Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Nickelodeon Acquires International Broadcast Rights For Rainbow's '44 Cats'

The Italian Rainbow Group has entered into a major broadcast agreement with Nickelodeon for its brand-new preschool property 44 Cats.


Through the agreement, Nickelodeon International will broadcast the animated series (52 x 13-minute episodes) around the world, excluding in the U.S. and Latin America, in 2019.

44 Cats is inspired by a popular Italian song and follows the adventures of Lampo, Milandy, Pilou and Polpetta, four homeless kittens who take on anthropomorphic traits when no actual humans are around. When they find shelter in a garage, they transform it into a clubhouse whilst helping out their neighboring peers.

44 Cats is a stunning CGI comedy show aimed towards children aged 3-6 years-old that combines music, edutainment, top quality animation and acting. The show addresses important themes such as diversity, friendship, altruism and helping others, elements that give the new pre-school property a huge international appeal to succeed in the global market.



The series is the first Rainbow Group production jointly developed with Bardel Entertainment, the Canadian animation studio it acquired in 2015, and also marks Rainbow’s (Winx Club, Regal Academy, Mia and me, Maggie & Bianca Fashion Friends) inaugural foray into preschool programming. Italian broadcaster RAI is co-producing, and will premiere the toon later this year.

The news follows Rainbow partnering with Nickelodeon Latin America (Latinoamérica) for the networks brand-new original eSports-themed scripted live-action series N00bees.

Rainbow launched 44 Cats at MIP Junior in Cannes in October 2017. The glittering cocktail party featured lots of entertainment, offering guests a taste of the show atmosphere. One of Rainbow’s artists was at the party to show how a 44 Cats character is drawn; a band performed hits including songs from the series and guests could enjoy funny moments dressing up as cats at the special 44 Cats photocall area, where an official photographer was on hand to take amazing snaps. The evening was a PAWsome success and the best way to celebrate the launch of such a meowing new show.

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Original source: License Global; Additional sources: Kidscreen, Wikipedia, Google.co.uk.
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Nickelodeon To Develop Norman Lear Animated Project, 'Man of the House'

Official Nickelodeon USA Press Release:

NICKELODEON TO DEVELOP NORMAN LEAR ANIMATED PROJECT, "MAN OF THE HOUSE"


Claudia Spinelli to Oversee Project as Newly Appointed Vice President of Animation Development at Nickelodeon



BURBANK, Calif.--May 23, 2018--Nickelodeon today announced the development of a new animated project, Man of the House (working title), from Norman Lear's ACT III Productions. With creative concept by Colombian-American writer and illustrator Michael Molina (Trivia Night), Man of the House follows 11-year-old José as he helps his mother Maria watch over his two younger siblings, Maria Juliana (Maju) and Diego, while trying to form a hip-hop group with his quirky classmate and neighbor, Wilbur, that lives downstairs. Lear (All in the Family, The Jeffersons) and Brent Miller (One Day at a Time) will serve as executive producers.

The development of Norman Lear's project will be overseen by Claudia Spinelli, who has been promoted to the role of Vice President, Animation Development. Formerly Vice President of Current Series, Spinelli will oversee the development pipeline of all new animated content, while identifying potential creators, showrunners, writers and directors. She will also work closely with Nickelodeon's talent relations department and the animation community to scout new talent for animation development.


"Norman has been telling stories about families, parents and kids for many years, and it's so exciting that he and his producing partners Brent and Michael, want to tell this story to today's generation of Nick kids," said Chris Viscardi, Senior Vice President, Nickelodeon Animation.

Viscardi continued, "I am also incredibly excited that Claudia will oversee the development of this project, among many more, as Nick's new head of development. Claudia has shepherded some of today's most popular series including SpongeBob Square Pants and Sanjay and Craig. She is a true creative partner and a trusted voice with a love for storytelling. I look forward to her continued leadership in our animation group."

Spinelli began her career at Nickelodeon in 2000 in the development department. In 2002, she expanded her role by joining the Current Series group as a creative executive overseeing the brand management of SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, Jimmy Neutron and Avatar. Throughout her career at Nickelodeon, she has also worked on animated shows Sanjay and Craig, Robot and Monster, Making Fiends, and Planet Sheen, among others. As SpongeBob SquarePants grew in popularity, Spinelli was elevated to Executive in Charge of the series in 2007. For the past decade, her work on SpongeBob SquarePants has extended beyond the show as she has helped initiate projects throughout other areas of the company including: marketing partnerships with Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade; SpongeBob SquarePants theme park attractions; video games featuring the iconic character; and the most recent debut of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, which was recently nominated for 12 Tony Awards.

Spinelli holds a BFA in film from New York University. She also earned an MFA in Animation and Digital Arts from University of Southern California, where later she taught a class on Introductory Principles of Motion for Animation for the Interactive Media Department. In between her degrees, Spinelli has held a number of positions in various animation houses in New York City on commercials and short films.

Founded in 1985 by television icon Norman Lear, ACT III Productions is a media company dedicated to creating and or producing content that not only entertains, but also creates a conversation and is best known for producing popular films including Stand by Me, The Princess Bride and Fried Green Tomatoes.

Brent Miller, Lear's producing partner and head of production and development for the company, also serves as an executive producer with Lear on projects including the critically acclaimed reimagining of One Day at a Time, documentary series America Divided, and upcoming pilot Guess Who Died.

After graduating from Columbia University in New York City, Michael Molina produced sketch videos and feature film, Trivia Night, with comedy troupe Local Empire before relocating to Los Angeles. Molina has also written educational animated TED talks that have garnered millions of views online, covering topics ranging from déjà vu to vampires.

Nickelodeon, now in its 39th 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 company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids' basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

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Celebrate World Turtle Day w/ Trivia & a Quiz! 🤔 | Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles | Nickelodeon

To celebrate World Turtle Day, Nick are taking a deep dive into the different turtle species from the brand-new series, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Learn amazing facts and watch these real turtles in action. Plus, stick around for a quiz at the end to test your turtle knowledge! 🤔 Cowabunga!! Make sure to catch Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this fall on Nickelodeon!



Happy World Turtle Day! 🐢

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return in Nickelodeon's upcoming Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a brand-new 2D-animated series which reimagines the characters in a fresh new way, slated to premiere in September 2018! Visit nick.com and the Nick App to find out more information.

More Nick: Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles | First Look | Teaser Trailer | Nickelodeon!

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'High Sea Diving' Rough + Final Storyboards | SpongeBob SquarePants | Vincent Waller

Vincent Waller, the Creative Director on Nickelodeon's hit original animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, has unveiled two Sponge-Tastic videos on his official YouTube channel featuring the Rough and Final storyboard for the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "High Sea Diving"! Check them out below, and watch the finished episodes in full on Nickelodeon, Nick.com and the Nick App!

High Sea Diving Rough Storyboard



Written By: Kaz
Storyboard by: Brian Morante
Plussed Board by: Dave Cunningham & Crew
Animatic By: Estrella Capin

High Sea Diving Final Storyboard



Written By: Kaz
Storyboard by: Brian Morante
Plussed board by: Dave Cunningham & Crew
Animatic by: Estrella Capin

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Star Falls | L'anniversaire surprise | Nickelodeon Teen France

Sophia promet à Beth de garder son anniversaire secret, mais Diamond le découvre et organise une grande fête en cachette.



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Planet Nickelodeon Video Round-Up | NickTube | Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Check out a selection of video clips featuring your favourite Nickelodeon shows and stars from Nickelodeon channels around the world!

Please note that some videos may be subject to geographical restrictions.

We got stuck on a SCARY ride at 6 flags.... | JoJo Siwa Vlogs



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Vikki RPM | Interview avec Isabella Rox | Nickelodeon Teen France

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats To Host Nickelodeon Night Featuring TMNT On Saturday, May 26

BOOYAKASHA! The New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the AA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays, will be hosting a Turtley Tubular Nickelodeon Night featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on Saturday, May 26, when the NH Fisher Cats play the Hartford Yard Goats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium at 5:05pm EDT!


Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased at TicketReturn.com. Admission starts at just $12.00.


Throughout the night, the entire Fisher Cats team – including MLB top prospect Vlad Guerrero Jr. - will wear Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themed jerseys. Each jersey is being auctioned off to benefit Change Direction NH. Anticipating that the Guerrero Jr. jersey will likely be the most popular, the Fisher Cats are adding a special clause to his jersey. While 10 will be available online, his is only available for the fans in attendance. To bid for your favorite players' jersey, visit bit.ly/NHTurtlePower.


The night will also feature tons of pizza, a "90's Hits" Bodacious Atlas Fireworks show, presented By Executive Health & Sports Center, and Fisher Cats Legend, Ollie The Bat Dog! For one night only, you can see Ollie fetch bats like it was 2010 again! Save this mega-wicked date, dudes and dudettes!

Visit NHFisherCats.com for full information!


Considered one of the most popular kids’ television programs of the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a classic, global property created in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. It first debuted as a successful comic book series and then became a hit animated TV show, a live-action television series and later spawned numerous blockbuster theatrical releases. The property is a global consumer products powerhouse, winning in every category that has hit shelves to date—with toys, apparel, video games, DVDs and more—and generating billions of dollars at retail. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been the number-one action figure for the past three years and the franchise is a previous recipient of the Toy Industry Association’s top honor for Property of the Year at the TOTY Awards.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return in Nickelodeon's upcoming Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a brand-new 2D-animated series which reimagines the characters in a fresh new way, slated to premiere in September 2018! Visit nick.com and the Nick App to find out more information.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Original Scrub Daddy Announces First-Ever SpongeBob-Themed Products

Original Scrub Daddy Press Release via Business Wire:

The Original Scrub Daddy Announces First-Ever SpongeBob-Themed Products


Company Releases Two New Products Inspired by the Iconic SpongeBob SquarePants


May 22, 2018 04:07 PM Eastern Daylight Time


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Original Scrub Daddy, best known for its popular yellow, smiling scrubber and Shark Tank’s most successful company, Scrub Daddy, announced today new cleaning products inspired by characters from the iconic animated series, SpongeBob SquarePants. The SpongeBob SquarePants Scrub Daddy will feature a brand-new “Pineapple Under-the-Sea” scent, reminiscent of SpongeBob’s pineapple home in Bikini Bottom. Additionally, SpongeBob and his friends will make their debut on The Original Scrub Daddy’s popular line extension, Screen Daddy.

#scrubdaddy has partnered with @nickelodeon to launch our #pineappleundertheseascent ! Tune into @QVC Wednesday on #ITKWD 8PM!

Just as SpongeBob is known for his signature smile and taking pride in his work, Scrub Daddy is also known for its signature smile face shape and proprietary FlexTexture® foam. The Original Scrub Daddy is a high-tech scrubbing tool that changes texture based on water temperature. Firm in cold water for tough scrubbing and soft in warm water for light cleaning, the Scrub Daddy rinses clean after use and stays odor free for up to eight weeks unlike traditional sponges. It also cleans well with water alone. The product is lab proven scratch free on over dozens of surfaces from non-stick stainless steel to exterior car paint and can be easily sanitized on the top rack of a dishwasher or in the microwave. It is ergonomic, effective, and fun to use. The SpongeBob SquarePants Scrub Daddy will be available for $3.99 at select retailers beginning this summer.


Additionally, new Screen Daddy products featuring SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick and Squidward will be available on Amazon beginning in June. The Screen Daddy, a washable and reusable microfiber cleaning pad, can remove grease, dust and fingerprints from your phone, tablets or glasses without leaving scratches or smudges, while conveniently sticking to the back of your digital devices.

Founder and CEO Aaron Krause says, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Nickelodeon on these one-of-a-kind Scrub Daddy products. Our Pineapple Under-the-Sea scented Scrub Daddy is a perfect combination of form, function and fragrant fun. The hardworking, fun-loving nature of the SpongeBob SquarePants character and Scrub Daddy, America’s Favorite Sponge is a winning combination.”

The special edition of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants Scrub Daddy will be available for purchase for $9.99 per 3 count unit, on QVC’s “In the Kitchen with David” at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, 5/23 and online at www.amazon.com. For more information, please visit www.scrubdaddy.com.

ABOUT SCRUB DADDY

Founded in 2012, Scrub Daddy, the most successful company in Shark Tank history, is redefining the cleaning category in stores around the world. Scrub Daddy’s happy face, with cut out eyes and mouth, is made unique by its patented texture changing FlexTexture® material. Today, the smile faced sponge company offers a full line of innovative cleaning tools including dual sided Scrub Mommy and Sponge Daddy, Eraser Daddy, Screen Daddy and Scour Daddy, the latest innovation in the stagnant Scour Pad Category. Scrub Daddy products can be found at most major retailers including Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, WalMart, Target, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Kroger, Safeway/Albertson’s. Scrub Daddy’s mission is to develop the world’s most creative, fun and innovative sponges, scrubbers and cleaning tools. For the full product line up, check out the products and in use videos on www.scrubdaddy.com.

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Viacom's SpongeBob Keeps Rights To 'Krusty Krab' Restaurant Name

Aye, aye, captain: the rights to The Krusty Krab, the fast-food establishment featured in Nickelodeon's hit animated series SpongeBob SquarePants, belong to Viacom Inc. and not to a Texas restaurateur hoping to open a seafood chain with that name.


FILE PHOTO: The SpongeBob SquarePants balloon makes its way down 6th Ave during the 91st Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., November 23, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 on Tuesday (22nd May 2018) that Viacom deserves trademark protection for The Krusty Krab, and that IJR Capital Investments LLC and its owner Javier Ramos cannot use it for their restaurants.

Circuit Judge Priscilla Owen wrote that Viacom proved that diners would likely be confused if IJR used the name The Krusty Krab, the restaurant located in the underwater city of Bikini Bottom where SpongeBob works as a fry cook.


She also said while Viacom had not registered “The Krusty Krab” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the name was important enough to the SpongeBob series to deserve trademark protection, despite not being the title.

Owen said The Krusty Krab has appeared in 166 of 203 SpongeBob episodes since its 1999 premiere on Viacom’s Nickelodeon network, as well as in two feature films.

She said that made it like the Daily Planet, the newspaper that employed Clark Kent in Superman, and the orange General Lee muscle car from The Dukes of Hazzard, both of which received trademark protection in earlier court rulings.

“In the minds of consumers, The Krusty Krab identifies the source of products, which is Viacom, the creator of the SpongeBob SquarePants fictional universe and its inhabitants,” Owen wrote.

A lawyer for IJR and Ramos did not immediately respond to requests for comment by Reuters.

Ramos claimed not to have heard of The Krusty Krab when he began fishing for a name, and chose it after checking Google and finding no restaurants using that name.

Viacom and its lawyers also did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Tuesday’s decision by the New Orleans-based appeals court, which upheld an April 2017 dismissal by U.S. District Judge Gray Miller in Houston.

The case is Viacom International Inc v IJR Capital Investments LLC, 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, No. 17-20334.
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SpongeBob SquarePants | Make a Wish | Nickelodeon UK

Patrick makes a wish that he has another head, but soon starts to argue with himself in this Sponge-Tastic video clip from SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Spin the Bottle"!



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