Thursday, September 16, 2021

CatDog Showcase | Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl | GameMill Entertainment

CatDog Showcase | Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl | GameMill Entertainment


Learn all about CatDog's moves and mechanics from the developers behind Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.

For more on the game, head here: https://nickelodeonallstarbrawl.com/


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Claw Machine Surprise #4 w/ Deer Squad, Blaze, and Loud House Toys! | Nickelodeon Toymation

Claw Machine Surprise #4 w/ Deer Squad, Blaze, and Loud House Toys! | Toymation


This claw machine is full of toys-- from Kai and Lola to Blaze, Crusher, Lincoln Loud and more! Which toys will you catch?

Join SpongeBob, Blaze, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more for some EPIC toy adventures, and watch scenes from your favorite Nickelodeon shows reimagined. Plus, tune in for original series with monstrous messes, wild challenges, and exciting games. Subscribe to the Nickelodeon Toymation YouTube channel at http://at.nick.com/ToymationSubscribe

Watch all your favorite shows on Nickelodeon and Paramount+!


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Middlemost Post | Shorts: Challenges | Nickelodeon UK

Middlemost Post | Shorts: Challenges | Nickelodeon UK


Parker, Angus, and Russell become obsessed with doing challenges!

Special delivery! Middlemost Post premieres Monday 20th September 2021 at 4:30pm on Nicktoons UK & Ireland! Click HERE for all the deets!


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The Smurfs FULL EPISODE: Smurf-Fu 💙 | Nickelodeon Cartoon Universe

The Smurfs FULL EPISODE: Smurf-Fu 💙 | Nickelodeon Cartoon Universe


Watch the FULL EPISODE of "Smurf-Fu," the newest episode of The Smurfs! NEW on Nickelodeon!

Smurfette to the rescue - she's got some serious moves and teaches the others in a special training class!


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Fans Speculate That THQ Nordic Are About to Announce New 'SpongeBob' Video Game

10th Anniversary Showcase | THQ Nordic


To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we are throwing a digital party! Join us for the first, official THQ Nordic digital showcase event on September 17th at 9 PM CEST / 12 PM PST / 8 PM BST / 10 PM MSK on YouTube, Twitch, and Steam.

The showcase will be hosted by Geoff Keighley, executive producer and host of The Game Awards, and will feature six new games. Witness the return of legendary franchises and sequels to beloved games. We hope you are ready, kids!

Additionally, we will also release new information and footage for our upcoming games, ELEX II and Expeditions: Rome. If you tune in early, you might also get a glimpse of what our friends at HandyGames have been up to!

Back in March 2018, THQ Nordic got the internet excited when they announced that they were partnering with Nickelodeon to bring remastering and/or re-release a number of Nickelodeon video games produced by THQ in the late '90s and mid-aughts.


The first game announced under the partnership was SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated, in which THQ Nordic rebuilt the iconic game originally released in 2003 from the ground up, giving it better gameplay, a multiplayer mode, and drastically improved graphical quality, as well as restored cut content. The remastered SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated was eventually released in June 2020 to critical acclaim - and now it looks like THQ Nordic are about to work their magic on another SpongeBob video game!

During a teaser for the publisher's upcoming digital showcase in celebration of its tenth anniversary, THQ Nordic featured footage from SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated, however, fans have been speculating that the publisher is about to announce a new Nickelodeon game, specifically one based on SpongeBob SquarePants.

On Twitter, the publisher has been tweeting SpongeBob GIFs, even writing "We hope you are ready, kids!" in one, a clear nod to the show's iconic theme song. With that in mind, its safe to expect a Nickelodeon-related announcement at this show.

THQ Nordic began operations in 2011 under the name Nordic Games GmbH. It was founded as a subsidiary of the Swedish publishing company Nordic Games Publishing AB, now known as Embracer Group. The company originally had a quiet first few years, releasing and acquiring smaller games and IPs from lesser-known developers that had just gone defunct.

August 2013 was when Nordic made some of its earliest strides: it acquired all of the leftover properties from the bankruptcy auctions of THQ for $4.9 million. This meant the company earned the rights to 150 individual games, including franchises such as MX vs. ATV, Darksiders and Red Faction (though it would trade that IP to Koch Media in 2020).

This would not be the only transaction involving THQ and Nordic Games. In June 2014, the company acquired the "THQ" trademark itself, allowing it to publish games under that name. By August 2016, Nordic had officially rebranded, changing its name to THQ Nordic. The decision served to bring back that well-known name while putting its own spin on it and distancing itself from the issues that led to THQ's closure in 2012. Since then, THQ Nordic has redistributed several THQ games, as well as new titles like the Destroy All Humans! remake and Biomutant.


Hosted by Geoff Keighley, the executive producer and host of The Game Awards, as well as the recent Gamescom Opening Night Live event, THQ Nordic's upcoming showcase will occur on Friday, September 17. It will begin at 9 PM CEST / 12 PM PST / 3 PM EST / 8 PM BST / 10 PM MSK. The show will be streamed through YouTube, Twitch and Steam, and it has been confirmed on Twitter that content creators will be allowed to co-stream the event on their own channels. Additionally, THQ Nordic is working to make sure that all music can be part of the stream without any risk of copyright.

While the stream may be used largely to celebrate important milestones and moments in THQ Nordic's 10 years, there's sure to be some exciting new game announcements.

THQ Nordic has confirmed that the show will feature six new titles. While it has noted that this includes "the return of legendary franchises and sequels to beloved games," the company didn't provide any further details. However, it has confirmed ELEX II and Expeditions: Rome will be showcased alongside the reveals. No other games were confirmed, though Black Forest Games has been hiring for a new project that is believed to be a Destroy All Humans! 2 remake. Otherwise, don't expect to see TimeSplitters or the recently revealed reboot of Saints Row at this event, as those IPs are owned by Deep Silver.

No information has been announced yet on how long the event will be. With only six game reveals and a handful of updates, though, the main showcase will likely last around 30 minutes. However, it appears there will be a pre-show of some kind, as THQ Nordic confirmed that viewers who tune in early will get a look at something new from HandyGames, the team that recently ported SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated to iOS and Android.

With the news that this showcase will also feature "the return of legendary franchises and sequels to beloved games," the stream is sure to be exciting. And it's safe to expect a new Nickelodeon announcement to come at this upcoming showcase.

Following a decade-long lull (apart from a few TMNT and Legend of Korra games), Nickelodeon properties have seen resurgence in the video game category over the last couple of years, thanks to partnerships with THQ Nordic, GameMill Entertainment and Outright Games, which has seen the release of titles such as Nickelodeon Kart Racers, Nickelodeon Kart Racers 2: Grand PrixPAW Patrol: On A Roll, PAW Patrol Mighty Pups Save Adventure Bay and PAW Patrol The Movie Adventure City Calls, as well as the upcoming titles Blaze and the Monster Machines: Axle City Racers and Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.


Originally published: September 03, 2021.

Original source: CBR.

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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for September 16, 2021 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for September 16, 2021 | Nickelodeon


Stream all new CG-animated Rugrats series, exclusively on Paramount+!



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.

Read more Rugrats comic strips!: https://www.creators.com/features/rugrats

More Nick: GameMill Entertainment Announces 'Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl'!

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American Dream to Celebrate 25 Years of 'Blue's Clues' With Big Party on Sept. 21

THIS IS THE NEW JERSEY BLUES CLUES ANNIVERSARY BASH YOUR KIDS SHOULDN’T MISS


Looking for something amazing to do with your kiddos?  You're invited to American Dream to celebrate Blue's Clues 25th Anniversary!

It's all happening on Tuesday, September 21st  at American Dream.   If your kids are 4 and older they're invited to a big Blue's Clues party complete with a special viewing of Blue’s birthday episode!  There will be arts and crafts, a meet and greet with Blue himself, and lots of giveaways!   Plus, you'll get discounts on your next Nickelodeon Universe visit.  Not to brag, but Nickelodeon Universe is the largest indoor theme park in the Western Hemisphere!

“Kids at AD” is a monthly event series that welcomes guests to American Dream to enjoy physically-distant, family-friendly activities.  It is a perfect way to give your kids a fun and safe event.
Admission to Blue’s Clues 25th Anniversary "Kids at AD” event is free, but pre-registration is required here is that link: https://www.americandream.com/kidsevent

WHEN: Tuesday, September 21st, 2021, 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

WHERE:
American Dream - Court A, Level 1
1 American Dream Way
East Rutherford, NJ 07073
  
ABOUT AMERICAN DREAM:
While you are there...AD has world-class entertainment, retail and dining, comprising more than 3 million square feet in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  American Dream is home to DreamWorks Water Park, Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, SEA LIFE Aquarium, Big SNOW Ski Hill, and more.

Don't forget to load up on treats from the world’s first and only “candy department store,” IT’SUGAR.
For more details visit  www.americandream.com  Instagram @americandream  TikTok @americandream_official.

Have fun!


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Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray Wins NFL Slimetime Week 1 NVP Accolade

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray made his first Pro Bowl last year, and as his young resume for Canton continues to grow, he can add being a Nickelodeon Valuable Player (NVP) on there too!


Murray was named Nickelodeon's second NVP during the series premiere of Nickelodeon's brand new NFL series, NFL Slimetime.

In the show, CBS NFL analyst Nate Burelson and Nickelodeon star Young Dylan recap the week’s action, including awarding that NVP for the week’s MVP. As part of being named NVP, Murray gets a cool trophy!


It was well deserved. Murray was one of four quarterbacks to throw for at least four touchdowns in Week 1, and Arizona’s signal caller also rushed for one as well.

That was not good enough, however, for NFC Offensive Player of the Week, which was given to Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford.


Original source: Arizona Sports.

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Ludosity Confirms 'Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl' Release Date, Post-Launch DLC

We finally have a confirmed date for Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl!


Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl finally has its official release date! The roster of classic Nick characters is coming on October 5, and it's not done with big announcements.

In an interview with Game Informer, Ludosity CEO Joel Nyström confirmed the big cartoon brawl will head to consoles and PC early next month. It's not the first time we've heard this, since it appears Nintendo accidentally let it slip earlier this month, but it is the first time Ludosity has confirmed it.

The official date isn't all Game Informer had a chance to touch on with Nyström. Avatar: The Last Airbender-hungry fans have long been speculating over who will join the Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl roster, and who it is in the official artwork, but there are still no straight answers yet. When asked about it, Nyström kept things close to his chest but noted that there will be additional DLC after launch. It's at least a little something to stay hopeful for.

"At launch, there will be 20 characters, with 2 more following soon after. Additional DLC characters will be revealed after that. Stay tuned!," said Nyström.

When asked about who might we expect from the Avatar series or The Legend of Korra to be part of the roster, Nyström teased "[h]opefully, your favorite! All in due time."

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl just confirmed other characters headed to battle, too. You'll be able to play as Ren and Stimpy in an Ice Climbers-like duo, and CatDog will also join ranks as a more cohesive pair.

It may not be the first fighter that comes to mind for future mainstream competitions, but Nick's brawler has some potential. In recent footage, Super Smash Bros. Melee's classic wavedashing technique stood out to the fighter's fans, perhaps securing a more promising future among fighting game enthusiasts.

Stay tooned for more Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl news!


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First Look: WWE’s Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin to Guest Star on ‘Side Hustle’ on Sept. 18

Clint Kickwood is here to solve all your problems (as long as its not a busted door)


WWE Superstar Mike “The Miz” Mizanin is guest-starring on Nickelodeon’s Side Hustle, and just like his main job and those acting roles in the (post-John Cena) Marine movies, it’s a fairly physical gig. (As is his upcoming turn on Dancing With the Stars, though in a pretty different — yet just as demanding — way.)

On the new Side Hustle episode "Room For Munchy," Mizanin plays Jujutsu star Clint Kickwood, who grunts out “Kick-wood!” as he kicks down Jaget’s (Jacques Chevelle) dojo door. (Yes, he literally kicked wood.)

Kickwood was “hired by a very sorry young man,” he tells Jaget. That sorry young man was Munchy, Jaget’s little bro. Probably extra-sorry now because of the door.

As Clint Kickwood explains, “Clint Kickwood doesn’t just kick stuff, I fix stuff!” (Unfortunately, not doors, I'm guessing.)

He definitely does seem to kick an awful lot of stuff — especially when he played twins in the movie Double Kick. But his mission here is more one of mending a brotherly relationship.

Watch the video above, which is exclusive to TheWrap.

On Saturday’s episode, when Lex (Jules LeBlanc) and Presley (Jayden Bartels) discover that Munchy (Isaiah Crews) doesn’t have his own room but Jaget (Jacques Chevelle) has two, they go to drastic lengths to make Jaget give up one of his rooms. Their plan backfires and Munchy gets kicked out of both rooms so the kids make a Plan B.

Side Hustle follows best friends, smart and sarcastic Lex and confident and tough Presley, after fireworks accidentally destroy a boat belonging to the dad of their quirky friend and neighbor, Munchy. Needing to find a way to pay him back for the boat, they devise a plan to take on local jobs in order to make enough money to cover the costs. Using KidDING!, an app created by Presley’s tech-savvy younger brother Fisher (Mitchell Berg), the friends are able to connect with people looking for help with odd and unusual jobs, while Munchy’s bossy older brother Jaget makes sure they keep up with the payments. Currently in its first season, season two kicks off (#sorrynotsorry) Saturday, Oct. 2 on Nickelodeon.

Year to date, Side Hustle currently ranks as the No. 2 live-action program on cable among kids 6-11 — behind fellow Nick series Danger Force.

Side Hustle was created by Dave Malkoff, who also serves as executive producer and showrunner alongside John Beck and Ron Hart. Production of Side Hustle for Nickelodeon is overseen by Zack Olin and Shauna Phelan, the co-heads of Nickelodeon & Awesomeness live-action.

Omar Camacho is Nickelodeon’s executive in charge of production for the series.


Miz’s episode of Side Hustle airs Saturday, September 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, followed by an all new Unfiltered at 8:30 on Nickelodeon. Check out a super sneak peek from the all new episode, courtesy of TheWrap, below!:

Nickelodeon and CBS Sports Team Up with NFL for the 2021-2022 Season

NICKELODEON AND CBS SPORTS TEAM UP WITH NFL
FOR THE 2021-2022 SEASON

Slime-Filled Telecast of NFL Wild Card Game to Return to Nickelodeon,
Sunday, Jan. 16, Alongside CBS Sports’ Coverage on The CBS Television Network

All-New NFL Weekly Series NFL Slimetime, Hosted by CBS Sports Analyst and Former NFL Star Nate Burleson and Nick Star Young Dylan, and Featuring Dylan Schefter
as Correspondent, to Premiere Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon


Share it: @NFL @Nickelodeon @CBSSports

HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—Sept. 10, 2021—Nickelodeon and CBS Sports are partnering with the National Football League (NFL) to bring slimetime to primetime for the 2021-2022 football season with brand-new content specially created for kids and families, including another slime-filled presentation of an NFL Wild Card game that will air on Nickelodeon on Sunday, Jan. 16, at 4:30 p.m. (ET) alongside CBS Sports’ coverage of the game on The CBS Television Network and NFL Slimetime, an all-new NFL half-hour weekly series on Nickelodeon, premiering Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT).


Hosted by CBS Sports’ analyst and former NFL star Nate Burleson and Nick star Young Dylan (Dylan Gilmer, Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan), with teen sports correspondent Dylan Schefter and Lincoln Loud (The Loud House), NFL Slimetime (23 episodes) will be a fun-filled weekly NFL experience for kids and families to enjoy. The series will include: Nick-ified highlights and game footage; youth football spotlights; special guest appearances by Nick stars; interviews with NFL players; and entertaining segments highlighting players and teams on and off the field. Following its premiere in Week 2 on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT), NFL Slimetime will air weekly Wednesdays at 7 p.m. (ET/PT), with episodes available to stream on Paramount+ the following day, through Feb. 16, the week of Super Bowl. NFL Slimetime is executive produced by Ashley Kaplan, Luke Wahl, Paul J Medford and Jana Blumenthal. CBS Sports’ Shawn Robbins serves as executive producer and showrunner. Production for Nickelodeon is overseen by Ashley Kaplan, Senior Vice President, Digital Studios.


Said Brian Robbins, President & Chief Executive Officer of Nickelodeon, and Chief Content Officer of Kids & Family for Paramount+: “Our coverage of the NFL Wild Card game was literally a game-changer in so many ways, and the sensational response absolutely proved there’s huge demand for sports content with the kind of kids and family point of view that only Nickelodeon can deliver. In this next stage of our tremendous partnership with the NFL and CBS Sports, we’re going to raise the bar again and help innovate sports programming to bring the whole family together for one-of-a-kind viewing experiences.” 

Said Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports: “Together with Nickelodeon, CBS Sports is cultivating the next generation of NFL fans. Our inaugural NFL Wild Card Game on Nickelodeon was an outstanding display of the power and the ability of ViacomCBS to continue to reach broader and younger audiences. We are thrilled to team up with the NFL and Nickelodeon this season, offering kids and families a full season of unique and unparalleled NFL content, including our second edition of the NFL Wild Card Game on Nickelodeon."


Said Shawn Robbins, Executive Producer and Showrunner of NFL Slimetime: "I am excited to build on the success of last season’s NFL Wild Card Game on Nickelodeon with NFL Slimetime and another Wild Card presentation. From Nick-ified highlights, expert advice, kid-focused fun and special guest appearances, NFL Slimetime will wow kids and families as only Nickelodeon can on a weekly basis.”

Said Hans Schroeder, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NFL Media: “We are excited to continue our partnership with CBS Sports and Nickelodeon to present our game and content to young NFL fans and their families. Nickelodeon’s unique presentation of last year’s Wild Card Game was a success, and we look forward to another playoff broadcast this year and a new weekly show for families to enjoy.”


Said Amanda Herald, Vice President of NFL Marketing Strategy and Insights: “In extending and broadening this partnership, we wanted to deliver content that enables families to share their NFL fandom across generations – a key to growing our future fanbase. Collaboration across Nickelodeon, CBS Sports and NFL Media will allow us to deliver authentic and fun NFL coverage all season long.”


Following the success of last year’s Sports Emmy Award-winning NFL Wild Card Game on Nickelodeon, CBS Sports and Nickelodeon are teaming up again for a special presentation of an NFL Wild Card game on Sunday, Jan. 16, at 4:30 p.m. (ET), with one-of-a-kind content, guest reporters, original on-field graphics, virtual filters and more—all tailored for family viewing fun. The NFL Wild Card Game on Nickelodeon will air alongside CBS Sports’ coverage of the game, which will be available on The CBS Television Network and streamed digitally across devices via Paramount+, CBS Sports and NFL digital properties, and on mobile via Yahoo Sports and the participating teams’ mobile properties.

Last season’s The NFL Wild Card Game on Nickelodeon (Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021)--the first-ever NFL telecast produced for kids and families--was Nick’s most-watched program among total viewers in nearly four years and the number-one cable telecast of the week with Kids 2-11 and Kids 6-11. Airing alongside CBS Sports’ broadcast on The CBS Television Network, the program generated more than two billion social media impressions and Nickelodeon was the number-one trending topic in the U.S. on Twitter during that afternoon. The NFL Wild Card Game on Nickelodeon was the recipient of two Sports Emmy Awards in the categories of Outstanding Playoff Coverage and Outstanding Live Graphic Design.

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. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC).

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Building On Recent Success: Nickelodeon Simulcast Headlines Late-Season Efforts

Although 2020 had its fair share of obstacles, there were success stories over the course of the season. The most notable was the simulcast presentation of the New Orleans Saints vs. Chicago Bears on Nickelodeon during Wild Card weekend. The special broadcast attracted a new generation of NFL fans with AR-powered slime overlays and show-specific graphics like SpongeBob Squarepants. Because of the positive buzz generated by the game — more than 2 million viewers watched the simulcast — additional Nickelodeon-based content was pushed to social media before Super Bowl LV. Give this success, CBS Sports is committing to another edition during the late Wild Card window.

“Nickelodeon has been having very productive talks with the NFL about potentially doing more programming,” says McManus. “It’s a demographic that the league wants to reach, and they saw how incredibly effective Nickelodeon is with reaching that audience.”

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Nickelodeon Kicks Off 'NFL Slimetime' Series


Series exec producer Shawn Robbins says weekly series extends teaming of NFL and kids-targeted network

Nickelodeon Wednesday night (Sept. 15) will look to endear young viewers to the sport of football with its new original primetime series NFL Slimetime.

The weekly series, a collaboration between Nickelodeon, the NFL and CBS Sports, looks to build on Nick’s successful, network-branded telecast of last January's Chicago Bears-New Orleans Saints NFL Wildcard playoff game by offering league highlights and player interviews delivered from a Nickelodeon perspective. The series is hosted by former NFL player, The NFL Today analyst and CBS Mornings co-host Nate Burleson and Dylan Gilmer, star of the network series Tyler Perry’s Young Dylan series, and also includes sports correspondent Dylan Schefter.

I had a chance to speak to NFL Slimetime executive producer and showrunner Shawn Robbins shortly after he finished filming the series' first episode to discuss expectations for the 23-episode series as well as the collaboration between the league and the kids-targeted brand. An edited version of the interview appears below.

Picture This: What is Nickelodeon looking to accomplish with NFL Slimetime?

Shawn Robbins: The show is really an extension of what we did with the Wild Card game — it extends the partnership with the NFL and it brings sports to Nickelodeon. We know that we were able to really merge the NFL and CBS Sports with Nickelodeon, and obviously nobody reaches a youthful audience better than Nickelodeon.

PT: Was the Wild Card game and now NFL Slimetime an effort to provide kids with a greater understanding of football, or was it an opportunity to provide sports programming for Nickelodeon’s lineup?

SR: Both of those things. I think the game of football is great in itself, but if you want to reach kids, Nickelodeon has this fantastic [intellectual property] that touches kids of all ages. There’s also a nostalgic value to the Nickelodeon brand that also touches adults, so we know that there’s a crossover opportunity where we can reach both kids and their parents. Mom and Dad may watch the live football games on Sunday, and now we’re giving them a product where they can introduce their kids to the game using the Nickelodeon brand. It’s just really special.

PT: What should viewers expect to see on the show?

SR: What’s great is we have a lot of fun with the show. Much like the wildcard game we want to keep the values and tradition of the game and be respectful to the game of football, but we had fun with it. The show will feature action from the games on Sunday, Monday and Thursday mixed with what the Nickelodeon brand represents. We asked the players fun, Nickelodeon-style questions and they had a great time with it. The players aren’t that far off [age-wise] from the Nickelodeon target audience, so it’s been really special to see that come together.

PT: What kind of questions did you ask the players?

SR: Questions like, ‘is having good breath important coming into the huddle, or what might have been the worst thing that you’ve eaten before the game?’ The players really responded fantastically to that. Also Dylan Schefter did an interview yesterday with [wide receiver] Christian Kirk from the Arizona Cardinals who scored two touchdowns in Sunday’s game. They had such a fun interview about the game. I’ve done a lot of these interviews before with all of our big guys at CBS Sports over the years, and it’s such a different experience to see how players talk to kids. The players get it, and I loved how they interacted with Dylan. I’m looking forward to doing a lot more of that throughout the season.

PT: Does the show get into the X's and O’s of the sport?

SR: We do a little bit. You’ll see during the show that Nate Burleson does break down a play, so we will get into some X’s and O’s from a broader base standpoint. We want to bring kids into the game and that’s how we’ll do it … there’s definitely some teaching involved.

Also Read: For CBS Sports's Sean McManus, a Whole Different Ballgame

PT: Do you expect you’ll have to make adjustments to the show as the NFL season progresses?

SR: Oh my goodness, I hope so. We’re going to build on it. This was our first show and we put the team together pretty quickly to get this out. Like any show, you look at the last episode and see what you did and how we can make it better.

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Originally published: September 10, 2021 at 17:44 BST.

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Nickelodeon to Premiere 'The Smurfs' in Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand on Monday 20th September 2021

Blue and small, and standing only three apples tall, The Smurfs are set to make their debut on Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand on Monday 20th September 2021 at 5:00am (NZST)! The CG-animated series follows the beloved characters embarking upon rousing adventures. The series will also be available to stream on Paramount+, the newly launched SVOD service from ViacomCBS, the parent company of the Nickelodeon.


The original series marks the return of the globally renowned characters to television for the first time in nearly 40 years and follows Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy, Hefty, Clumsy and the other inhabitants of Smurf Village on all-new adventures, packed with humor, heart and high-stakes action. In the premiere episode, “Smurf-Fu,” when Smurfette rescues Brainy from a giant snake, the other Smurfs ask her to teach them “Smurf-Fu.” Next in, “Diaper Daddy,” when everyone is tired of changing Baby’s diapers, Handy decides to invent a robot that will do the job.

Upcoming episodes include: "Clumsy Not Clumsy" (#102), "Unsmurfable Smile" (#103), "Who's Heftier?" (#104), "Smurfs In Disguise" (#105), "DRIIINNGGGGG!" (#106), "Alien Smurf" (#107), "Leaf It Alone" (#108) and "Bringing Up Smurfy" (#109).

The voice cast pushing the charm and absurdity of the original comics to even greater heights in the U.S.-English dub includes: David Freeman (7 Promises) as Papa Smurf, the father figure keeping the other Smurfs in line; Berangere McNeese (Matriochkas) as Smurfette, a curious Smurf who is always ready to take part in new adventures; Lenny Mark Irons (No Man’s Land) as Gargamel, a conniving human wizard with a bottomless thirst to capture Smurfs; Youssef El Kaoukibi (NRJ Belgium) as Brainy, who considers himself the smartest of the bunch; and Catherine Hershey (Boundary Games) as Willow, the brave and wise matriarch of a new tribe of girl Smurfs.

The Smurfs CG-animated series acquisition is overseen by Layla Lewis, Senior Vice President, Global Acquisitions and Content Partnerships and Dana Cluverius, Senior Vice President, Current Series Animation for Nickelodeon.

The Smurfs will make its Nickelodeon debut in the U.S. on Friday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

Fans can visit nick.com.au to find out more about their favourite Nickelodeon shows as well as watch video clips and play games. Fans can also like the official Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand Facebook page and follow Nickelodeon on Twitter and Instagram for the latest Nick news, highlights and videos.

The brand-new series underscores Nickelodeon’s strategy to be the home of the biggest franchises kids and families love. The Smurfs expands Nickelodeon’s growing portfolio of influential properties that already includes SpongeBob SquarePants, The Patrick Star Show, Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, PAW Patrol, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Blue’s Clues & You!, the all-new animated Star Trek: Prodigy series and the Transformers co-production.

The Smurfs is a Peyo Productions and Dupuis Audiovisuel production, in co-production with KiKA, Ketnet and RTBF, with the participation of TF1 and with the participation of Wallimage (La Wallonie), of Screen Flanders, of BNPPFFF and with the support of the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Government and the participation of the CNC.

Still from "Diaper Daddy".

Still from "Clumsy Not Clumsy".

Still from "Who's Heftier?".

Still from "Leaf It Alone".

Still from "DRIIINNGGGGG!".

Still from "Unsmurfable Smile".

Still from "Smurfs In Disguise".

Still from "Alien Smurf".

Still from "Bringing Up Smurfy".



© Peyo Productions - Dupuis Édition & Audiovisuel - Dargaud Media - KiKA - KETNET - RTBF.be - 2021

About Peyo, LAFIG Belgium/IMPS (International Merchandising Promotions & Services)

IMPS, together with LAFIG Belgium, are the official licensors of the little blue-skinned characters ‘The Smurfs.’ Over the years, IMPS has worked in close collaboration with its agents worldwide to develop successful licensed merchandising, retail and co-branded promotions, publishing activities, broadcasting deals, theme parks, live shows and family entertainment centers that have secured the everlasting success of the Smurfs.  IMPS is run by Véronique Culliford, the daughter of Pierre Culliford, the creator of the Smurfs, who is better known under his pseudonym Peyo. Véronique has run IMPS since 1984 and controls with LAFIG Belgium the rights to the Smurfs characters and the Smurfs licensing worldwide.

About Nickelodeon

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. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC).

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Official ViacomCBS ANZ press release:

The Smurfs Head To A New Village On Nickelodeon And Paramount+. How Smurf-Tacular!

All-New CG-Animated Series Premieres Monday, 20 September At 4pm On Nickelodeon And Streaming On Paramount+ From Saturday, 25 September.


Blue and small, and standing only three apples tall. In some Smurf-tacular news, The Smurfs are making their way to a new village, which will see their debut on Nickelodeon in an all-new series premiering at 4pm on Monday, 20 September and streaming on Paramount+ from Saturday, 25 September.

The original series marks the return of the globally renowned characters to television for the first time in nearly 40 years and follows Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy, Hefty, Clumsy and the other inhabitants of Smurf Village on all-new adventures, packed with humour, heart and high-stakes action. In the premiere episode Smurf-Fu, when Smurfette rescues Brainy from a giant snake, the other Smurfs ask her to teach them Smurf-Fu and next in, Diaper Daddy, when everyone is tired of changing Baby’s diapers, Handy decides to invent a robot that will do the job.

The voice cast pushing the charm and absurdity of the original comics to even greater heights includes: David Freeman (7 Promises) as Papa Smurf, the father figure keeping the other Smurfs in line; Berangere McNeese (Matriochkas) as Smurfette, a curious Smurf who is always ready to take part in new adventures; Lenny Mark Irons (No Man’s Land) as Gargamel, a conniving human wizard with a bottomless thirst to capture Smurfs; Youssef El Kaoukibi (NRJ Belgium) as Brainy, who considers himself the smartest of the bunch; and Catherine Hershey (Boundary Games) as Willow, the brave and wise matriarch of a new tribe of girl Smurfs.

The Smurfs CG-animated series acquisition is overseen by Layla Lewis, Senior Vice President, Global Acquisitions and Content Partnerships and Dana Cluverius, Senior Vice President, Current Series Animation for Nickelodeon.

The brand-new series underscores Nickelodeon’s strategy to be the home of the biggest franchises kids and families love. The Smurfs expands Nickelodeon’s growing portfolio of influential properties that already includes SpongeBob SquarePants, The Patrick Star Show, Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, PAW Patrol, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Blue’s Clues & You!, the all-new animated Star Trek: Prodigy series and the Transformers co-production.

The Smurfs is a Peyo Productions and Dupuis Audiovisuel production, in co-production with KiKA, Ketnet and RTBF, with the participation of TF1 and with the participation of Wallimage (La Wallonie), of Screen Flanders, of BNPPFFF and with the support of the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Government and the participation of the CNC.

© Peyo Productions – Dupuis Édition & Audiovisuel – Dargaud Media – KiKA – KETNET – RTBF.be – 2021

The Smurfs joins a host of kids and family entertainment streaming on Paramount+ including Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years and Rugrats, plus other exclusive and original content including American Rust, Five Bedrooms, Coyote, Why Women Kill, The Bite, iCarly, Two Weeks To Live, Nancy Drew, Everyone Is Doing Great and blockbuster movie Infinite, with Dexter: New Blood and Yellowjackets streaming soon.

You can stream 20,000 hours of unique stories, iconic stars, live sports and a mountain of entertainment on Paramount+ for $8.99 per month for a monthly subscription or $89.99 for an annual subscription.

The Smurfs.

Premieres Monday, 20 September At 4pm On Nickelodeon.

Streaming On Paramount+ From Saturday, 25 September.

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Originally published: August 31, 2021.

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Paramount Plus Brazil Giving New Customers 50% Discount on Annual Plan in September 2021

Nick News Brief: Paramount+ in Brazil (Brasil) has launched a new promotion in which the streaming service from ViacomCBS is offering new customers 50% off its annual subscription plan if they sign up September 14-30!

Paramount Plus Brasil PROMO ANNUAL 50% OFF


From TecMundo:

Paramount+ anuncia desconto de 50% em plano por tempo limitado

Imagem: https://www.paramountplus.com/br/

O serviço de streaming Paramount+ iniciou nessa terça-feira (14) uma promoção exclusiva para novos assinantes e interessados em renovação. Entre 14 e 30 de setembro, será possível obter o plano anual com desconto de 50%, que passa a custar apenas R$ 99,90 em vez dos regulares R$ 199,90.

O desconto de metade do valor não poderá ser resgatado depois de 1 de outubro, já que a assinatura voltará a custar R$ 199,90, valor referente ao abatimento de 12 meses (pague 10 e receba 12). Porém, todos que se tornarem membros da plataforma durante o período promocional terão direito a renovar sempre com o mesmo desconto de 50%, contanto que cumpram a fidelização contratual e não cancelem o serviço antes do prazo.

As assinaturas e renovações podem ser realizadas rapidamente através do app em smartphones, tablets, media centers como Fire TV ou Smart TVs compatíveis, além do próprio site Paramountplus.com.

Confira abaixo o vídeo promo divulgado pela ViacomCBS[.]

Lançado no Brasil em março de 2021, o Paramount+ conta com um grande catálogo de produções entre originais, séries, filmes, reality shows e documentários. Além disso, o streaming possui vínculo com os canais Showtime, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon e Smithsonian Channel, trazendo opções para todos os públicos e conteúdos das mais variadas épocas.

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BET Launches BET Studios

BET LAUNCHES BET STUDIOS

First-of-its-kind studio venture provides equity ownership to Black creators across premium TV & film content

Principal partners include Kenya Barris, Rashida Jones and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas

BET Taps Aisha Summers-Burke to Lead the New Venture as General Manager

Kenya Barris, Rashida Jones and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas signed on as BET Studios' principal partners.Karwai Tang/Getty Images, BET

September 15, 2021 - New York, NY - BET, a unit of ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC; VIACA), today launched BET Studios, an unprecedented studio venture that offers equity ownership for Black content creators. Propelled by the infrastructure and financing of BET and ViacomCBS, BET Studios will create premium television series and films for an array of internal buyers, including Paramount+, SHOWTIME, CBS, Nickelodeon, BET+ and BET, in addition to select third-party platforms that seek best-in-class content from both leading and rising Black creatives. BET Studios will launch with principal partners Kenya Barris, Rashida Jones and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas.

"The demand for premium content from Black creators has accelerated dramatically as a result of both the rapidly changing media and social landscapes. BET, with our 40-year legacy of celebrating Black culture, and the full power of the ViacomCBS ecosystem - is uniquely positioned to service this demand," said BET President Scott Mills. "As a company with its origin in Black entrepreneurship, we are incredibly excited to create the first major studio to provide Black creators with ownership, creative freedom and the unparalleled partnership and support of BET. I am thrilled to have Aisha at the helm of this venture, and I look forward to our collaboration with our amazing creative partners in BET Studios."

"BET Studios is an exciting and novel extension of the storied BET brand, and we have a structure well-suited to our times to bring top talent into this production company with real ownership," said David Nevins, Chief Content Officer, Scripted Originals, Paramount+ & Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Showtime Networks Inc. "Scott Mills deserves tremendous credit for driving this innovative new business from idea to reality - and Kenya, Rashida and Aaron, could not be a more talented or in-demand group to lead this venture along with Aisha Summers."

"The investment being made by Scott, David Nevins, Bob Bakish and the ViacomCBS team into BET Studios is not only an investment in Black storytelling, it is also an investment in the culture," said Barris. "And while individual success is great, being able to amplify and champion underrepresented storytellers has been equally exciting and this venture allows that to continue to be a key focus in this next chapter of my career."

"There is such power in the creative talent that the principal partners bring to the table and BET Studios' unique ability to tell Black stories at scale," said Jones. "This joining of forces is super exciting for me in the multitude of ways that people of color see themselves represented on screen."

"As a new venture, BET Studios offers an opportunity to expand the brand's legacy of delivering Black stories," said Thomas. "This is a chance to bring nuanced, layered narratives to life, partnering with a forward-thinking team, interested in surprising and engaging the audience."

BET Studios will be headed by Aisha Summers Burke, who was recently appointed Executive Vice-President and General Manager of the new venture. In this role, Burke will be responsible for working collaboratively with the Studio's formidable creative partners and key internal constituencies. Along with overseeing the day-to-day creative affairs for the company, she will also be responsible for the BET Studios content slate and focusing on growing the Studio's production output across both internal and external platforms. Burke will report to BET President Scott Mills.

"BET has long been celebrated for excellence in producing quality programming that authentically depicts experiences lived within the Black community," said Summers Burke.

"With the launch of BET Studios, we are excited to introduce a new model that opens the aperture to a broad array of platforms and supports the full range of content from Black creators.' This entrepreneurial environment offers creatives the opportunity to produce diverse high-end content reflecting all aspects of entertainment."

Prior to joining BET, Burke spent thirteen years at Warner Bros. Television, most recently serving as Vice-President of scripted television for the cable and streaming division of Warner Horizon before it merged with Warner Bros. TV in 2020.

About BET Studios Principal Partners

BET Studios will operate with nimble teams of dedicated staff for Mr. Barris, Ms. Jones and Mr. Thomas. This group will utilize the BET and larger ViacomCBS infrastructure and shared services to support day-to-day tactics. BET Studios will be led by newly appointed General Manager, Aisha Summers-Burke, with Kenya Barris, Rashida Jones and Aaron Rahsaan Thomas serving as principals, and a broad array of creative talent that will partner with BET to launch the venture.

Kenya Barris is an award-winning writer, producer, and director. Barris created the Netflix original comedy #BlackAF and the multiseries "-ish" franchise, which includes ABC's Peabody Award-winning sitcom Black-ish and spin-off series Mixed-ish and Grown-ish, which airs on Freeform. Most recently, Barris co-wrote Coming 2 America, the highly anticipated sequel to John Landis' 1980s classic starring Eddie Murphy. In 2018, he was honored with the ACLU Bill of Rights Award, followed by being presented the 2019 Visionary Award from the Producers Guild of America and the Voice for Change Award from the Humanitas Prize.

Rashida Jones is an actress, director, writer, and filmmaker. As a filmmaker, Jones executive produced the Emmy nominated Hot Girls Wanted and the follow up Netflix series Turned On. In 2018, her documentary Quincy, about her father, Quincy Jones, debuted on Netflix and won the GRAMMY(R) Award for Best Music Film the next year. Alongside her partner Will McCormack, their company Le Train Train executive produced the hit dramedy series CLAWS, which premiered on TNT in 2017. On TV, Jones portrayed Ann Perkins in the hit NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation.

Aaron Rahsaan Thomas is an acclaimed television and film screenwriter and producer from Kansas City, Kansas. Most recently, Thomas was the co-creator and co-showrunner of the procedural series reboot of S.W.A.T., which airs on Friday nights on CBS and has worked on NBC's Friday Night Lights - for which he received a Peabody Award and two NAACP Image Award nominations - as well as CBS series, like Numb3rs and CSI: NY. He has also served as a Co-Executive Producer on TNT's SouthLAnd, Fox's Sleepy Hollow, Netflix's The Get Down and directed an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, Trojan War.

About BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news, and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel is in 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa, and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET+, the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience; BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks - BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET's growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

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SCAD AnimationFest 2021 Returns Virtually September 23-25

The acclaimed event will offer online access to a global audience of creatives and enthusiasts; program includes panels with industry professionals from Nickelodeon, Fox Animation, Paramount+, Bento Box, and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.


Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has announced the fifth annual SCAD AnimationFest, presented by SCADFILM. It returns this year in a virtual format, running September 23-25, 2021. The online program features three days of special guests, screenings, presentations, panels with leaders in animation, and a curated showcase of student work. Global access will be available to creatives and enthusiasts in the industries behind animation, visual effects, motion media design, and gaming content across all genres and platforms.

The festival will feature the premiere of collaborative student work including two animated feature films from SCAD Animation Studios. The 3D animated Hex Limit and 2D animated The Pope’s Dog  will be shown along with breakout sessions with SCAD alumni.

"SCAD is home to SCAD Animation Studios, the world's only animation studio housed at an elite university, where students write, perform, and animate 2D and 3D films,” commented SCAD president and founder Paula Wallace. “To see SCAD's latest releases—Hex Limit and The Pope's Dog—and enjoy a comprehensive look at everything SCAD offers future animators (including IMDB credits before graduation!), SCAD AnimationFest is THE place to be this September."

AnimationFest will also feature content and panels with notable industry professionals from top animation entertainment studios including Nickelodeon; Fox Animation; Paramount+; Bento Box; and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios.

“Our festival programming celebrates the explosive growth of the animation industry and SCAD's role in preparing talent across all the disciplines that contribute to this transformative art form,” noted SCADFILM senior executive director Leigh Seaman. “At SCADFILM, we illuminate the opportunities for artists in any medium to find success in the entertainment business, and animation offers opportunities galore. We look forward to welcoming guests from major studios and production companies to talk about trends and take us behind the scenes of some of this year's most anticipated animated content.”

The curated programming for the festival represents the expertise and excellence of the university’s degree programs from the Schools of Digital Media and Entertainment Arts. Animation has exploded in popularity in recent years and has become one of the largest of SCAD’s programs. The animation program is recognized globally for preparation of a growing field that encompasses film, television, interactive media, and video games.

Announcement of additional guests and programming to come. Additional information is available here.

Nickelodeon at SCAD AnimationFest 2021 schedule:

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021

3 p.m. ET


In conversation with: Jen Gay, line producer; Ben Hibon, director and co-executive producer; Patrick Krebs, supervising producer; Nikie Monteleone, lead look development artist

Moderated by: Ashwin Inamdar, SCAD professor of animation

Action and adventure await a motley crew of young aliens in the upcoming Paramount+ animated kids' series Star Trek: Prodigy, created by Nickelodeon Animation Studio and CBS Studios' Eye Animation Studios. Join production staff for a behind-the-scenes look at how the team brought the Star Trek universe full circle with visuals and storytelling aimed at younger audiences.

4 p.m. ET


In conversation with: John Cahoon, CG environment artist, Nickelodeon; Laura Hohman, CG supervisor, Nickelodeon; Pablo Smith, CG animation director, Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years

Moderated by: Jenna Zona, SCAD professor of animation

SpongeBob SquarePants and the babies of Rugrats have undergone a digital transformation in recent years. Explore how Nickelodeon's CG artists adapted these classic shows into new CG-animated Paramount+ originals Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years and Rugrats, staying true to their iconic models, pushing the limits of computer-generated expressions, and giving a unique identity to shows with a storied history and nostalgia.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2021

3 p.m. ET

SCAD Alumni Voices

In conversation with: Keachia Greenidge (B.F.A., broadcast design, 2010), senior producer of design and animation, BARK-BARK; Darnell Johnson (B.F.A., sequential art, 2010), story artist, Sony Pictures Animation; Ariel Paxton (M.F.A., animation, 2020), motion designer, Nickelodeon Animation; Cierra Ramsey (B.F.A., animation, 2019), background designer, Bento Box; Emily Rodriguez (B.F.A., animation, 2020), freelance 2D animator and designer

Moderated by: Audra Price Pittman, Ph.D., vice president for SCAD Atlanta

Hear from SCAD graduates across disciplines in the SCAD School of Digital Media, now working in animation and beyond, as they offer insight and inspiration on their journeys from student to industry professional.

5 p.m. ET

Character Design in Animation

In conversation with: Claire Almon (M.F.A., animation, 2012), senior artist, Gimmie Games; Amanda Bell (B.F.A., animation, 2016), character designer, Netflix Animation; Ida Hem (B.F.A., animation, 2016), character designer, Nickelodeon Animation; Benjamin Tong (B.F.A., animation, 2017) character designer

Moderated by: Matthew Maloney, SCAD associate chair of animation

Character designers are responsible for knowing what to exaggerate and what to minimize, how to give a hint of depth and background, and what to do to develop personality in a film or TV show's characters. Alumni animators share their expert character design tips for creating an authentic cast of memorable characters.


SCAD AnimationFest returns with an insight into the industry from Nickelodeon, Marvel and more

Savannah College of Art and Design is presenting the fifth annual SCAD AnimationFest featuring a fresh slate of guests, screenings, panels, and presentations from some of the most exciting studios and creators in animation.

For three days, participants can take part in screenings and presentations from Nickelodeon, Fox Animation Domination, "Star Trek: Prodigy" and The Harper House from Paramount+, Bento Box, and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, creators of Marvel’s hilarious "M.O.D.O.K." series.

It should be no surprise that many of the industry guests and presenters are SCAD graduates. Animation is consistently the most popular major at SCAD, and for good reason.

“Animation is one of the most incredible things you can experience,” said Christopher Gallagher, Chair of Animation at SCAD. “It transcends generations, race, and gender identity. It’s powerful, intimate, and playful. At the same time animation is fun, ever changing, and evolving. Just thinking about animation brings a smile to my face!”

Last year, because of the pandemic, the festival switched to an all virtual format. The changes carried unique challenges, but the organizers and presenters not only adapted quickly, but were able to reach more people than ever before.

“We have now mastered and perfected the virtual presentations and the virtual engagement to make sure everyone is as captivated as possible,” said Gallagher. “The level of engagement has exceeded our expectations and we now reach a global audience. Anyone, anywhere who is interested in animation can be a part of SCAD’s AnimationFest.”

Gallagher is a SCAD alum who spent his career working for Walt Disney Animation Studios on Academy Award winning films like "Frozen," "Big Hero 6," and "Zootopia," before joining the SCAD faculty in 2017.

“I knew I needed to create that same studio experience for my students,” said Gallagher. “I wanted to build something that was open to all SCAD students to get involved in from animation to sound design, visual effects to dramatic writing. SCAD Animation Studio is the ultimate collaborative experience. It is larger than an individual course and it elevates students to their true potential. I’m proud to say that we are the first full run university animation studio in the country.”

One of the highlights of this year’s SCAD AnimationFest is the presentation of two new projects from SCAD Animation Studio, “The Pope’s Dog” in 2D, and “Hex Limit” in 3D.

“Hex Limit” is a blend of 2D and cutting edge 3D animation that tells the tale of three witches who race brooms through a cyberpunk city. The film was a massive undertaking that took a year to produce. The interdepartmental collaboration was conducted virtually with students communicating entirely online. Dailies were shown and work was critiqued without the participants ever meeting in person.

“Besides myself, there were 82 other students working on this film and we are a very diverse group of artists,’ explained SCAD Senior and “Hex Limit” producer, DJ Price. “They range from illustrators to sound designers, from animators to compositors, and they were from all around the world.”

SCAD's animation program is named one of the best in the country year after year by Animation Career Review, and SCAD Animation Studio may be the program’s most important innovation.

“SCAD animation is incredible,” said Price. “It focuses on strengthening and widening our scope, that’s our knowledge of software and programs. I think the professors are what really make it special. They really focus on hands-on and one-on-one learning and teaching. Each of them have impressive industry careers and carry priceless knowledge from other personal experience from studios such as Pixar, Disney, or gaming studios, and they share that information with us.

“Beyond that, SCAD Animation Studios, in particular, is what is really special about SCAD animation, because it gives us an opportunity to stretch our legs professionally. It gives us this opportunity to practice our skills and expand our knowledge of a pipeline and see how our pace of work, our style interacts with other artists and what we’re able to create.”

SCAD AnimationFest is open to everyone, so whether you are a student looking to get into the industry, or you are just really enjoying this animation boom, there a three days' worth of reasons to join in. Check out scad.edu for a full schedule of events.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: SCAD AnimationFest 2021

WHEN: Sept. 23-25

COST: $40, Student/Educator $20


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Originally published: August 26, 2021.

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