Sunday, November 01, 2015

2015 SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk Raises over $1.4 Million for Kids!

Original SKECHERS USA, Inc. Press Release via Business Wire:

SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk Raises over $1.4 Million for Kids

Sugar Ray Leonard, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Tommy Lasorda and Denise Austin joined presenting sponsor Nickelodeon to support the record-breaking event

October 27, 2015 07:49 PM Eastern Daylight Time

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The SKECHERS Foundation today announced that it has reached a new donation record for the 2015 SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk – surpassing this year's $1.2 million goal to raise more than $1.4 million for children with special needs and education. Co-sponsored by Nickelodeon and elevated by the support of generous sponsor events like Steel Partners' #P2PSteelSports Selfie Challenge donation pledge, the Walk drew more than 12,000 participants, and continues to reach new attendance and donation highs annually since its 2009 launch.

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"The wave of support that climbs year after year in honor of our kids is incredible," said Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS. "When we started the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk seven years ago, 1,800 of us hit the beach to raise $220,000 – and since then, our walkers have grown six-fold – with more than $5.5 million donated over the years, all dedicated to enrich and inspire our children."

SKECHERS CEO Robert Greenberg, Sugar Ray Leonard, Denise Austin, Tommy Lasorda, Brooke Burke-Charvet and SKECHERS president Michael Greenberg. (Photo: Business Wire)

Many celebrities turned out to support the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, including boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard in his first appearance at the event, as well as TV personality Brooke Burke-Charvet, fitness expert Denise Austin, and Hall of Fame baseball manager Tommy Lasorda, who have all made multiple appearances throughout its history.

Sharing his thoughts on the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, Sugar Ray Leonard said, "When you say kids to me, I'm there. This is my first, but believe me – this will not be my last." Added Brooke Burke-Charvet: "The SKECHERS family has had a vision, and it keeps growing. It is so amazing to see everyone come out. Together, we make a difference and we increase the power of community."

Over 12,000 participants gathered in Manhattan Beach, California for the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk. (Photo: Business Wire)

"I have a deep appreciation for our volunteers, our celebs, our community, and our incredible sponsors like Nickelodeon, Steel Sports and so many amazing corporations with a conscience who come together year after year to make the world a better place for our children," added Greenberg. "This event means that kids with special needs and students from kindergarten to high school are getting the care, support and nurturing they need to grow into inspired, enlightened, confident adults – and over seven years, we're already seeing its long-term effects: from the lessons our kids have learned in classes that would have been shelved, to friendships that will last a lifetime. This Walk and everything that it gives is a wonderful legacy – one we will share for years to come."

Now one of the largest events in Southern California supporting children with special needs and education, the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk supports The Friendship Circle, an organization that assists children with special needs and their families through one-on-one peer mentoring and social recreational programming – as well as funding education foundations to retain vital academic programs, maintain smaller class sizes, improve libraries, and upgrade school technology.

The SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk thanks presenting sponsor Nickelodeon and many generous sponsors including Wells Fargo, Steel Sports, South Bay Vein and Laser Group, The Claudette and Ethan Rickett Care Foundation, Ross,, Tour de Pier, DIRECTV, United Legwear & Underwear Co., Body Glove, Kids Foot Locker, United Legwear, JAKKS Pacific, Marshalls, Cushman & Wakefield, Caskey & Caskey, Siltanen & Partners Advertising, Continental Development, Northrop Grumman, Equinox, Chevron, and many others who have provided funds and support to provide a better future for children. To learn more about the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, please visit or

The SKECHERS Foundation was established to provide families around the world with the necessities and skills to succeed in life. In addition to organizing the SKECHERS Pier to Pier Friendship Walk, the SKECHERS Foundation funds tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that provide education and job training, shoes, clothing, fitness and nutrition guidance to communities in need.

ABOUT The Friendship Circle
The Friendship Circle is a non-profit organization that assists children with special needs and their families through one-on-one peer mentoring and social recreational programming (

SKECHERS USA, Inc., based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men, women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women. SKECHERS footwear is available in the United States and over 120 countries and territories worldwide via department and specialty stores, more than 1,210 SKECHERS retail stores, and the Company's e-commerce website. The Company manages its international business through a network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia, and 13 wholly-owned subsidiaries in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Japan, Latin America and throughout Europe. For more information, please visit and follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (

This announcement contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, without limitation, the Company's future growth, financial results and operations, its development of new products, future demand for its products and growth across the Company's three main business channels and globally, its planned expansion and opening of new stores, advertising and marketing initiatives, and the expansion plans for the Company's European Distribution Center. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward looking language such as "believe," "anticipate," "expect," "estimate," "intend," "plan," "project," "will be," "will continue," "will result," "could," "may," "might," or any variations of such words with similar meanings. Any such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include international economic, political and market conditions including the uncertainty of sustained recovery in Europe; entry into the highly competitive performance footwear market; sustaining, managing and forecasting costs and proper inventory levels; losing any significant customers; decreased demand by industry retailers and cancellation of order commitments due to the lack of popularity of particular designs and/or categories of products; maintaining brand image and intense competition among sellers of footwear for consumers; anticipating, identifying, interpreting or forecasting changes in fashion trends, consumer demand for the products and the various market factors described above; sales levels during the spring, back-to-school and holiday selling seasons; and other factors referenced or incorporated by reference in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended June 30, 2015. The risks included here are not exhaustive. The Company operates in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time and the companies cannot predict all such risk factors, nor can the companies assess the impact of all such risk factors on their respective businesses or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Given these risks and uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. Moreover, reported results should not be considered an indication of future performance.

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Nickelodeon Italy To Launch TeenNick Channel On Friday 4th December 2015

Nickelodeon Italy has announced the exciting news that Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Italy will launch TeenNick, a brand-new Nickelodeon-branded channel targeted towards teenagers, on Friday 4th December 2015!

UPDATE: Added Nickelodeon Italy's official TeenNick promo!

TeenNick Italy will be exclusively available on Sky Italia channel 620, and will feature hit Nickelodeon shows, including the Italian premieres of brand-new series "Every Witch Way" ("Emma - Una strega da favola") and "Make It Pop", as well as viewer favourites, such as "Bella and the Bulldogs" ("Bella e i Bulldogs"), "Sam & Cat", "The Legend of Korra" ("La Leggenda di Korra") and "Big Time Rush".

Fans will be able to interact with other TeenNick fans and get the latest news by using TeenNick Italia's official hashtag, #MySelfieChannel, on social media. Fans can also visit for more information about the channel and its shows.

The launch of TeenNick in Italy follows Viacom's recently announced multi-year agreement with Sky Italia in which Viacom is expanding its portfolio on the digital satellite television platform. Under the new agreement, Viacom recently launched MTV Next, a all-new MTV-branded channel featuring a strong interactive component, on Saturday 1st August 2015 on channel number 133 in the Entertainment area of the SKY EPG.

Every Witch Way

The launches of TeenNick and MTV Next complement VIMN Italy's kids and entertainment offerings on Sky Italy, which currently airs Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central and MTV on its subscription based service. Sky Italy also recently closed a deal with Viacom to acquire Nuova Societa Televisiva Italiana, the company that operates a free-to-air MTV Italy channel, in an effort to further expand beyond its pay TV model.

As part of the partnership, Viacom will also launch authenticated Nickelodeon and MTV branded apps in Italy in 2016, in which consumers will be able to watch content, play games and interact with their favourite characters and shows on a variety of devices. A selection of Viacom content will also be available on Sky On Demand and a number of its channels are expected to be launched on Sky Go in Italy by the end of the year.

Viacom International Media Networks will offer such services in Italy to meet the needs of its audience, especially young people, who are increasingly accessing content and interacting with their favourite programmes wherever they are through all kinds of devices. Viacom International Media Networks, thanks to this partnership with Sky Italy, is expanding its portfolio of linear and non-linear channels in Italy to offer audiences even more.

TeenNick sta arrivando | #MySelfieChannel

Dal 4 dicembre sul canale 620 di SKY arriva TeenNick! Per saperne di più:
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Experience British Icons And Gain 15% Discount At The Nickelodeon Store With Newly-Expanded London Pass

Original London Pass Press Release via PR Newswire UK:

Experience British Icons With Newly-Expanded London Pass

LONDON, October 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

New attractions Introduced for Autumn 2015

Visitors to London this autumn will be able to learn more about some great British icons with the popular London Pass city sightseeing card (

From 2 November The London Pass, which helps visitors to save time and money on their sightseeing, will introduce three new experiences giving visitors a real taste of British culture, both modern and historic.

Play it for laughs at the Museum of Comedy

Britons are known for their unique sense of humour, which has given rise to some of the world's greatest TV, radio and stage comedy. Visitors can learn more at London's Museum of Comedy, an interactive, immersive museum featuring more than 6,000 iconic props and artefacts from some of the most popular comedians and comedy shows both past and present.

Spot the handmade magic props belonging to legendary comic magician Tommy Cooper, caricature puppet heads from seminal 1980s TV show Spitting Image and the six-necked guitar used by leading surrealist comic Bill Bailey. Normally priced at £5 for adult and £4 for children, entry to the museum and revolving exhibitions is free with The London Pass.

Explore 19th century romance at the Keats House Museum

Explore the life and work of one of Britain's greatest poets, John Keats, through new exhibits of his original manuscripts and artefacts at his former home in Hampstead. Through these items visitors will be told the story of how Keats found inspiration, friendship and romance in his Regency villa, leading to such classic works as Ode To Autumn.

A contemporary of Byron and Shelley, Keats was a leading light in the British Romantic movement of the early 19th century before his death at the age of just 25. For visitors with a creative streak of their own, there is even the chance to turn poet and put pen to paper while crafting an original poem! Normally priced at £5.50 per adult, entry to the museum is free with The London Pass.

A classic taste of Britain at the V&A!

London Pass holders can enjoy one of Britain's more refined contributions to society at the Victoria & Albert Museum, one of the world's leading art and design spaces. After discovering the world-class exhibits at this free-to-enter museum, they can stop for a free Cream Tea Package at the V&A Café.

Britain's tradition of taking tea with sweet scones, cream and jam dates back at least to the middle of the 19th century when tourism boomed in Victorian Britain. At the V&A Café, the package includes a homemade raisin scone, Cornish clotted cream, strawberry jam and a loose leaf tea. Normally priced at £6.65 per person, the V&A cream tea package is included free with The London Pass.

Also new for autumn 2015 is a series of special offers for London Pass holders at attractions and retail outlets: a 15 per cent discount on purchases at The Toy Store in Oxford Street and the Nickelodeon Store in Leicester Square, and 10 per cent off gift shop purchases at the Tower Bridge Exhibition and Twickenham Stadium Tours.

Making significant savings with The London Pass is simple for visitors to the UK's capital city as they simply need to show their card at any of the 60-plus featured attractions to gain admittance with nothing else to pay. A one-day London Pass is priced at £55 per adult and £37 per child (aged 5-15), and on a one-day break visitors to the city can save after visiting just three attractions. For example, paying independently to visit the Tower of London (normally £22), the London Bridge Experience (£24) and taking a Thames River Cruise (£18) would ordinarily come to £64, but London Pass holders can enjoy the same experiences and save £9.

The London Pass saves holders not only money but time too, as the card includes queue-jumping privileges at a number of popular city attractions, meaning less time waiting to gain entry, and more time enjoying their chosen experience.

To find out more about the attractions and special offers included with The London Pass and to buy it online, visit

SOURCE London Pass

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The Mirror Launches Help Rudolph Reach Redcar Appeal

Following the tragic closure of the the SSI steel plant in Redcar, Tees Valley, leaving around 2,200 steelworkers having to prepare for a grim Christmas, The Mirror has set up a special campaign to Help Rudolph Reach Redcar to save Christmas for the steel workers made redundant and their families, and it needs YOUR help to be a success!

Here's how YOU can save Christmas for redundant steel workers and Help Rudolph Reach Redcar:

If you want to donate cash towards vouchers, visit

If you are a business or company with a donation email

To show solidarity with the workers who have lost their jobs and encourage the Government to step in and keep the industry alive, use the Mirror hashtag #SaveOurSteel.

The Mirror's appeal has won the support of Teesside-born celebs Paul Daniels and Stephen Tompkinson, as well top-level companies, including Nickelodeon UK, the number one commercial kids TV network in the UK!

Magician Paul, 77, said: "I'm hoping everyone who reads this makes a donation to ease the families’ hardship this festive season."

And "DCI Banks" actor Stephen, 50, said the closure of the Redcar works was "heartbreaking".

He added: "I'm proud that the Sunday Mirror has started this appeal because all those families affected deserve the nation's support.

"I will be making a donation myself."

Major companies and smaller firms have already set the ball rolling.

Nickelodeon has offered toys including "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" action figures.

Tesco has donated children's clothing, footwear and pyjamas, Aldi put up toys for pre-schoolers, Lidl has provided 2,226 stocking fillers, while Morrisons at Redcar is holding its own collection.

The Playhouse theatre at Whitley Bay has offered family tickets for their Christmas panto.

Electric Jukebox has donated 20 of its gadgets, which allow families to play music through TVs.

For more information about The Mirror's "Help Rudolph Reach Redcar" campaign about what you can do to help and support the families affected by the closure of the SSI steel plant in Redcar, please visit

Additional sources: The Independent, BBC News.

Huddersfield Theatre Student Claudia Burns Set To Star In Nick Jr. UK's "Shimmer And Shine"

Young Huddersfield theatre student Claudia Burns is all set to shine on Nick Jr. UK!

The 13-year-old from Netherton is a voice actress at Nickelodeon UK, and is currently recording the voice for 'Leah', a central character in Nickelodeon's magical brand-new animated preschool series "Shimmer and Shine", set to premiere on Nick Jr. UK and Ireland, Nickelodeon UK's top-performing preschool channel, on Monday 9th November 2015.

And that's just part of an exciting schedule for Claudia, who is at theatre school in London.

Now in her third year at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, Claudia went to The Mount school in Edgerton and was a member of Huddersfield Choral Society's young voices section, going on to become a soloist.

Proud mum Cheryl Burns said: "Claudia takes it all in her stride."

Everything changed after Claudia went to Sylvia Young's for a holiday school. "She came back and said: 'I want to go to school there'," said Mrs Burns.

L-R: Leah, with Tala, Shimmer, Shine and Nahal in Nick Jr. UK's "Shimmer and Shine"

She auditioned and her application was one of only 16 accepted out of more than 2,000.

Claudia is now studying ballet, dance, acting and singing as well as academic subjects.

"We are proud of what she is doing, but whatever your child shows an aptitude for you support them as much as you can," said Mrs Burns.

Claudia herself is loving her time in the capital.

"London is like my second home now," she said. "I didn't like it at first but now I love it. It is so much fun. I go shopping all the time.

"And I loved the school right from the start. But I'm still deciding as to what I want to focus on."

Pictured: L-R: Gina Giant, Ogre Doug, Wally, Norville, Libby Light Sprite, Bobgoblin in WALLYKAZAM! on Nickelodeon. Photo: Nickelodeon. ©2014 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Claudia's voice can also be heard in Nick Jr. UK's "Wallykazam!", in which she voices 'Libby Light Sprite'. The young actress has also appeared in a John Lewis TV advertisement.

In Nickelodeon's brand-new animated preschool series, preschoolers will enter a whimsical genie world full of magic, music and misadventures! 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, California.

"Shimmer and Shine" premieres on Monday 9th November 2015 at 4:30pm on Nick Jr. UK and Ireland. (repeated at 5:30pm on Nick Jr. +1)

Online at, parents and children can discover fun creative activities, find out more about "Shimmer and Shine" and the characters in the show, as well watch clips from the show.

Original source: Huddersfield Examiner.
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