Nickelodeon to “supercharge” franchises, with renewals and spin-offs for ‘PAW Patrol’ & ‘Transformers’

Paramount kids brand Nickelodeon is expanding some of its biggest franchises, such as PAW Patrol, Transformers and SpongeBob SquarePants, through spin-off shows, theatrical outings and recommissions. Its annual upfront presentation this week detailed plains to “supercharge” its franchises with new animation, pre-school and live-action content across streaming, linear and digital platforms – as well as at […]

Brian Robbins to replace Gianopulos at Paramount, David Nevins takes TV remit

Nickelodeon boss Brian Robbins is set to become the new chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, following reports that incumbent Jim Gianopulos is exiting the studio. Robbins currently serves as president of ViacomCBS kids and family, taking on the role in 2018, after a stint as head of Paramount Players, and following his 2017 exit […]

ViacomCBS & Rakuten join forces to take kids’ streamer Nick+ to Japan

US-based ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) has signed a long-term agreement with Japan’s Rakuten Group to bring Nickelodeon’s kids’ streaming service Nick+ to Japanese VOD platform Rakuten TV. Nick+ will launch on Rakuten TV on 28 April, bringing Nickelodeon shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Paw Patrol, Blaze And The Monster Machines, Bubble Guppies and Dora The Explorer to Japanese […]

TBI Weekly: How streamers are putting kids first

In the global streamers’ ongoing battle to claim the best IP, everything is up for grabs, with services digging in their heels to take everything from top formats to great factual and scripted content. But recent days have particularly seen a growing demand for children’s programming, with streaming heavyweights targeting younger demographics to draw in […]

ViacomCBS Kids & Family rejigs leadership as Shelley Zimmerman exits

ViacomCBS Kids & Family has given Nickelodeon execs Shauna Phelan and Zack Olin combined oversight of all its live-action production, following the exit of Awesomeness EVP Shelley Zimmerman. With responsibility for the programming now falling under one roof, the pair will look after Nickelodeon’s live-action scripted content, as well as live action programming for the […]

Netflix & Nick alum Jenna Boyd partners with The Cartel for new prodco

Former Nickelodeon and Netflix exec Jenna Boyd has partnered with production and management firm The Cartel to launch a new prodco. Field Day Entertainment is described as “a talent-centric” production company that will focus on creating kids and family content for streaming platforms. Boyd, who spent nearly two decades at Nickelodeon and more recently led […]

TBI Weekly: Delivering diversity in children’s programming

TBI deputy editor Mark Layton takes a deep dive to explore how the global TV industry is working to improve inclusivity and representation in children’s programming, and asks what needs to happen both in front of and behind the camera in order to bring about real change. Every child deserves to see themselves reflected in […]

Nickelodeon ups Ramsey Naito to animation president

ViacomCBS-owned kids network Nickelodeon has promoted Ramsey Naito to president of animation. In her new role, Naito, who was previously EVP of animation production and development for the Nickelodeon Group, will oversee its animation content across all formats and platforms, spanning linear, digital, TV movies, theatrical motion pictures and SVOD. Continuing to report to Brian Robbins, […]

Nickelodeon adds ABC Studios alum Zack Olin to oversee live action

ViacomCBS-owned kids channel Nickelodeon has appointed former ABC Studios exec Zack Olin to oversee its live action offer. Olin takes the newly created role of SVP of live action at Nick, with a remit to work across scripted, movies and specials for the children’s operator. He will be based out of LA and will work […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from a week with the kids

From $15m funding slates to discussions about driving diversity, the past week has provided plenty to consider for those in the kid’s TV business. With the 17th edition of the Children’s Media Conference wrapping today, TBI reflects on the key takeaways. Reflecting your audience The conference kicked off on Monday with a keynote panel discussion […]

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