Thursday, September 05, 2019

'Ricky Zoom' to Rev Onto Nickelodeon USA on Monday, September, 9 2019

Update (9/5) - Below is Entertainment One and Nickelodeon's official press release announcing the exciting news!:

Entertainment One Announces Premiere of New Animated Series Ricky Zoom on Nickelodeon

New action-packed preschool series debuts Monday, Sept. 9

NEW YORK – Parents and children alike will have the opportunity to race off into the wheeling world of Ricky Zoom, the brand-new CGI-animated action-adventure series premiering Monday, Sept. 9, on Nickelodeon. Hailing from Entertainment One (eOne), the studio behind global phenomenon Peppa Pig and hit show PJ Masks, the new preschool series follows Ricky, a little red rescue bike, and his loyal Bike Buddies as they zoom around their Wheelford community helping others, trying out new stunts, and learning to stand on their own two wheels. Ricky Zoom, which consists of 26 half-hour episodes, will air weekdays at 12:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

In the series premiere, “Flat Out Awesome/Ricky’s Rescue Coaching Badge,” Loop gets a flat tire and Ricky and the Bike Buddies must work together to make sure he doesn’t miss the Steel Awesome stunt show. Then, Ricky is eager to get his rescue badge.

Meet the Bike Buddies along for the ride:

  • Ricky Zoom – A little rescue bike that loves to go fast, Ricky is a loyal friend and natural leader of the Bike Buddies.
  • Loop Hoopla – An adventurous dirt bike with a happy-go-lucky attitude, Loop loves having fun and trying crazy new stunts.
  • Scootio Wizzbang – Scootio is bright, brainy and never afraid to speak her mind. She loves using her technical genius and gadgets to solve problems.
  • DJ Rumbler – DJ has a huge heart and would do anything for his friends. He also has a super toolbox and a robotic arm, so there is nothing he cannot build—or knock down.

Developed by Emmy Award-winning creator Alexander Bar and production house Frog Box, Ricky Zoom highlights the importance of friendship, resourcefulness, community and teamwork. Celebrating differences is one of many zoomtastic themes within the series.

The official Ricky Zoom app, Welcome to Wheelford, is available today for free on iOS and Android platforms. Featuring fun mini-games and interactive playgrounds for kids to zoom into adventure and explore the world of Wheelford, the app allows audiences the ability to engage with the Bike Buddies on and off the screen, in addition to active social channels.

For more information on Ricky Zoom, please visit the series website and get up to speed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Entertainment One

Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE: ETO) is a global independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. Entertainment One's diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, Entertainment One delivers the best content to the world.

Entertainment One's robust network includes international feature film distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; Makeready with Brad Weston; unscripted television production companies Whizz Kid Entertainment and Renegade 83; live entertainment leaders Round Room Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; innovative music platform Audio Network and award-winning emerging content and technology studio Secret Location.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 40th 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 brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, location based experiences, publishing and feature films. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

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Original post:

Entertainment One (eOne) today announced that Nickelodeon will come aboard as a top-tier distribution partner for Ricky Zoom in the U.S.!

Nickelodeon USA will premiere Ricky Zoom, a brand-new CGI action comedy adventure series all about friendship, community and learning to stand on your own two wheels, on Monday, September 9, 2019 in the Nick Jr. preschool block! Following launch, new episodes will air regularly on Nickelodeon.

Zoom into adventure with Ricky Zoom! Built for speed, Ricky Zoom is a little red rescue motorbike who shares his experiences with his loyal and enthusiastic Bike Buddies Loop, Scootio and DJ. Together they race around the sports track, try new stunts at the park and zoom into every adventure!

Ricky lives in Wheelford, a two-wheeled town tailor-made for bikes. The close-knit community is always on hand to guide Ricky on the road to becoming a rescue bike. Whether help comes from mum or dad, the town mechanic or local police bike, Ricky and the Bike Buddies have all the support they need as they learn to stand on their own two wheels. Zoomtastic!

The producers of PJ Masks, Entertainment One (eOne), Frog Box and Parisian prodco animation studio TeamTO are joined by coproduction partner, the Italian prodco Maga Animation, to introduce a show that’s all about friendship, family, community, resilience and learning to stand on your own two wheels. The series is produced by the same production team who make PJ Masks.

Nickelodeon will join will join a top tier line up of partners and is set to launch series 1 on 9th September.

A growing list of global FTA, PAYTV and VOD platforms have already lined up to debut the series cross multiple territories, including Super RTL (Germany), Clan TV (Spain), Gulli (France), RAI (Italy), Youku (China), and Discovery Kids (Latin America), with further deals in the pipeline.

Alongside a growing broadcast presence, eOne is assembling a major global consumer products program which will be spearheaded by leading global master toy partner, TOMY International, with a range of products set to debut at retail in selected markets from spring 2020. eOne is also planning to expand this program with apparel shortly after the CP hits shelves.

“The U.S. will play a key role in the rollout of Ricky Zoom around the world,” said eOne’s Monica Candiani, executive vice-president, international content sales, Family & Brands. “Securing a broadcaster of this calibre in this crucial market is a reflection of the high quality animation and storytelling that people have come to expect from an eOne show and we’re delighted to strengthen our long standing relationship with Nickelodeon.”

“There are quite a few vehicle shows out there, so I wanted to make sure we had something that would feel unique,” says eOne president of family and brands Olivier Dumont.

“We didn’t want a show about racing, or anything that confined the bikes to a track. We really wanted something about daily life stories that will resonate with our audience; stories about growing up and the family unit.”

Dumont says the scope of the show is a significant step up compared to past projects as its stories follow not just Ricky but the entire Wheelford community, including his parents and sister, his three best friends and their families. Parisian prodco TeamTO—which has previously partnered with eOne on PJ Masks—developed the world of Ricky Zoom. The first season explores themes of practicing skills, supporting friends, spending time with family and overcoming fears.

“It’s a very rich world, a vast world with quite a few characters,” Dumont says.

Ricky Zoom (52 x 11-minute episodes) builds on eOne’s successful slate of preschool properties that includes award-winning shows Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, and PJ Masks.

In anticipation of the broadcast launch, eOne is also readying the release of the brand’s first official app. It will launch in line with broadcast dates to give fans the opportunity to engage with the characters between episodes. Ricky Zoom: Welcome to Wheelford will feature mini-games and interactive playgrounds so kids can explore the imaginary world of Wheelford from the show.

More Nick: Nickelodeon USA's August 2019 Premiere Highlights!

Originally published: Monday, August 19, 2019 at 19:27 BST.

Special thanks to @TVShowsFan; Additional sources: Animation Magazine, Kidscreen, (II), aNb Media, Inc., PR Newswire.
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