minicomics based on Nickelodeon series "Sanjay and Craig", "Pig Goat Banana Cricket", "Harvey Breaks" and "The Loud House" exclusively available at Comic-Con!

Graphic novels based on the collection of comics featured in Nickelodeon Magazine will also be published several times a year, with a "Sanjay and Craig" issue to debut in September 2015!

The publishing program is scheduled to roll out in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and throughout Asia in the immediate future.

Original source: License! Global.
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Nickelodeon USA To Premiere More Episodes From "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Season Three From Sunday 2nd August 2015

Brandon Auman, a Executive Producer and the head writer of Nickelodeon's hit CG-animated "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" television series, has announced the Booyakasha TMNT News in a post on his official Instagram profile page, @brandon_auman, 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 2nd August 2015, continuing the shell-raising crime-fighting adventures of the four mutant Heroes in a Half-Shell turtles — Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo!

UPDATE: NickToons USA will be airing the 2003 series of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", produced by 4Kids Entertainment and Mirage Studios, in July 2015, starting with a marathon on Saturday 11th July 2015!

Original source: ToonZone forums member Toons Fan.
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Nickelodeon Orders "Pig Goat Banana Cricket" Season 2 Ahead Of Series Premiere

Voice actor Candi Milo, who will be providing the voice of 'Goat' in Nickelodeon's brand-new original animated comedy series "Pig Goat Banana Cricket", has announced the very exciting news in a Tweet on her official Twitter profile page, ‏@CandiMilo, that Nickelodeon has greenlit a second season of "Pig Goat Banana Cricket" ahead of the series premiering on Nickelodeon USA on Saturday 18th July 2015 at 10:30am ET/PT!:

Original record for the next season!! #NICKELODEON

"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 Nick.com 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 Nick.com and the Nick App, along with platforms including iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Google Play, Vudu, Playstation, Hulu and VOD.

Big thanks to ‏@TVShowsFan for the news!
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