Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Channel 5’s Milkshake! to air 'Thomas & Friends' seven days a week

The preschool show can be viewed on Milkshake at 6:50am on weekdays and 7:00am on weekends.

Youngsters can now enjoy a daily dose of fun and adventures with their favourite tank engine as Thomas & Friends is to begin airing seven days a week on Channel 5's Milkshake!.

The show will be viewable on weekdays at 6:50am and weekends at 7:00am.

Series 21, the latest series which launched last year, sees Thomas and his fellow engines embark on a new series of exciting journeys. In 2017, Thomas & Friends reached a total of 4.8 million viewers including 1.4 million kids on Milkshake!. It was also the preschool programming block’s best year for share among kids aged four-15 years-old, up 16 per cent year on year*.

Fans can find out more about Thomas & Friends, as well as watch videos, including full-length episodes, and play games online on

“We are delighted that Thomas & Friends fans can now tune into the show seven days a week and that it continues to remain a popular hit for pre-schoolers,” commented Wendy Hill, brand activation at Mattel UK.

A new Thomas & Friends series, featuring a host of changes across the property following its ground breaking refresh, is set to premiere in Autumn 2018. The series will feature a new look and feel, plus added humour and a faster pace across the series thanks to it new modular format, while Thomas himself takes up the role of narrator and welcomes new characters including Nia from Kenya, to form the new Steam Team line-up.

For the first time in history, Thomas leaves Sodor to travel the world, experiencing and discovering new cultures and countries, including China, India and Australia where he meets new characters, exotic animals and explores cultures and landmarks.

*Ratings Source: BARB, All Homes, All Individuals (4+) & Kids 4-15, Channel 5 (Stagger), Thomas & Friends, 2017. Reach based on 3 mins continuous viewing

About Milkshake!

Channel 5’s Milkshake is home to some of the world’s favourite preschool characters. There is a range of stimulating and engaging programmes that include strong story led animation, genuine documentaries for pre-schoolers and presenter led high quality musical entertainment. 2016 saw Milkshake! achieve its strongest year to date amongst Children, 4-9s, HWKs and HWKs 0-3. Milkshake! was the number one breakfast destination (6-9am) for Children and 4-9s in 2016. Channel 5 broadcasts 24 hours of children's programmes every week. Milkshake is on air from 0600 - 0915 every weekday and 0600 - 10.00 on Saturday and Sunday. For further information visit

About Channel 5

Channel 5 launched as Britain's fifth public service channel in March 1997 and has been owned by Viacom International Media Networks since September 2014. Channel 5, 5STAR, 5USA and Spike reach 4 in 5 of the UK viewing public each month with a broad mix of popular content for all the family across entertainment, documentaries, sport, drama from the UK and US, films, reality, comedy, children’s and news. My5 is a new service allowing viewers to watch content online for free from Channel 5, 5STAR, 5USA, and 5Spike.

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India: Relive The Madness Of Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2017 India On Sonic, Nick HD+, Colors Hindi, Colors Marathi, Rishtey & Voot

MUMBAI: Missed out on the starriest evening of 2018 or just want to watch all the aweslime event of the year again? Don’t worry! Viacom18, the makers of Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2017 are giving viewers a chance to relive the magic created by the Bollywood & Television icons & Nick Toons stars on screen all over again. Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards is the only time of the year when the kids get to choose for their favourites from Bollywood, Television, Music, Games and Cartoons. The third edition of the awards show saw names like Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon and Badshah amongst others set the stage on fire with their scintillating performances.

Alia Bhatt dance to a medley of her biggest dance numbers at the award show.

In case you missed Bharti Singh and Rithvik Dhanjani entertain the audience and the celebrities with their witty and humorous hosting, then tune in to Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2017 only on Sonic, Nick HD+, Colors Hindi, Colors Marathi, Rishtey & Voot. Watch Bharti shake a leg with handsome hunk Varun Dhawan while Ranveer and Alia get slimed in the true Nickelodeon style. Catch stunning performances by Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Kriti Sanon, rapper Badshah, Shantanu Maheshwari, Dharmesh and also the Nick toons Motu Patlu, Shiva, Dora the Explorer, Gattu Battu, Doggy Don amongst others while they shake a leg with these celebrities on the KCA theme song.

Want to know who was the kid’s choice for the best actor, best movie and best kids show? Then do tune in to Kids Choice Awards, 2017!

Watch Dabur Red Paste presents Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2017 powered by Jolly Rancher in association with Yellow Diamond and Funskool and Apis Honey on:

Voot: Available on the platform now
Sonic: Saturday 13th January 2018
Colors Hindi: Sunday 14th January 2018
Colors Marathi: Sunday 21st January 2018
Nick HD+: Sunday 21st January 2018
Rishtey: Friday 26th January 2018

Visit to find out more about Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards India, view photos from past ceremonies, and to find out how to make slime!

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'SpongeBob' Artist Arielle Phillips And Nickelodeon Animation Pay Tribute To David Bowie On Second Anniversary Of The Musicians Death

On Sunday 10th January 2016, two days after his 69th birthday and the release of the album Blackstar, the world lost music legend David Bowie to liver cancer. Among his lengthy resume, David worked on two SpongeBob SquarePants projects for Nickelodeon: he voiced Lord Royal Highness in the SpongeBob SquarePants special "Atlantis SquarePantis", and contributed the song "No Control" to Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical.

On the anniversary of the legendary musicians death, SpongeBob SquarePants artist Arielle Phillips and Nickelodeon Animation have unveiled a special tribute to the Starman: a drawing featuring Squidward Tentacles as David's glam rock alter ego Ziggy Stardust. In his own words, “Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming”:

R.I.P David Bowie, 8 January 1947 - 10 January 2016.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Exhibit At Mayborn Museum In Waco, TX Will Reveal Secrets of the Sewer

Original Baylor University Press Release via

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ Exhibit At Mayborn Museum Will Reveal Secrets of the Sewer

WACO, Texas (Jan. 10, 2018) — Children and families throughout Central Texas will have the opportunity to enjoy a new exhibit featuring Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™ at Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum Complex, 1300 S. University Parks Drive.

The exhibit, “Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™: Secrets of the Sewer,™” will allow visitors to travel to the underground home of the crime-fighting heroes to see what happens in their secret hideaway. Through team-building challenges, collaborative games and mind-teasing puzzles, the heroes will teach families and friends skills to help them successfully work together.

“The whole is often greater than the sum of its parts, and we are hoping children and adults will be able to discover this in their own families as they work together. Along the way, our visitors will discover how each member of the team has something unique to contribute and they can accomplish a lot more together than they can alone,” said Charles H. Walter, director of the Mayborn Museum Complex.

The exhibit will run from Jan. 13, through May 6. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children, and $7 for adults above the age of 65. Museum members and Baylor University students receive free admission. For more information, visit the Mayborn Museum website.


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized


About Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer travelling museum exhibit:

Experience the first-ever museum exhibit featuring the four heroic ninjas in training – Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Leap to the rescue and learn teamwork, collaboration, and problem-solving as you work your way through puzzles, mazes, and obstacles.

Explore their sewer-like lair, where good guys win and bad guys lose! Since 1984, these four iconic brothers have rocked it with their talent and teamwork, inspiring generations.

Now families can join these pizza-eating, crime-fighting Heroes in a Half Shell to hone their ninja skills and problem-solving intellects while learning the secrets of the sewer.

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Australia: Nick Jr.'s PAW Patrol "Sea Patrol" & "Rusty Rivets" Head To The Big Screen With Event Cinemas In February 2018

Australia - Get ready for a PAWSOME time because Nick Jr’s PAW PATROL: Sea Patrol is making a splash on the big screen this February!

Nickelodeon Australia has teamed up with Event Cinemas to give Nick Jr.'s preschool favourite PAW Patrol a big screen outing!

During February, fans can head to their nearest Event Cinemas location and cool down with the PAW Patrol as they make a splash to save the day in TWO BRAND-NEW PAW Patrol "Sea Patrol" episodes, following the heroic pups on their latest underwater adventures! Plus, fans can also catch the Rusty Rivets episode "Rusty’s Water Works" on the big screen!

Nick Jr.'s pup-tastic PAW Patrol "Sea Patrol" event will screen at over 30 Event Cinemas locations around Australia between Thursday 1st - Wednesday 7th February 2018. Each screening is rated G, and has a running time of 55 minutes.

Fans can also attend Event Cinemas' Family Fun Day on Sunday 28th January 2018 to see Nick Jr.'s PAW Patrol "Sea Patrol" big screen event before anybody else, and join in on the fun and activities on the day!

Nick Jr.'s PAW Patrol "Sea Patrol" line-up:

PAW PATROL: Pups Save a Baby Octopus
Baby Octopus gets separated from its mother and sinks the Flounder. Sea Patrol needs to save the day!

Sea Patrol: Pups Save a Shark/Sea Patrol: Pups Save the Pier
In hopes to have the whole beach to himself, Humdinger makes a robotic shark to scare everyone away. The pier could fall into the water due to a broken support post. Pups to the rescue!

RUSTY RIVETS: Rusty’s Water Works
When Rusty accidentally fills a giant beach ball with water instead of air, it's up to the gang to get it to the lake without popping.

Full information about Nick Jr’s PAW PATROL: Sea Patrol at Event Cinemas this February, including which cinemas are participating in the event, can be found on

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MTV Networks Latin America Wins Miami-Dade County's First Filming Grant For Nickelodeon's 'I Am Frankie' Season 2

Florida - The first production to gain funding under Miami-Dade County’s new film incentive program is a 20-episode MTV Networks Latin America television series continuation. The incentives are geared to fill a gap left when Florida dropped its own film incentives system, a change that sent filming activity and employment in the state into a tailspin.

I Am Frankie

County commissioners acting on a committee’s recommendation approved the maximum incentive, $100,000, under the new county program created last July to Nickelodeon's I Am Frankie Season 2.

The commission’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee recommended the grant award on Thursday, December 14, 2017 and commissioners in a late addition to their agenda approved the grant five days later.

A second MTV Networks Latin America series, 75 one-hour episodes of Club 57, was also recommended for approval and was to have come before the same county committee in December but before the meeting withdrew its application.

For the second season of I Am Frankie, the network, a subsidiary of Viacom, is projecting 50 production days for the half-hour show with a total expenditure of $5.4 million. The network proposes to produce 80% of the productions in Miami and employ 96 county residents, beginning this month, with principal photography starting Monday, March 12.

The cast of I Am Frankie

The show, Deputy Mayor Jack Osterholt told commissioners via memo, centers on Frankie Gaines, who looks perfectly normal “but harbors a big secret: She functions as a high-tech computer, complete with internet access, extensive memory and more.”

“There’s a lot of interest out there for 2018, especially from independent film producers. We urge them to apply” for the incentive program, county Office of Film and Entertainment chief Sandy Lighterman told Miami Today before the grant award.

Citing the loss of millions in revenues in the county “in the absence of state incentives,” Commissioner Sally Heyman proposed the program in June.

To be eligible, companies must spend at least $1 million, film at least 70% of the production here, and hire at least 80% of vendors and contractors locally to receive a tax rebate not to exceed $100,000 per production.

Each year between 2010 and 2016, when Florida had a strong incentive program, film, television, digital media and other productions spent $160 million to $406 million in Miami-Dade, Ms. Heyman’s ordinance said. But after refusing to add new funding to the incentive program for four consecutive years, the state Legislature allowed it to end in 2016.

The grant application for I Am Frankie season two said approval of the tax rebate would be a determining factor in whether to film here or elsewhere. It listed Los Angeles and Atlanta as competitors for the project. In their application, MTV Networks Latin America also said that I Am Frankie season two would be photographed in various locations around Miami-Dade County, if successful.

In I Am Frankie Season 2, Frankie (Alex Hook) finally is fitting in and exploring what it means to be human with the help of her best friend, Dayton (Nicole Alyse Nelson). Things quickly become complicated when a new android arrives at Sepulveda High and the world learns that androids exist. And when WARPA comes back with a new threat, Frankie must struggle to keep her true identity a secret and keep her friends and family safe.

Club 57

The Club 57 series that withdrew its application had listed alternative locations in Colombia and Mexico. Its application cited an expenditure of more than $6.8 million, employing 110 Miami-Dade residents for the projected nine-month production period and producing 80% of the project in the area.

Both series will air on Nickelodeon: Filmed in the new state-of-the-art Viacom International Studios in Miami, I am Frankie was originally produced as Yo Soy Franky by Nickelodeon Latinoamérica in Colombia. The series is created by renowned Argentine writer Marcela Citterio. I am Frankie is produced by Paradiso Pictures and Nickelodeon Latin America, and airs on Nickelodeon channels worldwide; and Club 57 will be made for Nickelodeon Latinoamérica and Nickelodeon Brazil (Brasil).

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Original source: Miami Today.
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Nickelodeon's Preschool Hit Property "PAW Patrol" Wins "Best Young Property In Asia" At The Asian Licensing Awards 2017

Original Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Asia Press Release via VIMN Asia's official Pressroom:


Jointly Celebrates a Merit Award with Saipo Baby (Hong Kong) Limited for “Best Licensee” at the Hong Kong Licensing Awards 2017

HONG KONG, 10 January 2018 – Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Asia today announced that Nickelodeon’s preschool hit property “PAW Patrol” produced by Spin Master Entertainment, celebrated its win in two award programs – Gold Award for “Best Young Property in Asia” at the Asian Licensing Awards 2017 and jointly celebrated a Merit Award with Saipo Baby (Hong Kong) Limited for “Best Licensee” at the Hong Kong Licensing Awards 2017. Both Award programs were held together in Hong Kong last night in conjunction with the Hong Kong International Licensing Show this week.

“Already in its fourth season globally, PAW Patrol is on fire and is gaining the attention of kids and parents everywhere. Receiving both wins is a testament to PAW Patrol’s popularity amongst our young fans and to the strong collaboration and support we have of our licensee partners in Asia,” said Claire O’Connor, Vice President, Consumer Products and Retail Marketing, Asia Pacific, Viacom International Media Networks. “PAW Patrol is a reflection of Nickelodeon’s preschool content, which has always been both smart and fun, powered by great stories, relatable characters and a meaningful curriculum that has been our hallmark.”

The CG-animated preschool series stars a pack of six heroic rescue pups – Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma and Skye – who are led by a tech-savvy boy named Ryder. Together, they work hard to protect the Adventure Bay community believing, “no job is too big, no pup is too small!” The series features a curriculum that focuses on citizenship, social skills and problem-solving as the characters use their unique skills and teamwork.

Building on the incredible success of the top-rated global preschool franchise, Nickelodeon held a number of PAW Patrol themed mall shows and events, which have included mall shows, character meet and greets, merchandising, screenings and more across China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan. Through its collaboration with Life Like Touring, Nickelodeon also brought PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue”, its first PAW Patrol live show, to tour Australia, New Zealand and Singapore last year. The live show will continue to tour across Asia Pacific this year.

With 2018 being the Year of the Dog this Chinese New Year, consumers across Asia can look forward to a limited edition PAW Patrol Chinese New Year plush collection, and Chinese New Year celebrations and mall promotions featuring the pups across Asia*. Organized by the Asian Licensing Association, the Asian Licensing Awards, recognizes the outstanding achievements of licensed properties, licensing companies, licensing agents, advertising and promotional firms for their development, launch and promotion of licensed properties and trademarks throughout Asia for the preceding year. The Asian Licensing Awards celebrate excellence, innovation and creativity across the licensing spectrum. Separately, the Hong Kong Licensing Awards is a dedicated licensing award scheme for creative industries in Hong Kong.

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* Availability of the limited edition PAW Patrol Chinese New Year plush collection and Chinese New Year celebrations featuring the pups vary by markets.

About Spin Master

Spin Master (TSX:TOY; is a leading global children's entertainment company that creates, designs, manufactures, licenses and markets a diversified portfolio of innovative toys, games, products and entertainment properties. Spin Master is best known for award-winning brands including Zoomer®, Bakugan®, Meccano®, and 2017 Toys of the Year, Hatchimals®, Air Hogs® and PAW Patrol®. Since 2005, Spin Master has received 82 TIA Toy of The Year (TOTY) nominations with 21 wins across a variety of product categories, including 13 TOTY nominations for Innovative Toy of the Year, more than any of its competitors. To date, Spin Master has produced six television series, including 2007 success Bakugan Battle Brawlers and current hit PAW Patrol, which is broadcast in over 160 countries and territories globally. Spin Master employs over 1,500 people globally with offices in Canada, United States, Mexico, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Slovakia, Poland, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam and Australia.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company’s portfolio includes television programming and production around the world, plus special events, consumer products, digital offerings, recreation, books, feature films and pro-social initiatives. Nickelodeon's brands reach 1.1 billion cumulative subscribers in more than 160 countries and territories, via more than 80+ locally programmed channels and branded blocks. Outside of the United States, Nickelodeon is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. For more information about Nickelodeon in Asia, visit

About Viacom International Media Networks

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), is comprised of many of the world’s most popular multimedia entertainment brands, including MTV, MTV LIVE HD, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central, Paramount Channel, BET and more. Viacom brands reach more than 3.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 180+ countries and territories via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties, in 40 languages. Keep up with VIMN news by visiting the VIMN PR Twitter feed at For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit, and the Viacom Twitter feed at


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Go BTS of 'The Adventures of Kid Danger' w/ Jace Norman & Cooper Barnes | Nickelodeon

Jace Norman (Kid Danger) and Cooper Barnes (Captain Man) are taking you behind the scenes and into the recording booth for their brand new animated show The Adventures of Kid Danger! Join Jace and Cooper in the recording studio as they give us a sneak peek into the new series and let us in on the secrets behind creating an animated show. Catch the brand-new Henry Danger special “Toon In for Danger” and see Captain Man and Kid Danger fight crime in a whole new way, premiering Monday 15th January 2018 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) at 7:00pm ET/PT, followed by a super sneak-peek of The Adventures of Kid Danger at 7:30pm ET/PT, only on Nick USA!

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MYSTICONS SNEAK PEEK! | Episode 21: Three Mysticons And A Baby! | Saturdays @ 8:00AM on Nicktoons USA!

Watch this super sneak-peek from the second season premiere episode of Mysticons, "Three Mysticons and a Baby", premiering Saturday 13th January 2018 at 8:00am ET/PT on Nicktoons USA!

In the first brand-new Mysticons season two episode "Three Mysticons and a Baby" (#201), the Mysticons turn Zarya into a baby in order to infiltrate a fairy orphanage; the identity of Princess Arkayna's twin sister is revealed!

Follow the adventure online!:, | YouTube channel | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram!

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Live 24/7 Songs Special | Kuu Kuu Harajuku

Watch Kuu Kuu Harajuku on Nick Jr. (USA) and Nickelodeon (Greece)!

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A Trip Down to Memory Lane: Henry Danger Edition | Nickelodeon

Take a trip down memory lane and watch Henry (Jace Norman) become Kid Danger for the first time! Who knew finding a suit fit for a super sidekick could be so hard and hilarious!? Do you remember this epic clip from the very first episode of Henry Danger? Comment on YouTube on which of Kid Danger’s costumes were your faves! Catch the brand-new Henry Danger special “Toon In for Danger” and see Captain Man and Kid Danger fight crime in a whole new way, premiering Monday 15th January 2018 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) at 7:00pm ET/PT, followed by a super sneak-peek of The Adventures of Kid Danger at 7:30pm ET/PT, only on Nick USA!

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Henry Danger | A Swim to Forget | Nickelodeon UK

While still wearing the Frankini-Bottoms, Henry (Jace Norman) and Ray (Cooper Barnes) are forced to act out an emotional scene from the film 'A Swim to Forget'!

Scene from Henry Danger special "Live & Dangerous", featuring special guest stars Frankie Grande and Zoran Korach (Sam & Cat).

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Les aventures de la tour Wayne | Les cartes magiques | NICKELODEON France

Saraline, Olly et Ansi tentent de découvrir à quoi servent les cartes qu'ils ont découvertes dans la bibliothèque secrète du Wayne.

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Fort Myers, Florida's Sophia Forest talks about 'I Am Frankie' role on Nickelodeon

"Feels like things are getting real" is the opening line to the catchy theme song for Nickelodeon's hit new show, I Am Frankie.

Sophia Forest, 12, in downtown Fort Myers. She plays Jenny Gaines in Nickelodeon's "I Am Frankie."
(Photo: Amanda Inscore/SWFL Parent & Child)

A budding acting career has definitely gotten real for Sophia Forest, 12, of Fort Myers, Florida who plays the younger sister to teen android Frankie, a top-secret invention adopted into the family to protect it from nefarious forces.

“I can be sarcastic at times and pretty sassy,” Sophia says of her character, Jenny Gaines. “My character is pretty smart. She loves to play video games. That’s something me and my character have in common — playing video games,” Sophia told SWFL Parent & Child.

The 20-episode show launched in September 2017 and has developed a strong following. Sophia heads back to Miami this spring to tape the second season. It’s a wild dream-come-true for Sophia, who grew up a big fan of Nickelodeon. When she turned 2, the celebratory cake was Backyardigans themed. These days, she’s moved on to other Nick offerings: School of Rock, Henry Danger and Game Shakers.

“She really, really wanted to be on Nickelodeon,” says her mother, Gina Forest. “Since she was little, that’s what she watched and she wanted to be on it.”

That unexpected reality materialized quickly.

The cast of Nickelodeon's "I Am Frankie"

It started with modeling

Through the years, Gina says, people consistently urged her to guide Sophia into modeling, even as a baby.

“When she got older — 4 and up — she loved singing and dancing around the house, and being the center of attention,” including making spy and princess movies with her brother, Gina says.

After Sophia turned 9, Gina reached out to a local photographer who was photographing local talent for a modeling manager on the east coast. Gina snapped some photos and submitted them to Soleil Kids in Miami, which “immediately wrote me back and picked her up,” Gina says. This led to a lot of print work for Sophia, including Walmart, Canadian Tire and the European clothing company, Monsoon.

Sophia was booked for several commercials for Michaels craft store and City Furniture, and in print and video promotions for Moon Palace Resort in Jamaica.

“Acting is what she wanted to do, but when she had the opportunity to model, we thought, ‘Well, this is a start. Let’s see where it takes us,’” Gina says.

Acting wasn't far behind. Sophia soon connected with the Stellar Talent Agency in Pembroke Park. After attending a casting call for I Am Frankie, Sophia was called in November 2016 to a test that mixed and matched different characters to run through parts to assess the chemistry and composition of the potential cast. Sophia learned a script but was told at the last minute it was being switched. She had to learn the new one on the spot.

Innately vibrant, Sophia was excited and confident going into the first round of the audition.

“I felt like I could get it. I liked this character I was auditioning for,” she says.

Hopefuls had come from far and wide. The leading role, Frankie, is played by Alex Hook, a 16-year-old from Canada. Yet Sophia had been the only one chosen to test for the role of Jenny. “The casting director told me she was impressed with how well she did,” Gina says. “It all happened pretty fast.”

Sophia Forest, left, plays Jenny Gaines in Nickelodeon's "I Am Frankie." (Photo: Special to SWFL Parent & Child)

Filming in Miami

During filming, the duo relocated to a condo in Miami for three months. Sophia worked 10-hour days on the 17,000-square-foot studio set at the new state-of-the-art Viacom International Studios, which included squeezing in 15 hours of mandatory schoolwork per week. But she has no complaints.

“It’s really fun because everything is so cool,” Sophia says, explaining how the “fourth wall” is missing to make room for cameras, and that the different sets — home interior, high school — are all side-by-side. “I never thought it would be like that,” muses Sophia, who was the youngest person on the set and in the building.

She learned how to execute a safe slip-and-fall from a professional stunt person. After filming in the day, the cast was given a call sheet detailing scenes for the next day’s production and new lines to learn, returning to their condo as late as 9 in the evening.

“I can memorize my lines pretty fast,” Sophia says.

The demanding schedule meant they turned to P.F. Chang’s microwavable meals (Sophia's favorite) and other conveniences more often than not.

“Nobody feels like cooking at 8 at night," Gina says.

Sophia, right, with her onscreen mom, Dr. Sigourney Gaines, played by Carrie Schroeder, and Frankie Gaines, played by Alex Hook. (Photo: Special to SWFL Parent & Child)

A bright future

Sophia is home-schooled and this year is enrolled in Florida Virtual School. She has an older brother, Brandon Dusseault, 14, and little sister, Isabelle Forest, 6. Their father, Mark Forest, held down the fort during the filming. He had flexibility in his sales career to work from home.

Mark’s parents will help while Gina and Sophia are in production for Season 2.

While in production this last year, Gina and Sophia often returned from Miami to spend time with the family and mini-pinscher, Monte, at home in the Fort Myers area on weekends. Or Mark and Sophia’s siblings would take a little trip to the east coast.

“I honestly think the biggest challenge was being away from my house, family and dog a long time,” Sophia says. “My little sister always wanted to play with me while I was away filming. It made me sad sometimes.”

Sophia is bright and outgoing and likes to read action, adventure and mystery books. She readily shares what she’s reading these days — the Warriors cat and Serafina series. She’s “all about cats,” though Gina is allergic to them. She’s also been taking ballet lessons off and on since she was 4.

Will acting play a bigger role in her future?

“I honestly would like to pursue my acting. I hope I can keep it up for years to come,” Sophia says. “I would like to do movies and things like that.”

Sophia Forest plays opposite her TV dad, Michael Laurino. (Photo: Special to SWFL Parent & Child)

I Am Frankie season two is slated to premiere this Fall on Nickelodeon. Fans can watch the first season of I Am Frankie on Nickelodeon, and on the Nick App.

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