Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Shari Redstone Ends Talks On Skydance Offer for Paramount Global

The mogul had been reviewing the offer from the consortium led by Skydance and RedBird Capital.

Shari Redstone

No deal. Shari Redstone has ended talks on the latest offer for Paramount Global from the consortium led by Skydance and RedBird Capital, placing the future of the entertainment company into a fresh period of uncertainty, a source has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

A spokesperson for the Redstone-run National Amusements, which controls Paramount, stated that the company “announced that they have not been able to reach mutually acceptable terms regarding the potential transaction with Skydance Media for the acquisition of a controlling stake in NAI.”

The statement added that, “NAI supports the recently announced strategic plan being executed by Paramount’s Office of the CEO as well as their ongoing work and that of the Company’s Board of Directors to continue to explore opportunities to drive value creation for all Paramount shareholders.”

Paramount Global’s special committee of the board of directors also weighed in and noted that it “did not vote on any potential transaction” on Tuesday, June 11.

“The Special Committee met on Tuesday to discuss progress of discussions regarding a potential transaction with Skydance Media. At that time, the Special Committee was informed by a representative of National Amusements, Inc. that it did not have an agreement on a deal with Skydance Media and didn’t anticipate a path forward on this transaction. The Special Committee did not vote on any potential transaction,” the committee stated.

Redstone is now looking to sell NAI alone to another potential suitor, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. But the Skydance team — which submitted its best and final offer in April — has long been betting that other suitors will eventually drop out.

Skydance had secured approval from Paramount’s independent board committee, in a sweetened deal that would see Paramount’s non-voting shareholders have the option to cash out at $15 per share. It would also have seen Skydance acquire Redstone’s National Amusements for about $2 billion.

National Amusements is a regional movie theater chain, however Sumner Redstone turned it into a media behemoth by acquiring Viacom, Paramount and CBS. National Amusements only owns about 10 percent of Paramount’s equity, but it controls about 80 percent of its voting stock, giving it control of the entertainment firm.

Shari Redstone has run the company since her father’s death in 2020.

Paramount’s future has been the focus of intense speculation in recent months, with its streaming business still hemorrhaging cash, its linear TV business in continued decline, and with its credit rating on the ropes.

In addition to Skydance, Apollo and Sony have kicked the tires of the company, which ousted its CEO Bob Bakish in April, replacing him with a trio of executives in the “office of the CEO.”

Those three executives, Brian Robbins, George Cheeks and Chris McCarthy outlined their own “shared vision” for the company. That would include further cost cutting, the divestment of non-core assets and seeking potential partners in streaming.

National Amusements, too, has faced challenges. The company took a $125 million strategic investment in May from BDT & MSD Partners, with the proceeds paying down debt and paying back loans.

With the Skydance deal dead, it seems increasingly likely that it will lean into its leadership for now, unless and until a better deal is able to cross the finish line.

On Monday, the company revealed that the three co-CEOs would be eligible for enhanced severance if the company is ultimately sold.

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Paramount Lays Off UK-Based Kids Execs Chris Rose, Adam Bailey and Jordan Elson In Latest Round of Staff Cuts

The animation and production & development teams for Nickelodeon International have been hit hard by staff cuts, but there’s still a new project in the works.

Chris Rose

Paramount International kids & family executives Chris Rose (pictured, Vice President of production & development) and Adam Bailey (director of animation) have just been laid off from the UK-based team  under parent company Paramount Global’s round of lay-offs, with Jordan Elson (manager of production & development) set to leave at the end of the summer.

The company’s production & development unit for Nickelodeon has made series including Sharkdog, The Twisted Timeline of Sammy & Raj and Rock Island Mysteries, and Rose referenced another project in the works but still under wraps in a LinkedIn post confirming the cuts. 

These execs are among 800 Paramount staffers (about 3% of the company’s total workforce) being laid off to reduce a debt pile of around US$15bn. This wave has already hit other kids teams, most notably in February, when SVOD Noggin was shuttered and its whole division let go.

Rose joined Paramount in 2018 as VP of animation production & development for Nickelodeon International, and was promoted to VP of production and development of kids and family at Paramount International in 2021. Rose began his career at UK pubcaster the BBC in 1998, where he worked in the acquisitions teams for both CBBC and CBeebies. After nine years at the Beeb, he spent almost four years in programming and development at HIT Entertainment, before relocating to Sydney to work in the children’s commissioning team at Australian pubcaster the ABC. After five years there, he returned to the UK where he worked for almost two years at prodco Beano Studios.

Bailey joined joined Paramount in 2021, leaving 

Bailey was hired as animation production and development manager for Nickelodeon in 2021, before becoming director of animation production and development for kids and family at Paramount International the following year. Before joining Nickelodeon, Bailey served as a producer and in a head of animation role at Cloth Cat Animation.

Elson has been manager of international production and development for kids and family at Paramount International since 2022, having joined Nickelodeon in 2019 as a production and development coordinator. Prior to Nickelodeon and Paramount, Elson was a production coordinator at Industrial Light & Magic.

In his LinkedIn post, Rose thanked his team for “everything we’ve achieved,” including animated series Sharkdog and The Twisted Timeline of Sammy & Raj and live-action show Rock Island Mysteries.

“Wishing my colleagues who are continuing on this transformative journey all the very best. But from myself and those of us saying our farewells, it’s not goodbye. It’s ‘see you after the break,’” he said.

Below is Chris Rose's LinkedIn post in full:

It’s been my absolute privilege to lead the fantastic international development and production team for Nickelodeon. 

We’ve worked tirelessly on a distinctive, best in class development slate of live action comedy, franchise reboots, pre school and kids animated series. We’ve produced and exec produced numerous originals and co productions with partners all over the world from Australia to India, China to Brazil and of course Europe and the UK. 

But the best part of it was I got to work with and lead some of the most talented executives, producers, writers and creatives in the business. 

From Sharkdog to Sammy & Raj; Rock Island Mysteries to a soon to be announced new project - I am so grateful for the opportunity to have worked with so many clever, talented and kind people and teams, but none more so my immediate class of 2024 team of Jordan, Adam, Francesca and Lynsey. Thank you. It wasn’t easy. But we made it happen. Most of all, we had a laugh, didn’t we!

To work at Nickelodeon was a dream. I’m proud of everything we’ve achieved, and never got tired of saying Heart Fart and Smart!. 

Thanks to Nina and Jules for taking a punt on me. To Mick, Fremantle Australia and Threewise Entertainment  for the Rock Island memories. And to some others about something else - keep at it. It’s gonna be great! (Sssh. Spoilers!) 

To the external producers, creatives, execs and all the teams we’ve worked with, from marketing to programming; digital to content partnerships. The fabulous reception team. Incredible Milkshake gang. Our wonderful BALA team. Thank you to everyone in the business who has helped us achieve so much. 

Wishing my colleagues who are continuing on the transformative journey all the very best. But from myself and those of us saying our farewells, it’s not goodbye. It’s “see you after the break”. x

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'The Smurfs' Season 4 Currently In Pre-Development; IMPS to Rebrand as Peyo Company

A fourth season of the popular animated series The Smurfs is currently in pre-development, IMPS — The Smurfs‘ global license holder — announced today (June 11) at the 2024 Annecy Animation Festival!

The Smurfs
Peyo Company

IMPS also revealed that it will operate under a new name going forward and begin to revive other original creations from the little blue characters’ famed founder Peyo, aka Pierre Culliford. Characters created by Peyo will be brought to life in new TV shows inspired by the original Johan & Peewit and Benny Breakiron comic books.

Described as an “entertainment entity that proudly promotes and perpetuates Peyo’s work and legacy of creating fascinating stories and art,” Peyo Company will oversee “a wide range of consumer products and experience for kids and adults alike,” Variety reports.

Tales of Johan & Peewit
“Tales of Johan & Peewit” | Peyo Company

Peyo Licensing is the worldwide licensor for consumer products, family entertainment and experiences, as well as book publishing. Peyo Distribution manages the distribution of the audiovisual catalogue, Peyo Productions oversees the production of audiovisual content and Peyo Creations regroups the studio activities, producing new artwork and stories.

“Peyo Company is currently looking for talents to make these exciting projects happen,” the team explained to Variety ahead of their Annecy presentation.

Interestingly enough, Peyo introduced the Smurfs as a supporting act in a Johan & Peewit story called The Smurfs & the Magic Flute in 1958.

“Readers from the weekly magazine in which Johan & Peewit was published were so enthusiastic about how much they loved these blue characters that they returned and, eventually, Peyo created a spin-off fully dedicated to their adventures,” Peyo Company explained in a release.

As for the company, IMPS was founded in 1984 by Véronique Culliford, Peyo’s daughter.

“Under her guidance, The Smurfs has become an immensely popular brand across the globe, reaching an incredible 95% global brand awareness.” 

Now, as a tribute to her father, Culliford and IMPS have created Peyo Company to regroup all of Peyo’s fascinating universes under a single banner.

“It’s been an honor to be able to build such a success out of the blue characters my father created. And now I hope we will do the same for some of his other creations, Johan & Peewit and Benny Breakiron,” she said.

Peyo in the publication of the 'Flûte à six schtroumpfs'
Peyo in the publication of the “Flûte à six schtroumpfs” | Peyo Company

She also asserted that the decision to rename the company will “underline their engagement to expand his legacy beyond The Smurfs.”

“It’s a well-deserved tribute to my father and features his signature, with which he signed thousands of drawings, as our new logo.”

Although the company has broader ambitions, the Smurfs won’t be forgotten anytime soon. 

Season 2 of the latest version of the show is coming to Netflix on June 30, and Season 3 will launch on Nickelodeon this summer. Season 4 is currently in pre-development.

There is also a new Paramount movie on the horizon, teased by co-director Chris Miller during Variety’s Innovation and Inspiration in Global Animation panel at Annecy.

Nele De Wilde, CCO at Peyo Company, said: “We are delighted to be working with Paramount Animation on an all-new theatrical production, The Smurfs Movie. Paramount pulled together a dream team of filmmakers led by the smurftastic director Chris Miller, co-director Matt Landon and producers Ryan Harris, Rihanna, Laurence ‘Jay’ Brown and Tyran’ Ty-ty’ Smith.”

The film will see the Smurfs going on an “interdimensional adventure” to discover the power within and answer the universal question: “What is a Smurf?”

“We’re thrilled that Rihanna is on board to voice Smurfette and write, produce and perform original songs for the film,” De Wilde added.

The movie will also feature the voices of Nick Offerman, Natasha Lyonne, JP Karliak, Daniel Levy, Amy Sedaris, Nick Kroll, James Corden, Octavia Spencer, Hannah Waddingham, Sandra Oh, Alex Winter, Billie Lourd, Xolo Maridueña with Kurt Russell and John Goodman.

The film is scheduled for a worldwide theatrical release in February 2025.

During Tuesday’s presentation, De Wilde further discussed Johan & Peewit comics and upcoming Tales of Johan & Peewit, which will be an origin story.

“We will follow Johan on his quest to discover where he comes from. With Peewit, of course, a couple of new friends and a Smurf. It’s a full circle. We will do a spin-off of a spin-off.”

The original comic debuted in 1947.

“It was very successful at that time. Peewit has many flaws – he is an anti-hero. He is not perfect like Johan. Peyo, being a bit of a prankster himself, loved to play around with this character. What he couldn’t do with Johan, we could do with Peewit, who is a bit lazy and greedy. He loved that.”

Peewit also served as a visual prototype for the Smurfs.

“His nose is the same and his hair looks like a Smurf cap,” she observed.

As for Benny Breakiron, he was always defending the weak.

“He is not just very nice – he can leap very high and he is very strong. He could lift elephants! He is not some perfect superhero, however, and when he catches a cold, he loses his superpowers. And he always catches a cold when he shouldn’t, which leads to many funny situations.”

The Smurfs Movie

Peyo’s grandson Nicolas Tytgat also opened up about his grandfather’s work.

“I think its appeal lies in the universal themes and values. The Smurfs emphasize friendship, teamwork and adventure,” he said. But, as noted by De Wilde, Peyo was sometimes frustrated by the Smurfs’ success.

“They took up all his time,” she said.

“It doesn’t make sense to profile ourselves just as ‘the Smurfs’ company’ anymore, so we needed this rebranding.”

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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for June 11, 2024 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for June 11, 2024 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for June 11, 2024 | 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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The Jim Henson Company Works with Paramount's Ananey Studios to Develop 'The Season Keepers', A New Animated Series Inspiring 'Climate Hope'

The Jim Henson Company Works with Paramount's Ananey Studios to Develop The Season Keepers, A New Animated Series Inspiring "Climate Hope"
Craig Bartlett (Dinosaur Train, Hey Arnold!) Joins as Writer

The Season Keepers | Art by Bosmat Agayoff
The Season Keepers | Art by Bosmat Agayoff

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 10, 2024 -- The Jim Henson Company (Fraggle Rock, Apple TV+; The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Netflix) and Paramount's Ananey Studios (Greenhouse Academy, Netflix; Spell Keepers, HBO Europe; Spyders, Nickelodeon International; Craft Party, CBBC) are introducing "climate hope" with The Season Keepers, a new 2D animated series for kids ages 6-12 and their families.

This modern-day fairy tale is inspired by Vivaldi's Four Seasons and welcomes viewers to connect to nature through a fantastical story filled with magical creatures. Twins Lia and Ben find their world and family unraveling when their parents' divorce sends them to their grandmother's small village for what's sure to be a snooze-fest of a spring holiday. Little do they know, they've landed in the middle of an epic battle between the seasons, where Lia discovers her gift to mediate between humans and The Nature Makers—a realm of magical creatures who are the guardians of nature itself. Lia must harness newfound powers and solidify her sibling bond with Ben to mend family rifts, save their grandmother from an eternal slumber, and stop a group of vengeful Nature Makers from plunging the world into a perpetual winter.

Frequent Henson collaborator Craig Bartlett (Dinosaur Train, Sid the Science Kid, Hey Arnold!) is attached as writer for the development of the series.

"From the minute Hila, Gili, and Shirley shared with us Bosmat Agayoff's gorgeous designs for her creation The Season Keepers, we knew this was the next fantasy world we wanted to explore at The Jim Henson Company," said Halle Stanford, President of Television at The Jim Henson Company. "At its heart, The Season Keepers is about the healing of a family and of the natural world around them. And this series about climate hope is wrapped up in a luxurious whimsical world filled with magical and never-before-seen creatures. To work with this extraordinary creative team from Israel is an honor; and then handing the story reigns over to Craig Bartlett ensures this adventure will captivate kids for generations."

"We couldn't be more excited about joining forces with the legendary Jim Henson Company, responsible for some of the most loved and known kids shows. In this modern-day animated fairytale, a breathtaking journey will intertwine magic, adventure, and heart to inspire young viewers everywhere," said Orly Atlas-Katz, CEO Ananey Paramount & Executive Vice President (EVP) Paramount Israel

The Season Keepers is created and designed by Bosmat Agayoff (Where is Anne Frank?, Barbie Dreamtopia). Gili Dolev will direct the series. Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford will serve as executive producers for The Jim Henson Company and Orly Atlas-Katz will serve as executive producer for Ananey Studios. Gili Dolev, Hila Pachter, and Shirley Oran will also serve as executive producers.

About The Jim Henson Company
The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 65 years and is recognized as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics, and digital animation. The Company's most recent credits include the Oscar®-winning Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio for Netflix, the Emmy®-winning Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock for Apple TV+, and the feature film The Portable Door for MGM+. The Company is currently in post-production on a new reimagining of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day starring Eva Longoria and Cheech Marin for Disney+. Other television credits include Slumberkins, Harriet the Spy and Fraggle Rock: Rock On, all for Apple TV+, Word Party for Netflix, Earth to Ned for Disney+, and the Emmy-winning Netflix Original series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Other TV productions include Dinosaur Train (PBS), Splash and Bubbles (PBS), Sid the Science Kid (PBS), and Julie's Greenroom (Netflix), as well as Fraggle Rock, The Storyteller, and the sci-fi series Farscape. Feature film credits include The Star (Sony Pictures Animation), Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Disney), and the ground-breaking fantasy classics The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth.

With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot, complete with soundstage and post-production facilities. The Company is home to Jim Henson's Creature Shop™, a pre-eminent character-building and visual effects group with international film, television, theme park and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry's top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state-of-the-art and vintage equipment. The Company's Henson Alternative credits include the feature film The Happytime Murders, and the popular live puppet improvisational show Puppet-Up! – Uncensored.

About Paramount's Ananey Studios
Paramount's Ananey Studios is an award-winning Tel Aviv based studio that develops and produces inventive content spanning a variety of genres and target demos from live-action preschool shows to high-concept dramas, kids' and teens' must-watch TV shows, sitcoms, animation, documentaries, lifestyle programs and formats.

Ananey Studios' content has reached major international platforms (including Netflix, Nickelodeon, MTV, CBBC, and HBO). We aim to promote the greatest talents and creative forces in the thriving Israeli market while maintaining the highest standards of production values.


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Originally published: June 11, 2024.

Based on an official The Jim Henson Company press release courtesy of PR Newswire; H/T: WCBD-TVKidscreen.

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Paramount Animation Announces Slate ot New Movies in Development at Annecy 2024

Bad Bunny and Will Ferrell Film Dropz Among Five New Projects in Development at Paramount Animation, Says Chief Ramsey Naito

Paramount Animation

As the 2024 Annecy Animation Festival gets underway, Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation president Ramsey Naito has revealed development on a string of original films — including the Bad Bunny– and Will Ferrell-produced film Dropz and a Swan Lake adaptation — which will sit alongside franchises such as Smurfs, SpongeBob SquarePants and Transformers.

Naito describes Dropz as “our E.T. about real kids in a super extraordinary situation,” reports Variety.
Producers Will Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum and David Koplan have teamed up with Bad Bunny, who is on board as an executive producer. Rob Letterman is directing and co-writing the script with Ike Holter. Naito adds that the story is “infused with fashion” and will be a “cultural statement” for kids and families.

Muttnik is a sci-fi comedy about a sweet puppy turned “Han Solo-type space bandit,” who is forced to return to the family on Earth that abandoned him. Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Zareh Nalbandian are producing. Mike LeSieur, Chris Yost and Michael McCullers are writing the script; a director has not yet been named.

Paramount Animation Announces Slate ot New Movies in Development at Annecy 2024
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Another newly-revealed project is Once Upon a Motorcycle Dude, which Naito describes as a “fairytale disrupter” in which a kick-ass princess teams up with a post-apocalyptic motorcycle dude to save their kingdom. Karen Rosenfelt is producing.

The studio is also developing Swan Lake, a modern retelling of the classic fairy tale of the same name, which will be written by Kourtney Kang (How I Met Your Mother) and produced by Temple Hill.

Finally, Naito revealed development of Yokai Samba, which she called “our The Last Starfighter and a destination movie to Brazil.” On board to direct is Leo Matsuda, a Disney Animation alum whose credits as a story artist include Wreck-It Ralph and who helmed the 2016 short Inner Workings. Mitch Watson (Big Nate) is writing and Stacey Lubliner will produce.

Previously announced projects in development include Real Pigeons Fight Crime, based on the comedic book series written by Andrew McDonald and illustrated by Ben Wood; and Superworld, based on the book series by Yarrow Cheney and Carrie Cheney (Yarrow Cheney will direct from a script that the pair will write.)

Says Naito: “We have an incredible slate coming out of franchise titles, and that has also allowed us to develop an original slate that’s really exciting.”

Paramount Animation also previewed a work in progress of its upcoming Transformers One later in the evening, where it received a standing ovation. Naito describes the film as a stylized origin story set on Cybertron about how Optimus Prime (voiced by Chris Hemsworth) and Megatron (Brian Tyree Henry) went from friends to enemies. It’s directed by Josh Cooley, an Oscar winner for Toy Story 4, who is in attendance this week at Annecy. Transformers One is slated for a Sept. 20 release in the U.S.

Set for a Feb. 14 opening, The Smurfs Movie marks the return of the Smurfs franchise on the big screen and aims to answers a big question: What is a Smurf? Naito says the filmmakers also aim to embrace the roots of Peyo’s Belgian comics and “interpret that world in 3D in a way that paid homage to him.”

Also slated are The SpongeBob Movie: Search for SquarePants, set to open Dec, 12, 2025; Aang: The Last Airbender, Jan. 30, 2026; “Paw Patrol 3,” July 31, 2026; and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, Oct. 9, 2026.

Says Naito of the strategy, “We want to make movies that reach kids and families everywhere that have a real relatability, that feel broad and diverse.”

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Originally published: June 11, 2024.

H/T and lead image: Animation Magazine.

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June 2024 on Nickelodeon Africa

For the month of June, Nickelodeon Africa has reeled out jam-packed adventures, and a brand-new movie for the whole family with a lineup of adventures, and thrilling shows!

No Time to Spy: A Loud House Movie

From these funny adventures to shows with interesting twists, there’s no limit to how much the family can enjoy. Here’s a sneak peek at the amazing shows gracing your screens this month:

Buckle up for a literal out-of-this-world adventure with Ruby, the 10-year-old vlogger and her tail-zapping alien from the planet Pudge.

Catch new episodes of their adventure every Monday to Friday, from 6 May to 7 June, at 15:30 WAT on Nickelodeon, Channel 305 on DStv and Channel 87 on GOtv.

It’s never a dull moment with the Loud family! Join Lincoln Loud and his ten chaotic sisters as they navigate the hilarious mayhem of their everyday lives. From rock bands in the basement to fashion shows in the living room, there’s never a shortage of laughter (and maybe a little sibling rivalry) in this energetic household.

Join them every weekday from Monday, 3 June to Friday, 14 June at 16:30 WAT on Nickelodeon, Channel 305 on DStv and Channel 87 on GOtv.

Rock, Paper and Scissors are three best friends who share an apartment and still compete over everything. It’s a great time with these hilarious roommates every weekday from Monday, 17 June to Friday, 28 June at 16:00 WAT on Nickelodeon, Channel 305 on DStv and Channel 87 on GOtv.

Join Lincoln and the Loud family as they eagerly embrace their newest member, Gran Gran Myrtle, with a joyous tropical wedding celebration. However, the jubilation takes an unexpected turn when an old nemesis from Myrtle’s secret agent past appears on the island.

Catch the chaos on Sunday, 23 June, at 12:00 WAT and 16:15 WAT on Nickelodeon, Channel 305 on DStv and Channel 87 on GOtv.

Nick Jr.

The colourful Barbapapa family is back for more merry adventures! Every day is another chance for these shape-shifting blobs to have fun.

Tune in every weekday from Monday, 27 May to Friday, 14 June, at 02:00 WAT, 11:20 WAT, 14:00 WAT, 18:30 and 23:20 WAT on Nick Jr. Channel 307 on DStv and Channel 81 on GOtv.

Six brave puppies captained by a tech-savvy ten-year-old boy, Ryder, work together on high-risk rescue missions to safeguard the residents of Adventure Bay.

Catch new episodes of Paw Patrol every weekday from Monday, 17 June, to Friday, 28 June, at 00:45 WAT, 05:00 WAT, 06:50 WAT,12:45 WAT, 17:00 WAT and 19:05 WAT on Nick Jr. Channel 307 on DStv and Channel 81 on GOtv.

PAW Patrol

Originally published: June 11, 2024.

Original source: P.M. News Nigeria.

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June 2024 on Nickelodeon Benelux

Below are Nickelodeon Benelux's highlights for Nickelodeon channels in the Netherlands (Nederland), Belgium (België) and Flanders (Vlaanderen) for June (Juni) 2024 (article in Dutch/Nederlands)!

Woensdag 12 juni
13:00 - 17:00 uur

Film Première
Zondag 23 juni
12:00 en 16:00 uur

Huize Herrie
Nieuwe Afleveringen
Vanaf 3 juni
Ma t/m vrij 17:00 uur

Nieuwe Afleveringen
Vanaf 17 juni
Ma t/m vrij 17:30 uur

Juni 2024 op Nickelodeon Benelux

Juni 2024 op Nickelodeon Benelux

Originally published: June 11, 2024.

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Paramount+ Australia to Premiere 'No Time To Spy: A Loud House Movie' on June 21

The Loud Family Vacation becomes a mission, with a license to thrill in No Time To Spy: A Loud House Movie, premiering Friday 21st June 2024 on Paramount+ Australia!

No Time To Spy: A Loud House Movie

Mystery, adventure and hilarious escapades follow the Loud family around every corner in the all-new animated movie, No Time To Spy: A Loud House Movie. An extension of the Emmy Award-winning animated series, the super-sleuth adventure follows the Loud family as they jump into more hilarious stunts and sticky situations. When the family’s tropical getaway turns into the ultimate spy mission, Lincoln must work to uncover the hidden secrets buried in his beloved Gran-Gran Myrtle’s past.

In No Time to Spy: A Loud House Movie, Lincoln and the Louds are ecstatic to welcome their new Gran-Gran, Myrtle, into the family with a tropical wedding celebration, but the festivities are cut short when an old nemesis from Myrtle's secret agent past appears on the island. After Myrtle is taken, Lincoln leads his family on the super spy mission of his dreams to save her... and the world!

The voice cast includes Bentley Griffin lending his voice to Lincoln Loud, Alex Cazares as the spirited Myrtle, Piotr Michael as the wise Pop Pop, Jaeden White as Clyde McBride, Jill Talley as Rita Loud, Brian Stepanek as Lynn Loud Sr., Catherine Taber as Lori, Liliana Mumy as Leni, Nika Futterman as Luna, Cristina Pucelli as Luan, Jessica DiCicco as Lynn and Lucy, Grey DeLisle as Lola, Lana, and Lily, and Lara Jill Miller as Lisa.

No Time To Spy: A Loud House Movie is produced by Nickelodeon Animation in Burbank, CA. An extension of the Emmy Award-winning animated series The Loud House, the movie is executive produced by Michael Rubiner and directed by Kyle Marshall. Production is overseen by Claudia Spinelli, Senior Vice President, TV Series Animation, Nickelodeon, and Kelley Gardner, Vice President, Current Series, Animation, Nickelodeon. The movie is overseen by Executives in Charge, Jason McConnell and Nora Kroopf.

No Time To Spy: A Loud House Movie

The Loud House debuted on Nickelodeon in May 2016 and centers on 11-year-old Lincoln Loud and his ten sisters as he gives an inside look at what it takes to survive the chaos of a huge family. As one of the longest-running animated series on Nickelodeon with 156 episodes, the property also has been translated into a comic book series, which continues to roll out new stories, chapter books, a digital album, and a podcast, Listen Out Loud. The series is executive produced by Michael Rubiner. Kyle Marshall serves as co-executive producer, and Ashley Kliment-Baker is the art director.

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Originally published: June 11, 2024.

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Innersloth Unveils 'Among Us' Animated Series' Opening Titles, Full Cast List

Innersloth has unveiled the opening titles for their upcoming Among Us animated series, which is currently in the works at CBS Studios!

Among Us

Among Us Animated is a show about teamwork and betrayal... in space! The new series will invite viewers to see the world of Innersloth's global hit social deduction game Among Us in a new way. The opening titles reveals the show's theme song and teases the Impostor.

The teaser also reveals that more big names have boarded the animated adaptation of the popular mobile game, including: Patton Oswalt (Ghostbusters: Frozen EmpireThe GoldbergsThe King of Queens), Dan Stevens (Downton AbbeyWelcome to Chippendales), Debra Wilson (Baby Shark's Big ShowMADtv), Kimiko Glenn (Baby Shark's Big ShowOrange is the New Black), Liv Hewson (Yellowjackets, Bombshell), Phil LaMarr (The Loud House, Futurama), and Wayne Knight (Catscratch, Seinfeld, Hot in Cleveland). They join previously announced stars Randall Park (Always Be My Maybe, Fresh Off the Boat), Yvette Nicole Brown (Drake & Josh, Community, The Odd Couple), Elijah Wood (The Lords of the Rings trilogy, Wilford), and Ashley Johnson (The Last of Us, Blindspot).

First announced as being in development last year, the Among Us animated series hails from CBS Eye Animation Productions and Innersloth, the independent game studio behind Among Us.

Owen Dennis will serve as creator and executive producer on the project under his overall deal with CBS Studios. Per the official logline, the series is based on the premise of the game, namely, “Members of your crew have been replaced by an alien shapeshifter intent on causing confusion, sabotaging the ship, and killing everyone. Root out the ‘Impostor’ or fall victim to its murderous designs.”

Titmouse (Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesStar Trek: Lower DecksBig Mouth) will serve as the animation studio for the series. Along with Dennis, Forest Willard, Marcus Bromander, and Carl Neisser of Innersloth will also executive produce along with Chris Prynoski, Shannon Prynoski, Antonio Canobbio, and Ben Kalina of Titmouse.

Originally released in 2018, Among Us surged in popularity in 2020, when friends could come together during the COVID-19 quarantine to confuse and betray each other in a lighthearted environment.

No network or streamer is currently attached, but those conversations are said to be ongoing, with the series slated to be "coming soon". CBS Eye Animation Productions produces in association with Innersloth.

Voice Cast of 'Among Us' animated series.
Courtesy photographs.

Full character descriptions can be found below.

Character Descriptions

Randall Park will voice ‘Red’ – Captain of The Skeld

  • People-pleaser, blowhard
  • Task: leadership, confidence
  • Fun Fact: failed upwards

Ashley Johnson will voice ‘Purple’ – Chief of Security

  • Safety, suspicion, sarcasm
  • Task: wet blanket
  • Fun Fact: trust issues

Yvette Nicole Brown will voice ‘Orange’ – HR

  • Spineless corporate shill
  • Task: eliminate redundancy, redundantly
  • Fun Fact: fires you over email

Elijah Wood will voice ‘Green’ – Unpaid Intern

  • Happy to be there
  • Task: whatever they’re told
  • Fun Fact: gets paid in pizza

Dan Stevens will voice ‘Blue’ – Doctor

  • Knowledgeable, charming, so hot
  • Task: physical and emotional care
  • Fun Fact: also has a doctorate in poetry

Liv Hewson will voice ‘Black’ – Geologist

  • Stoic, coarse, rock-like
  • Task: supervising the ore shipments
  • Fun Fact: prefers rocks to people

Kimiko Glenn will voice ‘Cyan’ – Gemologist

  • Healing through crystals
  • Task: supervising the vibes
  • Fun Fact: the vibes are bad

Debra Wilson as ‘Yellow’ – Ship Cook #1

  • Indignant, opinionated, prankster
  • Task: pizza
  • Fun Fact: Best friends with Brown

Patton Oswalt as ‘White’ – Contest Winner

  • No trauma, no drama
  • Task: Someone else will get to it.
  • Fun Fact: wealth can be a personality trait

Phil Lamar as ‘Brown’ – Ship Cook #2

  • Chill, supportive, accountable
  • Task: also pizza
  • Fun Fact: Best friends with Yellow

Wayne Knight as ‘Lime’ – Engineer

  • Doomsday prepper, conspiracy theorist
  • Task: Getting stuff pretty much mostly fixed-ish
  • Fun Fact: Afraid of intimacy


Randall Park as ‘Red’ – Captain of The Skeld | Among Us

Ashley Johnson as ‘Purple’ – Chief of Security | Among Us

Yvette Nicole Brown as ‘Orange’ – HR | Among Us

Elijah Wood will voice ‘Green’ – Unpaid Intern | Among Us

Dan Stevens will voice ‘Blue’ – Doctor | Among Us

Liv Hewson will voice ‘Black’ – Geologist | Among Us

Kimiko Glenn will voice ‘Cyan’ – Gemologist | Among Us

Debra Wilson as ‘Yellow’ – Ship Cook #1 | Among Us

Patton Oswalt as ‘White’ – Contest Winner | Among Us

Phil Lamar as ‘Brown’ – Ship Cook #2 | Among Us

Wayne Knight as ‘Lime’ – Engineer | Among Us

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Originally published: June 11, 2024.

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