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October 11, 2012 | By Meg James
The executive exodus continues at Nickelodeon. On Thursday, the embattled children's network witnessed two more departures of high-level executives: Paul Ward, a 22-year veteran of MTV Networks and head of prime-time acquisitions, and Pete Danielsen, executive vice president of programming. Danielsen, who has worked at Nickelodeon for 12 years, was in charge of scheduling. Both were based at Nickelodeon's New York headquarters. Six weeks ago, the network pushed out its head of animation, Brown Johnson, the Nickelodeon executive most responsible for creating the hit "Dora the Explorer.
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April 2, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
So what's going on with Jennette McCurdy? The costar of "Sam & Cat," a show spun off from Nickelodeon's "iCarly," was absent over the weekend from the Kids' Choice Awards - and now her live-action comedy has apparently gone on hiatus unexpectedly. Skipping the fan-voted KCAs is no biggie, right? Unless you're scheduled to be there, and your show is so hot it wins top TV comedy, which the popular "Sam & Cat" did, and your costar is so hot she wins top TV actress, which Ariana Grande did.  Initial speculation was that the 21-year-old McCurdy had stayed off the red carpet because of sexy lingerie selfies that were leaked online at the beginning of March (more on that later)
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October 9, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Viacom 's Nickelodeon has struck a deal to sell its programming to Hulu Plus, the subscription arm of the online video platform Hulu. Starting today, recent episodes of Nickelodeon shows such as "iCarly" and "SpongeBob SquarePants" and its much-anticipated new version of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" will be available to Hulu Plus subscribers. The episodes will be available three weeks after airing on Nickelodeon. The move has some analysts shaking their heads, who point to Nickelodeon's willingness to sell its programming to Netflix as playing a part in the cable network's ratings decline during the past year.
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February 17, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
And the cartoons keep coming. "Breadwinners," which premieres Monday night on Nickelodeon before settling in to its regular time slot on Saturday morning, is a second step from that network (after "Sanjay and Craig"), toward, or perhaps back toward, a more raucous, handmade, "creator-driven" brand of animation. (Computer animation and DreamWorks film spinoffs like "Penguins of Madagascar" and "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness" have lately defined the brand, but Nick is also the network of "SpongeBob SquarePants" and "The Fairly OddParents.
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November 30, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
"iCarly" fans, dab those tears. A week after the hit Nickelodeon show wrapped its run, the network has announced the series pickup of "iCarly"/"Victorious" offshoot "Sam & Cat. " The spinoff comedy, which was given a 20-episode order, features Jennette McCurdy ("iCarly's" Sam Puckett) and Ariana Grande ("Victorious'" Cat Valentine). The two will reprise their roles from their respective shows -- only in this universe, they'll pair up as roommates and start their own babysitting business.
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October 2, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Nickelodeon announced Tuesday that its revamp of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" has been picked up for a second season. This calls for a pizza, yes? The writing was written on the sewer wall. Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello proved that shelled crusaders never go out of style with its mid-morning premiere on the network over the weekend. It ranked as the week's top telecast with kids 2-11 (2.1 million -- more than half were boys) and was the No. 1  kids program on basic cable, with 3.9 million viewers for the week.
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August 26, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
This is the first in a series of Streamland blog posts on Show Tracker examining TV shows and shorts made exclusively for a streaming audience. As more and more viewers watch programming on smartphones, tablets and laptops, Streamland will work to highlight interesting and unique offerings from all corners of the digital universe. It's only 1 minute and 57 seconds long, but the Nickelodeon animated original short "Carrot and Stick" is noteworthy in part because it was co-created by longtime "SpongeBob SquarePants" writer Derek Iversen and fellow animation writer and collaborator Miles Hindman.
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September 26, 2012 | Meg James, Los Angeles Times
The turtles are being unleashed in the nick of time. On Saturday morning, Nickelodeon will take the lid off a slicker, hipper version of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. " The armed reptiles, a hugely popular cartoon franchise in the '80s and '90s, are the latest effort by the children's network to combat a dramatic ratings plunge. Over the past year, Nickelodeon has lost 28% of its young audience, according to ratings firm Nielsen. The network's signature programming, "SpongeBob SquarePants" and tween sensation "iCarly," have lost cache with kids who are turning to other channels and other entertainment such as video games.
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February 17, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
And the cartoons keep coming. "Breadwinners," which premieres Monday night on Nickelodeon before settling in to its regular time slot on Saturday morning, is a second step from that network (after "Sanjay and Craig"), toward, or perhaps back toward, a more raucous, handmade, "creator-driven" brand of animation. (Computer animation and DreamWorks film spinoffs like "Penguins of Madagascar" and "Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness" have lately defined the brand, but Nick is also the network of "SpongeBob SquarePants" and "The Fairly OddParents.
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July 25, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Parents, get ready for more nautical nonsense. Viacom Inc.'s Nickelodeon has made a deal with Activision Blizzard Inc.'s publishing arm to develop and publish video games based on the network's cartoon "SpongeBob SquarePants. " Santa Monica-based Activision Publishing Inc. has signed on as the master video game licensee for the kids' show featuring the porous character, Nickelodeon said Thursday. SpongeBob games had previously been made by THQ, which filed for bankruptcy last year.  Earlier this year, Activision and Nickelodeon reached an agreement to make games based on the network's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" animated show, which THQ also used to work on. Nickelodeon and Activision announced a new "Ninja Turtles" game last week.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll The first game to surface from the expanded, multi-year deal will be called "SpongeBob SquarePants: Plankton's Robotic Revenge," and will be released in October, the companies said.  That game will be available on  Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii and Wii U and the Nintendo DS and 3DS handheld devices.  ALSO: Univision confirms split with radio host Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo Audiam helps artists get paid from plays of their songs on YouTube Tired of blockbusters: Moviegoers want Adam Sandler, not 'Pacific Rim' Follow on Twitter: @rfaughnder ryan.faughnder@latimes.com MORE...
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February 7, 2014 | By Meg James
Nickelodeon's new cartoon was hatched not through traditional television channels but in a Studio City efficiency apartment nicknamed the "Doodle Chamber. " The 41/2 -minute cartoon about two feisty, accident-prone ducks was intended to be a one-off, a little film crafted to entertain fellow animators at a short-film festival held at a New York bar. But in the hurly-burly world of children's television, network executives are desperate to find that next big hit. When animator Gary Di Raffaele, who goes by the name Gary Doodles, got an inquiry from a Nickelodeon executive about his duck cartoon, which he had posted on YouTube: "I thought it was spam," Di Raffaele said.
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February 3, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Wallykazam!," you might have guessed from the title, is a show for young people. Premiering Monday afternoon on Nickelodeon, it is a preschool, literacy-based cartoon that essentially takes a "Sesame Street" sound-of-this-letter blackout and works it into a 22-minute story. Wally is a 6-year-old troll with a puppyish pet dragon named Norville, evidently a graduate of the Scooby-Doo School of Diction, and a magic stick that can create things out of thin air, but only if they begin with the letter-sound of the day. (It's like a supernatural Enigma machine.)
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January 30, 2014 | By Meg James
Media company Viacom Inc. reported 16% higher profit in its fiscal first quarter but revenue dipped -- raising worries on Wall Street about a slow-down in domestic advertising sales. But blame Paramount Pictures, the Los Angeles-based movie studio, for  Viacom's lower revenue in the quarter ended Dec. 31. Studio revenue plunged 30% to $681 million because of fewer movie releases compared to the year-earlier period. TIMELINE: Best Super Bowl commercials Paramount lost $74 million in the quarter, which was an improvement over the previous year period when the studio lost $139 million.
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January 16, 2014 | By Meg James
The management shake-up at Nickelodeon continued late Thursday, with the departures of two senior executives, Paula Kaplan and Sal Maniaci. Kaplan, who has served as executive vice president of current TV series, told her team Thursday that she would be leaving the children's network, according to people familiar with the matter. A network spokesman confirmed Kaplan's pending exit but would not elaborate. Kaplan's departure was reported earlier Thursday. FACES TO WATCH 2014: Digital media Late Thursday, Nickelodeon said that Maniaci -- who re-joined the Viacom Inc.-owned cable channel, his longtime home, nearly two years ago after a stint at sister outlet TV Land -- also was resigning.
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January 16, 2014 | By Meg James
Management changes continue at Nickelodeon as another high-level executive announced that she was leaving the children's channel - her home for nearly 20 years. Paula Kaplan, who serves as executive vice president of current TV series, told her team on Thursday that she would be leaving the network, according to people familiar with the matter. Kaplan previously was a West Coast general manager and head of talent and casting for many of Nickelodeon's businesses. She did not return a call left at her office Thursday afternoon.
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December 11, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Walt Disney Co. has hired a former Nickelodeon and Newsweek executive to run its ABC Family cable network. Tom Ascheim, who has ties to Disney Media Networks Co-Chair Anne Sweeney, will become president of ABC Family. He and Sweeney worked together at Nickelodeon in the 1990s. Ascheim succeeds Michael Riley, who announced in September he would be leaving his position. "Whether in print, television, or the financial sector, Tom has gone from success to success," Sweeney said in a statement.
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August 30, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before figuring out whether if I act like Charlie Sheen I can get his job security. The Skinny: FX gave an order for 90 more episodes of Charlie Sheen's new sitcom "Anger Management. " That's not a typo. Thursday's headlines include some big executive changes at Nickelodeon and Fox, and Dick Clark Productions may have a buyer. Otherwise, it is pretty slow as most of Hollywood is on vacation this week. Daily Dose: Over the last few months, ABC, NBCand Fox have all gotten new program planning chiefs.
BUSINESS
October 12, 2004 | From Dow Jones/Associated Press
Viacom Inc. unit Nickelodeon Networks realigned its senior management as part of a plan to consolidate its licensing and recreation businesses under Nickelodeon Enterprises. Leigh Anne Brodsky, most recently executive vice president of Nickelodeon Consumer Products, was named president of Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products.
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November 19, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Although (and also because) they exist at the margins of what we talk about when we talk about television -- cable drama eating up most of that air, unfairly -- cartoons are among the most original, personal, forward-looking and also historically conscious works the medium has to offer. And much as advances in home-recording technology democratized music, better and more affordable animation software has helped open up TV, in its coat of many platforms, to new and independent voices.
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October 10, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The Writers Guild of America, West, says it has collected $11 million in residual payments and interest for writers who work on Nickelodeon shows. In an email to members Thursday, guild President Chris Keyser and Executive Director David Young said Nickelodeon had agreed to distribute the money owed to writers. The guild had pursued arbitration claims against Nickelodeon alleging an "egregious, ongoing failure to pay residuals on a timely basis. " This spring, the union had demanded the company post a multimillion bond to cover future residuals on its shows.
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