Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Hart Attack | Nickelodeon USA To Celebrate Valentines Day Weekend With Brand-New Episodes Of 'Henry Danger' & 'Game Shakers' On 2/10 *Updated*

Nickelodeon USA will be spreading the love this Valentine's Day weekend with a Back-to-Back Hart Attack! It all kicks off on Saturday 10th February 2018 at 6:00pm ET/PT with a super marathon of Valentines Day-themed episodes of Henry Danger, which will all lead up to brand-new romantic episodes of Henry Danger and Game Shakers from 8:00pm ET/PT! Check out the line-up below!:

6:00pm - Henry Danger - "My Phony Valentine": When Henry (Jace Norman) is overlooked by his crush, who chooses someone else to be her Valentine, Schwoz Michael D. Cohen) designs and builds an android in hopes of making Henry's crush jealous; Ray (Cooper Barnes) goes on a surprising date with one of Henry's teachers.

6:30pm - Henry Danger - "Double Date Danger": When Miss Shapen's (Sharona Shapen) niece, Noelle (Annalisa Cochrane), arrives in town and decides to pick Jasper (Sean Ryan Fox) instead of Henry, Henry finds out that Noelle has much more planned than he initially thought, other than just heading out to dinner with Jasper.

7:00pm - Henry Danger - "One Henry, Three Girls": Henry must reach a difficult conclusion about his love life when his former and current girlfriends - Bianca (Maeve Tomalty), Veronika (Madison Iseman) and Chloe Hartman (Jade Pettyjohn, School of Rock, Rufus 2) - have an unexpected encounter, and later, the super sidekick must handle a complicated situation at the Swellview Junior High dance.

8:00pm - NEW Henry Danger - "Meet Cute Crush": Captain Man and Henry try to help Henry's sister, Piper (Ella Anderson), organize a sudden romantic introduction with a new boy at school that she likes.

8:30pm - NEW Game Shakers - "Babe Loves Danger": When Babe (Cree Cicchino) finds out that Henry Hart, aka Kid Danger, is coming to New York to visit her, she tries to organize the perfect date between her and him. Jace Norman guest stars as Kid Danger. (Season three premiere, #308).

"Babe Loves Danger" sneak peeks:

Following the debut of Game Shakers season 3, new episodes will continue to premiere Sundays at 7:00pm ET/PT from Sunday 18th February 2018.

More Nick: Nickelodeon USA's February 2018 Premiere Highlights!

Originally published: Sunday, January 28, 2018

Original source: TitanTV; H/T: Huge thanks to @TVShowsFan for the news!; Additional sources: Henry Danger Wiki, Game Shakers Wiki, Nickandmore!, ToonZone Forums /@ToonJay723.
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Nick Jr. Asia Premieres 'Sunny Day'




Asia– Preschoolers will be smiling and styling with Sunny and her friends in Nickelodeon's brand-new animated series, Sunny Day, which made its debut on the Nick Jr. in Asia on Monday 5th February 2018! The series (40 episodes) centers on Sunny, a 10-year-old master hairstylist and entrepreneur who uses creative problem-solving to tackle any dilemma that arises in her seaside town of Friendly Falls. The characters in the series celebrate individuality and self-expression, while the show’s social-emotional curriculum highlights leadership, innovative thinking and teamwork. Sunny Day is developed and produced by Silvergate Media (Peter Rabbit), and airs regularly on Nick Jr. Asia at 8.50am on Nick Jr. Indonesia (WIB) and at 9.50am on Nick Jr. Singapore (SG), Nick Jr. Malaysia (MY), Nick Jr. Philippines (PH), and Nick Jr. Hong Kong.

Sunny is a confident and creative natural leader who runs her own hair salon in the town of Friendly Falls. When adventure calls, Sunny sets out to save the day with her can-do attitude, salon-on-the-go Glam Van, best friends and colleagues, Rox and Blair, and her dog Doodle. Each episode of Sunny Day features a unique digital extension where kids and their parents can watch fun, live-action hairstyle tutorials that are tied directly to the hairstyles featured in each episode and narrated by Sunny.

In the first ever episode of Sunny Day, "Friendship Day" ("El Día de la Amistad"), Sunny’s best friend, her talking dog named Doodle, mistakenly believes Sunny has forgotten him on Friendship Day and goes out in search of a new friend. When Doodle is captured by Scratch, the Dog Catcher, Sunny will stop at nothing to get her friend back!

Sunny Day made its world debut on Nickelodeon USA in August 2017, and will be rolling out on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. channels worldwide from Spring 2018.

Online at nickjr.tv, parents and children can find out more about Sunny Day and watch exclusive video clips from the series! Fans can like the official Nick Jr. Asia Facebook page for the latest Nick Jr. news, highlights, video clips, competitions and more.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 38th year, is the leading entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus special events, consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's brands reach 1.1 billion cumulative subscribers in more than 170 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 or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. For more information about Nickelodeon in Asia, visit www.nick-asia.com.

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Nickelodeon Australia To Debut 'Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie' In HOYTS Cinemas On Saturday 10th February 2018; On TV In 2nd March 2018



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Arnold finally gets answers about the whereabouts of his missing parents in the highly anticipated, brand-new Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie, screening exclusively in 30 HOYTS Cinemas theater locations across Australia from Saturday 10th February 2018! Featuring a storyline picking up where the original TV series ended, Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie follows the kids on the field trip of a lifetime, where Arnold and his friends embark on a quest to achieve his dream of finding his missing parents. Tickets can be purchased online at hoyts.com.au now!

Update (4/2): Following the films theatrical release, Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand will premiere Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie on TV on Friday 2nd March 2018 at 6:30pm!

Co-written and executive produced by the TV series’ original creator Craig Bartlett, Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie features original voice cast members Francesca Marie Smith (The Prince of Egypt) as Helga and Anndi McAfee (Tom and Jerry: The Movie) as Phoebe, alongside dynamic new voice talent Mason Vale Cotton (Mad Men) as Arnold and Benjamin “Lil’ P-Nut” Flores, Jr. (Game Shakers) as Gerald.

Lane Toran (original voice of Arnold) and Jamil Walker Smith (original voice of Gerald) are also amongst the returning cast members, lending their voices as Che and Paulo, two members of the boat crew in San Lorenzo. Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2) stars as resident villain, Lasombra.

Viewers can visit the Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie page on Nick.com.au and the Nick Play App, along with the Hey Arnold! Facebook page and Instagram, to get a look at the TV movie. Fans can also celebrate the the movie by turning themselves into their favorite Hillwood characters at NickSplat’s interactive “Hey Arnold! Yourself” website NickSplat.com/heyarnoldyourself.

Fans can also get acquainted with Nickelodeon's iconic animated series by purchasing episodes on iTunes, and by purchasing previously released Hey Arnold! season DVD sets.

Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie made its world premiere on Friday 24th November 2017 on Nickelodeon USA, and is expected to roll out on Nickelodeon channels and programming blocks globally in the first half of 2018. The movie will be released on DVD in the USA (Region 1) on Tuesday 13th February 2018.

The Australian premiere of Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie is brought to fans by HOYTS Cinema in the Entertainment Quarter in Sydney, Australia.

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Originally published: Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

Additional sources: EQ Moore Park, Amazon.com.au, Wikipedia, Dictionary.com, Girl.com.au.
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Blackpool Pleasure Beach Issues Open Casting Calls For On Park Entertainment Team And Dancers & Performers For Stageworks Worldwide Productions *Updated*

Auditions for both Blackpool Pleasure Beach's On Park Entertainment Team & Dancers, Performers for Stageworks Worldwide Productions

Blackpool Pleasure Beach Entertainment Team Casting Call

Thursday 22nd February 2018 in the Horseshoe, Casino Building
Registration 4:30PM for 5:00PM Start

Blackpool Pleasure Beach are looking for talented performers with a wide range of skills to join their entertainment team. The UK's number one amusement park would love dancers, singers, hosts and character performers to join the team in the UK’S only Nickelodeon Land. They need enthusiastic, confident and hardworking individuals who strive in delivering amazing entertainment to all their guests. Do you think you’ve got what it takes to create long – lasting memories forever?

Team Nick are Nickelodeon's ambassadors at Pleasure Beach, Blackpool, where they'll make friends with Nickelodeon Stars, such as SpongeBob SquarePants, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Dora the Explorer.

Roles Available for the 2018 season:

-- Dancers/Singers/Character Performer’s/Hosts & Presenters

-- Blackpool Pleasure Beach are looking to recruit talented performers to join their Entertainment Team. Ideally between 4ft 11 and 6ft tall.

-- Singers, Dancers, Character Performers are all welcome to apply to be the faces of the resort's on park entertainment team!

-- Character Performers – Meet and Greets, Shows etc.

-- Dancers – Shows and different events such as late night riding.

-- Singers – Whilst singing is not essential, however should you wish to sing, please bring backing tracks of 2 contrasting songs to assist with this.

-- Hosts and Presenters – For a range of activities and events that happen on park throughout the season.

These exciting opportunities offer many benefits and chances to progress in the future.

If you would like to join the Blackpool Pleasure Beach on park entertainment team
Send your CV & Headshots to info@stageworkswwp.com

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Dancers needed for Stageworks Worldwide Productions

Friday 23rd February 2018 in the Horseshoe, Casino Building
Registration 9:30am for 10:00am Start

Paradise Dinner Cabaret Shows, Pantomime
Various roles in our On Park Entertainment Team
9:30am Registration for 10:00am Start
Looking for strong female dancers, 5ft 5 and above.
Please also bring pointe shoes tap shoes and heels, and weartight-fittingg dance attire.
Looking for strong male dancers, 5ft 11 and above
Please also bring jazz and tap shoes, and wear tight-fitting dance attire.
. . . make sure you come dressed to impress!

You will be required for the following dates:

-- 31st October – 2nd November Paradise Rehearsals
-- 22nd November – 31st December Pantomime

Singing abilities are not essential. However, should you wish to sing, please bring backing tracks of 2 contrasting songs to assist with this.

Please bring CV and Headshots

If you would like to audition...
Please send your CV & Headshots or any questions to info@stageworkswwp.com

Good luck to everyone who auditions to join the Blackpool Pleasure Beach Entertainment Team and Stageworks Worldwide Productions' dance crew! :)

Via Blackpool Pleasure Beach's Casting Call page.

Also, via the Blackpool Gazette:

Blackpool Pleasure Beach holds open auditions

Team Nick at Blackpool Pleasure Beach were drenched by Nickelodeon Land characters after taking part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Open casting calls for the Pleasure Beach’s entertainment team are taking place this month. READ MORE: Entertainment news The South Shore attraction is seeking various performers to join the in-park entertainment team for the 2018 season as well as casting dancers for festive productions. The entertainment team are responsible for hosting and bringing to life daily character meet and greets and appearances in Nickelodeon Land and across the park, as well as dancing, hosting and presenting at events such as late night riding throughout the year.

A spokesman said: “We are looking to recruit talented performers to join our entertainment team.

“Singers, dancers, character performers are all welcome to apply to be the faces of our on park entertainment team.

“These exciting opportunities offer many benefits and chances to progress in the future.”

Applicants should ‘ideally’ be between 4ft 11ins and 6ft tall.

The entertainment team casting takes place on Thursday, February 23, registration from 4.30pm to start at 5pm.

Dancers are also being sought for Stageworks Worldwide Productions 2018 cast.

Stageworks is the Pleasure Beach’s sister company responsible for Hot Ice, as well as the Paradise cabaret shows and pantomime.

The dancers’ casting is on Friday, February 23, 9.30am registration for a 10am start.

The spokesman added that female dancers should be 5ft 5ins and above, males 5ft 11ins and above. Females are asked to bring pointe and tap shoes and heels, while men are required to bring jazz and tap shoes. Both are advised to wear tight-fitting dance attire and to ‘dress to impress’.

Dancers will be required for rehearsals from October 31 to November 2, and performances from November 22 to December 31. Although singing is not a requirement for either the entertainment team or the dancers, anyone keen to show their vocal skills is asked to bring backing tracks for two contrasting songs.

All applicants are asked to send their CV and headshots to info@stageworkswwp.com.


Originally published: Monday, February 05, 2018.
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Viacom Begins New Round Of Layoffs *Updated*

Viacom has started another round of staff layoffs as part of its ongoing cost-cutting effort, TheWrap has learned.

The job cuts, which are expected to not reach triple digits, will be focused on support employees — so not those directly involved in content creation. The affected staff represents less than 1 percent of the company’s 10,000 employees.

Update (2/7): It is thought that Viacom is cutting around 100 jobs.

Viacom Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bob Bakish addressed the “changes across the organization” in an internal memo obtained by TheWrap Tuesday.

“While these changes didn’t impact a large percentage of our workforce, I know they were difficult nonetheless,” Bakish wrote to staff. “We are saying goodbye to some great team members, some of whom have been here for a long time, and have made an important impact on this organization. We’re so grateful for their contributions, and want to assure you we’re taking many steps to make their transitions easier.”

Viacom owns Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, the recently rebranded Paramount Network, BET, VH1, CMT and other cable channels. The publicly traded corporation is also home to movie studio Paramount Pictures.

Viacom used to be part of CBS. The two companies are considering remerging into one again.

Viacom was created by CBS back in 1952 to syndicate old TV series as CBS Films. That division was spun off as Viacom in 1971. National Amusements bought Viacom in 1986 and went on to buy CBS in 2000. The two companies split again in 2006.

But now, both companies have formed special committees to consider "strategic alternatives," which includes a potential deal. The talks started after Shari Redstone — daughter of 94-year-old media mogul Sumner Redstone — renewed a campaign to reunite the companies, following gaining effective control over her father’s companies. The Redstones control CBS and Viacom, with a roughly 80 percent controlling stake in each, through National Amusements.

Viacom is set to report its third-quarter earnings on Thursday, February 8. Bakish stated during Viacom’s last earnings call in November 2017 that the company was evaluating some cost-cutting efforts.

Read the Bakish’s memo in its entirety below.


I know there’s been a lot of news in the past week – over the last year, in fact – about change (or potential change) in this company. I think it’s important to remember that so much of this change, while not always easy, has made us stronger. We’ve brought in new talent, re-energized our brands, rebuilt relationships – both inside these walls and out – and taken many other steps to strengthen and evolve our company for the future.

And, yes, sometimes change means making tough decisions – like today, where we made some changes across the organization. While these changes didn’t impact a large percentage of our workforce, I know they were difficult nonetheless. We are saying goodbye to some great team members, some of whom have been here for a long time, and have made an important impact on this organization. We’re so grateful for their contributions, and want to assure you we’re taking many steps to make their transitions easier.

It’s also very important to understand how purposeful our changes have been. It isn’t just about cutting costs – although we want savings, too, and more flexibility to invest in new areas. These moves are really about our continued efforts to create a more agile and efficient organization that can thrive in a time of constant change. I’ll be giving you more context around all of this in our Bob Live on Thursday, and can take any questions you have.

I’m so proud of all we’ve accomplished over the past year, and couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity the change in our industry creates. I want us to be an organization that is energized by reinventing this business, and has the capability and capacity to constantly transform. Let’s continually push ourselves to discover what’s new, and what’s next. Let’s get out of our silos and learn from each other, and create the new faster. Let’s embrace change and possibility.

Thank you for supporting each other through this process, and for your continued focus in driving us forward.


This isn't the first time that the parent company of Paramount Pictures and Comedy Central underwent a round of job cuts. Last September, the company eliminated about 20 positions.

Meanwhile, the company is also looking to add another youth-skewing property to its portfolio. Viacom is rumored to be acquiring Vidcon, an annual conference for online video creators and their fans.

The move follows Viacom’s acquisition of WhoSay, an invitation-only social network for celebrities that has evolved into a creative-marketing agency that produces branded content.

The staff reductions come almost exactly one year after Bakish unveiled an ambitious reorganization plan for Viacom. A significant element of the revamp plan came to fruition last month with the relaunch of cable channel Spike TV as Paramount Network, which Viacom has attempted to position a platform for premium scripted programming with new shows such as “Waco” and “Yellowstone.”

Bakish was named CEO in December, 2016, following the ouster of former embattled top executive Philippe Dauman amid a power struggle for control of ailing mogul Sumner Redstone’s media empire.

The layoffs, first reported by Cheddar.

Originally published: Tuesday, February 06, 2018.

Additional source: The New York Business Journal, Variety, Deadline.

Maxi Espíndola and Agustín Bernasconi Joins Nickelodeon Latin America's 'Mashup Star' Jury

Nickelodeon Latin America (Latinoamérica) has announced that Maxi Espíndola and Agustín Bernasconi have joined the judging panel of "Mashup Star", Nickelodeon's talent contest inspired by Nickelodeon's hit show Kally's MashUp, in which, through different stages of voting, one lucky fan will be chosen to participate in the second season of Kally's MashUp!

Agustín Bernasconi is a popular singer, actor and social media star, winning the orange blimp for "Chico Trendy" at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards Argentina in 2016 and 2017. Maxi Espíndola is an Argentine singer, composer and actor who recently featured in the first season of Kally's MashUp. Together, they'll become the Latin duo, MyA. They, along with the vote of the public, will help choose the finalists who will be going onto the next stage of "Mashup Star", which will be announced on Monday 26th February 2018.

To enter Nickelodeon's "Mashup Star" talent competition, fans can upload a video of themselves singing or playing a musical instrument to Instagram. The post must be public, and should include the hashtag '#Mashupstar' plus the hashtag of their country of residence, for example, #Argentina. Participants can be from any country in Latin America, and be between 7 and 16 years old. The videos should feature the entrant in a place they can be seen and heard well. All videos that comply with the rules will be uploaded to mundonick.com/mashupstar for everyone to vote for their favorites. The most voted will go to the next stage.

Kally’s MashUp is inspired by the real-life musical journey of Glee’s executive musical producer, Adam Anders. It follows the adventures of Kally, a young musical prodigy who tries to balance her life as a piano virtuoso and a regular girl when she moves from a small town to the most prestigious music university in the country. Although everyone thinks she was born to be a classical piano player, her true dream and passion is to be a pop star. Kally’s MashUp features original songs composed by Anders, his wife Nikki Anders, and longtime collaborator Peer Astrom. Anders serves as executive producer for the show and oversees all the music featured in the series.

Kally's Mashup is inspired by the real life and musical career of Adam Anders, music producer of Glee and follows the adventures of Kally, a musical prodigy who tries to balance his life as a virtuoso pianist and a very normal girl, after moving from a village small to the most prestigious music university in the country. Although everyone thinks that she was born to be a classical pianist, her true dream and passion is to be a pop music star. The series features original music composed by Anders, his musical partner of years, Peer Astom and his wife Nikki Anders. Adam Anders is also in charge of executive production, overseeing all the music in the series.

Kally’s MashUp debuted in October 2017 and has since been seen by more than 5 million viewers across the Latin American region, achieving the No. 1 position in Mexico among girls aged 7 to 14 years. Following its success, Nickelodeon Latinoamérica recently ordered new episodes of Kally’s MashUp. A new line of consumer products inspired by the popular series will also be released in May 2018.

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Original source: TVNIÑOS; Additional source: Google Translate.
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Dispute Over Krusty Krab Restaurant Lands in Fifth Circuit *Updated*

Update - The dispute has landed in the Fifth Circuit. Please scroll down for the latest full update.

A Texas federal judge has ruled in Viacom's favor that "The Krusty Krab," the fictional fast-food establishment in Nickelodeon's number-one original animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, is deserving of trademark rights and that an enterprise that wanted to open up a "Krusty Krab" restaurant has violated such rights.

Maybe SpongeBob was wrong when he said, "You don't need a license to drive a sandwich," a movie quote footnoted in a summary judgment opinion released on Wednesday 11th January 2017.

IJR Capital Investments was sued by the owner of Nickelodeon in January 2016, and in the aftermath, the defendant challenged Viacom's assertion of a trademark and the likelihood of confusion among consumers.

Viacom hadn't registered "The Krusty Krab" with the Trademark Office, but has used it continuously since 1999 in at least 166 TV episodes and two feature films, and in associated merchandise.

In examining whether Viacom possesses a valid mark, U.S. District Judge Gray Miller first considers whether an element of a television show can be protected and concludes it can, nodding to past decisions giving Warner Bros. a common law trademark over such words and phrases as "Kryptonite" and "Daily Planet" based on use.

"IJR counters that the SpongeBob character is not as well-known as Superman, but fails to include any authority (legal or otherwise) to support its argument that fictional titles are not afforded trademark protection," writes Miller. "Because 'The Krusty Krab' is a recurring element of the SpongeBob SquarePants show, the court finds that the mark is eligible for trademark protection."

The judge also deems "Krusty Krab" to be distinctive by acquiring secondary meaning.

As for likelihood of confusion, the judge says the evidence presented is compelling.

"The court also finds it persuasive that both parties use the mark to describe a restaurant (albeit in Viacom’s case it is a fictional restaurant under the sea where the namesake character works for restaurant owner, Mr. Krabs)," states the opinion. " Context here is critical, because a consumer seeing either Viacom’s or IJR’s marks will likely think of a restaurant. Consumers may mistakenly believe that IJR’s restaurant is an officially licensed or endorsed restaurant, similar to how... Viacom Inc., through its subsidiary Paramount Pictures Corporation has licensed its marks for restaurants, including Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., a seafood restaurant chain inspired by the 1994 film Forrest Gump."

Although Viacom is granted summary judgment on its motion for trademark infringement, the company is denied victory on a separate claim for trademark dilution. To the media conglomerate's claim that IJR has diminished the ability of the "Krusty Krab" mark to distinguish the source of the product, the judge nods to the fact that the defendant hadn't opened the restaurant yet. He writes, "Both federal and state dilution law require that another party use a famous mark in commerce and Viacom has not shown that IJR has used the mark in commerce."

The full opinion can be read here.

Update - Tuesday, February 6, 2018: Via Courthouse News:

Dispute Over Krusty Krab Restaurant Lands in Fifth Circuit

HOUSTON (CN) – Determined to open a chain of restaurants called The Krusty Krab, a Houston man’s attorney told the Fifth Circuit on Monday that Viacom does not have trademark rights to the fictional restaurant where cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants works the grill.

“Are you ready kids? ‘Aye Aye Captain!’ I can’t hear you. ‘Aye aye Captain!’ Ohh, who lives in a pineapple under the sea? ‘SpongeBob SquarePants!’ Absorbent and yellow and porous is he, ‘SpongeBob Square Pants!’”

The theme song to the cartoon series “SpongeBob SquarePants” is ingrained in the minds of fans of the show that has developed a cult following of both children and adults since it premiered on Viacom’s Nickelodeon network in 1999.

Viacom has made more than $12 billion in merchandising revenue from the cartoon, which expanded to two feature films, released in 2004 and 2015, that grossed more than $470 million in ticket sales. The cartoon even inspired an eponymous musical that premiered on Broadway last December.

The cartoon often features SpongeBob at his workplace The Krusty Krab, where he serves up Krabby Patty burgers at a breakneck pace under the watchful eye of the restaurant’s penny-pinching owner Eugene H. Krabs.

Though Viacom has not trademarked the restaurant’s name, it sued IJR Capital Investments LLC in January 2016 for trademark infringement after learning from newspaper articles that IJR’s owner Javier Ramos Jr. was planning to open restaurants in Los Angeles and Houston called The Krusty Krab.

U.S. District Judge Gray Miller sided with Viacom a year ago, citing Fifth Circuit precedent that “ownership of a trademark is established by use, not by registration,” and finding that IJR’s use of the name “creates a likelihood of confusion” that consumers would believe Viacom had licensed its use to IJR.

To win a federal trademark infringement claim, a company must prove it has a protectable ownership interest in the mark and that a defendant’s use of the mark is likely to confuse consumers that there is an affiliation.

IJR appealed to the Fifth Circuit last May and a three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based appeals court heard arguments Monday at the Houston federal courthouse.

In a 40-minute hearing that touched on adjudicated trademark disputes involving the comic books “Superman” and “Conan the Barbarian,” the 1980s TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard,” and the Romulan race of extraterrestrial beings from “Star Trek,” IJR’s attorney Christopher Schaefer argued that Viacom cannot trademark an ornamental backdrop in a cartoon show.

Schaefer said that it would create a huge chilling effect on business owners if they could be held liable for infringement for doing nothing more than filing an intent-to-use trademark application.

“Now our client, all he’s done is filed an intent-to-use application for The Krusty Krab. We don’t have a restaurant, we don’t have a location, we don’t have a theme, we don’t have hardly anything, but still the court found a likelihood of confusion,” Schaefer said.

Schaefer said Ramos stated in a deposition that he got the name idea from the crust that sticks to the top of crabs when they are put in a seafood boil, though Ramos has also testified that he did an online search for The Krusty Krab and saw it on “SpongeBob SquarePants” before filing his trademark application.

Viacom has licensed rights to companies that have created figurines of The Krusty Krab for aquariums, and made T-shirts and stickers depicting the restaurant, but Schaefer said it has never used the “mere words” absent drawings of the cartoon restaurant.

“Viacom has shown absolutely no evidence that it has used Krusty Krab alone. In fact, all of the evidence shows that it’s used within the SpongeBob SquarePants universe and that is all,” Schaefer said.

U.S. Circuit Judge Priscilla Owen seemed skeptical of Schaefer’s claims.

“Well, we have an intent to open a restaurant, a building, with the name Krusty Krab. It’s not like you’re creating crumbs to put on a grocery market shelf in a little box that says Krusty Krab,” she said.

It was clear that the 63-year-old Owen, a George W. Bush appointee, is not a frequent viewer of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” as she stumbled over the name.

“You’re saying you can build a restaurant and put Krispy, Krusty Krab, on the outside as long as it looks different from the cartoon drawing of the Krusty Krab restaurant in ‘Square.’ I can’t keep all this straight,” she said.

“Yes your honor, again, the ultimate test, is would consumers be confused. And we’ve at least raised the fact issue, we think as a matter of law that you cannot at this stage find a likelihood of confusion when there is no context of use,” Schaefer said.

But Viacom’s attorney, Steve Meleen with Pirkey Barber in Austin, argued that Viacom has a protectable trademark right to The Krusty Krab because it is an essential element of the cartoon.

“The Krusty Krab is not a backdrop and it’s not ornamental,” Meleen said. “It’s the central ingredient of the ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ show. It’s the restaurant in the show where SpongeBob works and it’s in 80 percent of the episodes.”

He cited Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts to refute Schaefer’s claim that because merchandise depicting The Krusty Krab usually appears alongside SpongeBob SquarePants, that Viacom cannot assert trademark rights to the fictional restaurant’s name.

“It’s simply not the case that because SpongeBob is on there then that means Krusty Krab is not a mark. … Pop-Tarts is certainly a mark and it always appears with Kellogg,” he said.

Both Schaefer and Meleen compared the litigation to a lawsuit DC Comics filed in the 1970s in the Southern District of New York against the creators of a newspaper called The Daily Planet, which took its name from the fictional newspaper where Superman’s alter ego Clark Kent works as a reporter.

The judge in that case found that the real-life newspaper infringed on DC Comics’ Daily Planet trademark.

Schaefer said there was an obvious likelihood of confusion in that case because the newspaper copied the symbol of the Daily Planet from the comic exactly, used drawings of Superman and had articles about him.

“This totality, this copying of the theme in context is what created a likelihood of confusion. We have none of that here. All we have is an intent to use mere words. That is absolutely all that we have,” Schaefer said.

But Meleen played up the cases’ similarities.

“The Daily Planet is where Superman works, The Krusty Krab is where SpongeBob works. Both are unregistered common law marks that are central ingredients of their respective shows,” he said. “The defendant in that case used the mark for a newspaper called the Daily Planet so it was a fictional paper versus a real life paper. Here we have a fictional restaurant versus a real life restaurant.”

Meleen also questioned why Ramos chose the name The Krusty Krab for his proposed restaurant.

“Krusty is not an appetizing word and spelling crab with a K certainly does not denote fine dining,” he said.

Judge Owen asked Meleen if Viacom would object if Ramos opened a restaurant called The Crusty Crab.

“That would be a different case and I think we would have to analyze that. I would say very bluntly it wouldn’t be nearly as strong of a case as this one where he uses it with two Ks,” Meleen said.

Ramos’ attorneys have argued in court filings that using Ks for the name is more aesthetically pleasing, but Schaefer conceded at Monday’s hearing that if Ramos used Cs instead, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office might consider the name generic, preventing Ramos from trademarking it.

U.S. Circuit Judge Jerry Smith tried to cut to the heart of Schaefer’s arguments.

“What relief then are you seeking on appeal?” asked Smith, a Ronald Reagan appointee.

Schaefer said he believes a jury trial would vindicate his client.

“We would assert, and any jury would see, that if we didn’t have the same color scheme, if we didn’t have anything at all relating to SpongeBob, that no one would presume these suggestive words for a seafood restaurant Krusty Krab would refer to the TV show,” he said.

The panel’s third judge, 96-year-old Jimmy Carter appointee Thomas Reavley, did not speak during the hearing, but he did question attorneys at hearings for different cases earlier in the day.

The Fifth Circuit panel did not say when it planned to issue a ruling.


Originally published: Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

Original source: The Hollywood Reporter.
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DHX Brands Taps Alpha Group For 'Massive Monster Mayhem' Toys

Original DHX Media Press Release via DHXMedia.com:


Multi-territory deal signed for innovative range of consumer products for original DHX Media series co-created with 7ate9 Entertainment

Halifax, NS – 6 February 2018 – DHX Brands, the dedicated brand management and consumer products arm of DHX Media, has appointed Alpha Group as its global toy licensee, excluding Asia, for its action-packed sci-fi competition series Massive Monster Mayhem. Produced by DHX Media, Massive Monster Mayhem is co-created by Artur Spigel (founder of 7ate9 Entertainment) and Michael Chaves.

Massive Monster Mayhem merchandise being developed by Alpha Group includes “larger-than-life” inflatable role-play toys and dress up items as well as action figures, radio control toys, plush and board games inspired by the action-packed and hilarious series.

The news comes on the heels of Nickelodeon International’s pickup of Massive Monster Mayhem for more than 140 territories, following the successful launch of the series on Nicktoons last fall in the US, as announced in January 2018.

“With their expertise in kids’ action brands, Alpha Group is an ideal toy collaborator for Massive Monster Mayhem,” said Steven DeNure, President and COO, DHX Media. “This is a wildly over-the-top show that kids absolutely love and Alpha is committed to bringing Massive Monster Mayhem to life through an exciting and innovative toy line. Soon kids around the world will be able to live out the action from this awesome intergalactic series.”

“By bashing together irreverent humor and extreme live-action game-play, DHX Media has created a truly genre-smashing series,” said Brehan Maul, Vice-President Marketing, Alpha Group US. “Massive Monster Mayhem body-slams convention, and so will the toys.”

Artur Spigel added: “On a series as innovative and creative as Massive Monster Mayhem, to collaborate on toys with a company such as Alpha Group, who are proven experts at leading-edge product development, is truly exciting. I couldn’t be happier with the enthusiasm their team has shown for the property.”

Massive Monster Mayhem is an original show for kids 6–11 that combines live action and CGI animation with real competition and comedy. Each episode features three real-life kid heroes competing in a gauntlet of Intergalactic Battle Alliance challenges to become Earth’s champion and face off against Master Mayhem’s league of monsters in the ultimate “Monster Mashdown.” The unique series combines cutting-edge, real-time CGI and pre-visualization technology.

Massive Monster Mayhem premiered on DHX Television’s Family Channel in Canada and Nicktoons in the US in October 2017, and began rolling out on Nickelodeon International in January 2018. Global distribution is handled by DHX Media. The consumer products licensing for Massive Monster Mayhem is managed by DHX Brands. The series is executive produced by 7ate9’s Artur Spigel, together with DHX Media’s Steven DeNure, Anne Loi, Ken Faier and Josh Scherba. The Massive Monster Mayhem Match App invaded the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store in October 2017 and was developed by Epic Story Interactive.


About DHX Brands
DHX Brands is the dedicated brand management and consumer products arm of DHX Media Ltd., one of the world’s leading children’s content and brands companies. 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 build and manage brands that 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, Strawberry Shortcake, Twirlywoos, Massive Monster Mayhem and In the Night Garden. DHX Brands has operations in London, Toronto, Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

About Alpha Group US LLC
Alpha Group US is a wholly owned subsidiary of the China -based Alpha Group Co. Ltd. (SZSE=002292), one of the largest and most successful animation, toy, and entertainment groups in Asia. With a mission of providing engaging entertainment experiences, linking superior animation content with high quality toys and games for kids and their parents, Alpha Group takes play seriously. Their portfolio of brands, including Super Wings™, Sky Rover™, Drone Force™ and Regal Academy™, appeals to both boys and girls across a wide range of ages. There is something for everyone, and much more on the horizon!

About 7ate9 Entertainment
7ate9 Entertainment is a leading kids’ IP and production studio that creates breakthrough content for a new, global audience. With over 20 years on the forefront of kids’ entertainment, 7ate9 combines ideas with state of the art technology to create its unique, multi-channel properties. 7ate9 has the privilege to collaborate with Disney, Nickelodeon, Universal, Warner Brothers, and others to invigorate top global franchises like Mickey Mouse, Looney Tunes and Disney Princess. Based in Los Angeles, CA and Toronto, Canada, 7ate9’s credits include the Emmy award-winning Disney Channel Games, Nickelodeon’s Massive Monster Mayhem, and Disney’s Best Day Ever.

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” under applicable securities laws with respect to DHX Media including, without limitation, statements regarding the business strategies and operational activities of DHX Media and its subsidiaries, including the expected geographical area in which Massive Monster Mayhem merchandise will be offered and the type of such merchandise. 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 or events 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 the Company’s ability to execute on license agreements and the 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 most recent Annual Information Form and annual Management Discussion and Analysis, which also form part of the Company’s annual report on Form 40-F filed with the SEC. 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.


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Invisible Motorcycle! | The Adventures of Kid Danger | Dan Schneider

It's Schwoz's (Michael D. Cohen) most epic invention, yet! THE INVISIBLE MOTORCYCLE!!!

This clip is from The Adventures of Kid Danger episode "Invisible Motorcycle".

Catch The Adventures of Kid Danger, Fridays at 6:30 P.M. ET/PT on Nickelodeon USA, and check out MORE from The Adventures of Kid Danger on Nick.com and the Nick App!

Dan Schneider is an American actor, screenwriter, and producer of films and television. He is the president of his own production company called Schneider's Bakery, Inc. On the internet, he and his production company often go by the nickname DanWarp.

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Devynn Performs 'No' by Meghan Trainor | Lip Sync Battle Shorties | Nickelodeon

Devynn’s performance of 'No' by Meghan Trainor will leave you saying the exact opposite: YES, GIRL! Watch this superstar dance, flip, and strut across the Shorties stage as she brings girl power to a whole new level! Catch more Lip Sync Battle Shorties on Nick!

Find out more information about the Lip Sync Battle Shorties, as well as watch clips from the series at nick.com/lipsync and on the Nick App!

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Crush-Worthy Valentine's Day Threads! w/ Lizzy Greene, Daniella Perkins & More! | NickStyle | Nickelodeon

Have awesome plans for Valentine’s Day but still need an outfit? Nickelodeon has got you covered! Lizzy Greene (NRDD), Riele Downs (Henry Danger) & Daniella Perkins (Knight Squad) have the perfect style advice to dress up your Valentine’s Day look. From hanging with friends to going to the movies, Nick have a fabulous outfit for you that will have everyone seeing hearts. Catch more of your favorite stars on Nickelodeon, and visit Nickelodeon's Valentine's Day area on nick.com and the Nick App for more Valentine's Day videos and games!

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Happy Birthday Sing-Along Song ft. PAW Patrol, Blaze, Shimmer and Shine & More! | Nick Jr. Music

It's party time! Your friends from PAW Patrol, Shimmer and Shine, Bubble Guppies, and Blaze and the Monster Machines are celebrating the most awesome day of the year - your preschooler's birthday - with a special Nick Jr. version of the Happy Birthday song! Many favorite characters, like Shimmer Shine, Blaze, Wally, Nella, Rubble, Marshall, Skye, Molly, and Gil have banded together to sing happy birthday to your child in this funny music mash-up video. Just follow the lyrics below to help kids learn the words so they can dance and sing along to this festive and catchy party song! For even more Nickelodeon music videos and a collection of kids' songs, visit the FREE Nick Jr. App or go to NickJr.com.

Happy Birthday Sing-Along Song Lyrics

Happy birthday to you
From all your friends here to you
Happy birthday, happy birthday
Happy birthday to you

Blazing birthday to you
Blow out candles with a woo-hoo
Let's get revved up with some monster trucks
Blazing birthday to you

It's time for your birthday
A fantastic guppy birthday
You'll have a whale of a time deep down in the sea
At your Bubble Guppy birthday

Make a wish day to you
Three wishes just for you
Happy birthday, Boom Zahramay
We'll grant a wish to you

Puppy birthday to you
Shake your tail with a doggy crew
Give a yip-yip and a back flip
Puppy birthday to you

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
From all your friends at Nick Jr.
Happy birthday to you!
Happy birthday to you!

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Preschoolers can watch full episodes online, play games, and discover silly surprises in the free Nick Jr. App and at NickJr.com: iTunes | Google Play | Amazon.

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Draw and Play: iPhone | iPad | Google Play (Phone) | Google Play (Tablet) | Amazon

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Kuu Kuu Harajuku | Octopus | Let's Draw It Kawaii

Draw your very own kawaii octopus with these simple steps!

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PAW Patrol - Flip & Fly Vehicles

No job is too big, no pup is too small! The Paw Patrol pups are ready to save the day.. and you can help them!

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Game Shakers | Weird Fooders Waiter | Nickelodeon UK

Trip (Benjamin Flores Jr.) and Hudson (Thomas Kuc) head down a dark alley to meet an anonymous contact who is holding Trip's PearPad hostage. Hudson disguises himself with a purple moustache!

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Nickelodeon France To Premiere New Episodes Of 'Bunsen Is A Beast' From Monday 19th February 2018

Bunsen est une bête | Nouveaux épisodes à partir du 19 février | NICKELODEON FRANCE

Ne rate pas les nouveaux épisodes de Bunsen est une bête à partir du lundi 19 février à 16h25.

Retrouve plein de vidéos de Bunsen est une bête sur NICKELODEON.fr!

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JoJo Siwa's Halftime Show | Nickelodeon’s Superstar Slime Showdown at the Super Bowl *Updated*

Turn up the volume (and the slime!) for this live performance of JoJo Siwa's halftime show at Nickelodeon’s Superstar Slime Showdown at Super Bowl! Catch the special and relive all your favorite moments on Nickelodeon, Nick.com and the Nick App!

BOWBOW IS BACK!!! | JoJo Siwa Vlogs

I can't believe that it happened today... | JoJo Siwa Vlogs

A lot went on today.

I WENT TO THE SUPER BOWL 2018!!! | JoJo Siwa Vlogs

OMG!!! What a experience!! I got to go to the SUPER BOWL!

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Originally published: Monday, February 05, 2018.
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Lynn Loud Celebrates The Super Bowl LII | The Loud House | Nickelodeon Animation

Did you celebrate Super Bowl LII? Check out how Lynn Loud celebrated the big game with these doodles by The Loud House storyboard artist Diem Doan!

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Tom Kenny And Stephen Hillenburg Win Achievement Awards At 45th Annual Annie Awards For Their Work On 'SpongeBob SquarePants' *Updated*

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, has announced the Sponge-Tastic news that voice actor Tom Kenny has won the "Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production" award in the 45th Annual Annie Awards for his voice acting work bringing SpongeBob SquarePants to life on Nickelodeon's hit animated series, SpongeBob SquarePants!

Tom Kenny

Additionally, Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, was awarded the Winsor McCay Award for lifetime achievement at the 45th Annual Annie Awards!

Stephen Hillenburg

ASIFA-Hollywood announced the winners of the 45th Annual Annie Awards, which recognizes the year’s best in the field of animation, at a black tie ceremony on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. A full list of 45th Annual Annie Awards winners can be found online at annieawards.org/nominees.

Congratulations Stephen and Tom! :)

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Originally published: Sunday, February 04, 2018; Edited to include Stephen Hillenburg's award.

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Viacom In Talks To Acquire VidCon

Viacom is close to acquiring VidCon, Variety has learned from individuals with knowledge of the transaction.

VidCon 2016 | Tara Ziemba/WireImage

VidCon is a popular online video conference held annually in southern California since 2010. VidCon will become an independent division of Viacom and its team will remain intact at the same offices. Jim Louderback, who became CEO of VidCon last summer, will continue to lead the company.

Its leadership team will remain intact. A formal announcement is expected to be made later this week if the deal closes.

For Viacom, VidCon adds to a growing portfolio of influencer marketing assets. VidCon likely fits into Viacom’s efforts to connect with youth audiences, who gravitate more and more to digital platforms than the linear cable channels that are the conglomerate’s core assets. Just last month Viacom also acquired WhoSay, an influencer marketing firm that specializes in targeting young audiences online with branded content. Through VidCon, Viacom, the home to young-skewing networks like Nickelodeon and MTV, will also have access to a haven for YouTube stars and other talent bubbling up in the increasingly valuable digital sphere and to the thousands of engaged young fans and access who descend on the Anaheim Convention Center each year to meet their favorite YouTube stars.

Viacom Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bob Bakish has been aggressive about remaking Viacom as the company looks to get back on its feet. He has also begun to engage CBS Corp. in a potential merger at the behest of National Amusements, which owns controlling interests in both conglomerates.

The annual conference got its start in 2010 when the YouTube creator community was just beginning to blossom. John and Hank Green, aka the “Vlogbrothers,” whose popular YouTube channel now has more than 3M subscribers. (John Green is also the author of books like the bestselling The Fault in Our Stars) founded VidCon as a way to encourage vloggers from across the country to meet up and share tips.

Often compared to Comic-Con, VidCon is a mix of young YouTuber fans who get a chance to mingle with their favorite stars, most of whom are barely older than them. While YouTube typically has a dominant presence at the event, other digital giants who court the influencer crowd have become more active in recent years including Facebook, Instagram and Musical.ly.

The event has grown significantly in the years since, moving to the Anaheim Convention Center in 2013 to accommodate its increasingly larger crowds. Last year's flagship VidCon hosted over 30,000 fans, creators and industry executives and is set to add square footage at the convention center. It has also grown to include events in Europe and Australia.

VidCon has also become an increasingly popular destination for media companies looking to promote upcoming movies and TV shows to the Generation Z crowd who tend to favor digital stars. Viacom has been a past participant, with Nickelodeon among the brands with a sizable presence on the show floor. NBCUniversal, Scripps and Fox have also made their presence known at the Anaheim-based event.

In August, VidCon announced that longtime programming executive Louderback would become CEO and Green would transition into the role of chairman. At the time, Louderback told THR that he would focus on growing the business through the creation of new events.

Viacom declined to comment on the transaction.

UTA manages the VidCon business. It's ninth edition of VidCon is scheduled to take place at the Anaheim Convention Center on June 20-23; international editions of the event are also in operation, a nod to the robust overseas marketplace for digital influencers. The explosion of online video content internationally prompted organizers to add editions in Amsterdam and Australia. VidCon Europe will take place March 22-24 in Amsterdam and VidCom Australia will take place Sept. 1-2 in Melbourne.

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