Jason Derulo Jams Alongside Hailee Steinfeld and More to Celebrate Nickelodeon’s 2016 HALO Honorees

Nickelodeon finished up 2016 strong on Sunday, Nov. 27 as  The show was full of stunning performances by stars like Jason Derulo, heartfelt collaborations between artists such as Jake Miller and Jacob Whitesides, and one purple Mohawk—courtesy of host Nick Cannon.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 11: Nick Cannon hosts the Nickelodeon Halo Awards 2016 at Pier 36 on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 11: Nick Cannon hosts the Nickelodeon Halo Awards 2016 at Pier 36 on November 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)

But the biggest stars of the night were the honorees, four teens who embody the spirit of HALO (Helping And Leading Others).

Meet the honorees…

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Nick’s Strong Programming Run Grows Deep Roots With Albert

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Nick keeps rolling with its original movies this fall, first with the new Legends of the Hidden Temple dropping on Thanksgiving weekend, and now with Albert, which will feature the voices of Saturday Night Live’s Bobby Moynihan, Sasheer Zamata and Cheri Oteri:

The adventurous anthropomorphic  pine tree  bounces into towering forests, stows away in the back of a highway-charging truck, and even hitches a ride on a helicopter as  his rollicking band of fellow flora take on an unlikely gang of snowbound cactii.

Nick has been steamrolling along lately, spending five consecutive quarters as the top net for kids 2-11 and 2-5 behind hit shows such as The Loud House (which was renewed for a third season before the second even aired), Henry Danger and Blaze and the Monster MachinesThe network owns 12 of the top 20 shows on cable for the same demos, and recently announced that a 30th anniversary special commemorating its much-loved Double Dare will air later this month.

Albert will air Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. ET.

TV’s Top Animated House Gets Louder With Season Three Renewal

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They’re partying right now at The Loud House. And no wonder: Nick’s rollicking portrait of young Lincoln Loud growing up as the only boy in a house of 10 sisters is a smash hit. It’s the number one animated show on television, with an average of 2 million viewers per episode, and the net just renewed it for a third season. Read all about it by clicking through below:

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Nick’s Next Star Is Rising in Burbank

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One of the most exciting projects happening at Nickelodeon right now will never crack the top of the children’s ratings (as so many Nick shows have lately). It will not feature a talking sponge or a gaggle of rambunctious children or anthropomorphic monster trucks. It will never be on television at all.

Instead, it will serve as an animation and idea factory that will help launch all of these things and much more out into the wider world. It is Nick’s new Burbank animation studio, currently rising on a busy intersection between the Verdugo and Santa Monica Mountains in Southern California.

Viacom commissioned Southern California filmmaker and photographer Brian Hawkins to distill the project’s energy as it rose in the sun-dappled landscape. He’s headquartered nearby and was able to visit the site several times per month. The result was this stunning video:

I caught up with Hawkins to ask him a bit about how he executed the project and what he thought about Nick’s spectacular new building. The conversation below is edited for length and clarity.

Stuart Winchester: Really awesome video. What was your process for shooting and editing this?

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Nick Gives Assistance Dog Group a Canine Companion of Its Own

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Canine Companions for Independence does all kinds of awesome things.

They gave an assistance dog to a quadriplegic girl so she wouldn’t have to call a family member to pick up dropped or needed items around her. They connected 10-year-old Matthias with Aubrey, a similar companion, to ease him through the complex and ongoing battery of appointments necessary to deal with his rare genetic disorder. And they provided wheelchair-bound student Savannah with the nuzzling attention she needs to get through the daily obstacle of hour-long medical procedures.

And they do it all for free.

To bolster that incredible work, the organization is getting a canine companion of its own: the pups of Nickelodeon’s hit show Paw Patrol. The partnership will begin with a variety of events around the country this fall, along with this PSA, which will air across Nick Jr.’s digital properties:

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Legends of the Hidden Temple Isn’t Playing Around With This Movie Trailer

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Remember the award-winning Legends of the Hidden Temple gameshow from the early 90s? It’s back, in movie form, and Nickelodeon just dropped this incredible trailer to give us a hint of what might be waiting there in the jungle depths: rolling canopied landscapes, hidden caverns, sibling camaraderie, and, bellowing at his very finest, the iconic Olmec (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker). Here’s a bit of what you can expect when Sadie (Isabela Moner), Dudley (Jet Jurgensmeyer), Noah and Kirk Fogg stumble into their renewed adventure on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. ET:

A Closed Fist Gets You Nothing: Nickelodeon’s Gerald Yarborough Finds a Path to His Dreams

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“Follow your dreams. Do what you want to do. Don’t screw up.”

These were among the last words Gerald Yarborough’s mother had spoken to him before she passed away, and they had been his motivation through his adult life. It was late 1998, and he was a freshman at St. John’s University, settling into his studies as a pharmacy major. He had everything lined up: a five-year scholarship with a good-paying job in a high-demand field likely upon graduation. Yet, his mother’s directive was persistent.

He was not following his dreams. He was not living his purpose. He felt this more strongly every day. Pharmaceuticals just wasn’t for him. He felt as though he was wasting his true gift: art.

So that is where he focused his full energies: his art electives. But after one year, St. John’s warned him that if he did not start taking sciences courses, he would lose his scholarship.

His mother’s simple proclamation gnawing at him, uncertain where to go, he left school instead of falling into debt with student loans. He told himself that if art was his true purpose in life, God would make a way. It appeared as though school was no longer in his plan. So he joined Geico, working in customer service.

He would spend the next three years there. But those last words from his mother hung with him, refusing to let his dreams dry up.

While he once struggled to find his purpose in school, Gerald Yarborough now devotes time to helping others see their own potential.

While he once struggled to find his purpose in school, Gerald Yarborough now devotes time to helping others see their own potential.

Helping others find their dreams

His name was Jonathan.

Gerald had met him at Nassau County Correctional Facility. They had encountered one another there many times before, Jonathan as the inmate, Gerald a visitor.

“I was doing good until somebody called the cops,” Jonathan would say.

“If you wouldn’t have been doing that, nobody would have called the police,” Gerald would counter.

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Nickelodeon Asks Its Youngest Constituency Why Being President Is So Boss

You don’t have to be 18 to vote in the universe of Nickelodeon. The home of the Kids Choice Awards and the Kids’ Choice Sports Awards – both of which rely on the youngest among us to choose their winners – will soon be accepting ballots for the next U.S. president from kids—on, at least.

While our other networks such as MTV and BET are canvassing the grown-up vote, Nickelodeon’s cross-platform campaign, Kids Pick the President, is targeting a younger constituency—our fans who are too young to enter the polling booth. On Friday, Oct. 28, kids will get to choose between presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. They’ll have until Saturday, Nov. 5 to submit their virtual ballot, when Nickelodeon will announce the results live on air.

Until then, kids can explore the immersive site and learn about our electoral process. Which issues do America’s youngest patriots find most important?


Click through to visit and make your voice heard.

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Nick Gets Kuu Kuu With Gwen Stefani’s Exclusive Animated New Show

Fans of superstar Gwen Stefani won’t want to miss Nickelodeon’s latest animated series, Kuu Kuu Harajuku. Inspired by executive producer Stefani’s love of Harajuku cultureKuu Kuu Harajuku follows the kuu kuu adventures of the band HJ5 – Love, Angel, Music, Baby and G – through their super cute world of music, fashion and style.

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Gwen Stefani is executive producer for Nickelodeon’s newest animated series, Kuu Kuu Harajuku. Photo courtesy of Nickelodeon.

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Viacom’s Deepak Daswani Travels to Nick’s KCA Sports as Winner of Employee Events & Programs Sweepstakes

The Kids’ Choice Sports Awards is the sole award show where fan engagement, wacky stunts, and sports legends converge. This year’s ceremony attracted 2.5 million viewers. It was the most-watched sports show for kids in the K2-11 and K6-11 age range, even as it competed with a trio of massively popular sports-themed shows: the 2016 ESPY Awards, and the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby All-Star Game.

Unlike those viewers sorting through their options at home, however, Viacom’s Deepak Daswani got to watch the show live at the Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.  He got to take his wife Leena, and two sons—12-year-old Shaan and 9-year-old Dev – with him. Daswani is the latest winner in our ongoing sweepstakes series that has sent many Viacom employees to some of our many culturally resonant award shows over the past few months.

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