March 30, 2001 |
Viacom Inc. signed a landmark deal this week to launch Nickelodeon in 40 million Chinese households May 1, marking the second time the entertainment company has been allowed by the Beijing government to take its U.S. brands into Chinese homes. Under a 3-year-old pact, Viacom is already bringing MTV to 54 million households in China, the world's largest television market based on the 300 million homes with TV sets. That is three times as many television households as in the U.S.
March 9, 1999 |
Viacom's hyper-competitive chairman, Sumner Redstone, wasn't happy to learn recently that Walt Disney has an animated movie version of the children's animated TV series "Doug" coming out this month. It still sticks in the media mogul's craw that Viacom's hip family label, Nickelodeon, dropped the ball three years ago and let Disney get hold of one of its top-rated programs and coveted kids' franchises.
May 4, 1993 |
When Nickelodeon, the cable TV network for children, asked 11-year-old Emily Frlekin to take part in a marketing research project, she thought it sounded terrific. So did her mom, Angela. For Emily, who lives in North Hollywood, it was a chance to earn a $100 savings bond--and brag to friends that her opinions on everything from new TV shows to fashions were important to Nickelodeon.
December 10, 2007 |
Atop the Nickelodeon studios in Burbank is a larger-than-life cavalcade of the cable network's signature animated characters. SpongeBob SquarePants is up there. So is Dora the Explorer, as well as a handful of others. Joining them soon, hope the network's executives, will be Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private -- the raucously comic penguins from the DreamWorks Animation film "Madagascar." Thanks to their Viacom Inc.
July 22, 1999 |
The line for autographs from singer Aaron Carter wrapped nearly all the way around the Nickelodeon Kidway at the All That Music & More Festival here. Marlee Fritz, of nearby Freeport, Pa., waited in line more than half an hour to meet the new, hot preteen idol. "I love him," she squealed. But he's only 11. "I'm only 11," she said.
August 30, 2001 |
Writers Guild of America members today plan to picket outside the Burbank studios of cable network Nickelodeon, a day after the union complained to the National Labor Relations Board that network supervisors have been obstructing efforts to organize writers on six animated shows. Wednesday's complaint was the third filed by the WGA in two months.
December 17, 2000 |
Even as millions of kids flocked to movie theaters to see Nickelodeon's "Rugrats in Paris" over Thanksgiving weekend, the folks at the cable channel were plotting and planning to take "The Wild Thornberrys," already a quiet success on television, to the big screen too. The idea is to turn "Wild Thornberrys" into a mega-hit like "Rugrats." It will be two years before Nick knows for sure if it has managed anything close.
October 7, 1996 |
Reacting to the decline of traditional family programming on the major networks at 8 p.m., Nickelodeon--the cable channel that specializes in children's fare--is leaping into the breach. Beginning tonight, it will offer original series nightly in the first half-hour of prime time, rather than the Nick at Nite reruns that have been its nighttime staple for years.
June 27, 2006 |
Paramount Pictures plans a sweeping reorganization that will bring in house its two sister movie operations, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies, as part of an effort to end what has frequently been viewed as a dysfunctional relationship. Although all three are owned by parent Viacom Inc.
April 29, 1998 |
Two of the biggest names in children's television, Nickelodeon and Children's Television Workshop, paired up Tuesday to announce the creation of a noncommercial cable channel aimed at providing educational programming for kids between the ages of 2 and 14--including reruns of "Sesame Street."