Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Could Jennette McCurdy Feature in 'iCarly' Season 2?

Fetch the buttersock!


Could Jennette McCurdy be planning to reprise her beloved role of Sam Puckett in the second season of Paramount+'s iCarly revival?

Earlier this year, Jennette, who played Carly's best friend Sam in the original run of Nickelodeon's beloved comedy series revealed on her Empty Inside podcast that she had quit the acting industry and that she wouldn't be joining her iCarly co-stars Miranda Cosgrove (Carly), Nathan Kress (Freddie) and Jerry Trainor (Spencer) on the show's revival. In the revival, Sam's absence is revealed that she is "following her bliss" with the Obliterators biker gang.

However, eagle-eyed fans have spotted that three writers from the iCarly revival recently started to follow Jennette on Instagram!

While this doesn't confirm anything, fans have begun speculating that Jennette may be planning to reprise her fan-favorite character in season two of the reboot!

Miranda recently revealed in an interview with E! News leading up to the premiere of the iCarly revival that there is no hard feelings between the cast of the new iCarly and Jennette.

"We all called her separately and we really wanted her to be a part of it, but at the same time I'm happy for her because I know that she's her life taken her in a different direction and that she's really enjoying what she's doing right now," Miranda said. "So I think we all kind of did what we were probably meant to do."

Jay Kogen, who directed the pilot episode of the revival, previously mentioned that the door is left open for Jennette to return if she ever wanted to.

Would you like to see Jennette reprise her role of Sam in the iCarly revival? Let me know in the comments below!

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Jet Jurgensmeyer Debuts Latest Single, 'Fast Forward'

With his latest single, “Fast Forward,” 16-year-old country singer Jet Jurgensmeyer knows that the waiting is the hardest part. The romantic anthem is all about wishing the clock would speed up so he and his sweetheart could fall in love for real, and its new video captures that slow agony.


Co-written by the young guitar-slinger and actor with Bridgette Tatum and Jessie G, the smitten country-rocker finds Jurgensmeyer stuck in romantic limbo. He’s old enough to know how he feels, but too young to truly do anything about it, and that’s a dilemma many can relate to. With smoldering guitar solos and a vibrant young vocal, Jurgensmeyer counts down the hours … dreaming of a remote control button that could make time fly.

Meanwhile, the teenaged talent filmed the track’s video in the Californian desert, capturing the painful emotional isolation of not being able to follow your heart. It premiered on Sounds Like Nashville today (June 30).


“We shot this video out in California with The Riker Brothers,” Jurgensmeyer says. “I love the way it turned out and think that it fits the song perfectly! I was very blessed to have written ‘Fast Forward’ with Bridgette Tatum and Jessie G. They are both so talented and I am so grateful that they have taken me under their wing and helped me become the writer I am today.”

After getting his onstage start as a 3-year-old at the Nashville Palace, which his parents used to own, Jet Jurgensmeyer is best known for his co-starring role as Boyd on Fox’s Last Man Standing. His previous single, “Real World” came out in 2018, and he’s made a splash with covers of country hits like this video for Old Dominion’s “Make It Sweet.” Jurgensmeyer also starred in Legends of the Hidden Temple, Nickelodeon's hit 2016 live-action movie inspired by the network's beloved game show, and portrayed a young Jason Bateman on Netflix’s Ozark, and has done voiceovers for shows on Nickelodeon, Disney Junior, and more, including on Bubble Guppies and Shimmer and Shine.


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Galo Bertín and Nickelodeon Team Up for SpongeBob Pride Apparel in Latin America

To celebrate Pride, Mexican designer Galo Bertín and Nickelodeon Latin America have expanded their partnership to release two special garments inspired by Nickelodeon superstar SpongeBob SquarePants!


The collection comprises of a white bomber jacket and a white t-shirt, which both feature a holographic SpongeBob signature on their fronts and a holographic picture of SpongeBob on their backs. The collection aims to spread the message of love, tolerance and inclusion.

The SpongeBob Pride tee costs $ 600.00 MXN ($30 USD) and the SpongeBob Pride bomber jacket costs $ 2,600.00 MXN ($131 USD). Both can be purchased now at https://galobertin.com/collections/bob-esponja.


A portion of the proceeds made from the new collection in June will be donated to Refugio Casa Frida, a shelter in Mexico City that provides rescue, shelter, care and comprehensive health care for LGBTI+ people fleeing extreme violence and persecution, and displaced people, migrants and young people who have been expelled from their homes because of their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression, including people with HIV and other key populations.


The new items of clothing form part of Galo Bertín's SpongeBob clothing range released by the designer earlier this year.

From Milenio:

Galo Bertin y Bob Esponja

Con un mensaje de tolerancia y amor apoyando la inclusión, el diseñador mexicano Galo Bertín y Nickelodeon Latinoamérica colaboran en la edición especial que consta de dos prendas: una bomber jacket y una camiseta intervenidas por Galo y su reinterpretación del icónico personaje Bob Esponja.

Así, ambos contribuyen a la labor de Casa Frida, un refugio en CdMx que brinda rescate, alojamiento, cuidado y atención a la salud integral de jóvenes LGBT+ que son expulsados de sus hogares.

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From EstiloDF:

El diseñador Galo Bertín se suma al apoyo por la comunidad LGBT+

Con una colección especial de Bob Esponja, la firma mexicana aporta su granito de arena en este mes del Pride

Con la finalidad de unirse a las celebraciones del pride para visibilizar, apoyar y luchar por los derechos de la comunidad LGBT+, el diseñador mexicano Galo Bertín se unió a Nickelodeon Latinoamérica para lanzar una campaña que abraza todos los colores del arcoíris. 

Se trata de una colección cápsula de edición especial que se compone de una bomber jacket y una camiseta con la reinterpretación del icónico personaje de Nickelodeon: Bob Esponja. Bajo el hashtag #AbrazaLaDiversidad, por cada prenda vendida de esta campaña durante junio, la firma donará una más a Casa Frida, un albergue que brinda apoyo y resguardo a la comunidad LGBT+ que lo necesite, sobre todo en estos momentos tan difíciles de pandemia. 

Un espacio para la comunidad LGBT+ más vulnerable

Casa Frida se encuentra en San Pedro de los Pinos, en la CDMX. Desde mayo del año pasado se ha convertido en un espacio que busca darles refugio a jóvenes de la comunidad LGBT+, personas que viven con VIH y en general a los grupos más vulnerables y que se encuentran en situación de riesgo. 

No sólo se trata de darles un espacio en donde puedan alojarse, sino que además ofrecen atención psicosocial y servicios integrales especializados para las personas que son perseguidas o rechazadas de su hogares por su preferencia sexual. Todo con la finalidad de ayudarlos a reintegrarse a la sociedad sin perder su propia identidad. 

La colección más chic de Bob Esponja tiene sello mexicano

Desde su creación en 1999, Bob Esponja se ha convertido en uno de los personajes animados favoritos de chicos y grandes. Esta curiosa y original caricatura alcanzó tal popularidad que la pantalla le quedó chica y comenzó a expandirse a niveles que nadie esperaba, tanto que ahora lo podemos encontrar tanto en juguetes para niños como en artículos de lujo para las generaciones más grandes. 

La empatía e ingenio de este personaje ha cautivado a miles de artistas alrededor del mundo, y uno de ellos es el diseñador mexicano Galo Bertín, quien ha destacado en la industria de la moda gracias a sus desenfadados y originales diseños para hombre. 

Siguiendo su estilo chic, fresco y casual, la firma se unió a Nickelodeon Latinoamérica para lanzar una colección inspirada en Bob Esponja y Patricio Estrella en abril de este año, apelando a la nostalgia de quienes crecimos con estos personajes de Fondo de Bikini, pero con una reinterpretación muy moderna de cada uno.

‘Sponge Bob x Galo Bertin’ está compuesta por camisas cubanas de manga corta, pants, sudaderas, bomber jackets y hasta trajes de baño. Todos dentro de una paleta de colores de varias tonalidades azules, rosas y amarillas. Las prendas perfectas para disfrutar de este verano con mucho estilo. 

La colección la puedes encontrar en la página oficial de la firma, en donde también se encuentran las prendas de Bob Esponja que entran en la campaña a favor del orgullo LGBT+.

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Originally published: June 27, 2021.

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That Girl Lay Lay Dishes on Her New Nickelodeon Series and Big Dreams of Stardom

That Girl Lay Lay Dished on Her New Nickelodeon Series and Big Dreams of Stardom (Exclusive) | ET

Dan Schneider Once Reigned Over Kids TV. What Happened?

Nickelodeon’s longtime hitmaker separated from the company in 2018 and has been trailed by questions about his abrupt departure. Now he is talking about making a return to television.

In 2014, Schneider accepted Nickelodeon’s first and only Lifetime Achievement Award. He was surrounded onstage by young actors whose careers he had launched. Credit...Matt Sayles/Invision, via Associated Press

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — It was the biggest night of the year for children’s entertainment, and some of Nickelodeon’s top stars from across generations had gathered to honor Dan Schneider, the man who made them famous.

“You not only changed all of our lives — you changed kids’ TV,” said Victoria Justice, the star of Victorious, as Schneider prepared to accept Nickelodeon’s first and only Lifetime Achievement Award.

Schneider was at the peak of his powers as he took the stage at that 2014 Kids’ Choice Awards, surrounded by a throng of teenage stars. He had enjoyed an unparalleled run as a Nickelodeon writer and showrunner, helping define the network for two decades with hits like All That, The Amanda Show, Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, Victorious, and, perhaps his most iconic show, iCarly.

But a mere four years later, the man The New York Times once crowned “the Norman Lear of children’s television” was out at the network. In the spring of 2018, he and Nickelodeon sent a joint statement announcing their separation. Almost overnight, Schneider largely disappeared from public view and returned home with the $7 million still owed on his contract.

Three years after leaving Nickelodeon, where he was the network’s biggest hit maker, Dan Schneider says he is ready to make a return to television. Credit...Philip Cheung for The New York Times

His rapid-fire Twitter account quieted. He only rarely made public appearances. And although the announcement that was made when he parted ways with Nickelodeon suggested he would pursue “other opportunities and projects,” for years there were no indications that Schneider, a hit maker who had helped define comedy for Millennials and Gen Z, had any new shows on the way.

This month, when Nickelodeon Studios released its reboot of iCarly for the Paramount+ streaming platform, it did so without Schneider, a decision that rekindled the mystery of why a figure at the height of his industry would vanish from the airwaves.

But now interviews with former co-workers, friends and television executives paint a much fuller picture of his departure, his strengths and his weaknesses. They revealed that although Schneider was a hitmaker with an ear for the teen and tween vernacular and humor, he could be difficult to work with. It turns out that, before the announcement about his separation, ViacomCBS, the parent company of Nickelodeon, had investigated Schneider and found that, alongside the many co-workers who praised his attention to detail and work ethic, many people he worked with viewed him as verbally abusive.

Schneider, in his first major interview since the split with Nickelodeon, declined to comment on the investigation. But he defended his leadership style, denied he left on bad terms and described his departure as a natural confluence of events after an “exhausting” period in which he delivered as many as 50 episodes of shows each year.

“I took a break to take care of a lot of stuff that I’d let go by the wayside for decades,” Schneider told The New York Times, noting that he lost more than 100 pounds during his time off. “Whatever I do next, I want it to outdo what I’ve done in the past.”

The Viacom review came amid internet chatter that trafficked in innuendo about the appropriateness of Schneider’s presence in the world of children’s entertainment.

Online denizens posted compilations that stitched together scenes from Schneider’s shows, videos he has taken on set and pictures of him with child actors, to raise questions about his behavior with the young people he worked with. Shots in the shows of bare feet were presented as evidence of a fetish. Other scenes were dissected and discussed as scripted moments of wink-wink sexual innuendo, acted out by a teenage cast.

Schneider said he was well aware of the postings, which he described as “ridiculous.” He said it was sad that social media companies can freely push forward “any lie.” Kids find feet goofy and funny, he said, and there was no effort to sexualize his young stars.

“The comedy,” he said, “was totally innocent.”

But the internet noise had garnered the attention of Schneider’s bosses by 2018, when the #MeToo movement had arrived.

ViacomCBS interviewed dozens of employees, according to four people with knowledge of the review who said they were not authorized to discuss it. The review found no evidence of sexual misconduct by Schneider, the people said, but it did find he could be verbally abusive to people he worked with.

One of Schneider’s biggest hits was “iCarly,” starring Miranda Cosgrove, left, and Jennette McCurdy. Schneider was not involved with the recent reboot of the show. Credit...Nickelodeon, via PR Newswire

Some former colleagues, in recent interviews, said they found him a controlling, difficult showrunner, prone to tantrums and angry emails — a man with a delicate ego who made some staff members feel as though they were always walking on eggshells. Several said they felt uncomfortable when he frequently asked an employee from the costume department for shoulder and neck massages, or texted child actors outside of work hours.

Schneider said he never acted inappropriately with people with whom he worked. “I couldn’t, and I wouldn’t have the long-term friendships and continued loyalty from so many reputable people if I’d mistreated my actors of any age, especially minors,” he said.

And he said that if people perceived him as “difficult,” it was because he has “high standards.”

“I’m very willing to defend creative things that I believe in,” he said.

To understand the void left when Schneider departed Nickelodeon, one has to consider the heights to which he helped propel the network. Schneider and the network grew up together, some of his former colleagues said, building a space for children and family programming from essentially nothing into the highest-rated network on basic cable TV.

Schneider’s body of work for Nickelodeon tended to be fast-paced, gag-filled laugh-track sitcoms that punctuated plot lines about friendship and adolescent exploits with jokes that were goofy and outlandish enough to get laughs out of tweens. From the dancing lobsters in The Amanda Show to the spaghetti tacos of iCarly, Schneider’s shows helped shape Nickelodeon’s comedy kingdom into a world where kids appeared to have the power to make their wildest thoughts into reality.

“There’s a certain musical cadence to sitcom acting,” said Yvette Nicole Brown, who played Helen on Drake & Josh. “Dan just hears the music.”

Schneider, second from left, acted in the 1980s sitcom “Head of the Class.” By the late ’80s, he had been recruited to co-host the second ever Kids’ Choice Awards. Credit...Walt Disney Television, via Getty Images

Schneider, second from left, acted in the 1980s sitcom “Head of the Class.” By the late ’80s, he had been recruited to co-host the second ever Kids’ Choice Awards.Credit...Walt Disney Television, via Getty Images

Comedy had long been a tool for Schneider, now 57, who grew up in Memphis, surrounded by what he described as a warm and funny family. By age 7, Schneider said that he was the most overweight student in his class and saw comedy as a road to acceptance.

“I wouldn’t be thought of as the fattest kid in the class if they thought I was the funniest kid in the class,” he said.

Academics were not Schneider’s strong suit. His preferred teachers growing up were TV writers like Susan Harris, Larry Gelbart and Carl Reiner, and he studied their work intently. After returning home from a brief stint in Boston and taking a job repairing Apple computers, he managed to land a part in a movie, Making the Grade, that did its casting in Memphis.

He was later cast in the ’80s sitcom Head of the Class along with Brian Robbins, who is now the president of kids and family entertainment for ViacomCBS. By the late 1980s, Schneider had been recruited to co-host the second ever Kids’ Choice Awards with Robbins and had developed a friendship with Albie Hecht, who, at the time, was involved in comedy development at Nickelodeon. Schneider and Robbins would end up working together in the 1990s on All That — an S.N.L.-style sketch comedy show for kids that Robbins cocreated. All That originally ran for 10 seasons and, over the years, featured actors like Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Amanda Bynes and Jamie Lynn Spears. Nickelodeon brought back All That in 2019, with Thompson and Mitchell as executive producers.

Some former colleagues of Schneider — including Yvette Nicole Brown, left — describe him as a creative mind who had a special ability to write sitcoms for young people.Credit...Nickelodeon, via PR Newswire

Tracy Katsky, a former Nickelodeon executive who worked with Schneider during the height of iCarly’s popularity years later, said he was a rare adult who fully understood how to write for kids. He refused to rely on wordplay, she said, because he knew that segments of his audience would not understand it.

Schneider himself said he would often ask his young actors directly whether they thought a joke in the script was funny.

“The network knew, no matter how much they wanted the show to be a hit, they knew I wanted it more,” he said.

Many of Schneider’s allies said he reminds them in some ways of a big kid — one who respects his young viewers as his equals and who was uniquely (and profitably) able to tap into what they would find funny. He is a fan of Star Trek, and has a penchant for timepieces and vintage lunchboxes. He is obsessed with his pets, and even had his pet rabbit Cookie ferried from Los Angeles to San Diego so that the rabbit could receive medical care from a particular veterinarian.

Schneider’s blog and YouTube channel from when he was Nickelodeon’s star showrunner captured the way he would interact with teenage actors and young fans of the show — like he was of their generation. He posted a video of him spooking the iCarly actor Miranda Cosgrove as she walked into a room, as well as one of Justice as he cajoles her into eating a sardine; on his blog, he would share “fun facts” about his episodes and solicit comments from fans (while routinely reminding them to “be nice” to one another in the forum).

The New York Times once crowned Schneider “the Norman Lear of children’s television.” But by 2018, he was out at Nickelodeon. Credit...Kevin Scanlon for The New York Times

But some people who worked on Schneider’s shows, and asked for anonymity because they said they feared reprisal from him, said they viewed his chumminess with his young actors as awkward and odd for a powerful, middle-aged showrunner. Several recalled that he often spent time during the work day interacting with young fans online and, after work, texting child actors about silly matters of teenage internet life.

Was it research? A desire to be popular? Former crew members recalled that Justice’s character had a locker on the set of Victorious decorated with photos of young men, alongside the words “dudealicious” and “who’s hot?” One of the photos was a headshot of a young Dan Schneider.

Schneider said the locker decoration was likely added by someone in the art department and that it was never his goal as a showrunner to be popular or recognized. As for interacting with fans online, he said that he did so “only in very public ways” that were fully transparent to his colleagues. Among the teenage actors on his shows, he added, texting was often the preferred mode of communication.

“I never interacted with actors in any way, texting or otherwise, that should make anyone uncomfortable,” he said.

Former crew members also said Schneider seemed to imagine himself as the king of Nick on Sunset, the network’s former soundstage. He had a private bathroom next to the one most other staff members used. Three former colleagues recalled occasions when staff members pushed him from one room to another in a roller chair so that he could keep working en route.

Other former colleagues described him as a workaholic, prone to yelling, who expected associates to work 16- or 20-hour days alongside him and writers to work on weekends at his home.

“The network knew, no matter how much they wanted the show to be a hit, they knew I wanted it more,” Schneider said in a recent interview. Credit...Philip Cheung for The New York Times

“I will always be grateful to Dan for taking a chance on me as a rash young writer fresh out of college, and for all I learned over the next six years,” said Arthur Gradstein, who worked as a writer and producer with Schneider across four shows. “Much of my experience with him was a blast: He could be generous and validating, and it was exciting to be around his talent and passion for creating entertainment.”

“But he was also unreasonably demanding, controlling, belittling and vindictive,” Gradstein continued, “with a wilful disregard for boundaries or workplace appropriateness.”

Some of Schneider’s former colleagues lamented that Hollywood has long been a tough place to work — an ecosystem where a successful, creative showrunner like Schneider could wield vast power and sometimes get a pass for managing in unproductive ways. The difference, they said, was that Schneider brought his style to bear on children’s television.

But several of Schneider’s former colleagues, including Brown and Katsky, said they never saw him lose his cool. They credited him with a zealous attention to detail and said his refusal to compromise or settle was what made his shows so popular. While some producers might use a simple cellphone prop, for example, Schneider asked his production team to design a “PearPhone,” a parody of Apple devices that were then used in some of Schneider’s shows.

“I know some people, they’ll say, ‘He’s tough,’” said Lauren Levine, a former Nickelodeon executive who worked closely with Schneider on the TV movie Merry Christmas, Drake & Josh. “To me it was never tough for tough sake. He has a vision that he wants to make happen.”

“It was never ego in my experience,” she added. “It was always what serves the show.”

Schneider disputed the accounts that depicted him as an entitled or harsh boss. He said the bathrooms in or near his office were used by others, the work hours were standard for the industry and that if he had ever been pushed around in a chair, “it would have only been as a joke.”

If his emails sounded “frustrated or impatient,” he said, it was likely because he was early on in his career as a producer and was trying to make his shows a success.

“Over the years, I’ve grown and matured as a producer and leader,” he said. “I’m sure I’m better and more gentle at communicating today.”

These days, after his three-year hiatus, Schneider seems set on returning to television and reintroducing his brand of comedy to new audiences. During a three-hour interview at the Beverly Hills Hotel, he discussed the state of children’s television and his plan to bring forward an “ambitious and very different” pilot that he has written and sold to another network.

The new show is aimed at “more of an adult audience,” he said, and he should know by the end of July whether it has been greenlit. He is working simultaneously on other projects in development, including one pilot meant for kids and their families.

He said he bears no ill will toward Nickelodeon, and says he wishes everyone involved with the iCarly revival “the best.”

But even as he looked to the future, Schneider, in the interview, considered his legacy, a period of time when his name was “all over” the credits of the many hit shows.

“I don’t want to be an old man some day,” he said, “and look it up and see some episode of one of the shows I did and go, ‘ugh,’ and be disappointed in myself.”

Brooks Barnes, John Koblin and Emily Steel contributed reporting. Alain Delaquérière contributed research.


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I Say Goodbye to You (Official Video) | Club 57 | Nickelodeon Latin America

Te Digo Adiós (Video Oficial) | Club 57 | Nickelodeon en Español


Mercedes tiene que aceptar que debe dejar de lado a Oso de los 80s y finalmente decirle adiós. ¡Te romperá el corazón con esta canción!

Mira los nuevos episodios de Club 57, de lunes a viernes en la pantalla de Nick.


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ViacomCBS France to Host Network-Wide Music Festival on June 21

This summer, ViacomCBS Networks France will be treating viewers to the ultimate musical festival! Being held on Monday 21st June 2021, the music fest will feature musical specials across ViacomCBS' bouquet of channels in the country, including Nickelodeon and Nickelodeon Junior, as well as Nickelodeon's social media channels!

Nick's Noisy Summer 📢 Official Music Video | Nickelodeon Israel

Nick's Noisy Summer 📢 Official Music Video | Nickelodeon Israel

הקיץ הרועש של ניק 📢 ניק זה כאן | הקליפ הרשמי
ערוץ ניקלודיאון


ברוכים הבאים לקיץ הרועש של ניק❗ החופש הגדול כבר כאן 👈 אל תפספסו את הפרק החדש של בובספוג | יום חמישי בשעה 10:00 + 15:00

#ניקלודיאון #ניק_זה_כאן

As part of Nick's Noisy Summer, Nickelodeon Israel (יִשְׂרָאֵל) will be premiering a brand new episode of SpongeBob SquarePants (בובספוג מכנסמרובע) on Thursday 1st July 2021 at 10:00 and 15:00!


Originally published: June 30, 2021.

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ViacomCBS Int'l and Swiss Media Company CH Media Sign Extensive Multi-Year Strategic Partnership

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) and Switzerland’s CH Media have signed a extensive multi-year strategic partnership that includes a Nickelodeon channel takeover, access to a large content library, and a new co-production agreement.


Starting on October 1, CH Media will take over all operations of children’s channel Nickelodeon Switzerland (Schweiz). The linear net currently airs kids programming between 6 a.m. and 8:15 p.m., sharing a feed with Nickelodeon Austria. Following the takeover, Nick Schweiz will continue to offer the best children's programming from 06.00 to 20.15, with CH Media planning to launch a new family block called 7+ Family that will air in the evenings. Goldbach Media will be responsible for ad sales for both Nick Schweiz and 7+ Family.

CH Media has also licensed 1,400 episodes of kids, youth and comedy content from ViacomCBS for its new Swiss streaming platform OnePlus. Some of the programming includes PAW Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants and Top Wing, which will be available on the streamer’s pitch+ children’s section. OnePlus will also create a dedicated Nick+ section featuring content especially for children and families.

Finally, ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS) will co-produce several in-house shows with CH Media for German-speaking regions. These originals will air exclusively on OnePlus in Switzerland, as well as on ViacomCBS TV channels and platforms in Germany and Austria.

Roger Elsener, Managing Director (MD), Entertainment and member of the CH Media Executive Board, is delighted with the deal: "The cooperation with ViacomCBS is another milestone for CH Media's entertainment offering. With 7+ Family, viewers can look forward to a new TV channel with the best family entertainment. Our streaming service OnePlus will receive countless attractive new content for young people and for the young streamers we are creating a separate children's world on OnePlus."

Gabor Harsanyi, Vice President (VP) & General Manager (GM), Central & Eastern Europe, Austria and Switzerland at ViacomCBS Networks International said: "With CH Media we gain a strong local strategic partner in this important market. Together we will reach viewers even better with Nickelodeon's popular content, both on linear TV and streaming. Additionally, the co-production of new originals for the entire German-speaking region fuels our platforms with strong local content."

Prior to joining CH Media, Elsener served in several roles at Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN; now ViacomCBS Networks International) between August 2006 and March 2012.

Below is ViacomCBS Networks International's official press release announcing the news:

ViacomCBS Networks International und CH Media: Umfangreiche strategische Partnerschaft in der Schweiz

30/06/2021

ViacomCBS Networks International und CH Media vereinbaren zum 1. Oktober 2021 eine mehrjährige Kooperation in der Schweiz, die drei Bereiche umfasst: CH Media übernimmt den Betrieb des Kinder-TV-Senders Nick Schweiz und lizenziert rund 1.400 Episoden Kinder-, Jugend- und Comedy-Inhalte von ViacomCBS für die neue Schweizer Streaming-Plattform oneplus. Zudem werden VIS, ViacomCBS‘ weltweites Studio, und CH Media mehrere Eigenproduktionen für den deutschsprachigen Raum koproduzieren.

Im Rahmen der strategischen Kooperation in der deutschsprachigen Schweiz übernimmt CH Media ab dem 1. Oktober 2021 den Betrieb des beliebten Kindersenders Nick Schweiz. Nick Schweiz bietet weiterhin von 06.00 Uhr bis 20.15 Uhr bestes Kinderprogramm. Ab 20.15 Uhr lanciert CH Media das neue Familienprogramm 7+ Family. Die Werbevermarktung von Nick Schweiz und 7+ Family liegt bei Goldbach Media.

Im Rahmen der Vereinbarung erhält CH Media zudem Zugriff auf eine Auswahl an Inhalten von Nickelodeon, Comedy Central und MTV. Dazu gehören zum Beispiel beliebte Sendungen wie Roast Battle, Workaholics, Jersey Shore und ausgewählte Staffeln der erfolgreichsten Kinderformate wie PAW Patrol, SpongeBob Schwammkopf oder Top Wing. Auf oneplus wird für Kinder und Familien eigens eine Nick+-Sektion geschaffen.

Damit noch nicht genug: VIS und CH Media werden gemeinsam eine Reihe von Originals produzieren, in der Schweiz zuerst exklusiv für oneplus. In Deutschland und Österreich werden die neuen Koproduktionen auf den TV-Sendern und Plattformen von ViacomCBS zu sehen sein.

Roger Elsener, Geschäftsführer Entertainment und Mitglied der Unternehmensleitung von CH Media, zeigt sich erfreut über den Deal: „Die Kooperation mit ViacomCBS ist für das Entertainmentangebot von CH Media ein weiterer Meilenstein. Die Zuschauerinnen und Zuschauer können sich mit 7+ Family auf einen neuen TV-Sender für beste Familienunterhaltung freuen. Unser Streaming-Dienst oneplus erhält unzählige attraktive neue Inhalte für Jugendliche und für die jungen Streamer schaffen wir eine eigene Kinderwelt auf oneplus.“

Gabor Harsanyi, VP & GM Central & Eastern Europe, Austria and Switzerland bei ViacomCBS Networks International: „Mit CH Media gewinnen wir einen starken lokalen strategischen Partner in diesem wichtigen Markt. Gemeinsam erreichen wir die Zuschauer mit den beliebten Inhalten von Nickelodeon noch besser, sowohl im linearen TV als auch im Streaming. Zusätzlich befeuert die Koproduktion von neuen Originals für den gesamten deutschsprachigen Raum unsere Plattformen mit starken lokalen Inhalten.“

Über ViacomCBS Networks International:

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) ist Teil des globalen Medienunternehmens ViacomCBS. Zum Portfolio in den deutschsprachigen Märkten gehören MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Pluto TV und andere bekannte Entertainment-Marken. Mit innovativen Streaming-Angeboten und digitalen Bewegtbild-Produkten, sowie den linearen TV-Angeboten, erreicht VCNI in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz mehr als 40 Millionen Haushalte. Durch starke Partnerschaften in den Bereichen Consumer Products und Recreation sind die Marken von VCNI außerdem erlebbar auf Events, als Lizenzprodukte und in Freizeitparks. Für mehr aktuelle Informationen zu ViacomCBS Networks International besuchen Sie unsere Webseite unter viacom.de.

Über CH Media:

CH Media ist eines der führenden Schweizer Medienunternehmen und beschäftigt in der Deutschschweiz rund 1800 Mitarbeitende. Mit ihren Tages- und Wochenzeitungen und Zeitschriften bietet CH Media hochstehenden Journalismus. Als Nummer 1 sowohl im Schweizer Privatradiobereich als auch im privaten Schweizer Fernsehen steht CH Media zudem auch für erstklassige Unterhaltung. Mit Ihren Marken in den Bereichen Publishing und Entertainment erreicht CH Media täglich über zwei Millionen Menschen auf allen Kanälen. Modernste Druckereien runden die Produkte- und Servicepalette der Mediengruppe ab.

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«Der Kinderwerbemarkt ist überschaubar»

Die TV-Sendergruppe rund um 3+ erhält Zuwachs: 7+ Family will ein Familienprogramm bieten. Tagsüber wird auf dem neuen Sender Nick Schweiz ausgestrahlt. Warum Kinder als Zielgruppe interessant sind, sagt Roger Elsener, Geschäftsführer Entertainment von CH Media.

Herr Elsener, CH Media Entertainment entdeckt Kinder als neue Zielgruppe. Weil Sie selber welche haben?
Nein, das ist natürlich ein strategischer Entscheid. Für unseren neuen Streaming-Dienst OnePlus schaffen wir mit dem Deal mit ViacomCBS eine Streaming-Welt für Kinder. Wir erhalten Zugang zu unzähligen Top-Programminhalten von Nickelodeon, dem neben Disney weltweit grössten Produzenten von Kinderprogrammen. Gleichzeitig werden wir mit dem Sender Nick Schweiz auch die lineare TV-Welt bespielen. Wir holen die junge Zielgruppe also auf allen Vektoren ab.

Konkret: CH Media übernimmt per 1. Oktober den Betrieb des Kinder-TV-Senders Nick Schweiz (persoenlich.com berichtete). Wie muss man sich eine solche Betriebsübernahme vorstellen?
Das bedeutet, dass wir den Sender Nick Schweiz ab dem 1. Oktober aus unseren neuen Studios in Zürich-Oerlikon betreiben werden. Heute wird der Sender aus Berlin betrieben.

In der Mitteilung heisst es, Nick Schweiz teile sich den Programmplatz mit dem neuen Sender «7+ Family». Holen Sie jetzt Nick Schweiz zu sich auf den neuen Sender – oder sendet 7+ Family auf dem bisherigen Sendeplatz von Nick Schweiz?
Letzteres. Nick Schweiz sendet bis 20.15 Uhr Kinderprogramm, ab 20.15 Uhr übernimmt 7+ mit einem Familienprogramm.

Wie sieht dieses aus?
Durch unsere Partnerschaften mit allen Hollywood-Studios haben wir einen tollen Katalog an Spielfilm-Highlights für beste Familienunterhaltung. Von den «Minions» über «Ice Age» bis hin zu Klassikern wie «Kevin – Allein zu Haus» ist alles dabei.

Mit dem Sendernamen 7+ Family geben Sie dem Fernsehzuschauer eine Orientierungshilfe. Wann erhalten die anderen Sender einen solchen Zusatz?
Die anderen Sender – also 3+ bis 6+ sowie TV24, TV25 und S1 – erhalten keinen solchen Zusatz. Sie sind bestens etabliert und bekannt. 3+ ist unser «Flaggschiff» und zeigt zusammen mit TV24 unsere Eigenproduktionen, Free-TV Premieren und die grössten Sport-Highlights. 4+ ist der Spielfilmsender, 5+ unser Seriensender, TV25 unser Frauensender, S1 der Best-Ager-Sender und 6+ unser experimentierfreudiger Sender.

«Dass man sich kennt, hat ein vertrauensvolles Verhandlungsklima geschaffen»

2012 wechselten Sie zu 3+ – und Sie waren zuvor Vice President Commerce für Mittel- und Nordeuropa beim Kindersender Nickelodeon. Nutzten Sie beim heute kommunizierten Deal Insiderinfos oder alte Kontakte?
Im Laufe eines Arbeitslebens das aufgebaute Beziehungsnetz zu pflegen und die Erfahrungen in sein neues Arbeitsumfeld einzubringen, ist nie verkehrt. Dass man sich kennt, hat ein vertrauensvolles Verhandlungsklima geschaffen. Entscheidend beim jetzigen Deal ist aber der strategische Fit für beide Partner.

Ich las auf Wikipedia unter dem Eintrag «Nick Schweiz», dass Sie Geschäftsführer sind. Wurde dieser Eintrag einfach nie aktualisiert – oder blieben Sie tatsächlich in all den Jahren seit Ihrem Abgang weiterhin Geschäftsführer?
Das ist selbstverständlich längst veraltet. Das ist zehn Jahre her.

«Ein Hauptaugenmerk liegt auf dem Aufbau von 7+ Family»

Wenn ab 1. Oktober CH Media am Drücker ist: Wie wird sich das Kinderprogramm auf Nick Schweiz verändern?
Nick Schweiz ist einer der erfolgreichsten Kindersender, die Hit-Formate von Nickelodeon werden das Programm selbstredend weiterhin prägen. Ein Hauptaugenmerk liegt auf dem Aufbau von 7+ Family. Hier wollen wir beste Familienunterhaltung bieten.

Sind «Kinder» eigentlich eine einzige Zielgruppe – oder unterscheiden Sie hier nochmals nach Alter?
Man unterscheidet in verschiedene Unterzielgruppen, je nach Alter. Es gibt die Vorschulkinder bis zu sechs Jahren, ab sechs Jahren unterscheiden wir in Dreijahresschritten. Je nach Altersklasse haben die Kinder andere Vorlieben, was sie gerne schauen oder streamen.

Einen Kinder-TV-Sender betreiben Sie ja nicht aus Spass. Lässt sich Werbung in einem Kinderprogramm gut verkaufen?
Der Kinderwerbemarkt ist sehr solide, aber überschaubar mit relativ wenigen Werbetreibenden wie zum Beispiel Hasbro. Das grösste Wachstum liegt aber nicht im Bereich der Werbung, sondern bei den Streaming-Abos. Das ist auch unser Hauptaugenmerk mit OnePlus. Wir gehen davon aus, dass wir mit den Inhalten von Nickelodeon viele zusätzliche Abonnenten, meist Familien mit Kindern, gewinnen können.

«Man sollte Kinder beim Medienkonsum begleiten»

Haben Sie kein schlechtes Gewissen, schon die Kleinsten zum Konsum verführen zu wollen?
Ich erinnere ich mich an eine Vorlesung in meinem Studium an der Universität Zürich zum Thema Kinder und Medien. Quintessenz: Man sollte Kinder nicht vor Medien schützen oder sie ihnen gar verbieten. Man sollte sie beim Medienkonsum begleiten. Altersgerechte Inhalte können dabei edukativ sogar sehr wertvoll sein.

Weiter lizenziert CH Media 1400 Kinder-, Jugend- und Comedy-Inhalte für den Schweizer Streaming-Dienst OnePlus. Warum nicht für Nick Schweiz?
Die Inhalte von Nickelodeon werden sowohl auf Nick Schweiz im Free-TV zu sehen sein wie auch zum werbefreien Streamen auf OnePlus. Auf OnePlus werden wir zusätzlich auch Jugend- und Comedy-Inhalte aus dem grossen Programmfundus von ViacomCBS zeigen.

Ebenfalls exklusiv für OnePlus soll «eine Reihe von Originals» koproduziert werden. Was werden das für Inhalte sein?
Um welche Originals es sich handelt, möchte ich noch nicht verraten. Es sind beliebte internationale Formatadaptionen für unsere Kernzielgruppe der jungen Erwachsenen.

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ViacomCBS Int'l Unveils NickWatch by Nickelodeon

VIACOMCBS NETWORKS INTERNATIONAL (VCNI) UNVEILS
NICKWATCH BY NICKELODEON

Launching in 2022, this Family-Focused Connected Smart Watch is the
First to Harness the Power of Nickelodeon’s Iconic Brand

 

NEW YORK/BARCELONA — June 29, 2021 — ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI), a division of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAC, VIACA), today unveiled the first ever connected smart NickWatch by Nickelodeon at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

This new innovative family-centric wearable device offers trusted entertainment and communication features along with innovative technology, developed with VCNI’s specialized tech partner. The device will be available for purchase in 2022.

“ViacomCBS is known for its portfolio of iconic brands that have shaped current events and pop culture for decades. Now, as we look to the future, the NickWatch marks a milestone as the first connected smart watch to harness the power of our consumer brands. This strategic product launch will leverage our IP and content to further strengthen our position as a leading commercial partner with diverse consumer touchpoints creating a new immersive experience,” said Raffaele Annecchino, President and Chief Executive Officer of ViacomCBS Networks International.


The NickWatch will offer children independence in addition to a robust entertainment offering fueled by beloved Nickelodeon characters. The underlying technology platform will provide a direct line of communication to family and friends, promote physical activity, and help kids explore the world with confidence. Each device will come with the smart watch body, two watch bands (one playful Nickelodeon band and one more adult, premium band) and a fun, character-led charging base.


The NickWatch is designed to foster healthy communication by bringing families together, while nurturing a sense of independence and helping children to explore the world confidently, with the knowledge that their caregivers are just one tap away.

The Power of Play: Entertainment to Inspire Imagination

The product will encourage kids to have a healthy lifestyle by promoting physical and social play activities with just enough story to inspire the imagination. Kids can play alone or with friends who have a NickWatch to set off on the same quest together.


Entertainment based on iconic Nickelodeon IP will include fun and goofy photo filters, motion sound effects and musical instruments that play out according to hand movements. Regular content updates with new games, new stickers, new sound effects, and more will be added on an ongoing basis. 

Communication to Keep Kids and Parents Connected

The platform will allow two primary modes of communication: text and voice calls. The parent or caregiver can text the child from their phone, and kids can respond with pre-written responses, voice-to-text, emojis, or photos. The child can also call their parents/contacts within their directory, and they can receive incoming calls from pre-selected contacts. Caregivers can create group threads and can also send sticker messages, timers, reminders, photos, voice messages, and create polls.


Kids and parents can stay connected via a map feature that will allow caregivers and family members to see the current location of everyone in the family via GPS, Wi-Fi and cellular towers, simply downloading the app on their device.

The NickWatch by Nickelodeon has been developed in partnership with Watchinu, an Israeli technology startup, which has built and will be operating the device via a licensee agreement with VCNI.


Pricing, retail and distribution partners, as well as market availability, will be announced at a later date by VCNI.








About ViacomCBS Networks International  (VCNI)

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI), a unit of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAC), is comprised of many of the world’s most iconic consumer brands. Its portfolio includes Channel 5, Telefe, Network 10, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount Network, as well as streaming services Paramount+ and Pluto TV, and ViacomCBS International Studios, among others. In addition to offering innovative streaming services and digital video products, ViacomCBS Networks International provides powerful capabilities in production, distribution and advertising solutions for partners on five continents and across more than 180 countries.

About Nickelodeon International

Nickelodeon, now in its 42nd 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. Nickelodeon is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family, available in nearly 400 million households across 180 countries and territories, via more than 80+ locally programmed channels and branded blocks. Outside of the United States, Nickelodeon is part of ViacomCBS Networks International, a division of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC). For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of ViacomCBS Inc.

About Watchinu

Watchinu, an Israeli technology startup, which if focused on developing unique hardware/software experiences and solutions in the realms of wearables and IoT. The NickWatch is the first in line of products that put people and experience in the center. Watchinu was founded by two companies, Trackimo and Beta. Trackimo is a world-leading IoT solutions developer, specializing in devices and cloud-platforms of tracking technology and wearables. Beta is a tech entertainment and gaming powerhouse.

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Viacom pushes media play with smartwatch

LIVE FROM MWC21 BARCELONA: Media heavyweight ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) unveiled its first smartwatch, in partnership with TV company Nickelodeon, a move which the former’s president and CEO Raffaele Annecchino (pictured, right) believes strengthens its position across the connectivity ecosystem.

Annecchino announced the launch of NickWatch during his MWC21 keynote, stating it had been made specifically for the youth market, offering a range of entertainment features which tap into the company’s wide portfolio of media assets.

VCNI said the device would offer children independence and entertainment offerings fuelled by Nickelodeon characters. The underlying technology platform also promoted physical activity and social play, in addition to games, sound effects and music features.

The platform will also allow text, voice calls and maps for parents to track their children.

It will be available to purchase in 2022 and Annecchino described the move as a “milestone” to harness the power of both companies’ respective brands.

“This strategic product launch will leverage our IP and content to further strengthen our position as a leading commercial partner with diverse consumer touchpoints creating a new immersive experience.”

5G crucial

Appearing in a fireside chat alongside GSMA Ltd CEO John Hoffman (pictured, left), Annecchino also spoke about the impact of 5G on the media industry, stating he was excited about the way connectivity would “define the future of entertainment”.

He explained 5G opened up thousands of new opportunities to engage with customers, tapping into immersive action, AR and VR, smart venue production, better interaction with talent and opening up revenue opportunities with partners.

Annecchino highlighted collaborations with telecoms operators, which he explained was increasing as a result of greater streaming activity, describing them as “video aggregators”. Stronger partnerships with the sector was “critical” for Viacom’s business, he added.

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Originally published: June 29, 2021 at 17:50 BST.

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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for June 29, 2021 | Nickelodeon

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