Sunday, September 12, 2021

‘Blue’s Clues’: Steve Burns Once Had a Date With a Playboy Model That Took a Weird Turn

Steve Burns was Nickelodeon’s beacon of wholesomeness during his Blue’s Clues reign. Everyone loved him! Always listening, always pleasant, and always ready to teach, he left fans in the lurch when he departed the show in 2002. Hearts broke. His personal life has remained private all these years, but the beloved actor once shared a story about being “fame-ish” and his date with a Playboy model.

Steve Burns of 'Blue's Clues' at a Kids for Kids fundraiser, 1999 | K. Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images

After Nickelodeon shared Steve Burns’ heartfelt video to fans that addressed his "abrupt" Blue’s Clues departure, people collectively cried. Many reminisced about watching him on the kids’ show and spoke on how they carried those memories into adulthood. With 36 million views and counting, it was a sweet moment in pop culture history.

But the moment also has some fans sharing funny anecdotes about Burns. Twitter users posted an old video of him speaking at gathering for The Moth back in 2011. In it, Burns complimented Blue’s Clues, and remembered its educational merits and popularity. Kids believed he was their real-life friend.

He described his role to the crowd and said, “It was crazy, and it was awesome. But it was not exactly the kind of thing that I would think would ever get me a date.” Burns said that when People Magazine named him one of America’s most eligible bachelors, fan mail started arriving at Nickelodeon from women. Most of it was filtered, but “one of them made it my desk,” he said. He was very surprised.

A model sent him a professional photo of herself dressed in a swimsuit. She wrote her information on the back, including a note about modeling for Playboy and her phone number. Burns hung it up in his office for a month or two and finally decided to call her after animators egged him on.

“At that moment I realized, yes, this is my John Hughes moment,” he said.

Burns and his date crashed a kids’ party

Burns admitted that he’s a self-proclaimed nerd, and it felt awkward to set up the date. When he picked the woman up, she was six feet tall, and she remarked to him that she thought he’d be taller. Thinking he had to save the date not just for himself but for his nerdy friends back at Blue’s Clues’ headquarters, he had to think fast.

He noticed Blue’s Clues birthday party decorations in her neighborhood, and happened to have his gear in the car. Burns asked his date if it’d be OK to stop, and they crashed a kids’ party. After having a great time surprising the partygoers as Steve, the pair headed off to their restaurant destination.

Burns said when they walked in, a couple glanced at them, and he knew the husband recognized him. “I watch him say to his wife, ‘That’s Steve from Blue’s Clues, and he’s with an escort.’ And I’m thinking, ‘Oh yeah, that’s exactly what this looks like.’”

Things went downhill, and Burns said his date complained about everything at the restaurant she selected, and they had nothing to talk about. When dinner ended, he was ready for the bad date to be over, but she asked to see his place.

Playboy model’s mom pitched a TV show to Steve

At Burns’ home, the young lady got excited when she saw he had the big red chair from the show. It was gift from the network, so when she asked him to sit in it, he was reluctant. She then asked Burns if she could perform a striptease for him. Things felt weird, but then got weirder when she demanded he “sing that song about the mail.” He refused.

When he drove her home the next day, he felt relieved, but then she said her mom wanted to meet him. The mother offered him some coffee, and then pulled out a folder with crayon drawings. “It turns out much of this was an elaborate plot to pitch me a children’s television show about giant, inflatable balloon animals,” Burns recalled. “It was awful.” Needless to say, the ruse didn’t work, and Burns realized he was comfortable with being himself.

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Original source: Showbiz Cheat Sheet.

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Nickelodeon Premieres 'Club 57' Season 2 in Latin America and Brazil [New Episodes of September 13]

Nickelodeon Latin America (Latinoamérica) returns to the past with the highly-anticipated second season of the network's hit scripted music series, Club 57, premiering Monday 14th June 2021 at 6pm in Colombia, 7pm in Venezuela and Chile, and 8pm in Mexico, Argentina and Brazil (Brasil)!

Update (20/7) - Club 57 season 2 will be taking a short hiatus from July 23, with new episodes returning September 13!

Leading up to the launch of season two, fans can watch an exclusive preview on Friday, June 11 at 4pm in Mexico and Colombia, 5pm in Venezuela, Chile and Brazil, and at 6pm in Argentina, exclusively on the Nickelodeon en Español and Nickelodeon em Portugues YouTube channels.

'Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl' Devs Reveal New Details in Game's Discord Channel

We've been getting a lot of reveals about Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl's mechanics over the past couple of weeks now. This certainly makes sense as the platform brawler is slated for release on October 5, 2021.

However, there are many details about Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl that have only been revealed by the developers in the game's official Discord channel. YouTuber Monarch recently compiled a lot of these secret details into a single video.

Command grabs will work a little bit differently compared to how they do in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. No matter how much you mash, it's impossible to escape.

Moves that are capable of achieving a similar functionality to the "Bowser-cide" or "Ganon-cide" will be even stronger in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl. In this game, the grabbed player will always die first.

In other words, if both players are down to their last stock in a 1v1 match, then the player that initiated the command grab sequence will be declared the winner. You'll want to be very careful when playing against a Patrick Star user in the last stock scenario.

As mentioned in the gameplay breakdown, there is no invincibility on air dashes. It's also been stated outright that air dodging is not possible in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

Players will want to be careful with how they use their air dash as it can only be used once until the player lands on the ground again. If you get hit after using your air dash, you won't regain access to your air dash like it's possible to regain access to air dodging in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

It's also not possible to perform any sort of roll or spot dodge from a block. The developers have noted that rolling can only happen as a quick getup or getup option.

Although rollback netcode is one of Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl's promised and most anticipated online features, do note that only the "beefier platforms" will have rollback netcode for matches with 3-4 players. More than likely, the Nintendo Switch version of Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl will only feature rollback netcode for 1v1 matches.

Uniquely, it will be possible for characters to grab their own projectiles "if you are fast enough." When the developer stated this, he left a Garfield laughing emoji with the comment.

As of right now, there's only one move in the game that has an optional motion command. If one of Patrick's command grab specials is performed with a full 360 motion, he'll perform a more powerful version of the attack. Needless to say, Patrick is now cemented as a full on grappler character.

Thaddeus Crews, the game's character designer and programmer also notes that the the videos that have been released aren't necessarily final representations of the character, and that he's still making adjustments across the board while he can.

Check out the video below to hear everything else that's interesting that's been stated in the Discord channel.

Originally published: September 12, 2021.

Original source: EventHubs.

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Nickelodeon's Trademark for 'Made by Maddie' Expires

Last September, Nickelodeon had planned to premiere the network's new preschool animated series Made by Maddie on Nick Jr., but had to pull the show from its schedules a few days prior to its launch in response to a controversy about similarities between its characters and those in the Oscar-winning short Hair Love. It's been a while since we last heard anything about the status of the show, but it looks like Nickelodeon has shelved the series for now.

Created by Paula Rosenthal and produced by Silvergate Media (Sunny Day, Peter Rabbit, The Octonauts, Hilda), the series (22 half-hour episodes) follows 8-year-old Maddie (Alyssa Cheatham, Santiago of the Seas) in New York City, as she uses her imagination and design ingenuity to turn every problem into a positive with the perfect fashion fix. The series was first announced at Nickelodeon’s 2018 Upfronts under the working title Fashion Ally.

Prior to launching the series' launch last year, Nickelodeon released a teaser trailer for the show. Shortly after Nickelodeon released the teaser, the show drew criticism on social media for its characters' resemblance to those in Hair Love, the short written and co-directed by Matthew A. Cherry that won the Oscar for best animated short earlier in the year.

In a statement to the press, Nickelodeon said "Made by Maddie is a show we acquired several years ago from Silvergate Media, a renowned production company we have previously worked with on other series. Since announcing the show's premiere date this week, we have been listening closely to the commentary, criticism and concern coming from both viewers and members of the creative community."

"In response, and out of respect to all voices in the conversation, we are removing the show from our schedule as we garner further insight into the creative journey of the show. We are grateful to Silvergate Media for all of their work. And we hold Matthew A. Cherry and the wonderful and inspiring Hair Love in the highest regard."

Similarly, Silvergate provided the media with evidence that Made by Maddie did not plagiarise Hair Love, including releasing a script and character drawings from as far back as 2015.

Earlier this year during Nickelodeon's 2021-22 Upfront, Nickelodeon President and CEO Brian Robbins revealed that the network had no new news about the show at the time, adding "[w]e’ll probably have an announcement soon about the strategy for Made By Maddie but I’m not ready to tell you yet.”

However, it looks like Made By Maddie has now fallen at the wayside. According to trademark records, ViacomCBS, the parent company of Nickelodeon, has let the trademark for Made By Maddie expire, with the title being "abandoned" on August 16.

Update - The United States Copyright Office has also revealed the first 11 episodes of Made By Maddie:

The Great Butterfly Escape; Dog Gone (#101)
If the Glue Fits; Mini Me DJ (#102)
Queens and Crown; Sticky Situation (#103)
Quinceanera Quandary; Call It a Knight (#104)
Halloween Hero; Silly Scary Sleepover (#105)
Catch the Cabulous; The Telephone Crew (#106)
Kupcake Concert; Wild Wild Wilderness (#107)
Here Kitty Kitty; Beginner's Luck (#108)
The Closet Caper; Department Store Dog (#109)
Style Rebound; Career Day (#110)
Be My Valentine; Dinner Party Disaster (#111)

Originally published: September 12, 2021.

Original source: @kpgamingz; H/T: Special thanks to @TVShowsFan for the news and @ for the episode titles!

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Singing Happy Birthday With Lola & Blue 🎂 | Blue's Clues & You!

Singing Happy Birthday With Lola & Blue 🎂 | Blue's Clues & You!

Join in with Lola and Blue as they sing Happy Birthday to Blue and anyone else out there celebrating too!

Tune into the brand new Blue’s Clues & You! special “It’s YOUR birthday!”, premiering Friday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon! In the episode, it’s time to make a wish and blow out the candles, because Blue and her friends are celebrating the birthday of the viewer at home. DJ Slip is spinning the tracks, Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper are baking up a cake, and everyone is playing Blue's Clues to figure out what game Blue wants to play at the party. To celebrate the big day, Blue and her friends play 'Pin the Tail on the Puppy' and skidoo to Birthday World to gather prizes to fill a birthday piñata.

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'Kamp Koral' Theme Song & Intro | Brazilian-Portuguese | Nickelodeon Brazil

Listen to the Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years theme song in Brazilian-Portuguese (Português do Brasil)!

Kamp Koral: Bob Esponja Primeiros Anos Abertura Oficial Com logo Nick.

Mais Nick: Nickelodeon Brazil anuncia nomeados Meus Prêmios Nick 2021!

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Spin the Wheel of Toys #6 w/ SpongeBob, Loud House, Blaze, & More! 🎡| Nickelodeon Toymation

Spin the Wheel of Toys #6 w/ SpongeBob, Loud House, Blaze, & More! 🎡| Toymation

Let's spin the wheel of toys! Do you want to draw DoodleBob with SpongeBob and Patrick, climb an ice cream sundae with Lincoln Loud, or play kickball with Blaze and Crusher?

Join SpongeBob, Blaze, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more for some EPIC toy adventures, and watch scenes from your favorite Nickelodeon shows reimagined. Plus, tune in for original series with monstrous messes, wild challenges, and exciting games. Subscribe to the Nickelodeon Toymation YouTube channel at

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Make Your Own Secret Treasure Chest | Josué's Workshop | Nickelodeon Latin America

Crea tu propio cofre de secretos | El Taller de Josué | Nickelodeon en Español

Josué embarca en la divertida misión de enseñarnos a crear, con muy pocos materiales, un autentico cofre de tesoros, para guardar y resguardar todas nuestras reliquias y más importantes secretos. 

Un joven artista en su taller crea, experimenta y se divierte a través de su imaginación, desafiando su propio talento y el de algnos invitados especiales.

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'Room For Munchy' Promo | Side Hustle | Nickelodeon

Tune into a brand new Side Hustle, premiering Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, followed by an all new Nickelodeon's Unfiltered at 8:30, only on Nickelodeon! Check out the promo below!:

In the brand new Side Hustle episode "Room For Munchy," when Lex (Jules LeBlanc) and Presley (Jayden Bartels) discover that Munchy (Isaiah Crews) doesn't have his own room but Jaget (Jacques Chevelle) has two, they go to drastic lengths to make Jaget give up one of his rooms. Their plan backfires and Munchy gets kicked out of both rooms so the kids make a plan b. (#125)

Best Advice with Isaiah Crews Spot (Nickelodeon U.S.)

Originally published: September 12, 2021.

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A Loud House Christmas | Behind-the-Scenes | Nickelodeon

Go behind-the-scenes of A Loud House Christmas, an original live-action holiday TV movie based on the Emmy Award-winning animated series, The Loud House, premiering this November on Nickelodeon!

Watch The Loud House & The Casagrandes on Nickelodeon and Paramount+!

Watch The Loud House Movie on Netflix!

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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for September 12, 2021 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for September 12, 2021 | Nickelodeon

Stream all new CG-animated Rugrats series, exclusively on Paramount+!

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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More Nick: GameMill Entertainment Announces 'Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl'!

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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for September 11, 2021 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for September 11, 2021 | Nickelodeon

Stream all new CG-animated Rugrats series, exclusively on Paramount+!

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.

Read more Rugrats comic strips!:

More Nick: GameMill Entertainment Announces 'Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl'!

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10 ViacomCBS Australia to Host 2022 Upfront on Wednesday, October 20

10 ViacomCBS Australia & New Zealand has set a date for its 2022 Upfront.

It will take place virtually, once again, on Wednesday October 20.

10 is the second network to lock down a date for its 2022 presentation to media buyers. Nine has its event next Wednesday afternoon.

10’s 2022 upfront presentation to media buyers will showcase a range of upcoming content across 10 channels, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Paramount+, MTV, and 10 Play.

Original source: TV Tonight.

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The Winter Solstice Part One: The Spirit World | Avatar: Braving the Elements

The Winter Solstice Part One: The Spirit World | Avatar: Braving the Elements

New 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Animated Content Is Years Away, According to Co-Creator

Avatar: The Last Airbender co-creator Bryan Konietzko says it will be several years before audiences see new content tied to the animated series.

It has been years since anything related to the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender was released. Following disappointing news regarding Netflix's live-action adaptation, such as the departure of co-creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, many fans were pleased to hear about the launch of Avatar Studios.

As exciting as that news might be, Konietzko recently warned fans that they will have to wait a little while before seeing any new content. Speaking to Rise Up Animation, the Co-Chief Creative Officer of Avatar Studios explained that it was simply because they were still building the company. "Mike and I, we're building an awesome team very slowly at Avatar Studios— small team, but we're working our way up— and it'll be years before that stuff's out— but so excited to share all that with everybody. We've got a bunch of cool stuff in the works."

While neither Konietzko or DiMartino have given any hints as to what exactly they have in store for longtime fans of the franchise, Nickelodeon did announce at least one animated film alongside other projects when Avatar Studios launched, all of which will help expand the world of Avatar. More recently, it was reported that there is more than one film in the works. Avatar Studios has multiple CG animated feature films in development with the intention of releasing them in theaters. Additionally, Nickelodeon president and CEO Bob Robbins teased the development of a new series.

It should come as no surprise to those who have followed the Avatar: Braving the Elements podcast, where Konietzko and DiMartino teasing, "We have all the ideas and ideally we're going to get to, over the years, explore all of them and get to make them, but it'll take some time. If we make all this stuff, you guys will just be podcasting for about the next 20 years or so."

Avatar: The Last Airbender debuted on Nickelodeon in 2005. The animated series centered on the titular last airbender, Aang, and his race to master the elements with the help of Katara, Sokka and Toph. All the while, the gang had to fight against the forces of the Fire Nation, led by Firelord Ozai, who was bent on conquering and destroying the remaining two nations. The series was praised for its exploration of mature themes, its refreshing fantasy world and the depth of its characters. Its success spawned a sequel series, The Legend of Korra, which followed the next incarnation of the avatar.

Watch Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra on Paramount+ and Netflix!

Listen to the brand new podcast, Avatar: Braving the Elements!:

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Original source: CBR; Additional source: Avatar News.

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Nickelodeon to Premiere 'LEGO City Adventures' Season 3 in Iberia, the Nordics and Wallonia on September 13

The Nickelodeon Commercial Light feed will premiere LEGO City Adventures season 3 in Spain (España), Portugal (Portuguesa), Sweden (Sverige), Norway (Norge), Denmark (Danmark) and Wallonia (Wallonie) on Monday 13th September 2021, with new episodes airing weekdays at 13:30 CET. LEGO City Adventures is locally titled LEGO® Aventuras en la ciudad in Spain, LEGO® City Aventuras in Portugal, and Eventyr i Lego City in Norway.

From neeo:

Aventuras en la Ciudad llega este lunes a Nickelodeon con su tercera temporada

La jefa de bomberos McCloud, el policía Duke y el manitas Harl llegan a Nickelodeon el lunes 13 de septiembre a las 14:30h dispuestos a vivir nuevas aventuras y a hacer frente a los nuevos desafíos que ponen en riesgo la tranquilidad de su ciudad con el estreno de la tercera temporada de Aventuras en la Ciudad.

Mantener la calma de una ciudad es una misión muy complicada, salvo para los vecinos de esta moderna metrópolis… ¡que son capaces de todo! Y sino que se lo digan a los detectives Grizzled y Partnur, que se infiltrarán en el instituto para atrapar a un ladrón; o al increíble arquitecto de la ciudad, quien intentará salvar el día después de que la red eléctrica se sobrecargue, eso sí… ¡si puede demostrar que no es un vampiro!

Y es que el día a día de estos vecinos siempre está lleno de divertidos desafíos y aventuras, como cuando el policía Duke se convierte en el guardaespaldas del alcalde después de que un misterioso bromista le amenace con gastarle una broma en público; cuando el Dr. Wexler tiene que ayudar a su mejor amigo a adaptarse a un moderno y nuevo mundo después de haber estado un año congelado; o cuando una inesperada amistad surge entre la mayor estrella del pop del mundo y el manitas Harl.

Lunes 13 a las 14.30h
Lunes a viernes a las 14.30h


Otro contenido disponible en FuboTV en septiembre

True Life Crime - Desde el 21 de septiembre - Segunda temporada.
MTV VMA 2021 - Puedes verlo ya grabado en su sección correspondiente.
Nuevos capítulos de Trabajos extraescolares, El misterio de los Hunters, Aventuras en la ciudad, Te da miedo la ciudad y Alvin y las ardillas en Nickelodeon.
Las aventuras de Paddinton y Pistas de Blue y tú en Nick Jr.
La patrulla canina (maratón el 25 y 26 de septiembre).

Qué es FuboTV y cómo acceder

FuboTV es una nueva forma de ver televisión: lo mejor de la TDT, y además, todo el contenido de Movistar Series 2, Calle 13, SyFy, MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon y Nick Jr.
Todo ello a cambio de 3,99 euros al mes, un precio muy bajo que incluye un servicio de grabación con hasta 30 horas de espacio.


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Pixelatl Festival 2021 to Host Nickelodeon Panels

This month, Mexico’s famous Pixelatl Festival will be held entirely online for its 10th edition. This popular meet-up of Ibero-American creators, executives and fans of all aspects of animation, gaming and comics is set to take place September 7 to 11. This year's festival will include several Nickelodeon and Nick-themed panels, featuring Nickelodeon staff present and past. You can find a list of Nickelodeon panels taking place during Pixelatl Festival 2021 below. To find out more information about the event, visit


Lecture: Production at Nickelodeon
Speakers: Philip Harris, Monica Rodriguez, and Sydney Kosgard
Release date and time: Tuesday, September 7, 8:30 hrs. (Mexico City)

Philip Harris, line producer on Middlemost Post, sits down with his production assistant and production coordinator to hear about their roles, what they do, how they got their start in animation, and what skills and traits they attribute to their success.

Type of activity: Prerecorded panel
Application for the activity:
Access: Market, Plus, Creator or Fan Pass
Note: This activity is in English

Characters: from El Tigre to Maya and the Three
Master Class | Speker: Sandra Equihua
Date and time: Tuesday, September 7, 13:30 hrs. (Mexico City)

With a recognized and multi-award-winning career designing characters for film and television, Sandra will review the different productions in which she collaborated: the visual style, the challenges that she had to solve, and what she tried to show in the design of the protagonists of each project .

Type of activity: Live Master Class
Application for the activity:
Access: Market, Creator, Plus, Fan or Amigo Pass
Note: This activity will be in Spanish

The good, the bad and the ugly: A talk on how to use it all in your creative career
Speaker: Peter Hannan
Date and time: Tuesday, September 7, 16:00 hrs. (Mexico City)

Where did CatDog come from? What else does Peter Hannan have under his hat?

In this talk he will review the use that he has given in his creative career to everything he has: the good, the bad... and the ugly.

Type of activity: Live Master Class
Application for the activity:
Access: Market, Plus, or Creator Pass
Note: This activity will be in English

¡Vamos a Dibujar!
Live Drawing session hosted by Nick Jr’s Santiago of the Seas artist Nico Selma!
Date and time: Thursday 9, 14:30 hrs. (Mexico City)

Join Santiago of the Seas artist Nico Selma in a live drawing session. Artists of all proficiencies are welcome. Nico will give step by step guides on drawing characters from Santiago of the Seas in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. ¡Vamos a Dibujar! Is a Spanish-language version of Nickelodeon’s Let’s Draw! where Nickelodeon artists lead live drawing sessions with children’s hospitals across the United States.

Type of activity: Live Drawing Session
Application for the activity: Twitch
Access: Market, Plus, Creator or Fan Pass
Note: This activity will be in Spanish

How cartoons sound: Talk about Audio at Nickelodeon
Speakers: Justin Brinsfield, Director Production Technology – Audio Services, and the audio team members
Release date and time:Thursday 9, 16:00 hrs. (Mexico City)

An overview of the audio team at Nickelodeon outlining team structure, work environment, processes, and how the team adapted during COVID-19 lockdowns. Topics include talent recording at home, equipment used, and how the team kept up the same quality outside of a tradtional studio set up.

Type of activity: Prerecorded panel
Application for the activity:
Access: Market, Creator, Plus , Fan or Amigo Pass
Note: This activity is in English

Showrunner Chat: Talk about the Showrunning a show
Speakers: John Trabbic, Dave Johnson. Moderated by Lianna Cohen
Release date and time: Friday 10, 11:00 hrs. (Mexico City)

Hear from Middlemost Posts co-executive producers John Trabbic III and Dave Johnson on their experience bringing to life Middlemost Post, Nickelodeon’s first original series in 5 years.

Type of activity: Prerecorded panel
Application for the activity:
Access: Market, Creator, Plus or Fan Pass
Note: This activity is in English

Music for animation: Musical Panel
Speakers: Manuel Vázquez, Anne-Kathrin Dern, Mark Gordon, Rich Dickerson
Release date and time: Saturday 11, 8:30 hrs. (Mexico City)

In this year's composers panel, which is becoming a tradition, we will once again have some outstanding composers and musicians for animation, who will explain the main characteristics when working for a series or a feature film, as well as the main differences when it is a new property, or even when it comes to composing for advertising.

Type of activity: Prerecorded panel
Application for the activity:
Access: Market, Creator, Plus, Fan, or Amigo Pass
Note: This activity is in English


Philip Harris
Line Producer for Middlemost Post at Nickelodeon

Philip Harris is currently Line Producer of Middlemost Post, Nickelodeon’s first new original series in five years. Previously, he held numerous management positions on the SpongeBob SquarePants Universe while at Nickelodeon and Paramount Animation.

Based in Los Angeles for over 15 years, Philip grew up in Utica, New York and loves being part of the animation community. He enjoys schooling his two young daughters in Mario Kart, running, reading books, and writing un-interesting bio’s about himself.

Mónica G. Rodríguez
Production assistant

Mónica G. Rodríguez is a proud Puerto Rican, born and raised, from Bayamón.

She attended the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus and later transferred to Temple University after a series of life-changing events.

Mónica started her career in News as an intern while in college. However, by the end of her academic journey, she realized her true passion lies in Children’s Media and Animation. After graduating mid-pandemic, she focused her energy in getting that first job in the industry. She started out as a Production Intern for Encantos, PBC and later landed her first full-time role in Animation as a PA for Nickelodeon’s Middlemost Post. This became a true, full-circle moment for her, as she she grew up watching Nick cartoons, embracing a long-lasting love for SpongeBob and Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Sydney Kosgard
Design Coordinator on Middlemost Post at Nickelodeon

Sydney Kosgard is a Midwest-native who attended DePaul University for Animation and Illustration in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles in 2018. During her years in Chicago, she assisted on a handful of indie productions, the majority of which were in stop-motion animation.

She currently works as the Design Coordinator on Nickelodeon’s Middlemost Post, after being hired as a PA on the show back in mid-2020.

Prior to her career at Nickelodeon, she worked as a freelance designer and animator for several studios in LA, including Team Coco and DreamworksTV

Sandra Equihua
Illustrator, painter and character designer

Sandra is a renowned artist, Emmy and Annie winner for her character designs. She is also the co-creator of El Tigre: The Adventures of Many Rivera (Nickelodeon) and co-founder of Mexópolis.

She was born and raised in Tijuana. As an illustrator she has worked for McGrawHill, Sony Pictures, Disney, among many others. As an artist, her work has been exhibited in galleries in both Mexico and the United States.

As an illustrator and character designer she has worked for shows like Sony's El Macho, Warner Bros.'s Mucha Lucha, Nick Jr’s Wow Wow Wubzy!, in addition to her work on “El Tigre…” for which she won an Emmy Award, and The Book of Life (ReelFX and 20 Century Fox) for which she won an Annie Award.

She is also a character designer for the new Netflix series Maya and the Three, which will be released soon.

Peter Hannan
Writer, producer, creator, author/illustrator, and artist

PETER HANNAN is a writer, producer, creator, author/illustrator, and artist.

He is the creator and executive producer of the Nickelodeon animated series CATDOG. He wrote and sang the CatDog theme song. He is currently working on a variety of film, TV, game, and book projects, including a new animated comedy TV series.

He has contributed words and pictures to other peoples’ TV shows too, currently as a story editor and writer on the PBS animated series, Let’s Go Luna. Other hats he wears on Luna include writing songs and writing-producing dozens of animated interstitials in a variety of styles by independent animators.

He writes and illustrates children’s books: My Big Mouth: 10 Songs I Wrote That Almost Got Me Killed; Petlandia; The Greatest Snowman in the World; Super Goofballs; and Escape From Camp Wannabarf. He has done tons of illustrations and cartoons for magazines, newspapers, and advertising. His work has been transformed into everything from toys to t-shirts to cheese crackers.

He lives in Los Angeles and has the best wife and kids ever.

Nico Selma
Storyboard Director at Nickelodeon

Nico Selma is a Storyboard Director, currently working at Nickelodeon Animation Studios. Previously, he's worked at DreamWorks, WB, Disney, Universal, and Dark Horse Comics.

Nico is living in Los Angeles, but he was born and raised in Argentina where he started his career and had the opportunity to be a 2D animator at feature films such as "The Ark" and "Una Pelicula de Huevos".

Justin Brinsfield
Director of Audio Services; Production Technology - West at Nickelodeon

Justin Brinsfield has been NICKELODEON ANIMATION STUDIOS Recording Engineer for the past 23 years and is currently the Director of Audio Production at NICKELODEON.

Some of his favorite shows he’s recorded include but are not limited to, SpongeBob SquarePants, Avatar the Last Airbender, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Kung Fu Panda-Legends of Awesomeness, The Penguins of Madagascar, Invader Zim, El Tigre, and Avatar – the Legend of Korra.

He’s worked on over 150 Titles and has been nominated for 12 Emmys and won 5.

John Trabbic III
Creator and Co-Executive Producer of Middlemost Post on Nickelodeon

John Trabbic III is the creator and co-executive producer on Nickelodeon’s new animated series, Middlemost Post.

He has lived in Bikini Bottom for the last four years having boarded over 30 episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants. Coming off of his role as storyboard director on the show, he was recently nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Form Animated Program.

Before Nickelodeon, John Trabbic III worked for multiple studios including Fox, Cartoon Network and Warner Bros. Animation Studio on such shows as Archer, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Pig Goat Banana Cricket. His roles have included Animator, Illustrator, Storyboard Artist and all-around swell guy with an extensive shoe collection.

Dave Johnson
Story Editor and Co-Executive Producer, Middlemost Post on Nickelodeon

Dave Johnson is the story editor and co-executive producer on Nickelodeon’s new animated series, Middlemost Post.

He is a screenwriter with over 15 years of experience working in both film and television. He has developed and sold feature films for Walt Disney, 20th Century Fox, New Regency, Dreamworks, Universal Studios, Fox Animation, Sony Animation and more.

Dave Johnson most recently finished an overall deal at Nickelodeon Animation where he worked closely with a number of artists and creators, helping them write and develop their projects to further their chances of success. It’s here where he developed Middlemost Post with storyboard director John Trabbic III.

Manuel Vázquez Terry
Musician for films and TV shows

Manuel Vázquez Terry is a Mexican musician, record producer and film score composer.

Since 2000 he has composed music for several films, his works include El ángel en el reloj , Locas por el cambio, Un disfraz para Nicolás; and TV series such as La usurpadora, El chavo animado.

He is also a guitar player and founding member of AGORA , one of the most important metal bands in the Latin American rock scene.

Anne-Kathrin Dern
Film Composer and CEO of e-Quality Music Productions LLC

Anne-Kathrin Elisabeth Dern (*July 30, 1987) is a German film composer and CEO of e-Quality Music Productions LLC, currently residing in Los Angeles, California. She is mostly known for her scores to the animated Netflix Original Fearless (2020), the Netflix Christmas movie The Claus Family (2020), Disney's Four Enchanted Sisters (2020), and SONY's Help I Shrunk My Parents (2018), as well as her collaborations with Klaus Badelt, most notably on the animated movie Leap! (2016).

Dern also contributed music to both seasons of ABC's musical comedy series Galavant (2015-2016), as well as Microsoft's HALO V: Guardians (2015). She has collaborated with and assisted composers such as Christopher Lennertz, Alan Menken, Steve Jablonsky, Ryan Shore, William Ross, and Pinar Toprak. Additionally, she has interned at Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions and was a selected participant of the 2016 ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop with Richard Bellis.

Dern just completed her work on the comedy-adventure sequel Help, I Shrunk My Friends (2021) and the Hallmark romance Her Pen Pal (2021). She is currently working on the horror movies Devil (2021) and Have.Hold.Take (2021), and has been signed to write the score for the WWI drama The Last Front (2021), and the Netflix sequel The Claus Family 2.

Mark Gordon
Founder Score Draw Music

Mark Gordon is a multi award-winning composer who runs the music production team Score Draw Music - a company with studios in the UK and Ireland who specialise in writing music for children’s media.

His current work includes writing underscore, titles music and songs for children’s shows broadcasting on Channel 5/Milkshake, Sky Kids and CITV in the UK, Nick Jr. and PBS Kids in the USA and ongoing work for Nickelodeon/Viacom in China.

His composition work includes co-writing music for Dolly Parton to sing in an Emmy nominated children’s animation series, a co-write in the 2018 Oscar-winning film The Shape of Water, and outside of the company, Mark is a member of the Ivors Academy Media Committee Board - celebrating and advocating on behalf of work created by media composers in the UK.

Rich Dickerson
Music Composer

Rich Dickerson is an Emmy award and Cynopsis award winning music composer and songwriter.

He has studios in Los Angeles USA and Dublin IRE.

A short list of projects he has scored and written songs for are: What's New Scooby Doo?, Club Penguin, P.King Duckling, Rainbow Rangers, Lala-Oopsy, FriendZSpace, Alva's World, Urban Tails, and many more. His most recent work was the music for the series Tasty Tales of the Food Truckers.

Pixelatl: cómic, stop motion y videojuegos

Entre las actividades principales que se desarrollaron en el segundo día del Festival Pixelatl, se destacaron paneles, masterclasses y presentaciones de nuevos productos. Además, se debatió sobre los contenidos digitales y la diferenciación, la creación de personajes y estrategias en la narrativa, entre otros temas. El encuentro sigue hasta el 11 de este mes.

En el panel "Production at Nickelodeon", Philip Harris, Monica Rodriguez y Sydney Kosgard compartieron cómo es el pipeline de una serie, los distintos roles y las tareas que cumplen y también abordaron cómo se iniciaron en la animación, así como las habilidades y rasgos que atribuyen a su éxito.  

Otro de los paneles clave fue "No soy yo, eres tú. El algoritmo no siempre tiene la culpa" donde Will Turner compartió ideas para navegar y destacar entre los contenidos digitales; la masterclass con el legendario Peter Lord, director creativo de Aardman Animations, quien recibió El Chinelo de la animación de parte del Director del Festival José Iñesta, como reconocimiento a su trayectoria de más de 50 años haciendo stop motion para cine y para televisión. Como cofundador del estudio británico, describió los inicios de la compañía, la historia del cine animado en plastilina y otros materiales y la magia de la animación cuadro por cuadro.  

En Pixelatl se mostraron las series españolas más importantes del momento, como Yo, Elvis Riboldi, Los Zurf y Hero Dad, nominadas en la pasada edición de los Premios Quirino de la Animación. Sus productores hablaron de su trayectoria, cómo acabaron en el mundo de la animación, de su serie así como de sus futuros proyectos.
Una de las conferencias más esperadas fue la de Sandra Equihua sobre "Personajes: del Tigre hasta Maya y los Tres", donde repasó las distintas producciones en las que ha colaborado, el estilo visual de cada una, los retos que debía resolver y las cosas que buscaba proyectar en los protagonistas de cada proyecto. Pepe Arean impartió la clase "Stress-free Storyboarding" que presentó varias formas de abordar las diferentes etapas del guión gráfico con soluciones creativas.
También "Desarrollo de Videojuegos en estudios AAA" por Luis Ángel, y dos masterclasess: una con Peter Hannan y otra presentada por SAE México impartida por Fraser MacLean. Aminder Dhaliwal compartió en "Nuevas Narrativas para Cómic" cómo tras trabajar haciendo storyboard y dirigiendo series animadas como The Owl House y Los Padrinos Mágicos, tuvo que recrear sus propios estándares narrativos para poder desarrollar la que hoy es reconocida como una de las voces más innovadoras en las novelas gráficas por su punto de vista desarrollando nuevas narrativas para el cómic.

Ya viene la Catrina es un show próximo a estrenarse y sus creadores transmitieron a la audiencia sus experiencias al realizar el proyecto y los retos de trabajar a distancia y ayudarse unos a otros. Se llevaron a cabo los primeros “Café con.. y Chela con..” del Festival con Kyle Balda y Sofía Alexander, respectivamente. Y Byron Howard, director ganador del Oscar, dio una charla en vivo sobre su carrera en la animación, sus películas pasadas y su próximo proyecto: Encanto. Finalmente, para cerrar el día se transmitió el largometraje Buñuel en el laberinto de las tortugas.

Las sesiones de Mercado continúan esta semana con reuniones que incluyen productores e invitados para establecer relaciones que puedan derivar en negocios. 


From Proceso:

Festival de animación, videojuegos y cómics “Pixelatl”

El festival de animación, videojuegos y cómics Pixelatl, que se ha posicionado como el más importante de su tipo en América Latina, tiene actividades este fin de semana, en su décimo aniversario y por segundo año consecutivo en edición virtual. Durante el encuentro que inició este 7 de septiembre, y con actividades hasta este domingo 11, se presentan 50 cortometrajes y dos largometrajes, además de diálogos con profesionales de compañías como Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Roku y Disney Kids, y conferencias, paneles de discusión, talleres, clases maestras y actividades enfocadas a reclutamiento laboral. El encuentro que este año tiene el lema de “Nos necesitamos”, busca compartir conocimiento a través de invitados y especialistas internacionales en el sector de animación, para que artistas, ilustradores, programadores, desarrolladores y talento latinoamericano exponga su trabajo. La programación está disponible en


Originally published: September 06, 2021.

Original source: Animation Magazine.

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