Nickelodeon Previews New Content Pipeline for 2014-2015 Season at Annual Upfront Presentation
Nick to Add 10 New Series to Schedule, with Content Spanning Every
Genre, Every Platform
Network Unveils Plans for Brand-New, Live Tent-Pole Event, Kids'
Choice Sports 2014;
Host/Executive Producer Michael
Strahan Details Show Slated for 3Q 2014
Upfront Presentation Capped by Special Musical Performance
Five-Time Grammy Nominee Sara Bareilles
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
held its annual upfront presentation today at Jazz at Lincoln
Center in New York City, where Nickelodeon Group President Cyma Zarghami
detailed the network's biggest content pipeline ever: 10 new series
across every genre, and for every platform—all tailor-made for the
tastes of today's post-millennial generation of kids. Zarghami also
announced plans for the forthcoming Nick Jr. App, featuring TV
Everywhere capability, and the brand-new, live tent-pole event, Kids'
Choice Sports—the first-ever expansion of the highly successful Kids'
Choice Awards franchise. Nickelodeon's presentation was also
punctuated by remarks from Viacom Chairman Philippe Dauman; an
appearance by Kids' Choice Sports 2014 host and executive
producer Michael Strahan; and a closing musical performance from
five-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles.
"Our mission has been to create and deliver funny content that will
resonate with today's kids, and we are well-positioned to do that
through our schedule of fresh hits, a deep pipeline of new series,
tent-pole events, ratings momentum and innovation on all platforms,"
said Zarghami. "Nickelodeon is a magnet for creative people and
projects, and we're incredibly excited about the new pool of talent
we're bringing to our audience in front of and behind the camera."
Nickelodeon has posted 13 straight months of year-over-year growth and
reclaimed the top spot with kids in 4Q13. The network is home to
top-rated animated series like SpongeBob SquarePants, Sanjay and
Craig, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the newly launched
Breadwinners; live-action hits Sam & Cat, The
Thundermans and The Haunted Hathaways, among others; and TV's
top-rated preschool series PAW Patrol, Dora the Explorer
and the just-launched Wallykazam!
The network's creative energy has been buoyed by its relevance to
today's new generation of kids and its ongoing research into the
audience's tastes and perspectives. Kids today are markedly different
from other generations in that they are extremely close to their
parents, with 80% wanting even more time spent with them and 93% citing
their moms as the people they trust most. Nine in 10 kids say they are
happy, and 96% believe they can accomplish anything if they work hard
enough. They believe that being different is more important than fitting
in, and most (80%) would choose being really smart over being really
good looking. They also highly value being funny, ranking laughter as
more important than vacation, family meals and holidays.
"Comedy is what today's kids want above all else, and it's what they
expect from Nickelodeon," added Russell Hicks, President, Content
Development and Production, Nickelodeon. "We have had a clear goal to
let their tastes and preferences inform our creative choices, and we've
tailored our new content to make the most relevant and funny content
just for them."
Across every genre—animation, live action, preschool and events—and for
every platform, Nickelodeon's pipeline of new content includes:
Bad Seeds (26 episodes) - Harvey, a sweet and
well-meaning bird, makes two new best friends, Fee and Foo, the
wildest imps in the forest. Although their friendship seems unlikely,
their connection only grows as they push each other out of their
comfort zones and into endless adventures. Created, written and
directed by C.H. Greenblatt (SpongeBob SquarePants, Chowder).
Pig Goat Banana Cricket (26 episodes) - This show
features a series of absurd interwoven stories about four friends and
roommates, Pig (the fool), Goat (the artist), Banana (the wise-guy)
and Cricket (the brain). The series is created by Dave Cooper and J.
Ryan, and executive produced by David Sacks (The Simpsons,
Regular Show) who co-writes with J. Ryan. Cooper also art directs
the series and the pilot was directed by independent animator Nick
Welcome to the Wayne (6 episodes) - Launching on
the Emmy Award-winning Nick App, Welcome to the Wayne, is a
comedy following the adventures of two 10-year-old boys Olly Timbers
and Ansi Molina as they explore their crazy apartment building, the
Wayne. The series was created and written by Billy Lopez (The
The network will also roll out new episodes of returning hit animated
series, including, SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles, Sanjay and Craig, Breadwinners, Rabbids and The
Fairly OddParents for the 2014-15 season.
Henry Danger (20 episodes) - Created and written
by hitmaker Dan Schneider (iCarly, Sam & Cat) and
Dana Olsen (George of the Jungle, Inspector Gadget),
this brand-new crime-fighting comedy features 13-year-old Henry (Jace
Norman) who lands a part-time job as Danger Boy, a
sidekick-in-training to super crime fighter Captain Man (Cooper
Barnes, The Perfect Host). Their colorful adventures throw
Henry's otherwise ordinary life absurdly out of balance, yet he must
keep his new job a secret from his best friends Charlotte (Riele
Downs, The Best Man Holiday) and Jasper (Sean Ryan Fox).
Bella and the Bullfrogs (12 episodes) - This new
live-action comedy follows a perky head cheerleader named Bella (Brec
Bassinger, The Haunted Hathaways) whose life in Texas takes an
unexpected twist when she becomes the new quarterback for her school's
team the Bullfrogs. Bella is joined by "The Troy" (Coy Stewart, Are
We There Yet?), the Bullfrogs' dethroned quarterback along with
his pint-sized sidekick, Newt (Buddy Handleson, Wendell & Vinnie).
Rounding out the cast are Lilimar Hernandez as Bella's cheerleader
best friend, Sophie, and Jackie Radinsky as true southern cowboy,
Sawyer. The series is written by Gabriel Garza and Jonathan Butler (The
Haunted Hathaways, Fanboy & Chum Chum), who were
discovered through Nickelodeon's Writing Program. Jeff Bushell will
serve as Executive Producer.
Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn (13 episodes) - Created
by Matt Fleckenstein (iCarly, Victorious, Drake & Josh)
and executive produced by Fleckenstein and Michael Feldman (See Dad
Run), this new half-hour comedy is the story of a 10-year-old girl
Dawn Haley (Lizzy Greene) whose sibling rivalry with her three
brothers is heightened by the fact that they are quadruplets. Aidan
Gallagher (Modern Family) plays the germaphobic Nicky, joined
by Casey Simpson (The Goldbergs) as the overachieving, Ricky;
and Mace Coronel (Bold and the Beautiful) as the pint-sized
ladies' man, Dicky. Brian Stepanek (Two and a Half Men) and
Allison Munn (What I Like About You) star as the Haley parents.
Nickelodeon will also premiere new episodes of its hit live-action
lineup, including Sam & Cat, The Haunted
Hathaways and The Thundermans.
Moving to Thursday nights this quarter, to provide a family hour of
viewing, are the network's two original sitcoms: Instant Mom
and See Dad Run. These two popular shows are among a hit
lineup of modern family sitcoms like Yes, Dear, My Wife and
Kids, The Nanny and George Lopez.
Instant Mom stars Tia Mowry-Hardrict (Tia & Tamera)
as Stephanie, a party girl who trades in Cosmos for carpools when
she marries Charlie (Michael Boatman, Spin City), who
already has three kids. Sheryl Lee Ralph (Moesha) stars as
Stephanie's mother Maggie. Instant Mom is
executive-produced by Howard Michael Gould and Aaron Kaplan.
See Dad Run is executive produced by and stars Scott Baio
who plays David Hobbs, an actor who becomes a stay-at-home father
while his soap star wife (Alanna Ubach, Legally Blonde)
makes her return to the limelight. Mark Curry (Hangin' with Mr.
Cooper) also stars. The series, shot on the former Happy
Days stage in Los Angeles, is created/executive produced by
Tina Albanese and Patrick Labyorteaux, with executive producers
Nat Bernstein and Mitchel Katlin serving as showrunners. Eric
Bischoff and Jason Hervey also serve as executive producers
through their production company Bischoff Hervey Entertainment
Dora and Friends: Into the City! (20 episodes) - Dora
and Friends: Into the City! is a brand-new animated preschool
series featuring the iconic character Dora in new adventures, with new
friends and a new interactive curriculum. The series is set in a
fictional, pan-Latino city, where Dora is 10 years old, in school and
at the center of a peer group that works together to give back to the
community—having both real-life and magical adventures along the way.
As always, Dora is an adventurer, a good friend and problem-solver. Dora
and Friends helps teach Spanish and introduces new educational
areas to the curriculum, including social-emotional skills like
community service and peer relationships. Dora and Friends is
created by Chris Gifford and Valerie Walsh Valdes (Dora the Explorer),
and will launch late-summer on Nickelodeon.
Blaze and the Monster Machines (20 episodes) - This original
CG-animated series, debuting this fall, introduces preschoolers to the
areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This is the
first preschool show that features a curriculum dedicated to all areas
of STEM. Viewers will join an eight-year-old boy named AJ and his
incredible monster truck Blaze on super-sized adventures. AJ and the
viewer help Blaze as they explore the physics of how things move,
master mathematics and discover how everyday technologies work. Blaze
and the Monster Machines is created by Jeff Borkin (Team
Umizoomi, Blue's Clues) and Ellen Martin (Bubble Guppies,
Shimmer & Shine (20 episodes) - This brand-new
animated series follows the magical adventures of fraternal twin
genies, Shimmer and Shine, who unintentionally create chaos while
attempting to grant wishes for their human best friend, Leah. The new
series features an emotional-intelligence curriculum that highlights
mistakes as an important avenue to learning and doing better next
time. Shimmer & Shine, set to premiere in 2015, is created
by Farnaz Esnaashari-Charmatz and produced at Nickelodeon Animation
Fresh Beat Band of Spies (20 episodes) - In this
brand-new animated series based on the hit live-action show, The
Fresh Beat Band, the four best friends -- Kiki, Marina, Twist and
Shout - are also a group of undercover spies. The pop band uses their
individual talents and the coolest transforming spy gadgets to outwit
a goofy cast of bad guys and solve an endless series of wild and wacky
mysteries. The series, which teaches problem-solving to preschoolers,
is created by Nadine van der Velde and Scott Kraft, the same duo
behind The Fresh Beat Band. Fresh Beat Band of Spies is
currently in production and will premiere on Nickelodeon in 2015.
Nickelodeon will also air new episodes of its top-rated, returning
series, including Dora the Explorer, Wallykazam!,
Bubble Guppies, PAW Patrol, Team Umizoomi
and Peter Rabbit.
Nickelodeon actively programs all of its screens together, and two new
multiplatform initiatives include the Nick Jr. App and the My
Nick Jr. interactive channel:
Launching next month, the Nick Jr. App follows the highly
successful 2013 introduction of the Emmy Award-winning Nick
App—which has received more than eight million downloads since its
debut last year and will feature among its exclusive content the
brand-new, digital series Welcome to the Wayne. The Nick
Jr. App is an experience designed for preschoolers and
incorporates signature Nick Jr. interactivity, discovery, and
surprises. The app will feature high-level interactivity and
educational entertainment activities; offer short-form video and
curriculum-based content, and with authentication, access to
full-length on-demand episodes and live-streaming of Nick Jr., the
24-hour network from Nickelodeon dedicated to preschoolers and
My Nick Jr., which is rolling out this spring in the U.S.,
is an authenticated, multi-screen experience that lets parents
customize a playlist for their kids on television, desktops and
tablets. The new offering allows parents to create a channel by
age, gender and educational themes, featuring all the smart and
fun preschool content from Nickelodeon like Dora the Explorer,
Team Umizoomi, and Bubble Guppies. Parents can also
choose the duration of each viewing, pause content on one device
and resume playing it on another.
EVENTS: KIDS' CHOICE SPORTS 2014:
The creation of Kids' Choice Sports 2014 adds to Nick's
schedule a fourth live tent pole that presently includes TeenNick
HALO Awards, Worldwide Day of Play and Kids' Choice
Awards, which is now in its 27th year. Live from LA
this July, Kids' Choice Sports 2014 is the first-ever expansion
of its iconic Kids' Choice Awards franchise and will be one
big, slimy sports celebration from a kid's point of view. Onstage at
the upfront presentation, Legendary Super Bowl Champion and host of
top-rated Emmy-winning morning talk show LIVE with Kelly and
Michael, Michael Strahan highlighted his role as the show's host
and executive producer, and detailed that this new addition will honor
kids' favorite athletes, teams and sports moments. In true Nickelodeon
spirit, Kids' Choice Sports (KCS) will also feature a daring,
slime-filled sports stunt performed on a star athlete's home turf, a
special halftime live musical performance and top athletes competing
outside their sports realm for a KCS trophy.
Nickelodeon's 2014 upfront presentation was capped with an exclusive
performance from five-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, who performed
her hits, "Brave" and "Love Song," and her newest single "I Choose You."
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