Thursday, October 01, 2015

Behind-The-Scenes Of "Zoey 101"

Jamie Lynn Spears and Sean Flynn take YOU behind the scenes of "Zoey 101"! Find out how Jamie and Sean have in common with their characters, Zoey Brooks and Chase Matthews, plus their favorite things to do when they're not acting, their favorite sports, and what they think is best about starring in "Zoey 101" in this Blix-tastic video!:

Find out Zoey said in her PCA Time Capsule message here on NickALive!.
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Sneak Peek Of New "Game Shakers" Episode "MeGo The Freakish Robot", Premiering 10/3 On Nickelodeon USA

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA premiering the brand-new "Game Shakers" episode "MeGo the Freakish Robot" on Saturday 3rd October 2015 at 8:30pm (ET/PT), Nick USA has unveiled a super sneak peek preview of the all-new "Game Shakers" episode, which you can watch in the fantastic online streaming video clip below!:

There's a new member joining the Game Shakers squad and he's... a robot! In the brand-new "Game Shakers" episode "MeGo the Freakish Robot", a company asks the Game Shakers to build a game based on a robot they created, however, the robot becomes depressed and malfunctions. Can the Game Shakers robo-sit this smart bot or will Double G's (Kel Mitchell) fear of talking technology get the best of him? Find out during a new "Game Shakers" episode on Saturday at 8:30pm/7:30c!

Bonus video: How to Tell if Your Robot is Obsessed with You:

Thomas Kuc (Hudson) became friends with a robot and got way more than he bargained for.

Additional source: Zap2it TV Listings.
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Sneak Peek Of Brand-New "100 Things To Do Before High School" Episode "Be A Mad Scientist Thing!", Premiering 10/3 On Nickelodeon USA

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA premiering the brand-new "100 Things to Do Before High School" episode "Be a Mad Scientist Thing!" on Saturday 3rd October 2015 at 9:00pm (ET/PT), Nick USA has unveiled a super sneak peek preview of the all-new "100 Things" episode, which you can watch in the fantastic online streaming video clip below!:

New Sneak Peek Of New "Power Rangers Dino Charge" Episode "Sync Or Swim", Premiering 10/3 On Nick USA

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA premiering the brand new "Power Rangers Dino Charge" episode "Sync or Swim", the 800th episode of Saban's iconic "Power Rangers" franchise, on Saturday 3rd October 2015 at 12:00pm ET/PT, the official "Power Rangers" YouTube channel has unveiled a fantastic sneak peek preview from the all-new PRDC episode, which you can watch in the super online streaming video clip below!:

In the all-new "Power Rangers Dino Charge" episode "Sync or Swim" (#513), a playful rivalry between Tyler (Brennan Mejia) and Ivan (Davi Santos) becomes a problem when it interferes with the Rangers’ efforts to find and defuse a bomb that Sledge’s monsters have planted.
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Nickelodeon's West Coast 'Hub' Takes Shape In Burbank, California

Earlier this year, the Nickelodeon Animation Studio broke ground on a new 110,000-square-foot expansion project on Olive Avenue, a project that's expected to create the West Coast "hub" for the network's animation and live-action production teams.

The project's steel skeleton is taking shape on the corner of Olive and Lake Street. Late last month, Brian Foote, senior planner for the city, told the Burbank Planning Board "They're moving along quite quickly." Foote also noted that much of the building is being fabricated off-site and pieced together on location.

Nickelodeon began construction of a new studio on the corner of Lake Street and Olive Avenue that will expand its footprint from 72,000 square feet into 190,000 square feet and will make the Burbank location the kids' cable network's West Coast hub. Photographed on Monday, September 21, 2015. (Roger Wilson / Staff Photographer / September 29, 2015)

"It's fairly impressive," Foote added, in reference to the scale of the structure, which is more than 70 feet tall.

The state-of-the-art, five-story glass structure will expand the studio complex from its existing 72,000 square feet to 190,000 square feet when it opens in late 2016, a company spokesman said.

That opening will coincide with Nickelodeon Animation's 25th anniversary, said Russell Hicks, president of content development and production for Nickelodeon Group. The networks three original animated series, "Rugrats", "Doug" and "Ren & Stimpy" premiered on Sunday 11th August 1991 - and one of the goals for the new facility is to draw upon that history.

"It's kind of like the 25 years leads up to the opening," Hicks said.

While the building may seem to be going up quickly for some people, Hicks said, "construction doesn't go fast enough for me."

The building is being constructed next to the location where Nickelodeon has been since 1998. When the expansion project was approved in March 2014, Planning Board members said the studio has been a good neighbor throughout the years.

Hicks said Nickelodeon's home base is Burbank, adding that the area is full of talented people. However, while the building was the right size for the studio in the 1990s, its "10-fold" growth since has left employees spread throughout L.A., including locations in Glendale and Santa Monica.

The new building will allow the company to bring all of its creative personnel back under one roof, Hicks said, and because it will house both animation and live-action teams, it will be known as simply Nickelodeon Studios.

Katelyn Balach, a studio spokeswoman, said almost 700 employees work at the Burbank location now. That will increase to more than 800 once the expansion is complete, "with room to grow." A new five-story parking structure with 450 parking spaces will accommodate the additional workers.

When completed, the exterior of the building will feature clear glass vertical "fins." However, Hicks said some of the key features are not about the architecture, but the artists it will house.

Not only will an expanded courtyard join the new and existing buildings, it will feature iconic artwork from shows that the younger employees who grew up watching Nickelodeon love, he said.

Creative spaces on each floor will be stocked with arts-and-crafts materials to allow the artists to express themselves in any medium they want, while a music room and game room will also allow them other outlets. There will also be an 88-seat theater for showing their work. An app will connect employees and provide an overview of events and daily activities.

The new campus will be open to more public tours, Hicks said, as well as more industry events, such as lectures and open houses. Its features will "tell the story" of Nickelodeon's history, he said.

"It'll be mostly celebrating the artists," he added.

Having those creative workers all in one space will hopefully lead to introductions and collaborations that can't happen with teams dispersed as they are now, Hicks said, fulfilling "the vision of being a creative engine and powerhouse."

Original source: Burbank Leader.
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Nickelodeon And Get Schooled Announces College And High School "People's Choice" Nickfluence Nominees

Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, and Get Schooled, a national non-profit co-founded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Viacom, are giving one skilled and innovative young animator the chance to win a $25,000 scholarship through the inaugural "What's Your Nickfluence?" Animation Challenge!

Between July and September 2015, Nickelodeon and Get Schooled invited college students around the world aged between 17-24 to submit original, Nick-inspired short films - no longer than three (3) minutes - that celebrates Nickelodeon's past and present shows and brand, and how these influenced the applicant's art, childhood and life for a chance to win a $25,000 scholarship.

Realizing that talent is found across all age ranges and in all corners of the globe, 13-17 year-old high school students around the world were also invited to submit a short in any format for their chance to win a Wacom Cintiq 13HD Interactive Pen Display, along with a one year subscription for Adobe Creative Cloud services.

Following the challenges' entry period, finalists will now be selected by a panel of judges, and the top entries in each of the two age categories will be announced in November 2015 as finalists.

Between Monday 28th September through Sunday 15th November 2015, fans will also have the chance to vote for their favorite "People's Choice" short at! There will be one winner in the college category and five winners in the high school category, who will be announced in November 2015, along with the "People's Choice" short winner. Fans can vote once in each category.

Below is a full list of "People's Choice" nominees in the first-ever "What's Your Nickfluence?" Animation Challenge:

High School:

"Thank You" by Christina Brockus (US)
"Mugman at the Driving Range" by Jacob Lenard (US)
"Don't Give Up" by Priscilla Winata (ID)
"My Nickfluence" by Dawn Adepoju (US)
"Of Dragons and Men" by Ellen Tseng (US)
"Surprised" by Michelle Mill (US)
"Clucky's Birthday Surprise" by Bob Brewster (US)
"MountainMan" by Nolan J Downs (US)
"Budding Artist" by: Karli Melder (US)
"Nick Anniversary Mashup" by Steven Bowser (US)
"Passion for Moving Pictures" by Christopher Gassler (US)
"Nick Through My Life" by Matthew Armitage (GB)
"Breaking the Shell: My Nickfluence" by Juan Sebastian Bossano (EC)
"GUN" by: Efrain Noriega (CO)
"Journey Through Inspiration" by: Julian Uquillas (US)
"The Cookie" by Janet Guan (US)
"Matter" by Maxwell Holl (US)
"Earth and Fire" by: Kevin Gonzalez (US)
"I Love Cartoons" by Richard Schemm (US)
"A Friendly Nudge" by Janice Chun (US)
"Tongue Tied" by Pasquale Caldora (US)
"The Rockstar" by Serena Harris (US)
"Gotta Go Fast" by Daniel Bennett (CA)
"Underwater Adventure" by Enxhi Bejko (US)
"Fetch" by Emily Stema (US)
"What's My Nickfluence?" by Ashli Hurt (US)
"Saving Ember" by Nadia Jackson (US)
"Memory" by Sean Vaccaro (US)
"Manny and the Mini Golf Mystery" by Caroline VanWinden (CA)
"The Little Firebender" by John Hughes (US)
"Potassium Overload" by Nathan Kyle Calica (PH)
"What Nick has Taught Me" by James Mckenzie (US)
"I'm nickfluenced" by Tracey LaGuerre (US)
"Nickfluence by Jeremiah Jones" by Jeremiah Jones (US)
"Wake up, you" by Jose Villareal (US)
"Nickelodeon's Nickfluence on Me - Nick Fulfaro" by Nicholas Fulfaro (US)
"Fish Out of Water" by Murphy Allen (US)
"iNickspiration for Animation" by Samantha Maurice-Africa (US)
"Stranded in Grimm Forest" by Kelsey Eaves (US)

Vote for your favorite College "People's Choice" Nickfluence nominee at now!

High School:

"Sleepyhead" by Alaine Baybayan (CA)
"NickFluence - Joe in Nickverse" by Andi Nguyen (US)
"my nickelodeon nickfluence - by Arya Pillai" by Arya Pillai (GB)
"Moon Cheese" by Cameron Glynn (US)
"Super Bunnies" by: Victoria Gennaro (US)
"Blast Off!" by Gabriel Almeida (US)
"Profugus" by Noah Segura (US)
"Journey through Nicktopia" by Jasmine Soompholphakdy (US)
"Always Create" by Melissa Bean (US)
"Why my Doodles Left" by Abigail Dahl (US)
"The" by Lisa Green (US)
"Space Cops" by Casey George (US)
"What fuels my inner kid" by Taniya Wyche (US)
"An Unexpected Guardian" by Jake Masters (US)
"Imagination" by Celia Woessner (US)
"Pinecones and Pineapple" by Trokon Hufnagel (US)

Vote for your favorite High School "People's Choice" Nickfluence nominee at now!

Good luck to everyone who has entered Nickelodeon and Get Schooled's "What's Your Nickfluence?" Animation Challenge!
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Nickelodeon And Kiddy Rides Partner For Range Of Rides Based On Nick Properties

Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids and families, has teamed up with Northern Leisure's Kiddy Rides to produce a range of rides based on the brand's extensive portfolio!

This is a new venture for Nickelodeon as it's the first time the company has ever worked with any partners within the kiddie ride sector.

"We are really excited to be working with such a high profile partner as Nickelodeon", says Gareth Jones, Northern Leisure Group's Production Manager. "We have acquired the rights to produce a range of rides from the Nickelodeon brand including "SpongeBob", ["Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"], "Paw Patrol" and "Dora"!" The kiddie ride specialists will be working hard with Nick. to release the rides one by one over the next few years.

The first ride to be produced is "SpongeBob SquarePants". As all Northern Leisure's rides, it has been designed, developed and produced in the UK in a high quality gel coat. The ride features the iconic character SpongeBob SquarePants along with his pet Snail, Gary.

Children can ride alongside the pair in their Krabby Patty Wagon. The Patty Wagons attributes include a steering wheel, pushbutton sound effects and a small LCD display incorporated into the dashboard area showing sing-a-long lyrics to the show's theme tune in time to the music.

The SpongeBob ride is now in production, but interest is high and the company recommend placing any orders as soon as possible to receive the ride in time for the Summer Holiday season!

Other rides still available from Kiddy Rides are "Peppa Pig", "Pip Ahoy!", a range of Buses and many more new and refurbished machines.

Northern Leisure will be exhibiting at Autumn Coin-op Show (ACOS) being held at Stamford Bridge, London between October 14-15.

Sources: InterGame, The Autumn Coin-op Show, Coin-Op Community.
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Entertainment One Takes Controlling Stake In "Peppa Pig"; 52 Brand-New Episodes To Be Produced; Ladybird Books Releases "Peppa's Post" Book

Entertainment One (eOne), headquartered in Canada, is increasing its ownership of beloved preschool franchise "Peppa Pig" by entering into an agreement with "Peppa Pig" co-owners Astley Baker Davies (ABD) to purchase a controlling stake in the global brand. As part of the deal, creators, directors and producers Mark Baker, Neville Astley and Phil Davies will produce an additional 52 magical episodes of "Peppa Pig"!

The deal underpins eOne's content ownership strategy. Since 2007, "Peppa Pig" has been co-owned and distributed globally by eOne. With the new episodes of "Peppa Pig" in production, eOne says it will "look to maximise value through the centralised and holistic management of the brand's worldwide exploitation across all platforms".

The price tag for the deal is $212 million (£140 million). The company said it will use a rights issue to raise $293.3 million (£193.6 million) to fund the deal and related expenses.

The planned acquisition will increase its "interest in the related share of earnings from the exploitation of "Peppa Pig" from 50 percent to 85 percent," and Astley Baker Davies will become a subsidiary of the company, meaning its financials will be fully consolidated, Entertainment one said.

Darren Throop, President & Chief Executive Officer, Entertainment One said: ""Peppa Pig" has emerged as a worldwide phenomenon and reflects the success of our 10 year partnership working with the creative genius of Mark, Nev and Phil. Now the number one pre-school property in the UK, Australia, Spain, Italy, Mexico and Brazil, and a leader in major territories around the world, the growth opportunities for Peppa are significant.

"Our family and licensing teams have an unparalleled knowledge of the brand and an impassioned belief in its global potential. As we continue to expand in the US, Asia and throughout our existing markets, we are excited to enter into new markets and take Peppa to new heights."

ABD has produced more than 200 episodes over six series of "Peppa Pig", which have been broadcast in over 180 territories around the world, including Nick Jr. UK & Ireland, Nick Jr. USA and Nick Jr. Australia & New Zealand. It took home BAFTA's in 2005, 2011 and 2012, and has been awarded numerous other accolades.

A spokesperson for ABD said: "In our many years working together, Entertainment One has gone above and beyond as committed and dedicated partners. Peppa is so close to our hearts and she touches the lives of so many families around the world. With eOne's knowledge of Peppa and their extensive distribution network, we see so much more potential for Peppa and our work together."

In additional "Peppa Pig" news, Ladybird Books has released a new "Peppa Pig" title reminiscent of Janet and Allan Ahlberg's popular "The Jolly Postman"!

The new book, titled "Peppa Pig: Peppa's Post", features an array of exclusive letters, postcards, games, fancy dress items and maps.

"Peppa Pig: Peppa's Post" arrived on shelves today, Thursday 1st October 2015.

Sources: Toys 'n' Playthings, The Hollywood Reporter, License! Global (II), Toy World Magazine, Licensing Source.
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Nickelodeon Performs Magic With The Entertainer

Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP) UK & Ireland has entered a long-term partnership with UK toy retailer The Entertainer for an exclusive range of Nickelodeon products!

Among the items that will be included in the 26 SKU line are craft sets, science kits, a magic box and a joke kit with names such as Nickelodeon Glowing Gunge, Nickelodeon Explore the Body and Nickelodeon Sock Monkey.

All lines within the range are suitable for kids aged four and above.

"We've seen tremendous success with the licensing of Nickelodeon properties but this range really speaks to the overall strength of the Nickelodeon brand as a whole," says Marianne James, vice president, consumer products, U.K. and Ireland, and European retail sales and marketing, NVCP. "Incorporating the fun, humor and hands-on ethos of Nickelodeon, these products are a brilliant way to encourage children to explore their world and be creative."

The line will launch at The Entertainer stores and online on Monday 5th October 2015, and will be supported by extensive PR and marketing activity to consumers across Q4 and the key Christmas buying season.

From mid-October, a marketing campaign will include product promotion across the Nickelodeon portfolio of networks.

PR activity will include product reviews, competitions and sampling to national consumer media, online portals and bloggers, plus key sell-in to gift guides across the Christmas season. The range will be featured in all Entertainer store windows across the October half term. In addition to an above-the-line marketing campaign, the partners are planning a number of shopping centre activations and demonstration zones within Entertainer stores across the country.

NVCP recently showcased their brand-new Nickelodeon range at FunFest Blogger Summit 2015 and will also showcase the range at the Nickelodeon stand, E005, during Brand Licensing Europe being held between Tuesday 13th and Thurday 15th October 2015 in Olympia in London.

"We are delighted to be partnering with Nickelodeon and bringing this fun and interactive licensed range to market," says Rebecca Rees, head of marketing and licensing, The Entertainer. "We have developed a strong partnership with them over recent years and are delighted with the breadth of activities incorporated into these sets and the fun they will give to children."

Sources: License! Global, Toy World Magazine, Toy News Online.
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SpongeBob SquarePants Takes Over Topman Oxford Circus For New YR Store Collaboration

The licensing industry news website Licensing Source is reporting the Sponge-Tastic news that the world's first live all-over print specialist – YR Store – has given its official website and custom printing area in Topman Oxford Circus in London a SpongeBob SquarePants makeover!

Running until Friday 16th October 2015, the store takeover will use a skate-inspired Krusty Pants style guide. Exclusive products featuring the striking designs will also be available online until Thursday 22nd October 2015.

The range features men's and women's t-shirts, as well as socks. In addition to the pre-designed items available online, SpongeBob fans will be able to create their own garments using the style guide in Topman and watch it being printed live!

YR's specially developed software and high specification digital print process enables customers to design their own garments and see them printed in store. Using YR's large scale, interactive touchscreens, consumers create and customise prints by manipulating colours, adding text, layering foreground elements over existing background designs or even creating their own completely unique patterns.

YR Store at Topman

Each purchase of a YR SpongeBob SquarePants 'Krusty Pants' product will be accompanied by a limited edition die-cut sticker pack of SpongeBob's skate-style graphics.

"SpongeBob is iconic and to have access to this exciting new style guide is incredible; we know that the limited edition Krusty Pants line will be a hit," said Tim Williams, co-founder of YR Store. "The technology and process that we use means that fans can design a full-on garment without having to compromise on colour, design or quality, which is essential when using a style guide as bright and as detailed as this."

Marianne James, VP, consumer products, UK & Ireland and European retail sales and marketing at Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP), added: "We've never seen SpongeBob or Patrick like this before. It is an indication of how iconic SpongeBob is that he can be translated into such a style, while still retaining his core identity.

"YR Store are the perfect partner for the style guide as the designs match their iconoclastic take on fashion and the fashion-forward attitudes of their customers."

Fans can follow the latest using the dedicated hashtags #YRSPONGEBOB and #SPONGEGANG on social media.

Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products previously collaborated with YR Store for a clothing range featuring characters from hit Nickelodeon animated series, including "SpongeBob SquarePants", "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", "Ren & Stimpy", "Rugrats" and "Hey Arnold!", in December 2013.

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