Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Nickelodeon UK Unveils Four Brand-New "Short Toons" For March 2016

New month, new toons! Nickelodeon UK and Ireland has unveiled the latest batch of freshly selected "Short Toons" on their official Nicktoons website and award-winning Nick Play app!

What could be better than even more side-splittingly funny cartoons, online and free whenever you fancy a chuckle?

Covering topics as varied as video games, zombie siblings and port-a-loo-loving Meerkats, developed shorts from the 2014 edition of Nickelodeon's world renowned Global Animated Shorts Programme are currently rolling out on nicktoons.co.uk and Nick Play App. Four of the funniest shorts will be available to view at any one time and, on the Nicktoons site, viewers will be able to show their appreciation for the creative work by selecting the "vote" button.

The current shorts available to view are:

Bad Bad Bunny, created by Tarryn Henderson

When you're cooped up during a rainy day, you can always rely on Bad Bad Bunny to show you how to have fun in a very... different way! (Featuring Dana Snyder, the voice of Dr. Colosso on The Thundermans, as Bad Bad Bunny, Jessica DiCicco, the voices of Lynn Loud and Lucy Loud on The Loud House, as Audrey, and Ben Giroux, The Toddler on Henry Danger, as Charlie!

Meat Pie vs. the Dark Ages, created by Nickelodeon director Gabe Swarr

Meat Pie tries to sell "magical eggs" from his cousin, Cleatus. However, his greed lands him in a very tough situation! Featuring Cedric Yarbrough (The Goldbergs, Big Time Rush) as Meat Pie, Harvey Beaks crew member Carson Montgomery as Cleatus, and Nolan North, the voice of The Kraang on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as Axe Man and the Narrator.

Planet Claire, by Nickelodeon executive producers Chris Viscardi and Will McRobb (The Adventures & Pete And Pete, Sanjay and Craig, KaBlam!)

Claire's a girl with a big heart and a big mouth who's got her very own superhero and knows 27 different dances including the Spanish Vortex. People like to pick on Claire and compare her to a planet, but her love for dance is much larger than a planet can ever be! Featuring Janet Varney (The Legend of Korra) as Claire, Nickelodeon production crew member Shondalia White as Barbara, Fred Tatasciore (Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness) as Jim, Mrs. Delicious and Cam, and Grey Griffin, the voices of Lola Loud, Lana Loud, and Lily Loud on The Loud House, as Sandy, Edith and Aztec.

Magic Children Doing Things, by Monica Ray

Dre needs to watch over Leander, but Sippy insists that she take on that responsibility! Featuring Maile Flanagan (Pig Goat Banana Cricket) as Leander, Harvey Beaks crew member Monica Ray as Syppy, Stephanie Lemelin as Dre and Sanjay and Craig crew member Carl Faruolo as Mountain Dad.

Watch on nicktoons.co.uk and on the Nick Play App today!

"The Animated Shorts Program aims to discover, mentor and collaborate with exciting new talent in order to develop the best content for Nickelodeon," said Nina Hahn, Senior Vice President, International Production and Development, Nickelodeon. "These shorts all have the potential to be developed into a longer-form series so it is great to be able to share them with UK fans and, through the vote button, get a sense of what is popular with audiences."

The Global Nickelodeon Animated Shorts Program is open to creatives across the world. The 2016 edition of the initiative is now open through Friday 15th April 2016! Full information is available at nickshortspitches.com.
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Viacom International Media Networks Looking To Expand Mobile Offerings

In a recent interview with Bloomberg about how cable a la carte is becoming a reality in international markets, Bob Bakish, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), has announced that Viacom is looking to partner with mobile providers to offer channels such as Nickelodeon and MTV to smartphone owners!

The media company is also considering going directly to consumers with networks that now are currently only available in the USA, like TV Land.

Viacom is also looking to expand its Viacom Play Plex, a suite of mobile TV apps, including Nick Play, which allows its distribution partners to offer smartphone and tablet users around the world access to the best content from all of its international TV brands, anytime and anywhere, through mobile providers.

Nickelodeon Play

Bob Bakish met with a number of potential partners whilst attending the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2016, including an Indonesian carrier that wants Nickelodeon content and has more than 100 million subscribers.

Some channels, like BET and TV Land, aren't widely distributed internationally. With those, Bakish said, the company has discussed selling over the Internet either on its own or with the help of mobile providers.

"We are in a range of conversations," Bakish said. "There is a significant incremental penetration opportunity."

You can read Bloomberg's full article, "Cable A La Carte Is Becoming a Reality -- Outside the U.S.", here on Bloomberg.com.
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Sneak-Peek From New "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Special "Trans-Dimensional Turtles", Premiering 3/27 On Nickelodeon USA

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA premiering the brand new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" special "Trans-Dimensional Turtles" on Sunday 27th March 2016 at 11:00am ET/PT, Nick USA has unveiled a Turtley Awesome sneak peek preview from the all-new season four episode, which you can watch in the fantastic online streaming video clip here on Nick.com! Booyakasha!

Worlds collide as the voice cast of the 1980s Turtles, Cam Clarke, Rob Paulsen, Barry Gordon and Townsend Coleman joins forces as Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo, respectively, in "Trans-Dimensional Turtles," a brand-new episode of Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

In this new half-hour episode, the Heroes in a Half Shell are transported to another dimension where they meet their '80s alternate-reality counterparts. Actor Pat Fraley also reunites with the '80s cast for the first time since the original series premiered to reprise his role as Krang!

In "Trans-Dimensional Turtles" (#410), all eight Turtles must battle to eliminate both the '80s Krang and Kraang Sub-Prime. After meeting their '80s counterparts in a 2D-animation world, the entire clan moves back into a CG-animation dimension, giving their new retro friends a taste of their realm. Additionally, in another dimensional twist, the episode will offer a glimpse of the Turtles in a comic book world resembling Kevin Eastman's Mirage Studios comic book series!

In Nickelodeon's super sneak-peek, "Another Dimension", the Turtles are transported to another dimension and meet the alternate versions of themselves!

Additional source: Zap2it TV Listings, ToonZone Forums member Poweranimals
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Nickelodeon Announces The Global Winners Of Kids' Choice Awards 2016

Nickelodeon International's 2016 Kids' Choice Awards winners are in!

To help make Nickelodeon's 29th Annual Kids' Choice Awards the most global and successful "Kids' Choice Awards" ever, many international Nickelodeon channels and networks announced their localized country specific voting categories and nominations, which allowed Nickelodeon viewers around the world (Planet Orange) to cast millions of votes for their local KCA favourites, as well as for Nickelodeon's global Kids' Choice Awards 2016 nominees.

Voting for the 2016 KCAs spanned six continents across localised voting sites, in addition to Twitter hashtag voting (#KCA), giving kids practically everywhere the chance to decide who took home a coveted orange blimp award.

You can find a full list of local Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2016 winners who won Nick's coveted orange blimps below. You can also find a full list of Nick's global KCA 2016 winners here on NickALive!.