Wednesday, February 05, 2020

'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' Receives Nomination in 18th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards

The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards has announced the exciting news that the first part of Nickelodeon's recent Are You Afraid of the Dark? revival, “Part One: Submitted for Your Approval”, has been nominated for the "Best TV Presentation" category of the 18th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards!

Since 2002, the Rondos have been fandom’s only classic horror awards — decided by fans, for fans. Every nominee is being recognized for significant work or achievement in the year 2019 So add your voice and help make a difference. For details about how to cast your vote, visit

Nickelodeon's Are You Afraid of the Dark? three-part limited series event reimagined the ‘90s kids’ cult classic, and saw the return of the Midnight Society.

Across the three hour-long episodes, Are You Afraid of the Dark? followed members of an entirely new Midnight Society, who told a terrifying tale of the Carnival of Doom and its evil ringmaster Mr. Tophat, only to witness the shocking story come frightfully to life, taking them on a adventure beyond their wildest nightmares.

In Part One, "Submitted For Approval", tormented by nightmares, the new girl in school feels and out of place until a mysterious group invites her to join. All she has to do is tell a truly terrifying story.

In Part Two, "Opening Night", when a friend's disappearance seems to be linked to Rachel's story, the Midnight Society decides to attend the Carnival of Doom. Is it the same carnival from her nightmares? How?

In Part Three, "Destroy All Tophats", with her friends' lives at stake, Rachel decides to take charge and end Mr. Tophat's reign of terror. Will the story have a happy ending, or is the Midnight Society doomed?

The new members of the Midnight Society are: Rachel, played by Lyliana Wray (Top Gun: Maverick); Gavin, played by Sam Ashe Arnold (Best.Worst.Weekend.Ever.); Akiko, played by Miya Cech (Rim of the World, Always Be My Maybe); Graham, played by Jeremy Taylor (IT: Chapter Two, Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween); and Louise, played by Tamara Smart (Artemis Fowl, The Worst Witch). The Carnival of Doom’s ringmaster, Mr. Tophat, is played by Rafael Casal (Blindspotting).

Are You Afraid of the Dark? is produced by ACE Entertainment (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Perfect Date) with ACE founder Matt Kaplan and Spencer Berman serving as executive producers. The series is written by BenDavid Grabinski (Skiptrace, Happily) and directed by Dean Israelite (Power Rangers movie, Project Almanac), both of whom are also executive producers. Chris Foss is also an executive producer.

One of the Nickelodeon’s most iconic series from the ‘90s, the original Are You Afraid of the Dark? delivered riveting stories of horror to young audiences, all from a kid’s perspective. Are You Afraid of the Dark? is owned by DHX and was created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel, who are also executive producers on the project.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? made its world premiere on Nickelodeon in the U.S. on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:00 p.m. (ET/PT), as part of the network's Halloween programming highlights.

All three parts of Are You Afraid of the Dark? ranked as the most co-viewed show on broadcast and TV each week, with 33% of Adults 18-49 watching with a Kid 6-11. It was the number-one live-action series on cable TV in all kids’ demos (2-11, 6-11 and tweens 9-14). And with an industry standard of shows targeting 6-11-year-olds experiencing roughly 20% lifts in L3 time shifted ratings compared to Live Same Day, Are You Afraid of the Dark? scored 35% lifts among Kids 6-11 and 36% overall with the Kids 2-11 demo in L3 versus LSD.

The Directors Guild of America will announce the winners of the 72nd Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. For more information about the awards, visit

Below is the show's official Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards 2020 nomination in full:

— ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK, ‘Submitted for Approval,’ 10.11.19, Nickelodeon. A new member joins the Midnight Society. ‘Nothing bad is gonna happen on this ride. Just relax.’

Congratulations and good luck to Nickelodeon and to everyone who worked on Are You Afraid of the Dark?!

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Originally published: Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

H/T: Dread Central.
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Bouygues Telecom France Adds ViacomCBS Channels to IPTV Line-Up

French operator Bouygues Telecom has announced the addition of several ViacomCBS channels to its IPTV platform!

Subscribers to the service's Basic entry-level package can now receive a variety of ViacomCBS channels, including two MTV music channels and J-One (featuring Japanese animation).

Customers subscribing to the 'Famille' (Family) and 'Jeunesse' (Youth) packages can also benefit from the inclusion of four Nickelodeon-branded channels dedicated to preschoolers, children and teenagers (Nickelodeon, Nickelodeon+1, Nickelodeon Junior, and Nickelodeon Teen).

The news follows ViacomCBS Networks France recently launching a variety of channels on Molotov in November 2019.

ViacomCBS channel numbers on Bouygues Telecom:

Nickelodeon - 111
Nickelodeon Teen - 107
Nickelodeon Junior - 115
Nickelodeon +1 - 112
MTV - 67
MTV Hits canal - 151

From Les Offres Actus:

Les chaînes Viacom/CBS arrivent aussi chez Bouygues Télécom

Il fut un temps où les chaînes du groupe Viacom/CBS était une exclusivité Canal+, mais depuis peu cela est terminé, le groupe à mise fin à toutes exclues avec quelques opérateurs que ce soit, du coup l'ensemble de leurs chaînes est maintenant distribué chez Canal+, Free, SFR, Bouygues et très bientôt chez Orange.

Les 9 chaînes sont incluse dans le bouquet de base des offres BBox et les bouquets payants TV BBox. Les chaînes MTV , MTV Hits et J-One sont disponibles dans le bouquet inclus des offres BBox (BBox Classic, Sensation, Miami, Ultym et Must).

Les chaînes jeunesse Nickelodeon sont intégrées au bouquet BBox TV Jeunesse à 7,99€ (ou inclus en Bonus Ultym) ou BBox TV Famille à 13,99€/mois.

Ces dernières sont en clair jusqu'au 30 mars.


Plus Nickelodeon: Nickelodeon France Launches Bookids, a New Subscription-Based Digital Reading Service for Kids !

Originally published: Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

Source: Telecompaper; Additional source: Google Translate.
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Nickelodeon Benelux to Premiere 'All That' on Saturday 8th February 2020



New Sketch Series Starring Seven Dynamic Kids to Premiere
on Nickelodeon Benelux

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Nickelodeon Benelux will premiere All New All That, a revival of the Nickelodeon's iconic '90s sketch series featuring a talented and diverse group of comedians who reflect the spirit and humor of today’s generation of kids, on Saturday 8th February 2020 at 19:30 uur on Nickelodeon Netherlands (Nederland) and Nickelodeon Flanders (Vlaanderen)!

Ranging in age from 12-15, each new All That cast member brings their own unique comedic skill to the show, from impressions of today’s biggest celebrities, to original characters inspired by their lives, to physical comedy sketches, revitalizing the series for today's audience. New original comedic sketches include “Cancelled with Nathan,” Bed, Bath & Beyoncé” and “Marie Kiddo.” Executive produced by original cast members Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, All That will air regularly on Nickelodeon in Australia and New Zealand.

The new Kids of Comedy are:

· Ryan Alessi – Born and raised in Chicago, Ryan Alessi, 14, began studying improv comedy at age eight with The Second City Improvisational Comedy Troupe. After moving to Los Angeles, he started studying with The Groundlings and developing his own characters and performing various impressions and accents.

· Reece Caddell – A Denver native, Reece Caddell, 12, started acting at the age of five and began performing sketch comedy when she started a YouTube channel with her two older sisters.

· Kate Godfrey – Kate Godfrey, 15, is an actress, singer and dancer from Scottsdale, Ariz. She began her career in her local community theater at the age of nine and was quickly accepted to the Broadway Youth Ensemble where she performed in New York City.

· Gabrielle Green – Gabrielle Green, 14, moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career after studying theatre at BAK Middle School of Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Fla. Her credits include acting, voiceover work and working as a brand representative.

· Nathan Janak – Originally from Sugar Land, Texas, Nathan Janak, 14, began acting at six years old. In 2016, he participated in a nine-month intensive actor training program and later moved to Los Angeles. Janak has previously been seen as a guest star in Nickelodeon’s Henry Danger.

· Lex Lumpkin – Lex Lumpkin, 13, is an actor, singer, writer, impressionist and pianist from Indianapolis. His acting career began two years ago when he played the role of “Stuart” in the Indianapolis Repertory Theater’s production of Stuart Little.

· Chinguun Sergelen – Raised in Chicago, Chinguun Sergelen, 13, began acting at age nine. He is a Youth Ensemble member at The Second City Training Center Chicago and Laugh Out Loud Theater.

· Aria Brooks – Joining the cast for the second half of the new season will be Aria Brooks from Atlanta, Georgia. Brooks’ career is on the rise. She plays a younger version of Harriet Tubman in the upcoming film Harriet and will be featured in Netflix’s Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings anthology.

In the series premiere, the new All That cast will be joined by original All That cast members Kel Mitchell, Lori Beth Denberg and Josh Server, who impart advice and words of wisdom to help the new cast sharpen their comedic skills. The episode will also feature a performance by Grammy®-nominated multiplatinum powerhouse trio Jonas Brothers of their smash hit “Sucker.”

Shot in front of a live studio audience, this season of All That will see beloved roles are reprised in some of the series’ most memorable sketches including Mitchell as Good Burger's "Ed"; and Denberg as “Ms. Hushbaum,” the hypocritical “Loud Librarian.”

The season will also feature musical performances from today’s hottest artists, including JoJo Siwa, Young Dylan, Ciara, H.E.R., Ella Mai, Ally Brooke, Kane Brown, Bryce Vine, Daddy Yankee and CNCO, with surprise guests from the worlds of TV, film, comedy and more. The series will also host a Zoey 101 reunion, which will see Jamie Lynn Spears with fellow Zoey 101 castmates Paul Butcher, Sean Flynn, Kristin Herrera, Chris Massey, Erin Sanders and Matthew Underwood in an all-new version of the sketch “Thelma Stump.” Shot in Los Angeles, Calif. in November 2019, the new sketch features Spears reprising her role as the bacon-loving bodyguard who attempts to stop the All That cast members and stars of Zoey 101 from entering the set.

The series also features a appearance from Alisa Reyes, who, along with Mitchell, Thompson, Denberg and Server, helped make the original series a ‘90s icon for an entire generation of kids.

The show's iconic '90s theme song, "All That", performed by TLC also makes a welcome return.

All That was Nickelodeon’s longest running live-action series with 171 episodes across 10 seasons from 1994 to 2005. The franchise paved the way for a number of successful spinoffs, including: Kenan & Kel, The Amanda Show and The Nick Cannon Show; the feature-length film Good Burger; as well as audio recordings, books, festival tours, and numerous reunions celebrating the show’s impact on pop culture. All That was created by Brian Robbins and Mike Tollin.

All That helped launch the careers of comedy stars including Kenan Thompson, Amanda Bynes and Nick Cannon, and has featured musical guests and guest stars including Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond), Brittany Snow, and Tia and Tamera Mowry from Sister, Sister.

All That is executive produced by Kenan Thompson (All That, Kenan & Kel, Good Burger, Saturday Night Live), Kel Mitchell (All That, Kenan & Kel, Good Burger, Sam & Cat, Game Shakers) and Kevin Kay (All That, SpongeBob SquarePants, Lip Sync Battle, Lip Sync Battle Shorties, Yellowstone). Jermaine Fowler (Superior Donuts, Sorry to Bother You) serves as a consulting producer. Production of All That for Nickelodeon is overseen by Shauna Phelan, Senior Vice President, Live-Action Scripted Content.

The All New All That made its world premiere on Nickelodeon USA on Saturday, June 15, at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

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Originally published: Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

H/T: Anime Superhero Forum /@Lkoui.
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Nickelodeon Germany to Premiere 'The Adventures of Paddington' on Monday 30th March 2020


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Preschoolers in Germany are set for more heart-warming adventures with their favourite coat-clad bear, as Paddington returns to screens in the brand-new CG-animated series The Adventures of Paddington!

Premiering on Nickelodeon Germany (Deutschland) this March, The Adventures of Paddington, locally titled Paddingtons Abenteuer, centres on a younger Paddington as he writes letters to Aunt Lucy celebrating the new things he has discovered through the day’s exciting activities. The series is a Heyday Films and STUDIOCANAL production in association with Copyrights.

Nickelodeon Deutschland will launch Paddingtons Abenteuer by airing two episodes back-to-back on Monday 30th March 2020 at 07:05 Uhr.

In the series premiere, "Paddington Finds a Pigeon," Paddington nurses an injured bird back to health and discovers a new friend in Pigeonton! Then, in "Paddington and the Chores List," Mr. Brown creates a list of chores for Paddington, who accidentally picks up the wrong list!

In episode two, “Paddington Finds a Hobby,” Paddington doesn’t have a hobby, so Mrs. Brown helps him find out what he’s good at! Then later in "Paddington and the Stamp", Paddington gets his arm stuck in a mailbox while sending a letter to Aunt Lucy!

Following launch, Nickelodeon Deutschland will continue to air new episodes Paddingtons Abenteuer weekly.

Paddingtons Abenteuer is also expected to premiere on Nickelodeon Austria (Österreich) and Nickelodeon Switzerland (Schweiz) around the same time.

In the German dub of The Adventures of Paddington, Marek Harloff (Deutschstunde, Tatort) will voice the beloved bear from Darkest Peru famous for his love of marmalade.

The Adventures of Paddington (52 X 11’) is directed by Adam Shaw and Chris Drew of Blue Zoo (Go Jetters, Digby Dragon, Miffy, Q Pootle 5), and developed for television and written by Jon Foster and James Lamont (Die fantastische Welt von Gumball, Cuckoo, Paddington 1 & 2).

The series is executive produced by multi-award winner David Heyman (producer of all eight of the Harry Potter films, Paddington 1 & 2) and Rosie Alison (Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Paddington 1 & 2). The Adventures of Paddington is produced by Karen Davidsen (formerly with Disney and HIT Entertainment) and Simon Quinn (Isle of Dogs, Fantastic Mr. Fox), and co-produced by Rob Silva.

The Adventures of Paddington made its world premiere on Nickelodeon in the U.S. on Monday, Jan. 20, at 12:30 p.m. (ET/PT), following a special preview on Friday, Dec. 20, at 12:30 p.m. (ET/PT), and will set to roll out on the net’s international channels and branded blocks beginning March 2020, including on Nick Jr. UK & Ireland on Monday 2nd March 2020 at 4:30pm.

Gearing up for the launch of The Adventures of Paddington, The Copyrights Group has inked some fresh licensing deals for the property, including: HarperCollins Children’s Books for tie-in books, Ravensburger for preschool puzzles, and Trends UK for early learning toys.

In the US-English dub of The Adventures of Paddington, actor Ben Whishaw (Paddington 1 & 2) reprises his role as the voice of the title character, alongside new cast members Morwenna Banks, Bobby Beynon, Sheena Bhattessa, Darren Boyd, Noel Clarke, Phyllis Logan, Monica Lopera, Sabrina Newton-Fisher, David Schofield, Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen, Inside No. 9), Liz Sutherland-Lim and Jeremiah Waysome.

The Adventures of Paddington will also feature a brand-new theme song “Paddington Bear” written and performed by one of Britain’s most successful musicians, Gary Barlow (Take That).

Parents and children can visit to find videos, games and activities featuring their favourite Nick Jr. characters. Parents can like the official Nick Jr. Deutschland Facebook and Instagram pages as well as subscribe to the Nick Jr. YouTube channel for the latest Nick Jr. news, highlights, video clips and more.

For over 60 years, British-born writer Michael Bond has delighted children and families all over the world with his stories about Paddington, the bear from Darkest Peru famous for his love of marmalade. Paddington is popular with both children and adults who feel affectionate and warm towards him and the charm and humour of the Paddington stories is the key to their enduring popularity.

Paddington’s adventures have been adapted several times for television and at the end of 2014 Paddington made his debut onto the big screen, a further film Paddington 2 followed in 2017 with a third in the works. The movies were produced by STUDIOCANAL, part of the international content and media group Vivendi. A new Paddington TV series also from STUDIOCANAL is set to launch on Nickelodeon in 2020.

Follow Paddington on Twitter at @paddingtonbear. Like Paddington’s Facebook page at

©P&Co. Ltd./SC 2019

Licensed on behalf of STUDIOCANAL S.A.S by Copyrights Group

Below is Nickelodeon Deutschland's official press release announcing the PAWsome news!:

Paddington ist zurück! Nickelodeon bringt liebenswertesten Bären aller Zeiten ins Kinderfernsehen


In Nickelodeons brandneuer CG-animierter Vorschulserie Paddingtons Abenteuer begleiten Kinder den beliebten britischen Bären bei seinen Entdeckungsreisen durch London und erleben gemeinsam mit ihm spannende und herzerwärmende Abenteuer. Die Serie setzt dabei den Fokus auf einen jungen Paddington, der in seinen zahlreichen Briefen an Tante Lucy über seine spannenden Begegnungen und neuen, interessanten Erfahrungen in der britischen Hauptstadt berichtet.

Schauspieler und Synchronsprecher Marek Harloff („Deutschstunde“, „Tatort“) leiht dem knuddeligen jungen Bären seine Stimme.

In der ersten Folge pflegt Paddington einen kranken Vogel namens Pigeonton. Wird er sich von ihm trennen können? Außerdem haben alle in der Familie häusliche Pflichten – außer Paddington. Deshalb gibt Mr. Brown Paddington eine To-do-Liste, die er jedoch aus Versehen vertauscht…

In Folge Zwei hilft Mrs. Brown Paddington dabei, herauszufinden, was zu seinem Hobby werden könnte. Ist es vielleicht Briefmarken sammeln? Leider steckt Paddington dann aber plötzlich mit einem Arm tief im…Briefkasten fest!

Die ersten beiden Folgen von Paddingtons Abenteuer laufen in der TV-Doppelpremiere am 30.03.2020 um 07:05 Uhr bei Nick, anschließend wöchentlich und als Einzelfolgen.

Seit über 60 Jahren begeistert der in Großbritannien geborene Schriftsteller Michael Bond Kinder und Familien auf der ganzen Welt mit seinen Geschichten über Paddington, dem Bären aus dem Dschungel Perus und größtem Marmeladenfan. Paddington ist durch seinen Humor und Charme sowohl bei Kindern als auch bei Erwachsenen beliebt.

In Deutschland wurden die Kinderbücher Ende 2014 für die große Leinwand adaptiert, 2017 folgte der zweite Kinofilm – ein dritter Film ist in Arbeit. Die Filme wurden von STUDIOCANAL, Teil des internationalen Medienkonzerns Vivendi, produziert.

Paddingtons Abenteuer ist eine Heyday Films und STUDIOCANAL Produktion in Kooperation mit Copyrights. Regie führen Adam Shaw und Chris Drew vom britischen Animationsstudio BlueZoo (u.a. „Miffy“), Adaption und Drehbuch kommt von Jon Foster und James Lamont, die zuvor bereits an den Paddington-Kinofilmen gearbeitet hatten. David Heyman, Produzent aller acht Harry-Potter- und der beiden Paddington-Filme, ist, gemeinsam mit Rosie Alison („Der Junge im gestreiften Pyjama“, „Paddington“ 1 und 2), ausführender Produzent. Karen Davidsen und Simon Quinn („Isle of Dogs“, „Der Fantastische Mr. Fox“) sind Produzenten, Rob Silva Ko-Produzent.


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Originally published: Wednesday, February 5, 2020.

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How to Draw Lynn Loud ✍️ | Draw Along w/Jessica Borutski 🎨 | The Loud House 🏡 | Nickelodeon Animation

How to Draw Lynn Loud ✍️ | Draw Along w/Jessica Borutski 🎨 | The Loud House 🏡

Lynn-er Lynn-er Chicken Dinner! Draw along with Jessica Borutski, Supervising Director on The Loud House, as she draws a sporty Lynn Loud! 🏈 🏆

Find out how to draw more of your favorite Nicktoons characters!:

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Best GIR Moments from Invader ZIM! 🤖 NickRewind

Best GIR Moments from Invader ZIM! 🤖 NickRewind

Everybody's favorite robot-dog-sidekick from Invader ZIM is back! Can anyone say TACOOOOOS? Check out all of GIR's best and funniest moments!

Did you hear? There's an Invader Zim ride in the newly opened Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream!:

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus is available to stream now on Netflix!

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Detective Dan: Then Vs. Now 🕵️‍♂️ All That

Detective Dan: Then Vs. Now 🕵️‍♂️ All That

Detective Dan (Josh Server) has been a goofball detective dating back to his time as an original All That cast member. He’s back with his partner in crime, Detective Ann (Kate Godfrey), and now the two of them solve crimes together! Here is Detective Dan: Then vs. Now.

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Kel Mitchell Reacts to Kenan & Kel Moments | NickRewind

Kel Mitchell Reacts to Kenan & Kel Moments | NickRewind

Who else loves Kel as much as he loves orange soda?! You know you do, you do, you dooo-oooo!

What do you want to see Kel react to next? Maybe Good Burger? Let Nickelodeon know in the comments on Facebook!

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Simon Spotlight Unboxes TV Tie-Ins for YouTube & 'Ryan’s Mystery Playdate' Star Ryan Kaji

Simon Spotlight, a division of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, is set to add to its growing list of books starring YouTube and Nickelodeon star star Ryan Kaji in 2020!

Starting this year, it will publish tie-ins to Nickelodeon's number-one preschool series, Ryan’s Mystery Playdate. These new titles will complement its existing line of books based on Ryan’s World (formally Ryan ToysReview), the young star’s YouTube channels, which has 31 million subscribers and 41 billion views to date.

Forbes estimates that Ryan earned $26 million in 2019, and named him the year’s top-earning YouTube influencer.

Simon Spotlight published its first book tied to Ryan’s World, known for its toy-unboxing videos, in December 2018, with two more titles since then.

“There was a perception that this property was white-hot, but it has more sticking power than people give it credit for,” Valerie Garfield, Vice President (VP) and Publisher, Novelty and Licensed Publishing at Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, told “We wanted to respond to the demand and the interest, but we don’t see it as a flash in the pan. We purposefully are publishing in a measured manner to build the brand.”

Two TV tie-ins, Who Will It Be? and It’s a Marvelous Mystery, are currently available. A third title in the series, Spooky Sticker Surprise, will be published by July. All are 8x8s and come with a decoder, build-it-yourself magic box, and stickers, respectively. More titles are planned for fall. On the Ryan’s World side, Ryan’s Road Trip, an 8x8 with poster, is set for a May release, with two more titles to follow in fall. They join Meet Ryan, the initial 8x8; a Ready to Read, Welcome to Ryan’s World; and Ryan’s Pizza Party, another 8x8 with scratch-and-sniff stickers.

Garfield noted that Ryan has two distinct audiences, one for his YouTube content and the other for the TV series. The two publishing programs are somewhat different as well. The TV tie-ins are very interactive, closely linked to the challenges and unboxing puzzles featured on the show, while the Ryan’s World books allow readers to discover more about Ryan. “The readers can connect with him and learn a little more about him,” Garfield said. “Even reluctant readers see Ryan as a friend and want to get to know him better by reading.”

All the books have certain characteristics in common. “We look at what it is about Ryan that resonates with kids, and that’s his enthusiasm and his eagerness to try new things,” Garfield said. “He’s fun! We want to take that and put it into the books as well.” Ryan’s parents are very involved in the editorial process, and Ryan makes suggestions as well.

Parents, as well as teachers and librarians, have also embraced the books. Titles feature a letter from Ryan’s mother, former teacher Loann Kaji — who regularly appears in Ryan’s content, along with his father and two sisters — about the family’s emphasis on reading. “There’s this mom-to-mom component,” Garfield explained. “It strikes a chord with parents who are desperate to get their kids off the screen.”

The Ryan’s World and Ryan’s Mystery Playdate books are just one portion of a broader program with YouTube content distributor, which creates global franchises from the YouTube stars and characters loved by Generation Alpha. Future titles with other network stars are currently under discussion.

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