Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream Reopens

COME, DREAM AGAIN AT AMERICAN DREAM

American Dream will reopen for guests to explore, shop, and play on October 1



Photographer: Samantha Nandez/BFA.com

East Rutherford, NJ, Sept. 03, 2020 -- Following Governor Murphy’s recent announcement, American Dream will begin welcoming guests again with the opening of retail and reopening of its acclaimed indoor entertainment experiences on Thursday, October 1.

Retailers including H&M, Primark, and ZARA will open their American Dream locations for the first time and DreamWorks Water Park, Nickelodeon Universe, Out of This World Blacklight Mini Golf, and The Rink will reopen Thursday, October 1. Big SNOW American Dream opened Tuesday, September 1st and announcements about additional openings and new experiences will be released soon. To ensure the safety of our guests, reduced attendance levels and extensive health and safety protocols will be observed by all attractions and retailers at American Dream.

“We’d like to thank Governor Murphy, his administration, the New Jersey Department of Health, our legislative delegation, County Executive Jim Tedesco and his team, and the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority for their collective efforts throughout this process to get to a safe reopening,” said Don Ghermezian, Co-CEO at American Dream.

“We also want to thank our guests and team members for their patience and loyalty while we were closed,” said Mark Ghermezian, Co-CEO at American Dream. “We know that our community has been waiting to return, but it was important to us that we took the proper time and precautions needed to welcome guests back in the safest possible manner. The last several months have been difficult for everyone, and even though we are still adjusting to the new normal, we are confident that we can provide guests a safer environment to make dreams come true for everyone, everywhere, as well as create much needed job opportunities in New Jersey.”  

The health and safety of our community is, and will continue to be, our top priority at American Dream. Over the last several months, we have enlisted experts across health, safety, and government to develop in-depth health and safety plans for the property and each of our attractions and retailers. Our COVID-19 Health & Safety plan follows guidelines from State and Local government agencies, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and was built in partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health, our primary health care partner. Additional details around this partnership will be announced soon.


A few things guests can expect upon their return to American Dream include, but are not limited to:  

  • Face coverings required for entry into American Dream
  • Reduced capacities throughout American Dream and within each of our open attractions
  • Increased sanitizing and disinfecting throughout American Dream common areas and attractions
  • Hand sanitizer stations and hygiene reminders installed throughout American Dream and within our attractions
  • Physical distancing guidance, including ground markings, plexiglass barriers, touchless programming and more
  • The Nickelodeon theme park's entrance has been reconfigured to improve traffic flow and make social distancing easier. Rides will limit capacity to provide more space between guests.
As each of our attractions will be operating at reduced capacities, we strongly encourage and advise guests to book their experiences in advance of their visit at www.americandream.com - tickets are available for purchase today.

Prices for Nickelodeon Universe tickets have been reduced by about $20 from pre-COVID prices and are now based on the age of the guest. Guests over the age of 10 will pay $59, those who are 3 to 9 years old pay $55 and it’s $49 for those over 65. Prices used to vary based on weekday or weekend and access to all the rides or or just the tamer ones. Peak pricing was $79.99.

American Dream is the ultimate family destination, and a central part of that experience includes entertainment, retail, and dining partners. We will be sharing updates about additional openings and new experiences soon.


The news follows Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America reopening in August.

For more information about Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream, visit: http://nickalive.blogspot.com/2019/10/nickelodeon-universe-at-american-dream.html

“As we move closer to a time when families and kids of all ages can once again safely visit Nickelodeon Universe at American Dream, we are pleased to be able to offer a fun and immersive experience with the iconic Nick characters they love. Nickelodeon Universe exceeded all expectations in the several months that it was open pre-pandemic, and we look forward to continued success together with our partners at American Dream” – Gerald Raines, Senior Vice President, Global Location Based Experiences, ViacomCBS

“We are thrilled to reopen our 3-story flagship store and world’s first candy department store. There is nowhere else like American Dream and we look forward to once again immersing the property’s guests back into the world of IT’SUGAR.” - Jeff Rubin, CEO & Founder, IT’SUGAR

“American Dream is truly unlike any retail center in the world. Our ZARA flagship store is a testament to our commitment to American Dream. We know our customers are anxiously awaiting ZARA at American Dream, where they will be able to shop our women's, men's, and children's collections, and we are confident that they’ll fully embrace the innovation that is American Dream.” – Moises Costas, Director of Expansion and Real Estate, Inditex Group (ZARA) USA

“American Dream is an economic imperative for the Greater Meadowlands region and the entire New Jersey economy. The opening and success of this world class facility makes the Meadowlands a primary destination which will provide thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of economic impact for communities. American Dream generates huge visitation for the region, filling hotels and in turn drives visitors to other local destinations. American Dream will be the economic engine for the Meadowlands Sports Complex, helping us attract the world’s most notable events. New Jersey needs American Dream to help revive its economy in a post-COVID-19 era.” - Jim Kirkos, President & CEO, Meadowlands Chamber

American Dream laid off about 100 workers during the pandemic and said in June that it would eliminate 7% of the employees it previously hired. It also said that it would shift its offerings from 55% entertainment and 45% retail to 70% entertainment and 30% retail.

The project’s developer, Triple Five, has struggled financially during the pandemic, with its properties closed and few tenants paying rent. It missed three $7 million payments on its $1.9 million mortgage on the Mall of America. Triple Five used a 49% stake in Mall of America as collateral when it secured $2.8 billion in financing for American Dream, intertwining the two properties

The Canadian-based developer entered into a cash management agreement last month to avoid foreclosure.

Contractors working on American Dream have also filed liens against the developer saying they weren’t being paid.

Seventeen stores have been issued certificates of occupancy and are ready to open, state Department of Community Affairs spokeswoman Gina Trish confirmed to New Jersey 101.5:

Aldo
Arc’Teryx
Asics
Century 21
Columbia
DSW
Fabletics
Hollister
Mac Cosmetics
Pink-Victoria’s Secret
Primark
Samsonite
Sephora
Sunglass Hut
Tumi
Uniqlo.

The retail landscape has changed during the pandemic with Lord & Tayor, which was to have a store at the complex, closing all its stores. GNC included the American Dream location on its list of stores closing.

Trish said the amusement rides that are already permitted and had been operating do not require re-inspection to reopen.

"However a DCA team will be on site to reinspect as part of the standard operating procedure for amusement facilities," Trish said.

American Dream COVID-19 Health & Safety Plan

ABOUT AMERICAN DREAM

American Dream, developed by Triple Five Group, is an unrivaled destination for fantasy, fashion, food, family, and fun. For more information visit www.americandream.com or follow on Instagram @americandream.

Update (9/29) - All 25 of Nickelodeon Universe’s original rides have been approved to open, according to the state Department of Community Affairs (via NJ.com).

A new ride called Flip Zone, however, has been taken out of operation by state inspectors because it wasn’t functioning correctly. “Once the necessary fixes are released from DCA’s engineering review, the ride will need another inspection before it is put back in operation,” a DCA spokesperson said.

Five new rides are also in the works for Nickelodeon Universe. Samba Tower, Crazy Bus, Happy Swing, Speed Way and Tea Cup are all in engineering review, the spokesperson said.

Prices for Nickelodeon Universe tickets have been reduced by about $20 from pre-COVID prices and are now based on the age of the guest. Guests over the age of 10 will pay $59, those who are 3 to 9 years old pay $55 and it’s $49 for those over 65. Prices used to vary based on weekday or weekend and access to all the rides or just the tamer ones. Peak pricing was $79.99.

From NJ.com:

American Dream mega mall is hiring as it prepares to reopen

American Dream mall, Nickelodeon Universe, and an NHL-sized ice skating rink opened in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Friday. The mall opened today after years of anticipation. October 25, 2019.Patti Sapone | NJ Advance Media

American Dream is hiring for full- and part-time positions at its Nickelodeon Universe theme park, DreamWorks Water Park and other venues at the mega-mall.

It is scheduled to reopen Oct. 1 after being closed for more than six months because of the pandemic. American Dream had planned to open its DreamWorks Water Park and an unspecified number of stores and restaurants on March 19, but it shut down March 16 to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Those unveilings are now planned for its reopening Oct. 1. Stores including H&M, Primark and Artizia will open for the first time, as will the Dream Works Water Park. Previoulsy opened attractions Nickelodeon Universe theme park, The Rink ice skating rink and IT’SUGAR, a three-story candy store, will also reopen.

Big SNOW at American Dream reopened Sept. 1, the first day it was allowed to.

Gov. Phil Murphy allowed indoor amusements to reopen Sept. 1 but American Dream delayed its reopening. Mark Ghermezian, Co-CEO at American Dream, said earlier this month that “it was important to us that we took the proper time and precautions needed to welcome guests back in the safest possible manner.”

With two weeks left before the reopening, American Dream is now looking to hire more workers. The available positions include:

- Lifeguard, with paid certified training provided.

- Admission and guest services representatives, who will greet guests and help them purchase attraction tickets and hand out admissions wristbands.

- Ride operator, who will operate heavy machinery, enforce height and rider safety requirements, and interact with guests.

- Retail Associates for Nickelodeon Universe, DreamWorks Water Park, Angry Birds Not So Mini Golf Club, and other American Dream-operated retail shops.

- Ice Rink Attendants who instruct guests on safe usage of The Rink, help with scheduling and reservations, process skate and helmet rentals, collect and sanitize equipment, process all admissions, operate the Ice Resurface and more.

Applicants should apply online through the job postings. The Human Resources Team at American Dream will be hosting virtual interviews with qualified candidates in the coming weeks, with on-boarding/training sessions starting as soon as possible.

Additional career opportunities at American Dream can also be viewed here: https://jobs.apploi.com/profile/american-dream

American Dream laid off about 100 workers during the shutdown and developer Triple Five struggled financially missing three mortgage payments on its Mall of America, which it used as collateral for American Dream financing. Triple Five cut a deal in August to avoid foreclosure.

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A message from the American Dream co-CEOs:

To our American Dream Community: 

It has been nearly seven months since we closed our doors due to the uncertainty of COVID-19, and now here on October 1, 2020, we are reopening American Dream to all of you. We are ready to demonstrate what happens when American Dream, our Brand Partners, and our New Jersey community come together to make 3-million-square-feet of entertainment and retail safer than ever before.

We are so excited to show you all the magic at American Dream: our exclusive one-of-a-kind flagship stores like Zara, H&M, Primark, and Aritzia, along with Nickelodeon Universe, DreamWorks Water Park, The Rink, Angry Birds Not So Mini Golf Club, and of course Big SNOW. We have something for everyone, everywhere.

Over the past months, our amazing Dream Makers collaborated across all departments, and looked at many ways to adapt American Dream to the new normal. We focused on doing this right, not quickly, to ensure the safety of our guests and Dream Makers alike. We asked you what you wanted from an American Dream experience, and we turned your answers into action, like adding non-invasive temperature checks at the entrances of our parks and launching our #dreamsafe initiative with Hackensack Meridian Health. We spoke to our Brand Partners to find out how they were rethinking their store environments, product packaging, and selling experience so we as American Dream could build a better experience for you.  

All our hard work has paid off, and we are beyond happy to reopen our doors. We look forward to seeing you and your families fill these colorful spaces once more. Come for the entertainment, the shops, the food, and the fun. We invite you to Come, Dream Again.  

All the Best,  

Don and Mark Ghermezian, Co-CEOs of American Dream

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Halloween Ghost Stories ๐Ÿ‘ป w/ SpongeBob, The Loud House, & Henry Danger | Nickelodeon

Halloween Ghost Stories ๐Ÿ‘ป w/ SpongeBob, The Loud House, & Henry Danger | Nickelodeon


Are you brave enough to make it through all 3 of these Halloween ghost stories? Join us for spine-tinglying tales from SpongeBob SquarePants, the Loud House, and Henry Danger!

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"The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom" ๐Ÿ‘ป SpongeBob Halloween Special | 5 Minute Episode

"The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom" ๐Ÿ‘ป SpongeBob Halloween Special | 5 Minute Episode


The Flying Dutchman has promised to give SpongeBob and his friends a good scare this Halloween! See what spooky events go down in Bikini Bottom during the stop-motion Halloween special "The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom" 5 minute episode!


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Watch SpongeBob SquarePants on Nickelodeon!

Listen to The SpongeBob Musical here!: https://spongebobmusical.blogspot.com

SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated is now available on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch!

CALLING ALL GOOFY GOOBERS! (ROCK!) Are ya ready for a deep dive into the world of SpongeBob SquarePants? The SpongeBob YouTube channel is THE PLACE for all fan-favorite SpongeBob moments! We’re serving up everything from legendary scenes to remixes of classic songs to deep dives into Bikini Bottom lore. Be sure to check back every week for Music Mondays, Wumbo Wednesdays, and Flashback Fridays! Subscribe now at https://www.youtube.com/SpongeBobOfficial!

Shop SpongeBob!: https://www.spongebobshop.com - SpongeBob face masks now available, with ALL proceeds going to charity!

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Lead image courtesy of Encyclopedia SpongeBobia.

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Danny and Sam's Relationship Timeline ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ‘ป Danny Phantom

Danny and Sam's Relationship Timeline ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ‘ป Danny Phantom


Who would have thought a goth girl and ghost boy would fall in love? Well, everyone to be honest! Let's review Danny Fenton and Sam Manson's complete relationship timeline on Danny Phantom!

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Watch all your ‘80s, ‘90s, and ‘00s Nickelodeon favorites on NickRewind, your late-night destination for your favorite childhood Nickelodeon cartoons and live-action shows! NickSplat doesn't question football-shaped heads, but embrace them - along with Reptar bars, a Big Ear of Corn, orange soda, and even slime for Pete (and Pete's) sake. Make your slime-covered Nickelodeon childhood dreams come true every night on TeenNick USA, and anytime you want on Nick Pluto TV, NickHits on Amazon Prime Video Channels and Nick on CBS All Access!

Like NickRewind on Facebook, subscribe to the NickRewind YouTube channel and follow NickRewind on Twitter and Instagram for exclusive digital content from all of your throwback favorites like Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, iCarly, Victorious, Kenan & Kel, CatDog, Doug, Rocko’s Modern Life, The Amanda Show, Clarissa Explains It All, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Are You Afraid of the Dark?, and so much more!

Join Nickelodeon's official I Was A Nick Kid Facebook Group!: https://www.facebook.com/groups/IWasANickKid/

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Musical Instrument Game & Science Experiments! | Josh & Blue's VLOG Ep. 21 | Blue's Clues & You!

Musical Instrument Game & Science Experiments! | Josh & Blue's VLOG Ep. 21 | Blue's Clues & You!


It's time for another vlog with Josh and Blue! This vlog is filled with fun as Josh and Blue play Josh Says, open mail, play a musical instrument game, do a science experiment and more!

#JoshAndBlueVlogs #MusicalInstrumentGame #BluesCluesAndYou

Kids can watch their favorite Nick Jr. shows weekdays on Nickelodeon and all week long on the Nick Jr. channel: http://nickjr.com/tvschedule/

Subscribe to the official Blue’s Clues & You! YouTube channel! Subscribe today at https://at.nick.com/BCYSubscribe!

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Horrid Henry and the Haunted House | A Horrid Henry Audio Book

Horrid Henry and the Haunted House | A Horrid Henry Audio Book


Catch brand new episodes of Horrid Henry this October on Nickelodeon UK & Ireland!

More Halloween goodies!: http://nickalive.blogspot.com/search/label/Halloween%20On%20Nickelodeon

Don’t forget to subscribe so you never miss an episode, and remember, stay safe and stay in touch!

Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/4n1i79JKNZF9RwMVy8CwVs?si=0ZLkojB2RWCRc18iH9OAJQ

Apple podcasts - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/horrid-henry-unlocked/id1508868704

Check out Horrid Henry online for more horridness!: nicktoons.co.uk/henry | horridhenry.me | Nickelodeon Play app | YouTube | Twitter | Facebook

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Meow Dance Lesson | So Scary! | 44 Cats

Meow Dance Lesson | So Scary! | 44 Cats


Watch 44 Cats on Nick everywhere!

Visit the official 44 Cats show website at 44cats.tv to find out more about the show and its musical stars, as well as watch exclusive video clips, play pawesome games and download purr-tastic activities!

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The Adventures of Paddington | Theme Song & Intro | Hungarian Version | Nick Jr. Hungary

Check out The Adventures of Paddington theme song in Hungarian (Magyar)!:



Paddington kalandjai | Fล‘cรญmdal | Nick Jr.



Paddington kalandjai | Fล‘cรญmdal (2. verziรณ) | Nick Jr.

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Camp Stories #3 | Creator Camp | Nickelodeon Nederlands

SAAR IS BEST WEL ZENUWACHTIG VOOR CREATOR CAMP | ๐Ÿ”ฅ CAMP STORIES #3 | Nickelodeon Nederlands


Saar heeft ook auditie gedaan voor Creator Camp en is toegelaten! Zij en de andere kampleden zijn de komende weken te zien in CAMP STORIES, extra web-only vlogs van onze getalenteerde kampleden. In deze video zie je kamplid Saar haar koffer inpakken. Wat wil ze gaan leren op het kamp en wat stopt ze allemaal in zijn koffer?

Creator Camp zie je vanaf 26 oktober iedere maandag tot en met donderdag om 19:30 op Nickelodeon. ๐Ÿงก

Meer informatie: http://nickalive.blogspot.com/2020/09/nickelodeon-benelux-to-premiere-creator.html

Volg ook @CreatorCampNL op Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/creatorcampnl/?hl=nl

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CBS All Access Adds 'iCarly' and 'Victorious'

CBS All Access, the soon-to-be rebranded streaming service from ViacomCBS has today (Oct. 14) added two more Nickelodeon series to its programming library!


All five seasons of iCarly and three seasons of Victorious are now available to stream on CBS All Access.

They join previously added Nickelodeon titles Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of KorraSpongeBob SquarePants, Henry Danger, The Loud House, The Thundermans, ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks, Game Shakers, Rugrats, CatDog, Sam & CatDanny PhantomThe Ren & Stimpy Show, Big Time Rush and The Fairly OddParents.

The news comes as ViacomCBS is preparing to rebrand CBS All Access as Paramount+ during early 2021, with further plans to launch the service globally.

Paramount+ will also be the U.S. home of the upcoming SpongeBob movie The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run and spin-off series Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years.

About iCarly:

Carly Shay (Miranda Cosgrove) finds her previously "normal" life turned upside down when her Internet show, "iCarly," becomes an instant smash with young Web heads. With her parents traveling abroad, Carly must rely on the help of friends Sam (Jeanette McCurdy) and Freddie (Nathan Kress), and her quirky older brother, Spencer (Jerry Trainor), to cope with the newfound success.

About Victorious:

Life is about to change in a big way for 16-year-old Tori Vega (Victoria Justice). After years of living in her older sister's shadow, Tori has been invited to attend Hollywood Arts, a high school with a focus on the performing arts. While the invitation came as a surprise — she's never thought of herself as particularly talented — and she still has to deal with being the new kid on campus, Hollywood Arts may just give Tori her chance to shine. Also starring: Leon Thomas III as Andre Harris, Daniella Monet as Trina, Matt Bennett as Robbie Shapiro, Rex Powers (Robbie's puppet), Ariana Grande as Cat Valentine, and Avan Jogia as Beck Oliver.


Originally published: Thursday, October 14, 2020

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'Welcome to the Carnival' | New 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?' Music Video by Lilou | Nickelodeon

Submitted for the approval of The Midnight Society.. a ๐“ผ๐“น๐“ธ๐“ธ๐“ด๐”‚ new Are You Afraid of the Dark? music video, "Welcome to the Carnival" by Lilou!


Head back to the Carnival of Doom this Halloween on Nickelodeon! And no matter what happens, remember, it's All Part Of The Show!




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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | Nickelodeon
Rugrats, provided to Creators Syndicate by Nickelodeon, based off the popular animated television series has been created for children and family's to laugh and enjoy together.

Follow these comics and their take on real episodes of the show and their own spin on hilarious adventures.

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Nickelodeon Animation to Host Next 'Nickel For Your Thoughts' Episode on Oct. 15

Nickelodeon Animation has announced the line-up for the next Nickel For Your Thoughts, the brand new digital roundtable series featuring artists and staff from the world-renowned animation studio!


The latest Nickel For Your Thoughts will take place on Thursday, October 15, and will feature:
  • Amanda Qian Li, Art Director, Nickelodeon Shorts Program
  • Colton Davis, Storyboard Artist, The Loud House
  • Megan Visconti, Animator/Designer, Nickelodeon Motion Graphics
  • Jim Mortensen, Supervising Producer, Big Nate
Nickel For Your Thoughts will stream on Nickelodeon's Twitch channel on Thursday, October 15! https://www.twitch.tv/nickelodeon


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2022 Special Olympics USA Games Ambassadors Include Academy-Award-Winning Celebrities and Hall-of-Fame Athletes

2022 Special Olympics USA Games Ambassadors Include Academy-Award-Winning Celebrities and Hall-of-Fame Athletes

Special Olympics USA Games announced commitments from an extraordinary lineup of celebrities and athletes who agreed to lend their voices in support of the thousands of Special Olympics athletes who are training across the US with dreams of competing in the USA Games in Orlando, Florida, June 5-12, 2022.

The first round of USA Games’ Ambassador announcements includes Mark Cuban, Charli D’Amelio, Ellen DeGeneres, Elena Delle Donne, Chris Evert, Whoopi Goldberg, Tiffany Haddish, Grant Hill,  Jimmy Kimmel, Rob Lowe and Lin-Manuel Miranda who lend their voices in support of the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games.

Special Olympics USA Games Athletes: Special Olympics USA Games announced commitments from an extraordinary lineup of celebrities and athletes who agreed to lend their voices in support of the thousands of Special Olympics athletes who are training across the US with dreams of competing in the USA Games in Orlando, Florida, June 5-12, 2022.

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 13, 2020 -- Today, the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games, presented by Jersey Mike’s Subs, announce commitments from an extraordinary lineup of celebrities and athletes who agreed to lend their voices in support of the thousands of Special Olympics athletes who are training across the US with dreams of competing in the USA Games in Orlando, Florida, June 5-12, 2022.

The USA Games Ambassador roster touts seven Hall of Famers, 14 Olympic medal winners and sports heroes that have played in more than 80 All-Star games, Pro Bowls and other championship games. Additionally, the Ambassadors come with a profound number of entertainment awards and accolades with more than 200 major award nominations, three Oscars, and more than 125 Grammys, Emmys, Golden Globes, Tonys and SAG awards. These Ambassadors represent a huge presence on social media with more than 500 million followers and 15 billion content views. This includes the number one star of TikTok, Charli D’Amelio and her more than 92 million followers.

“We are honored and ecstatic to announce such an impressive lineup of Games Ambassadors who range from sports heroes and Hollywood stars, to cultural influencers and society leaders,” said Joe Dzaluk, President & CEO of the 2022 Special Olympic USA Games. “It is through their global reach and unwavering passion for those with intellectual disabilities that we can speak to millions across the country about our mission of inclusion and inspire our athletes during the Games’ journey.”

The initial Games Ambassadors roster represents eight decades of superstars and personalities:

Chelsea Clinton is an author, global health advocate and vice chair of the Clinton Foundation. She has received numerous awards and honors for her humanitarian and philanthropic efforts.

Lee Corso is a sports broadcaster and analyst. The 28-year career coach has been a featured analyst on ESPN’s College GameDay program since 1987.  

Mark Cuban is an entrepreneur, TV personality, media proprietor, investor, author and star of Shark Tank. He is the owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. 

Charli D’Amelio is a viral digital superstar, with a combined social following of over 133M. She continues to be the leading TikTok digital creator, with her content viewed over seven billion times.

Johnny Damon played professional baseball from 1995 to 2012. He is a two-time World Series Champion with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.

Andre Dawson is a Hall of Fame MLB star. The eight-time All Star, former Rookie of the Year and League MVP played professionally for 21 years.

Ellen DeGeneres is an award-winning comedian, author and producer. She has won 33 Emmys and 20 People's Choice Awards. Her daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres show, has been a hit for 18 seasons. 

Elena Delle Donne is a professional basketball player, two-time MVP and six-time All Star. She is a 2016 Olympic Gold Medalist and a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics.

Big Show (Paul Donald Wight II) is a professional wrestler, a seven-time world champion and one of the most decorated WWE Superstars of all time. He is a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics. 

Chris Evert is an International Hall of Fame tennis player. She has won 18 Grand Slam singles championships and three doubles titles.

Whoopi Goldberg is an actress, comedian, author, and TV personality. She is one of only 16 entertainers to have won an Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, an Oscar, and a Tony Award (EGOT).

Meagan Good is an actress, model and author. She starred as Joanna Locasto, the lead character on the NBC drama series Deception

Jack Dylan Grazer is an actor known for Stephen King's It, and the 2019 sequel. He also had a starring role in the superhero film Shazam!

Gabrielle Nevaeh Green is a TV actress with a starring role in the revival of the Nickelodeon show All That.

Tiffany Haddish is a well-known actress, comedian and author. The Emmy Award winner starred in the hit comedy, Girls Trip, and stars in The Last O.G.  

That Girl Lay Lay (Alaya High) is a hip-hop artist and the youngest female rapper to sign with Empire Records. The influencer has over 1.2 million subscribers on YouTube, and has a deal with Nickelodeon.  

Dulรฉ Hill is an actor and tap dancer who is known for his roles on West Wing and Psych. He is the recipient of two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Grant Hill, seven-time NBA All-Star, retired after 19 years with the NBA. He won an Olympic Gold Medal in 1996. Grant is a co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks and a gifted sports broadcaster.

Robert Irvine is a world-class chef, author, and philanthropist. He is the host of the popular show Restaurant: Impossible, helping struggling restaurateurs get a second chance at business. 

Jimmy Kimmel is a comedian, host, and producer. He is the winner of three Emmy Awards, hosted the Oscars twice and has been entertaining his fans as the host of Jimmy Kimmel Live! for 19 seasons.

Ali Krieger is a professional soccer player for Orlando Pride and Team USA. She is a two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion, winning in 2015 and 2019.

Rob Lowe is an actor, writer, producer and director known for roles in The Outsiders, Oxford Blues, St. Elmo's Fire and About Last Night, and for starring in hit TV shows, The West Wing and Parks & Rec

Dan Marino is an NFL Hall of Fame quarterback who spent 17 seasons with the Miami Dolphins. The nine-time Pro Bowler is the founder of the Dan Marino Foundation serving young adults with disabilities. 

Jaeden Martell is an actor. He is known for his role of Bill Denbrough in the 2017 and 2019 film adaptations of the Stephen King novel It.

Marlee Matlin is an actress, author, and activist. She has an Academy Award for Best Actress for Children of a Lesser God. She is the only deaf performer to have won an Oscar.

Auston Matthews is a professional ice hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He is the only player to have scored four goals in his NHL debut. In 2017, he was named as the NHL’s top rookie.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is a composer, lyricist, and actor best known for creating and starring in Broadway’s Hamilton and In The Heights. He is a Pulitzer Prize, Emmy, three-time Grammy and three-time Tony Award winner.

Ja Morant is a professional basketball player with the Memphis Grizzlies. He was the second overall draft pick in 2019 and in 2020 received the Rookie of the Year award. 

Ryan O’Connell is a writer, actor, director, comedian, LGBTQ activist and disability advocate. His 2015 memoir about his life as a gay man with cerebral palsy was adapted into a hit Netflix series.

Katelyn Ohashi is an athlete, advocate and poet. She is a six-time All-American and four-time member of USA Gymnastics’ Junior National Team, junior national champion and the winner of the American Cup.

Denise Richards is an actress, fashion model and former Bond girl. She’s known for her roles in Wild Things, Starship Troopers and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Izabela Rose is a young actress who had the  lead role in Disney’s Upside-Down Magic. She was handpicked by Steven Spielberg for a role in Amazing Stories

Warren Sapp is a Super Bowl champion and Hall of Famer who played in the NFL for 13 seasons, primarily with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Miami University alumni was a first-round draft pick in 1995.

Richard Schiff is an actor and director. He played Toby Ziegler on The West Wing, a role for which he received an Emmy Award. 

Eric Stonestreet is an actor and comedian best known for his role in the ABC sitcom Modern Family. During his successful career, Stonestreet has received two Emmy awards. 

Joy Taylor is a radio personality and TV host. Taylor is the news update anchor on Fox Sports 1's The Herd with Colin Cowherd and moderated for Fox Sports 1's studio show Skip and Shannon: Undisputed.

Dara Torres is a competitive swimmer with 12 Olympic medals. Torres is the first swimmer to represent the US in five Olympic Games and, at age 41, the oldest swimmer to earn a place on the US Olympic team.

Rayka Zehtabchi is an Iranian-American Academy Award director. She directed and produced the short film documenting the creation of the 2022 USA Games logo.

“The list of superstars joining our movement is amazing!” said Jacquie Clare, a Special Olympics athlete and USA Games employee. “As an athlete, I’m so honored that they’ve chosen to help tell our story. With their support, these will be the greatest games ever.”

To learn more about the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games and the star-studded line up of Games Ambassadors, please visit www.2022usagames.org/ambassador and follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About the 2022 Special Olympics USA Games

The 2022 Special Olympics USA Games is scheduled for June 5-12, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. Jersey Mike’s Subs is the Presenting Partner and Walt Disney World Resort is host during the event. During this magical week, more than 5,500 athletes and coaches from all 50 states and the Caribbean will travel to Florida to unite in one of the country’s most cherished sporting events. The USA Games is hosted once every four years and showcases 20 Olympic-style team and individual sports and 30 events throughout the week including forums and VIP receptions. Website: www.2022usagames.org


Originally published: Wednesday, October 14, 2020.

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MTV Int'l to Premiere 'MTV Cribs' Reboot Globally on Oct. 26; New Series to Feature JoJo Siwa

MTV INTERNATIONAL TO PREMIERE REBOOT OF MTV CRIBS ON OCTOBER 26TH AROUND THE WORLD

Caitlyn Jenner, Christine Quinn, JoJo Siwa, Stefflon Don, Bradley Simpson And More To Take Viewers Inside Their Cribs


NEW YORK/LONDON—OCT. 13, 2020—MTV International today announced that MTV Cribs is back and this time it’s going international. Following the successes of MTV Cribs UK last year and remotely produced lockdown special MTV Cribs: Footballers Stay Home the reboot, titled MTV Cribs, will premiere across MTV’s international channels on Monday, October 26th at 8pm BST.

The cult phenomenon takes viewers inside celebrity homes and will showcase a star-studded ensemble of A-listers, including reality superstar Caitlyn Jenner, singer & rapper Stefflon Don, Selling Sunset’s Christine Quinn, Nickelodeon star JoJo Siwa, The Vamps’ Bradley Simpson, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Alyssa Edwards, to name a few.

The series will also feature Don Diablo (Dutch DJ), Kevin McHale (Glee), Tom Allen (Comedy Central UK Roast Battle), Jonathan Cheban (Kardashian BFF and “Foodgod”), Mike Edwards and Perri Shakes-Drayton (MTV International Celebrity Bumps Mike + Perri), Caprice (Ladies of London), Jorge Masvidal (UFC fighter), Gemma Collins (TV personality), Reginae Carter (VH1’s T.I. and Tiny: Friends and Family Hustle) Money Kicks (YouTuber) and Holly H. (TikTok star).

 “As we spend more time at home this year, our fascination with where and how others live is growing.” said Craig Orr, Vice President, Original Content and Development, Youth and Entertainment at ViacomCBS Networks International. “MTV Cribs continues to connect our worldwide audiences with their favorite stars as they welcome us into their homes for an exclusive tour. This is pure property porn escapism at its most fabulous.”

Viewers can anticipate an exclusive look inside Caitlyn Jenner’s lavish Malibu residence as she shows off some of her favorite wardrobe pieces, including the outfit from her Vanity Fair cover debut, Stefflon Don’s swanky UK pad featuring an English fruit garden, Christine Quinn’s stunning Los Angeles mansion with a backyard tiger, JoJo Siwa’s snack oasis and iconic “merch” room, and much more. 


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"I'm pumped to bring MTV fans into the colorful world of JoJo—complete with my most memorable outfits and the slime game room of my dreams." says JoJo Siwa.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the MTV Cribs reboot, what a dream to be included in this iconic classic.” said Christine Quinn of Selling Sunset. “As a top selling broker, I’m always spotlighting other people’s homes to the world, but now MTV International is giving you an exclusive look inside my newly redone home – and let’s get one thing clear – in my house, it’s my rules. Expect the unexpected ๐Ÿฏ.”

MTV will premiere a US version of the show early next year.

The 8x30 minute episodes are produced for MTV International by Viacom International Studios U.K. and executive produced by Kate Amarnani of Viacom International Studios U.K., and Craig Orr and Rebecca Hewett of MTV International. The series is commissioned by Craig Orr and Kerry Taylor for MTV International.


About MTV:

MTV is the leading global youth media brand in more than 180 countries, reaching over 420 million households in nearly 25 different languages across every platform. MTV operations span cable and mobile networks, live events, theatrical films and MTV Studios. Outside of the United States, MTV is part of ViacomCBS Networks International, a division of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC).

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Originally published: Wednesday, October 14, 2020.

Additional source: UNILAD.

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Nickelodeon India Tops the Ratings for Week #39

Nick News Mini: Nickelodeon India was the leading kids television channel across India with a weekly viewership of over 140 million from Saturday 26th September to Friday 2nd October 2020! Nickelodeon Sonic Nickelodeon and Hungama came second and third in this segment with over 100 and 98 million views respectively that week.
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