Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Showcase 2023 - Teaser | Paramount

Showcase 2023 - Teaser | Paramount


Recognized by many as the industry leader in actor showcases designed to spotlight up- and-coming talent, SHOWCASE is a highly produced hour of comedic digital shorts, sketches and music videos with bold, laugh-out-loud funny performances and original, creative writing. The show is viewed by senior-level executives, showrunners and casting directors from Paramount brands, as well as other networks and streamers, in addition to talent agents and managers from across the entertainment industry.

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Originally published: January 18, 2023.

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Paramount+ Debuts 'Wolf Pack' Trailer

PARAMOUNT+ DEBUTS OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR UPCOMING ORIGINAL SERIES “WOLF PACK”

Produced by MTV Entertainment Studios, the Series Will Stream Exclusively on Paramount+ Beginning Jan. 26


Jan. 12, 2023 – Paramount+ today revealed the official trailer and key art for the upcoming original series WOLF PACK, premiering Thursday, Jan. 26 exclusively on the service in the U.S. and Canada. Written and produced by Jeff Davis, the series will premiere the following day on Friday, Jan. 27 on Paramount+ in the U.K., Australia, Latin America and Brazil. Premiere dates for other Paramount+ international markets will be announced at a later date.

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Based on the book series by Edo Van Belkom, WOLF PACK follows a teenage boy and girl whose lives are changed forever when a California wildfire awakens a terrifying supernatural creature and drives it to attack a highway traffic jam beneath the burning hills. Wounded in the chaos, the boy and girl are inexplicably drawn to each other and to two other teenagers who were adopted 16 years earlier by a park ranger after another mysterious wildfire. As the full moon rises, all four teens come together to unravel the secret that connects them – the bite and blood of a werewolf.

WOLF PACK cast members include Armani Jackson, Bella Shepard, Chloe Rose Robertson, Tyler Lawrence Gray, Rodrigo Santoro and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Additional cast includes Bailey Stender, Chase Liefeld, Hollie Bahar, Lanny Joon, Rio Mangini, Stella Smith, Zack Nelson, James Martinez, Amy Pietz, Bria Brimmer, John L. Adams and Sean Philip Glasgow.

Written and executive produced by Jeff Davis, the series is a part of his multi-year deal with MTV Entertainment Studios. Davis is also writing and producing the upcoming Paramount+ original film TEEN WOLF: THE MOVIE, which is produced by MTV Entertainment and MGM. In addition to Davis, Joe Genier, Mike Elliott and Karen Gorodetzky serve as executive producers for Capital Arts. Jason Ensler, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christian Taylor serve as executive producers.

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®, 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, the U.K., Australia, Latin America, the Caribbean, France, Italy, Ireland and South Korea.

For more information about Paramount+, please visit www.paramountplus.com.

About Paramount Media Networks & MTV Entertainment Studios

Paramount Media Networks & MTV Entertainment Studios is one of the preeminent media entities in the world that connects with global audiences through its nine iconic brands – MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, CMT, Pop, Logo, Smithsonian, Paramount Network and TV Land – as well as MTV Entertainment Studios which produces acclaimed series and movies and the award-winning, Oscar-nominated MTV Documentary Films.

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Prey for survival 🐺 Stream the #WolfPack premiere, Jan. 26 on #ParamountPlus. #Shorts


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Not A Spinoff | Wolf Pack | Wolf Watch


Yes, we’ve got werewolves. But no, Wolf Pack is not a spin-off. Wolf Pack is streaming exclusively on Paramount+ January 26!

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Originally published: January 13, 2023.

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Netflix's 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Reportedly Has Closer Ties to Avatar Studios Than Originally Believed

A new report suggests Avatar Studios's world may be somewhat more involved with Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender than previously believed.


A new report suggests that Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender and the world being built by Avatar Studios are not as distantly related as previously believed.

According to Avatar News, Netflix has the rights to adapt the characters and story of Avatar: The Last Airbender and everything Avatar Studios intends to introduce to the lore in the coming years. The outlet reported the upcoming live-action series will include canon info that had not been released by Avatar Studios when writing and filming were taking place, suggesting Avatar Studios contributed bits and pieces to the Netflix series. It should be noted that this has not been officially confirmed.

Avatar: The Last Airbender Creators Left Netflix's Project

The report also suggests that, despite any previous creative differences between Netflix and Avatar: The Last Airbender creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, the relationship between Avatar Studios and Netflix remains a positive one, with each studio praising the other. However, this should not serve as confirmation of any collaboration between the two.

While Konietzko and DiMartino were originally attached to the live-action series at Netflix, the pair announced their departure two years into development on the show. On social media, DiMartino wrote, "Netflix said that it was committed to honoring our vision for this retelling and to supporting us on creating the series. And we expressed how excited we were for the opportunity to be at the helm. Unfortunately, things did not go as we had hoped." He alluded to the typical challenges of production and the constant evolution of projects behind-the-scenes before adding, "What I can be certain about is that whatever version ends up on-screen, it will not be what Bryan and I had envisioned or intended to make."

What Can Audiences Expect From Avatar Studios and Netflix?

Since then, the pair were appointed as co-chief creative officers of Avatar Studios, a division of Nickelodeon dedicated to expanding the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. While there have been few official announcements about the projects audiences can expect to see, reports have emerged about several films, including a Zuko film, a feature film reuniting Team Avatar and a series centered on the next Avatar in the cycle following Korra.

Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender adaptation is currently in post-production and does not yet have a release date. While details are scarce, there have been several reports suggesting it will adhere to the plot and designs of the iconic animated show. Most recently, director Michael Goi revealed that one of the live-action pilot episode's first scenes closely adapts the opening sequence of the animated series, in which Katara and Sokka discover Aang while on a fishing trip at the South Pole.

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Original source: CBR.

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Nickelodeon Animation Agrees to Voluntarily Recognize Production Workers

About a month after The Animation Guild filed for a National Labor Relations Board election, Nickelodeon has chosen to bypass that process by agreeing to recognize a bargaining unit of 177 workers.


Nickelodeon Animation Studios has agreed to voluntarily recognize The Animation Guild as the bargaining representative for production workers at the studio. Production workers at the Nickelodeon studio overwhelmingly decided to unionize in early December 2022 and requested voluntary recognition.

To date, this is the largest bargaining unit of production workers to organize under The Animation Guild. The proposed unit would cover 177 employees in specified classifications including Production Managers, Production Coordinators, Post-Production Assistants, Asset Production Coordinators, and more.

The Organizing Committee, which led the drive to unionize production workers at the studio, stated, “The organizing committee is overwhelmingly thrilled that Nickelodeon Animation Studios has decided to voluntarily recognize their production workers as members of The Animation Guild. By doing this, the studio has shown that they are willing and ready to recognize the hard work, time, and love we pour into our productions. We are so excited to work with them and our artist colleagues to come to an agreement that reiterates their support for what we do.”

The Animation Guild has an existing collective bargaining agreement with Nickelodeon Animation Studios that covers more than 400 artists, including CG technicians, storyboard artists, character designers, and writers. No negotiation dates have been set yet. However, the Negotiations Committee will expand to include representatives from the production bargaining unit.

According to Steve Kaplan, Business Representative of The Animation Guild, IATSE Local 839, “I am glad that we were able to reach an agreement where Nickelodeon Animation Studios recognized both the determination of the animation production workers and our long-standing productive labor relations relationship. I look forward to bargaining a successor agreement.”

“Nickelodeon Animation Studios supports its talented and dedicated production workers who play an instrumental role in the making of our content,” said Brian Keane, Executive Vice President, Production and Operations, Nickelodeon Animation Studios. “The studio’s collaborative relationship with The Animation Guild spans many years, and we look forward to bargaining an agreement with the union covering this new group of employees.”

In their initial announcement of their organizing effort at Nickelodeon, production workers went public about their complaints of inadequate pay, with one worker saying, “the current pay gap for production roles makes it near impossible to survive in Los Angeles.” Another stated that “many” colleagues worked additional jobs or overtime, sought loans, or asked friends and family for financial help.

In early December, TAG claimed that the company responded to a request for voluntary recognition by attempting to exclude certain workers from joining the bargaining unit and by seeking to cover production workers under a separate contract from studio artists. The voluntary recognition agreement resolves those concerns, with TAG’s desired bargaining unit included in full and the production workers covered under the same contract as Nickelodeon artists, but under their own sideletter.

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Paramount Global to Report Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Financial Results on February 16, 2023

Paramount Global (NASDAQ: PARA, PARAA) announced today that it will report fourth quarter and full year 2022 financial results on Thursday, February 16, 2023. The company will conduct a conference call at 8:30 a.m. (ET) following the release of its earnings materials.


A live audio webcast will be available on Paramount's Investors homepage at ir.paramount.com beginning at 8:30 a.m. (ET) on February 16.

The conference call can also be accessed by dialing 844-200-6205 (domestic) or 929-526-1599 (international) using access code 416904. Please call five minutes in advance to ensure that you are connected prior to the call.

An audio replay of the call will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. (ET) on February 16 in the Events, Webcasts & Annual Meetings section of Paramount's Investors homepage, and at 866-813-9403 using access code 478381.

The earnings release and any other information related to the call will be accessible on the Investors homepage of Paramount's website.

About Paramount
Paramount Global (NASDAQ: PARA, PARAA) is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic studios, networks and streaming services, Paramount's portfolio of consumer brands includes CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount+, Pluto TV and Simon & Schuster, among others. Paramount delivers the largest share of the U.S. television audience and boasts one of the industry's most important and extensive libraries of TV and film titles. In addition to offering innovative streaming services and digital video products, the company provides powerful capabilities in production, distribution and advertising solutions.

For more information about Paramount, please visit www.paramount.com and follow @ParamountCo on social platforms.

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'Rise of the TMNT: The Movie', 'The Tiny Chef Show' and 'Big Nate' Receive Nominations in 50th Annual Annie Awards

The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, has announced the exciting news that Nickelodeon Animation Studio has received three nominations in the landmark 50th Annual Annie Awards, which recognizes the year’s best in the field of animation!


The series premiere episode of Nickelodeon's Paramount+ Original Series Big Nate, "The Legend of the Gunting" has received two nominations in this year's Annie Awards: the episode itself has been nominated for the "Best TV/Media - Children" award whilst Mitch Watson, Emily Brundige, Ben Lapides, and Sarah Allan have been nominated in the "Best Writing - TV/Media" category for their collective work on the episode.

Meanwhile, Ida Hem has received a nomination in the "Best Character Design - Feature" category in the 2023 Annie Awards for her work on Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie.

Finally, The Tiny Chef Show episode "Pancakes", produced by Tiny Chef Productions LLC/Imagine Entertainment for Nickelodeon, has been nominated for the "TV/Media - Preschool" award.

This year's ceremony is scheduled to return Live on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at UCLA's Royce Hall. Pre-reception and Red Carpet at 4:30 p.m., followed by the ceremony at 7 p.m., and after party immediately following the ceremony. Nickelodeon serves as a Platinum Level sponsor of the event.

A full list of 50th Annual Annie Awards nominees can be found at https://www.annieawards.org/nominations.

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Additional source: Variety.

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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for January 18, 2023 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for January 18, 2023 | Nickelodeon


Stream the classic and the all new CG-animated Rugrats series on Paramount+! Try it FREE at ParamountPlus.com!

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!: https://www.creators.com/features/rugrats

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"Appa's Lost Days" with Evanna Lynch | Avatar: Braving the Elements Podcast

"Appa's Lost Days" with Evanna Lynch | Avatar: Braving the Elements Podcast