Thursday, July 30, 2015

Nickelodeon USA To Premiere "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" 2D Special, "Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past", On 11/22

IGN is reporting the Turtley Awesome TMNT News that Nickelodeon USA will premiere a brand-new one-hour "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" special called "Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past" on Sunday 22nd November 2015!

"Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past" poster

Told in the style of Playmates' Half-Shell Heroes action figure line, the storyline finds the four mutant Heroes in a Half-Shell turtles — Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo - going back in time to the Jurassic Era, where they encounter friendly dinosaurs from the past and dangerous aliens from the future who have a nefarious plan of their own. However, things get even more complicated when Triceritons, Bebop and Rocksteady show up!

Donnie-saurus Rex?

Unlike Nickelodeon's hit CG-animated TMNT series, "Half-Shell Heroes" will be 2D-animated (as you can see from the new poster above). Random House will also be releasing a "Blast to the Past" book (see cover below) this September, while Playmates will release new Dino toys in the Fall to coincide with the special.

"Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past" book cover

Meanwhile, fans catch brand-new episodes from "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" season three every Saturday at 11:00am ET/PT from Sunday 2nd August 2015 on Nickelodeon USA and every Saturday and Sunday at 9:30am from Saturday 8th August 2015 on Nicktoons UK & Ireland!
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NickToons UK To Premiere More Brand-New "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Season 3 Episodes From Saturday 8th August 2015

The online British and Irish TV guide website Digiguide is reporting the Turtley Awesome TMNT News that Nicktoons UK and Ireland, Nickelodeon UK's animation and action channel, will start to premiere and show more brand new episodes from "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" season 3 every Saturday and Sunday at 9:30am from Saturday 8th August 2015, continuing the shell-raising crime-fighting adventures of the four mutant Heroes in a Half-Shell turtles — Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo! NickToons UK & Eire will repeat each brand new episode the same day at 5:30pm!

Below is a list of currently announced all-new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" episodes set to debut on Nicktoons UK in August 2015, with episode descriptions:

Saturday 8th August 2015 - Casey Jones v The Underworld: Casey Jones thinks he can take on the criminal underworld on his own, but he soon finds himself in over his head.

Sunday 9th August 2015 - The Noxious Avenger: A new mutant called Muckman starts gain notoriety as NYC's 'Monster Hero'.

Saturday 15th August 2015 - Clash of the Mutanimals: The Shredder kidnaps and experiments on the Mighty Mutanimals.

Sunday 16th August 2015 - Meet Mondo Gecko: Mikey and Casey are befriended by Mondo Gecko, a radical skateboarding reptilian kid.

Saturday 22nd August 2015 - The Deadly Venom: Karai is brainwashed and starts hunting the Turtles.

Sunday 23rd August 2015 - Turtles in Time: The Turtles get whisked through time by apprentice Time Master Renet, and they must all work together to defeat the evil Time Master Savanti Romero.

Saturday 29th August 2015 - TBA
Saturday 30th August 2015 - TBA

Huge thanks to VickyTMNTfan for the news!
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Nickelodeon Australia And New Zealand To Premiere "100 Things To Do Before High School" On Saturday 29th August 2015

SKY TV, New Zealand's main pay-television operator, is reporting the exciting Nickelodeon International news on their 'Television Highlights' webpage that Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand will start to premiere and show Nickelodeon's brand-new live-action original comedy series "100 Things to Do Before High School" from Saturday 29th August 2015 at 5:00pm, as part of "All New Saturdays"!

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.

Pictured: "100 Things to Do Before High School - movie" -- Pictured: CJ Parker (Isabela Moner), Fenwick Frazer (Jaheem King Toombs), Crispo Powers (Owen Joyner), in 100 THINGS TO DO BEFORE HIGH SCHOOL. Photo: Robert Voets/Nickelodeon©2014 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Scott Fellows created and executive produced Nickelodeon's hit TV series "Big Time Rush", "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide" and DHX Media's "Johnny Test". Previously, he worked as a staff writer for the second, third and fourth seasons of "The Fairly OddParents", and received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for the show in 2003. Fellows' earlier writing credits also include episodes of "Weinerville", "U to U", "100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd" and "Doug".

To celebrate Nick AU & NZ debuting Nick's brand-new sitcom, has unveiled the channels official "100 Things to Do Before High School" show website, which currently features information about the brand Nick show and a 'Meet the Characters' section featuring bios for CJ Martin, Christian "Crispo" Powers and Fenwick Frazier!
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Hunter Hayes To Guest Star In Brand-New "Bella and the Bulldogs" Season 2 Episode; To Premiere During Fall 2015

Entertainment Tonight is reporting the exciting news that country superstar Hunter Hayes will be making his acting debut when he appears on an upcoming brand-new episode of Nickelodeon's hit original comedy series "Bella and the Bulldogs", which Nickelodeon USA will premiere during Fall (Autumn) 2015!

The season two episode, appropriately titled "I Love You, Hunter Hayes", will film this week in Los Angeles, California.

Hayes is set to film for two days and will appear in approximately three to four scenes, including one in which he'll perform his latest hit single, "21".

In this episode, Bella Dawson (Brec Bassinger) is blackmailed by her teammates after skipping a group activity to attend Hayes' concert.
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Save Money With Blackpool Pleasure Beach And The New Nickelodeon Store In London's Leicester Square

Original Blackpool Pleasure Beach Press Release via


Blackpool Pleasure Beach, the home of Nickelodeon Land in the UK, has teamed up with Europe's first Nickelodeon flagship store at 1 Leicester Square, London to offer visitors to either venue great discounts at the other. This unique cross-promotional offer is part of the continued working relationship between these two much-loved entertainment brands.

From today and running for a limited time, visitors to each attraction will receive a money saving voucher which they can use at the other one. Visitors to Blackpool Pleasure Beach will get 15% off any purchase at the Nickelodeon Store plus a great free gift of a SpongeBob SquarePants keychain whilst visitors to the Nickelodeon Store get a Kids Go Free offer at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

With the summer holidays coming soon it's a great opportunity for families to enjoy fun days out in both London and Blackpool while saving money by taking advantage of these great offers. Even though London and Blackpool might seem quite a distance apart, if you travel by train they are closer than you might think. An average journey by train between London and Blackpool, via Preston, is under three hours!

The UK's favourite amusement park, Blackpool Pleasure Beach is home to Nickelodeon Land, an area of the park jam packed with 12 rides and attractions from the world's number one entertainment brand for kids, Nickelodeon. With its colourful, party like atmosphere, Nickelodeon Land is the perfect place to hang out with beloved Nick characters. If all the fun gets too much you can also grab a bite to eat in the Big Pizza Kitchen.

Spanning two floors and more than 4500 square feet, the Nickelodoen Store offers kids and families the opportunity to experience and interact with one of the world's leading children's brands as well as Nickelodeon's beloved properties including global animations SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Nick Jr. pre-school hit, Dora the Explorer, in an exciting, tangible way currently unavailable in London. The store offers products exclusively created for The Nickelodeon Store and not available anywhere else. Visitors can sit and colour at the Dora the Explorer tree or check out the new apps. at the Pineapple iPad Bar. They can also have their photo taken with the life size SpongeBob Costume Character.

Tina Calvo, CEO of Entertainment Retailer Limited said "we are honoured to be able to work with Nickelodeon to bring this store to life and to create a framework for additional Flagship locations in other Global Destinations. We are thrilled to welcome guests of Blackpool Pleasure Beach to experience our store and extend their Nickelodeon experience with us in London".

Amanda Thompson OBE, Managing Director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach adds, "We are delighted to continue to work with Nickelodeon and offer families a great money-saving day out at Blackpool Pleasure Beach during the summer holidays".

Vouchers to be used at the Nickelodeon Store are valid until 1st October 2015 and are only valid on in store purchases. Vouchers to be used at Blackpool Pleasure Beach are valid until 1st November 2015. Only one voucher per transaction and vouchers can only be redeemed once.

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Editor's notes

About Nickelodeon Land

Nickelodeon Land is suitable for all ages. Parents and children can enjoy a number of rides together including Diego's Rainforest Rescue and SpongeBob SquarePant's Bikini Bottom Bus Tour. Older thrill seekers can step aboard the Nickelodeon Streak or soar through the air on the Avatar Airbender.

A visit to Nickelodeon Land would not be complete without meeting the famous faces that make up Nickelodeon's world. SpongeBob SquarePants, his good friend Patrick; Dora the Explorer, her best friend Boots and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are on hand to meet with guests for pose for photos.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company's portfolio includes television programming and production around the world, plus special events, consumer products, digital offerings, recreation, books, feature films and pro-social initiatives. Nickelodeon's brands are seen globally in more than 500 million households across more than 130 territories, via more than 70 locally programmed channels and branded blocks. Outside of the United States, Nickelodeon is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.
About Entertainment Retail Enterprises

The Nickelodeon Store is owned and operated by Entertainment Retailer Limited a division of Entertainment Retail Enterprises. Based in Orlando Florida, Entertainment Retail Enterprises has over 25 years experience in brand building, creating cross category merchandise solutions and compelling retail environments with premium global brands. The majority of the assortments in The Nickelodeon Store are designed and created exclusively for the Store in partnership with Nickelodeon.

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Nickelodeon Germany And Nickelodeon Switzerland To Premiere Brand-New "SpongeBob SquarePants" Episode "Tutor Sauce" On Saturday 5th September 2015

Nickelodeon Germany has announced the exciting Nickelodeon International news on their "Nick Pressecenter" that Nickelodeon Germany and Nickelodeon Switzerland will be premiering the brand-new "SpongeBob SquarePants" ("SpongeBob Schwammkopf") episode "Tutor Sauce" (#190b) on Saturday 5th September 2015!

Nickelodeon Germany (Deutschland) will debut the brand-new episode at 3:50pm and Nickelodeon Switzerland (Swiss/Schweiz) will premiere the brand-new episode of "SpongeBob SquarePants" on 5:00pm!

Although unconfirmed, it is expected that Nickelodeon Germany and Nickelodeon Switzerland will continue to premiere more brand-new episodes of "SpongeBob SquarePants" every Saturday at the same times.

It is also expected that other Nickelodeon channels around Northern Europe will debut brand-new episodes of "SpongeBob SquarePants" around the same time.

In the brand-new "SpongeBob SquarePants" episode "Tutor Sauce", Mr. Krabs decides to teach SpongeBob how to drive. Can SpongeBob finally pass his driving test? Find out in the brand-new episode!
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Viacom Names Alex Berkett Senior Vice President, Corporate Development

Original Viacom Inc. Press Release via Business Wire:

Viacom Names Alex Berkett Senior Vice President, Corporate Development

July 30, 2015 11:46 AM Eastern Daylight Time

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) today announced the appointment of Alex Berkett to the position of Senior Vice President, Corporate Development. In this role, Berkett will lead the company's global corporate development and mergers and acquisitions functions. Based in New York, he will report directly to Wade Davis, Chief Financial Officer of Viacom.

As Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Berkett will identify and develop growth opportunities for Viacom and its brands, including partnerships, acquisitions, investments and joint ventures. He will also work closely with senior executives across the company to advise on and lead deal negotiations. Berkett joins Viacom from Townsquare Media, a publicly-held diversified local media company he co-founded in 2010. At Townsquare, he served as Executive Vice President, responsible for corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, investor relations and a variety of other senior functions.

"We're thrilled to welcome Alex to Viacom, where he will oversee our efforts to forge new partnerships, explore opportunities in innovative new businesses and help advance the company's strategic goals," said Davis. "Viacom is committed to continued investment in key areas of growth, and Alex's deep knowledge of media, strong transactional track record and entrepreneurial background make him the right choice to expand our capabilities in new and exciting ways. Alex is a proven leader and has the skills and experience to hit the ground running."

Prior to his work at Townsquare, Berkett worked in J.P. Morgan's Technology, Media & Telecom Investment Banking Group, which he joined following the firm's acquisition of Bear, Stearns & Co. Berkett spent eleven years in the investment banking division of Bear Stearns, rising to Managing Director, where he focused on merger and acquisition advisory for media and entertainment companies.

About Viacom

Viacom is home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form video, apps, games, consumer products, social media and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 165 countries and territories. Viacom's media networks, including Nickelodeon, CMT, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, TV Land, Nick at Nite, MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, SPIKE, Logo, BET, CENTRIC, Channel 5 (UK), Tr3s, Paramount Channel and VIVA, reach a cumulative 3.2 billion television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.

For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom's blog at and Twitter feed at

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Nickelodeon USA To Premiere "Shimmer and Shine" On Monday 24th August 2015


Original Nickelodeon USA Press Release via Animation World Network:

Nickelodeon to Debut 'Shimmer and Shine' August 24

Nickelodeon takes preschoolers on a magical genie adventure with animated preschool series 'Shimmer and Shine,' created by 'Dora the Explorer' production supervisor Farnaz Esnaashari-Charmatz.

NEW YORK -- Preschoolers will enter a whimsical genie world full of magic, music and misadventures in Nickelodeon's brand-new animated series, Shimmer and Shine, premiering Monday, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nick and the Nick Jr. channel. The series (20 episodes) follows twin genies-in-training, Shimmer and Shine, who grant wishes for their friend Leah that lead to surprising mishaps--but the trio always figures out a way to make the mistakes turn out great.

Shimmer and Shine features a social-emotional curriculum highlighting the importance of teamwork, resilience and overcoming obstacles. The series is created by Farnaz Esnaashari-Charmatz (post-production supervisor for Dora the Explorer, Go, Diego, Go!) and produced at Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif. Following its U.S. launch, Shimmer and Shine will debut on Nickelodeon's international channels beginning this fall.

"The beautiful fantasy world of Shimmer and Shine offers endless possibilities for magical adventures and preschoolers will love the genies' playful humor and enthusiasm," said Russell Hicks, Nickelodeon's President of Content Development and Production. "First-time creator Farnaz Esnaashari-Charmatz is a homegrown success story who started as an intern at Nick 10 years ago. She epitomizes the diverse talent and empowering spirit that comes from the Nickelodeon Animation Studio."

Leading up to the linear series premiere of Shimmer and Shine, and the Nick Jr. App will roll out all-new full-length episodes and short-form content. The Aug. 24 linear series premiere will be available on, Nick Jr. App and Nick VOD beginning Aug. 25.

In "The Sweetest Thing," premiering Aug. 24, Leah wishes for the genies' help in making cupcakes for her school bake sale. Through silly misunderstandings, Leah, Shimmer and Shine find themselves stuck with a giant birthday cake, some farm animals and no wishes left. They must work together to fix their magical mistakes without drawing the attention of Leah's curious (and hungry) neighbor, Zac.

In Shimmer and Shine, the eponymous twin sisters are Leah's secret genies. Leah always has a dilemma that she needs her magical friends' assistance with, and the genies-in-training are happy to grant her a maximum of three wishes a day to help her out. Sometimes they misinterpret what Leah wishes for and accidentally grant her wishes she didn't even mean to make. Each wrong wish quickly compounds into a crazy adventure. Ultimately, through teamwork, the genies and Leah find a way to fix the problem.

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Nickelodeon Central And Eastern Europe To Premiere "Splitting Adam" On Sunday 23rd August 2015

The Hungarian children's television news blog Gyerek-Világ is reporting the exciting Nickelodeon International news that Nickelodeon Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) will premiere and show Nickelodeon's brand-new original TV movie "Splitting Adam", locally titled "Adam és Adam", on Sunday 23rd August 2015 at 4:45pm!

In Nick's all-new film, "Splitting Adam", Adam Baker (Jace Norman, "Henry Danger") is the busiest 15-year-old you'll ever meet! Between juggling multiple jobs, babysitting his sister, and helping Uncle Magic Mitch perfect his magic act, his summer schedule is jam-packed. And that leaves little room for flirting with his dream girl, Lori (Isabela Moner, "100 Things To Do Before High School"). But after accidentally stumbling into his uncle's mysterious "tanning bed", Adam learns the answer to all of his problems – multiple Adams! With his new collection of clones, Adam is hopping on one wild ride with an epic splash! However, the situation soon spirals out of control when Adam starts feeling weak and learns that if he doesn't merge the clones back into himself, they could all be destroyed—including him! "Splitting Adam" also stars Jack Griffo ("The Thundermans") as Vance Hansum, Amarr M. Wooten ("Instant Mom", "Step Up 2: The Streets") as Sheldon, Seth Isaac Johnson as Danny, Tate Chapman and Abby Chapman ("React to That", "Liv and Maddie") as Gillian, Chris Gauthier as Mr. Mattis, Caroline Cave as Mrs. Baker, Katia Peel as the voice of a little girl, Dani Dare as the voice of a little boy, and Brayden Snow as a dancing party kid, plus Tony Cavalero from the upcoming Nickelodeon show "School of Rock" as Magic Mitch.

Huge thanks to matteu21 for the news!
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