July 4, 1988 |
Nickelodeon, the cable channel that intends to be everything hip and new to its target audience of children, is creating as its signature show a program as conventional and as old as television itself--a talk show. But in keeping with its reputation for breaking innovative and profitable new ground by re-casting proven TV genres into spritely versions for children, the cable network has come up with a startling spin on the formula--devising a talk show that puts limits on talk.
March 25, 2004 |
Chalk one up for SpongeBob. Nickelodeon, home of the top-rated kids' show "SpongeBob SquarePants," has pulled off an unusual maneuver that probably will reshuffle the cable network ratings and hurt rivals such as Lifetime, USA Network and TNT. For years, Nickelodeon, which reaches more than 85 million U.S.
December 16, 1995 |
Geraldine Laybourne, the executive who built Nickelodeon into the top-rated 24-hour cable network and one of the most profitable channels, is leaving Viacom Inc. to head the cable programming efforts of the combined Walt Disney Co. and Capital Cities/ABC Inc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.