Monday, September 14, 2015

The Brothers McLeod's "Scoop" Short Now Available To Watch Online

Original The Brothers McLeod Press Release via Animation World Network:

The Brothers McLeod's 'Scoop' Short Now Online

Animated short created for the 2013-14 Nickelodeon International Animated Shorts Program, is inspired by the BAFTA-winning U.K. animation duo's 2013 animation project '365.'

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 12:10pm

Nickelodeon had published online a new short from U.K. animation duo The Brothers McLeod, entitled Scoop.

The animated short, inspired by "27 March 2013" in the BAFTA-winning U.K. animation duo's 2013 animation project 365, features red hot fish, a talking volcano and a flying moose. The short follows ace reporters Karl and Tiffany Cat as they try to salvage Lava Fish Day when it is threatened by an undead creature named Zomboid. Check it out in the player below:

Scoop! from Nickelodeon International on Vimeo.

'Scoop!', created by The Brothers McLeod for the Nickelodeon International Animated Shorts Program 2013-14.

Written and Directed by The Brothers McLeod
Voice Cast: Sinead Keenan & Myles McLeod
Rigging by Lizz Lunney
Animation by Kirsten Thacker, Zoran Jankovic & Ben Lynch
Sound Mix by Paul Johnston
Design, Sound and Music, Editing by Greg McLeod
Consulting Producer - Suzanne Lang
Executive in Charge of Production - Alexi Wheeler
Executive Producer - Nina Hahn

Written and directed by The Brothers McLeod for the Nickelodeon International Animated Shorts Program 2013-14, Scoop was executive produced by Nina Hahn with rigging completed by Lizz Lunney and animation by Kirsten Thacker, Zoran Jankovic and Ben Lynch.

Source: The Brothers McLeod

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"Dora The Explorer Live! Search For The City Of Lost Toys" To Come To Manila In October 2015

Everyone's favorite explorer is embarking on a live musical adventure with "Dora the Explorer Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys"!

Bringing Nickelodeon's preschool megastar Dora the Explorer to the Philippines from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th October 2015 at the Meralco Theater is Vivre Fort Entertainment in cooperation with Life Like Touring and Nickelodeon.

In the brand-new live stage show, Dora the Explorer has lost her teddy bear Osito, and the search is on to retrieve him. With the help of the audience, Map, Backpack, Boots, Diego and their courageous friends, Dora uses her map-reading, counting, musical and language skills to successfully pass through the number pyramid and the mixed-up jungle to reach the City of Lost Toys. But watch out — you never know what that sneaky Fox Swiper might be up to along the way!

"Dora the Explorer Live!" has delighted more than 2 million people all over the world, and now it's time for Dora's fans in the Philippines to enjoy this two act, song and dance spectacular that invites them to think, sing and play along!

Come join Dora and her friends in search of Osito, the missing teddy bear and the City of Lost Toys. This musical adventure will be staged from October 8 to 11 at the Meralco Theater.

For ticket information, visit or call 470-2222.

Original source: The Manila Times.
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Canadian Filmmakers Hoping To Revive "Are You Afraid of the Dark?"

"Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society..."

Michael Chwastiak is on a mission, and he hopes to use a beloved title to accomplish it!

Chwastiak, a producer/writer/actor who lives in Forestville in Quebec, Canada, has teamed up with friend Jared Pelletier of Aurora for what they hope will spark a reboot of the popular Canadian series "Are You Afraid of the Dark?", which aired on Nickelodeon channels around the world in the 1990's and early 2000's.

"I've been a huge proponent of trying to get Norfolk on film. It's something that hasn't been happening," Chwastiak said. "It's a gorgeous area down here with multiple different views and venues."

The duo previously filmed a project within county lines, and settled on the Culverdene House Bed and Breakfast just south of Simcoe as the place they hope will fuel another round of the popular show — which featured the likes of Elisha Cuthbert, Ryan Gosling, Hayden Christensen and Melissa Joan Hart.

Kaylee Chwastiak takes part in a short movie filmed at Culverdene House Bed and Breakfast just south of Simcoe recently. Powered by director Jared Pelletier and Forestville native along with producer/writer/actor Michael Chwastiak, the project is the first step towards a possible reboot of the popular Canadian series 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?'. (Photo Courtesy Kris Bonnell)

They'll pitch to the show's rights holders, DHX Media, who control other properties such as "Arthur", "Caillou", "Inspector Gadget" and "Make It Pop".

"DHX Media has been talking to Jared on and off for a year and they finally said, 'this is a much loved property, why don't you submit a pitch on it?'" Chwastiak recalled. "Normally a pitch would be; here's a page and a half on what I think your show could be. We went out and shot a short (video, and) we're getting letters of intent from known Canadian actors who want to be a part of it. We're talking to other studios about co-productions – we're really, really pushing for this because it's a huge opportunity."

What Chwastiak referred to as a 'lean' film crew was recently shooting in town an outline of what the show may look like. They'll present that project, and two other similar 'shorts' to DHX Media for a decision to be made before going forward.

"It was a fantastic night – the footage was great – everybody was really happy with the outcome," Chwastiak noted.

The short is tentatively set to be released online around Halloween. Chwastiak hinted the possible new series will stand on its own, but the original won't be ignored.

"I've yet to talk to anyone who has not gone crazy over it and loved the (show)," he said. "We completely respect the original property, and I can't get into too much of the specifics of our pitch, but we're referencing everything before ... ideally, we want to see parents and kids sit down together and watch this."

Shooting in Norfolk was advantageous for a number of reasons, Chwastiak said, and not just the proximity to his home. The project has become so popular that property owners are offering their land to be used on another Norfolk-based endeavour that will begin shooting later this year.

"I want to show people you can do world class work in Norfolk County – that is the ultimate of what we're going for," he said.

"It was incredibly helpful to be here, use the resources we have here and the talent we have here as well."

Those interested in the project – and others being shot in Norfolk – can follow Michael Chwastiak on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

"Are You Afraid of the Dark?" chronicles a group of kids – the 'Midnight Society' - that gather to tell ghost stories. When the clock strikes twelve, the members of the Midnight Society gather in the darkness. Around the campfire deep inside the woods, they let their imaginations run wild. One by one, they tell spine-chilling stories - vampires who wander the earth in search of blood, ghastly ghosts who possess the souls of the living and evil spirits who inhabit the darkest corners of our own minds. The tales are so frightening, so chilling, so real that they seem to take on a life of their own... Each story featured a new cast of characters. The show was filmed and produced in Canada, and gained North American exposure through Nickelodeon. Episodes helped kick start the careers of many young actors and actresses. The question is... are YOU afraid of the dark?

Additionally, StarKid Productions has announced the very exciting news that they'll be holding a tribute to the Classic Nickelodeon favorite "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" in the USA this Fall!

Inspired by the spookiest programming block in Nickelodeon history, Team StarKid create a riveting half-hour of spooktacular television before your very eyes in their brand-new improvisational comedy show "Yes, I Am Afraid of the Dark!"! For more information, please visit

"Yes, I Am Afraid of the Dark!" will be taking place at the iO Theatre in Chicago, over five Sundays during the Fall — September 20 and October 11 and 18. During each performance, the cast will crowdsource an episode title and improvise an episode of the nostalgic kids' horror show. Tickets for these performances are on sale now!

Reminisce with the "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" opening titles!:

Source: Simcoe Reformer.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City Elects Nickelodeon Executive Marva Smalls as Board President

Original Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City Press Release via Business Wire:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City Elects Marva Smalls as Board President

Executive Vice President of Public Affairs, Chief of Staff for Nickelodeon and Executive Vice President of Global Inclusion Strategy for Viacom Named BBBS of NYC Board President

August 27, 2015 10:59 AM Eastern Daylight Time

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City (BBBS of NYC), the nation's first and New York's largest youth mentoring organization, today announced it has elected trustee Marva Smalls as Board President.

Marva Smalls

"I am thrilled to announce that Marva has been elected president of the Board of Trustees of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City," said Hector Batista, CEO of BBBS of NYC. "During her many years of dedicated service as a trustee and member of the Executive Committee, most recently as Development Committee Chair where she helped us increase ROI on our eight special events, Marva has helped expand our reach and has been instrumental in the success of major initiatives and top notch events, including our annual Race for the Kids – part of Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play. Through her extraordinary professional accomplishments and commitment to community service, Marva is a true role model for the young people in our programs, and I know she will help take this organization to new heights."

Marva serves as executive vice president of Public Affairs, chief of staff for Nickelodeon, and executive vice president of Global Inclusion Strategy for Viacom. She works with the leadership of all Viacom brands to champion multiculturalism, inclusiveness and diversity across the company worldwide. Under Marva's leadership, Viacom has established employee affinity groups, senior level executive councils advising on diversity, and a diversity and inclusion website.

As chief of staff, Marva oversees all pro-social and corporate responsibility initiatives for Nickelodeon Networks Group and its relationships with advocates, government officials, educators, non-profit organizations and trade associations. She coordinated Nickelodeon's Let's Just Play – an award-winning multi-media campaign and grassroots effort to encourage healthy lifestyles – with The William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association to help reduce childhood obesity. Marva also spearheaded the original The Big Help campaign, which empowered 40 million kids to pledge 380 million hours of volunteer service, and was honored with George C. Peabody and Golden CableAce awards.

Widely recognized as a force for positive social change, Marva was honored with the NAMIC's prestigious L. Patrick Mellon Mentorship Award, The National Action Network's Triumph Award and T. Howard Foundation's Champion of Diversity Award.

"I am honored to have been elected by such a remarkable board of talented individuals, whom I've worked with for many years," said Marva. "There are countless young people across the city who are in need of positive role models, and I'm committed to helping Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City continue to communicate its message and fulfill its mission of enriching the lives of at-risk youth."

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC (BBBS of NYC), the nation's oldest and NYC's largest youth mentoring organization, has served the changing needs of New York City's most at-risk youth since 1904. The volunteer- and donor-based organization offers a variety of specialized mentoring programs to help children facing more complex challenges – including immigrant youth, children of incarcerated parents and those in foster care – as well as the Workplace Mentoring Program, which helps businesses throughout New York City positively impact the lives of young people and build a foundation for professional success. Additionally, since 1992 BBBS of NYC has worked through its Center for Training and Professional Development to equip non-profit professionals throughout New York City to develop and enhance their own mentor-based programs and organizations.

Through the support of individuals, foundations and corporations, this not-for-profit agency has been able to change the lives of the city's most disadvantaged children, matching them with caring adult role models – dependable friends who can help to expand their horizons, realize their potential and enrich their futures. To learn more, become a mentor and/or offer support, please visit

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 180 countries. Viacom's media networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT, TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Channel 5 (UK), Logo, Nicktoons, TeenNick and Paramount Channel, reach a cumulative 3.4 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 Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom's blog at and Twitter feed at

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Corus Entertainment Announces Executive Leadership Team to Position Company for the Future

Original Corus Entertainment Inc. Press Release via


Corus Entertainment Announces Executive Leadership Team to Position Company for the Future

(Toronto, Canada) Corus Entertainment Inc.'s President and Chief Executive Officer, Doug Murphy, announced today the company's new Executive Leadership Team (ELT) that ensures continuity of senior management and alignment around Corus' strategic priorities.

"We are excited about the year ahead. With the deep bench strength of our Executive Leadership Team, a clear vision and strong plan in place, we are focused on the successful execution of our strategic priorities as we evolve the company to meet consumers' needs in a highly-dynamic and competitive marketplace," said Doug Murphy. "In July, our Board of Directors approved Corus' Strategic Plan and the ELT will execute upon this clear strategic framework to return the company to growth in the coming years."

The ELT will be comprised of the President and CEO's direct reports, as well as Judy Adam, Corus' Vice President, Finance, who reports to the Chief Financial Officer. The President and CEO's direct reports include:

Colin Bohm – Executive Vice President, Head of Corus Kids
Colin Bohm will oversee all aspects of Corus' kids business which encompasses the leading kids television brands YTV, Nickelodeon (Canada), Disney Channel (Canada), Cartoon Network (Canada), TELETOON and Treehouse. Colin will continue to be responsible for all areas of the Nelvana business which houses the company's international kids development, production and distribution activities and is a key element in Corus' strategic priorities to own and control more content and expand internationally. Colin will also be responsible for all digital activities and strategies related to the kids brands and Nelvana.

Mario Cecchini – Executive Vice President, President, Corus Radio and Corus Média
|Mario Cecchini will continue his oversight of Corus' Radio division, comprised of 39 stations, and Corus Média, which includes the French-language specialty television assets Séries+, Historia, TÉLÉTOON and La chaîne Disney in support of Corus' strategy to expand into adjacent markets with our networks in Quebec. Mario is also responsible for Corus' three conventional television stations. Mario will represent Corus as the Chair of Canadian Broadcast Sales, and on the Board of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters.

Scott Dyer – Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and President, Nelvana
Scott Dyer will continue to lead Corus' technology strategy and direct infrastructure investments as well as manage the technology teams and resources for both Corporate IT and TV Broadcast. Scott will also continue his oversight of the company's publishing operation, Kids Can Press, and Toon Boom. Scott will return to Nelvana, a role he left in 2006 to oversee the construction of Corus Quay, to assume responsibility of the Nelvana portfolio which falls under Colin's leadership. Oversight of the strategic planning process will move to Maria Hale, and the corporate development portfolio will return to Tom Peddie.

Maria Hale – Executive Vice President, Head of Content Distribution and Pay Television
Maria Hale will lead all aspects of the monetization of Corus' linear and non-linear content domestically with distributors, including oversight of the implementation of the company's TV Everywhere strategies for all Corus brands and content. Maximizing digital rights and reaching subscriber segments in innovative ways aligns with Corus' strategic priorities to build scale through partnerships. Maria will chair Corus' Digital Council and assume responsibility of the company's strategic planning process. Maria will continue her oversight of Corus' Pay TV business, which consists of Movie Central, Encore Avenue and HBO Canada, in Western Canada.

Gary Maavara – Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Gary Maavara will continue to oversee all aspects of Corus' legal matters, regulatory affairs and government relations. As we move into an evolving regulatory environment, Gary will oversee the requisite regulatory filings to position the company for growth. Gary will also continue in his role as Corporate Secretary of the company, represent Corus on numerous industry committees and lead the company's strategies regarding the implementation of the Let's Talk TV decisions.

John MacDonald – Executive Vice President, Head of Corus Women and Family
John MacDonald will oversee all aspects of the company's Women and Family portfolio which includes W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), CosmoTV, Sundance Channel (Canada), W Movies, ABC Spark and CMT (Canada). John will also be responsible for all development, production and distribution activities related to the portfolio and will continue to oversee the portfolio's digital strategies, including the company's investment in Kin Community. John's oversight of the development of hit original content for Corus' Women and Family networks and the distribution of series with international appeal supports Corus' content and expansion strategies.

Gerry Mackrell – Executive Vice President, Head of Airtime Sales
Gerry Mackrell will continue to head Corus' airtime sales activities and be responsible for maximizing airtime and sponsorship revenue strategies across all of the company's Television and Radio brands. Gerry will continue to lead Corus' client insights research team, as well as Corus' sales support and revenue management initiatives in keeping with Corus' strategic priority to deliver best in class execution to our customers. Gerry will represent Corus on the Boards of Numeris and Canadian Broadcast Sales.

Kathleen McNair – Executive Vice President, Special Advisor to the CEO and Chief Integration Officer
Kathleen McNair is transitioning from oversight of the human resources and corporate communications portfolios and moving into an advisory role to the CEO where she will partner with the functional heads to champion key strategic initiatives with an emphasis on organizational effectiveness. Kathleen will also lead the integration process related to any new business acquisitions in support of the company's strategic priority to expand into new and adjacent markets. A search is currently being conducted for a new head of human resources, a position that will report into the President and CEO and participate as a member of the ELT. The corporate communications portfolio will move to Susan Schaefer.

Tom Peddie – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Tom Peddie will continue to oversee the company's corporate finance and accounting functions including investor relations activities. Tom will also oversee Corus' facilities, real estate and corporate development portfolios. Tom will continue to lead the company's financing strategies as Corus executes on its strategic priorities to return the company to growth in the future.

Susan Schaefer – Executive Vice President, Head of Marketing and Corporate Communications
Susan Schaefer will lead the company's branding, marketing and consumer research strategies for both Television and Radio. She will also oversee Corus' efforts to build a direct relationship with our viewers and listeners in alignment with Corus' strategic priority to engage with our audiences. New to Susan's portfolio will be the oversight of Corus' corporate communications and public relations initiatives.

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, Rock 101, Country 105, 630 CHED, Fresh Radio, JUMP! 106.9, 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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Fisher-Price To Release "Blaze And The Monster Machines" Toys In The UK From Spring 2016

In a fantastic interview with ToyNews, a monthly trade magazine for the toy business, Marianne James, the Vice President (VP) of Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP) UK & Ireland & European Retail Sales, has announced the very exciting news that Fisher-Price, Nickelodeon's master pre-school toy partner, will launch their high anticipated brand-new "Blaze and the Monster Machines" toy range in the UK in Spring 2016!

Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products will also be announcing secondary toy partners and all key additional category partners for Nick Jr. UK & Ireland's top-rated CG-animated preschool series very soon!

In the interview, Marianne has also revealed that Channel 5's "Milkshake!" programming strand will start to show "Blaze and the Monster Machines" from Autumn 2015!:
Blaze to ignite pre-school market in 2016

"We know from the reaction of viewers that demand for toys related to the property are high" said Nickelodeon's Marianne James.

Since debuting on Nick Jr in March, Blaze and the Monster Machines has shown impressive viewer ratings and Nickelodeon believes it could be next big thing in pre-school toys.

With strong viewing figures and a product line-up spanning construction and role-play sectors, the firm feels it's onto a winner with Blaze.

"Episodes of Blaze and the Monster Machines have rated very strongly and is currently the number one show for boys aged four to six on the channel," Marianne James, VP of consumer products, UK and Ireland and European retail sales and marketing, told ToyNews.

"We have already had numerous parents contacting the channel through email and social media to ask where they can purchase Blaze product. The show is a brilliant mix of monster truck action, comedy and creative problem solving, all of which will translate very well into the toy line."

Nickelodeon believes the toy range will bring something different to the pre-school sector, offering children a unique product that incorporates the STEM curriculum.

"The property is a unique one, but it incorporates tried and tested play models such as vehicles, role-play and construction," continued James.

"The property refers to the science, technology, engineering and math curriculum and these elements lend themselves well to toys. The range is beautiful and exciting with room to grow as the series develops."

With the brand already showing popularity, it's not surprising it already has a number of toy partners lined up, with retailers also excited for the launch.

James continued: "Fisher-Price are our master pre-school toy partners and the first range of exciting and creative collection of toys launches with them in spring 2016.

"Secondary toy partners will be announced very soon as well as all key additional category partners.

"There is nothing like Blaze and the Monster Machines currently on pre-school toy shelves and we know from the reaction of viewers that demand for toys related to the property are high.

"With Blaze set to launch on Milkshake! this autumn, the awareness of the property will only grow with even more demand," concluded James.

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DHX Brands And JAKKS Pacific Team Up To "Make It Pop"

Original DHX Media Ltd. Press Release via



Halifax, NS, 14 September 2015 – DHX Brands, the dedicated brand-management and consumer-products arm of DHX Media ("DHX" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: DHXM; TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B), has appointed JAKKS Pacific Inc. as master toy licensee for hit tween show Make It Pop in all territories outside of Europe. JAKKS Pacific will launch product in dolls, plush, dress up, role play, girl's electronic toys and Halloween costumes categories. Product is expected to launch at retail in 2016. The deal was concluded by CPLG North America.

The news follows a commission from Nickelodeon US for a second season of the live-action, music-infused ‎comedy series. Make It Pop premiered April 6, 2015 on Nickelodeon US, where it quickly ranked #1 for kids and girls 6-11, and became the most-watched long-form content on and on the Nick App and will continue to roll out on Nickelodeon's international channels throughout 2015. In Canada, commissioning broadcaster YTV launched Make It Pop on September 9, 2015.

L to R-Corki, Sun Hi, Caleb, Jodie from Make It Pop; Credit - Nickelodeon

Peter Byrne, EVP DHX Brands said: "Make It Pop has garnered exceptional ratings right from the start and has really hit the sweet spot of this age group. It has a distinctive look and feel and the deal with JAKKS will be the foundation of a strong consumer products strategy as we appoint further licensees in core categories for this tween demographic."

"JAKKS is thrilled to be the master toy licensee for the Make It Pop franchise and we look forward to creating toys and products that fans of all ages will love," said John Blaney, Executive Vice President – Marketing, JAKKS Pacific.

Pictured: (L-R) Jodi (Louriza Tronco), Sun Hi (Meghan Lee) and Corki (Erika Tham) in the new live-action series, Make It Pop, coming to Nickelodeon in the 2015-16 season. Photo Credit: Nickelodeon. ©2015 Viacom International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The colorful, energetic series follows three unique girls – social-media maven Sun Hi (Megan Lee), bookish Corki (Erika Tham), and fashion-forward Jodi (Louriza Tronco) – who come together along with their classmate DJ Caleb (Dale Whibley) over their love of music to form their own K pop-inspired band. Each episode features original songs and performances with a K-pop twist and an EDM beat from the show's band, XO-IQ.

Make It Pop is co-created by Thomas W. Lynch and Nick Cannon and produced by DHX Media. Lynch and Cannon also serve as executive producers with DHX Media's Steven DeNure and Anne Loi. DHX Media handles global distribution and brand management for Make It Pop, as well as merchandising and licensing through appointed agency, Copyright Promotions Licensing Group Ltd. (CPLG). Make It Pop is produced at DHX Media's Epitome Studio in Toronto, Canada.

For more information, please contact:

Trade Media: Aimee Norman at DDA Blueprint PR
+44 (0) 20 8985 4708

Financial Media: Shaun Smith – Director, Corporate Communications, DHX Media Ltd.
+1 416-977-7230

Investor relations: David Regan – EVP, Corporate Development, DHX Media Ltd.
+1 902-425-3814

About DHX Brands
DHX Brands is the dedicated brand-management and consumer-products arm of DHX Media Ltd. (NASDAQ: DHXM; TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B) (, a leading creator, producer, marketer and broadcaster of family entertainment. DHX Brands specializes in creating, building and maintaining high-profile global entertainment brands within the children's and young-adult markets. With expertise in brand development, licensing, marketing and creative, we develop brands which captivate and inspire through engaging content, first-class distribution, quality consumer products, immersive live experiences, and digital media. DHX Brands' world-class portfolio includes Teletubbies, Twirlywoos, In the Night Garden, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, Make It Pop!, Slugterra, and Degrassi. DHX Brands has offices in London, Toronto and Los Angeles.

About JAKKS Pacific
JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK) is a leading designer and marketer of toys and consumer products with a wide range of products that feature popular brands and children's toy licenses. JAKKS' diverse portfolio includes Action Figures, Electronics, Dolls, Dress-Up, Role Play, Halloween Costumes, Kids Furniture, Vehicles, Plush, Art Activity Kits, Seasonal Products, Infant/Pre-School, Construction Toys, Ride-On Vehicles, Wagons, Inflatable Environments and Tents, Impulse Toys and Pet Products sold under various proprietary brands including JAKKS Pacific®, Road Champs®, Funnoodle®, Plug It In & Play TV Games™, Kids Only!®, Tollytots®, Disguise®, Moose Mountain® and Maui®. JAKKS is an award-winning licensee of several hundred nationally and internationally known trademarks including Nickelodeon®, Warner Bros.®, DC Comics and Saban's Power Rangers®. DreamPlay Toys, LLC is a joint venture between JAKKS Pacific, Inc. and NantWorks LLC to develop, market and sell toys and related consumer products incorporating NantWorks' proprietary iD recognition technology.

This press release contains forward looking statements with respect to DHX Media including the success of the products and future broadcast. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties and are based on information currently available to the Company. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations, among other things, include risk factors discussed in materials filed with applicable securities regulatory authorities from time to time including matters discussed under "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form for the year ended June 30, 2014, and annual Management Discussion and Analysis. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by law.


Additional source: PR Newswire.
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Nickelodeon USA Digitally Premieres Brand-New "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Episode "Dinosaur Seen in Sewers!" On

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA premiering brand new episodes from "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" season three every Sunday at 11:00am ET/PT, Nick USA has digitally premiered the next Turtley Awesome episode, "Dinosaur Seen in Sewers!", on the networks official TMNT website, which fans in North America can watch in full for free here on, a week before the episode premieres on TV on Sunday 20th September 2015!

In the brand-new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" episode "Dinosaur Seen in Sewers!" (#324), Raph makes a new friend in Zog, an alien Triceraton. However, Raph may have bitten off more than he can chew!

Following the TV debut of the all-new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" episode "Dinosaur Seen in Sewers!", Nickelodeon USA will premiere the one-hour season three finale of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "Annihilation: Earth!", on Sunday 27th September 2015 at 11:00am ET/PT! In the third season finale of TMNT, when the turtles get word of the Kraang's return, they realize there is an even bigger threat coming to Earth!

Original source: ToonZone Forums member Storm Eagle; Additional source: Zap2it TV Listings.
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Nickelodeon USA To Premiere "W.I.Ts Academy" On Monday 5th October 2015

Nickelodeon USA has announced the magical news on their official page, @NickelodeonTV, that Nick USA will start to premiere and show "W.I.Ts Academy" from Monday 5th October 2015, continuing the spellbinding journey of "Every Witch Way" with a magical mix of fresh & familiar faces!:

It's almost time to enroll at #WITSacademy! The new school year starts on October 5 [emoji][heart emoji] #WITSwednesday #nickelodeon

In "WITs Academy", Andi's (Daniela Nieves) dream to become a Guardian has become true and she is now studying at W.I.Ts Academy, the Magic Realm's most esteemed school for witches and wizards in training, but, as the best friend and unofficial Guardian to the Chosen One, she now has to work hard to prove that she can live up to expectations as the first and only human Guardian. She's also in charge of getting the Magical Realm's toughest witch and wizard to graduation day, one of which is Jax's little sister, Jessie Novoa (Julia Antonelli). Along the way she'll have to decide who is a friend, who is a foe and who may be more.

"W.I.Ts Academy" is created by Catharina Ledeboer and is produced by Viacom International. "The W.I.T.s Academy" is executive produced by Tatiana Rodriguez ("Talia in the Kitchen"). "W.I.Ts Academy" season one will feature 20 episodes.

Also starring in the new series are Julia Antonelli, Jailen Bates, Lidya Jewett, Meg Crosbie, Andrew Ortega, Timothy Colombos, Tyler Perez, Jazzy Williams, Bianca Matthews, and Ryan Cargill.

The cast of "W.I.Ts Academy". Photo via Instagram/Caleb_Griffith_.

To celebrate, recently launched Nickelodeon USA's official "W.I.Ts Academy" website,, which features information about the show, exclusive online streaming video clips, the shows official message board/forum, a tour of the "W.I.Ts Academy", and a "W.I.Ts Academy" application form game!
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