Thursday, August 11, 2022

Jennette McCurdy Opens Up About Why She Didn't Return For The 'iCarly' Reboot

iCarly Sam actor Jennette McCurdy explains why she turned down lead star Miranda Cosgrove's offer to return for the Paramount+ revival.

Jennette McCurdy explains why she did not return for the iCarly revival. The original iCarly ran for six seasons between 2007 and 2012 on Nickelodeon, becoming a sensation during its time. The show starred Miranda Cosgrove as Carly Shay, a teenager who creates the eponymous web show in her brother Spencer's (Jerry Trainor) apartment loft with her best friends Freddie (Nathan Kress) and Sam (McCurdy). In 2020, loyal iCarly fans were met with surprise when Paramount+ announced that the show was being rebooted, with season 1 premiering on the service in June 2021.

The thoughtfully executed reboot, which recently ended its sophomore run, has been met with overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics and audiences. The mix of nostalgia and refreshing elements offered by returning veterans Cosgrove, Kress, and Trainor, and new additions Laci Mosley (as Harper) and Jaidyn Triplett (as Millicent) has really clicked with the viewers, who have been enjoying the shenanigans of the colorful characters as they relaunch the iCarly web-show in Bushwell Plaza with a modern spin. While the show inarguably retains the charm of the flagship series, the absence of original star McCurdy and her tenacious Sam is clearly felt. The iCarly revival has addressed Sam's departure by explaining she is on the road with the biker gang, the Obliterators, and now the star behind the character is also speaking up about not signing up for the show.

In her new memoir, I'm Glad My Mom Died McCurdy explained that she was approached by Cosgrove to return for the reboot. McCurdy turned down the opportunity as she was happy and in a good mental place, and agreeing to do the show could have compromised that. Read what McCurdy wrote below.

"[I said] 'Miranda, I'm not doing the reboot. There's nothing you can say to convince me.' She tells me she thinks the reboot could be an opportunity for all of us in the cast to 'get back out there,' maybe get some other opportunities from it. 'But there are things more important than money. And my mental health and happiness fall under that category. There's a moment of silence. It's one of those rare moments where I feel like I didn't say too much, or too little. I feel like I represented myself accurately and there's nothing I would change about the way I said it. I feel proud. We wrap up our conversation, promising to keep in touch, and hang up."

Given McCurdy's bitter experience with Nickelodeon as a young actor, her dissatisfaction with her roles, her abuse at the hands of "The Creator", her complicated relationship with her late mother, and her struggles with underage alcoholism and eating disorders, there is undoubtedly a lot of trauma associated with the actor's time in Hollywood. While the reboot may have been good money, there is no compensation for the psychological stress that was inflicted on the star, and agreeing to the show could have revived the disturbing memories. Even if she hadn't been through so much in the past, it would still have been justifiable for McCurdy to turn down the offer for starring in the reboot, because nothing takes precedence over mental and emotional well-being. In her case, McCurdy went through such life-changing experiences that even the thought of returning to the entertainment industry sounds traumatic and painful.

McCurdy also wrote about the friendship she developed with Cosgrove over the original series, culminating in the two of them crying when they filmed their final scene on the show together.

"The reason I'm crying is that I don't know what will become of my friendship with Miranda. We've gotten so close. Like sisters, but without the passive-aggression and weird tensions," McCurdy writes. "I have my judgments around female friendships being catty and petty and backstabby, but that couldn't be further from the truth with Miranda. With Miranda, it's always been so easy. Our friendship is pure."

"There was no need to worry about context; our friendship has gotten stronger since iCarly ended," McCurdy continues. "We hang out three or four times a week. Usually one of the nights is a sleepover."

Fortunately, Cosgrove understood McCurdy's decision and respected her choice. Their friendship did not take a blow due to McCurdy's unwillingness to return to the show, and they remain closer than ever, although they are no longer working together. This should appease fans who have been worried about their favorite iCarly stars' off-screen relationship, warming their hearts as they realize that the two don't need to be together on the show to cherish their bond. While McCurdy continues to be missed on iCarly, which will head into season 3 soon, fans have sufficient closure about her absence and are satisfied knowing that Sam is content doing what she does best, and her friendships with Carly and Freddie hasn't faded.

Jennette's new book I'm Glad My Mom Died is out now.

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Nickelodeon India and Laal Singh Chaddha Partner For Month-Long Promotional Campaign

India - Viacom18’s kids’ entertainment franchise, Nickelodeon continues to raise the bar while engaging with its young and discerning viewers. Elevating excitement levels for families across India, Nickelodeon joins forces with Viacom18 Studios and Aamir Khan’s family entertainer Laal Singh Chaddha that releases on August 11th.

The film is the endearing story of the determined Laal Singh Chaddha who like Nicktoons Motu Patlu and Bhoot Bandhus, through innocence and strength of character, overcomes all obstacles.

The collaboration has Nickelodeon raise existing fervor for Laal Singh Chaddha with unmatched and interactive initiatives that will provide entertainment and fun experiences for families to enjoy together. The month-long integrated campaign will showcase Aamir Khan in his Laal Singh avatar having a fun time with India’s favorite Nicktoons including Motu, Patlu, and Pinaki & Happy – The Bhoot Bandhus.

With ideas that build resonance with the character of Laal who has childlike innocence and honesty much like Nickelodeon’s young viewers and Nicktoons, the deep integrations will witness Laal immerse himself in the world of Nicktoons seamlessly. Through Nick’s Golgappa Party contest and Sonic’s Bhaag Laal Bhaag contest, kids will also get a chance to meet megastar Aamir Khan in addition to winning a host of exciting prizes by simply participating in the on-air contests.

Nickelodeon has also left no stone unturned to reach out to its young viewers with fun contests like the Chaddi Buddy Contest with Aamir.  Finally adding to the endless excitement is an innovative virtual running game that is sure to drive conversations while keeping kids on their toes. Resting on, the virtual game allows one to play as Laal, Motu, or Patlu to chase the feather and collect coins along the way while chasing away evil.

Speaking about the collaboration with Laal Singh Chaddha, Nina Elavia Jaipuria, Head – Hindi Mass Entertainment & Kids TV Network at Viacom18, said, “We are delighted to collaborate with Laal Singh Chaddha on this highly interactive and engaging campaign that will give kids and their families an opportunity to be a part of the film and celebrate the character of Laal along with their favorite Nicktoons.

“At Nickelodeon, each collaboration and partnership that we innovate for, have kids at the heart of it and this partnership with the adorable character of Laal is sure to strike a chord and provide many priceless moments. We look forward to further collaborating with brands and films to create deep and meaningful integrations for our young viewers,” Jaipuria said.

Speaking about reaching out to kids with this family entertainer and on the association with Nickelodeon superstar Aamir Khan said “Laal Singh Chadha is an inspiring film and the innocence and honesty of the affable character of Laal is sure to strike a chord with kids and families. This massively interesting and fun collaboration with Nickelodeon and its characters who embody the same positive traits as Laal was hence a great way for us to together take the story of Laal Singh Chaddha and make it a part of every child’s life along with their favorite characters.  We are sure that kids will have a great time watching our labor of love with their families and look forward to the same.”

On the collaboration with Nickelodeon, Ajit Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Studios, said “The advantage at Viacom18 is the opportunities and ability we have to collaborate with the powerhouse brands in our platoon. Right from bringing the Paramount story to India under our banner to partnering with Nickelodeon, we have had seamless associations on the film. A family entertainer at its heart, we are looking forward to kids enjoying the film as much as adults, as they will resonate with the pure and simple soul of Laal Singh.”

In addition to the tentpole campaign IPs and contests, Laal Singh Chaddha break bumpers will also run across key shows on Nick and Sonic. The campaign also extends to the Nickelodeon franchise’s social media channels and other digital media platforms with innovative posts and stories and influencer outreach. We are sure the adventures of Nicktoons and Laal Singh Chadha will entertain families this Independence Day weekend.

Originally published: August 11, 2022.

Original source:; Additional sources: MediaNews4UAdvanced Television.

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Paramount+ Celebrates Its First Birthday Down Under

Hip Hip Hooray!

Paramount+ Celebrates Its First Birthday Down Under.

It’s official. The age of Australia’s premier streaming service Paramount+, will no longer be measured in days, weeks, or even months… because it’s a whole year old! Hip Hip Hooray!

Since August 2021, Aussies have laughed, cried and fallen in love with iconic star-studded hit drama series and feature films like 1883, HALO, Yellowjackets, The Gilded Age, Dexter: New Blood, South Park, All Star Shore, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Jerry & Marge Go Large and Honor Society, just to name a few.

Expect even more stars to enter our living rooms over the next year with Paramount+ Original and Exclusive series’ including the Owen Wilson superhero film Secret Headquarters (13 August); Susan Sarandon, Trace Adkins and Anna Friel in Monarch (13 September); novel-turned-thriller Let The Right One In (8 October); Sylvester Stallone in Tulsa King (14 November); Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford in the Yellowstone prequel 1923; Andrew Scott as Tom Ripley in Ripley; Shailene Woodley, Betty Gilpin and DeWanda Wise in Three Women; all new dramas Teen Wolf, Walker: Independence, Wolf Pack, The Flatshare; plus the second seasons of hit US dramas Yellowjackets, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Tokyo Vice, The Gilded Age, Mayor of Kingstown, Queen of the Universe and HALO.

With 12 Australian commissions announced since launch, Paramount+ has broken a first-year record for any streaming service in Australia. Cue the confetti cannons!

Beverley McGarvey, Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer, Paramount ANZ, said: “Last August, we launched one of the world’s most recognised and popular streaming services Down Under, and today, 12 months later, we continue to celebrate with an extraordinary breadth and depth of content from all genres.

“Our ever-expanding library of original series, hits shows, popular movies and live sports, not to mention 12 local commissions, has seen Paramount+ grow exponentially.

“We are extremely proud of this service and our premium offering continues to grow with the addition of upcoming local originals The Bridge, Last King of The Cross, 6 Festivals, Undressed, as well as the international Emirates FA Cup, that will have everyone peaking with excitement.”

Who can resist our epic selection of home-grown entertainment? From Five Bedrooms, More Than This, Spreadsheet, The Secrets She Keeps and Couples Therapy Australia, to upcoming titles The Bridge Australia (19 August); 6 Festivals (25 August); Sky Blue: Inside Sydney FC (30 September); transformation series Undressed (6 October); Couples Therapy Australia (season two); The Last King of The Cross and another brand new season of Five Bedrooms in the works, Paramount+ has you covered as you curl up on the sofa with a piece of birthday cake and cuppa in hand.

As the home of football in Australia, it’s been a football frenzy over the past 12 months, with all matches of the Liberty A-League Women and Isuzu UTE A-League Men seasons, then most recently the Winter Festival of Football and also the FA Community Shield between English Premier League champions Manchester City and FA Cup winners Liverpool, streamed live.

The non-stop Football action continues on Paramount+ with fans able to catch every minute of the AFC Champions League Round of 16 this month, before our national teams, the CommBank Matildas and Socceroos, play friendlies on home soil and in New Zealand throughout September, then the Emirates FA Cup commencing in November.

Our littlest subscribers have enjoyed new and exclusive original content from the number one entertainment brand for kids, Nickelodeon, including: Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, PAW Patrol: The Movie, the iconic iCarly sitcom reboot, live-action The Fairly Odd Parents: Fairly Odder, all-new Rugrats and the new CG-animated kids series Star Trek: Prodigy, which is the first within the Star Trek Universe aimed at younger audience.

Still to come, the service will see the premiere of the new live-action movie musical, Monster High: The Movie, based on the iconic Monster High franchise; children’s book-turned-animated series Big Nate; a new Dora the Explorer CG-animated preschool series; and Transformers: Earth Spark.

Not only has Paramount+’s library of unmissable content increased exponentially over the year, so too has the number of ways subscribers can access the service.

Amazon Channels and Samsung recently joined Telstra TV, Fetch, Android TV, Apple TV, Web, Mobile (iOS and Android), Chromecast and a local partnership with the launch of Optus Sub Hub, with more ways and platforms to stream Paramount+ coming soon. Add in the ability to watch on up to three devices simultaneously… now that’s peak convenience!

Unique stories. Iconic stars. A mountain of entertainment. All at an amazing price, and commercial free. That’s a cause for celebration.

So, grab a party hat and join the celebrations on Paramount+, for just $8.99 per month for a monthly subscription or $89.99 for an annual subscription.


Originally published: August 11, 2022,

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The Box | Official Trailer | Paramount+ UK & Ireland

The Box | Official Trailer | Paramount+ UK & Ireland

Chilling true crime documentary, The Box, follows Detective Chris Loudon's mission to expose the truth behind one of America's worst serial killers. Loudon discovers a box of untouched evidence seized decades ago and inside, are dozens of photos of young women. Throughout the three part series, Detective Loudon looks into a suspect who could have been overlooked by Police in the 70's. Stream #TheBox now on Paramount+. Try it FREE at

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Paramount+ To Launch In Italy on Sept. 15


With more than 8,000 hours of quality content, the service will be the exclusive home to some of the year's most compelling global and local hits, including HALO, TULSA KING, 1883, PAW PATROL, and new Italian movies and TV series such as CORPO LIBERO, CIRCEO, 14 GIORNI and MISS FALLACI among others

The service will be available for 7.99€ monthly/79.90€ annually

Milan, August 1, 2022 - Paramount+, the streaming service from Paramount Global (NASDAQ: PARA, PARAA), will arrive in Italy on September 15 with over 8,000 hours of content spanning all genres at launch, including a wide range of exclusive programming at the competitive price of 7.99€ per month.

“Paramount+ is rapidly expanding its global footprint, offering audiences worldwide an unbeatable content slate, with the biggest stars and most compelling global and local stories all together on one platform. Italy not only has an incredible production history, from cult movies to TV series, but it is also a key market for the global expansion of Paramount+,” said Marco Nobili, Executive Vice President and International General Manager of Paramount+. “This launch, followed by Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France in the coming months will bring Paramount+ to all major European markets by the end of the year.”

Starting from mid-September, Italian audiences will have access to a mountain of entertainment, as the biggest stars and the most compelling stories come together on Paramount+. The service will offer global titles and original Italian productions, as well as access to a vast library of premium content.


Paramount+ original titles includes TULSA KING, starring Sylvester Stallone as a New York mafia capo unceremoniously exiled by his boss to set up shop in Tulsa; THE OFFER, a limited series with Miles Teller, Matthew Goode and Juno Temple based on Oscar®-winning producer Albert S. Ruddy’s extraordinary, never-before-seen experiences of making “The Godfather;” 1883, Taylor Sheridan’s highly anticipated “Yellowstone” prequel; and upcoming series 1923, also from Sheridan, featuring Helen Mirren and Harrison Ford in the next installment of the “Yellowstone” origin story; and HALO, based on the iconic Xbox franchise. 

In addition to global content, Paramount+ will offer locally sourced premium programs that will also debut in other countries where the service is present. Previously announced original UK dramas heading to Paramount+ include SEXY BEAST and A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW, among others; scripted originals from around the world include BOSÉ from Spain, SINALOA'S FIRST LADY and ONE MUST DIE from Mexico, MASK: MARIE ANTOINETTE SERIAL KILLER from France and A THIN LINE, THE SHEIKH (DER SCHEICH) and SIMON BECKETT’S CHEMISTRY OF DEATH from Germany. 

Paramount+ Italian originals

The selection of available Italian titles will include CIRCEO, the series produced by Cattleya in collaboration with VIS, Paramount+ and RAI Fiction which retraces the process following the terrible case of 1975; 14 DAYS, a Paramount+ original Italian production, written and directed by Ivan Cotroneo, which tells the story of a couple forced into two weeks of seclusion; the CORPO LIBERO series, a co-production by Indigo Film and Network Movie, in co-production with ZDFneo, in collaboration with Rai Fiction and Paramount+, in association with All3Media International Limited: the thriller based on the novel by Ilaria Bernardini and written with Chiara Barzini, Ludovica Rampoldi and Giordana Mari; and the previously announced productions TI MANGIO IL CUORE and MISS FALLACI.   

Paramount+ Kids & Family

There is also a wide variety of kids and family content. The revival of the ICARLY series with actress Miranda Cosgrove will be available, as well as the new animated series BIG NATE, and the reboot of the RUGRATS and THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS: ANCORA PIÙ FANTA, a new mixed media series of live action and animation, based on the historic Nickelodeon animated series. Paramount+ will also offer a library of the most loved kids and family’s franchises like SpongeBob SquarePants, PAW Patrol and many more.

Blockbuster Movies

In addition to new releases such us “Scream 5,” Paramount+ will allow users to rewatch iconic classics and familiar titles that will be available on the platform after their success in the cinemas. These include “Grease,” “The Godfather,” the “Star Trek” franchise, “Transformers,” and much more.

In Italy, Paramount+ will be available online at, on mobile devices and a wide range of connected TV devices via distribution through Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung, and more. Users will be able to sign up at the price of € 7.99 after a 7-day trial period. An annual subscription will be offered for € 79.90.

Furthermore, thanks to the partnership with Sky, Sky Cinema subscribers will be able to access Paramount + at no additional cost.

For additional information, visit and

About Paramount+

Paramount+ is a global digital subscription video streaming service from Paramount that features a mountain of premium entertainment for audiences of all ages. Internationally, the streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including SHOWTIME®, BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel™, in addition to a robust offering of premier local content. The service is currently live in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Nordics, Australia, South Korea and the U.K.


Originally published: August 11, 2022.

H/T: Variety.

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Tad the Lost Explorer and the Curse of the Mummy | French Trailers | Paramount Pictures Belgium


TAD L'EXPLORATEUR ET LA TABLE D'EMERAUDE, dès le 24 août au cinèma.


TAD FUN 20 FR spot

TED ACTION 10 FR spot | ParamountPicturesBE

TAD L'EXPLORATEUR ET LA TABLE D'EMERAUDE, dès le 24 août au cinèma.

Originally published: August 11, 2022.

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Tad the Lost Explorer and the Curse of the Mummy | Trailers | Dutch Versions | Paramount Pictures Belgium


TED & DE MAGISCHE SMARAGD, vanaf 24 augustus in de bioscoop.

TED TRAILER C CUTDOWN 20 VL spot | ParamountPicturesBE

TED & DE MAGISCHE SMARAGD, vanaf 24 augustus in de bioscoop.

TED FUN 20 VL spot | ParamountPicturesBE

TED & DE MAGISCHE SMARAGD, vanaf 24 augustus in de bioscoop.

TED ACTION 10 VL spot | ParamountPicturesBE

TED & DE MAGISCHE SMARAGD, vanaf 24 augustus in de bioscoop.

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The Tale of Old Man Corcoran | Season 2: Episode 13 | Are You Afraid of the Dark? - The Official Channel

The Tale of Old Man Corcoran | Season 2: Episode 13 | Are You Afraid of the Dark? - The Official Channel

Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, I call this story...The Tale of Old Man Corcoran.

Jack and Kenny Harris (Adam Bonneau and Michael Alexander Jackson, respectively) have just moved to a new house and they decide to join the kids in the neighborhood for a night game of hide and seek in the graveyard.  Before they start the game, the kids tell Jack and Kenny about Old Man Corcoran (David Francis).  He used to be the caretaker but it is now said that he haunts the graveyard.  The brothers find that their effort to prove their bravery leads them to the unspeakable truth--unfortunately, too late to save their friends.

There’s nothing like a good ghost story to keep you up at night! Are You Afraid of the Dark? Serves up a winning blend of imagination and suspense along with a twisted cast of wicked warlocks, vengeful demons, and cold-hearted villains. Check it out – if you dare!

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'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Creators Fought Nickelodeon to Make Toph a Girl

The creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender reveal they had to fight with Nickelodeon to make Toph Beifong a girl in the series.

The creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender had to fight to have Toph Beifong be a girl, it has been revealed.

 The network apparently had issues with her being written as a female character. Here's what he had to say:

Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko appeared on Nickelodeon's Avatar: Braving the Elements podcast to discuss Toph. Surprisingly, despite being one of the most popular characters in the original animated series, Toph could have been written very differently. On the show, Konietzko described the pushback from the network when it came to Toph's initial conception, revealing, "We had quite a battle to convince the network to let us make Toph a girl," the reason being that the network wanted a "boy audience."

"When I was a kid," Konietzko explained, "I watched shows with girls, all the time. And I was never, like, it wasn't a problem! If it was a good show, I was into the show. And I think I remember this tough-looking, muscular teenage kid, and we were like, 'So, who's your favorite character?' And he said, 'Toph.' [Laughs] We got so many of those, but that one was really memorable, and it's just vindicating, you know? You're just like, ugh, if you could just get the suits to understand."

Introduced in a vision in Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 2, Episode 4, "The Swamp," Toph made her full debut in Season 2, Episode 6, "The Blind Bandit." A powerful Earthbender and the discoverer of metalbending, Toph was a key member of Team Avatar and helped teach Aang how to harness the element of Earth. The character was voiced by Jessie Flowers in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Audiences may remember an episode late in The Last Airbender season 3, in which the main characters attend a play about their lives. Knowing the network originally wanted Toph to be written as a muscular male character adds another layer of humor to her portrayal in that play. Luckily, in the end, the creators held strong to their decision to feature one of their most powerful characters as a blind girl, not to mention the youngest member of the group. That decision sparked a wave of increased diversity and inclusion that was furthered in the show's sequel, The Legend of Korra, which famously faced many bitter battles with the network and was eventually forced to air its final season online.

The stories about a network trying to change an ultimately popular decision is not unique to Avatar: The Last Airbender. Fortunately, the creators trusted in their product enough to dig their heels in and tell the story they knew would be the most effective, and now the show lives on as a critically-acclaimed cornerstone of animation.

Running from 2005 until 2008 on Nickelodeon, Avatar: The Last Airbender lasted three seasons and is generally considered one of the most beloved animated series ever. The show sees Aang, the titular Avatar and last remaining member of the Air Nomads, learning to harness his power to stop the imperialist ambitions of the Fire Nation.

Avatar: The Last Airbender enjoyed success as the highest-rated animated television show for its demographic at the time of its premiere. Ratings continued to climb, and the show's finale was the best rated installment in the series.

After Avatar: The Last Airbender ended, DiMartino and Konietzko created The Legend of Korra, a sequel show taking place decades after the events of the original series. That series ran for four seasons between 2012 and 2014. The stories of both shows have been continued in the comics. Additionally, while the franchise laid relatively untouched in the realm of animation for several years, a number of new projects set in the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender are currently in the works, including films. Netflix is also currently working on a live-action adaptation of the show, though the animated series' creators have since departed that project.

The series also inspired a poorly received movie adaptation in 2010, directed by M. Night Shyamalan. However, since the film only covered The Last Airbender season 1, and Toph wasn't adapted.

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Original sources: CBR, ScreenRant.

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Nickelodeon Launches Content Accelerator of Up-and-Coming, Underrepresented Creatives

Nickelodeon has launched a new Content Accelerator Program, designed to reach BIPOC and underrepresented emerging professionals to pitch new kid-focused content ideas for Nick’s platforms across big kids animation, preschool and live action. In collaboration with Rise Up Animation and Ghetto Film School, the mission of the inaugural program is to find and bring in original project ideas from creative visionaries, while fostering relationships between emerging talent and Nickelodeon’s development teams.

Nickelodeon development executives will review submissions and top entries will move forward to a Pitch Day. On Pitch Day, the top applicants will meet with Nickelodeon development executives to present their ideas. The top pitch in each category (big kids animation, preschool animation and live action) will move into a preliminary phase of development at Nickelodeon. The selected creators will work directly with development executives and a creative mentor to hone their pitch presentations.

“The launch of Nickelodeon’s Content Accelerator Program is a way to reach aspiring, underrepresented creatives to tell stories reflective of today’s kids,” said Eryk Casemiro, Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon Animation, Global Series Content. “By working with Rise Up Animation and Ghetto Film School, we are eager to hear from storytellers and spotlight content that is inclusive for everyone.”

Rise Up Animation ( is dedicated to increasing diverse talent in the animation industry by providing BIPOC with industry advice, portfolio feedback, resume feedback and the tools needed to turn their dreams into reality.

Monica Lago-Kaytis, Rise Up Animation Co-Founder, CFO & Mentor, said, “Rise Up Animation is thrilled to partner with Nickelodeon on their Content Accelerator Program. We believe that creating these opportunities for young artists and professionals aligns with our mission to bring more inclusion and diversity to an ever evolving animation community.”

Ghetto Film School (GFS; is an award-winning nonprofit founded in 2000 to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great storytellers. GFS annually serves 8,000 individuals, 14-34 years of age.

“Our partnership with Nickelodeon on the Content Accelerator Program, will provide professional development for our Roster members, and a crucial opportunity for emerging storytellers to get their foot in the door, and pitch their stories to industry leaders,” said Yuby Hernandez, Global Roster Director at Ghetto Film School. “Programs like these are truly representative of our mission to educate, develop, and celebrate the next generation of great storytellers, and we look forward to building out this relationship for years to come.”

The submission period is open from August 8 – September 30, 2022 at The program is virtual and open to participants 21 years of age and older. The site includes a “How to Pitch” resource guide to provide tips and tricks as well as guidelines.

Submissions should be anywhere from 2-7 pages and include a mix of text and reference images or designs.

The program is part of Paramount’s company-wide Content for Change initiative (see website) that seeks to apply scientific research, rigor, and data to transform the entire creative ecosystem across three pillars:

1) the content the company produces

2) the creative supply chain that powers it, and

3) the culture that underpins everything Paramount does.

Learn more about the Nickelodeon Content Accelerator Program and how to pitch your project at

The program is part of Paramount’s company-wide Content for Change initiative that seeks to apply scientific research, rigor, and data to transform the entire creative ecosystem across the three pillars, the content the company produces, the creative supply chain that powers it, and the culture that underpins everything Paramount does.

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Originally published: August 09, 2022.

Original source: Animation Magazine; H/T: Harlem World; Additional source: Animation World Network.

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Pluto TV Spain to Celebrate 31st Anniversary of 'Rugrats' With 24-Hour Marathon

Nick News Brief: To celebrate the 31st anniversary of Rugrats, Pluto TV Spain's (España) Rugrats channel will be hosting a 24-hour marathon of Nickelodeon's beloved animated series on August 11!

«Los Rugrats»: Los bebés más queridos de la televisión soplan las velas de su 31º cumpleaños en Pluto TV

"Los Rugrats" cumplen 31 años en Pluto TV

En agosto, Tommy, Chuckie, Angélica, Susie, Phil y Lil se preparan para soplar las velas en Pluto TV. Mañana jueves 11 de agosto, el canal temático y exclusivo de «Los Rugrats» de la plataforma gratuita y sin registro de Paramount invita a los niños a unirse a la celebración del 31º cumpleaños de los bebés más famosos y divertidos de la televisión con el especial 31º aniversario de «Los Rugrats», un maratón con las mejores aventuras de la serie de animación durante todo el día.

Nadie llegó a imaginar que la serie infantil que llegaba a la televisión un 11 de agosto de 1991 acabaría convirtiéndose en todo un clásico de la década de los 90 y en una de las series de mayor éxito de Nickelodeon. Ahora, 31 años después, los más pequeños de la casa y todos aquellos que crecieron con las innumerables travesuras en pañales de Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Angélica, Susie y Dil podrán unirse a la celebración del 31º aniversario de Los Rugrats.

Una programación especial que el canal Los Rugrats de Pluto TV trae mañana jueves 11 de agosto para revivir durante las 24 horas del día las icónicas experiencias de los bebés liderados por Tommy, las cuales siempre acababan convirtiéndose en aventuras en la imaginación de los pequeños, como cuando actúan como héroes para recuperar sus muñecos favoritos que Angélica les ha robado, cuando se van de excursión a una piscina y la confunden con un gran inodoro, o el día en el que Angélica decide denunciar a sus padres por hacerle comer brócoli.

El jueves 11 de agosto, el canal temático de Los Rugrats de Pluto TV celebra el 31º cumpleaños de la icónica serie que marcó a toda una generación con el especial 31º aniversario de Los Rugrats, un maratón 24 horas cargado de diversión. ¡Que comience la fiesta!


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Paramount Spain, Plan International and El Corte Inglés Partner For Inclusivity Campaign

Nick News Brief: Paramount Spain and Plan International are joining forces with El Corte Inglés to launch "Todos somos VIP" ("We are all VIP"), a brand new pro-social initiative that aims to promote the values of diversity, equality and inclusion among children. As part of the campaign, featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, kids in Spain are invited to send the campaign photos of themselves, with selected photos appearing on a special poster that will be seen around Spain. Entrants will also be entered into a exclusive competition in which they have the chance to win tickets to Atracciones de Madrid, home of Nickelodeon Land.

"Todos somos VIP": la nueva campaña de Paramount España

Inclusión, igualdad y diversidad, los valores que vertebran esta campaña de Paramount y Plan International

Hasta el 29 de agosto, los más pequeños pueden compartir una fotografía a través de la web y participar en el sorteo de la campaña.

Paramount España y Plan International se unen a El Corte Inglés para poner en marcha la campaña «Todos somos VIP«. Esta iniciativa tiene el objetivo de promover entre los niños y niñas los valores de diversidad, igualdad e inclusión.

En el vídeo podemos ver a unos niños sentados en un sofá celebrando la inclusión y la diversidad. «Yo soy VIP porque soy rockera, soy VIP porque soy muy fuerte, porque me encanta jugar» son algunas de las razones por las que estos pequeños son unos grandes VIP.

Bob Esponja y Paramount
Los personajes de la serie infantil de Nickelodeon, Bob Esponja, animan a los pequeños a participar en el cartel más inclusivo que se podrá ver a partir del 5 de septiembre en la pantalla gigante de El Corte Inglés de la Plaza de Callao en Madrid y en el circuito nacional de pantallas de El Corte Inglés, además de en sus redes sociales.

Paramount VIP y Bob Esponja
«Porque la diversidad, la igualdad y la inclusión son una prioridad para Paramount España, Todos somos VIP quiere resaltar la importancia de que los más pequeños puedan crecer libres de cualquier tipo de discriminación«, comentan desde Paramount.

Hasta el 29 de agosto, los más pequeños pueden compartir una fotografía a través de la web. Al participar entrarán automáticamente en el sorteo de cuatro entradas para el Parque de Atracciones de Madrid para disfrutar de la zona Nickelodeon Land. Ahí será el lugar donde estarán Bob Esponja y sus amigos.

Con todas estas fotografías se creará un enorme cartel representado por diversos niños y su concepto sobre igualdad e inclusión. Plan International será la encargada de seleccionar las fotos que aparecerán en el mismo. Muchos de los protagonistas de esta acción pertenecen a programas de la ONG Plan International, que trabaja para defender los derechos de la infancia y la igualdad.

Todas las imágenes se proyectarán a partir del 5 de septiembre en la fachada de El Corte Inglés de la Plaza de Callao en Madrid y en el circuito nacional de pantallas de El Corte Inglés. También se compartirán en sus redes sociales.

Agencia creativa: big toys y Plus 305 
Título de la campaña: Todos somos VIP
Equipo creativo: Mikel Ortega, Alberto Jaén, Olivia bravo, Fredo Figaredo 
Director cuenta: Fredo Figaredo
Productora: República Coconut
Realizador: Guillermo Miranda
Contacto cliente: María y Rose


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