Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Julie Benson Shares New Photo of the 'Star Trek: Prodigy' Writers Room to Celebrate Star Trek Day

Nick News Minis: To celebrate Star Trek Day, writer Julie Benson has shared an out-of-this-world new photo of the writers of Nickelodeon's upcoming CG-animated Star Trek series Star Trek: Prodigy!

"I'm so grateful to Star Trek for introducing me to these amazing writers. Love my Star Trek Prodigy family. #StarTrekDay #StarTrekUnitedGives," Benson captioned the photo on Twitter.

Kevin and Dan Hageman, Julie and Shawna Benson, Shawna Benson, Chad Quandt, Aaron Waltke, Diandra Pendle-Thompson, Lisa Boyd, Nikhil Jayaram, Keith Sweet, Erin McNamara

Star Trek: Prodigy follows a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning and salvation. The series will debut exclusively on Nickelodeon in 2021 for a new generation of fans, and further expanding the Star Trek universe.

Star Trek: Prodigy will be from CBS’ Eye Animation Productions, CBS Television Studios’ new animation arm; Secret Hideout; and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers alongside Kevin and Dan Hageman. Mac Middleton will serve as a producer with Aaron Baiers as co-executive producer. Ben Hibon (Codehunters) will direct, co-executive produce and serve as the creative lead.

The show’s writers’ room includes Julie and Shawna Benson, former writers of Green Arrow and Batgirl & the Birds of Prey for DC Comics, and executive story editors on The 100; Chad Quandt and Aaron Waltke, whose credits include Trollhunters, Unikitty and Teen Titans Go!; Erin McNamara; Keith Sweet; Lisa Boyd (The Last Airbender); Diandra Pendle-Thompson; and Nikhil Jayaram.

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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for Tuesday, September 8, 2020 | NickRewind

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for Tuesday, September 8, 2020 | NickRewind

Rugrats, provided to Creators Syndicate by Nickelodeon, based off the popular animated television series has been created for children and family's to laugh and enjoy together.

Follow these comics and their take on real episodes of the show and their own spin on hilarious adventures.

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ViacomCBS Gives Back with Virtual Community Day

Originally published: Wednesday, June 24, 2020.


How employees around the world have found new ways to give back for the company’s annual day of service.

By Crystal Barnes for the ViacomCBS Newsroom

For 23 consecutive years, thousands of Viacom employees have gathered at hundreds of sites around the world to rebuild and re-energize their communities in an outpouring of goodwill that was called “Viacommunity Day.” When Viacomjoined forces with CBS—whose employees had their own decades-long history of giving back—last December, we looked forward to uniting and enhancing our traditions under the ViacomCBS umbrella this spring.

Then COVID-19 shut down the world.

Overnight, 20,000-plus ViacomCBS employees were working from home. Our television and film productions froze. Gatherings of any kind or any size for any reason were suspended until further notice. And in many ways, life, it seemed, was on hold.

None of this diminished our employees’ deep-seated spirit of generosity and concern for their neighbors. They made it clear to our team , through emails, virtual meetings and DMs, that their isolation had not dampened their desire to care for our communities, and do so together. Management at all levels across the company supported the idea. It is in that spirit of irrepressible goodwill and restless creativity that the first ViacomCBS Virtual Community Day was born.


This week and in the weeks ahead, ViacomCBS employees around the world will pour their talents and their energy and their hearts into helping individuals and organizations in need. They will consult with nonprofits on better business strategies. They will mentor students with America on Tech. They will host social issues discussions with the ACLU and lead virtual learning hours with Breakthrough New York and provide feedback to young writers and transcribe records for the Smithsonian Museum. And they will help World Food Program USA and Urban School Fund Alliance donate 50,000 meals through the atlasGO global health and wellness challenge. They will do it all online, a changed approach for a changed world.

Over the past weeks, we have seen people of all backgrounds unite to speak out against the systemic racism and police violence that has impacted so many victims of racial injustice and most recently led to George Floyd’s tragic murder. While there is much work to be done, the protests, in their scope and duration, have been inspiring. It is in this same spirit of civic renewal and institutional change that ViacomCBS employees reach out to their neighbors in need, their generosity undiminished by distance. Beyond the day, it is our ongoing commitment to each other and our communities to do more, together. Here are a few of our stories.

Crystal Barnes is the SVP for Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Strategy & Reporting at ViacomCBS. She oversees company-wide initiatives that extend ViacomCBS’ deep legacy and expertise in social impact, philanthropy, and community and employee engagement.

Julien Guiteau, Client Service Representative, ViacomCBS Ad Sales (New York, NY)

I haven’t participated in past Community Day events but I’m looking forward to a great first experience. I decided to participate in the Story Pirates event being hosted over Zoom. The organization is nationally renowned group of top comedians, musicians, best-selling authors and incredible teachers with fifteen years of experience creating content that celebrates the imaginations of kids, and their mission is to equip young writers with the tools they need to create stories of their own.

I connected with this strongly because I personally strive to uplift, teach and inspire the youth. At work, I am a client service representative within the ad sales department. Outside of work, I am a content creator, producer, and presenter. I created a web video series called Adventures with Julien for YouTube and other social media platforms in February 2019. It’s hosted by me and filmed by various talented videographers, and its mission is to bring communities together through positivity. The goal of each episode is to highlight how certain companies are beneficially impacting communities, to entertain and enlighten viewers, and to bring communities together through positivity.

Stephen Divenere, Director, Talent Acquisition (Hollywood, CA)

Being able to volunteer in person is ideal, but in this upside-down world we find ourselves in, I respect and appreciate the company so much for its continued commitment to philanthropy. People are hurting in every aspect of our society and need a helping hand now more than ever.

I chose to volunteer this year with MOSTe (Motivating Our Students Through Experience). MOSTe is a community-based mentoring, scholarship, and college-access organization that encourages young women’s education and success. I chose it because as a Talent Acquisition professional, I love mentoring and getting young people ready for the working world. I also volunteer throughout the year as a mentor to kids in need through ViacomCBS’ youth mentorship program, and have spent a lot of time working with youth at the LGBTQ center.

I’ve been with Viacom for four years and have always volunteered for community day. I‘ve met so many amazing people both within the community I was servicing as well as across the company. I love giving back and also making new friends.

Scarlette Whyte, Director, Professional Development, CBS News (Washington, DC)

I was so thrilled when I read the first email about Community Day. I am proud to work for a company that wants to give back, even during a time of uncertainty.

I chose to participate in a fundraiser for Pajama Program. This is a non-profit organization that donates new pajamas and books to children who are in foster care and homeless shelters. Due to COVID-19, Pajama Program established a separate initiative to provide new pajamas and books for the children of first responders, healthcare professionals and other essential workers. I was so touched by its initiatives I had to jump on-board.

I make it a point to do at least a few community service projects per year on my own. In December of last year I collected nearly 200 pairs of pajamas and 100 books for the local Washington D.C Chapter of Pajama Program. In addition, I donate monthly to the Areti Full Gospel Christian School in Ethiopia. A little girl named Ayanlesh is the student whom I sponsor.

Shawn Greer, Creative Resources Director, Nickelodeon Experience Design (Orlando, FL)

I am so proud to be a part of Virtual Community Day. We are socially responsible and truly care about our fans and employees. We are not just “talking the talk,” we are all taking an active role in the future of the country and society as a whole.

I, with others on the Nick Experience Design team based in Orlando, are mentoring people of color to help them get into the theme park business. I’m excited to meet them. So far, I have 30 people scheduled and the team has upwards of 230 total to meet.

I serve my community by volunteering for the career days at the local schools to teach them about what we do and how important it is for them to work hard at everything they do as you never know what skills you will need in the future. I try to inspire them all to be their best, most authentic selves and to help each other and not allow any bullying for any reason.

Danielle Green, Manager, Production Finance, Showtime (Hollywood, CA)

I’m choosing to volunteer with Common Impact because I support its mission to help non-profits build organizational capacity through skill-based volunteerism. The organization connects corporate employees to nonprofits, and I was set up as a team leader and facilitator with Diamond in the RAW foundation, which is devoted to empowering and transforming the lives of foster care and at-risk teen girls. Non-profit work is very difficult and the work requires compassionate, and caring individuals.

I’m involved with community work with various nonprofits in Los Angeles as a Board Member of NAMIC – Southern California. With my work with NAMIC, I’ve been able to partner with ViacomCBS on various youth based training and professional development workshops. I’ve also been able to connect and support other nonprofits within the Southern California Region to align them with the mission of NAMIC.

Felipe Reis, Manager, Communications and Social Impact, ViacomCBS Networks Americas (São Paulo, Brazil)

I think this year’s virtual work solution suits the moment in which we live perfectly. This adaptation is a sign that ViacomCBS, despite the challenges, is innovative in the search for creative solutions and does not let its commitment to society be diminished by difficulties.

I’ve chosen to dedicate myself to lecturing on professional guidance to needy teenagers. I’ve chosen this activity because I remember how fundamental it was for me, when I was a teenager, to listen to market professionals to decide which profession to choose.

Besides being a part of the ViacomCBS Social Impact team and being 100% dedicated to the Virtual Community Day in Brazil, I have always sought to aid small business owners. Lately, I’ve been doing this more frequently by consuming products from small producers and helping friends and family who have had their business affected by the pandemic.

Victoria Wells, Director, Production, Entertainment & Youth Group, ViacomCBS (Hollywood, CA)

My value is more than my job description. Community Day offers a workday of purpose beyond a paycheck.

As someone who grew up underserved and bi-racial, I often wonder how youth programs could have shaped my adolescent development. Volunteers are a link in the chain of facilitating these programs to participants, who far too often are told and believe that they are not good enough—in the words “you ain’t s**t.” Teachers and counselors of my past have uttered similar words. Joke’s on them.

As a Curtis Kulig stan, youth mentor, and supporter of art accessibility, I will be volunteering for the Free Arts Day with Curtis Kulig on Thursday to advocate for the marginalized. But, my life is devoted to service year-round, and I’m involved as a mentor for the Youth Mentor Connection, Time’s Up, and ViacomCBS’ professional mentoring program. I’m also involved with various organizations on the local and national level.

This will be my 10th year participating in Community Day. Now is a critical time for service, check-in, and immediate action.

Michael Roberts, Director, Customer Marketing, Paramount Pictures (Hollywood, CA)

This will be my 8th year in a row volunteering on Community Day. It is hands down my favorite day at Paramount. Not only are we given the opportunity to spend our time and energy bettering our community, but it’s also an amazing day to feel pride in where we work and who we work with. I am always the painter. I’ve painted everything from a kitchen at New Economics for Women to counseling rooms at APAIT. The biggest takeaway for me each year is a sense of hope knowing that there are countless organizations around the country that work every day to make sure that the future is bright, and that we’re giving more people the opportunity to benefit from it.

This year, I’m leading the voter registration task through When We All Vote. It’s a fantastic organization that works to increase engagement in the voting process, particularly with minorities and young Americans. November 2020 will be one of the most consequential elections of our lifetime. In these uncertain times, voting is one of the most empowering and significant things we can all do to not only ensure that our voices are being heard, but to enforce long overdue change for communities in need.

Getting the word out to vote has been my top priority this year. In addition to When We All Vote, I’ve also worked with the nonprofit organization, VoteForward. Its mission is to empower grassroots volunteers to help register voters from underrepresented communities. There are so many things to focus on that need our social and financial attention. Some of my favorite organizations to donate to are the ACLU, GLSEN, and Foster Nation.

Sarah Pindler, Manager, Production & Project Management, Attractions & Exhibits Nickelodeon Experience Design (Orlando, FL)

Virtual Community Day is important for all of us to understand that there are so many different ways we can all help. I am thrilled that I work for a company that not only supports an initiative to volunteer, but also really encourages all employees to take a working day to do so. It is inspiring that even during this pandemic, ViacomCBS still pushes the importance of volunteering. In addition to helping those who need it, community day has also been an amazing team building exercise and brings our office closer together, usually filled with smiles and laughs.

This year, I chose two opportunities. I will be packing two KyndKits—an opportunity I am very excited for. The company behind the KyndKits provides so many different options for people in need– from LGBTQ teens to homeless citizens. I chose to do two packs for citizens who receive meals on wheels. I chose those boxes because I don’t actually know any people around me who are a part of the program and I think it would be a good opportunity to meet some new folks nearby. I’ve reached out to my local chapter and they didn’t have any open driving routes, but they need help in their thrift store to unpack and move items. I am planning to bring my KyndKits to a driver (or become a driver in future weeks).

In preparation for Virtual Community Day, we also have been going through our house to find items and clothing to donate. If people are unable to take the day and go volunteer somewhere, or are not able to join a virtual volunteer opportunity, then donating items that they no longer use is a great back-up plan.

Alan Jones, Account Executive, Ad Solutions (New York, NY)

I’m excited to be participating in the Story Pirates’ “Happy Hour” this year for Community Day. This is something that really stood and I thought was cool because it’s promoting the youth to flex and strengthen their creativity muscles. I think that a lot of initiatives often promote stirring children into more conventional routes, where this promotes pride in imagination. I think it’s really cool that we’re encouraging our future storytellers here.

I’m very happy and pleased that ViacomCBS is taking part in a day of virtual community service. To be honest, I was wondering if everything was going to be postponed this year. I think it really shows that in the midst of a current world of uncertainty and economic strain, ViacomCBS is still prioritizing and finding effective ways to uphold their social responsibility.

During the year, I participate in a non-profit called 100 Roses from Concrete as a mentor. This is an initiative that aims to expose, help and coach college students of multicultural backgrounds about the media industry.

I’ve volunteered on community day for the past four years. I’ve participated in initiatives inside and outside of the ViacomCBS walls and each year has been a blast. Community day has provided an opportunity for great team building outside of our typical daily responsibilities. It has also allowed us to take a break and really connect with our neighboring communities. It’s been really fulfilling in many cases to really connect with the people of certain communities and to see the positive impact we’ve been able to have.

Jorge Tijerina, Production Supervisor & Director of Content, ViacomCBS International Studios (Mexico City, Mexico)

All companies should engage in community service just like ViacomCBS. It is a necessary and noble effort that makes our world a better place to live in. The fact that the company was able to adapt in the midst of a pandemic speaks to its humanity. It’s so wonderful to work in a company that places human needs over corporate ones. I have volunteered for “Ayudar a ayudar COVID-19” which means that I will donate money and send messages of hope to the doctors and nurses who are trying to save lives all over Mexico. I chose this activity because the medical community needs our full support during these painful times. They are our true heroes.

Throughout the year, I try to donate clothes to my local parish, participate in races and marathons that favor social causes and get involved in charity events.

In the past, I have volunteered to clean up the trash-filled streets of poor communities. It was a tough, yet ultimately emotionally rewarding experience, because it made me realize that real, tangible change can be brought about if we all team up and put in the effort.

Catherine Shousha, Supervisor, Worldwide Distribution Services, Paramount Pictures (Hollywood, CA)

I’m so proud that ViacomCBS has continued this longstanding tradition of Viacommunity Day even through the midst of this challenging time. It is such an important facet of our company’s culture and needed now more than ever. It’s incredible how so many charities have been able to pivot their outreach from in person activities to virtual ones. This way we’re still able to make a meaningful impact within the community while prioritizing everyone’s safety at the same time.

I’m volunteering as a project leader with Meals on Wheels West. COVID-19 has heavily impacted its mission as it’s seen a tremendous increase of those currently struggling to sustain themselves with enough meals throughout the week. I and those volunteering will be calling program participants to extend a friendly “hello” and check-in on how they are doing and if there are any resources we can recommend to help them through these hard times. I think human interaction of a caring voice on the other end of the phone is needed now more than ever for those struggling to even put food on the table.

I have participated in seven Viacommunity Days both as a current employee of Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, Calif. and also as a previous Viacom employee in New York City. I am also a member of Paramount’s “Volunteer Crew.” We meet once a month to learn ways in which we can champion different causes within the community. Through this resource, I have had the opportunity to participate in giving back to several worthwhile causes from AIDS Walk LA, MPTF, Epilepsy Foundation of America, Ronald McDonald House, and many others.

Paula Denise Velasco Gadea, Corporate Affairs & CSR, ViacomCBS Networks Americas (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

I am proud that ViacomCBS adapted our annual community day to a virtual format to show that we can continue to help from home. I think adapting is evolving. My work in Argentina’s Social responsibility office permits me to work with the community all year.

I am organizing the UNICEF and Red Cross lectures that will take place on June 18th, becoming the Argentine ambassador for a day and helping to spread and amplify the message of these organizations. I think it is important to help them given the hard work they are doing during COVID-19. I organized the last four community days in Argentina’s offices. I had very impactful experiences painting schools, fixing and painting houses, planting vegetable gardens, and sharing activities with children, among many others. These experiences were a very rich learning opportunity for me.


From Comunicati-Stampa.Net:

La CSR ai tempi del Covid: la giornata solidale di ViacomCBS Italia viaggia anche sul web

Attraverso canali digitali e non solo, i dipendenti ViacomCBS Italia devolveranno una giornata di lavoro a iniziative benefiche

Il rispetto delle norme per il contenimento del contagio da Covid19 non ferma la solidarietà in ViacomCBS Italia, che ogni anno coinvolge i propri dipendenti in una giornata di impegno, vicinanza, solidarietà, consapevolezza e condivisione. A beneficio di progetti sociali e ambientali e di realtà associative benefiche sul territorio italiano.

Anche quest’anno, ViacomCBS Italia non ha rinunciato a questa importante iniziativa di CSR, proponendo, lo scorso 3 settembre, un evento in veste ‘digital’, oltre che fisica. Il medesimo contenuto solidale dell’iniziativa è stato, infatti, affidato al web e agli strumenti online, attraverso i quali i dipendenti hanno potuto esprimere la propria capacità di essere comunità aziendale vicina ai bisogni della comunità. In un inedito connubio di solidarietà, il digitale si è così integrato con il ‘fisico', con azioni realizzate anche in modalità diretta e tradizionale: le persone ViacomCBS Italia hanno così avuto la possibilità di agire nel concreto, come veicoli e promotori di sostenibilità sociale, ambientale e culturale nei luoghi della propria vita quotidiana, in tutta Italia.

“Come azienda responsabile, crediamo nella possibilità di generare valore condiviso, dal punto di vista sociale, ambientale e culturale. Ci facciamo carico di questa responsabilità garantendo, innanzitutto, la salute delle nostre persone e delle comunità in cui operiamo, attraverso la rigorosa applicazione delle norme anti-Covid.” – sottolinea Alberto Carrozzo, Country Manager di ViacomCBS Italia – “Ma crediamo anche che il rispetto delle regole possa e debba convivere con l’impegno solidale verso gli altri: proprio in questo momento così difficile, abbiamo fortemente voluto rinnovare il nostro tradizionale appuntamento solidale. Le nuove tecnologie ce lo hanno permesso. Piccole azioni concrete, condivisione di competenze ed energie, momenti di servizio e aiuto: questa iniziativa è molto più di una giornata di CRS e abbiamo quindi scelto di riproporlo in sicurezza, come segnale di tenacia e speranza per tutti”.

Queste le attività che sono state animate dai dipendenti di ViacomCBS Italia.

• Videolettura collettiva – associazione Libro Parlato Lions: la cultura deve essere un diritto alla portata di tutti, anche di chi ha una disabilità e non è in grado di leggere in autonomia. Per questo, l’associazione si occupa di distribuire e prestare gratuitamente libri registrati da ‘Donatori di Voce’. In questa veste, alcuni dipendenti ViacomCBS Italia hanno preso parte ad una lettura corale di alcuni racconti tratti da “Piccolo mondo borghese” di Giovannino Guareschi, che è stata trasmessa ‘live’ sulla pagina Facebook di Libro Parlato e farà ora parte dell’audioteca;
• Lezioni online – DynamoCamp: impegnata per sostenere il diritto alla felicità per i bambini affetti da patologie, DynamoCamp ha già realizzato in passato numerosi progetti con la collaborazione di ViacomCBS Italia. Quest’ultima metterà a disposizione le competenze specialistiche delle proprie persone in area comunicazione, media, marketing e analisi di mercato, per permettere all’associazione di costruire nella maniera più efficace la propria campagna natalizia di raccolta fondi;
• Solidarietà capillare: a livello individuale, ciascuno di noi può fare la differenza nel proprio quartiere, attorno alla propria abitazione, dentro la propria comunità. Con questo spirito, i dipendenti ViacomCBS Italia hanno avuto la possibilità di destinare parte del proprio tempo ad una buona azione, nei confronti di micro-organizzazioni locali, verso persone in difficoltà nel proprio condominio, alla riqualificazione del giardino di quartiere, alla pulizia dei litorali, ad iniziative di volontariato online, e così via. A titolo esemplificativo:

o Consegna abiti al “Muro della Gentilezza” di via Luigi Nono a Milano, dove è possibile lasciare alcuni capi direttamente appesi al muro a disposizione di chi ne ha più bisogno;
o Pulizia canale Villoresi (Milano);
o Pulizia spiagge e aree balneari;
o Attività di cura del quartiere e di strutture parrocchiali;
o Donazione libri e indumenti usati (tramite associazioni come Milano Altruista e altre).

La giornata solidale del 3 settembre rientra nel crescente impegno sociale di ViacomCBS Italia sul fronte della sensibilizzazione della propria comunità aziendale interna e nei confronti dei propri pubblici esterni. Ai temi della ‘diversity’ e dell’inclusione sarà dedicata anche quest’anno la Inclusion Week che coinvolgerà tutti i dipendenti di ViacomCBS Italia tra il 29 settembre e il 2 ottobre.

Rispetto delle regole durante il lockdown, sostenibilità, supporto nei confronti delle istanze del mondo giovanile e lotta alle discriminazioni razziali sono stati, inoltre, alcuni dei leit motiv che hanno animato numerose iniziative di sensibilizzazione, promosse da ViacomCBS nel corso degli scorsi mesi. Questa sensibilità da sempre rappresenta la cifra distintiva della company e dei suoi diversi brand, tradizionalmente vicini alle fasce di pubblico – giovani, teens e bambini – più recettive, sensibili e strategiche per il futuro del pianeta.

ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC; VIACA) è una delle principali media company di intrattenimento a livello globale. Offre contenuti ed esperienze premium per le diverse audience nel mondo. Il portafoglio comprende alcuni dei brand più iconici, tra cui Network 10, Channel 5, Telefe, Viacom 18, ViacomCBS International Studios, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount Network e Pluto TV. Oltre ad offrire servizi innovativi di streaming e prodotti digital video, ViacomCBS presenta forti capacità di produzione, distribuzione e soluzioni pubblicitarie per i partner in tutti i cinque continenti e in oltre 180 paesi. In Italia, ViacomCBS Networks Italia, guidata dal Country Manager Alberto Carrozzo, possiede al 100% i brand MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Spike, VH1 e Super! (distribuiti sul digitale terrestre e su Sky) e tutte le relative piattaforme digital e social. È Sky Media – concessionaria del Gruppo Sky Italia – a curare la raccolta pubblicitaria di ViacomCBS Italia.


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'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run' Releases in Theatres in Canada

Paramount Pictures Canada has announced plans to release The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run "exclusively" in Canadian theatres on Friday, August 14, 2020!

The news follows the movie, the third theatrical movie inspired by Nickelodeon's beloved animated series SpongeBob SquarePants movie, foregoing a theatrical release in most other countries due to the on-going COVID-19 (coronavirus). In the U.S., the film will debut digitally via premium video on demand in early 2021 and then move exclusively to CBS All Access. For fans outside North America, the movie will debut on Netflix. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run will also stream on Netflix Canada after its theatrical run.

Update (8/16) - The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run opened in 300 theaters in Canada, and pulled in $900,000 for its weekend.

Update (9/8) - The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run has so far made $3.314 million (USD) at the North American box office! Interestingly, the theatrical re-release of Ghostbusters (1984) made the Top 20 list of the most profitable movies this summer!

Update (8/23) - The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run collected another $550,000 from 326 locations in Canada this weekend, bringing its total haul to $2 million.

Bob L’Éponge, Le Film: Éponge En Fuite (2020) | Bande-annonce officielle [French-Canadian Trailer] | Paramount Pictures Quebec

Gary l’escargot a été enlevé! Bob l’Éponge et Patrick s’embarquent dans une odyssée hilarante pour aller à la rescousse de #SaveGary! Voyez la bande-annonce officielle de #SpongeBobMovie Bob l’Éponge, le film : Éponge en fuite. Au cinéma en août 2020.

Bob l’Éponge, son grand ami Patrick Star et toute la bande de Bikini Bottom arrivent au grand écran dans le premier long-métrage de Bob l’Éponge entièrement créé en images de synthèse (CGI). Après l’enlèvement de son compagnon Gary l’escargot, Bob l’Éponge et Patrick s’embarquent dans une aventure épique qui les mènera jusqu’à la cité perdue d’Atlantic City pour ramener Gary à la maison. Au cours d’une traversée à la fois périlleuse et hilarante, parsemée de délices et de dangers, Bob l’Éponge et ses amis vont prouver que rien n’est plus fort que l’amitié.

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC) est un producteur et distributeur international de divertissement filmé faisant partie de Viacom (NASDAQ : VIA, VIAB), une entreprise de contenu de premier plan qui regroupe des marques de renom respectées dans le domaine de la télévision et du divertissement numérique. Paramount dirige un ensemble de marques parmi les plus puissantes dans le domaine du divertissement filmé, dont Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films et Nickelodeon Movies. Les activités d’exploitation de PPC comprennent également les divisions Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing inc. ainsi que Paramount Studio Group.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run Canada TV Spot #1 (Out Of The Pineapple)

Update - To celebrate the release, Canadian media outlets have released new sneak-peeks from The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run!

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run Canada TV Spot #2 (Hello Adventure)

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run Canada TV Spot #3 (Hello Adventure #2)

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run - “The Stages Of Moviegoing” Canada Ad

Fans in the U.S. may be wondering whether they can cross the border into Canada to watch the movie, however, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) currently has travel restrictions in place at all Canadian international border crossings to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

With the travel restrictions still in place, foreign nationals, including United States (U.S.) citizens, will not be allowed to enter Canada for any of the following examples of discretionary travel: opening or checking on a cottage or seasonal home; sightseeing and hiking; boating across the border; fishing or hunting; visiting friends or partners (outside of spouses or common-law); attending a party or celebration; picking up a pet.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run sees best friends SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star venture out of Bikini Bottom and head to the Lost City of Atlantic City on a rescue mission to save SpongeBob’s trustee snail Gary. Its the third SpongeBob film, after 2004’s The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and 2015’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Those movies were commercially successful, earning over $450 million globally combined.

In Sponge on the Run, after SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary is snail-napped, he and Patrick embark on an epic adventure to The Lost City of Atlantic City to bring Gary home. As they navigate the delights and dangers on this perilous and hilarious rescue mission, SpongeBob and his pals prove there’s nothing stronger than the power of friendship.

Sponge on the Run will see the cast of SpongeBob SquarePants reprise their respective roles: Tom Kenny (SpongeBob and Gary), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy), Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs), Douglas Lawrence (Plankton), Jill Talley (Karen), Mary Jo Catlett (Mrs. Puff), and Lori Alan (Pearl). An actor named Antonio Raul Corbo will be voicing young SpongeBob.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run will feature a raft of guest stars, including: Keanu Reeves (as a tumbleweed named Sage), Awkwafina, Reggie Watts and Snoop Dog. Cyndi Lauper (The SpongeBob Musical) has written original songs for the film.

Based on the TV series created by Stephen Hillenburg, The SpongeBob Movie is written and directed by Tim Hill, and produced by Ryan Harris, with Stephen Hillenburg exec producing. Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies present, in association with MRC A United Plankton Pictures production.

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Originally published: Friday, July 31, 2020 at 04:14 BST.

H/T: Special thanks to TV Shows Fan for the news!
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Nickelodeon Ups Order for Two New Remotely Produced Hit Shows - 'Group Chat' and 'Unfiltered'


Social Media Sensation Brent Rivera to Co-Host Group Chat with Jayden Bartels

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—August 27, 2020—Nickelodeon has ordered an additional six episodes of its remotely produced talk show Group Chat and seven episodes of its game show Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered. Social media star Brent Rivera, who has amassed over 73 million followers across his social media platforms, joins current co-host Jayden Bartels for Group Chat with Jayden and Brent. Rivera also serves as executive producer on the series. Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered will return with new episodes beginning Saturday, Sept. 5, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), followed by the premiere of Group Chat with Jayden and Brent at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

Group Chat with Jayden and Brent is a video chat rundown of the week’s latest hot topics, taken directly from what kids love and are talking about across social media. Each episode introduces audiences to different celebrity guests as they play games and give viewers insight into their lives. Celebrity guests who have appeared to date include: Ben Simmons, Anna Cathcart, Alex Wassabi, Peyton List and Johnny Orlando, as well as cast members of The Kissing Booth 2 (Joel Courtney, Joey King, Maisie Richardson-Sellers and Taylor Zakhar Perez) and Feel the Beat (Sofia Carson and Wolfgang Novogratz).

In Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered, hosted by actor and comedian Jay Pharoah, panelists Lex Lumpkin and Gabrielle Nevaeh Green from All That, along with America’s Got Talent winner Darci Lynne, must guess the identities of virtually disguised celebrity guests, who are hidden behind an animated 3D filter and voice changer. The panel works to decipher the mystery through rounds of Q&A, wacky trivia and hilarious game competitions. Mystery guests who have appeared to date include Chance the Rapper, David Dobrik, Iain Armitage (Young Sheldon), Liza Koshy (Double Dare), All That alum Gabriel Iglesias, Asher Angel and Candance Cameron Bure.

The first season of Group Chat, which Bartels co-hosted with Annie LeBlanc, debuted May 23 and ranked as the number-one unscripted live-action show on cable with kids 6-11 in the second quarter of 2020. Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered premiered on July 11 and is currently the number-one ranked unscripted live-action show across all TV with kids 6-11 to date.

“I’m incredibly excited that I have the opportunity to host and executive produce a show on Nickelodeon!” Brent said in a statement to HollywoodLife. “I grew up watching Nickelodeon and to have the ability to host a show on this great network is truly a dream come true.”

Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered is executive produced by Pharoah and Shaina Farrow (Special Skills). Ben Pluimer (Legendary Dudas) also serves as executive producer. Production of Group Chat with Jayden and Brent and Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered for Nickelodeon is overseen by Ashley Kaplan, Senior Vice President, Digital Studios; Luke Wahl, Vice President, Digital Studios; and Paul J Medford, Vice President, Unscripted Current Series.

Nickelodeon, now in its 41st year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location based experiences, publishing and feature films. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC).

Jay Pharoah, Host of Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered

Jayden Bartels, co-host of Group Chat with Jayden and Brent

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Update (9/8) - Nickelodeon’s Unfiltered was one of the best new TV formats to air during July and August 2020, according to Teleformat!

Update (9/6) - Fans can play-along at NickPlay.com during the premiere of Group Chat with Jayden and Brent!

Update (8/31) - Nickelodeon has released Unfiltered stickers which fans can use in their Stories!:

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Originally published: Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 18:31 BST.

Additional source: Anime Superhero Forum /@kanc.
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Nickelodeon Benelux Premieres 'The Substitute'

Nickelodeon Benelux (BLX) premiered Nickelodeon's hit prank show The Substitute on Monday 7th September 2020! Following launch, fans can catch new episodes of The Substitute weekdays at 19:50 uur (approx). A premiere date for Nickelodeon Wallonia (Wallonie) has yet to be announced.

From the producers of Undercover Boss, the series sees celebrities, including Jace Norman, JoJo Siwa, Ne-Yo, Lilly Singh and John Cena transformed by a team of special effects artists to go undercover as substitute teachers, surprising classes of unsuspecting students.

Fans can visit nickelodeon.nl to find out more about The Substitute as well as watch full-length episodes.

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Pluto TV Now Available to Watch Via Web Browsers in the UK, Germany, Austria and Switzerland

ViacomCBS-owned ad-supported streaming service Pluto TV is now viewable via web browsers.

Pluto TV, the free ad-supported streaming television service from ViacomCBS, is now enabling viewers in the UK, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland to watch live channels and on-demand content directly through the Pluto TV website via their preferred web browser on all Internet-enabled devices.

All major browser applications, from Safari to Chrome and Firefox are compatible with Pluto TV’s programming. Pluto TV is subscription free and does not require a login to access its growing library of over 100 channels. To watch Pluto TV via web browser, users simply need to access Pluto.tv and press play.

There are currently over 100 channels available in the UK, while its German-speaking markets have 78 live channels. Both markets also have access to a wide range of on demand content.

The streamer's UK lineup currently includes dedicated channels for Degrassi, Inspector Gadget and Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen channel and on demand highlights Ghost Adventures, Homes Under The Hammer, Fifth Gear, Derek Acorah’s Ghost Towns, plus season one of comedy-drama Ackley Bridge.

The line-up in Germany, Austria and Switzerland boasts three dedicated Nickelodeon channels: Nick Pluto TV, Nick Jr. Pluto TV and NickRewind.

“Pluto TV has grown consistently since it launched outside of the US two years ago. In Europe and the UK, we’ve increased both our user base and our channel offering on a monthly basis,” said Pierluigi Gazzolo, President Studios and Streaming, ViacomCBS Networks International. “Now, with browser access, anyone who wants to enjoy Pluto TV’s premium channels can do so even more easily than before. This is an important feature, as we aim to continue to grow our offering in Europe, the UK and beyond.”

In addition to its new browser accessibility, Pluto TV is available for its UK viewers via third-party connected devices Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Virgin Media, NowTV and as a mobile app in the App Store and Google Play Store.

Pluto TV is becoming increasingly central to ViacomCBS’s streaming strategy. As of the end of Q2, CEO Bob Bakish said that Pluto Pluto “is really cranking” with the free-to-view AVOD registering 33 million monthly active users – with 26.5 million of those coming from the US.

Bakish said that Pluto will “move in parallel” with the company’s upcoming ‘super service’ which will launch next year.

In addition to Europe, Pluto TV is also available in the USA and Latin America, and is expected to launch in Brazil and Spain by the end of the year and France and Italy in 2021.

More Nick: Pluto TV Launches 3 Nickelodeon Channels in Germany, Austria and Switzerland!

H/T: Caschys Blog; Sources: Advanced Television, Digital TV Europe, Media Play News, Cord Cutters News.
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On This Day in 1996: Blue's Clues Premiered on Nickelodeon

On This Day in 1996: Blue's Clues Premiered on Nickelodeon

On this day in 24 YEARS AGO, Blue's Clues premiered on Nick Jr.!

Watch Blue’s Clues & You! on Nickelodeon!

Check out Nickelodeon's On This Day and Remember When Facebook pages to find out awesome Nick moments from every era throughout Nickelodeon history!

Watch all your ‘80s, ‘90s, and ‘00s Nickelodeon favorites on NickRewind, your late-night destination for your favorite childhood Nickelodeon cartoons and live-action shows! NickSplat doesn't question football-shaped heads, but embrace them - along with Reptar bars, a Big Ear of Corn, orange soda, and even slime for Pete (and Pete's) sake. Make your slime-covered Nickelodeon childhood dreams come true every night on TeenNick USA, and anytime you want on NickSplat on VRV, Nick Pluto TV, NickHits on Amazon Prime Video Channels and Nick on CBS All Access!

Like NickRewind on Facebook, subscribe to the NickRewind YouTube channel and follow NickRewind on Twitter and Instagram for exclusive digital content from all of your throwback favorites like Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, iCarly, Victorious, Kenan & Kel, CatDog, Doug, Rocko’s Modern Life, The Amanda Show, Clarissa Explains It All, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, and so much more!

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