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Lawmen: Bass Reeves | Behind The Story: “PART VII” (S1, E7) | Paramount+

Lawmen: Bass Reeves | Behind The Story: “PART VII” (S1, E7) | Paramount+

"PART VII" - Bass struggles with the weight of the badge like never before. After a deadly mission goes awry, the U.S. Deputy Marshal’s fate is left in the hands of someone else.

From executive producers Taylor Sheridan (1883) and David Oyelowo (Selma) comes the untold story of the most legendary lawman in the Old West: Bass Reeves. LAWMEN: BASS REEVES follows the journey of Reeves (Oyelowo) and his rise from enslavement to law enforcement as one of the first Black U.S. Deputy Marshals west of the Mississippi. Despite arresting over 3,000 outlaws during his career, the weight of the badge was heavy, and he wrestled with its moral and spiritual cost to his beloved family.

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Originally published: December 12, 2023.

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Swiper Steals Dora's Magic Acorn! 🌰 | NEW 'Dora' Full Episode! | Nick Jr. in Spanish

¡NUEVO Episodio Completo de Dora! | ¡Zorro se Roba la Bellota Mágica de Dora!🌰 | Nick Jr. en Español

¡Dora y Botas ven que Tico encontró una bellota mágica! ¡No, Zorro llega y se la roba! ¿Puedes ayudar a Dora y sus amigos a encontrar la bellota mágica? ¡Creemos en ti! ¡Mira este NUEVO episodio superbueno de Dora para ver qué sucede!

¡Las NUEVAS aventuras con animales de Dora! 🐮🎂 | Compilación de 20 minutos | Nick Jr. en Español

¡Dora se embarca en aventuras y rescates completamente  nuevos con sus amigos animales! ¡Salva un pastel con Benny, viaja a través del agua con Botas, y más en esta compilación de Dora!

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Dora | Los Más Valientes Rescates de los NUEVOS Episodios de Dora | 20 Minutos | Nick Jr. en Español

¡Acompaña a Dora y Botas en nuevas y emocionantes aventuras! ¡Verán a amigos como Benny el Toro e Isa la Iguana para rescates selváticos y MÁS en esta compilación de 20 minutos de Dora!

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¡Dora y Botas se embarcan en NUEVAS avenutras juntos! | 20 minutos | NUEVOS episodios | Nick Jr. en Español

¡Acompaña a Dora y Botas en todas las nuevas y emocionantes aventuras! ¡Se reunirán con amigos como Isa la Iguana para una fiesta de baile, cruzarán un río de la selva y MÁS en esta compilación de Dora de 20 minutos!

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Originally published: November 25, 2023.

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Nickelodeon Receives Raft of Nominations In 2nd Annual Children’s & Family Emmy Awards

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) has announced the fantastic news that Nickelodeon has received 31 nominations in the 2nd annual Children’s & Family Emmy® Awards!

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  • Nickelodeon and Paramount+'s hit musical movie Monster High: The Movie has received six nominations in the 2023 CAFE Awards: for "Music Direction and Composition for a Live Action Program", "Original Song for a Children's or Young Teen Program" for song "Coming Out of the Dark", "Sound Mixing and Sound Editing for a Live Action Program", "Hairstyling and Makeup", "Choreography", and for "Casting For A Live Action Program";
  • Nickelodeon's Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie, which was released on Netflix, has been nominated for the "Animated Special" award;
  • Nickelodeon's beloved preschool series Blue's Clues & You! has received a nomination in the "Preschool Series" category of the 2023 CAFE Awards;
    • Blue's Big City Adventure, the Paramount+ Original movie based on the show, has also been nominated in the "Choreography" category;
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?, a reimaging of Nickelodeon's iconic '90s horror anthology series, has been nominated for two CAFE Awards: for "Children's or Family Viewing Series" and "Sound Mixing and Sound Editing for a Live Action Program";
  • Nickelodeon's news and current affairs program Nick News has received nominations in the "Non-Fiction Program", "Host" (Taylor Cassidy, Benjamin de Almedia, Kahlil Green, Tejas Hullur, Jane McManus & Jillian Smith) and "Editing for a Multiple Camera Live Action Program" categories;
    • Joining Nick News in the "Host" category is Noggin's Noggin Knows host Emmanuel Carter;
  • The Adventures of Paddington and The Tiny Chef Show have each received three nominations: for "Preschool Animated Series", "Writing for a Preschool Animated Program", and for "Directing for a Preschool Animated Program";
  • Nickelodeon and Paramount+'s musical movie Snow Day, a reimagining for the beloved comedy classic film, has been nominated in the "Original Song for a Children's or Young Teen Program" category for the song "These Kids" as well as in the "Choreography" category;
  • Tom Kenny has been nominated for the "Voice Performance in a Children's or Young Teen Program" award for his portrayal of SpongeBob SquarePants in Nickelodeon's beloved animated series of the same name;
  • Nickelodeon's hit comedy series Erin & Aaron, That Girl Lay Lay and Tyler Perry's Young Dylan have each received nominations in the "Editing for a Multiple Camera Live Action Program" category;
  • Nickelodeon's Brand Campaign has been nominated for "Promotional Announcement" for spots “Quarter,” “Car,” and “We Make Fun”, whilst Kids' Choice Awards 2023 has been nominated in the "Directing for a Multiple Camera Program" category;
  • Nickelodeon's popular CG-animated preschool series Santiago of the Seas has received a nomination in the Sound Mixing and Sound Editing for a Preschool Animated Program" category;
  • Star Trek: Prodigy and Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have each received a nomination in the "Sound Mixing and Sound Editing For An Animated Program" category;
  • Finally, Nickelodeon's hit live-action comedy series Danger Force and The Really Loud House have both received a nomination in the "Stunt Coordination for a Live Action Program" category.
  • Additionally, XO, Kitty, produced by Awesomeness Studios for Netflix, has been nominated for "Young Teen Series", and CBS' Reindeer in Here, which aired on Nickelodeon during December 2022, has been nominated for the "Animated Special" and "Editing for an Animated Program" awards.

Update (12/17) - Nickelodeon has won a raft of awards during Night 1 of the 2nd annual Children’s & Family Emmy® Awards!

Presenters during Night 1 included Tamara Almeida (Jane), Ceci Balagot (Monster High: The Movie), Eric Bauza (voice of Bugs Bunny and others), Tantoo Cardinal (Spirit Rangers), Nayah Damasen (Monster High: The Movie), Miia Harris (Monster High: The Movie), Sonia Manzano (Alma’s Way), Ava Louise Murchison (Jane), and Ed Weeks (Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight).


Nickelodeon Brand Campaign (Nickelodeon)
“Quartet,” “Car,” “We Make Fun”

Executive Producer
Sabrina Caluori

Chief Creative Officer
Vincent Aricco

Creative Directors
Erica Ottenberg, Michael Waldron

Senior Producer
Joseph Pappalardo

Ada Dolan-Zalaznick, Deshon Leek

VP Brand Marketing
Jordan Cardinale

VP Brand Design
Sandy Goijburg

VP Brand Animation
Kurt Hartman

Head of Production
Sara Francis

Project Managers
Teresa Belling, Carly Diesen, Danielle Jotham, Alli Kamm, Cyrus Shelhamer, Christine Sielaff

Art Directors
Giancarlo Barrera, Jane Trieu

Tim Etienne, Joshua Gross

Graphic Artists
Sara Lee, Wenting Wu

Motion Graphics Designers
Amanda Clark, Ben Gableman, Rob Kohr, Tim Lines, Carlos Miguez, Ishraque Nazmi, Victor Sarria, Hannah Segraves, Jason Willmann

Audio Engineer
Jonathan Bloom


The Tiny Chef Show (Nickelodeon)

Rachel Larsen, Chris Tichborne


Nick News (Nickelodeon)

Supervising Editor
Scott Tomaino

Lead Editor
Justin Coloma

Mainak Dhar, Aaron Moles, Nix Lynn Ullrich


Are You Afraid of the Dark? (Nickelodeon)

Production Mixer
David Hernandez

Supervising Sound Editor
Gord Hillier

Sound Designer
Pat Haskill

Re-Recording Mixers
Dean Giammarco, Bill Sheppard

Music Editor
Julia Graff


Monster High: The Movie (Nickelodeon)

Heather Laura Gray

Now in its second year, the standalone competition remains the biggest Emmy competition NATAS oversees.

“We are very proud of the growth experienced in year two of the Children’s and Family Emmys, especially in the development and cultivation of the new categories dedicated to puppetry,” said Rachel Schwartz, Director of Daytime and Children’s & Family Emmy Awards. 

“Programming created for children’s and family viewing has a long history of leading the way in innovation and storytelling,” according to Brent Stanton, Head of Daytime and Children’s & Family Emmy Awards. “In this year specifically, a year so impacted by artists fighting for fair recognition of their true value, it is more important than ever to honor the excellence of their talents and achievements,” he said.

Nominees in one category judged in person — Interactive Media — will be announced later this month, as will honorees in two Juried categories: Individual Achievement in Animation and the newly-created Public Service Initiative.

Details and information about events for the Children’s & Family Emmy Awards ceremonies will be released next week. All information can be found at

The complete list of nominees is also available on the National Television Academy’s website:

All voting was tabulated by the accounting firm of Lutz & Carr, LLP.

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Originally published: November 02, 2023.

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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for December 17, 2023 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for December 17, 2023 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for December 17, 2023 | Nickelodeon

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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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Paramount+ Announces 'The Changemakers' to Premiere Internationally on January 1


Eight-Part Docuseries Profiles Activists from Around the World Fighting for Change

Produced by Proper Content in Association with Paramount Television International Studios

The Changemakers

December 14, 2023 – Paramount+ today announced that all eight episodes of the new docuseries THE CHANGEMAKERS will premiere exclusively on the service globally on Monday, January 1.

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Produced by Paramount International Television Studios in partnership with Proper Content Ltd, THE CHANGEMAKERS follows an A-team of impassioned campaigners as they discover the work of several remarkable activists and their respective communities around the world.

THE CHANGEMAKERS explores several topical issues including mental health, LGBTQ+ and transgender rights in the USA, the UK’s cost of living crisis, the link between systemic racism and maternal mortality, immigration and the environment - particularly access to clean water and overfishing. With episodes spanning the U.K., U.S., Ghana, Denmark, and Lithuania, each episode sees a ‘Changemaker’ partner with a community figure for two weeks to inspire, expand, and understand their situation. The Changemakers’ visit culminates in a public campaign to galvanize supporters and paint a lasting legacy for those fighting for positive change.

The ‘Changemakers’ are:

  • Seán Binder - after spending 106 days in a Greek jail for rescuing refugees from drowning off the coast, Sean spent the time awaiting his trial’s verdict fighting for underrepresented communities, migrants and asylum seekers through their legal rights. He brings to The Changemakers his vast experience of international judicial systems, plus degrees in human rights law and international relations.
  • Trinice McNally - known across the USA for her transformative efforts around equitable and inclusive college campuses that foster the growth of historically marginalized students, powerful Changemaker Trinice is a Black, queer feminist, migrant, and survivor who is committed to the liberation of oppressed people with a wealth of high-profile grassroots work to her name.
  • Dr. Waheed Arian - Afghanistan-born Dr. Waheed’s path to medicine started in refugee camps. Smuggled to the UK at 15 years old, he continued his studies with hopes of making a difference and was eventually accepted to Cambridge University. With an in-built passion for reducing inequities in physical and mental healthcare, Dr. Waheed is now a leading NHS Emergency Room doctor and founder of a worldwide telemedicine charity.
  • Flavia Broffoni - Activist, Political scientist, and Extinction Rebellion Argentina co-founder Flavia has over 20 years of experience advocating environmental policy change. She is a proud spokesperson against mining corporations and big investors for marginalized, rural communities in Latin America. Her work as a Changemaker seeks to engage city-dwellers in the fight against the climate crisis and advocate for those who have been on the frontlines since the beginning.

The series has been produced for Paramount+ as part of Content for Change, the company’s global initiative that aims to counteract racism, bias, stereotypes, and hate on and off-screen through three pillars, one of which is focused on systemically transforming the creative supply chain.

THE CHANGEMAKERS is directed by Emanuel Ayettey, Libby Overton, Dominic Sivyer, Matt David, Lindsay Konieczny, James Hilton and Oliver Sloane alongside executive producers Nick Betts, David DeHaney and Rachel Harvie for Proper Content. Richard Chang-Warburton, Tanya Malcom-Revell, Ari Tan, Georgia Arnold and Juan “JC” Acosta Executive Produced for Paramount Television International Studios.

The Changemakers: Denmark
The Changemakers: Denmark

The Changemakers: Ghana
The Changemakers: Ghana

The Changemakers: Lithuania
The Changemakers: Lithuania

About Proper Content

Launched in 2017, Proper Content is one of the UKs leading Black owned premium factual production companies, working with a range of UK and international broadcasters, backed by Channel 4, with a track record in producing impactful social purpose programmes. Some of their recent work includes The School That Tried to End Racism (C4/Hulu), which won best series at the BAFTA, Grierson, Rose D'Or, the Venice International Television award, New York TV Festival award and the Japan Presidents Prize.  It has been screened globally as well as being remade in several countries; Dispatches: The Black Maternity Scandal (C4) with Rochelle Humes, highlighting racial disparity in maternal and infant health outcomes in the UK and which won a British Journalism Award; Suicidal: In Our Own Words (C5), a feature documentary about male mental health which won a Grierson award for best documentary.  Chris Packham: Is it Time to break the Law (C4) sees environmentalist Chris Packham consider whether or not it is ethically acceptable to break the law in protest on climate change.

About Paramount+

Paramount+, a direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, combines live sports, breaking news and A Mountain of Entertainment™. 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 BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel. Paramount+ with SHOWTIME ®, the service’s cornerstone plan, is also home to SHOWTIME ®  content including scripted hits, critically acclaimed nonfiction projects, SHOWTIME SPORTS ®  (including industry-leading SHOWTIME Boxing ®) and films. This premium plan includes unmatched events and sports programming through the local live CBS stream, including golf to basketball and more. All Paramount+ subscribers have streaming access to CBS News Network for 24/7 news and CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis.

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Paramount+ Launches Branded Channel With LATAM Airlines Group

LATAM seals agreement with Paramount+ and becomes the only airline in South America that offers this entertainment service to its passengers

LATAM seals agreement with Paramount+ and becomes the only airline in South America that offers this entertainment service to its passengers

Monday 04 December 2023

Since December 1, 2023, LATAM has free and exclusive Paramount+ content on its LATAM Play onboard entertainment service. This comes after reaching an agreement with the company, including the availability of streaming platform content throughout its operation: over 300 planes serving 148 destinations in 25 countries.

Following this milestone, LATAM becomes the only South American airline to feature Paramount+ content in its onboard service. This allows its passengers to choose from over 70 episodes of exclusive Paramount+ series, including highlights such as HALO, Tulsa KingKamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, School Spirits, Rugrats, iCarly‘s live-action reboot and The Really Loud House among others.

"We celebrate our collaboration with Paramount+ to further enhance the global experience of our passengers. At LATAM, we constantly strive to offer exceptional journeys, and this exciting agreement underscores our strong commitment. The innovations we bring aim not only to connect with the emotions of passengers but also to ensure that every journey with us is an unforgettable experience," highlighted Paulo Miranda, Vice President of Customers at LATAM Airlines Group.

Meanwhile, Marco Nobili, Executive Vice President and International General Manager of Paramount+, stated: "At Paramount+, we constantly seek innovative ways to bring our content to as many viewers as possible, wherever they are, even in the skies. The partnership with LATAM Airlines allows us to reach a captive audience of consumers while they are traveling, and there is no better way to discover a new series or enjoy a program than when you are flying. Making our Paramount+ content available to LATAM Airlines customers is great for travelers and a testament to our commitment to providing exceptional consumer entertainment experiences to our fans."

Currently, LATAM Play also has an alliance with HBO Max, allowing it to offer its customers over 170 movies, more than 430 series episodes, over 1,000 songs, and children's and reading content for them to enjoy during their travels. In the coming year, LATAM aims to grow its content offering by over 50%, consolidating its position as a leader in the region with world-class content.

Paramount has recently struck similar deals with Aussie airline Qantas (2022), British Airways (2022) and Germany’s national rail service Deutsche Bahn (January 2023). 

Distribution through in-flight entertainment dipped during the pandemic, but new business in this market has been flourishing lately. License fees for kids content haven’t totally rebounded yet, but they are starting to level off, according to distributors. 

With more than 63 million subscribers worldwide, the Paramount+ streaming platform has been involved in producing a wide variety of original programming for younger viewers, including original series like Star Trek: Prodigy, Big Nate and Transformers: EarthSpark, and films such as Blue’s Big City Adventure.

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Bare Tree Media Intros Digital License for Paramount Franchises, Inc. SpongeBob, TMNT, Rugrats and Star Trek

Agreement will allow for digital collectables and text message stickers.

SpongeBob SquarePants mobile messaging stickers. BARE TREE MEDIA
SpongeBob SquarePants mobile messaging stickers. BARE TREE MEDIA

Bare Tree Media is now an official digital licensee of popular Paramount global franchises, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Rugrats and many more. As part of this license, Bare Tree Media will design and publish Apple iMessage messaging stickers, Samsung Galaxy messaging stickers and mobile themes and Quidd digital collectibles. 

Bare Tree Media has begun digital content releases for Nickelodeon properties, and starting in January 2024, the company will also release digital content for CBS Television properties such as Star Trek and I Love Lucy. 

“We are honored to partner with Paramount Consumer Products, and excited to introduce digital content from these iconic franchises throughout our global platforms to reach, engage and delight fans around the world,” says Robert Ferrari, president, Bare Tree Media. “Fans of all these amazing brands from Nickelodeon and CBS Television will be able to customize their mobile messages and mobile screens with the characters they adore and connect with. In addition, fans can also purchase, collect and display digital collectibles while competing with their friends and other fans.”

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'TMNT: Mutant Mayhem' Nominated For Best Animated Feature In 29th Annual Critics Choice Awards

The Critics Choice Association (CCA) has announced the Turtley Awesome news that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem has been nominated for Best Animated Feature in the 29th annual Critics Choice Awards!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

The 29th annual Critics Choice Awards will air live Sunday January 14, 2024 on The CW from 7-10 pm ET (delayed PT). Chelsea Handler will return for the second consecutive year as host. For more information, visit

In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Mutant Mayhem, after years of hiding in the shadows, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles set out to win the hearts of New Yorkers and join the human world as normal teenagers. With the help of their new friend, budding journalist April O’Neil, Raph, Mikey, Leo and Donnie take on a powerful criminal underworld - but will their ninja skills be enough to bring down an army of mutants?

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem cast includes: Micah Abbey as Donatello; Shamon Brown Jr. as Michelangelo; Nicolas Cantu as Leonardo; Brady Noon as Raphael; Hannibal Buress as Genghis Frog; Rose Byrne as Leatherhead; John Cena as Rocksteady; Jackie Chan as Splinter; Ice Cube as Superfly; Natasia Demetriou as Wingnut; Ayo Edebiri as April O'Neil; Giancarlo Esposito as Baxter Stockman; Post Malone as Ray Fillet; Seth Rogen as Bebop; Paul Rudd as Mondo Gecko; and Maya Rudolph as Cynthia Utrom.

Production credits:

Produced by SETH ROGEN, p.g.a EVAN GOLDBERG, p.g.a JAMES WEAVER, p.g.a
Co-Directed by KYLER SPEARS Directed by JEFF ROWE

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Hasbro Enhances Licensed Products Offerings With Icecat

Hasbro and Icecat have collaborated on creating product content for licensed brands Peppa Pig, My Little Pony and Transformers.

Hasbro Enhances Licensed Products Offerings With Icecat

Leading toy and game company Hasbro has announced a collaboration with content service provider, Icecat, on creating product content for product pages for licensed brands, such as Peppa PigMy Little Pony and Transformers

Hasbro has been working together with content service provider Icecat since 2021 to syndicate its product content in multiple countries. Product content for Hasbro’s brands is available for its channel partners on the Icecat platform, free of charge.

Hasbro has now enhanced its licensed product offerings with Icecat Enhanced Product Stories. An Enhanced Product Story is a below-the-fold content page with a custom layout of multimedia and messaging assets that give the best product experience to an online shopper. These dynamic Product Stories contain a wide selection of multimedia assets, for example, a Product Story can include videos, feature logos, explanations, 3D objects, hot spots and an image gallery.

The enhancement of licensed products Peppa Pig, My Little Pony and Transformers helps brand owners create a better online experience, resulting in increased revenue. Integrating an Enhanced Product Story for channel partners is easy – by just adding a few lines of JavaScript to a product page. A recent case study by Icecat and Disney with licensed Marvel products, where Hasbro was involved, showcased that when Product Stories are integrated on a product page, conversion can grow by 11% and revenue by 34%.

“I am excited about how Icecat is assisting us in strategically positioning Hasbro character branding online, thereby enhancing the online visibility of our licensees. The valuable insights that Icecat provides leave a positive impression on our online presence,” said Simone Hulst, Licensing manager EMEA Agents – Benelux & Israel at Hasbro Consumer Products EMEA.

“I have observed a growing inclination among brand owners to empower their licensees by enriching online product pages through Icecat Enhanced Product Stories,” added René Rozendal, director Toys and Entertainment at Icecat. “As a result, our user network is steadily expanding. More importantly, we have the capability to establish a comprehensive database for brand owners, allowing them to monitor the online presence of its products effectively.”

Retailers and brands wanting to find out more about Icecat and what it offers can click here.

In additional news, McFarlane Toys has announced an exciting, multi-brand licensing agreement with Hasbro, adding Transformers, Power Rangers, G.I. Joe and Dungeons & Dragons to their Page Punchers line-up. Kicking off with Transformers and G.I. JOE products, each Page Puncher will include a full comic book and two articulated figures.

Watch: Casey Collins, senior vice president, general manager, global consumer products, Hasbro, chats with License Global about some of the brand’s focal properties for the year ahead. 

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Peppa Pig 20: The Only Way to Celebrate is by Having Others Join In

Peppa Pig, a brand treasured by people both big and small, has teamed up with companies in various genres to commemorate two decades of fun, learning and growth.

Peppa Pig ‘Peppa’s Big Day’ Video Game | LEAPFROG, HASBRO
Peppa Pig ‘Peppa’s Big Day’ Video Game | LEAPFROG, HASBRO

Hasbro’s IP, Peppa Pig, did not start out as a global brand. The character was originally created for a British preschool animated television series in 2004. But as many children found the series’ storylines relatable and engaging, Peppa Pig quickly acquired a massive following. And now, as 2023 comes to a close, Hasbro is only a month away from Peppa Pig’s 20th anniversary. Working tirelessly with partners and collaborators to create a variety of new toys for the occasion, fans of Peppa can look forward to a new year that cherishes Peppa Pig’s growth from a television series to a global household brand and preschool rite of passage.

A Big Celebration Calls for a New Way to Play and Learn

One of the several partners Hasbro has been working with for the anniversary is LeapFrog. The companies recently joined forces to come up with a video game console that allows learning to be fueled by a child’s natural urge to play, so it would increase children’s desire to come back to the gaming system to learn hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness, visual perception, letters and sounds. The companies also wanted the console to fully embody Peppa’s style that children know and love and give little ones a way to be totally immersed in her world.

And truly, no better union could have been formed to tackle such a project, as Peppa Pig and LeapFrog have education as a central part of their DNA.  

“Hasbro has been a great partner to work with,” Andrew Acerbo, senior producer, LeapFrog Enterprises, told License Global. “Their vast knowledge of Peppa Pig’s world paired nicely with our expertise in developing age-appropriate learning games. And after long months of brainstorming and designing, we produced LeapFrog Peppa Pig Peppa’s Big Day video game console. The games on the console are designed around key locations and adventures from the series and have a variety of different play patterns that are sure to appeal to any child.”  

Made with a modern flair, no web connection, downloads or account setup is required. Plus, the easy setup makes the console perfect for young kids that are three years old and up to play puzzle-like games, freeze dance, rhyme, play in the mud and go on field trips with Peppa on the console.  

Coupled with the natural act of winning and losing games, the console also allows children to comprehend the difference between emotions further and strengthen their emotional awareness. For instance, when a child loses a game, they can learn how to process their feelings. When a child wins a game, they can build up confidence and self-esteem and experience joy.

Peppa Pig’s Cruise Ship, Hasbro
Peppa Pig’s Cruise Ship, Hasbro

Dressing Up for a Big Party

Hasbro is not only celebrating Peppa Pig’s 20th anniversary through games. The renowned toy company is building new products in multiple categories, and two of them are costume play and toy playsets.  

Giving children the gateway to role play as Peppa Pig characters, Disguise, a leader in costume play, and Hasbro specially crafted toddler costumes of Peppa’s brother, George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig.  

“Disguise understands how important Peppa is to families and preschoolers, and it’s been wonderful to work in conjunction with Hasbro on this beloved brand and costume line to celebrate Peppa’s 20th Anniversary,” Jennifer Gracia, senior director of brand management, Disguise.  

The choice to participate in costume play caught Hasbro’s attention because the company knew it would help fulfill Peppa’s mission of making learning fun and enjoyable. The costumes allow children to create and act out any scenario that comes to their imagination, encouraging them to practice language, communication skills and behavior in a familiar and comfortable environment. On top of this, when children play together, it enables them to engage in teamwork, cooperation and sharing. For example, if two kids want to play “Teacher,” they must decide who will be the teacher and who will be the student.  

Everyone can also look out for Peppa’s cruise ship playset online and on retail shelves, which, according to Hasbro, is quickly becoming a favorite toy with fans. Each playset is equipped with a three-level cruise ship, 13 accessories and three characters, giving young ones the creative power to take their favorite characters on any sea adventure they desire.

However, one of the best parts of the cruise ship is its ease of travel. Kids can lock up the accessories and figures inside the cruise ship and take the set anywhere.  

“If the kids want to have a cruise ship adventure inside, outside or in the bath, they can do so,” says Claire Gilchrist, vice president, North America and Pacific licensed consumer products, Hasbro.

Disguise’s Peppa Pig costume, Hasbro
Disguise’s Peppa Pig costume, Hasbro

It’s All About Synergy

As Hasbro has been working with these companies to create state-of-the-art toys and costumes, it has prided itself on being a company that strives for true partnership as it continuously makes an effort for licensees to be seen as an extension of the Hasbro team. “It is important for us to do everything together – go to retail, co-brand and market together and live on each other’s social media platforms,” says Gilchrist.  

“It’s one of the many reasons why Peppa Pig has grown to be a brand that is loved all over the world and why the year of 2024 will be the biggest anniversary celebration ever.”

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Peppa Pig Celebrates 20th Anniversary with 'Peppa’s Cinema Party' Featuring All-New Season 10 Episodes

Peppa Pig Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Peppa’s Cinema Party Featuring All-New Season 10 Episodes

Peppa's Cinema Party

Hasbro, a leading toy and game company, announced that Peppa Pig will jump into cinemas for the character’s 20th anniversary and biggest cinema celebration ever beginning February 2024.

The hour-long cinema release, Peppa’s Cinema Party, will screen in English in cinemas in Australia, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States, offering 10 exclusive never-before-seen Peppa Pig Season 10 episodes including a 3-part Wedding Party Special, of which one episode features the voices of Katy Perry as Ms. Leopard and Orlando Bloom as Mr. Raccoon. A party bus bonus episode will also be included, as well as new interactive entertainment featuring Peppa and her friends breaking into the real world through a mixture of animation and live action featuring five brand new songs to sing along to and dances to move to. Little ones and the entire family will be able to have the ultimate cinema outing and celebrate along with their favorite onscreen characters. Plus, the fun continues outside cinemas, with parents and little ones able to stream the all-new music at home, in the car or on the go!

“As we celebrate 20 incredible years of making memories with Peppa, our team is proud to bring Peppa’s Cinema Party to the big screen across the globe, enabling fans to come along and join in the party,” said Esra Cafer, SVP Global Brand Management, Hasbro. “Peppa encourages kids and families around the world to jump in together with confidence, and this new cinema experience will bring those beloved characters to life in a new way.”

Tickets for this cinema-exclusive release went on sale on December 7, 2023 and are available to purchase at and in certain markets via Atom and Fandango. All new music will be available on music streaming platforms on Feb 2, 2024.

Peppa’s Cinema Party

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'The Smurfs 2 – The Prisoner of the Green Stone' Is Now Out In Retail on Consoles

The Smurfs 2 – The Prisoner of the Green Stone is now out in retail on consoles!

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Paris, December 1st, 2023 – Publisher Microids and IMPS are pleased to confirm the retail version of the 3D adventure/platform game, The Smurfs 2 – The Prisoner of the Green Stone is now available in North America for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

About The Smurfs 2: The Prisoner of the Green Stone

Handy Smurf has created a revolutionary invention: SmurfoMix! However, it's missing a key ingredient, the Green Stone, which lays in the greedy clutches of Gargamel.

He sets off on a mission to retrieve the famous Green Stone, a key ingredient that would greatly help him  improve his invention, from Gargamel's laboratory. But a fatal misstep causes it to explode, its fragments scattering throughout the Cursed Land. In addition to unleashing into the wild its incredible powers to copy and decompose matter, the Green Stone has set free the evil Stolas, a new order bent on creating a reign of terror.

A crack team of 4 Smurfs must then adventure to save the Cursed Land from the mighty Stolas! Well equipped, the Smurfs can count on the SmurfoMix and an unexpected ally... Gargamel himself!

Key features:

  • Meet the team of 4 iconic Smurfs: Handy, Brainy, Dimwitty, and Storm.
  • An accessible and intuitive gameplay that will delight both Smurf fans and action/platforming fans.
  • Enjoy dynamic gameplay with exploration, platforming, and even more intense combat thanks to the SmurfoMix!
  • For the first time in a video game, collaborate with Gargamel! Use his teleporters to travel through the Cursed Land and discover 3 brand new unexplored regions.
  • Collect various resources to improve the Smurfomix throughout your adventure!
  • Embark on the adventure with a friend or family partner in co-op mode.
  • A new story which respects the franchise, set in a beautiful, well-crafted colorful universe!

Developed by OSome Studio, The Smurfs 2 – The Prisoner of the Green Stone is an all-new story available digitally since November 2nd on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC. The retail edition for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch is now available in North America.

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About Microids

Microids is a French video game publisher. Founded in 1985, Microids’ editorial strategy now focuses on 4 major areas: adventure games, racing games, retro gaming and games inspired by iconic titles. By collaborating with renowned studios and authors (Revolution Software, Sloclap, Oddworld Inhabitants, Pendulo Studios, Eden Studios, Go Nagai, Charles Cecil, Benoît Sokal, Paul Cuisset…), Microids has become a major player in international video games. Taking inspiration from legendary titles, Microids reaches a wide audience and creates original adventures which give gamers the chance to play as some of their most beloved characters.

About Peyo, IMPS (International Merchandising Promotions & Services)

IMPS is the world license holder for The Smurfs. Ever since its establishment in 1984, IMPS has worked closely with its teams worldwide to develop with success many merchandising programs, retail operations, publishing activities, broadcasting offers, theme parks, shows, video games, online games, official Smurfs license soundtrack… All of which played a part in the global success of the franchise. IMPS is managed by Véronique Culliford, Pierre Culliford’s daughter, the Smurfs’s creator, better known by his pseudonym Peyo.

Blue and cute, standing only three apples high, the Smurfs value team spirit, loyalty, optimism, fun and respect for nature. They might be hard to tell apart at first, however, each Smurf has his or her own particularity. They live in a village full of mushroom-shaped houses, hidden in the heart of a magic forest where few people venture to go. Born in a comic book in 1958, Peyo’s little blue characters have been spreading happiness and entertaining kids and families for generations. The Smurfs animated series (2021) is airing worldwide on Nickelodeon and is available on Netflix. A new Smurfs movie in partnership with Paramount Pictures/Nickelodeon Animation and starring Rihanna as Smurfette has been announced with a February 2025 theatrical release.


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Paramount’s Animated Franchise Strategy Pays Off With 'TMNT' and 'Paw Patrol'

Brian Robbins reveals he fought to make Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem and the PAW Patrol movies.

A still from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.” (Paramount Pictures)
A still from “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.” (Paramount Pictures)

Earlier this summer, a set of five frozen pizza boxes began populating the freezers at Walmart. But DiGiornos these were not; these pizzas featured the masked visages of the world’s most famous crime-fighting turtles.

From July to December, 1.2 million boxes of TMNT-branded frozen pizzas, costing about $6 a pop, were sold in the U.S. Reviews popped up on YouTube, Reddit and TikTok as fans collected the boxes and debated the turtle-topping pairings: Is Raphael a sausage pepperoni kinda guy? Should Leonardo be plain cheese?

The pizzas were one element of Paramount’s marketing and consumer products blitz for this year’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, the first theatrical Turtles film since 2016.

For top executives at Paramount, the successful revitalization of the TMNT brand wouldn’t just take ticket sales. Instead, Paramount sought to create an overarching strategy crossing consumer products and experiences to help make Mutant Mayhem feel like the start of a new Turtles era — winning over old and new fans to watch the films and shows, buy the toys and, of course, eat lots of pizza.

“We’re not just making movies to sell toys,” said Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon President and Chief Executive Brian Robbins in an interview with the Los Angeles Times at the Paramount Pictures studio lot in Los Angeles. “We’re making movies to make great movies. And if we make great movies, for that audience, for that demo, with properties that have proven play patterns, then the rest will come.”

Four teenagers who are not only mutant turtles but also ninjas
Raph, Leo, Donnie and Mikey in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” (Paramount Pictures)

From Paramount’s perspective, the plan worked. Mutant Mayhem grossed a decent $180 million at the box office on a $70 million budget. The TMNT franchise is projected to drive $1 billion in retail sales, driven by products like the frozen pizzas and Mutant Mayhem action figures from longtime TMNT toy maker Playmates. That’s a spike coming after the modest prior $10 billion in lifetime sales from the 39-year-old TMNT franchise.

Paramount replicated this strategy with its preschool-focused sequel Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie, which grossed $195.6 million worldwide from a $30 million budget and boosted Paramount+ viewership. Retail sales of Paw Patrol–themed items (think: toothbrushes, Crocs, pajamas and books) generated roughly $1.5 billion, helping Paramount bring in $2.5 billion in retail sales from TMNT and Paw Patrol this year.

Those figures, generated by just two titles, pale in comparison to the billions brought in by consumer products behemoth Disney, which drove $61.7 billion in global retail sales during 2022, according to a report from License Global. But Paw Patrol and TMNT are wins for Paramount, whose theatrical animation business has long struggled. Though Paramount Animation’s first movie, Rango, won the 2012 Oscar for animated feature, many of its subsequent releases, such as Sherlock Gnomes and Wonder Park, weren't quite as successful.

Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie and Mutant Mayhem are feathers in the cap for Robbins, who was tapped to lead the film studio in 2021 after holding top positions at Paramount Players and Nickelodeon.

The animated success came in a year when some of Paramount‘s big swings, including Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves and Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning Part One, disappointed theatrically. For the first nine months of 2023, Paramount’s film segment posted an operating loss of $143 million.

Since taking the reins, Robbins has zeroed in on franchises to build up the studio, which has been caught up in Paramount Global’s last decade of separations, mergers and shakeups. The saga continues today, as owner Shari Redstone reportedly considers selling a controlling stake in National Amusements, which owns the majority of Paramount Global’s voting shares.

Two years in, Robbins’ plans are clear: go all-in on established IP, including in animation. In 2025, the studio’s film slate will include three animated franchise plays surrounding the Smurfs, SpongeBob SquarePants and fantasy property Avatar: The Last Airbender. By 2026, the third Paw Patrol film, in partnership with toy maker Spin Master, will head to theaters.

Along the way, Paramount will again use its marketing prowess to juice its consumer products and experiences division (think: coffee, clothes and pet products for Mean Girls fans tied to upcoming live-action movie musical; drinkable yogurt, branded toothbrushes and games for the Paw Patrol and SpongeBob set).

“We talk constantly about what’s happening in the film business, we talk about release dates, we talk about marketing, and it is a really collaborative approach when it comes to franchise films like Turtles and Paw Patrol,” said Pam Kaufman, president and CEO of international markets, global consumer products and experiences for Paramount.

“Our retailers and licensees ... know when they’re partnering with Paramount, not only are they partnering on a show and a film... that translates into great products,” Kaufman said. “Our company will get behind it across all platforms and all markets.”

A still from “Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie” (Paramount Pictures)
A still from “Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie” (Paramount Pictures)

Robbins said he had to fight to get the first Paw Patrol movie and Mutant Mayhem made, lobbying and getting the support of Paramount Global Chief Executive Bob Bakish when others didn’t see the theatrical potential for preschooler and teen fare. At one point, Robbins — prior to leading the studio — was so dead set on making the TMNT film that he remembers thinking he’d find another partner to make the movie with if Paramount passed.

“I would say to Bob Bakish, ‘I’m doing it,’” Robbins recalls. “He would say, ‘Let me talk to the studio.’ Then the studio would go, ‘We shouldn’t do it. I don’t want to do it,’ ... and I’d be like, ‘No, I’m doing it. I’m doing it. I’m already doing it. You can’t stop me from doing it.’”

The emphasis on animated franchises isn’t a coincidence. The longer production time helps the studio space out sequels to help build excitement and avoid audience fatigue. And given Paramount’s past animated flops, the focus on existing IP is a safe bet as original animated movies like Disney’s Wish struggle at the box office.

“There’s one school of thought that audiences want more of the things they love,” Robbins says. “But they love the things they do because they’re good, so it goes hand in hand. And if the audience has a bad experience, they move on, right?”

As an example, Robbins points to TMNT, which needed a reboot after Michael Bay’s 2014 and 2016 films featuring turtles that looked more like ‘roided-out vigilantes than children’s action heroes. Robbins says he sought the advice of longtime TMNT toy maker Playmates. Their main suggestion? Ditch the live action and go back to animation.

From there, Robbins and Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation President Ramsey Ann Naito thought of Seth Rogen, who they had a hunch was a TMNT fan.

“I picked up the phone right then and then I called Seth and I was kind of sheepishly like, ‘Hey, man, were you ever a Turtles guy?’” Robbins says. “He just talked for 45 minutes straight. And the next day, literally the next day, he and his partner were in our studio at Nickelodeon in Burbank.”

In addition to balancing out its star-studded cast with young newcomers to voice the main leads, Mutant Mayhem felt like an homage to the original cartoons while still being stylistically distinct and different for audiences, according to David Neumann, a former CAA agent who now runs animation production company Newmation.

“I actually really appreciate what Paramount was going for in terms of trying to reinvent themselves and do an interesting style,” Neumann says. “It’s showing overall that audiences want something that’s new and that’s fresh.”

He also commended Paramount for being able to do Mutant Mayhem on smaller budgets than $200-million animated projects like Disney’s Wish and Pixar’s Elemental.

If Paramount plays its cards right, Neumann says, the franchise successes should give the studio more freedom to take risks with new stories. But the animation executive worries that Paramount’s franchise plans will come at the loss of investments toward new, untested storylines and characters that aren’t guaranteed hits but may become the next big thing.

“[Studios are] afraid of producing originals that already don’t have the built-in audience because they can lose out on their investment, and I respectfully disagree with that,” Neumann says. “It’s not to say you shouldn’t be doing that. But it’s not to say that you should only do it. And unfortunately, I think that is what they’re going to be doing for the near future.”

For film buffs who cringe at the sight of so many sequels and remakes, Robbins says the quality is there.

“Even with Paw Patrol, you might say, ‘Oh, it’s preschool property,’ but that first movie was loved,” he says. “We exceeded people’s expectations of what they thought a Paw Patrol movie could be. We exceeded people’s expectations on Turtles from the quality of the movie.”

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Remembering these Ninja Turtles are still teenagers is the key to ‘Mutant Mayhem’

The filmmakers’ mandate was clear: To put the “Teenage” back into these Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Jeff Rowe, director of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem,” says, “I was never super into superheroes as a kid, Spider-Man excluded, because I couldn’t relate to the billionaire in a mansion with the dead parents or the man who was just born the strongest person in the universe. But there’s something about an actual teen, a kid like me, that seems flawed like myself, that becomes not only relatable, but also easy to root for. It was such a wonderful entry point that [co-writers and co-producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg] gave this version of the film.”

Counterpoint: “I relate only to invincible super gods,” says Goldberg, presumably speaking from his Fortress of Solitude. “No, yeah, for Seth and me, we have an unofficial rule to always be making a high school movie, since that’s what gave us our big start,” adds Goldberg, who with Rogen was behind “Superbad” and “Joy Ride,” among others.

“We love the Ninja Turtles, but you could just tell it was a bunch of men doing kids’ voices. Especially with the Michael Bay[-produced] ones where it’s like these hulking, ‘roided-out 35-year-olds and we were just like, ‘Everyone leans into the “ninja” or the “mutants,” but they never lean into the “teenage.” ’ “

“Mutant Mayhem” is the seventh TMNT film, completely rebooting the franchise. That teen focus transforms it in the same way the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” transformed that super-franchise. Their novice-level heroics add a level of vulnerability not present in the other TMNT movies, just as teenage Spidey taking a climactic beatdown at the hands of a mature Vulture in “Homecoming” felt far more serious than any of his fights in the previous Sony movies.

There’s a high-school element (including changing human friend April, voiced hilariously by Ayo Edebiri, from their intrepid Lois Lane to a high-school journalism student). Their relationship with overprotective dad Splinter (Jackie Chan) becomes much more important. And casting Chan inspired the filmmakers to create a bona fide Jackie Chan fight scene for Splinter in the martial arts icon’s signature action-comedy style.

The dead-on voice casting benefits from seemingly endless cameos by Rogen and Goldberg’s famous friends, including Paul Rudd, Rose Byrne, Natasia Demetriou and Hannibal Buress as various mutants. Ice Cube drops the mic in a dominating — and very fun-sounding — turn as the big bad, Superfly.

And of course, they cast younger actors as the turtle brothers and let them riff together in the studio to create a convincing brotherly bond.

“You can’t do teenagers’ dialogue without having them overlap, make fun of each other, call-back pop culture things; it would read false,” Goldberg says. “So we made sure to have them record together. There’s some jokes [they improvised] that are some of the best jokes in the movie. It was just them goofing around together.

“ ‘Bacon, egg and cheese.’ I can’t believe that happened. I think Seth was like, ‘Do an impersonation of a New Yorker,’ and then they did that for two and a half minutes. We just took that and put that in the film. It’s a single shot animated by two heroic animators and it’s un-writable comedy. You could never put that in a script and get that to work.”

That accent on youth is also expressed in the film’s odd visual template, which resembles rough sketches animated with 3-D depth. Rowe, who co-directed the similarly irreverent and lively “The Mitchells vs. the Machines,” likens “Mutant Madness’ ” look to scribbles in a high-school notebook come to life (perhaps they were doused in the infamous ooze that mutated the turtles?).

“When you draw, when you’re a teenager, you don’t know what you’re doing yet,” he says. “You haven’t had formal art training, so it’s like you just make choices from the gut. They’re impassioned like, ‘I think an eye looks like this and there’s 150 eyebrow hairs above it and I need to draw all 150 eyebrow hairs.’ You haven’t learned to imply things with art, so you over-render things and you end up with something that is really passionate and expressive but fundamentally flawed and imperfect. And to me that’s kind of like a beautiful metaphor about the teenage experience when you’re like, ‘I’m invulnerable, invincible. I can do anything. I’m the smartest person who ever lived.’ And you don’t know anything! You’re 15 years old, but you can’t understand that.

“It made sense to have an art style as loose and free and expressive and kind of rule-breaking as the teenage experience.”


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