Saturday, March 31, 2012

Video Of Nickelodeon USA's Promo For The Brand New Episode Of "iCarly" Called "iGo One Direction", Which Guest Stars UK-Irish Boy Band One Direction

From Digital Spy:
One Direction promo for Nickelodeon's 'iCarly' - watch

Boyband's US invasion continues in guest spot on the popular Nickelodeon show.

One Direction feature in a new promo for an upcoming iCarly episode.

The group will guest star on the episode as themselves opposite Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy, Nathan Kress, Noah Munck and Jerry Trainor.

The plot revolves around the quintet performing their hit single 'What Makes You Beautiful' on Carly's live webcam show, when things go awry.

Made up of singers Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, and Niall Horan, One Direction have shot to huge success in the US, with their album Up All Night going to number one on both the Billboard and iTunes charts.

Their appearance on iCarly marks just one in a series of US television appearances. The band will be performing tonight (March 31) at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. They are also set to perform on an episode of Saturday Night Live.

However the boys recently quashed rumours of them having their own Nickelodeon show, similar to bands like Big Time Rush and the Jonas Brothers.

The One Direction episode of iCarly is scheduled to air April 7 on Nickelodeon [USA, and on Monday 16th April at 5.30pm on Nickelodeon UK and Ireland and Nickelodeon HD UK].

Watch the One Direction iCarly promo below:

Also, from Entertainmentwise:
WATCH: One Direction Make Their Acting Debut On iCarly

Check them out!

There's no denying that the One Direction lads are talented. Not only have they managed to make history in the US, they've now made their acting debut on hit Nickelodeon show, iCarly.

The episode which will air in the US this weekend, shows Harry Styles and co perform their hit song, 'What Makes You Beautiful' on Carly's webcam. However, as always, not everything goes to plan...

Tweeting about working with Harry, Zayn, Niall, Liam and Louis, when they started filming at the beginning of the year, the show's boss wrote:

"I'm having the BEST time working with One Direction today here at iCarly. Such a nice, talented, professional, FUN group of guys. :)".

It appears as though the feeling was mutual with the lads as they spoke of their time on set:

"We were nervous when we got on set but we had such a fun day hanging around", Liam gushed.

UK fans need not panic as the episode featuring the band will be broadcast on April 16.

Check out the video [above]! What do you think?

Nickelodeon UK Presenter Anna Williamson Reveals Nickelodeon's Orange Carpet Guest List For The Nickelodeon 2012 Kids' Choice Awards Ceremony

From Digital Spy:
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards: Digital Spy guest list report - video

Anna Williamson reveals this year's Orange Carpet guest list.

Digital Spy's Anna Williamson will be among the reporters covering the Nickelodeon Orange Carpet at this weekend's Kids' Choice Awards.

Anna's already been filming backstage and has got her hands on a top-secret guest list for Saturday (March 31) night's ceremony, which includes stars from the UK and US.

Watch Anna Williamson's backstage report from the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards below to find out some of the A-listers attending this weekend:

Watch brand new Kids' Choice Awards 2012, Sunday, April 1 at 5.30pm on Nickelodeon

> One Direction to perform at Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards

Rihanna Announces That She Wants To Get Slimed At The Nickelodeon 2012 Kids' Choice Awards

From Capital FM:
Rihanna Wants To Get Slimed At Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards - Audio

The 'We Found Love' singer wishes her good friend Katy Perry well on her return to the event this year.

Rihanna has offered her best wishes to Katy Perry ahead of her appearance at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2012 this evening (31st March).

The 'E.T.' star had a nasty fall in 2010 and Rihanna has told her close friend to be "careful" and admitted she is a big fan of the sliming which takes place.

She told Capital FM: "That was pretty major last time – she almost broke her back. I hope she's more careful this time. But sliming, that's awesome, that's awesome. Getting slimed? I want to do that one time."

The event, which is hosted by Hollywood star Will Smith, takes place at the USC Galen Center in Los Angeles and will also see the 'I Kissed A Girl' singer take to the stage for a live performance.

Meanwhile, the Bajan star also revealed to Capital that Beyonce and Jay-Z's baby Blue Ivy is "beautiful" and the spitting image of her rapper father.

You can listen to Rihanna talking about the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards to Capital FM's showbiz reporter Kevin Hughes [here on the official Capital FM website,]

Watch the Kids Choice Awards 2012, Sunday 1st April at 5.30pm on Nickelodeon

North American Singer, Songwriter And Actress Katy Perry "Can't Wait" To Perform At The Nickelodeon 2012 Kids' Choice Awards

From Capital FM:
Katy Perry "Can't Wait" For Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Performance This Weekend

The 'Firework' singer is looking forward to performing new single 'Part Of Me' at the annual awards show.

Katy Perry says she "can't wait" to take to the stage for her performance at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2012 this weekend.

The 'Part Of Me' singer is set to lead the performance line-up at the annual awards event, which takes place this Saturday (31st March), and says rehearsals for the show have been going well.

"CAN'T WAIT for the KCA's! Part of Me will have a major ARC to it!" Katy tweeted earlier today (30th March). "Rehearsals r going Fab! Just a few more days to vote!"

Katy is up for three gongs at the Kids' Choice Awards including Favourite Female and Favourite Song for 'Firework' , as well as Favourite Voice Actor From An Animated Movie for her role in last summer's The Smurfs.

Earlier this week Katy rereleased her 2010 sophomore album as a repackaged edition called 'Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection' , which she described as the same record but "with a face lift".

Katy Perry memorably appeared at the 2010 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards where she was slimed while presenting an award.

Watch the Kids Choice Awards 2012, Sunday 1st April at 5.30pm on Nickelodeon

Friday, March 30, 2012

Nickelodeon UK Announces That "House Of Anubis" Stars Brad Kavanagh and Ana Mulvoy Ten To Be Nick UK's Nickelodeon 2012 Kids' Choice Awards Presenters

Nickelodeon UK and Ireland have announced and confirmed on their official Twitter profile page (@NickelodeonUK) that Nickelodeon Stars Brad Kavanagh and Ana Mulvoy Ten, who portray the characters 'Fabian Rutter' and 'Amber Millington' on Nickelodeon's hit live action mystery/drama television show "House Of Anubis", will be Nickelodeon UK's presenters at the Nickelodeon 2012 Kids' Choice Awards, and will be presenting the the UK version of the Nickelodeon 2012 Kids' Choice Awards from Nickelodeon's famous Orange Carpet at the Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles, California, USA on Saturday 31st March 2012, which Nickelodeon UK and Ireland and Nickelodeon HD UK will premiere and show on Sunday 1st April 2012 from 5.30pm:
In case you missed the news, @bradkavanagh & @anamulvoyten will be hosting from the orange carpet for us on Sunday for #KCAUK ! SO EXCITED!
I got pics of @BradKavanagh + @anamulvoyten in the LA sun! They even met @TheNickShack Oz hosts Luke & Wyatt [Nickelodeon Australia presenters Luke Ryan and Wyatt Nixon-Lloyd, who will be hosting the Australian version of the Nickelodeon 2012 Kids' Choice Awards] :D #KCAUK
#KCAUK is SO big they even made special water [Nickelodeon 2012 Kids' Choice Awards bottled mineral water]! Can u spot a certain Anubis-y host learning her lines in the background?
RT if you are tuning into the KCAs tomorrow at 5.30pm on Nick? Lets get this show on the road! The biggest,slimiest awards show EVER! #KCAUK
Its #KCAUK wkend [Kids' Choice Awards Weekend]! Check out @LizGillies [Victorious' Elizabeth Gillies (Jade West)] & @Leonthomas3 [Victorious' Leon Thomas III (Andre Harris)] revealing which award theyre presenting tomorrow. Can you guess?
More exclusive LA #KCAUK vids [exclusive Los Angeles Kids' Choice Awards videos]! This time @BradKavanagh & @anamulvoyten give us a preview of what to expect SO soon now!
what time are the KCA on
@NickelodeonUK: Its 5.30pm! Dont be late!
Confused? The KCAs get filmed in LA [Los Angeles] tonight, but all you need to know is that its on at 5.30pm tomorrow, as quick as we can get it :D #KCAUK
30 mins left till the KCA?
@NickelodeonUK: #KCAUK is TOMORROW! 30 mins til @onedirection host new @BigTimeRush tho! Nearly as exciting :D
Im so EXCITED! Ive voted for Brad,Ana and HOA so many times! Thank you so much for inventing the KCA [inventing the Kids' Choice Awards]!
@NickelodeonUK: Im so excited too!
what time does KCA come on in the UK where confussed help is pleas
@NickelodeonUK: Its tomorrow at 5.30pm. Only 24ish hours to go! #KCAUK
LOVING the #Nickelodeonslime1D tag! Will they walk away with a KCA blimp [Kids' Choice Awards Blimp]? Or in need of a serious post-slime shower?! #KCAUK
24 hours until the Kids' Choice Awards 2012! & I'll be here bringing you all the latest gossip, videos, pics & secrets til then! #KCAUK
@harry_styles [One Direction's Harry Styles]: Performing at the KCA's today..rehearsals were fun.Should be good!! Tune in! - 5.28pm Saturday 31st March 2012
@NickelodeonUK: Cant wait to see @onedirection perform 2moro! - 5.32pm Saturday 31st March 2012
Looks like #faveukband has got everyone talking-its trending! Cant wait to tune in 2moro and see who bags the blimp..hope you voted! #KCAUK
First up, heres a behind the scenes vid of @BradKavanagh & @anamulvoyten finding the ORANGE CARPET! #KCAUK
@Victorious fans, DONT FORGET brand new Victorious before the Kids' Choice Awards tomorrow at 5pm... why would you be anywhere else?! #KCAUK
Another sneak peek from @BradKavanagh and @anamulvoyten - as they show us where @KekePalmer will perform 2moro! #KCAUK
Want MORE goss? Its @anamulvoyten sitting next to @victoriabeckham [Victoria Beckham]...sort of! Now get an early night before #KCAUK day!
[...] Roll on #KCAUK time!
Yknow what, the Kids' Choice Awards tonight is cancelled...APRIL FOOL! Of course its not! Forget April Fools its #KCAUK day! ROLL ON 5.30PM!
you propper scared me then!!!!!! I was like 'NOOOOO.... Ohh :D'
@NickelodeonUK: I'd never really do that! Roll on 5.30pm! !
Keep ur eyes peeled for more exclusive #KCAUK content coming soon! Heres @BradKavanagh getting his hands on the cameras
TWO hours to go til KCAs! One & a half until BRAND NEW @Victorious ... aka Favourite TV Show nominee. Does the day get any better?! #KCAUK
Happy #KCAUK Day to all my shiny new followers, we are now over 10k followers and on the up! RT to share the slimetastic KCA twitter love..!
Confused? KCAs were filmed in LA last night, but in the UK you can tune in at 5.30pm to watch & check out who won the UK categories! #KCAUK
Can't wait to watch #KCAuk its gunna be so good.Been waiting all day!
@NickelodeonUK: The waiting is so NEARLY over!
Need more #KCAUK backstage access? Click for sneak peek of @BradKavanagh + @anamulvoyten orange carpet outfits!
Theres also the AWESOME arena filling up, limos, @victoriabeckham seat reveal & @victoriajustice in a slimetastic top:D
45 more minutes till the KCA UK getting really excited now!!!
@NickelodeonUK: Dont forget to use the hastag #KCAUK to join in!
KCA'S IN HALF AN HOUR!! Do we get to see orange carpet stuff? :)
@NickelodeonUK: Oh yes you do! #KCAUK :D
ITS #KCAUK TIME! For a sneak peek log on here to see backstage chats with the @Victorious cast!
Also, Tweeted (posted) by 'House Of Anubis' Star Brad Lewis Kavanagh (Fabian Rutter) on his official Twitter profile page (@BradKavanagh):
Sunny morning in LA, had a great Day so far! Bumped into @Jade_Ramsey and @nikitaramsey x waiting to film with @anamulvoyten
Getting ready!
Today's a special day as today's for all you guys who've supported me, no matter what happens I'm doing this whole day for you :) he he
Also, Tweeted (posted) by Nickelodeon UK and Ireland's Press Office on their official Twitter profile page (@NickelodeonUKPR):
2 more days till the KCA's #KCAUK...eveyone's furiously busy getting ready! We can't wait - this will be the best year yet!
Also, posted by a Nickelodeon UK fans and ReTweeted by Nickelodeon UK:
Come on let's get #KCA treading and then tomorrow #KCAUK we can do this! @NickelodeonTV @NickelodeonUK - 5.02pm Saturday 31st March 2012
#Slime1DAtKCAs [Slime One Direction At Kids' Choice Awards] come on @NickelodeonUK YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO! - 5.08pm Saturday 31st March 2012
Also, posted by Simon Cowell‏ on his official Twitter profile page (@SimonCowell):
Good luck @onedirection [One Direction] at the Kids Choice Awards, think you will have a fantastic time
Also, Tweeted (posted) by Heat Magazine and Heat World on their official Twitter profile page (@heatworld):
Don't forget you can catch the slimey amazingness that was the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on Nick in 15min (5.30pm)! 1D heaven! #KCAUK
Or catch the show (slimetastic pics included) on &check out our @onedirection goss on! #KCAUK

Nickelodeon UK To Premiere The Brand New Episode Of "iCarly" Called "iMeet the First Lady" On 23rd April 2012

Nickelodeon UK and Ireland have announced and confirmed on their official Twitter profile page (@NickelodeonUK) that Nickelodeon UK will be premiering and showing the brand new special episode of the hit Nickelodeon sitcom "iCarly" called "iMeet the First Lady", which guest stars the First Lady of America, Michelle Obama, on Nickelodeon UK and Ireland and Nickelodeon HD UK on Monday 23rd April 2012 at 5.30pm (repeated at 6.30pm on Nickelodeon UK's plus one (+1) timeshift channel Nick Replay UK):
#iMeetTheFirstLady starring @MichelleObama (WOAH!) will premiere Mon 23rd April 5.30pm. How AMAZING is April shaping up to be?! New new new!
Nickelodeon UK originally scheduled to premiere the brand new episode of the popular Nickelodeon show "iCarly" called "iMeet the First Lady" on Monday 16th April 2012 at 5.30pm, but have now postponed the premiere of the new episode by a week to celebrate British talent on Nickelodeon UK by premiering the brand new episode of "iCarly" called "iGo One Direction" (formally "iGot Jungle Worms"), which guest stars the UK-Irish Boy Band 'One Direction', to coincide with the premiere of season two of "House of Anubis" on Nickelodeon UK.

Digital Spy Goes Behind The Scenes Of The Nickelodeon 2012 Kids' Choice Awards - Video Report One

From Digital Spy:
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards: Digital Spy backstage report - video

This weekend, some of the biggest celebs from the world of showbiz, movies, music and TV will be descending on LA for the annual slime-fest that is the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.

Michelle Obama, boyband sensation One Direction and Katy Perry are among the confirmed guests who will be walking the orange carpet at this year's ceremony.

Digital Spy's Anna Williamson will be bringing you all the backstage gossip and updates ahead of the awards, so stay tuned for more juicy details about all the stars.

Watch Anna's first backstage report from the KCAs below:

Watch brand new Kids Choice Awards 2012, Sunday, April 1 at 5.30pm on Nickelodeon.

Quddus, Former Presenter Of Nickelodeon's "Dance on Sunset", To Host ABC's "Duets"

From Digital Spy:
Quddus to host Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Richie singing contest 'Duets'

Quddus [Benjamin Quddus Philippe] will present the upcoming music talent show featuring Kelly Clarkson.

Quddus has signed up to host ABC's upcoming music talent show Duets.

The former Total Request Live presenter will head up the new series, which will include Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles, Lionel Richie and Robin Thicke as coaches.

Duets sees the four artists searching America for their protégés, before choosing two singers to perform duets with them each week on the show.

The finale will have only one artist and their protégé left standing, with the amateur singer signing a recording contract with Hollywood Records.

"This show is going to take the singing competition genre to the next level and I'm absolutely honoured to be a part of it," Quddus said in a statement.

The Canadian MTV VJ also previously hosted Dance on Sunset on Nickelodeon in 2008, and has appeared as an Access Hollywood correspondent.

Kelly Clarkson has previously said of Duets: "The simple fact that I get to go out and find two people that I believe in, sing with them every week, and help them accomplish their dream is an amazing thing that I can't wait to be a part of!"

Duets will premiere on ABC in the US this summer.

Watch the promo for Duets [here on the official Digital Spy website.]

Portuguese Public Broadcaster RTP Buys The Rights To A Raft Of Nickelodeon's Original Movie's

From C21Media:
Elastic stretches to Portugal

Portuguese pubcaster RTP [Rádio e Televisão de Portugal, S.A.] has acquired seven telemovies from distributor Elastic Rights, including titles from the Roxy Hunter franchise and Nickelodeon US’s first film.

The deal includes four 90-minute Roxy Hunter films, namely Roxy Hunter and the Mystery of the Moody Ghost, Roxy Hunter and the Secret of the Shaman, Roxy Hunter and the Myth of the Mermaid and Roxy Hunter and the Horrific Halloween. They follow an adventurous nine-year-old girl who attempts to solve mysteries with her friends.

Shredderman Rules was Nick’s debut original movie and first aired in 2007. It follows a boy who doubles as the unidentified owner of a website that exposes wrongdoers.

The other titles are The Last Day of Summer, about a boy who wants summer vacation to last forever and gets his wish, and Gym Teacher, which was Nick’s first family telemovie.

Dolphin Entertainment produces all seven films.

Jesse Whittock

North American Movie Actress Kristen Stewart To Attend The Nickelodeon 2012 Kids' Choice Awards

From Great New Movies:
Kristen Stewart to attend Kids Choice Awards 2012

Hollywood actress Kristen Stewart is going to attend the United States Kids Choice Awards Ceremony on Saturday 31st March at 8 p.m. ET, which will be the Nickelodeon’s 25th Annual Awards.

21-year-old Kristen Stewart and ‘Twilight Saga’ co-star Taylor Launter will be making their appearance in the Nickelodeon’s 25th Annual Kids Choice Awards. Hollywood sources said, Robert Pattinson might hit the red carpet along with her girl friend Stewart on Saturday night at USC Galen Center in University Park, Los Angeles.

‘Men in Black’ star Will Smith will be the program host at the Nickelodeon’s 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, where will begin the promotional run-up to the release of his upcoming movie ‘Men in Black 3’ on 25th May. Kristen has been nominated for the favorite actress for the ‘Breakdown’ while Pattinson was nominated for a UK Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite UK actor.

The first Lady Michelle Obama will be honoring the singer Taylor Swift at Nickelodeon’s 25th Annual Awards, 45-year-old Adam Sandler also nominated for his role in the critically panned ‘Jack & Jill’, where he believe Pattinson is deserved better to get ward at Nickelodeon.

Sneak Peek Of UK-Irish Boy Band 'One Direction' On The Nickelodeon Show "iCarly"; Behind The Scenes Of The Nickelodeon 2012 Kids' Choice Awards

One Direction's 'iCarly' sneak preview; Kids' Choice Awards behind the scenes

A few scenes from One Direction's guest appearance on Nickelodeon sitcom "iCarly" were previewed on E! Entertainment Television's "E! News" on March 29, 2012. Meanwhile, One Direction spent the day in the Los Angeles area rehearsing for the group's performance on Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards on March 31, 2012. The awards show takes place at University of Southern California's Galen Center in Los Angeles.

"iCarly" star Miranda Cosgrove (second from left) with One Direction, pictured from left to right: Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, Harry Styles and Liam Payne Photograph Credit: Nickelodeon

As previously reported, the "iCarly" episode (originally titled "iGot Jungle Worms" but changed "iGo One Direction") premieres on April 7, 2012 [Monday 16th April at 5.30pm on Nickelodeon UK and Ireland and Nickelodeon HD UK]. In the episode, the members of One Direction play versions of themselves, and they perform "What Makes You Beautiful."

(Click here to watch One Direction's "iCarly" performance of What Makes You Beautiful.)

The episode's storyline has Harry Styles pretending to have an illness to get sympathy and affection from Carly (played by Miranda Cosgrove). The other members of One Direction then play a prank on Styles and pretend they are going to replace him in the band.

The "E! News" segment showed one of the scenes with Styles saying, "I'll be ready. Just please don't let me sing or dance." In another scene, he is sitting on a chair and clutching his stomach, while One Direction's Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson stand around him. Styles asks, "Will somebody hold me?" His band mates step away from him and say, "No!"

One Direction filmed the "iCarly" episode in January 2012. In an "E! News" interview on the set of "iCarly," Malik said he watches "iCarly" back in his native England: "I've got three sisters. I've got two younger sisters, and they watch the program as well. So I watch it with them. I spoke to my younger sister the other day. I took a few pictures of the ['iCarly'] set. She was really excited."

Horan explained the episode's plot, "Basically, Carly (Miranda) goes off on a trip in the jungle. And when she comes back, she comes back, she gets what's called 'jungle worms' from the water that she drinks."

Styles chimed in, "Them pesky jungle worms. It's fun! I just have to groan loudly a lot."

Meanwhile, on March 29, 2012, One Direction rehearsed for its Kids' Choice Awards performance at Center Staging in Burbank, California.

A photo of One Direction's seating arrangements at the awards show was posted on the Internet, and it shows One Direction in the second row, seated next Nicki Minaj. Heidi Klum's seat is directly behind One Direction.

One Direction came in third place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2010.

One Direction was not eligible for the 2012 Kids' Choice Awards since One Direction's debut album, "Up All Night," was released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012, after the eligibility date. (One Direction is nominated for the U.K.'s 2012 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards categories, which are not shown during the U.S. telecast.) But given One Direction's massive breakthrough in America (including "Up All Night" debuting at No. in the U.S.), expect One Direction to get multiple nominations at the 2013 Kids' Choice Awards.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Nickelodeon UK Announces That Presenter Anna Williamson Will Be Nickelodeon UK's Roving Reporter At The "Nickelodeon 2012 Kids' Choice Awards"

Nickelodeon UK and Ireland have announced on their official Twitter profile page (@NickelodeonUK) that Nickelodeon UK presenter Anna Williamson will be Nickelodeon UK's roving reporter at the Nickelodeon 2012 Kids' Choice Awards which is being held in Los Angeles, California, USA on Saturday 31st March 2012, where she'll be sending back Kids' Choice Awards gossip from behind the scenes of the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards exclusively for Nickelodeon UK viewers:
@annawilliamstv: Hellooooooo LA :-) - 5.50am Wednesday 28th March 2012
@NickelodeonUK: Our roving reporter Anna W will be sending us some behind the scenes #KCAUK goss later, SO excited!! - 10.21am Thursday 29th March 2012
EXCITING! Check out behind the scenes at the KCAs in a vid from my ravishing roving LAreporter @annawilliamsTV ! #KCAUK
@annawilliamsTV is doing SUCH a good job as my roving reporter..she only went & FOUND the secret Nick air blimp [secret Nickelodeon air blimp]! #KCAUK
Also, Tweeted (posted) by Nickelodeon UK presenter Anna Williamson on her official Twitter profile page (@annawilliamsTV):
It's 0450 in LA & im on my way to Santa Monica as th nominated UK journalist to take a ride in the famous @NickelodeonUK #KCA blimp #excited
@annawilliamstv: Wow! Only one of two airships in the world...and it's @NickelodeonUK 's
As well as covering the Nickelodeon 2012 Kids' Choice Awards for Nick UK, Anna Williamson will also be covering them for ITV1's weekday breakfast television show "Daybreak":
KCA fever is hotting up. [...] - all the goss from the weekends awards here in LA on @Daybreak & @ITVLorraine Mon

Broadcast Takes An In-Depth Look At Entertainment One's Animated Preschool Property "Peppa Pig"

From Broadcast:
Peppa Pig (Entertainment One)

Last month, Entertainment One Family announced that it had secured a slot for its pre-school show Peppa Pig on Gulli, the French free-to-air kids’ channel owned by Lagardère Active.

The cartoon is already available on LA’s Pay-TV kids’ network TiJ, but for eOne head of global licensing Andrew Carley, carriage on Gulli is “the key if we are going to try to replicate the kind of licensing and merchandising success we’ve had in the UK. It’s harder to get the trade to support the development of licensed product if you don’t have a free-to-air partner.”

Peppa has already had a free airing in France on public broadcaster France 5 from 2006-2008. “But that was probably a bit early for the property in terms of consumer demand for licensed product,” says Carley. “This time around, we’ve done a lot of work with Gulli about the way Peppa will be marketed.”

Eight years since Peppa launched in the UK on Channel 5 and Nickelodeon, it’s become a pre-school sensation worth an estimated £200m in UK retail revenues. When eOne considered putting itself on the market last year, analysts suggested it could fetch as much as £400m largely as a result of Peppa’s licensing potential. Talk about bringing home the bacon…

The talk now is of 2012 being a year of acquisitions for eOne. Could this include the Family division? “We would look at acquisitions, but only if they fit the portfolio and are available at the right price,” says Carley.

The key message that eOne has taken from the UK is not to rush things, says Carley. “It took Peppa seven years to become the UK’s number one pre-school brand, so we’re not going to hurry the process in other countries. When you have a property like this, you have to manage the process carefully because you’re not likely to get another with the same potential.”

Entertainment One has been taking it slowly in the US, where the company is finally on its way to establishing Peppa as a 360-degree brand, says Carley. “We licensed Peppa to Noggin [now Nick Jr] for free in 2008 to be used as an interstitial. We hoped that would lead to something bigger and it did, because Nick US launched Peppa as a series in February 2011. Initially, that was a weekend show, but in June it became a daily one-hour block.”

Off the back of the Nick US deal, Mattel-owned Fisher Price came on board as the toy partner and there is now a publishing deal in place, reportedly with Penguin. “Perhaps most importantly, we’re seeing the same kind of consumer demand start to build in the US as we saw in the UK,” says Carley. “As in the UK, we’re not forcing things but we’re on course for a substantial licensing programme in 2013.”

Of the 180 countries in which Peppa airs, there are only about a dozen where a UK-style licensing success is a genuine possibility. “After the US, you’re looking mainly at the major European economies, Australia and parts of Asia. In many places, it’s not just getting the right broadcaster that matters, but whether there is a cultural taste for licensed products and the distribution channels to sell them.”

Outside the US, says Carley, “we need a strong free-to-air player to position the brand the way we want it”. Recent deals include improved distribution with ABC Australia, new free-to-air deals in Scandinavia and partnerships with TVE Clan in Spain and RAI Yoyo in Italy.
Also, Tweeted (posted) by Nickelodeon UK and Ireland's Press Office on their official Twitter profile page (@NickelodeonUKPR):
@NickJrUK did you know Paul Weller [from the Jam] was a huge fan of #PeppaPig he even prefers it to the Xfactor [The X Factor]! Go Peppa!!

Nelvana Acquires Chorion's Interest In The Animated Preschool Property "Max & Ruby"

From 4-traders:

(Toronto, Canada) - Nelvana Limited announced today that is has acquired Chorion's Silver Lining Production Limited's interest in the preschool property Max & Ruby. Nelvana now has the complete worldwide TV production and merchandise licensing rights to the brand.

Max & Ruby continues to be one of the most popular book series and animated TV programs for preschoolers. Over three million Max & Ruby books from internationally acclaimed author and illustrator Rosemary Wells have been sold to date. It's a top-rated TV series in the U.S. on Nickelodeon and in Canada on Treehouse, and new episodes are in production. Max & Ruby DVDs from Nickelodeon Home Entertainment have sold over 2.9 million units in the U.S. alone, and KOBA Entertainment recently completed a successful North American tour of the Max & Ruby live show.

Max & Ruby follow's the adventures of bunny siblings, the irrepressible and mischievous Max and his older sister, Ruby. In each story Max wants one thing, Ruby wants another thing, and even though they love each other, they have very different ideas on just about everything. The property celebrates the universal nature of sibling relationships.

"Max & Ruby has always held a special place in the hearts and minds of its fans, as well as for all of us here at Nelvana," said Colin Bohm, Managing Director, Nelvana Enterprises. "We have been involved with the property for many years and are delighted to have been entrusted with overseeing the totality of the brand going forward and all of the possibilities that presents."

"Max & Ruby is a very successful television series on Nickelodeon in the U.S., based on a wonderful set of books written by Rosemary Wells," said Mary Durkan, Managing Director, Chorion. "It makes perfect sense to sell our rights in Max & Ruby to Nelvana who already have a significant rights position in this property."

About Nelvana Limited

Nelvana Limited is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's animation. The Company's multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), CosmoTV, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at

About Chorion

Chorion has sold the majority of its assets. Chorion has recently completed a number of transactions including the sale of its shareholding in Agatha Christie Limited to Acorn Media Inc, Noddy and Olivia to Classic Media, Enid Blyton to Hachette UK and now Max & Ruby to Nelvana Limited. The only properties left to sell are Gaspard & Lisa and Georges Simenon. D C Advisory Partners are advising the Company.

Nickelodeon UK To Premiere Brand New "iCarly" Episode "iGo One Direction" On 16th April 2012; Postpones "iMeet the First Lady"

BREAKING Nickelodeon News! - According to this Nickelodeon UK News article on Entertainmentwise, Nickelodeon UK has postponed the premiere of the brand new special episode of "iCarly" called "iMeet the First Lady" by one week, and will premiere the brand new episode of "iCarly" called "iGo One Direction" (formally "iGot Jungle Worms"), which guest stars the UK-Irish Boy Band 'One Direction' on Nickelodeon UK and Ireland and Nickelodeon HD UK on Monday 16th April at 5.30pm (repeated at 6.30pm on Nickelodeon UK's plus one (+1) timeshift channel Nick Replay UK).
America's First Lady Michelle Obama Gives Way To One Direction?!

UK fans to see boys in iCarly episode early

She may be the First Lady of the United States, a fashion icon and arguably one of the most powerful women in the world, but Michelle Obama has had to give way to One Direction as Nickelodeon has brought forward the UK airing of an episode of hit show iCarly featuring the boys - and postponed one featuring the First Lady.

The fab five will star opposite Miranda Cosgrove in the episode, called iGo One Direction, which sees the show's star Carly, played by Miranda Cosgrove, making one of the boys ill. The episode of the show in which its star meets Michelle Obama has been moved back a week to accommodate the lads, who will perform "What Makes You Beautiful" on the show.

One Direction: So big, even the First Lady has to get out the way

Nickelodeon said that the move was aimed to give UK fans the chance to see the episode in the same week that it was broadcast in the USA, and to coincide with the season premiere of another show with a British influence, House of Anubis.

A spokesperson said: “We know our viewers are big fans of One Direction and can’t wait to see them on iCarly. We feel the same way and with the premiere of season two of House of Anubis, it is a great opportunity to make an event of the two shows and celebrate British talent on Nick.”

One Direction are poised to gain huge success in the states, with Glee featuring one of their songs and their appearance on iCarly, which was filmed in January. The band are also performing at Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards on 31st March.

Watch iGO One Direction on Monday 16th April at 5.30pm on Nickelodeon.
Also, Tweeted (posted) by Nickelodeon UK and Ireland's Press Office on their official Twitter profile page (@NickelodeonUKPR):
Ahh!! super excited the #iCarly episode starring #1D will air in the UK on Monday 16th April at 5.30pm Whoop Whoop #1DiCarly
Also, Tweeted (posted) Nickelodeon UK and Ireland on their official Twitter profile page (@NickelodeonUK):
Everyone is talking about @onedirection ! So just to update with some hot off the press news.....
01. iGo One Direction - the iCarly episode featuring @onedirection will PREMIERE on Monday 16th April 5.30 before House of Anubis season 2!!
02. The @onedirection boys are hosting BRAND NEW @bigtimerush "Big Time Strike" 5.30pm on Saturday! Tune in for exclusive gossip & 1D news..
03. Finally! @onedirection PERFORMING alongside Katy Perry & ton of other awesome a-listers on #KCAUK Sunday 5.30pm. Will they get slimed?!
Have you seen the sneak peek pic from iGo One Direction? I bet they cant wait to all hang out again at #KCAUK !
@NickelodeonUK: Yes! We want to bring it to you ASAP [As Soon As Possible]! Start counting down!
When is iGo One Direction airing in the UK?
@NickelodeonUK: MONDAY! 5.30pm! Before House of #AnubisSeason2 - best night ever!
Also, from SheKnows:
One Direction make their acting debut on iCarly

One Direction Continue Their U.S. Takeover

British boyband One Direction make a cameo in the latest episode of popular U.S. kids' show iCarly, performing their hit single "What Makes You Beautiful."

X Factor boyband One Direction take another step toward world domination this week as they make their first acting cameo in American children's TV show iCarly on the Nickelodeon channel. Harry, Zayn, Louis, Liam and Niall sang their single "What Makes You Beautiful" and were involved in the storyline of the episode, as the show's characters try to impress the British pop group. The episode will be shown in the U.S. this weekend and on April 16 in the U.K.

One Direction will already be familiar to Nickelodeon viewers as the group performed on this week's Kids Choice Awards on the channel. Their performance seemed to go down well with the celebrities in the audience, as Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry were shown dancing along as enthusiastically as the teenagers in the crowd.

Appearing in a popular children's TV show is a sign that the U.S. are really embracing One Direction as they are following in the footsteps of some of the biggest American stars. Britney Spears appeared in Sabrina the Teenage Witch early in her career, while Taylor Swift had a cameo appearance in the Hannah Montana movie.
Also, Tweeted by Nickelodeon UK and Ireland on their official Twitter profile page (@NickelodeonUK):
@onedirection fans.. Dont forget to tune-in to @iCarly iStill Psycho tonight at 5pm for your chance to see the #iGoOneDirection promo FIRST!
2 HOURS UNTIL #iGoOneDirection ... Can I get a woop? Forget any back to school blues (or last day of hol blues) & get yr spot on the sofa!
#iGoOneDirection is followed by PREMIER of #AnubisSeason2 at 6pm. If you think you solved the mystery last season...think again! Whos hyped?
#iGoOneDirection! YAAAAAAAAAY GO 1D.
@NickelodeonUK: So good! I can hardly breathe! Fan girling!
iGoOneDirection followed by House Of Anubis! All thanks to @NickelodeonUK for making back to school great!
@NickelodeonUK: We try:D
So far, so gross ;) Where are @onedirection to make this @iCarly episode rock! #iGoOneDirection
@NickelodeonUK: Best. Monday. EVER!
Total Brit pride right now! Lovely to see our UK boys @onedirection on iCarly! #iGoOneDirection
Haha! "I Gave @Harry_Styles jungle worms!" ["I Gave Harry Styles jungle worms!"] #iGoOneDirection
WHAT A PERFORMANCE! #iGoOneDirection Look at Sam singing along haha! So proud of @onedirection owning this @iCarly episode :D
So, part one of the Mega Monday line-up may be over... but dont move a muscle because its time for #AnubisSeason2 EEEEE!!!!!

Nickelodeon UK To Hold "House Of Anubis" Themed eBay Auction Featuring Items Signed By Celebrity's In Aid Of The Children's Charity ChildLine

According to this Nickelodeon UK News article on the Norwich Evening News website, in an effort to raise money for ChildLine, one of the UK's leading children's charity specialising in child protection, Nickelodeon UK will be hosting an "House Of Anubis" themed eBay auction which will feature school-themed items signed by celebrities:
To generate more funds for Childline, one of the UK's leading children's charity specialising in child protection, Nickelodeon is hosting an Ebay auction of signed celebrity items.

Contributions came from singer Pixie Lott, girlband Stooshe, singer-songwriter Kate Nash, X Factor winner Matt Cardle and many more.

The theme coincides with the setting of the TV show [The House Of Anubis], an old English boarding school, so comedian Jack Whitehall's schoolbag and Laura Whitmore's year book have been thrown into the mix as well.

Tina McCann, the Managing Director of Nickelodeon UK said: "It is fantastic to be able to use the launch of season two of the show to rally support for Childline, an organisation that offers such an invaluable service to young people."
ChildLine is a free and confidential children's helpline for children and young adults in the UK that is provided by the children's charity NSPCC. ChildLine was founded in 1986 by the English journalist and television presenter Esther Rantzen. ChildLine's freephone telephone number is 0800 1111 and is open 24 hours a day seven days a week. You can find out more information about ChildLine on the official ChildLine website,

Wymondham, UK Teenager Rubs Shoulders With The Stars At Nickelodeon's "House Of Anubis" Premiere Event In Central London

From the Norwich Evening News:
Wymondham teenager rubs shoulders with the stars at Nickelodeon’s House of Anubis premiere

Local Childline intern Ruth Spurr has been rubbing shoulders with the stars at a glitzy London premiere.

Wymondham teenager Ruth Spurr (right) with Eastenders actor Samantha Womac and fellow Childline volunteer Ellirose Jackson at Nickelodeon s House of Anubis premiere in London.

The lucky 17-year-old, from Wymondham, was invited by Nickelodeon to the premiere of its latest season of hit serial drama, House of Anubis, at Freemasons' Hall in central London.

Childrens’ television network Nickelodeon chose Childline as their charity partner and invited volunteers to the ‘Orange carpet’ event, giving them the chance to film and interview the celebrity guests.

Ruth had the chance to chat to X Factor winner Joe McElderry and Eastenders actress Samantha Womack and the Hethersett High School sixth-former said she had a great time, saying: “It was a fantastic evening and so much fun interviewing and meeting all the famous faces, I was the envy of my classmates the next day.

“Childline means a lot to me and it does amazing work, saving children’s lives everyday and not only saving, but also supporting children and young people through any problem, or anything they want to talk about.

“The premiere and celebrity auction will hopefully raise some much-needed funds to help support those children affected by abuse and neglect.”

To generate more funds for Childline, one of the UK’s leading children’s charity specialising in child protection, Nickelodeon is hosting an Ebay auction of signed celebrity items.

Contributions came from singer Pixie Lott, girlband Stooshe, singer-songwriter Kate Nash, X Factor winner Matt Cardle and many more.

The theme coincides with the setting of the TV show, an old English boarding school, so comedian Jack Whitehall’s schoolbag and Laura Whitmore’s year book have been thrown into the mix as well.

Tina McCann, the Managing Director of Nickelodeon UK said: “It is fantastic to be able to use the launch of season two of the show to rally support for Childline, an organisation that offers such an invaluable service to young people.”

The second season of the show sees an ancient force stir within Anubis House, sending the team of teenagers on a dangerous mission to find a powerful and long-forgotten treasure.

British Children's Television Channel 'Pop Girl' To Show The Nickelodeon Show "Zoey 101" In April 2012

According to the official Sky Media websites 'Sky TV's Children's Television Highlights In April 2012' webpage, Pop Girl, a free-to-air children's and teen's television channel in the UK, will start to show the Nickelodeon show "Zoey 101" in April 2012:
Zoey 101
Throughout April

Fitting in at a new school is hard enough, but going away to a boarding school when you're only thirteen can get a little crazy! Join Zoey 101 as she starts at Pacific Coast Academy with new friends and new adventures this April only on PopGirl!
"Zoey 101" is a live-action Nickelodeon television show that was created by Dan Schneider (Schneider's Bakery; "ICarly", "Victorious", "Drake & Josh", "The Amanda Show") and starred Jamie Lynn Spears as teenager Zoey Brooks. "Zoey 101" was made between 2005 and 2008, and co-starred Paul Butcher (Dustin Brooks), Sean Flynn (Chase Matthews), Kristin Herrera (Dana Cruz), Christopher Massey (Michael Barret), Alexa Nikolas (Nicole Bristow), Erin Sanders (Quinn Pensky), Matthew Underwood (Logan Reese), Victoria Justice (Lola Martinez), and Austin Butler (James Garrett).

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Nickelodeon UK Announces That There Is Still No News About When Nickelodeon UK Will Start To Show "Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures"

Nickelodeon UK and Ireland have announced on their official Twitter profile page (@NickelodeonUK), that there is still no Nickelodeon News about when Nickelodeon UK will start to premiere and show the brand new Nickelodeon live-action sitcom "Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures" on Nickelodeon UK and Ireland, Nickelodeon HD UK and Nick Replay UK:
any news on Bucket and Skinners?
@NickelodeonUK: Not yet, I know ur keen for news so I'll tweet as soon as I know!
Nickelodeon UK announced in January 2012 that the brand new Nickelodeon show "Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures" was "on schedule to start this year [2012]".

Nickelodeon's brand new live-action series "Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures" is a North American teen sitcom that premiered on Nickelodeon USA on July 1, 2011 that follows two best friends, Bucket (played by Taylor Gray), and Skinner (portrayed by Dillon Lane), who live in the fictional California town of Pacific Bluffs, where, more often than not, the boys act quite sporadically which leads them to multiple conflicts. "Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures" also stars Nickelodeon Star Ashley Argota (Lulu in Nickelodeon's "True Jackson, VP." sitcom) as the character 'Kelly Peckinpaugh'.

Nickelodeon Stars Keke Palmer And Max Schneider To Perform At Nickelodeon's 2012 Kid's Choice Awards Pre-Show!

From Celebuzz:
Nickelodeon Stars Keke Palmer & Max Schneider Performing at Kid’s Choice Awards Pre-Show! (EXCLUSIVE)

The stars of Rags are ready to rock!

Celebuzz can exclusively reveal that Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP) and Max Schneider (How to Rock), will perform their tune “Me and You Against the World,” from the original Nickelodeon movie Rags, at the Kid’s Choice Awards pre-show this Saturday!

The movie (produced by Nick Cannon!) will premiere soon and is a modern Cinderella story — with a twist!

Celebuzz caught up with Keke at Nickelodeon’s Upfronts in LA on Tuesday, where she gave us all the scoop about Rags!

Be sure to tune into the Kid's Choice Awards this weekend, and stay tuned for the premiere of Rags — coming soon!

Viacom's Sumner Redstone Calls Philip Dauman "The Wisest Man He Has Ever Known"

From Forbes:
Viacom's Redstone Calls Dauman "The Wisest Man He Has Ever Known"

The image of the 58 year old CEO of Viacom, Philip Dauman being deferential to the 88 year old founder of Viacom, Sumner Redstone, pervaded the aura of Viacom’s recent annual meeting.

Dauman assured the empire builder at the company’s annual meeting in New York that his creation, Viacom, was “relentless in knowing our audience,” and that the television and movie giant’s mantra was ” A Passion To Win,” the title of Redstone’s autobiography, published some years ago. That “passion to win” had multiplied Viacom’s common stock 350% higher over the past 3 years– magnifying the Redstone family net worth to many more billions than it had been– from $15 a share in January, 2009 to $53 today.

No wonder Redstone is reported by an insider to always describe Dauman on calls with stock analysts as “the wisest man he has ever known.”

At the annual meeting at Viaccom headquarters in Times Square, Redstone, who lives alone in his Beverly Hills mansion, focused on the screen displaying Viacom’s results for 2011, as Dauman took everyone through the way Paramount, MTV, Nickelodeon, Viacom Media Networks Comedy Central, Paramount Channels, BET Networks and the Music and Logo Group expanding globally. He insisted that every one of these Viacom brands is aiming to develop new programming, films and experiences “across media platforms”... in an “increasingly seamless way.”

This is the new entertainment model; make entertainment and social media intersect in the creation of content that can be distributed in a manner that drives values larger at Viacom. And go global “relentlessly.”

I bet you didn’t know that Geordie Shore is MTV’s adaptation for the UK market of the bonanza called “Jersey Shore,” Or that Nickelodeon's Spongebob will be a Paramount movie in 2014. Or that there will be an expansion of distribution in Viacom content on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. Then, there’s to be an additional multi-platform premium motion picture service named EPIX bringing content to you through interactive tv and 3D.

Yes, Dauman assured shareholders, of whom Redstone’s privately owned National Amusements is by far the largest, the ratings for Viacom programs directed at teens and young adults is growing at a double digit pace.

“Social media are a big part of this effort,” Dauman explained. “Our networks, shows, and stars live at the intersection of entertainment and social media where they drive the cultural conversation. We’re leveraging that conversation as a powerful promotional vehicle for our programming and brands, and as an emerging outlet for content distribution.”

Just today Viacom announced that the new Paramount TV network would launch its greatest hit movies like The Godfather across 9 genres, starting with Spain. It also announced a future movie with singer Kay Perry of the blue hair.

Anybody across the globe can now find a schedule of all Viacom's offerings anywhere in the globe, a kind of virtual programming bulletin. Find out when Titanic is coming in 3D or when G.I. Joe: Retaliation is coming to the global franchise.

Coming soon; 6 new Comedy Channels in addition to the 14 “we already have outside the United States. Can even the ”relentless” passionate Redstone keep with all this?

Filipino Singer And Actress Charice Nominated For A Nickelodeon 2012 Kids' Choice Award In Nickelodeon Asia's Local "Kids' Choice Award" Categories

From the Philippine Star:
Charice is Nick Kids Choice Awards nominee

MANILA, Philippines - Get ready for a powerhouse roster of celebrity presenters and performers at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2012 in Los Angeles. Joining this year’s host, Will Smith, on stage are Chris Rock, Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Zac Efron, Heidi Klum, Victoria Justice, Miranda Cosgrove, Big Time Rush, Chris Colfer and Cee Lo Green as well as recently announced performers, UK pop sensation One Direction and Katy Perry.

Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards 2012, airing in the Philippines on April 12, 10 a.m., will be the most global version yet with the introduction of a new international category. Nicksters will be given the opportunity to vote in a new category — Favorite Asian Act.

Featuring four of Asia’s most popular music acts, Agnes Monica (Indonesia), Charice (Philippines), Wonder Girls (Korea) and Yuna (Malaysia), they join the star-studded line-up of nominees from all corners of the world.

Kids have been invited to vote since March 1 and can still cast their votes until March 31 in 20 total categories by logging on to Voting for the 2012 KCAs spans over six continents across 13 localized voting sites in 10 different languages, giving kids practically everywhere the chance to decide who takes home a coveted blimp.

Nickelodeon, now in its 32nd year, is the No. 1 entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the US and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s US television network has been the No. 1-rated basic cable network for 17 consecutive years.

For details, log on to

Former Nickelodeon UK Presenter Sarah Cawood and Her Fiance Welcome Their First Child

From Now Magazine Online:
BABY JOY! Sarah Cawood and fiance welcome first child

Couple are celebrating their happy news

Sarah Cawood made her name as a TV host in the 90s

Sarah Cawood and her fiancé have announced that they've become parents.

The television presenter - engaged to producer Andy Merry - gave birth to a little boy yesterday.

'Hunter John Merry arrived yesterday morning! 8lbs 5 oz. he's a chunker;). Xxx,' Tweets Sarah, 39.

The red-haired host, who suffered a miscarriage last year, is expected to return to her North London home later this week.

'Andy and I are thrilled and slightly terrified at the thought of taking a new member of our family home with us,' Sarah tells The Sun.

'Hunter is a beautiful, healthy baby boy with long legs, just like his dad.'
Former Nickelodeon UK Presenter Sarah Cawood presented Nickelodeon UK's live in-vision continuity links inbetween programmes on Nickelodeon UK between 1995 and 1996, and also presented the first series of Nickelodeon UK's music show "Sussed" in 1996.

First Lady Of The USA Michelle Obama To Appear At Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards To Present Taylor Swift With The Big Help Award

Below is a Nickelodeon Press Release from PR Newswire:
First Lady Michelle Obama to Appear at Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards to Present Taylor Swift With The Big Help Award

Grammy® Award-Winning Swift to be Honored for Her Work with Tornado and Flood Survivors at 2012 Kids' Choice Awards to be telecast live from Los Angeles, Saturday, March 31

LOS ANGELES, March 27, 2012 /Nickelodeon Press Release via PRNewswire/ -- First Lady Michelle Obama will make her first-ever appearance at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards to present Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Taylor Swift with this year's The Big Help Award in recognition of her extensive philanthropic endeavors, including her work with tornado and flood survivors in the United States. This year's Kids' Choice Awards, to be hosted by Will Smith, will be telecast live on Nickelodeon Saturday, March 31, at 8 pm (ET/Tape delayed for West Coast) from USC's Galen Center in Los Angeles, Ca. The Big Help Award recognizes individuals who take actions to better the world and whose significant impact on their community has inspired kids to do the same.

"Taylor's dedication to helping others has encouraged her fan base to do the same, and this is the very core of what The Big Help is, inspiring others through action," said Marva Smalls, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Chief of Staff, Nickelodeon Group. "We are honored that First Lady Michelle Obama, a past recipient of The Big Help Award will be presenting this formidable and inspiring artist with this much deserved honor."

First Lady Michelle Obama received The Big Help Award at the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards in recognition of her leadership in championing healthier lifestyles for kids through her Let's Move! campaign. Earlier this year, Mrs. Obama appeared in a special episode of Nickelodeon's hit series iCarly in support of her Joining Forces initiative to support military families.

Among her many charitable works, Swift is dedicated to raising funds and awareness to benefit those affected by natural disasters. Most recently, Swift took the unprecedented step of opening the last dress rehearsal of her Speak Now Tour to fans as a fundraiser for victims of the deadly tornadoes that tore through the Southeastern region of the U.S. The event raised more than $750,000, with 100% of ticket sales going directly to help tornado victims via the "Speak Now … Help Now" Fund established through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Swift's ongoing charitable work includes partnerships with Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude Medical Center, Habitat for Humanity, TJ Martell Foundation, The Red Cross and its international and regional affiliates, The Salvation Army, Nick's Kids, and the Victory Junction Gang Camp, as well as libraries, schools and educational initiatives around the country.

Nickelodeon's The Big Help is a prosocial initiative that empowers kids to take positive actions on issues that are important to them. The goal of the campaign is to launch a kid-led movement, focusing on key issues like health and wellness, education, community service, and the environment. This is the fourth consecutive year The Big Help Award has been awarded to a celebrity who embodies the spirit of the Nickelodeon Big Help initiative. Previous winners include last year's recipient Justin Timberlake; this year's presenter of the award, First Lady Michelle Obama in 2010; and Leonardo DiCaprio in 2009.

Kids can pledge to make a difference in their community by going to The Big Help site will show them how to take positive actions that will directly affect their communities.

No stranger to Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards, Swift has been nominated four times and is the recipient of two blimp awards, for Favorite Female Singer (2010) and Favorite Song, "You Belong with Me" (2010). Swift also appeared in the 2011 HALO Awards as one of the celebrities paired with an extraordinary teen who shared his passion for community service and giving back.

A six-time Grammy award winner, Swift was also named Billboard's 2011 Woman of the Year, and is the reigning American Music Awards Artist of the Year, as well as both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year. Her Speak Now album has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide and she is Billboard's current Top 200 Albums Artist (all genres).With the release of her (now 5x-Platinum) Speak Now album in 2010, Taylor sold more albums that year than any other artist in any genre of music. She made history on the Billboard Hot 100, charting a record-breaking 11 songs from one album in a single week.

Nickelodeon, now in its 32nd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 17 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA - News, VIA.B - News).

SOURCE Nickelodeon

Also, from Digital Spy:
Michelle Obama to give Taylor Swift special Kids' Choice Award

Michelle Obama is to present a special prize to Taylor Swift at the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.

The US First Lady will honour Swift's humanitarian efforts by giving her The Big Help Award at Saturday's ceremony.

The 'Safe and Sound' singer has been an active campaigner for charity causes and recently headlined a charity concert which raised $750,000 (£471,253) for the tornado-ravaged southern US.

Obama was chosen to hand out The Big Help Award because she was a recipient of the prize two years ago. Leonardo DiCaprio and Justin Timberlake are also among previous recipients.

Katy Perry and One Direction have been lined up to perform at the Kids' Choice Awards, while Will Smith serves as this year's host.

The 2012 Kids' Choice Awards air live on Nickelodeon on Saturday, March 31 at 8pm EST.

> Harry Potter, Katy Perry lead Kids' Choice Awards nominations

Watch Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars's 'Safe and Sound' music video [here on Digital Spy]:
Also, from Xperedon Charity News:
MICHELLE OBAMA: Charity award

First Lady adds to her inspirational work promoting youth empowerment and healthy choices

Barack Obama's presidency brought with it many great expectations...

The President entered the White House with a faltering economy to deal with and a foreign policy crisis with severe challenges born out of Iraq and Afghanistan...

While commentators scrutinise his record which inevitably divides opinions in contrast the First Lady Michelle Obama has continued to sustain high popularity ratings ... in the US and internationally.

One outcome of the presidency has been the widespread approval for a number of inspirational speeches she has made reaching out to a new generation.

Michelle Obama was especially impressive in her first overseas trip to the UK in 2009, in which she spoke passionately about the importance of education and the values of social responsibility and sensible decision making for young people, on a visit to a London girls school.

Her talks – she later met some of the same students at a later talk in Oxford - in which she spoke about the empowerment of women in society are likely to be remembered as some of the greatest public speeches by the wife of a major government leader in recent times, not just a First Lady.

Seemingly speaking direct from the heart at that London school she spoke with clarity about the challenges and responsibilities facing young women today...

It was not just fantastic rhetoric which struck a universal chord and pressed the right buttons...

In its entirety it was truly mesmerising, moving, heartfelt and genuinely powerful stuff from the public speaker.

Talking of her own personal journey in life, the First Lady who was accepted to Princeton University and Harvard Law School ... clearly shared a bond with the girls from the multi-ethnic school in an impoverished neighbourhood in London.

Michelle Obama’s family ancestry involves slavery, and her own personal upbringing is a tale of achievement from a poor background...

Despite being brought up in a neighbourhood in Chicago in modest circumstances she went on to achieve great academic success and fulfilled her potential.

At the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Islington, North London she famously said: "...that success is not about the background you are from, it is about the confidence that you have and the effort you are willing to invest..."

Michelle Obama who was widely seen to have found her place as a First Lady on that day has continued the theme since acting as a tremendous role model for young people with a number of talks about the power of education and the need to overcome adversity, prejudice and other challenges in life.

It's that kind of get up and go attitude that has endeared her to so many people on either side of the Atlantic...

First Lady Michelle Obama's next public appearance is expected to be at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday in Los Angeles.

The First Lady will present singer/songwriter Taylor Swift with a Big Help Award in recognition of her charity work including her efforts helping tornado and flood survivors in the United States...

First Lady Michelle Obama is a past recipient of the award, for supporting healthier lifestyles for kids through her Let's Move! campaign.

The First Lady has also supported the charities Be The Change and Healthy Child Healthy World as part of her growing commitment to positive youth orientated campaigns and other worthwhile causes...

"The Legend of Korra" To Premiere On Nickelodeon USA On Saturday 14th April 2012 At 11.00am (ET/PT)

Below is a Nickelodeon Press Release from Nickelodeon USA's "Nickelodeon Kids And Family" press website,

New Highly Anticipated Animated Adventure is from Creators of the Hit Series Avatar: The Last Airbender

BURBANK, Calif. – March 15, 2012 – The mythology of the beloved animated franchise from Avatar: The Last Airbender creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, continues with the Nickelodeon premiere of The Legend of Korra on Saturday, April 14, at 11:00 AM (ET/PT), with a one-hour television event featuring back-to-back episodes. The all-new series centers around a new Avatar named Korra, a 17-year-old headstrong and rebellious girl who continually challenges and bucks tradition on her quest to become a fully realized Avatar in a world where benders are under attack. The Legend of Korra will air regularly on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

“Mike and Bryan created an incredibly layered world with the animated Avatar franchise -- rich with mythology and artistry,” said Brown Johnson, President, Animation, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group. "The Legend of Korra takes their vision even further, into a more modern world led by a new Avatar who is a fearless and spirited teenage girl."

The Legend of Korra takes place 70 years after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender and follows the next Avatar after Aang – a girl named Korra (Janet Varney) who is from the Southern Water Tribe. With three of the four elements under her belt (Earth, Water and Fire), Korra seeks to master Air. Her quest leads her to Republic City, the modern “Avatar” world that is a virtual melting pot where benders and non-benders from all nations live and thrive. Korra quickly discovers that the metropolis is plagued by crime as well as a growing anti-bending revolution that threatens to rip the city apart. Under the tutelage of Aang’s son, Tenzin (J.K. Simmons), Korra begins her airbending training while dealing with the dangers at large.

In the premiere episode, "Welcome to Republic City," Korra leaves the safety of her home and travels to bustling Republic City to begin her airbending training. Once there, she is shocked to find a big city full of dangers, including criminal bending gangs and a vocal anti-bending revolution. In episode two, "A Leaf in the Wind," Korra is living with her airbending teacher Tenzin on Air Temple Island. Frustrated with her inability to master airbending, she turns her attentions to Republic City's famous Pro-bending Arena. There she befriends two brothers, Mako (David Faustino) and Bolin (P.J. Byrne), who compete in professional bending matches. Korra is immediately drawn to Pro-bending’s dynamic fighting style.

The Legend of Korra cast includes Janet Varney (Dinner and a Movie) as Korra, David Faustino (Married…with Children) as Mako, P.J. Byrne (Horrible Bosses) as Bolin, J.K. Simmons (The Closer) as Tenzin, Steve Blum (Cowboy Bebop) as Amon, Lance Henriksen (Aliens) as The Lieutenant, Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery) as Chief Lin Beifong, Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-0) as Hiroshi Sato, Seychelle Gabriel (Falling Skies) as Asami Sato and Eva Marie Saint (Superman Returns) as Katara. The series is co-created and executive produced by Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, co-creators of the Emmy Award-winning Avatar: The Last Airbender. Joaquim Dos Santos is co-executive producer.

Starting today, fans can work to unlock an exclusive sneak peek of The Legend of Korra premiere at Beginning April 1, fans may log on to for an interactive experience and introduction to Republic City. Show information, fun facts, micro games and additional new content make up this “Welcome to Republic City” online experience. Also leading up to the television series premiere, Xbox users will have the opportunity to download the first episode and trailer for free and purchase episodes from Avatar: The Last Airbender. The first The Legend of Korra episode will be available on VOD. In conjunction with the series premiere, Nick’s mobile channel NIMO, will have a live simulcast of the first two episodes.

Launched in February 2005, Avatar: The Last Airbender aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon and was consistently ranked among the top five animated properties on television among boys 2-11 and 6-11. Avatar: The Last Airbender was the inspiration for the Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies live-action epic adventure, The Last Airbender. In 2007, the series was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Animated Program and took home the Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation. In 2008, Avatar: The Last Airbender won a Peabody Award.

An award-winning filmmaker, DiMartino was a director at Film Roman for six years, working on the prime-time animated series King of the Hill, Family Guy and Mission Hill. During his tenure there, DiMartino animated and directed the short animated film Atomic Love, which has gone on to screen at festivals across the country including Sundance and the Los Angeles Film Festival. It also aired as part of the Nicktoons Animation Festival.

Konietzko began his career in animation as a character designer at Film Roman for Fox's prime-time series, Family Guy. He soon moved to the post of assistant director for two more Film Roman shows, Mission Hill and King of the Hill, working beside animation director DiMartino. Konietzko then became a storyboard artist and later an art director for the Nickelodeon animated series Invader Zim.

The Legend of Korra is being produced at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif.

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