Thursday, March 24, 2022

Nickelodeon Renews 'SpongeBob SquarePants' for Season 14

ORDER UP! Incurable optimist SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Plankton and Squidward, along with all of the denizens of Bikini Bottom, will plunge into all-new adventures with a 14th season (26 episodes) of the most-watched kids’ animated series for 20 consecutive years.


The news was announced today by Brian Robbins, President & Chief Executive Officer, Paramount Pictures & Nickelodeon, and Chief Content Officer, Movies and Kids & Family, Paramount+.

Bikini Bottom continues to expand with more episodes of the first two spinoff series Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years and The Patrick Star Show, which was recently picked up for a second season, along with three character-driven movies launching exclusively on Paramount+, and a fourth theatrical release from Nickelodeon Animation currently in development.

Since its launch July 17, 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants has reigned as the most-watched kids’ animated series for 20 consecutive years, while generating a universe of beloved characters, pop culture catchphrases and memes, theatrical releases, consumer products, a Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical and a global fan base.  SpongeBob SquarePants is the most widely distributed property in ViacomCBS Networks International history, seen in more than 170 countries and territories, translated in 30+ languages, and averaging more than 100 million total viewers every month. SpongeBob SquarePants was created by Stephen Hillenburg and produced by Nickelodeon in Burbank. The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurable optimist and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends.

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.


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Originally published: March 24, 2022.

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Nickelodeon to Host NickFest in October 2022

Nickelodeon will debut NickFest, a two-day slime-filled festival in October 2022!


Taking place over October 22-23 in Los Angeles, the event for kids and families will feature music performances by top pop stars and one-of-a-kind experiential moments with the brand’s most beloved shows and characters.

First launched in Africa in 2015, NickFest is Nickelodeon's festival for kids and families that features a unique combination of live musical performances from some of the most popular artists, appearances from the stars of Nickelodeon's hit shows, as well as a variety of Nick-themed games and activities, and tons of Nickelodeon's trademark slime.

Following its success in Africa, NickFest events have been held in Portugal and Spain.

According to the filing, ViacomCBS has applied to register NICKFEST under the category "41 - Education, entertainment, sporting and cultural services", with the description: "Entertainment services rendered through the medium of television, namely, a musical variety program; entertainment, namely, organizing and producing musical events, dance and theatrical performances; providing a website featuring non-downloadable audio-visual content in the nature of music, music performances, dance, films, movies, video recordings featuring festivals; providing online newsletters in the fields of arts, theatre, entertainment, concerts, festivals, and other entertainment and cultural events via e-mail; online journals, namely, blogs featuring arts, theatre, entertainment, concerts, festivals, and other entertainment and cultural events," which suggests that Nickelodeon is planning to launch NickFest in the USA!

ViacomCBS applied for the trademark on September 30, 2021, and is still pending.

In addition to the trademark application, ViacomCBS registered the domain nickfest.com on January 12, 2020.

NickFest will follow the success of SlimeFest, Nickelodeon's music festival for kids, which, following international success, was held in the U.S. in 2018 and 2019. There were plans to host a SlimeFest event in 2020, however, this was indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Originally published: March 24, 2022.

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Nickelodeon Renews 'PAW Patrol' for Season 10; Announces Rubble Spinoff

The PAW Patrol are on a roll! Building on the global success of PAW Patrol, Nickelodeon is renewing the global award-winning, top-rated preschool series for a 10th season (26 episodes, produced by Spin Master Entertainment) that will follow the PAW-some pack of pups, including Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Skye, Rocky, Zuma, Everest and Tracker, on even more action-packed rescue missions and adventures--whether it’s deep in the unexplored regions of the jungle or out-of-this-world trouble in Adventure Bay.


Coinciding with the property’s 10th anniversary in 2023, is the TV series’ first-ever spinoff centering on Rubble and the release of the movie sequel PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie.

The news was announced today by Brian Robbins, President & Chief Executive Officer, Paramount Pictures & Nickelodeon, and Chief Content Officer, Movies and Kids & Family, Paramount+, at Nickelodeon’s annual upfront presentation held at New York City’s Palladium Times Square.

PAW Patrol fans can stream full episodes of PAW Patrol, PAW Patrol: The Movie and PAW Patrol Live! At Home featuring "Race to the Rescue" on Paramount+. Try it FREE today at ParamountPlus.com.


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Blue's Big City Adventure: First Look at New 'Blue’s Clues & You' Movie

Paramount+ has unveiled a first look at "Blue's Big City Adventure", the brand new movie inspired by Nickelodeon's beloved animated series, Blue’s Clues & You!, premiering this fall!


Blue York City

The brand-new film follows hosts Josh and Blue as they head to New York City, with the help of Steve and Joe, to audition for a big Broadway musical.

"Blue's Big City Adventure" will premiere exclusively on Paramount+, the streaming platform from Paramount (formally ViacomCBS) later this year!

Since the still was first release, fans have been comparing it to Spider-Man: No Way Home.


Matt Stawski (Side Effects) is onboard as director of the film, with writing by Angela C. Santomero (Blue’s Clues franchise, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood) and Liz Maccie (Siren, Foxglove). Darlene Caamaรฑo Loquet, Senior Vice President of Nickelodeon Movies, oversees the production on the film. Nickelodeon Animation Studio commenced production on the movie last summer. Nickelodeon first announced "Blue's Big City Adventure" in July 2021 as part of the ground-breaking franchise's 25th anniversary celebrations.


Blue’s Clues is hands down one of the most successful and critically acclaimed preschool TV shows in history, and we’re so proud that Nickelodeon has been its home for the last 25 years,” said Ramsey Naito, President of Animation for Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation. “The series’ creativity, interactivity and inclusivity has stood the test of time and we are continuing to empower, challenge, and build the self-esteem of a new generation of preschoolers with a brand-new Blue’s Clues & You! movie and multiple upcoming seasons of the series in our Animation Studio pipeline.”

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Originally published: February 17, 2022.

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Nickelodeon’s Beloved ‘90s Mascot Face Returns in Brand-New Nick Jr. Music Variety Show: Face’s Music Party

“Hi There, Face Here!” Nickelodeon’s Beloved ‘90s Mascot Face Returns in Brand-New Nick Jr. Music Variety Show: Face’s Music Party

Interactive Preschool Series Combining Animation and Live Action Set to Premiere this Summer


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BURBANK, Calif.--March 24, 2022--Nickelodeon is bringing back Face, its beloved ‘90s Nick Jr. mascot, for a new generation of preschoolers with Face’s Music Party, a brand-new music variety show that combines animation and live action. The interactive series (13 episodes) will feature a reimagined Face (voiced by Cedric Williams, Hunter x Hunter, The Promised Neverland) as host and VJ, playing modern pop hits and revamped nursery school classics to create the ultimate music party. Face’s Music Party will premiere this summer on Nickelodeon’s preschool platforms in the U.S. The news was announced today by Brian Robbins, President & Chief Executive Officer, Paramount Pictures & Nickelodeon, and Chief Content Officer, Movies and Kids & Family, Paramount+, at Nickelodeon’s annual upfront presentation held at New York City’s Palladium Times Square.

Said Ramsey Naito, President, Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation: “Face is the OG emoji, and has always embodied positivity, inclusivity and music appreciation, engaging with kids in a uniquely personal way. With Face’s Music Party, Nickelodeon will continue to carry on its legacy of generation-defining entertainment and introduce the iconic Face to a whole new audience of preschoolers.”


Each episode of Face’s Music Party will center around themes--such as friendship, confidence, pirates and transportation--that inform the song playlist and consist of four segments: a kid-friendly music video from popular contemporary artists; remixed sing-alongs of iconic nursery rhymes; exploration time in Face’s music box, where kids can play and learn about an instrument, sound or musical concept; and a high energy dance-along finale, with kid dancers demonstrating moves to viewers at home.

Face first debuted on Nick Jr. on Sept. 5, 1994 and served as the animated host and mascot of Nickelodeon’s preschool programming block for over a decade. A good friend to all preschoolers, Face greeted Nick Jr. viewers daily in interstitials, musical shorts, show intros and bumpers. With endless color changes, funny voices and silly expressions, Face could also appear in almost any location, use props to play dress up and play with other characters on screen. Face’s playful voice and sound effects, such as the signature imitation three-note “brr brr brrr” trumpet, were a mainstay on Nickelodeon until Sept. 10, 2004.


Face’s Music Party is produced by Nickelodeon Animation in Burbank, Calif., in partnership with Jonas and Company, Inc. David Kleiler serves as showrunner and executive producer along with executive producer Hema Mulchandani and executive producer Jonas Morganstein. Production for Nickelodeon is overseen by Eryk Casemiro, Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon Animation, Global Series Content. Niki Williams serves as Nickelodeon’s Executive in Charge of Production for the series.

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 is a part of Paramount’s (Nasdaq: PARA, PARAA) global portfolio of multimedia entertainment brands.

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Originally published: March 24, 2022.

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Nickelodeon Begins Production on 'Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island', Third Chapter of Beloved Horror Anthology Miniseries

Nickelodeon Begins Production on Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island, Third Chapter of Beloved Horror Anthology Miniseries

All-New Cast Members of the Midnight Society Revealed


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HOLLYWOOD, Calif.--March 24, 2022--Nickelodeon’s beloved horror anthology miniseries Are You Afraid of the Dark? will return for a third chapter with all-new members of the Midnight Society, as they gather around the campfire to share another spooky story. Titled Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island (four hour-long episodes), season three will follow this new group of kids as they go on what they thought would be a fun summer vacation on a resort island, until they learn about something sinister haunting the guests. Produced by ACE Entertainment, Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island has begun production in the Dominican Republic and is slated to premiere later this year on Nickelodeon. The news was announced today by Brian Robbins, President & Chief Executive Officer, Paramount Pictures & Nickelodeon, and Chief Content Officer, Movies and Kids & Family, Paramount+, at Nickelodeon’s annual upfront presentation held at New York City’s Palladium Times Square.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a show that we love to make just as much as the fans love to watch it,” said Shauna Phelan, Co-Head of Nickelodeon & Awesomeness Live-Action. “With this incredibly creative, elevated and award-winning team, we’re thrilled to introduce a new Midnight Society navigating a haunted tropical island mystery.”

The new members of the Midnight Society are: Kayla, played by Telci Huynh (Modern Love, Drama Club); Max, played by Conor Sherry (The Terminal List, The Devil You Know); Leo, played by Luca Padovan (You, “School of Rock the Musical” on Broadway); Summer, played by Dior Goodjohn (Head of the Class); and Ferris, played by Chance Hurstfield (A Million Little Things, Good Boys). Julian Curtis (Wish Man) also stars as Stanley Crane, the hotel manager at the island resort.

Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island follows last year’s six-part season, Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows, which aired during 1Q21 and was cable TV’s number-three live-action show with Kids 6-11 (behind #1 Danger Force and #2 Side Hustle). The second season of the anthology series saw a different Midnight Society group of kids tell a terrifying tale about a curse that had been cast over their small seaside town, haunted by a villain named the Shadowman. The series has recently received a Writers Guild Award and nominations from the Directors Guild Awards and Artios Awards.

Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island is produced by ACE Entertainment (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before franchise, The Perfect Date) with ACE founder Matt Kaplan and Chris Foss serving as executive producers and Paul Kim as co-executive producer. JT Billings (Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Curse of the Shadows, Panic) serves as executive producer and showrunner. Dean Israelite (Power Rangers, Project Almanac) also serves as executive producer and director for the series.

Production of Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island for Nickelodeon is overseen by Shauna Phelan and Zack Olin, Co-Heads of Nickelodeon & Awesomeness Live-Action. Brian Banks serves as Nickelodeon’s Executive in Charge of Production for the series.

One of the Nickelodeon’s most iconic series from the ‘90s, the original Are You Afraid of the Dark? delivered riveting stories of horror to young audiences, all from a kid’s perspective. The original Are You Afraid of the Dark? is owned by DHX and was created by D.J. MacHale and Ned Kandel, who are also executive producers on the current project.

About ACE Entertainment

ACE Entertainment, which was founded by producer Matt Kaplan in 2017, has been behind some of today’s most relevant millennial content including all three films in the hit To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before feature franchise, The Perfect Date also starring Noah Centineo, the Netflix romantic drama Irreplaceable You and the upcoming feature Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between which will debut in 2022 on Netflix. ACE most recently wrapped production on Loveboat Taipei based on the New York Times bestselling novel of the same name by Abigail Hing Wen, starring Ross Butler, Nico Hiraga, and Ashley Liao. They also wrapped production on the teen slasher, Time Cut, starring Madison Bailey and Antonia Gentry. The company is currently developing features A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow based on the best-selling YA novel of the same name by Laura Taylor Namey and the Spanish-based thriller and 2021 Blacklist script Mercury. ACE Entertainment’s television division has projects in development with almost every available streaming platform including Netflix, Disney + and Peacock and is behind the upcoming To All the Boys spinoff series, XO, Kitty.

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 is a part of Paramount’s (Nasdaq: PARA, PARAA) global portfolio of multimedia entertainment brands.

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Originally published: March 24, 2022.

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Nickelodeon Orders 'Bossy Bear' Animated Preschool Series Produced in Partnership With Imagine Kids+family

Nickelodeon Orders Bossy Bear Animated Preschool Series Produced in Partnership With Imagine Kids+family

Paramount Consumer Products to Lead Licensing Worldwide, in Partnership with Imagine Kids+Family, for Property Based on Popular Books by David Horvath


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BURBANK, Calif.--March 24, 2022--Nickelodeon today announced the greenlight of Bossy Bear, a brand-new animated preschool series from husband and wife team David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim (UglyDolls) and based on the popular book series by Horvath. The series (30 episodes) follows the misadventures of Bossy Bear, an overly-enthusiastic extrovert, and Turtle, a thoughtful introvert--unlikely besties who make the perfect team for navigating silly childhood adventures in their Koreatown-inspired city of Pleasantburg. Paramount Consumer Products will lead consumer products licensing for the Bossy Bear property worldwide in partnership with Imagine Kids+Family. Bossy Bear is slated for a 2023 premiere on Nickelodeon in the U.S. and Nick Jr. channels internationally. The news was announced today by Brian Robbins, President & Chief Executive Officer, Paramount Pictures & Nickelodeon, and Chief Content Officer, Movies and Kids & Family, Paramount+, at Nickelodeon’s annual upfront presentation held at New York City’s Palladium Times Square.

Bossy Bear is incredibly funny with a confidence and passion for life that knows no bounds,” said Ramsey Naito, President, Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation. “Everyone on the preschool animation team, led by Eryk Casemiro, is looking forward to collaborating with our creative partners at Imagine Kids+Family to bring these relatable characters and authentic stories of family, friendship, and community to our audience.”

Said Stephanie Sperber, President, Imagine Kids+Family: “I’ve known David and Sun-Min for years and have been a huge fan of their unique and fresh graphic content. Bossy Bear was the first IP we optioned when we started Imagine Kids+Family a few years ago and we couldn’t be more excited to partner with Nickelodeon in bringing these funny and vibrant characters to kids around the world.”

The voice cast for Bossy Bear features: Jayden Ham (Sea of Lights, Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge) as Bossy, an extroverted bear whose big imagination and endless enthusiasm lands him in hilarious situations; Jaba Keh (Sesame Street) as Turtle, Bossy’s patient, pure-hearted and empathetic best friend; Claudia Choi (Her, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) as Bossy’s Mom, the funny and athletic mother who has eyes in the back of her head and Gran-Gran, Turtle’s wise, loving grandmother who knows how to have a good time; and Shaun Baer (Chicago PD) as Bossy’s Dad, the store manager of an electronics shop who has a PhD in Dad jokes. Additional talent will be announced at a later date.

David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim are the creative minds behind the UglyDolls and Tea Time Cats franchises. Horvath also penned the Bossy Bear book series (Hyperion), inspired by a blend of Korean and U.S. pop culture.

Bossy Bear is executive produced by: Imagine Kids+Family president Stephanie Sperber and Elly Kramer; David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim; Bob Mittenthal (It’s Pony, The Loud House) for Nickelodeon Animation; and Ashley Postlewaite (Tom and Jerry in New York, The Mr. Men Show) for Renegade Animation. Jeff D’Elia (Captain Underpants, Doug Unplugs, Rugrats) serves as story editor and Chil Kong is consulting producer.

Bossy Bear marks Nickelodeon’s third project with Imagine Kids+Family, following live-action adventure series The Astronauts and the previously announced preschool series The Tiny Chef Show, which is currently in production and set to premiere later this year. Production of Bossy Bear for Nickelodeon Animation Studio is overseen by Eryk Casemiro, Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon Animation, Global Series Content. Max Goodman serves as Nickelodeon’s Executive in Charge of Production for the series.

About Imagine Kids+Family
Imagine Kids+Family was formed in 2019 by Imagine Entertainment Chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard with a focus on developing and producing premium kids and family entertainment with capabilities in consumer products and franchise building. Imagine Kids+Family is run by President Stephanie Sperber, a veteran kids entertainment executive with a successful career in building kids and family businesses, IP, and franchises. IKF is currently producing The Tiny Chef for Nickelodeon and acquired an equity stake in the popular The Tiny Chef Show to develop the original short-form stop-motion animation Tiny Chef character across all platforms including short-form, tv series, and digital, as part of a strategic global franchise plan which also includes consumer products. Previous productions included the live-action series The Astronauts, also for Nickelodeon. IKF has a partnership with James Patterson’s’ kid imprint Jimmy Books and a first-look partnership with Academy Award-winning animation company Lion Forge (Hair Love) around its existing IP of both licensed and original ideas.

About Paramount Consumer Products
Paramount Consumer Products oversees all licensing and merchandising for Paramount (Nasdaq: PARA, PARAA), a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic consumer brands, Paramount Consumer Products’ portfolio includes a diverse slate of brands and content from BET, CBS (including CBS Television Studios and CBS Television Distribution), Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and Showtime. With properties spanning animation, live-action, preschool, youth and adult, Paramount Consumer Products is committed to creating the highest quality product for some of the world’s most beloved, iconic franchises. Additionally, Paramount Consumer Products oversees the online direct-to-consumer business for CBS and Showtime programming merchandise, as well as standalone branded ecommerce websites for Star Trek, SpongeBob, South Park, and MTV.

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 is a part of Paramount’s (Nasdaq: PARA, PARAA) global portfolio of multimedia entertainment brands.

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Originally published: March 24, 2022.


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Nickelodeon Orders 'HexVet', Brand-New Animated Preschool Series Based on BOOM! Studios Graphic Novels

Nickelodeon Orders HexVet, Brand-New Animated Preschool Series Based on BOOM! Studios Graphic Novels

Paramount Consumer Products to Lead Licensing Worldwide for HexVet Property


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BURBANK, Calif.--March 24, 2022--Nickelodeon is bringing the magical world of Willows Whisper to life with the greenlight of HexVet, a brand-new animated preschool series based on the eponymous BOOM! Studios graphic novels by Sam Davies. The CG and 2D-hybrid adventure-comedy series (20 episodes) follows unlikely best friends Nan and Clarion as they navigate life's weird and wacky challenges, while apprenticing to be magical veterinarians for fantastical creatures. Paramount Consumer Products will lead consumer products cross-category licensing worldwide for the HexVet property. HexVet will launch 2023 in the U.S. and continue to roll out internationally. The news was announced today by Brian Robbins, President & Chief Executive Officer, Paramount Pictures & Nickelodeon, and Chief Content Officer, Movies and Kids & Family, Paramount+.

“The high-stakes adventures, wild antics and heartfelt camaraderie Nan and Clarion have in the HexVet graphic novels are all great qualities we look for in an animated series,” said Ramsey Naito, President, Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Animation. “It’s incredibly exciting to expand the HexVet world with an original series that will deepen the connection young readers have with the novels and capture the imagination of new fans of all ages.”

“The vibrant world of HexVet gives our creative team an incredible opportunity to translate the enchantment of the series into products across multiple categories,” said Pam Kaufman, President, Paramount Consumer Products. “We strategically approach each new IP in a unique way and look forward to developing items that highlight the show’s core themes of magic, teamwork and compassion for animals, allowing kids to continue their adventures with Nan and Clarion.”

As HexVets in training, Nan and Clarion are ready to tackle medical maladies in beasts magical or mundane, find their familiars, and earn their wands and pointy hats--all while dodging covens of animal smugglers and dragons with heartburn. Under the tutelage of the talented Dr. Talon, these young HexVets in training will learn how to cure any animal, from a pygmy phoenix with bird flu to a unicorn with a broken horn.

HexVet is an all-ages original graphic novels series written by beloved cartoonist Sam Davies and published by BOOM! Studios through their award-winning KaBOOM! imprint, home to R.L. Stine’s Just Beyond and more. The graphic novel series debuted in 2018 with HexVet: Witches-in-Training to much critical acclaim, then released the second book, HexVet: The Flying Surgery, in 2019. HexVet was a Scholastic Book Fair selection in 2019, and has since sold over 60,000 copies and is distributed internationally in over 132 countries. BOOM! Studios is slated to release additional volumes in the series.

HexVet is developed for television by Nicole Dubuc (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, The Rocketeer), who also serves as showrunner and executive producer. Frank Molieri (Transformers: Rescue Bots, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie) serves as co-executive producer and Kendall Michele Haney as story editor. The series is also executive produced by Stephen Christy (Just Beyond) and Ross Richie (2 Guns), with Mette Norkjaer serving as co-producer, for BOOM! Studios. Production of HexVet for Nickelodeon Animation is overseen by Eryk Casemiro, Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon Animation, Global Series Content. Kate Crownover serves as Nickelodeon’s Executive in Charge of Production for the series.

About BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios was founded by Ross Richie in 2005 with the singular focus of creating world-class comic book and graphic novel storytelling for all audiences. Through four distinct imprints—BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia—the company has produced bestselling, award-winning original work, including Keanu Reeves' BRZRKR, Something is Killing the Children, and Lumberjanes, while also breaking new ground with established licenses such as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Dune, Magic: The Gathering, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Jim Henson Company properties. R.L. Stine's Just Beyond, based on bestselling BOOM! graphic novel series, is currently streaming on Disney+. BOOM! will also bring their original series to life through a first-look relationship with Netflix including the upcoming animated TV series Mech Cadets in 2023. Please visit www.boom-studios.com for more information.

About Paramount Consumer Products

Paramount Consumer Products oversees all licensing and merchandising for Paramount (Nasdaq: PARA, PARAA), a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic consumer brands, Paramount Consumer Products’ portfolio includes a diverse slate of brands and content from BET, CBS (including CBS Television Studios and CBS Television Distribution), Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and Showtime. With properties spanning animation, live-action, preschool, youth and adult, Paramount Consumer Products is committed to creating the highest quality product for some of the world’s most beloved, iconic franchises. Additionally, Paramount Consumer Products oversees the online direct-to-consumer business for CBS and Showtime programming merchandise, as well as standalone branded ecommerce websites for Star Trek, SpongeBob, South Park, and MTV.

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 is a part of Paramount’s (Nasdaq: PARA, PARAA) global portfolio of multimedia entertainment brands.

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Originally published: March 24, 2022.

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Nickelodeon to Begin Production on Live-Action the Loud House Series for Paramount Plus

Nickelodeon to Begin Production on Live-Action the Loud House Series for Paramount+

Series to Star Cast Members from Hit Live-Action Movie, A Loud House Christmas, Including Wolfgang Schaeffer, Jahzir Bruno and Brian Stepanek


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HOLLYWOOD, Calif.--March 24, 2022--Nickelodeon Studios is set to begin production on a brand-new original live-action series based on the Emmy Award-winning animated show, The Loud House, for Paramount+. The as-yet-untitled series follows the success of the live-action movie, A Loud House Christmas, which became TV’s top kids’ entertainment telecast of 2021 when it premiered on Nickelodeon in November. The 10-episode series will begin filming in June in Albuquerque, N.M., with a premiere slated for later this year on the streaming service. The news was announced today by Brian Robbins, President & Chief Executive Officer, Paramount Pictures & Nickelodeon, and Chief Content Officer, Movies and Kids & Family, Paramount+, at Nickelodeon’s annual upfront presentation held at New York City’s Palladium Times Square.

“As one of Nick’s most beloved animated franchises, The Loud House has made its way into the hearts of millions of fans across the globe,” said Shauna Phelan, Co-Head of Nickelodeon & Awesomeness Live-Action. “When we brought the animated world of Royal Woods to life with A Loud House Christmas, it instantly became a holiday favorite for both new and loyal fans alike, and I just know that they will love what our amazing creative team is preparing for this new live-action series.”

The live-action The Loud House series will follow Lincoln Loud, an 11 year-old boy with 10 sisters, as he navigates everyday life while living with such a large family. Known as the “Man with a Plan,” Lincoln enlists the help of his best friend Clyde McBride to tackle the obstacles and mayhem that they encounter during their daily adventures.

The Loud House live-action series will see the real-life versions of the beloved Loud family from A Loud House Christmas return to reprise their roles: Wolfgang Schaeffer, as Lincoln Loud; Jahzir Bruno, as Clyde McBride; Brian Stepanek, as Lynn Loud Sr.; Sophia Woodward, as Luna Loud; Catherine Ashmore Bradley, as Luan Loud; Aubin Bradley, as Lucy Loud; Ella Allan, as Lola Loud; Mia Allan, as Lana Loud; and Lexi Janicek, as Lisa Loud. Additional casting news will be announced at a later date.

When A Loud House Christmas premiered on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, it became the top kids’ entertainment telecast with kids 6-11 across all TV for the year, drawing 3.1 million total viewers over the holiday weekend. A Loud House Christmas is currently streaming here on Paramount+. The live-action The Loud House series for Paramount+ is executive produced by Tim Hobert (The Middle, Scrubs, Community), Jonathan Judge (A Loud House Christmas, Warped!, All That) and Michael Rubiner (The Loud House). Hobert also serves as showrunner and the pilot is directed by Judge. Production of the series for Nickelodeon Studios is overseen by Shauna Phelan and Zack Olin, Co-Heads of Nickelodeon & Awesomeness Live-Action. Jessica Brown serves as Nickelodeon’s Executive in Charge of Production for the series.

The Loud House animated series debuted on Nickelodeon in May 2016 and centers on 11-year-old Lincoln Loud and his 10 sisters as he gives an inside look at what it takes to survive the chaos of a huge family. Greenlit for a seventh season, it is one of the longest-running animated series on Nickelodeon with 176 episodes. The property has also been translated into: a comic book series, which continues to roll out new stories; chapter books; a digital album; and a podcast, Listen Out Loud. The series is executive produced by Michael Rubiner. Kyle Marshall serves as co-executive producer and Ashley Kliment-Baker is art director.

About Paramount+
Paramount+, a direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, combines live sports, breaking news and a mountain of entertainment. The premium streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel. The service is also the streaming home to unmatched sports programming, including every CBS Sports event, from golf to football to basketball and more, plus exclusive streaming rights for major sports properties, including some of the world’s biggest and most popular soccer leagues. Paramount+ also enables subscribers to stream local CBS stations live across the U.S. in addition to the ability to stream CBSN for 24/7 news, CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis, and ET Live for entertainment coverage.

For more information about Paramount+, please visit www.paramountplus.com and follow @ParamountPlus on social platforms.

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 is a part of Paramount’s (Nasdaq: PARA, PARAA) global portfolio of multimedia entertainment brands.

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Nickelodeon Launches 'Nickverse' Virtual World on Roblox

Welcome to the Nickverse!


Paramount Game Studios has launched Nickverse, a brand new Nickelodeon virtual world on Roblox!

Nickverse features characters from beloved Nickelodeon franchises such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Loud House, Danny Phantom, The Fairly OddParents, Henry Danger, Jimmy Neutron and more, and features plenty of Nickelodeon's iconic green slime.

Nickverse feels like a modern-day version of Nickelodeon's MMO, Nicktropolis, which helps with the nostalgia value.

Nickverse is currently in BETA, and can be played at https://www.roblox.com/games/9101252514/Nickverse.

Below is the official description of Nickverse:

Welcome to the Nickverse BETA Launch, for players and fans of all things Nickelodeon! Hang with your favorite characters in iconic locations from SpongeBob SquarePants and the world of Avatar! Visit shops to trade coins for a selection of vehicles, accessories, and more!

๐Ÿ˜ Customize your own house in the Nick Neighborhood!
✳️ Slime your friends with your Slime Blaster!
๐ŸŽ Test your speed in a world-crossing racetrack!
๐ŸGrab your net and go jellyfishing in Bikini Bottom’s Jellyfish Fields!
๐Ÿช‚ Track down Aang and try to beat the clock in a glider race!





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Originally published: March 23, 2022 at 23:55 GMT.


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All-New Full Sized What Do You Meme? SpongeBob SquarePants Family Edition Game Now Available

All-New Full Sized What Do You Meme? SpongeBob SquarePants Family Edition Game Now Available

What Do You Meme?®, the leading manufacturer of adult party games, continues to expand its licensing agreement with Paramount Global for Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants by now offering the full-sized SpongeBob SquarePants Family Edition Game


NEW YORK, MARCH 23, 2022 -- What Do You Meme?®, the leading manufacturer of adult party games, continues to expand its licensing agreement with Paramount Global for Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants by now offering the full-sized SpongeBob SquarePants Family Edition Game. The full-sized SpongeBob themed meme-making game that's F.U.N for the whole family features 300 Caption Cards, 65 Image Cards, 1 Easel, and Instructions. Gather your friends, family, and all your goofy goobers and get playing as you can play this game with as few as 3 players and upwards of 20.

“From floats to expansion packs and now our full-sized game, we have something in our lineup for all SpongeBob fans of today,” Tom Emelo, Vice President, What Do You Meme? “Pro tip for everyone though: if you want to win in this game, pick your caption card to match the judge’s sense of humor!”

Intended for kids 8 and up, players simply match one of their dealt caption cards to the photo card in play. A rotating judge picks their favorite combo each round, the judge then chooses the funniest caption and that player gets to keep the meme card from the round as a trophy.

Over the last several years, What Do You Meme? has successfully launched several fan-favorite licensed products and the company is excited to continue offering SpongeBob, Patrick Star, and their under-the-sea friends as part of the What Do You Meme? catalog.

With a suggested retail price of $19.99, the full-sized What Do You Meme? SpongeBob SquarePants Family Edition is now available at Amazon, Target and Walmart.

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Originally published: March 24, 2022 at 18:00 GMT.

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Nostalgic Nickelodeon Production Drawings Feature Doug & Porkchop

Created by Jim Jinkins, Doug is a animated series that premiered on Nickelodeon in August 1991 as one of the network's first Nicktoons. It is seen, along with Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, and Ren & Stimpy, as one of the classic Nickelodeon cartoons. Jinkins developed it as a means to depict kids as he saw them during the time, more mild-mannered and rather than empowered, tossed into bewildering decisions in which they have to learn to make the right choice. It is, making that good choice and finding their way toward being a good person that ends up giving them power. Fans of this nostalgic 90s classic can head over to Heritage Auctions to bid on a Doug group of drawings featuring the lead character and his dog, Porkchop.

Doug Porkchop, and Doug Layout Drawing Group of 4. Credit: Nickelodeon

Doug Drawing Group of 4. Credit: Nickelodeon


You can see the certificates of authenticity here.

Certificate of Authenticity. Credit: Nickelodeon


Now, let's take a look at the full listing.


"Dear journal, it's me, Doug…." The inventive Doug and his faithful dog, Porkchop, take the highlight in this great group of four layout drawings. [The series] featured an animation style with simple lines and down-to-earth themes mixed with [daydreams,] a combination that made this show iconic for its time and the favorite of many. The first drawing, numbered D19 in the bottom right corner, has Doug holding a glass measuring 4" x 5.25". [The lead character] is shown using kitchenware to defend himself in the drawing numbered D-12, with the character measuring 7" tall. In the next drawing we have… Doug? No, that's Jack Bandit! Doug disguises himself as this alter-ego during the episode "Doug Gets Busted" after a school project goes wrong in this layout drawing, numbered D11 in the bottom right corner, with Doug measuring 4.5" tall. Also presented is a fancy picture of Porkchop wearing a necktie, as seen during the episode "Doug's No Dummy," with the amicable dog measuring 3" tall on the drawing numbered PC-1 in the bottom right corner.

Heritage Auctions notes that the production drawings are all rendered in graphite with colored pencils and are all embossed with the Nickelodeon logo in the left corner. Four Nickelodeon COAs are included in this lot. Regarding the condition, Heritage notes that Drawing C11 shows some very light staining and that light handling wear from production can be expected from the lot, which is marked in "Very Good" condition. You can head over to Heritage Auctions today to bid on this nostalgic, behind-the-scenes lot.

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Originally published: March 24, 2022.

Original source: Bleeding Cool.

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Netflix's Live-Action 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Season 1 Episode Count & Length, Revealed

Avatar: The Last Airbender star Paul Sun-Hyung Lee confirms Season 1 of Netflix's live-action adaptation will consist of eight episodes.


Avatar: The Last Airbender star Paul Sun-Hyung Lee has confirmed the official episode count for the first season of the upcoming live-action Netflix series.

During an interview on the Handsome Genius Club Radio Show podcast, Lee revealed that the first season of Netflix's live-action adaptation of Avatar would consist of eight hour-long episodes, contradicting previous reports that the season would run for 10 episodes.

With eight episodes running at 60 minutes each, Netflix's Avatar Season 1 will have a total runtime of 480 minutes. Interestingly, that is the exact same runtime as Book One: Water, the first season of Nickelodeon's original Avatar: The Last Airbender animated series, which ran for 20 episodes running at 24 minutes each.

Lee also revealed that the project will be one of the priciest shows in Hollywood to date, describing Avatar: The Last Airbender as a "hundred million dollar show". Avatar News got a hold of the interview, and the site now reports Netflix's live-action series has a budget of at least $120 million USD. In fact, each episode reportedly costs more than $15 million to make.

No firm numbers have been released by Netflix regarding this budget, but fans are impressed by this initial report. If everything checks out, Avatar: The Last Airbender will be one of the most expensive TV shows ever made when all is said and done. Series like The Morning Show, The Mandalorian, and Game of Thrones each budget about $15 million for its episodes. The only titles topping that budget are The Pacific, Amazon's Lord of the Rings, and all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe shows. But if the pricy gamble pays off, Netflix will have a sure-fire hit on its hands. 

In Netflix's Avatar, Lee is slated to portray the character of Uncle Iroh, who was famously voiced by the late, great Mako (Makoto Iwamatsu) in the first two seasons (Book One: Water and Book Two: Earth) of the original Nickelodeon animated series. Greg Baldwin later took over the role for the show's third and final season (Book Three: Fire).

Avatar: The Last Airbender originally aired on Nickelodeon for a total of 61 episodes from 2005 to 2008. The series was met with critical acclaim and maintains a strong fanbase to this very day. That said, a notoriously-maligned film adaptation, simply titled The Last Airbender, did release in theaters in 2010.

The original Avatar animated series was later followed up by a sequel series titled The Legend of Korra, which aired for 52 episodes across four seasons from 2012 to 2014. The first two seasons of Korra aired on Nickelodeon. Season 3 aired its first eight episodes on Nickelodeon before jumping to Nick.com for its final five. Nick.com was the home for the show's entire fourth and final season.

In 2018, Netflix announced a live-action series adaptation of the original Avatar: The Last Airbender. According to Avatar News, the series is currently in its fourth month of filming in Vancouver. Production is expected to last for a total of six months, meaning that the cast and crew have passed the halfway point.

In addition to Lee as Iroh, Netflix's live-action Avatar series stars Gordon Cormier as Aang, Kiawentiio Tarbell as Katara, Ian Ousley as Sokka, Dallas Liu as Zuko, Elizabeth Yu as Azula, Daniel Dae Kim as Fire Lord Ozai, Maria Zhang as Suki, Ken Leung as Commander Zhao, Lim Kay Siu as Gyatso, Yvonne Chapman as Avatar Kyoshi, Tamlyn Tomita as Yukari and Casey Camp-Horinek as Gran Gran. The first season will also reportedly feature the characters of Mai and Ty Lee, though no casting information regarding the two is currently available.

Netflix's Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 1 does not currently have a premiere date.

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Originally published: March 23, 2022 at 02:37 GMT.

Original source: CBR.com, ComicBook.com.

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