Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Viacom Ad Sales Launches Velocity Product Group

Original Viacom Inc. Press Release via Business Wire:

Viacom Ad Sales Launches Velocity Product Group

Record Demand for Viacom's Groundbreaking Sales Products Spawns the Group's Formation

August 12, 2015 09:25 AM Eastern Daylight Time

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) today announced the launch of the Velocity Products Group, a new division within Viacom Ad Sales designed to bring multi-platform social partnerships, products, and services to clients. In addition to offering a specialized set of Velocity Product experts that are aligned with each Ad Sales team, the group harnesses the collective power of Ad Sales' pioneering social and data products to super-serve clients. The Velocity Products Group will also drive partnerships with key external social media platforms, including Snapchat, Twitter, and Tumblr.

"Intense demand for our innovative products during this Upfront season made it a strategic necessity to create a group singularly dedicated to evolving and developing our industry-leading offerings," said Jeff Lucas, Viacom Head of Sales. "As the industry's largest sales distribution network, Viacom's Ad Sales organization and the new Velocity Product Group bring our ad partners unrivaled creativity, cutting edge possibilities, and expertise to connect them with our highly-engaged millennial audience."

Year-over-year, Ad Sales has doubled the number of advertisers utilizing the suite of product offerings from the Velocity Product Group, totaling more than 100 blue chip clients after this year's Upfront.

Elizabeth Herbst-Brady, who reports to Lucas, oversees the team in her expanded role as Executive Vice President of Ad Sales Strategy and Products. Reporting to Herbst-Brady are Kalina Nikolova, SVP Strategy, and Sarah Iooss, who steps into the newly created role of SVP, Velocity Product Group. Deborah Brett becomes VP of Velocity Products Group reporting to Iooss.

This new team of nearly two dozen Velocity Product experts is charged with growing strategic partnerships, spearheading product development, and augmenting sales efforts across the entire Viacom network portfolio. The group will also be the bridge between advertising partners and 645 million socially engaged fans across Viacom's brands.

Velocity Product Group's industry-leading offerings consist of a comprehensive slate of solutions, including:

* Viacom Vantage - Using a combination of Viacom's proprietary data and third party data from multiple sources, Vantage offers advertisers precise consumer targeting and unmatched predictive capabilities.

* Echo - A strategic approach to harnessing Viacom's unparalleled social reach with customized programs for ad partners. The groundbreaking analytics tool, Echo Social Graph, measures engagement deeply and holistically by tapping multiple social platforms, including those outside of Viacom's own portfolio.

* The Social Talent Platform - Velocity makes talent engagement turnkey by giving advertisers direct access to a growing roster of social superstars for custom campaigns.

* Integration+ - This offering gives advertisers added flexibility and choice when customizing their branded entertainment opportunities.

* Pulse Real-Time Marketing – An exclusive multi-platform functionality that puts partners into the cultural conversation with sharable content in their authentic voice.

* Social Media Advertising Partnerships – Key social media partnerships with Twitter, Snapchat, and Tumblr bolster the reach and impact of social-by-design campaigns.

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 180 countries. Viacom's media networks, including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, Spike, BET, CMT,TV Land, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., Channel 5 (UK), Logo, Nicktoons, TeenNick and Paramount Channel, reach a cumulative 3.4 billion television subscribers worldwide. Paramount Pictures is a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.

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Carlos PenaVega To Guest Star In "The Thundermans" Season 3

Variety Latino is reporting the very exciting news that "Big Time Rush" star and band member Carlos PenaVega will be guest starring in a upcoming brand-new third season episode of Nickelodeon's hit original comedy series "The Thundermans"!

The 25 year-old actor will appear in the episode titled "No Country for Old Mentors" playing the role of "Tech Rider", a tech savvy superhero who becomes Phoebe's (Kira Kosarin) mentor. The episode will premiere on Nickelodeon USA during Fall (Autumn) 2015.

"The Thundermans", starring Kosarin and Jack Griffo as superhero twins Phoebe and Max Thunderman, is currently in production for its third season.

At the end of season two, the Thundermans welcomed a new arrival to the Thunderfam - Phoebe (Kira Kosarin), Max (Jack Griffo), Billy (Diego Velazquez) and Nora's (Addison Riecke) brand-new baby sister Chloe Thunderman! In season three of "The Thundermans", the family of superheroes must confront their new family dynamic that has changed their lives forever. Additionally, Phoebes' relationship with Cherry (Audrey Whitby) also changes massively this season now that Cherry learns the Thundermans' secret identities.

Since its season two launch, "The Thundermans" has consistently ranked #1 in its time period with kids, averaging a 3.5/1.1M (K2-11) and 4.7/884K (K6-11). "The Thundermans" was created by Jed Springarn who also serves as executive producer of the series alongside David Hoge and Dan Cross.

PenaVega made his Nickelodeon debut playing the role of King Bee in "Ned's Declassifies School Survival Guide". He then went on to star in one of the channels highest rated live-action series, "Big Time Rush", as Carlos Garcia, and host the Nickelodeon game show "Webheads".

Most recently, PenaVega has also been tapped to play Kenickie in Fox's three-hour live production "Grease: Live!" set to air Sunday 31st January 2016 starring Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit and Vanessa Hudgens.

It was announced in July 2015 that "See Dad Run" star Ryan Newman had joined the cast of "The Thundermans" to portray a recurring character during season three!

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UPDATE: Nickelodeon USA Planning To Premiere Brand-New "SpongeBob SquarePants" Episode On Monday 7th September 2015!

Vince Waller, the Creative Director on "SpongeBob SquarePants", has announced the Sponge-Tastic news in a Tweet on his official Twitter profile page, @VincentWaller72, that he's "heard" that Nickelodeon USA are planning to premiere and show a brand-new episode of the networks hit original animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants" on Wednesday 9th September 2015!

Nickelodeon has confirmed that Nick USA will premiere the next brand-new "SpongeBob SquarePants" episode on Monday 7th September 2015, as part of the networks Labor Day programming highlights!

UPDATE: According to ToonZone Forums member Toons Fan, the episode will feature the segments "The Executive Treatment" & "Squid Plus One"!

Huge thanks to matteu21 for the news!
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Fun Facts You Probably Didn't Know About "Zoey 101"

Nickelodeon hit-maker Dan Schneider presents Fun Facts You Probably Didn't Know About "Zoey 101"!:

Did you know...

- Pacific Coast Academy doesn't actually exist? "Zoey 101" was originally filmed at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles County, California.

- In season three, production moved to Santa Clarita in California. All the sets were perfectly re-created by Genius Production Designer Harry Matheu.

- In the original pilot script, the character "Quinn Pensky" did not exist. When Erin Sanders auditioned for another role, show creator Dan Schneider was so impressed with her, he created the role of "Quinn Pensky" specifically for Erin to play.

- In the series finale episode "Chasing Zoey", Sean Flynn returned to reprise his role as "Chase Matthews". BUT... he had short hair. So, a very special wig was created to make him look like he did in earlier seasons.

- Sean Flynn is also the grandson of 1950's mega movie star Errol Flynn.

- The song "Sassafras Tea" is often sung by Stacey Dillsen (Abby Wilde). Dan came up with the song while driving to set one morning, singing it into a tape recorder.

- Originally, Dan wanted Stacey Dillsen to be obsessed with "Q-Tips". But since "Q-Tips" are a brand name, he couldn't use it on the show. So, Dan changed Stacey's obsession to "Cotton Swabs".

- During taping of "The Curse of PCA" there wasn't enough time for Jamie Lynn Spears to shoot all of her scenes. So the writers rewrote the script to include a bucket getting stuck on Zoey Brooks' head. A look-a-like played Zoey in those scenes.

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Nickelodeon USA Unveils Magical "Shimmer And Shine" Videos; Brand-New Animated Preschool Series Debuts 8/24 On Nick USA

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA and Nick Jr. USA starting to premiere and show Nickelodeon's brand-new animated preschool series "Shimmer and Shine" on Monday 24th August 2015 at 7:30pm (ET/PT), Nick USA has unveiled a magical selection of "Shimmer and Shine" videos on their official YouTube channel, which you can watch in the super online streaming video clips below!:

Sneak Peek Of Brand-New "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Episode "Attack Of The Mega Shredder!", Premiering 8/16 On Nickelodeon USA

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA premiering the brand new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" season three episode "Attack of the Mega Shredder!" on Sunday 16th August 2015 at 11:00am ET/PT, Nick USA has unveiled a Turtley Awesome sneak peek preview from the all-new TMNT episode, which you can watch in the super online streaming video clip below!:

Sneak Peek Of Brand-New "Power Rangers Dino Charge" Episode "When Logic Fails", Premiering 8/22 On Nickelodeon USA

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA starting to premiere more brand new episodes of "Power Rangers Dino Charge", the 22nd season of Saban's iconic "Power Rangers" franchise, every Saturday at 12:00pm ET/PT from Saturday 22nd August 2015, Nick USA has unveiled a fantastic sneak peek preview called "Check Mate!" from the first all-new PRDC episode, "When Logic Fails" (#509), which you can watch in the super online streaming video clip below!:

Official "ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks" Karaoke Music Video For "Run The Runway"

Grab a microphone, your fanciest clothes, and a whole lotta attitude – it's time to unleash your inner fashionista with the Chipmunks and Chipettes in Nickelodeon's official karaoke music video for the hit "ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks" song "Run The Runway"! Watch "ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks" on Nickelodeon channels worldwide, including Nick USA weekdays at 4pm/3c!:

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