Wednesday, December 08, 2021

ViacomCBS Int'l Studios Partners With Wattpad WEBTOON Studios to Discover Diverse Talent and Develop Series From WEBTOON and Wattpad Hits

VIACOMCBS INTERNATIONAL STUDIOS PARTNERS WITH WATTPAD WEBTOON STUDIOS

TO DISCOVER DIVERSE TALENT AND DEVELOP SERIES FROM WEBTOON AND WATTPAD HITS

The companies will focus on developing local language IP with built-in fandoms and global potential to fuel the content pipeline for ViacomCBS’ streaming service, Paramount+


TORONTO and NEW YORK, NY - December 8, 2021 – ViacomCBS International Studios and Wattpad WEBTOON Studios, the fan-driven global entertainment and publishing arm for WEBTOON and Wattpad, today announced a new global partnership to source emerging content and creatives from around the world to develop a slate of original series based on hit Wattpad and WEBTOON stories.  

Under the deal, Wattpad WEBTOON Studios and ViacomCBS International Studios will work together to identify stories from Wattpad and WEBTOON’s deep global IP libraries of digital comics and stories from some of the world’s most exciting indie authors. Wattpad WEBTOON Studios and ViacomCBS International Studios’ production arm, VIS, will co-produce content for ViacomCBS’ networks and platforms, including its global premium streaming service Paramount+.


Through the partnership with Wattpad WEBTOON Studios, ViacomCBS International Studios will gain access to data-backed insights and top IP from WEBTOON’s global catalogue of mega-hit digital comics and novels from diverse indie authors on Wattpad. With Wattpad WEBTOON Studios’ audience geography and sentiment insights, the companies will identify local and regional hits with global appeal, spanning Latin America, Europe, the UK, and other international markets.

To date, VIS has announced more than 30 Paramount+ Original greenlights, to fuel the streamer as it continues its global rollout, with its European expansion set for 2022. The deal positions VIS to develop some of the most exciting and unique IP in the world from WEBTOON and Wattpad, spanning a range of genres, and with built-in Gen Z and millennial global fandoms.

Ari Tan

“ViacomCBS International Studios is committed to telling authentic, local stories from emerging creatives from all corners of the world, and through this mission, we’ve expanded to become one of the leading creators of content globally,” said Ari Tan, Vice President, Head of Strategy, ViacomCBS International Studios. “Now through our partnership with Wattpad WEBTOON Studios,  we’ll have the opportunity to use this exciting, data-driven approach to inform our storytelling and amplify new creative talents through our global platforms.”  

“Wattpad WEBTOON Studios is home to some of the most exciting new voices in comics and literature," said Aron Levitz, President of Wattpad WEBTOON Studios. “Between our massive global IP catalogue with built-in fandoms, and a roster of superstar comic artists and indie authors, we’re fueling a new era of data-backed entertainment. We’re thrilled to work with ViacomCBS International Studios,  a company that shares our vision to transform entertainment by elevating the creativity and fandoms of a new generation of storytellers. Working together with ViacomCBS International Studios, we’ll bring more diverse, original voices to screens all over the world.”

Aron Levitz

The deal is the first major global partnership from Wattpad WEBTOON Studios since merging the entertainment and publishing divisions from WEBTOON and Wattpad in June 2021. Bringing together the 166 million fans from each platform, along with massive catalogues of new IP from digital comic creators and indie authors, Wattpad WEBTOON Studios creates fan-driven entertainment.

The deal arrives as Wattpad WEBTOON Studios continues to grow its footprint in Hollywood and international entertainment markets, with  more than 100 projects in development or production around the world, and a growing number of hits on screens. The company recently wrapped production on a film adaptation of Float, based on Kate Marchant’s hit Wattpad romance of the same name. Wattpad WEBTOON Studios is producing the project alongside Lionsgate, Collective Pictures, and Brightlight Pictures.

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About Wattpad WEBTOON Studios

Wattpad WEBTOON Studios brings together technology, a diverse new generation of creators, and passionate global fandoms to create data-backed, audience-driven TV shows, films, and books. Leveraging incredible stories and insights from WEBTOON and Wattpad’s combined audience of more than 166 million people, Wattpad WEBTOON Studios has pioneered a bold, global, fan-first approach to entertainment. Wattpad WEBTOON Studios has worked with Netflix, Sony Pictures Television, Crunchyroll, The Jim Henson Company, Vertigo Entertainment, Constantin Film, Penguin Random House, and many other leaders in entertainment and publishing.

ABOUT VIACOMCBS INTERNATIONAL STUDIOS

Introduced in 2018, ViacomCBS International Studios is a division of ViacomCBS Networks International that includes production of content for ViacomCBS brands and platforms, including Paramount+, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, Channel 5, Network 10, Telefe, and Chilevisión, as well as for third-parties. The studio includes Ananey and Porta Dos Fundos, as well as leading global Spanish-language content creator, VIS, and the new cause-driven division, VIS Social Impact. ViacomCBS International Studios’ content covers all genres, from kids, young adult, live action and animation, to soap operas, dramas, short and long-form comedy formats and feature films.

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Originally published: December 08, 2021.

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Cooking Stewed Sea Prunes w/ Aang! 🍲🤔 Avatar: The Last Airbender #Shorts

Cooking Stewed Sea Prunes w/ Aang! 🍲🤔 Avatar: The Last Airbender #Shorts


Time to put on your chef hats, because we’ve got a recipe that’ll tickle Katara and Sokka’s tastebuds — just not Aang’s! 🤢 Calling all waterbenders, you will definitely want to cook up this Avatar-themed recipe!


#ATLA #AvatarStudios #Cooking #Shorts

Watch Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra on Paramount+ and Netflix! Try Paramount+ for FREE at ParamountPlus.com

Listen to the brand new podcast, Avatar: Braving the Elements!




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Meet 13 Year Old Coder, Avye! | Extraordinary Me | Nickelodeon UK

Meet 13 Year Old Coder, Avye! | Extraordinary Me | Nickelodeon UK


Avye is a super inspirational 13 year old, who loves coding and wants to share her passion for tech with you, and encourage you to join in!

#ExtraordinaryMe #AvyeCouloute #GirlsIntoCoding #STEM #Coding



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From the World of Peyo To Planet Smurf | Full Documentary | English & French Versions

From the World of Peyo To Planet Smurf | Full Documentary | English Version | The World of Peyo


For millions of viewers, Peyo is the creator of the Smurfs, the little blue goblins who conquered the world in 1980 through television cartoons, and today through feature films mixing live action and CGI animation, as well as a movie and a new series in 3D animation.

For tens of thousands of comic book readers, Peyo is first and foremost the author of a masterpiece, the medieval series Johan and Peewit, which saw the birth of the Smurfs in 1958 in the adventure of The Smurfs and the magic flute.

Finally, for thousands of comics fans, Peyo is also the spiritual son of Benny Breakiron, a little boy with Herculean strength... Except when he catches a cold!

Watch The Smurfs on Nickelodeon!

Du Monde de Peyo à la Planète | Documentaire Complet | Version Française


Pour des millions de spectateurs, Peyo est le créateur des Schtroumpfs, ces petits lutins bleus qui ont conquis le monde entier dès 1980 à travers des dessins animés à la télévision, et aujourd'hui grâce à des longs métrages mêlant prises de vues réelles et animation en images de synthèse, ainsi qu'un film et une nouvelle série en animation 3D.

Pour des dizaines de milliers de lecteurs de bande dessinées, Peyo est d'abord l'auteur d'un chef-d’œuvre, la série moyenâgeuse "Johan et Pirlouit", qui a vu naître les Schtroumpfs en 1958 dans l'aventure La Flûte à six trous (rebaptisée lors de la parution en album La flûte à six schtroumpfs).

Enfin, pour des milliers de bédéphiles, Peyo est aussi le fils spirituel de Benoît Brisefer, un petit garçon doté d'une force herculéenne... Sauf lorsqu'il s'enrhume!

The following content contains mild language.


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Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for December 8, 2021 | Nickelodeon

Classic Rugrats Comic Strip for December 8, 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: Paramount Plus Renews the All-New 'Rugrats' for Season 2!

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Nickelodeon Brazil's Highlights for December 6-12

Below are Nickelodeon Brazil's (Brasil) programming highlights for December 6-12, courtesy of BLUP:

NICKELODEON DIVULGA DESTAQUES DA PROGRAMAÇÃO DA PRÓXIMA SEMANA (06 a 12 de dezembro)


PACOTE UNDER UNDERGROUNDS
Exibição: segunda-feira, 06 de dezembro, até sexta-feira, dia 10 de dezembro, das 17h30 às 18h30.

Heitor foi expulso de sua banda por não ser legal o bastante. Magoado e distraído, na volta do estúdio para casa ele cai em um bueiro, indo parar em uma cidade subterrânea muito diferente do mundo em que vive. Nesse lugar, habitado por criaturas muito esquisitas, ele encontra o que buscava: amigos leais e, mais do que isso, uma banda. Heitor torna-se o novo guitarrista dos Under Undergrounds, uma bandinha de garagem que não liga para estereótipos devido ao amor que compartilha pela música. De segunda a sexta-feira Os Under Undergrounds irão sacudir a programação da Nick!

EPISÓDIOS INÉDITOS

Exibição: segunda-feira, 06 de dezembro, às 18h30.

Um jovem artista em seu ateliê cria, experimenta e se diverte com sua imaginação, desafiando seu talento e o de alguns convidados especiais.

Exibição: sexta-feira, 10 de dezembro, às 20h.

A nova série live-action da Nick é estrelada pelas melhores amigas Annie LeBlanc e Jayden Bartels. Lex, Presley e seu amigo peculiar Munchy (Isaiah Crews) se encontram em uma situação difícil depois de destruir acidentalmente o veículo da polícia que pertence ao pai de Munchy. Forçados a inventar maneiras criativas de ganhar dinheiro para pagar pelos danos, os melhores amigos pedem a ajuda do irmão mais novo de Presley, Fisher (Mitchell Berg), um especialista em tecnologia para criar um aplicativo chamado "Kid-DING", que conecta pessoas que procuram ajuda em pequenos empregos.

Exibição: sábado, 11 de dezembro, às 07h.

As Pistas de Blue está de volta com novo visual, totalmente repaginado, trazendo novo apresentador, além de novas e surpreendentes aventuras. O famoso programa, que foi grande sucesso entre crianças nos anos 1990, conta a história da cachorrinha Blue, que convida os espectadores a acompanhá-la, junto com seu amigo humano, Josh, em uma aventura cheia de pistas para resolver um desafio a cada episódio.

A Fazenda de Zenon
Exibição: sábado, 11 de dezembro, às 09h.

O dia começa bem cedo na Fazenda do Zenon. E quando o galo canta a diversão começa! Juntos, os animais brincam e vivem situações muito divertidas muitas vezes resolvidas através do trabalho em equipe e da música. Nessa fazenda amizade, diversão e vida em contato com a natureza são valores essenciais.

Lego Aventuras Na Cidade - 3ª Temporada
Estreia: sábado, 11 de dezembro, às 11h30.

A série conta a história da vida dos heróis da cidade, enquanto trabalham juntos para impedir um misterioso criminoso que começa a causar estragos capazes de arruinar completamente a cidade. Esta incrível montanha-russa de emoção, humor e ação faz de LEGO City Adventures uma série urbana sem limites e de muita imaginação .

O Show do Patrick Estrela
Exibição: sábado, 11 de dezembro, às 16h.

O Show do Patrick Estrela relata a vida da estrela do mar favorita de todo mundo! Junto com o apoio de sua família, em sua casa, Patrick Star apresenta o seu próprio talk show.

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And on Pluto TV:

ESTREIAS DA SEMANA - SÉRIES

Nick Clássico (canal 730)
Segunda-feira, 06 de dezembro, 19h30

The X's - 1ª Temporada

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Nickelodeon Rebrand Natalino 2021 (#1)


Nickelodeon Supresas de Natal | Promo: Música Tema | 07 de Dezembro 2021 | Nickelodeon Brasil


9 dias pro Natal, 9 Surpresa sem Igual Promo: Nesta Quinta 20:00 da Noite só na Nick



Originally published: December 08, 2021.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender Box Unveils First Sneak Peek

Culture Fly has unveiled a first look at their brand new Avatar: The Last Airbender Box!

Update (12/8) - The first Avatar: The Last Airbender Box is officially SOLD OUT!

This theme of the Winter 2021 #AvatarBox is Book One: Water, and where better to kick things off than with this fantastic snowglobe inspired by the iconic scene from the very first episode, "The Boy in the Iceberg"! Featuring Katara and Sokka discovering Aang and Appa in the "Iceberg".





Pre-orders for the very first Avatar: The Last Airbender Box are now live - and are selling out faster than Aang penguin sledding! Visit https://thenickbox.com/pages/avatar-the-last-airbender-box for details! Annual plans start at $35.99 a box. This season's box will ship in December 2021.

From the folks behind The Nick Box and SpongeBob: The Bikini Bottom Box is the Avatar: The Last Airbender Box!

The Avatar: The Last Airbender Box delivers exclusive Avatar merchandise to your door 4 times a year. Each box is packed with exclusive apparel, accessories, and collectibles inspired by moments from the show.

Watch Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra on Paramount+ and Netflix!

Listen to the brand new podcast, Avatar: Braving the Elements!: http://nickalive.blogspot.com/search/label/Avatar%3A%20Braving%20the%20Elements

Subscribe to the NEW official Avatar: The Last Airbender YouTube channel!: https://at.nick.com/AvatarSubscribe


Originally published: November 09, 2021.

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The Winter 2021 Nick Box to Feature a Glowing Piece of Radical Rock From 'Nickelodeon GUTS'

Ever wanted to take home a glowing piece of Radical Rock from the Nickelodeon GUTS Aggro Crag? Now you can with with this amazing Aggro Crag LED light, straight from the Extreme Arena and available exclusively in the Winter 2021 edition The Nick Box! You don't even need to take on the hardest of challenges to get your hands on it! Pre-order now at https://thenickbox.com! Do-do-do you have the GUTS to get a piece of this nostalgia? I bet you do!

UPDATE - Order by 12/8 to get the Winter 2021 Nick Box in time for the holidays with regular shipping!


At the time of writing, The Nick Box's Black Friday deal is still going on as well! Sign up for the Winter Box to get a free exclusive Purple Reptar vinyl figure as a gift with purchase!


The theme of the Winter 2021 Nick Box is Nostalgia & Chill, and will be packed full with exclusive items from iconic Nickelodeon shows including: Rocket Power, Rocko's Modern Life, Nickelodeon GUTS, The Wild Thornberrys, The Angry Beavers, Invader ZIM, Kenan & Kel and Rugrats, such as this cozy Rugrats dressing gown!


The Winter 2021 edition of The Nick Box is available to pre-order now and is slated to ship in December. To order, simply visit https://thenickbox.com/pages/the-nick-box and pick your plan! Prices start at $49.99 for the quarterly plan.

Don't forget to check out The Bikini Bottom Box (winter 2021 edition now available to pre-order!) and the brand new Avatar: The Last Airbender Box!





Originally published: November 25, 2021.

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The Winter 2021 Bikini Bottom Box to Feature Squidward Drinking Jar

Just in the time for the change of seasons, this glass drinking jar featuring a very chilly Squidward on it can be yours when you subscribe to the Bikini Bottom Box today!


You can't get this anywhere else! Pre-order your Winter 2021 Bikini Bottom Box today and don't miss out on getting this and more delivered right to you!



Catch the brand new SpongeBob SquarePants holiday special, premiering Friday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon! In "SpongeBob’s Road to Christmas," SpongeBob and his pals journey to the North Pole to give Santa a present. Featuring an animated Patchy the Pirate!



Watch SpongeBob SquarePants and The Patrick Star Show on Nickelodeon and 200 episodes of SpongeBobThe SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The RunKamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years and The SpongeBob Musical on Paramount+! Try it FREE at ParamountPlus.com.


Listen to The SpongeBob Musical here!

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

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


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Grey Griffin to Host 2022 Kidscreen Awards

Kidscreen has announced the exciting news that the 2022 Kidscreen Awards will be hosted by prolific voice actor, comedian and music artist Grey Griffin!


Grey has voiced more than 1,700 animated characters since 1996, including such iconic roles as Vicky from The Fairly OddParents, Azula from Avatar: The Last Airbender, Lola, Lana and Lily Loud from The Loud House, and Frankie Foster, Duchess and Goo from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. And she has also been the voice of Daphne Blake in every Scooby-Doo production since 2000. 

Grey launched “My First Comedy Special” in 2018 to rave reviews, and her debut album of covers—aptly titled Borrowed—is scheduled to drop in 2022. She also balances her multi-faceted career with being a single mom of three kids (ages four, seven and 14). Basically, she’s kicking butt.

The 2022 Kidscreen Awards forms part of the 2022 Kidscreen Summit, which will take place between February 14-17 at the InterContinental Miami in Miami, Florida. For more information, visit https://summit.kidscreen.com.

Update (12/8) - Nickelodeon will present the findings from its new research study looking at shared viewing experiences during the "Mind the Gap" session at Kidscreen Summit 2022 on Wednesday, February 16 at 10:00 a.m.

Mind the Gap
Wednesday, February 16
10:00am - 10:45am
Bayfront

It's undeniable that family viewing habits shifted dramatically during the pandemic. And while family content tends to get all the attention, bridge shows—gap content that speaks to both preschoolers and six to nines—also grew in popularity as siblings settled in on the couch together. This new research from Nickelodeon explores what exactly attracts each demographic, where they overlap, and how to make the most of that shared viewing experience.

Featuring:

Andrea Strauss
VP, Nickelodeon Brand & Consumer Insights
Nickelodeon

Philip Underwood
Senior Director of Consumer Insights
Nickelodeon

Additionally, Susan Vargo, VP, Global Live Events, Nickelodeon will be a speaker during the summit's "Return to Live" on Wednesday, February 16, 2:00pm - 2:45pm at Bayfront: After months of being cooped up at home, people are eager for fresh experiences, and the live entertainment world is coming back to life. But like everything else, the audience has changed. This session will explore who makes up the primary demographic for family-friendly live entertainment now, and how companies around the world are shifting their approaches to maximize these new opportunities—while also mitigating potential disruption risks.

Update (12/1) - Via Kidscreen:

Activism, Netflix dominate Kidscreen Awards nominations

PBS KIDS Talk About: Race and Racism and Nick News are in the running for trophies, but with a total of 18 shortlisted entries, the SVOD has stolen the spotlight again.

For a second year in a row, Netflix has nabbed the most Kidscreen Awards nominations with a total of 18 shortlisted entries. Following close behind is ViacomCBS with 15—more than double the seven nominations it received in 2021. And PBS KIDS is also up there with 11 shortlisted entries, including a Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie nod for PBS KIDS Talk About: Race and Racism.

This is just one of many nominations this year for programming focused on activism and giving underrepresented youth a voice. Netflix’s animated musical series We the People (pictured) is in the running for three trophies in the tweens/teens categories, including Best New Series and Best Inclusivity; Nickelodeon’s current events series Nick News is nominated for Best New Series (tweens/teens); Sesame Workshop’s Proud of Your Eyes is on the shortlist for Best Short Film (kids); and Sky Kids’ FYI’s Kidversation is a hopeful in the Best Inclusivity (tweens/teens).

Winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony hosted by actor/comedian Grey Griffin that will be held at Kidscreen Summit 2022 in Miami on February 15.

Here is the complete list of nominees:

PRESCHOOL PROGRAMMING

Best New Series
Ridley Jones (Netflix)
Trash Truck (Glen Keane Productions, Netflix)
Waffles + Mochi (Higher Ground Productions, Netflix)

Best Animated Series
Madagascar: A Little Wild (DreamWorks Animation)
Ridley Jones (Netflix)
Trash Truck (Glen Keane Productions, Netflix)

Best Live-Action Series
Helpsters (Sesame Workshop, Apple TV+)
Izzy’s Koala World (Dodo Productions, Netflix)
Sesame Street, season 51 (Sesame Workshop, HBO Max)

Best Mixed-Media Series
Gabby’s Dollhouse (DreamWorks Animation)
JoJo and Gran Gran (BBC Children’s In-House Productions, A Productions, CBeebies)
Waffles + Mochi (Higher Ground Productions, Netflix)

Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie
“Molly and the Great One”—Molly of Denali (GBH Kids, Atomic Cartoons, PBS KIDS)
PBS KIDS Talk About: Race and Racism (PBS KIDS, Crossroads Productions)
Zog and the Flying Doctors (Magic Light Pictures)

Best Holiday or Special Episode
A Trash Truck Christmas (Glen Keane Productions, Netflix)
“Blue’s Night Before Christmas”—Blue’s Clues & You (9 Story Media Group, Nick Jr.)
“Holiday at Hoopers”—Sesame Street, season 51 (Sesame Workshop, HBO Max)

Best Inclusivity
Magic Hands Black History Songs (Flashing Lights Media, CBeebies)
Mira, Royal Detective (Wild Canary, Disney Junior)
Waffles + Mochi (Higher Ground Productions, Netflix)

KIDS PROGRAMMING

Best New Series
Centaurworld (Netflix, Sketchshark Productions)
Kid Cosmic (Netflix)
The Patrick Star Show (Nickelodeon Animation Studio)

Best Animated Series
Centaurworld (Netflix, Sketchshark Productions)
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous (DreamWorks Animation)
Looney Tunes Cartoons (Warner Bros. Animation, HBO Max)

Best Live-Action Series
Family Reunion (Netflix)
Odd Squad (Fred Rogers Productions, Sinking Ship Entertainment, PBS KIDS)
Stardust (NRK)

Best Mixed-Media Series
Alien TV (Entertainment One, POP Family Entertainment, Netflix, Nine Network)
Club Mundo Kids (Exile Content Studio)
Sisimpur—Bangladeshi adaptation of Sesame Street (Sesame Workshop Bangladesh, Ddhoni Chitra Limited)

Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie
All Star Nickmas Spectacular (Nickelodeon)
Arlo the Alligator Boy (Netflix)
Mum is Pouring Rain (Laïdak Films, Dandelooo)

Best Holiday or Special Episode
“Bramley Holiday”—It’s Pony (Nickelodeon)
“The Lonely Haunts Club 3: La Llorona”—Victor and Valentino (Cartoon Network Studios)
“Winter Break”—Craig of the Creek (Cartoon Network Studios)

Best Short Film
Coffee Run—It’s Pony (Nickelodeon)
Proud of Your Eyes #Coming Together (Sesame Workshop)
The Wonton Warrior (Saffron Cherry, CBBC)

Best Inclusivity
16 Hudson, season two (Big Bad Boo Studios)
Snaps (Threewise Entertainment, CBBC)
Young, Black & British—Hear Us: A Newsround Special, Part 1 (BBC Children’s In-House Productions, CBBC)

TWEENS/TEENS PROGRAMMING

Best New Series
HouseBroken (Bento Box Entertainment, Kapital Entertainment, Fox Entertainment)
Nick News (Nickelodeon)
We the People (Higher Ground Productions, Netflix)

Best Animated Series
Bob’s Burgers (Bento Box Entertainment, 20th Television)
Central Park (20th Television, Apple TV+)
We the People (Higher Ground Productions, Netflix)

Best Live-Action Series
Jenny 3—My Future/Mon Avenir (Productions Avenida)
Serengeti II (XIX Entertainment, John Downer Productions, Discovery)
The Bold Type (Universal Television, The District)

Best Mixed-Media Series
About Mental Health/On Parle de Santé Mentale (Écho Média, Télé-Québec)
Live from Mount Olympus (TRAX from PRX, Onassis Foundation)
The First Years (Zone3)

Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie
Disney Holiday Magic Quest (Disney Channel, 7Ate9 Entertainment)
NFL Wild Card (Nickelodeon)
Roald & Beatrix: The Tail of the Curious Mouse (Hartswood Films, Sky One)

Best Holiday or Special Episode
“Craftenstein’s Monster”—Craftopia (HBO Max, B17)
“Who’s Afraid of Boomsday?”—HouseBroken (Bento Box Entertainment, Kapital Entertainment, Fox Entertainment)

Best Inclusivity
Central Park (20th Television, Apple TV+)
FYI’s Kidversation (Fresh Start Media, Sky News, Sky Kids)
We the People (Higher Ground Productions, Netflix)

Shortlisted entries in the Programming categories will be reviewed and assessed by a fresh panel of judges, including Rick Clodfelter (Disney Branded TV), Libbie Doherty (ABC Australia), Luiz Felipe Figueira (Gloob), Craig Hunter (YouTube), Yann Lebasque (TF1), Leslie Lee (WarnerMedia Kids APAC),  Sarah Muller (BBC Children’s), Nikki Reed (HBO Max), Linda Simensky (Duolingo), Morten Skov Hansen (DR Ultra), Tara Sorensen (Apple TV+) and Heather Tilert (Netflix).

Best Inclusivity entries were reviewed and assessed by a jury that includes Lauren Appelbaum (RespectAbility), Mounia Aram (Mounia Aram Company), Musa Brooker (Six Point Harness), Yatibaey Evans (GBH Kids), Jay Francis (Disney Television Animation), Sameer Gardezi (Break the Room), Sarah Haasz (Pillango Productions), Grainne McGuinness (Paper Owl Films), David Michel (Cottonwood Media), Zulema Uriarte (Netflix) and Wanda Witherspoon (Sesame Workshop).

BROADCASTING

Channel of the Year
CBBC
Nickelodeon
PBS KIDS

Best On-Air Host or Hosting Team
Spencer, Tyra, Alex, Duhin and RikiMisu—The Zone, Zone Weekend and Big Fun Movies (YTV)
Trevor Noah—TIME Kid of the Year (Nickelodeon)
Zachary Noah Piser—Camp TV (THIRTEEN)

Best Kids-Only Streaming Service
Hellosaurus
Pinna
Sensical

DIGITAL—PRESCHOOL

Best Alternative Game
Hey Duggee: The Busy Day Badge (Jollywise, BBC)
Roll to the Rescue (GBH, Hero4Hire, PBS KIDS)
Scribbles and Ink: Far and Away (GBH Kids, Global Mechanic)

Best Game App—Branded
Dino Dana—Fossil Hunt (Sinking Ship Interactive)
On the Job (Noggin)
PBS KIDS Games (PBS KIDS, Goodboy Digital)

Best Game App—Original
OK Play (OK Play)
Pango Games & Stories (Studio Pango)

Best Learning App—Branded
BYJU’s Magic Work Books featuring Disney (BYJU’s)
Noggin (Noggin)
Play Along with Miffy (Azerion, Mercis B.V.)

Best Learning App—Original
iCan (First Media, Applicaster)
Lingokids (Lingokids)
Sago Mini School (Sago Mini)

Best Web/App Series—Branded
Awesome Alaskan Kids—Molly of Denali (GBH Kids, PBS KIDS)
Rhymes Through Times (Noggin)
The Wiggles + You (Hellosaurus, The Wiggles)

Best Web/App Series—Original
Cool School: Story Time with Ms. Booksy (Driver Studios)
Maria Mini Explorer (Turtlebox Productions)

Best Website
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (Fred Rogers Productions, Schell Games, PBS KIDS)
Donkey Hodie (Fred Rogers Productions, Curious Media, PBS KIDS)
PBS KIDS (PBS KIDS)

Best YouTube Channel
Blue’s Clues & You (Nick Jr.)
PBS KIDS (PBS KIDS)
Sesame Street (Sesame Workshop)

DIGITAL—KIDS

Best Alternative Game
Horrible Histories: Beastly Boxset (Jollywise, BBC)
Miraculous RP: Quests of Ladybug & Cat Noir (ZAG Games, Toya)
The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom (Atomic Cartoons, Outright Games)

Best Game App—Branded
Disney Coloring World (Story Toys)
Hot Wheels Unlimited (Budge Studios)
Screens Up by Nickelodeon (Nickelodeon, ViacomCBS, Monterosa)

Best Game App—Original
Namoo (Baobab Studios)
Taniwha (Adrenalin Games)
Toca Life World (Toca Boca)

Best Learning App—Branded
BYJU’s Learning App featuring Disney (BYJU’s, Tangible Play)
Cyberchase: Echo Explorers (THIRTEEN, FableVision, The WNET Group)
Marvel Hero Tales (Kuato Studios, Marvel) 

Best Learning App—Original
Da Vinci Kids (Da Vinci Kids, Macademia)
DIY—The Learning Community (DIY—The Learning Community, Kyt Technologies)
Pinna (Pinna, Curious Media)

Best Web/App Series—Branded
Barbie Vlog (Mattel TV)
Next Level Kart Racers (Nickelodeon)
Star Stable Mistfall (Ferly Animation)

Best Web/App Series—Original
According to Kids (CBC Kids)
Denis and Me (Headspinner Productions)
The Solutioneers (Shaftesbury)

Best Website
Cartoon Network Climate Champions (Cartoon Network, Jollywise)
DIY (Kyt Technologies)
Nick Helps (Nickelodeon, ViacomCBS, House of V)

Best YouTube Channel
Bakugan (Spin Master)
Denis and Me (Headspinner Productions)
Maddie Moate (Let’s Go Live with Maddie & Greg)

Shortlisted entries in the Digital categories will be judged in a final round by Damon Berger (WildBrain Spark), Andrew Chan (Mattel), Sunil Gunderia (Age of Learning), Justin Hsu (MarcoPolo Learning), Michael Levine (Noggin), Rob Lowe (LEGO Ventures), Nancy MacIntyre (Sandbox Kids), Bonnie Rosen (Disney Accelerator), Dana Ware (Dark Slope Studios) and Gerald Youngblood (Tankee).

Additional details about the Kidscreen Awards—including categories, eligibility, judging and entry process—can be found on the Kidscreen Awards website.

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Originally published: November 10, 2021.

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Mainstage Theatre Company Presents 'The SpongeBob Musical' in Toronto

Toronto, ON - What do you get when you take a group of talented Toronto youth and take them on a journey to the bottom of the sea?  To quote SpongeBob SquarePants, the big yellow animated sponge that we all know and love, you get the “best day ever”.


After two years of being kept from dancing and singing live on stages because of COVID-19, a noted Toronto youth musical theatre group returns to live production at the Papermill Theatre in Todmorden Mills on Dec 8 with a production of a Broadway hit, The SpongeBob Musical, by Tina Landau and Kyle Jarrow.

The SpongeBob Musical launched in 2016 to critical acclaim.  It garnered 12 Tony Award nominations in 2018.  The musical is based on the celebrated Nickelodeon animated series with beloved characters such as SpongeBob, Patrick, Squidward, and many more.  It features music by David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Lady A, Aerosmith, John Legend and many other popular musical stars.

The choice of SpongeBob as the musical show to bring kids back to live performances was quite deliberate according to the outgoing Artistic Director of Mainstage (now Executive Director of the Ottawa Fringe Festival) Alain Richer.

Members of the Mainstage Theatre Company rehearse for The SpongeBob Musical recently. The show is on at the Papermill Theatre in Todmorden Mills from Dec. 8 to 12. Photo: Submitted.
By MATTHEW VILORD

SpongeBob is an ambitious production – it is very challenging musically.  It is also lots of fun and has an optimistic message about the world, something that kids, and their parents frankly, really need right now,“ Richer told the Beach Metro.

COVID-19 has been incredibly hard on the mental health of kids and teens according to health experts.  The cessation of extra circular activities has contributed to the social isolation kids have been feeling, cut off from important social, physical and emotional outlets.

This is a sentiment echoed by Grade 12 Malvern Collegiate Institute student and cast member Georgia Helverson, who plays Pearl Krabs.

“The isolation of COVID has been hard.  It has been hard to even feel creative at all with all worry and all the limitations around being together,” she said.

Ania Rudzik, a Grade 12 student who plays Karen the Computer, said musical theatre has been instrumental in her life.

“I’ve been with Mainstage since I was 11-years-old and it has shaped me so much into the person I am today.  Mainstage gave me opportunities along with the support to really develop my skills and my confidence.”

Returning to live musical theatre has been complicated for the small organization, especially as the cohort of youth is from 11 years-old to 21 years-old which has meant accommodating kids just now becoming eligible for vaccinations.

Digital rehearsals, masked and distanced rehearsals, and daily COVID-testing during the run of the show has allowed this production to move forward with its really gifted young cast, many from the East Toronto area.

Mainstage Theatre Company is a non-profit arts education group that is known for the quality of its productions where talented youth get the opportunity to work with professional artistic teams – directors, musicians and choreographers – on productions that are staged for live audiences.

The production of SpongeBob The Musical by Mainstage Theatre Company takes place at the Papermill Theatre, 67 Pottery Rd., Dec 8 to 12.  For more details and ticket purchases please go to http://www.mainstagetheatre.com. Digital performances are also planned.

Proof of vaccination is required to attend the performances.

The SpongeBob Musical

Based on the series by Stephen Hillenberg
Book by Kyle Jarrow
Musical production conceived by Tina Landau 

The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!
The SpongeBob Musical is based on the beloved animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg and features a book by Kyle Jarrow, with original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady A, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I., and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley. Additional lyrics are by Jonathan Coulton, with additional music by Tom Kitt. The musical production was conceived by Tina Landau.

SIX PERFORMANCES!
DECEMBER 8-11TH AT 7:30PM
DECEMBER 11-12TH AT 2:00PM
ADULT $35 | STUDENT $20
plus applicable charges

IN-PERSON PERFORMANCES AT:
PAPERMILL THEATRE
TODMORDEN MILLS
67 POTTERY ROAD

Stay tuned for info about Mainstage Theatre Company's SpongeBob digital performances streaming over the holidays!
 
*Please note that in accordance with guidelines set by the province of Ontario, the venue and our own Vaccine Policy,  Proof of Vaccination is required to enter the theatre.

Cast: Aiden Bushey as SpongeBob SquarePants, Ania Rudzik as Karen The Computer, Bronwyn Davies as Mrs. Puff, Cassidy Woodward as Sandy Cheeks, Chloe Naz as Ensemble, Danika Hardie as Girl Fish Trio, Eloise Federer as Perch Perkins, Eve Murray as Girl Fish Trio, Gary the Snail as Himself, Georgia Helverson as Pearl Krabs, Gwyneth Davies as Ensemble, Hollace Davies as Ensemble, Laura Reid as Ensemble, Liam O'Connell as Old Man Jenkins, Limona Haas as Ensemble, Luke Jarlian as Larry the Lobster, Madison Walker as Girl Fish Trio, Matilda Curran as Mayor of Bikini Bottom, Michael Pasyechynk as Eugene Krabs, Mika Haensel as Squidward Q. Tentacles, Nate Bernstein-Cord as Patchy the Pirate, Owen Newman-Mixon as Patrick Star, Rhys Parker as Sheldon J. Plankton, and Sara Ali as Ensemble.

Crew: Danik McAfee as Director, Chris Tsujiuchi as ​Music Director, Michele Shuster as Choreographer, and Murphy Diggon as Production Stage Manager.

More Nick: Concord Theatricals Acquires Licensing Rights for Nickelodeon's Broadway Hit 'The SpongeBob Musical'!

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Super7 Unveils SpongeBob SquarePants Wave 2 ReAction Figures

Super7 Unveils SpongeBob SquarePants Wave 2 ReAction Figures


Are ya ready kids? It’s time for more SpongeBob SquarePants ReAction figures! Our favorite absorbent, yellow friend is back with all new characters inspired by Nickelodeon beloved animated series! SpongeBob SkullPants, Kah-Rah-Tay SpongeBob, SpongeGar, and Band Geeks SpongeBob are here to karate kick your nautical nonsense into high gear! So put on your eager face and get marching to the Super7 Nickelodeon Collection at https://super7.com/collections/nickelodeon! Each 3.75” scale action figure has five points of articulation and is priced $18:00.


SpongeBob SkullPants

We can all agree that splinters are the WORST, but SpongeBob’s splinter is so bad, he literally tore his face off trying to get it out! YIKES! This 3.75” articulated SpongeBob SquarePants ReAction figure of SpongeBob SkullPants reveals his entire skull as well as the pesky splinter he tore his face off trying to remove. We’re sure glad SpongeBob was eventually able to get the splinter removed and reduce the swelling, but one thing that WILL be swelling is your collection, when you add the SpongeBob ReAction figure of SpongeBob SkullPants! Features fully exposed skull detail.

Band Geeks SpongeBob

In the climax of what is largely considered one of the best episodes of the entire SpongeBob SquarePants series, SpongeBob’s power-ballad-worthy vocals helped the previously rag-tag marching band deliver a shockingly good performance, redeeming Squidward in front of his high school nemesis, Squilliam Fancyson. This 3.75” articulated SpongeBob SquarePants ReAction figure of Band Geeks SpongeBob includes microphone accessory and shows SpongeBob channeling his inner rock-god. Just as SpongeBob and his band reached new heights, so can your collection by adding the SpongeBob SquarePants ReAction figure of Band Geeks SpongeBob! Features marching band member detail and includes microphone accessory.

Kah-Rah-Tay SpongeBob

When SpongeBob and Sandy’s game of “Kah-Rah-Tay'' ramps up, it can get super intense, but SAFETY COMES FIRST! This 3.75” articulated SpongeBob SquarePants ReAction figure of Kah-Rah-Tay SpongeBob shows him outfitted in his oversized helmet and karate hands, ready to unleash his special brand of martial arts fury. Once he gets into Kah-Rah-Tay mode, it’s nearly impossible to get SpongeBob to stop, and we know it would be equally hard for you to not add the SpongeBob SquarePants ReAction figure of Kah-Rah-Tay SpongeBob to your collection! Features oversized safety helmet and “karate hands”

SpongeGar

He can’t be called SpongeBob SquarePants if pants haven’t been invented yet! Behold, SpongeGar, the loin-cloth-wearing ancient ancestor of our beloved SpongeBob. This 3.75” articulated SpongeBob SquarePants ReAction figure of SpongeBob SpongeGar features said loin-cloth and primitive caveman-esque detail like prominent brow, overbite, and large pointed teeth. You’d have to be as primitive as he is not to see that adding the SpongeBob SquarePants ReAction figure of SpongeGar is the next evolutionary step for your collection! Features prehistoric cave-man detail.


Watch SpongeBob SquarePants and The Patrick Star Show on Nickelodeon and 200 episodes of SpongeBobThe SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The RunKamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years and The SpongeBob Musical on Paramount+! Try it FREE at ParamountPlus.com.


Listen to The SpongeBob Musical here!

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

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


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Loot Crate To Launch 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Limited Edition Crate Series in 2022

Loot Crate To Launch Avatar: The Last Airbender Collection in 2022


Ever wanted a physical loot box full of random Avatar: The Last Airbender merchandise to arrive at your doorstep? Well, don’t worry. Loot Crate has got you covered there. Or at least, they’re going to next year.

Loot Crate is proud to announce their new line of Avatar: The Last Airbender limited edition crates, called the Elemental Masters Collection. These crates will be part of a 4-crate set that will arrive at your doorstep every 3 months starting from June 5 to June 15, 2022. You can preorder this series directly from Loot Crate for $49.99 (plus shipping). Unfortunately, you have to preorder by May 27, 2022 at 9:00 PM to get this collection. So if you want these random crates of Avatar: The Last Airbender merch, you might want to preorder before that date. Unless you know to invent timebending, of course.

The synopsis for the collection reads: "What kind of bender are you? Whether you’re a member of the Air Nomads, the Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom, or even the Fire Nation, it’s time to celebrate the legendary series that influenced a generation of fans! Get a surprise mix of exclusive, officially licensed items from the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender delivered to your door every 3 months in this limited edition 4-crate collection inspired by the Nations."


So what’s in each of these Avatar: The Last Airbender loot crates? Well, as you can see above, each crate nets you a random selection of merchandise based on the beloved Nickelodeon animated series. The selection includes clothing (including premium shirts), home goods, pins, accessories, utility items, and even collectible busts. There’s one of Aang, Katara, Zuko, and Toph. You know what that means: gotta collect them all.


Each of the four boxes will be themed after an element featured in the series. The first Loot Crate you get is “Water”, so Katara is going to be your first bust. Not only that, but you also get a Water Tribe-themed shirt to go with it, along with presumably other Water Tribe-themed merch. Assuming that the others follow the same pattern, that means Earth Kingdom, Fire Nation, and Air Nomad-themed merchandise in that order, just like in the intro.







Watch Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra on Paramount+ and Netflix! Try Paramount+ for FREE at ParamountPlus.com

Listen to the brand new podcast, Avatar: Braving the Elements!




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'RuPaul’s Drag Race' Favorites Set to Guest Star In 'iCarly' Season 2

RuPaul’s Drag Race favorities Scarlet Envy, Monique Heart, Rosé, and Kandy Muse are set to guest star in the second season of Paramount+'s hit iCarly revival!


The news was announced in a video featuring all four queens which was posted directly from the set to the official iCarly Instagram page. In the video, Envy, Heart, Rosé and Muse were hype up the show — and it wasn’t the only video, either.


“‘Kay y’all, guess what we are filming this week?” Kandy asked. “Ooh baby that is…iCarly!”

Fans were treated to an additional promo courtesy of the RuPaul’s Drag Race Twitter page encouraging viewers, “Don’t miss it!”


The original Nickelodeon run of iCarly was a fave of young millennials and older zoomers, airing from 2007 to 2012 and starring Miranda Cosgrove as a vlogger who has to learn to balance her newfound internet stardom with her normal life, alongside her best friends.

Everything that ends seems to come back around again, so Paramount+ revived a version of the show that features the eponymous vlogger reviving HER show, and season two is scheduled to premiere in 2022.

The series already received bigoted backlash after it cast Laci Mosley, who is Black and bisexual, as Carly’s new roommate, who is also queer in the show. So unfortunately it isn’t surprising that bringing drag queens onto the series, even presumably for just a guest appearance, is being met with mixed reactions as well.

Fortunately, the queens come with their own fan bases and they’re ready to jump on board the nostalgia train alongside the pro-drag iCarly fans and check out this colorful collab.


Stream the new iCarly series now, exclusively on Paramount+! Try it FREE at ParamountPlus.com!

More Nick: Paramount Plus Renews Hit Series 'iCarly' for a Second Season!

Originally published: December 08, 2021.

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