Monday, January 18, 2021

Nickelodeon UK Appoints Adam Bailey as Manager of Animation Production and Development

Nickelodeon in the UK has appointed animation executive Adam Bailey as Manager of Animation Production and Development.


Bailey joined the ViacomCBS-owned children’s brand in the role this month after almost eight years at Cloth Cat, the largest animation production company in Wales, where he most recently served as Head of Development.

Bailey has worked in animation for over a decade, with experience on over 30 animated and mixed-media productions and oversaw the development slate and pre-production at Cardiff-based Cloth Cat.

He recently helped co-develop, then direct and produce Luo Bao Bei (ABC/Milkshake) at Cloth Cat and has worked with studios in the UK, US, China and Eastern Europe.

Cloth Cat productions have also included Shane the Chef (Milkshake), Olobob Top (CBeebies/ABC/S4C), World of Dave Spud (CITV), Ethel & Ernest (BBC) and Boj (CBeebies).

Adam Bailey

ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS) last year launched a new kids’ division in the UK led by Nina Hahn, the Vice President (VP) of Production and Development at subsidiary Nickelodeon International.

Hahn told delegates during the online Children’s Media Conference last year that the fledgling department is looking for preschool, animation, live-action and TV movies for its Nickelodeon channels.

During her tenure at Nickelodeon, Hahn has led the organisation’s first global hub for content sourcing and creation, and initiated projects in markets such as China, Israel and India, where the company was not previously active.

These include Deer Squad, a coproduction with iQiyi in China; Spyders, Nickelodeon International’s first original coproduction with Ananey Studios in Israel, and The Twisted Timelines of Sammy & Raj, Nickelodeon’s first collaboration with Viacom18 in India.

“I am very excited to have started 2021 by joining the amazing Nickelodeon team at ViacomCBS Networks International, working with super-talented people across many great projects,” Bailey said on LinkedIn.

The news was first reported by C21 Media.

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Billy West Reveals He Once Had a Shocking Incident with Phil Spector

Acclaimed voice actor Billy West revealed a startling detail of an encounter he once had with Phil Spector following the news that the music producer and murderer had died.


In a Tweet, West shared: "He's dead, but not before he pulled a gun on me once. Gladly he didn't pull the trigger."

The voice actor, who has voiced iconic cartoon characters such as Doug Funny, Roger Klotz, Ren, Stimpy, Elmer Fudd, Philip J. Fry, Dr. Zoidberg, President Richard Nixon, and even Billy's seven-year-old self, didn't elaborate further on the incident.

Originally published: Saturday, January 16, 2021.

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Nickelodeon UK Ratings for Week of Monday 4th - Sunday 10th January 2021

Nickelodeon UK Network Ratings for week of Monday 4th - Sunday 10th January 2021.


Ratings were up across the Nickelodeon UK Network  this week compared to the previous week (Dec. 28-Jan. 3), according to BARB data, with only Nick Jr. Too reporting a very slight decrease.

Nickelodeon Total:

1. IT'S PONY (SAT 07:59) - 92,500
2. HORRID HENRY (SAT 07:43) - 92,100
3. HORRID HENRY (SAT 08:15) - 92,100
4. HORRID HENRY (SAT 07:30) - 84,400
5. HORRID HENRY (SAT 09:31) - 80,300
6. HORRID HENRY (SAT 08:30) - 77,900
7. THE THUNDERMANS (TUE 17:31) - 77,600
8. HORRID HENRY (SAT 09:44) - 72,900
9. THE THUNDERMANS (SAT 10:00) - 69,800
10. HORRID HENRY (SAT 09:00) - 67,100
11. IT'S PONY (SAT 08:44) - 66,100
12. HORRID HENRY (SAT 09:15) - 66,100
13. HENRY DANGER (TUE 18:00) - 59,200
14. THE THUNDERMANS (TUE 08:29) - 58,900
15. THE THUNDERMANS (TUE 17:00) - 58,400

NickToons Total:

1. HORRID HENRY (THU 18:29) - 107,300
2. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (FRI 12:44) - 106,000
3. HORRID HENRY (THU 18:14) - 101,400
4. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (FRI 13:00) - 99,600
5. HORRID HENRY (THU 18:44) - 97,400
6. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (FRI 13:15) - 95,100
7. HORRID HENRY (THU 18:00) - 89,100
8. HORRID HENRY (FRI 18:30) - 88,200
9. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (THU 19:14) - 87,500
10. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (THU 19:00) - 86,900
11. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (FRI 12:29) - 83,800
12. HORRID HENRY (THU 17:45) - 83,700
13. THE LOUD HOUSE (THU 17:15) - 82,300
14. THE LOUD HOUSE (THU 20:30) - 80,000
15. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS (TUE 16:14) - 79,900

Nick Jr. Total:

1. PEPPA PIG (SUN 13:44) - 159,100
2. PEPPA PIG (SUN 12:35) - 157,400
3. PEPPA PIG (SUN 13:04) - 156,300
4. PEPPA PIG (SUN 13:59) - 141,600
5. PEPPA PIG (SUN 12:59) - 139,200
6. PEPPA PIG (SUN 13:34) - 137,900
7. PEPPA PIG (SUN 13:49) - 127,000
8. PEPPA PIG (SUN 12:45) - 120,200
9. PEPPA PIG (SUN 13:19) - 119,300
10. PAW PATROL (SUN 09:29) - 117,900
11. PEPPA PIG (SUN 13:29) - 112,300
12. PEPPA PIG (SUN 12:30) - 109,600
13. PEPPA PIG (SUN 12:50) - 106,400
14. PEPPA PIG (SUN 14:04) - 103,900
15. PEPPA PIG (SUN 12:00) - 103,900

Nick Jr. Too:

1. PEPPA PIG (SAT 23:50) - 123,200
2. PEPPA PIG (THU 19:30) - 98,300
3. PEPPA PIG (FRI 18:54) - 92,500
4. PAW PATROL (MON 10:00) - 91,800
5. PEPPA PIG (FRI 10:10) - 91,000
6. PEPPA PIG (THU 19:15) - 87,800
7. PEPPA PIG (SUN 19:45) - 86,500
8. PEPPA PIG (WED 10:00) - 86,300
9. PAW PATROL (SAT 13:45) - 85,500
10. PAW PATROL (MON 10:15) - 83,900
11. PEPPA PIG (SAT 10:00) - 83,300
12. PEPPA PIG (FRI 10:20) - 81,000
13. PAW PATROL (SAT 13:30) - 78,600
14. PEPPA PIG (SUN 18:15) - 78,200
15. PEPPA PIG (SAT 10:20) - 77,100

Notes: Nick Jr. Too is listed as Nick Jr 2 on BARB.

Nickelodeon Network:

1. PEPPA PIG (SUN 13:44) - Nick Jr Total - 159,100
2. PEPPA PIG (SUN 12:35) - Nick Jr Total - 157,400
3. PEPPA PIG (SUN 13:04) - Nick Jr Total - 156,300
4. PEPPA PIG (SUN 13:59) - Nick Jr Total - 141,600
5. PEPPA PIG (SUN 12:59) - Nick Jr Total - 139,200
6. PEPPA PIG (SUN 13:34) - Nick Jr Total - 137,900
7. PEPPA PIG (SUN 13:49) - Nick Jr Total - 127,000
8. PEPPA PIG (SAT 23:50) - Nick Jr 2 - 123,200
9. PEPPA PIG (SUN 12:45) - Nick Jr Total - 120,200
10. PEPPA PIG (SUN 13:19) - Nick Jr Total - 119,300
11. PAW PATROL (SUN 09:29) - Nick Jr Total - 117,900
12. PEPPA PIG (SUN 13:29) - Nick Jr Total - 112,300
13. PEPPA PIG (SUN 12:30) - Nick Jr Total - 109,600
14. HORRID HENRY (THU 18:29) - NickToons Total - 107,300
15. PEPPA PIG (SUN 12:50) - Nick Jr Total - 106,400

Ratings data provided by BARB.

Programmes of less than 5 minutes duration are excluded from these reports.

Linear TV viewing only; Data for viewing programming on PC/laptops, Tablets and Smartphones is currently unavailable.


Originally published: Monday, January 18, 2021
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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for Monday, January 18, 2021 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for Monday, January 18, 2021 | 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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The Perfect Production Assistant | Nickelodeon Animation

The Perfect Production Assistant | Nickelodeon Animation


Becoming a Production Assistant is one of the best ways to get into the Animation industry. But what makes an incredible PA? Hear from Magdiela Duhamel (Production Manager, The Casagrandes) and Carlo Padilla (Production Coordinator, The Casagrandes) on the qualities they look for when hiring for these entry level roles. 

If you want to know even more about life in Animation Production Management, watch the full video HERE: http://nickalive.blogspot.com/2021/01/getting-organized-with-production.html

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Side Hustle | New Episodes Coming in January 2021 | Promo | Nickelodeon

Get ready for more brand new episodes of Side Hustle, Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) from Saturday, January 23, 2021, only on Nickelodeon! Catch up now online, on the Nick App or via Nickelodeon on Demand!


Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 8:30 p.m. - KidDING! Dongs: The Dance Dance Altoonisburg competition is coming up, and Lex, Presley and Munchy are excited to take part, but when an old friend from Lex and Presley's past surfaces, friendships are put to the test. (#107)

Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 8:30 p.m. - Lunch Boxed In: The girls find the treasure map they made as kids, and it leads them to a time capsule that contains their first friendship bracelets. (#108)








Originally published: Saturday, January 02, 2021.

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Danger Force | New Episodes Coming in January 2021 | Promo | Nickelodeon

Danger Force, Assemble! Get ready for more brand new episodes of Danger Force, Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) from Saturday, January 23, 2021, only on Nickelodeon! Catch up now online, on the Nick App or via Nickelodeon on Demand, and in a special marathon on 1/16!


Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. - Vidja Games: Danger Force and Captain Man get hooked making celebrity greeting videos to start raking in cash, but when making celebrity videos turns into a popularity contest, they accidentally send out a video that reveals their secret identities. (#114)

Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. - Test Friends: Captain Man puts Danger Force through a series of tests to see if he can trust them; but when the tests get out of hand, the tables are turned. (#115)


Danger Force Bloopers:




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Originally published: Saturday, January 02, 2021.

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Nickelodeon Unveils 'SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run' Sneak Peek

Nickelodeon today released a spongeriffic first look at the upcoming SpongeBob SquarePants movie Sponge on the Run, which will debut on Paramount+ in February 2021, as part of the Best Day Off Ever to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day!



The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run sees best friends SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star venture out of Bikini Bottom and head to the Lost City of Atlantic City on a rescue mission to save SpongeBob’s trustee snail Gary.

In Sponge on the Run, after SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary is snail-napped, he and Patrick embark on an epic adventure to The Lost City of Atlantic City to bring Gary home. As they navigate the delights and dangers on this perilous and hilarious rescue mission, SpongeBob and his pals prove there’s nothing stronger than the power of friendship.

Sponge on the Run sees the cast of SpongeBob SquarePants reprise their respective roles: Tom Kenny (SpongeBob and Gary), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), Carolyn Lawrence (Sandy), Clancy Brown (Mr. Krabs), Douglas Lawrence (Plankton), Jill Talley (Karen), Mary Jo Catlett (Mrs. Puff), and Lori Alan (Pearl). An actor named Antonio Raul Corbo voices young SpongeBob at Camp Coral.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run features a raft of guest stars, including: Keanu Reeves (as a tumbleweed named Sage), Awkwafina (as Otto), Matt Berry (as King Poseidon), Reggie Watts (as the  Chancellor), Danny Trejo (as El Diablo), Tiffany Haddish (as Master of Ceremonies) and Snoop Dog (as The Gambler; a Zombie Cowboy). Cyndi Lauper (The SpongeBob Musical) has written original songs for the film.

Based on the TV series created by Stephen Hillenburg, The SpongeBob Movie is written and directed by Tim Hill, and produced by Ryan Harris, with Stephen Hillenburg exec producing. Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies present, in association with MRC A United Plankton Pictures production.

Its the third SpongeBob film, after 2004’s The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and 2015’s The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. Those movies were commercially successful, earning over $450 million globally combined.

The movie will be joined by SpongeBob prequel series Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years.

Sponge on the Run, was originally planned to be released in theaters during summer 2020, however, due to the on-going COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Paramount moved the released to digital. The only country that in which Sponge on the Run enjoyed a theatrical run was in Canada.

The news Netflix releasing The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run internationally in November 2020.

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Nick News | President Trump's Second Impeachment | Nickelodeon

What does it mean now that President Trump has been impeached for a second time? Nickelodeon's Nick News explains.




Originally published: Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 02:34 GMT.

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What the International Maritime Flags on the Krusty Krab Mean | SpongeBob SquarePants

Ever wondered what the international maritime flags on the exterior of the Krusty Krab in SpongeBob SquarePants meant? Check out the seaworthy facts below!

Romeo: Your ship can hang out next to mine.

India: I'm going left.

Uniform: You know that direction you're going in? There's danger that way!

Kilo: We should talk.

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Sifu Kisu and Giancarlo Volpe Reveal How 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' and 'The Legend of Korra' Fight Scenes Were Choreographed

One of the most loved aspects of Nickelodeon's beloved animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra is their incredible battle scenes. However, it's not that well known that, to help make the animated fight scenes as realistic as possible, both shows employed stunt performers!


The martial artists were filmed at specific camera angles to make it easier for storyboard artists and animators to draw their movements accurately.

Having the reference footage was a net positive because it reduced the time that storyboard artists helped reduce the time that storyboard artists had to spend drawing action and increased the authenticity of the characters' movements.

Business Insider recently talked to Sifu Kisu, a martial arts master who served as the primary martial arts consultant as well as a choreographer and stunt performer on both shows, and Giancarlo Volpe, a director of several Avatar: The Last Airbender episodes, about what it takes to be a reference actor for animation. Check out the video on businessinsider.in and read the transcript below!:


[grunting]

[air whooshing]

Narrator: These behind-the-scene clips are what's known as reference footage. Reference footage is used in animation all the time to make sure animated characters' movements, like walking and jumping, are realistic.

Probably the most difficult scenes to animate are fight scenes, like the extremely complex head-to-heads in Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra.

Animator: Instead of just going on the ground on his butt, he actually drops down, and he's like,

[blows]

on his finger. There's, like, air. You know, there's, like, wind. Narrator: To animate them meant finding someone who could perform and choreograph multiple martial arts styles.

Sifu Kisu: It was fun. I was the only person on the planet with my job for a hot minute.

Narrator: That's Sifu Kisu, a master of martial arts and the fight choreographer and reference actor for Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Narrator: Kisu has over 40 years of experience in martial arts and has studied tae kwon do, karate, jujitsu, Northern Shaolin-style kung fu, and more.

Kisu worked on all 61 episodes of Avatar and collaborated with a team of martial arts experts on Korra. In Avatar, having a choreographer and reference actor was especially important because the four kingdoms used different fighting styles with their own specific movements.

Kisu based each distinct bending style on a different martial art. The fluid movements of waterbending are based on tai chi, the spinning movements of airbending are taken from bagua, the powerful movements of firebending are based on Northern Shaolin-style kung fu, and the sturdy, low-center-of-gravity movements of earthbending are based on hung ga.

The first step in creating these animated fight sequences is storyboarding, when the artists receive a script and draw rough sketches of an entire episode. The descriptions of fight scenes in scripts typically only include the broad strokes of the fight, so the director of the episode will often create the temporary choreography during this initial phase.

Giancarlo Volpe: When we got to the actual fighting, you know, who kicks, who punches, who was the aggressor and all that, oftentimes I do something like this, where it's like, "Aang shoots air," and I'll just do this or something. Do a drawing that looks like that.

Narrator: After storyboarding comes choreography, where Kisu met with the animation team to refine the choreography of the fight scenes. There were usually about five to 10 fight scenes per episode that had to be choreographed. 

Kisu says that in this first meeting, he would just pitch a series of movements that he thought would represent a certain type of bending. For example, Kisu said that if a firebending technique called for swinging, flaming fists, he would suggest an appropriate movement, such as striking motions from double dagger form kung fu.

Other animated shows have tried to mix magic and martial arts, but Kisu noted that they don't often use martial arts movements when conjuring magic. You can see this when comparing Avatar: The Last Airbender to other shows featuring supernatural powers, like some scenes from Dragon Ball Z.

Kisu: It's like, if I'm holding a stone in my hand like this and it jumps out of my hand and hits the camera, you're going to question that, right? But if I wind up and I make the motion and the antic of throwing that, then that's going to read more to something you can understand, right? But we thought that that would be important, that it should come from somewhere to go to somewhere. And I think that was one of the big contributing factors to the success of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Narrator: After Kisu and the director agreed on the choreography, they filmed the action. Kisu sometimes performed the fight choreography for two or more fighting characters separately.

Animators would later take these shots and combine them into a single fight between characters. After filming, the artists took the footage and used it to add more detail, like specific poses, to their initial storyboards. The time it cost to do the reference filming was recouped by having an extremely accurate model for drawing. Ultimately, this led to a better final product, because the character poses were more accurate.

The storyboard team sent the polished storyboards back to Kisu for review.

Volpe: Then it'd be sort of a back and forth where, like, maybe we come up with a new shot that we never talked about during the first meeting.

Narrator: This process was repeated two to three times until everyone was satisfied with the result. Before sending the finished storyboards off to a team in Korea for the final animation, the director would film one final version of the fight with Kisu with all of the finalized camera angles.

Kisu: If it was going to be a wide angle, we had these bleachers that were in, like, a little makeshift basketball court at Nickelodeon, and guys would crawl up there with the camera and get a down shot. We'd change to a wide angle and make it look like it was really far away.

Like, the fight with Zuko and Azula on the boat dock, where she tried to scratch his face and they had a fire battle, that was done on the front steps at Nickelodeon in front of the SpongeBob statue.

Narrator: Storyboards aren't created for every frame. They're created for every third frame of animation, so the reference footage made it easier for the animators to create the in-between frames that were missing.

While having reference footage is ideal, sometimes it was impossible to capture accurate live-action reference footage, mostly because the characters possess magical powers. Some fights in the show called for a movement that no real human could replicate, like this scene from Korra.

In these situations, the martial artists would split up the action into several chunks, which would be stitched together in the final animation.

Kisu: In the beginning credits for Avatar: The Last Airbender, when Zuko would do the big whirlwind kick with the flame and he'd come down and hit the ground, at the time, I was recovering from an injury, and so I couldn't do that kick. We call it a one-legged whirlwind kick. And so I'm literally rolled over someone's back, like, someone bent over, and then I just rolled over that person's back. The opening credits for Korra, they show, the airbender does this crazy thing where he kicks this way and lays back that way. I ended up just holding Brian in my arms, which is really funny.

Narrator: It's this lifelike martial arts choreography and attention to detail that make the difference between static fight scenes, like this, and dynamic ones, like this.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender Video Shows How Fight Scenes Were Animated

Avatar: The Last Airbender has long been praised for its impressive bending styles and fight scenes, and a new video lays out the animating process.

A new video breaks down how Avatar: The Last Airbender created its excellent authentic fight scenes. Thanks to its arrival on Netflix last summer, Avatar has seen a huge resurgence in popularity. The series aired from 2005 to 2008 on Nickelodeon, and to this day it remains one of the most beloved animated shows of all time. Fans have long praised Avatar for its world-building, character development, and compelling storylines. Avatar follows Aang, the titular last airbender, as he plunges into a hundred-year war and aims to bring peace to four element-based nations.

Perhaps one of the most intriguing bits of Avatar is the bending. Certain people within the four nations have the ability to "bend," or manipulate and control one of the four main elements, while Aang can bend all four as the Avatar. Each bending style is distinctive, as they are all based on a real life martial art form. With that attention to detail, Avatar's fight scenes are often singled out as some of the most unique in animation. Of course, there had to be some extra work put in to ensure each action sequence was authentic, and a new video has explored why.

Shared by Entertainment Insider on Friday, the clip puts a spotlight on Avatar's Sifu Kisu, one of the martial artists who helped bring the show's fight scenes to life. Kisu and other martial artists would provide reference footage so the animators would understand how to best render the characters. Later, Giancarlo Volpe, who also worked on Avatar and was interviewed for the video, took to social media and listed off the best way to create authentic animated martial arts, which includes the extremely vital first step: "Hire martial artists, bonus points if they are extra imaginative." Check it out [above].

Volpe's fourth step, "Give artists extra time to draw the 100,000 required poses," indicates just how much work goes into rendering each movement and scene. Spending this much time on a fight scene can surely be draining, yet those working on Avatar were committed to making an authentic series for audiences. Seeing this only makes the 2010 live-action film The Last Airbender more painful; when it came to the bending for that project, it looked as though the real life martial art styles were largely ignored as the characters made nonsensical gestures.

Currently, Netflix is in the midst of creating another live-action Avatar, but it remains to be seen if it will win fans over like the original series did. Updates have been slow to come, but many have felt wary about the project since Avatar's original creators departed last summer. As seen above, a great deal of work went into each action sequence on Avatar, and Netflix's series should take that into account. Fans will be disappointed if the bending in that show is anything like The Last Airbender's, so hopefully it will pay closer attention to the animated show. The blueprint has already been laid out; they just need to follow it.

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Originally published: Saturday, January 16, 2021.

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Nickelodeon Starts to Discontinue Nickelodeon Play App Internationally

Nickelodeon Benelux (BLX) has announced that Nickelodeon will be discontinuing the Nickelodeon Play app in the Netherlands (Nederland) in the New Year.


Launched in the Netherlands in November 2016 as part of the Viacom Play Plex, the award-winning free Nickelodeon-branded app is aimed towards 6-12 year-olds and offers videos clips, full episodes, games, and surprise elements from the network’s popular live action and animated series, with new content is added regularly.

Users of the Nick Play app will still be able to find all the Nickelodeon content they love to watch and play on Nickelodeon Nederland's official fully-responsive website, nickelodeon.nl, designed to work across all devices, with Nickelodeon providing instructions on how to make a bookmark to the website on their mobile devices.

The news follows Nickelodeon refreshing its Dutch website in April 2020, adopting the 'bare-bones' design of its U.S. counterpart, nick.com, however, keeping elements such as full-length episodes of popular shows.

Interestingly, Nickelodeon USA re-added full-length episodes after a two-year absence on December 17, 2020. It's currently unknown whether Nickelodeon will be closing the Nick Play app (or Nick App in the U.S.) in other countries and territories the app is currently available, including in the U.K., Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Latin America and Brazil, Poland, and Central & Eastern Europe, most of which have adopted nick.com's website design.

Update (23/12) - It looks like Nickelodeon is closing the Nick Play app in several markets, including in Latin America and Brazil (along with MTV Play and Comedy Central Play) and in Australia and New Zealand. For the latter, all shows will be moving on to Foxtel (Australia) and Sky (New Zealand). Nick Latin America and Nick Brazil recently relaunched their websites using Nick USA's website framework, whilst Nick Australia's website used the previous 'grid' style. Meanwhile, in the UK, the Nick Play app seems to have been removed from the Apple App Store. It's still available on Google Play.

Update (18/1/21) - Nickelodeon today (Sunday 17th January 2021) discontinued the Nickelodeon Play app in Brazil.

Update (21/1/21) - Nickelodeon has discontinued the Nickelodeon Play app in the U.K., with content moving online and to the channel's official YouTube channel. For more information, click here.

Official Nickelodeon Benelux announcement:

NICKELODEON ALS SHORTCUT: DAT REGEL JE ZO!
MET BEHULP VAN EEN PAAR STAPPEN HOEF JE ONS NOOIT TE MISSEN!


Hoe kun je er voor zorgen dat je nooit iets van Nickelodeon hoeft te missen? Wij vroegen onze favoriete gele spons, SpongeBob, om advies. De Nickelodeon Play App gaat verdwijnen in het nieuwe jaar, maar dat betekent niet dat je alle content die je voorheen in de app keek helemaal niet meer te zien is. De content die je van ons gewend bent op de app kun je ook vinden op de website, en dat blijft zo. Voeg de Nickelodeon-website toe als shortcut op je telefoon en zorg dat je op die manier niets mist.

We leggen het even kort uit:

Gebruikers met een Android-telefoon:
  • Ga in een nieuw tabblad naar nickelodeon.nl.
  • Tik vervolgens rechtsboven op het menu-icoontje.
  • Zoek naar de optie 'toevoegen aan startscherm' en klik erop. Geef je icoontje een (korte) naam, wij stellen voor: Nickelodeon.
  • Klaar is kees! Je hebt nickelodeon.nl toegevoegd aan je startscherm.
Gebruikers met een iPhone:
  • Ga in een nieuw tabblad naar nickelodeon.nl.
  • Selecteer het delen-icoontje onderin het scherm (middelste icoontje met vierkant en pijltje).
  • Selecteer de optie 'zet in beginscherm'. Geef je icoontje een (korte) naam, wij stellen voor: Nickelodeon.
  • Selecteer de optie 'voeg toe' om het toevoegen te bevetigen.
  • Het is gelukt! Nickelodeon is nu toegevoegd aan je startscherm.
Zijn er bepaalde series die je graag wil zien of zijn er dingen die niet werken? Laat het ons weten via onze social media-kanalen.

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ViacomCBS descontinua 4 plataformas de streaming

Empresa é dona da Pluto TV e deve concentrar ainda mais conteúdo no serviço que, além de ser gratuito, oferece também IPTV.

Neste domingo, 17 de janeiro, a ViacomCBS descontinuou plataformas como BET Play, Comedy Central Play, MTV Play e Nickelodeon Play.

As quatro eram acessos continuados da programação oferecida nos respectivos canais da TV por assinatura.

Uma forma de o assinante acompanhar pelo formato sob demanda, assim como ter acesso ao conteúdo perdido na exibição ao vivo.

A partir de agora, muito provavelmente, esse será um benefício restrito aos apps de streaming das próprias operadoras de TV paga.

Mas, é válido lembrar que a ViacomCBS investe na expansão da Pluto TV no Brasil, que possui IPTV e conteúdo sob demanda.

Não é improvável que a gigante do entretenimento aposte na liberação de mais atrações para a plataforma gratuita.

Especialmente programas produzidos pela MTV Brasil, que ainda estão em falta no serviço.

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Originally published: Saturday, December 19, 2020.

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