October 11, 2012 |
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.
October 10, 2012 |
The ratings woes at Viacom's kids cable network Nickelodeon have received lots of attention lately, but one media analyst warns that the picture is not that much brighter at MTV. Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. analyst Todd Juenger noted in a report that ratings at MTV declined 32% in the third quarter compared with the same period a year ago. On top of that, the hit "Jersey Shore" is wrapping up, and finding other shows that can pick up the slack won't...
October 9, 2012 |
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.
October 2, 2012 |
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.
September 26, 2012 |
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.
September 8, 2012 |
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has become such an enormous global franchise - the action figures! the movies! the short-lived breakfast cereal! - that it's easy to forget that it began life in the early 1980s as little more than a goof. Kevin Eastman was messing around with his friend and fellow artist Peter Laird, just doodling to pass the time, and came up with a sketch of a masked turtle, twin nunchaku at the ready. Even the title they came up with - "ENMV0002398"> "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" - sounded like what it was: a joke told between fanboys.
August 30, 2012 |
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.
August 29, 2012 |
Reeling from its spectacular ratings fall, Nickelodeon has pushed out animation chief Brown Johnson, the executive most responsible for creating the network's cartoon sensation "Dora the Explorer. " Johnson is leaving Nickelodeon "to pursue her own creative endeavors," Nickelodeon said in a statement Wednesday. She had served as president of animation for four years, but had been a creative force within the network for two decades. Johnson was key to Nickelodeon's enormous success during the last decade, guiding "Dora the Explorer" and "Blues Clues," cornerstones of the network's ground-breaking preschool programming.
August 27, 2012 |
Tuesday night at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, as the grand finale of the Cinefamily's "Everything Is Festival," a tribe will gather to celebrate a children's show that was something more than a children's show. "The Adventures of Pete & Pete," which ran on Nickelodeon in assorted sizes from 1989 to 1996, told the story of two brothers named Pete living in a town called Wellsville with their father and their mother and the metal plate in their mother's head, which got its own credit in the opening titles - as did Petunia, the younger Pete's dancing-girl tattoo.
August 3, 2012 |
Nickelodeon unveiled a new slate of projects on Friday, including a spinoff of its hit series "iCarly. " The pilot "Gibby," created by"iCarly's" Dan Schneider, follows Gibby, Carly's odd friend, as he takes a job at a rec center for kids of all ages. Noah Munck will reprise his role as Gibby, who will become mentor to four quirky middle-schoolers. Another show from Schneider combines characters from "iCarly" and his "Victorious" series. The pilot, "Sam & Cat," teams Carly's best friend, Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy)