Kids interested in learning about endangered species can watch Together for Good Wildlife Special, in which Breanna Yde of Nick’s School of Rock guides viewers on a journey through Uganda. On the tour, she discovers key conservation and environmental challenges, and hears from heroes who work daily to protect at-risk wildlife including lions, giraffes, rhinoceroses, elephants and chimpanzees. Digital vignettes supplement the story, creating a vivid, immersive world.
The special was produced through a partnership with the African Wildlife Foundation and Nick International’s social responsibility initiative, Together for Good. The goal is to raise awareness about endangered wildlife and act as a call to action, using Nickelodeon’s globally recognized brand to empower kids to become change-makers.
Nickelodeon star Breanna Yde guides viewers on a journey through Uganda in Nickelodeon International’s Together For Good Wildlife Special, Photo courtesy of Nickelodeon International.
One of the most shocked-into-silence moments for the audience at Paramount Pictures’ CinemaCon presentation came when Tom Cruise, hero of five previously released Mission: Impossible films, recapped the intensity and challenge of conducting a freefall stunt for the franchise’s forthcoming sixth installment.
“Each take is like running an 800-meter sprint,” Cruise said. “We did 106 takes.”
This blunt understatement captures just one extraordinary moment in one forthcoming film from Paramount, the resurgent studio that over the course of that two-hour presentation unveiled or confirmed new installments to its cherished franchises, sequels to some of its most popular films from new and antique vintage, an aggressive Viacom co-branded slate through its Paramount Players division, a trio of animated adventures, and new films based upon a longstanding and expanded partnership with Hasbro.
“We’re laying the foundation…to deliver to you films for every possible audience for years to come,” Paramount Pictures Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos, who has spent the past year building a new management team for the studio, told the audience.
As we zoom (buckled up) toward the July 27 release of Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Paramount confirmed that many of its other most beloved franchises will soon get a new installment. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton will return in a new Terminator movie next November. And Transformers, which has delivered five more or less contiguous sequels, will, as previously announced, dogleg off into Bumblebee, which hits theaters this Dec. 21.
Director Travis Knight showed off the first Bumblebee clip at the event, telling the audience, “I wanted to return to the essences of what made the Transformer franchise so impactful right from the beginning: character, emotion, spectacle and explosions, lots and lots of explosions.”
Many other films will get their first sequel, including the recently released hit A Quiet Place,2013’s World War Z, 1988’s Coming to America (look for Coming 2 America), and, as previously confirmed, 1986’s Top Gun, which also stars original Maverick Cruise.
And before he drops a fourth Cloverfield movie on us at some as-yet-to-be-announced future point, J.J. Abrams’ Overlord will transport moviegoers into a bizarro version of behind-enemy-lines World War II on Oct. 26.
Beyond the realm of the sequel, the studio will drop fans into the labrynthian world of Dungeons and Dragons and the sci-fi realm of Micronauts, both through the studio’s partnership with Hasbro (the same partnership behind Paramount’s Transformers and G.I. Joe movies).
Other standalone projects will pit assassin Will Smith against a younger cloned version of himself in Gemini Man, and cast Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne as the overwhelmed adoptive parents of three in Instant Family.
Tapping Viacom’s deep content well to co-produce Paramount films has been a priority under CEO Bob Bakish, and the studio confirmed that one of Nickelodeon’s most resiliently popular characters, SpongeBob SquarePants, will return for his third big-screen adaptation, It’s A Wonderful Sponge, in 2020. The film will be one of three newly announced releases on the animation division’s slate, joining Luck – which exposes the millennia-old battle between organizations of good and bad luck – and Monster on the Hill, set in an alternative world of wrestling monsters. Additionally, the previously announced Wonder Park will debut next March.
Other top Viacom brands are joining Nickelodeon in collaborating with Paramount, through the Paramount Players division led by Brian Robbins and formed to further integrate the brands with the movie studio. In association with MTV, Eli, the story of a boy being treated for a rare disease in a clinic-cum-haunted-prison, will roll out in January 2019. BET will reconstitute the 2000 hit What Women Want with What Men Want, portraying a frustrated female sports agent who gains the power of mind-reading. Paramount Players is also working on Nickelodeon’s live-action Dora the Explorer and Are You Afraid of the Dark, both slated for 2019 release.
PAW Patrol episodes are featured on NOGGIN. Image courtesy of Nickelodeon.
“Our audiences continue to enjoy Viacom content in more places and with more flexibility than ever before,” said Tom Gorke, Executive Vice President, Head of Distribution and Business Development for Viacom.
“The availability of NOGGIN on Prime Video Channels will be a great new way for Nickelodeon fans to watch and interact with the best in preschool content on the popular Amazon platform.”
Along with the rapid growth of Viacom Digital Studios and recent acquisitions of influence marketer WHOSAY and online video conference mecca, VidCon, NOGGIN’s expansion on Prime Video Channels is another way that Viacom is strengthening its presence on key next-generation digital platforms.
Nickelodeon launched NOGGIN as a stand-alone app in February 2015, and the ad-free platform has since topped the charts of Apple and Google, ranking as one of the Top 10 Kids Apps on the App Store’s Free Apps chart, as well as being the no. 1 grossing app for Music and Video in the Family Category on Google Play.
Going to India anytime soon? Your favorite Viacom characters will meet you there. Our partnership with India’s Network18 is called Viacom18, and it has been a huge success. Viacom18 unveiled its latest platform, VOOT, on March 29.
MTV Roadies X4 is just one of many exciting new programs VOOT has to offer.
At Viacom, promoting diversity and inclusion through our creative endeavors as well as in our workplace is an everyday priority. So, it’s a great honor to see so many Viacom networks and programs represented on the roster of nominees for the NAACP’s 45th Image Awards. Congrats to BET — in the lead with 19 nominations in the TV categories; TV Land’s “The Soul Man,” in the running for three awards; Nickelodeon for three between “Dora The Explorer” and “2013 HALO Awards”; VH1 for “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story”; and Comedy Central for “Key & Peele.” And of course congrats to the many people and teams that make these awards a possibility.
Here’s the full list of noms in the TV categories: Read More
Nick Jr. brought kids to ‘Pinke Panke’ – a small farm yard in the German capital Berlin – where they got the chance to explore and experience nature and farm life.
Living in a metropolis like Berlin can be monotonous for kids sometimes – free-living animals, wildflowers, herbs and whatever nature offers are rarely seen. For that reason, Nick Jr. and the team at the ‘Pinke Panke’ farm invited children from 3 to 6 years of age to the farm yard to learn about the environment and all its facets.
During a farm tour, guided by Dora the Explorer herself, the little ones got to see chickens, donkeys, sheep and many other animals that they could actually pet. The experts from ‘Pinke Panke’ also explained to the kids where popular breakfast eggs and ‘oh so loved’ milk come from, why a cow has patches and what a pig eats. The highlight for the kids, grown-ups and even Axel Schulz (a German ex-boxer and actor): the feeding of the animals. But a farm does not only house animals; the kids also discovered and even harvested lots of plants, vegetables and herbs. Read More
SpongeBob, Nickelodeon Executive Vice President Public Affairs Marva Smalls, Nick Cannon, and Dora the Explorer turn the Empire State Building Orange for 10th Annual. (Photo: Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
Nickelodeon’s 10th annual Worldwide Day of Play (WWDoP) was the largest to date with more than 50,000 kids and families from all 50 states and abroad uniting to get up, get out and play. WWDoP staged its flagship event in Brooklyn’s iconic Prospect Park. Stars like SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles joined over 35,000 kids and families to enjoy a day of activities and games, including football, tennis, dancing, double-dutch and a live concert with Big Time Rush and Ariana Grande headlining. Read More
by Jacqui Caruana, Senior Events Manager, Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand
After his warm-up with Roger Federer at Kids Tennis Day 2013 in Australia, SpongeBob SquarePants can add the tennis superstar to the growing list of athletes and celebrities he’s squared off with on the field or court (including the likes of FLOTUS Michelle Obama and David Beckham). The free family event gave kids a day of activities and a chance to interact with their tennis heroes, from Federer to Serena Williams. Read More