Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sneak Peek Of New "Sanjay and Craig" Special "Street Dogg", Premiering 5/17 On Nickelodeon USA

Dudes, what's up? To celebrate Nickelodeon USA premiering the brand-new "Sanjay and Craig" half-hour special "Street Dogg", guest starring music sensation Snoop Dogg, on Sunday 17th May 2015 at 7:30pm (ET/PT), Nick USA have unveiled a fantastic super top secret sneak peek preview from the all-new special, which you can watch in the fantastic online streaming video clip here on nick.com! Fans can also watch rad-awesome episodes of "Sanjay and Craig" on nick.com! Check it!

In the brand-new 30-minute special of Nickelodeon's Emmy-nominated original animated series (NickToon) "Sanjay and Craig", Snoop Dogg guest stars as Street Dogg, a rap icon who moves in next door to Sanjay and Craig in Lundgren. Street Dogg is a cool, funny, friendly guy who is always eager to rhyme with the kids. He's come to town to escape the bright lights of LA, chill out, make some new music and live a quiet suburban life. During the special, Sanjay and Craig discover that Street Dogg was once part of a rap duo with none other than Remington Tufflips, the boys' action-movie idol. They set out to reunite the former pair, but their failed efforts only lead to a town divided - and the mother of all epic rap battles!

Plus, Mixmaster P. & Sir Rips-a-lot are serving up music just for you featuring the incomparable Leslie Noodman with their official 'Receiving Butt Transmission' music video! Don't miss new episodes of "Sanjay and Craig" Sundays on Nickelodeon USA!

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Sneak Peek Of New "Henry Danger" Episode "Jasper's Real Girlfriend", Premiering 5/16 On Nickelodeon USA

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA premiering and showing the brand-new episode of the networks new hit original comedy series "Henry Danger" called "Jasper's Real Girlfriend" on Saturday 16th May 2015 at 8:00pm (ET/PT), Nick USA has unveiled a super sneak peek preview of the brand-new episode on their official YouTube channel, which you can watch in the online streaming video clip below!:

In "Jasper's Real Girlfriend", when Jasper's (Sean Ryan Fox) summer camp girlfriend, Courtney Sham (Jada Facer) is in town, she quickly grows jealous. Following a incident with a ceiling fan, Charlotte (Riele Downs) quickly realizes that there might be something suspicious about her! Check out a new episode of Henry Danger this Saturday at 8/7c!

Plus, this week on "Danger Code", the cast of "Henry Danger" explains what it means to be a Herbert and how you can avoid it!:

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NASCAR's Ben Kennedy and Scott Zipadelli Raise $20,000 for Pediatric Cancer with Social Media Challenge

It all started with a tweet. Ben Kennedy, driver of the No. 11 Local Motors Toyota Tundra, and crew chief Scott Zipadelli raised $20,000 for the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation last weekend at Kansas Speedway. This Wednesday, Kennedy and Zipadelli will attend the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Catwalk for a Cause and present the check.

Kennedy was in Kansas on Tuesday 21st April 2015 to promote last weekend's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, and was given a special SpongeBob SquarePants adult onesie pajama set. He playfully tweeted at Zipadelli that he'd found his uniform for the weekend, as it closely matched Kennedy's Bikini-Bottom-themed fire suit.

Zipadelli responded via Twitter with a challenge of his own; if Kennedy could raise $10,000 in support of pediatric cancer awareness and research, Zipadelli would wear the onesie pajamas during the Kansas race.

"Pediatric cancer awareness means a lot to me since my daughter was diagnosed with cancer three years ago," said Zipadelli. "Anytime I can use what I do for a living to try bring awareness, I try to make it happen. It's pretty cool, and more so, really amazing. The coolest thing was after all the people had donated more than $10,000, Nickelodeon was so gracious and impressed that they donated as well."

Kennedy had visited a children's hospital in Kansas earlier in the day and spent time with several pediatric cancer patients, and the cause touched him as well. And, race car drivers are nothing, if not competitive, so Kennedy accepted the challenge.

The 23-year-old Daytona Beach, Fla., native immediately set up a fundraising page online and connected with the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation to contribute any funds raised to their mission of helping children with cancer.

"I thought the challenge was a great way to bring awareness to a good cause and to have a little fun with our paint scheme for the weekend," said Kennedy. "It's unbelievable that we were able to raise $20,000 and I'm thankful to everyone that donated or helped us get the word out."

In just 11 days, thanks to industry social media and media support, Kennedy raised more than 80 percent of the goal, but was still short funds on the day of the race. However, Kansas Speedway stepped in with the remaining funds and met the goal.

Kennedy's Toyota Tundra carried all of the characters from Nickelodeon's hit original animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants" on Saturday 9th May 2015 in conjunction with the Nickelodeon SpongeBob SquarePants 400, Nickelodeon's entitlement sponsorship of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, and when Nickelodeon executives heard about the challenge and the money raised, they decided to match the amount, bringing the total donation to $20,000!

Zipadelli did indeed wear the onesie for the race, however, Kennedy's night was cut short when debris on the grille caused the truck to overheat.

Even though the goal has been reached, those interested can still donate to this great cause until Friday 15th May 2015 by visiting the fundraiser page at https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/7ywQ5/tw/04kHne.

Source: Red Horse Racing.
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Sneak Peeks From Nickelodeon's Brand-New Show "100 Things to Do Before High School", Premiering 6/6 On Nick USA

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA starting to premiere and show Nickelodeon's brand-new live-action original comedy series "100 Things to Do Before High School" every Saturday at 8pm (ET/PT) from 6th June 2015, Nick USA has unveiled two fantastic sneak peek previews from two of the first episodes of "100 Things to Do Before High School", "Run With The Bears Thing", the series premiere episode, "Start A Garage Band Thing", and the networks official "100 Things to Do Before High School" trailer on their official YouTube channel, which you can watch in the online streaming video clips below!

Additionally, Nickelodeon USA will be airing a special "100 Things to Do Before High School" sneak peek on Saturday 30th May 2015 at 9/8c!

100 Things To Do Before High School | Sneak Peek: Start A Garage Band Thing | Nick:

CJ, Crispo, and Fenwick are trying to check “start a garage band” off their 100 things to do list, but it looks like their new adventure might fall victim to one of the most classic issues of all time: creative differences. See what happens in the 100 Things To Do Before High School sneak peek on May 30 at 9/8c, and the don’t miss the series premiere on June 6 at 8/7c!

100 Things To Do Before High School | Sneak Peek: Run With The Bears Thing | Nick:

In the series premiere, CJ, Crispo, and Fenwick decide they’re going to face their fears. And what’s more terrifying than a screaming stampede of jocks? Join the gang as they run with the Bears on the series premiere of 100 Things To Do Before High School, June 6 at 8/7c!

100 Things To Do Before High School | Official Trailer #2 | Nick:

CJ, Crispo and Fenwick are on a mission do 100 (awesome) things before high school. Join them as they start a garage band, become fairy godmothers (and dudes), say yes to everything, and just generally max out middle school. Catch a sneak peek of the new series on May 30 at 9/8c, and the season premiere on June 6 at 8/7c!

Created by Scott Fellows ("Big Time Rush"), "100 Things to Do Before High School" follows the comedic adventures of 12-year old CJ Martin (Isabela Moner) who always dreamed that high school would be the greatest years of her life. After her older brother warns her that life after middle school is not quite the teenage dream, CJ becomes more committed than ever to strengthen her friendships with her two best friends, Fenwick Frazier (Jaheem Toombs) and Christian "Crispo" Powers (Owen Joyner), before high school ruins their lives forever. Together, they embark on a bucket list of adventures that help them overcome class cliques, terrifying bullies and clueless teachers. For CJ, Fenwick and Crispo growing up means trying everything and taking chances while they still can.
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New "Winx Club" Movie "The Mystery of the Abyss" Arrives In Finland; Rainbow Inks Brazilian Broadcast Deal For TV Series

The Italian animation studio Rainbow has announced that "The Mystery of the Abyss", the new "Winx Club" movie, has made its theatrical debut in Finland!

"The Mystery of the Abyss" looks on as the Winx fairies battle against the Trix and the evil nymph Politea, who are on the verge of becoming dangerously powerful. The film is the third theatrical movie based on Rainbow's popular "Winx Club" franchise. It is being distributed by Primal Screen.

""The Mystery of the Abyss" has already been released around the globe, through both cinemas and home entertainment, and has been a huge success," said Andrea Graciotti, the head of sales and co-production at Rainbow Group. "I hope Finnish fairy fans will also be delighted by the new amazing adventures the Winx face in this new movie!"

Additionally, Rainbow has announced that they have inked a new broadcast deal with Brazil's TV Cultura for its girl-skewing "Winx Club" property!

The Brazilian broadcaster is slated to air seasons five and six of the show every weekday, starting this month through the end of 2016.

Blending action and adventure with comedy, the animated series follows the adventures of a group of young fairies. With six seasons to its name, "Winx Club" counts over 15 million daily viewers, through 115 broadcasters worldwide.

Rainbow recently brought "Winx Club" season seven to MIPTV in Cannes, France in April 2015. In the series' latest installment, the fairies discover the importance of a group of rare fairy animals, which must be saved from evil shape-shifter Kalshara.

A spin-off series is also in the works from Rainbow and Netflix. The pair is expected to launch "Winx Club WOW: World of Winx" in early 2016, with a serialized storyline designed for on-demand viewing.

Sources: License! Global, World Screen, Kidscreen.
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Breakthrough Entertainment Begins Production On Second Season Of "Max & Shred"

Original Breakthrough Entertainment Inc. Press Release via BreakthroughEntertainment.com:

Breakthrough Entertainment Begins Production On Second Season Of Max & Shred

Breakthrough To Produce 13 All-New Episodes Of Hit Kids Live-Action Buddy Comedy Series For YTV And Nickelodeon

For Immediate Release:

TORONTO (May 11, 2015) – Production has begun on season two of Breakthrough Entertainment's hit kids' live-action comedy series Max & Shred announced Joan Lambur, Executive Vice-President, Family Entertainment for Breakthrough Entertainment, and an Executive Producer on this series.

Breakthrough will produce 13 all-new episodes of the buddy comedy which airs on YTV (Canada) and Nickelodeon channels globally. In addition to YTV and Nick, Max & Shred has scored with kid audiences in countries worldwide, including Africa, Australia, Columbia, Italy, Portugal, Russia and the U.K., all of whom are primed for the series' second season.

The internationally successful buddy comedy chronicles the hilarious and unlikely friendship between Max Asher played by Jonny Gray, (Annedroids, Paranormal Witness 3), a celebrity snowboarder, and Alvin "Shred" Ackerman played by Jake Goodman (Life with Boys, Saving Hope), a science whiz-kid, who become roommates and instant "bros" when Max moves to Colorado to train for the Winter Cup. The show centres on the boys' odd couple relationship as they help and hinder each other through the trials of teenage life. Returning also for a second season are Emilia McCarthy (Zapped, Hemlock Grove) as Alvin's driven older sister Abby, and Saara Chaudry (DeGrassi, Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight) as Howie, Alvin's super smart eight-year-old protégé.

"We are thoroughly delighted by the resounding success of Max & Shred here at home on YTV, on Nick in the US and throughout the international marketplace. The chemistry between the show's tremendously talented cast, production crew and brilliant showrunner George Doty has resulted in a smart, quality comedy that kids everywhere have truly gotten behind," said Joan Lambur, Executive Vice-President, Family Entertainment for Breakthrough Entertainment, and an Executive Producer on this series.

"We are thrilled to continue the success of this hit show with another season on YTV," said Jamie Piekarz, Director of Content, Corus Kids. "Max & Shred fans will be so excited to see some incredibly funny twists and turns in Season 2. While not giving anything away, someone gets a new reality show, someone gets a major crush, and someone struggles with leaving for University. Rest assured, some things will remain the same such as Max and Shred's bro factor and the crazy cast of characters that populate Blizzard Springs."

Max & Shred is executive produced by George Doty IV, whose extensive writing credits include the hit Nickelodeon live-action series iCarly, Victorious, and the beloved buddy-comedy Drake & Josh. Doty also served as story editor on the iconic animated series Scooby Doo. Additional executive producers for Max & Shred include Breakthrough Entertainment's Joan Lambur, Ira Levy, Peter Williamson, Nat Abraham and Michael McGuigan. YTV executives are Jocelyn Hamilton, Vice President, Programming and Jaime Piekarz, Director, Content, Corus Kids. Nickelodeon Executives are Bronwen O'Keefe, Senior Vice President, Content Strategy and Zuri Rice, Vice President, Development and Production, East Coast.

About Breakthrough Entertainment

Headquartered in Toronto, Breakthrough Entertainment Inc. (BEI) is a world class studio, being a leading global producer and distributor of acclaimed primetime comedy and drama series, as well as factual entertainment, documentaries, television movies, feature films, family entertainment and children's animation. As one of Canada's largest television production and distribution companies, BEI has licensed programs to major broadcasters in over 200 territories. With a catalogue of over 3000 half-hours of programming, the company handles distribution as well as worldwide pre-sales, co-productions and third-party acquisitions. In addition to its dedicated program development, production and distribution divisions, Breakthrough's digital media division ranks among one of the industry's most respected producers of high quality digital entertainment including ebooks, webisodes and online and mobile games. www.breakthroughentertainment.com. Follow us on Twitter @breakthru_ent.

About YTV

Celebrating 25 years in television, YTV is a leading cross platform entertainment brand for kids and families. The channel offers quality entertainment with hilarious animated and live-action comedy series, popular Nickelodeon series, blockbuster movies, top-rated original Canadian programming, music, celebrities and the channel's after-school block, The Zone. Through its multiple platforms and exclusive digital and interactive content, YTV is the voice of Canadian youth culture. YTV is owned by Corus Entertainment. Visit www.corusent.com.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 36th 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 20 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, VIAB).

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Thomas the Tank Engine And Friends Celebrate 70th Anniversary

Today, Tuesday 12th May 2015, marks 70 years since "The Railway Series" began as a collection of stories featuring Thomas the Tank Engine created by the Reverend W. Awdry!

To kick off the celebrations, Thomas and his friends celebrated with a special star studded VIP party at the British Museum in London over the weekend. A host of special guests, including the Awdry family, an 8ft Thomas replica engine, and Sir Topham Hatt, attended the event to mark the milestone!

Attractions at the event included a selection of rare Thomas the Tank Engine memorabilia, a 70 Years Thomas and Friends timeline mapping out Thomas' story, a children's play area full of toys, a giant Thomas birthday cake and a First Friends Memory Booth for the guests to record their own "Thomas and Friends" memories.

Celebrities and their children, including comedian Rufus Hound, above, "The One Show" presenter Alex Jones, and writer and presenter Danny Wallace, below, were among the party.

Christopher Awdry said: "Thomas has been one of my closest friends for the past 70 years. Having been dreamt up by my father when I was a young boy, his adventures have kept me entertained my entire life. It is a pleasure to see the joy that Thomas and his friends are still bringing to the lives of children today, and they will be keeping children entertained for many years to come."

Wendy Hill, brand activation director, Mattel UK, added: "Thomas' birthday party has been an exciting start to a strong programme at retail, marketing and PR activity with our partners that celebrate Thomas' 70 years of pre-school heritage as well as communicating the timeless values of this much loved property. Thomas and Friends is the number one pre-school property, +18% YTD in the UK, and the brand’s values are as relevant today as they have ever been."

"Thomas & Friends is the number one pre-school property, up 18 per cent YTD (source: NPD April 2015 YTD) in the UK, and the values of Thomas & Friends are as relevant today as they have ever been, continuing to resonate with children and parents alike."

NickALive! wishes Thomas the Tank Engine and all his friends on the Isle of Sodor a very happy 70th anniversary!

Sources: Toy World Magazine, Licensing.biz, ToyNews.
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