Friday, August 01, 2014

Deaf Children Share Their Stories In New "Nick News with Linda Ellerbee" Special "Now Hear This! What If You Were Deaf?", Premiering 8/5 On Nickelodeon USA

Nickelodeon has announced in the following press release, from Nickelodeon's Kids and Family Press Site, NickPress.com, that Nickelodeon USA will premiere and show the latest brand new "Nick News with Linda Ellerbee" special episode, called "Now Hear This! What If You Were Deaf?", on Tuesday 5th August 2014 at 8:00pm (ET/PT). The half-hour special will explore what is it like to be deaf, and what is it like to not hear music, friends, family, the phone, a smoke alarm or an oncoming car.

Original Nickelodeon Press Release:

DEAF CHILDREN SHARE THEIR STORIES IN NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE "NOW HEAR THIS! WHAT IF YOU WERE DEAF?"

PREMIERING TUESDAY, AUG. 5, AT 8 P.M. (ET/PT) ON NICKELODEON

*High res art and screeners are available upon request; art also available at www.nickpress.com


NEW YORK, July 29, 2014 – What is it like to be deaf? What is it like to not hear music, friends, family, the phone, a smoke alarm or an oncoming car? Kids who are deaf share their experiences in the brand-new Nick News With Linda Ellerbee half-hour special, "Now Hear This! What If You Were Deaf?" premiering Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.



Isabella Bucci, of Hopedale, Massachusetts, pictured with her teacher, Casey Spencer and classmates Leah Kaftan and Sarah Heldenbergh will appear on the upcoming Nick News with Linda Ellerbee, Now Hear This! What If You Were Deaf? Photo: Martin Toub/Lucky Duck Productions

"Being deaf is challenging. But I can do many things hearing people can do, I just do it differently," says Cici, 12, from Florissant, Mo. Isabella, 12, from Hopedale, Mass., was born deaf to deaf parents and uses American Sign Language to communicate. "I'm okay with never hearing anything. I don't need to have surgery or use a hearing aid."



CiCi Gregory, of Florissant, Missouri, talks about growing up deaf on the upcoming Nick News with Linda Ellerbee, Now Hear This! What If You Were Deaf? Photo: Martin Toub/Lucky Duck Productions

Sammie, 12, from McKinney, Texas, was born with a serious hearing loss that got worse as she got older. She decided a cochlear implant, which can help some deaf people hear, was the right choice for her. "My parents presented the pros and cons, and I was really excited about the pros," she says. "It's like a bionic ear. I'm part robot."

Arbab, 14, from Philadelphia, Penn. has a different life. "I'm the only deaf person in my family and nobody in my family signs at all...we just use gestures," he says. "I do wish I was more connected with my family but they're all hearing, so the deaf world really becomes my family."

"All deaf kids live (or have lived) with outside pressure to adapt to a hearing world — to be like everyone else," says Ellerbee. "Well, what's so special about being like everyone else? Perhaps the biggest problem facing kids who don't hear is a hearing world that doesn't listen."



Kaylee Wells, of King City, Missouri, pictured with her interpreter, Sarah Schottel, will appear on the upcoming Nick News with Linda Ellerbee, Now Hear This! What If You Were Deaf? Photo: Martin Toub/Lucky Duck Productions

Kaylee, 11, from King City, Mo., doesn't know any other deaf people, doesn't have an implant and goes to a public school. She is able to communicate because the kids and teachers at her school made a concentrated effort to learn sign language so Kaylee doesn't feel left out.

"I know that the world is different from my school because not all hearing people know sign language," she says. "I wish that all hearing people from around the world would know sign language so I could always feel included."

Nick News, produced by Lucky Duck Productions, is now in its 23rd year and is the longestrunning kids' news show in television history. It has built its reputation on the respectful and direct way it speaks to kids about the important issues of the day. Over the years, Nick News has received more than 21 Emmy nominations and recently won its tenth Emmy Award for Forgotten But Not Gone: Kids, HIV & AIDS in the category of Outstanding Children's Nonfiction Program. Additional Emmy wins for outstanding children's programming include: Under the Influence: Kids of Alcoholics (2011); (The Face of Courage: Kids Living with Cancer (2010); Coming Home: When Parents Return from War (2009); The Untouchable Kids of India (2008); Private Worlds: Kids and Autism (2007); Never Again: From the Holocaust to the Sudan (2005); Faces of Hope: The Kids of Afghanistan (2002) and What Are You Staring At? (1998). In addition, in 1995, the entire series won the Emmy. In 2009, Nick News was honored with the Edward R. Murrow Award for best Network News Documentary for Coming Home: When Parents Return from War — the first-ever kids' television program to receive this prestigious award. Nick News has also received three Peabody Awards, including a personal award given to Ellerbee for explaining the impeachment of President Clinton to kids, as well as a Columbia duPont Award and more than a dozen Parents' Choice Awards.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 35th 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 almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).

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Popular Nickelodeon UK And Nick Jr. UK Shows Nominated In The Licensing Awards 2014

The licensing business news website Licensing.biz is reporting the exciting Nickelodeon UK news in the following articles that Nickelodeon's hit animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and Nick Jr. UK's popular animated series "Peppa Pig" have been nominated for a raft of prestigious awards in the Product, Retail and Marketing Communication Awards and Best Licensed Property portions of The Licensing Awards 2014!


In the Product, Retail and Marketing Communication Awards category, the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" 'Shell-ebration' Cake by Finsbury Foods, pictured below, has been nominated for the "Best Licensed Food or Drink Range" award in the Product, Retail and Marketing Communication Awards.



Additionally, "Peppa Pig" Weebles by Character Options has been nominated for the "Best Licensed Toys or Games Range" award, "Peppa Pig" Tutu Pyjamas for George@Asda from Cooneen By Design has been nominated in the "Best Licensed Pre-school Apparel Range (0-5 years)" category, the "Peppa Pig" Electronic Learning range from KD UK (InspirationWorks) has been nominated for the "Best Written, Listening or Learning Range" award, DTP Europe's "Peppa Pig" Vitamin Gummies have been nominated for the "The Innovation Award", and Tommy's "Peppa Pig Splashathon" has been nominated in the "Best Licensed Marketing Communication Campaign Award" category.

Plus, Tu@Sainsbury's "Guess How Much I Love You Collection" by Paul Dennicci, based on the bestselling "Guess How Much I Love You" picture book by Sam McBratney which has inspired a popular animated series that airs on Nick Jr. UK, has been nominated for the "Best Licensed Pre-school Apparel Range (0-5 years)" award, and the "Peter Rabbit" Gift Range by Rainbow Designs, inspired by Nickelodeon USA and CBeebies' popular animated preschool series of the same name, has been nominated for the "Best Licensed Giftware Range" award.

In the Best Licensed Property categories in The Licensing Awards 2014, Nickelodeon's hit CG-animated series "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" has been nominated for "Best Film or TV Licensed Property".

Nick Jr. UK's popular animated preschool series "Peppa Pig" and "Thomas & Friends" have both been nominated for "Best Pre-school Licensed Property".

Nickelodeon megahit "SpongeBob SquarePants" and Nick Jnr. UK's "Thomas & Friends" have both been nominated for "The Classic Licensed Property Award".

The winners of all the Best Licensed Property award categories will be revealed, alongside the winners of the Product, Retail and Marketing Communication Awards, at The 2014 Licensing Awards, which will be held on Tuesday 26th September 2014 in The Great Room at London's Grosvenor House Hotel.

Tickets for the Awards are available to buy now by calling Createvents on 0118 334 0085 or emailing clare@createvents.co.uk.

From Licensing.biz:
The Licensing Awards 2014 finalists revealed

Finalists for Product, Retail and Marketing Communication Awards unveiled.

Finalists for The Licensing Awards 2014 have now been revealed for the Product, Retail and Marketing Communication Awards.

The finalists for the Property Awards categories will be announced by the end of July. The winners will be revealed at The Licensing Awards event on Tuesday September 16th – in The Great Room at London’s prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel.

The Product Awards Finalists

Approaching 5,000 licensed products were entered into the Product Awards this year. The Judging Panel comprised of almost 100 top retail buyers, including those from Toys R Us, Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury’s, Next, The Entertainer, Waterstones, Lakeland, Asda, Mothercare, Joy, BHS, Paperchase, Paulton’s Park, Blue Inc, MiniClub and River Island.

Best Licensed Toys or Games Range

Despicable Me Remote Control Inflatable from Bladez Toys
Disney Princess My First Toddler Dolls from Jakks Pacific
Doc McStuffins Role Play Range from Flair
Fisher Price ‘Classics’ Range from Basic Fun
The Gruffalo Wooden Toys from Bajo
Peppa Pig Weebles from Character Options

Best Licensed Dress-Up or Partyware Range

Despicable Me Dress-Up from Rubies
Disney Frozen Dress-Up from Rubies
Fisher Price Partyware from Amscan
Marvel Dress-Up For George@Asda from Christys’
Tetris Dress-up from Morphcostumes
Wall’s Partyware from Talking Tables

Best Licensed Pre-school Apparel Range (0-5 years)

Finding Nemo Swim Range from Matalan
Guess How Much I Love You Collection for Tu@Sainsbury’s from Paul Dennicci
Paddington Babywear from Baby Gap
The Royal Ballet Collection for M&S from Watermelon
Marvel Spiderman Preschool Range From Fabric Flavours
Peppa Pig Tutu Pyjamas for George@Asda from Cooneen By Design

Best Licensed Children or Adult Apparel Range

Beano Footwear Range from Dr Martens
The Gruffalo Eyewear from Specsavers
Lego The Movie Range from TV Mania
Monster High Essentials for Tesco from Aykroyds/TDP/Roy Lowe
Peanuts Ladies Wear for ASOS from Knitmania
Where’s Wally? Flip Flops from Haivaianas

Best Written, Listening or Learning Range

FIFA World Cup Stickers And Sticker Book from Panini
Game Of Thrones ‘A Pop-Up Guide To Westeros’ from Inside Editions
Great British Bake Off Books from Random House
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Arts & Crafts Range from Copywrite Designs
Minecraft Book Range from Egmont
Peppa Pig Electronic Learning range from KD UK (InspirationWorks)

Best Licensed Paper Products or Stationery Range

Despicable Me Cards & Calendar Range from Danilo
Doc McStuffins Stationery Art & Craft Range from Sambro
Frozen Birthday Cards from Moonpig
Marvel Stationery Range from Pyramid
Orla Kiely Stationery from Blueprint Stationery
Pickle Parade Stationery Range from Carte Blanche Greetings

Best Licensed Giftware Range

Coca Cola Gift Range from Brand Packaging
Despicable Me Backpacks from Posh Paws
Gromit Unleashed Gifts Range from Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal
Guinness Gift Range from Beams
Happy Jackson Gift Range from Wild & Wolf
Peter Rabbit Gift Range from Rainbow Designs

Best Licensed Home D├ęcor, Tableware or Housewares Range

Great British Bake Off Kitchenware Range from Ethos
Marvel Art Deco Canvas Range from Pyramid
Mr. Men & Little Miss Cooking Sets from Creative Tops
Pantone Universe Range from Whitbread Wilkinson
Star Wars Kitchenware from Lakeland
VW Lunchbags from Monster Factory

Best Licensed Food or Drink Range

Heinz Pastries from Peter’s Food Services
Jamie Oliver Ready To Eat Pulses from Fiddes Payne
Mr. Men and Little Miss Biscuits from Biscuiteers
The Snowman and Snowdog Range from Thorntons
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ‘Shell-ebration’ Cake from Finsbury Foods
Wahaca Range from Kimm & Miller

Best Licensed Brand Range

Animal Planet Cycle Safety Equipment from Oxford Products
Jamie Oliver Kitchenware from Merison Retail
Lego Adult Watch Collection from Clic Time
Pizza Express Range from Eddingtons
Roald Dahl Bedroom Range from Ashley Wilde
V&A, Garden Of Love Bedroom Range from Bedeck

The Innovation Award

Downton Abbey Board Game from She Who Dares
Iron Man Digital Morphsuit from Morph Costumes
Mickey Mouse Augmented Reality Duvet Set from Character World
Minnie Mouse Ears for ASOS from Icon
Peppa Pig Vitamin Gummies from DTP Europe
Star Wars Homewares from Bluwstuff

Best Licensed Marketing Communication Campaign Award

For this award category, a highly qualified panel of marketing and promotions experts judged the entries to the Best Licensed Marketing Communication 2014 Award to arrive at an impressive finalists line-up, each of which demonstrate strong partnerships forged between licensed properties and key FMCG brands.

Guinness World Records ‘Largest Shaving Lesson’ with Gillette (P&G) for Movember
Gromit Unleashed for Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Giant Wiggle for Action For Children
Peppa Pig Splashathon for Tommy’s
Shaun the Sheep’s Pompom Parade Campaign for Wool
Wallace & Gromit’s Holidays at Home are Great for Visit England

The Retailer Award Finalists

The finalists of the Retailer Award categories were decided as a result of an online nomination process involving manufacturers, suppliers and importers of licensed products, inviting them to state which retailers have excelled in their retail delivery of licensed merchandise to the public over the last year. These results were then taken into account by a validation panel of industry experts to arrive at the final line-up.

Best Pre-school Retailer of Licensed Products (age group 0-5)

Argos
Asda (including George@Asda)
The Entertainer
Sainsbury’s (including TU)
Smyths
Toys R Us (including Babies R Us)

Best Kids Retailer of Licensed Products (age group 6-16)

Argos
Asda (includes George@Asda)
Next
Primark
Smyths
Tesco

Best Retailer of Adult Licensed Products

Argos
ASDA
Forbidden Planet
HMV
John Lewis
Tesco

The Radar Award

This award is for any UK based retailer (bricks and mortar/or online) that have ‘come on the radar’ by upping their licensing activities in the last year.

ASOS
Halfords
Hobbycraft
Lakeland
M&Co (McKays)
Poundland

Top Retailer Award

All winners of the other categories are contenders for this award.

Tickets are also now on sale for The Licensing Awards event, which takes place in The Great Room in The Grosvenor House Hotel in London on Tuesday September 16th 2014. Almost 1,400 retailers, licensees, licensees and industry suppliers will attend the event, with hundreds of tickets already bought.

Contact Createvents on 01252 781178 or email clare@createvents.co.uk.
Also from Licensing.biz:
Property category finalists confirmed for The Licensing Awards 2014

"Finalists fanfare an array of properties from right across the spectrum."

The finalists in all seven of the Best Licensed Property categories in The Licensing Awards 2014 have been revealed.

The list completes the full finalist roll call for this year, joining those nominated in the Product, Retail and Marketing Communications categories, which were revealed earlier this month.

"The strong line-up of contenders in the licensed property categories are a true reflection of the dynamism of this ever evolving industry," said Ian Hyder, joint MD of Max Publishing, owner of The Licensing Awards. "The finalists fanfare an array of properties from right across the spectrum – newer entertainment properties which have really ‘hit the spot’ in the last year to true stalwart brands that have successfully wielded the power of their heritage."

"The addition of an award which recognises the gaming and new media properties further strengthens these accolades, while the new Best Film or TV property category celebrates the explosion of activity in this area."

The finalists are as follows:

Best Pre-school Licensed Property

Doc McStuffins
The Gruffalo
Peppa Pig
Sofia the First
Thomas & Friends
Tree Fu Tom
The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Best Film or TV Licensed Property

Despicable Me 2
Frozen
The Great British Bake Off
Marvel’s Avengers
Mrs Brown’s Boys
The Simpsons
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Best Gaming Or New Media Licensed Property

Angry Birds
Assassin’s Creed
Call of Duty
Candy Crush
Minecraft
Moshi Monsters
Skylanders

Best Brand Licensed Property (‘brand’ means non-entertainment eg art, design, lifestyle, heritage, FMCG, transport etc)

Britvic Brands
Coca Cola
Hello Kitty
JCB
Me to You
Paul Frank
Wall’s Ice Cream

Best Music or Celebrity Licensed Property

The Beatles
Jamie Oliver
Kirstie Allsopp
One Direction
Orla Kiely
Union J

Best Sports Licensed Property

Arsenal Football Club
Chelsea FC
England Rugby
FC Barcelona
Liverpool Football Club
Manchester United Football Club
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

The Classic Licensed Property Award (This is for properties that are over ten years old. The winning property will enter the Classic Hall of Fame and join previous winners, The Beano in 2013, Mickey Mouse in 2012 and Star Wars in 2011)

Barbie
Batman
Doctor Who
Mr.Men and Little Miss
My Little Pony
The Simpsons
Spider-Man
SpongeBob Squarepants
Thomas & Friends

The winners of all the Best Licensed Property award categories will be revealed (alongside the winners of the Product Awards and Marketing Communication Award) at The Licensing Awards on Tuesday, September 16th which will take place in The Great Room at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

Tickets for the Awards are available by calling Createvents on 0118 334 0085 or emailing clare@createvents.co.uk.

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