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THE818NOW
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 the Burbank animation studio's willingness to sell its programming to Netflix as playing a part in the cable network's ratings decline during the past year.
THE818NOW
April 16, 2013
Another influential programmer at Nickelodeon -- Margie Cohn -- is leaving the children's network as the operation struggles to remain relevant with pint-sized viewers who are watching content on different platforms. Nickelodeon said Monday that Cohn, president of content development, as well as Alison Dexter, the Los Angeles-based executive vice president of production, were exiting the network immediately. The shuffles come at a sensitive time for Nickelodeon, which recently made its sales pitch to advertisers looking to buy commercial time for the upcoming season.
THE818NOW
November 30, 2012
"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.
THE818NOW
September 27, 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.
THE818NOW
July 25, 2013
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, Burbank-based Nickelodeon said Thursday. SpongeBob games had previously been made by THQ, which filed for bankruptcy last year.  Continue reading > > -- Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times 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
THE818NOW
August 30, 2012
Reeling from its spectacular ratings fall, Burbank-based 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.
THE818NOW
October 3, 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.
THE818NOW
July 16, 2012
Ratings for Viacom 's Nickelodeon have fallen dramatically in the days since the channel was dropped from satellite broadcaster DirecTV over a fee dispute. On July 10, the last day Burbank-based Nickelodeon had distribution on DirecTV, its total day audience was about 1.8 million. On July 11, that figure fell 33% to 1.2 million.  On Friday, the average was up slightly to 1.3 million. Losing carriage on DirecTV couldn't have come at a worse time for Nickelodeon.
NEWS
By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com | October 7, 2011
The blacktop at Washington Elementary School was transformed Friday into an explosive canvas of color as Nickelodeon artists helped students celebrate the 11th annual California Arts Day. “I love that we just get to express ourselves and draw what we love,” said fifth-grader Alexandria Llamas, 10, as she and classmates labored over chalk drawings. Washington Elementary has marked Arts Day with a chalk festival for about a decade, said Principal Arlene Mooradian-Zenian, and it is more anticipated and beloved than any of the traditional holidays.
LOCAL
By By Lauren Hilgers | December 17, 2005
BURBANK -- A production assistant at Nickelodeon was arrested Friday on suspicion of child molestation, after a two-day investigation led to allegations that he fondled a 14-year-old Burbank boy, police said. Ezell Channel, a 36-year-old Tarzana resident, has been charged with two felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office for allegedly molesting the boy at Nickelodeon, Burbank Police Sgt. Jay Jette said, declining to elaborate on the allegations.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | March 25, 2014
Burbank city officials approved a 113,760-square-foot office addition to the Nickelodeon Animation Studios lot on Olive Avenue this week, a move company representatives said would help streamline its operations and bring about 450 additional employees to the Media City. Planning Board members voted 4-0 Monday to give developers Accord/BRO Members, LLC the go-ahead to build on a lot next to Nickelodeon's offices, which currently house 300 employees in 120,000 square feet on a 1.5-acre lot. The animation network will then lease all of the units in the new building.
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By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | February 7, 2014
A longtime Burbank Unified elementary teacher passed away recently, school officials announced Wednesday. Fred Brendel began teaching in Burbank in 1964 at Stevenson Elementary, where he spent the majority of his career except for a one-year-stint in the late 1960s at Bret Harte Elementary. Until he retired in 1995, Brendel taught fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. -- Follow Kelly Corrigan on Twitter: @kellymcorrigan . ALSO: Burbank man charged with attempted murder in stabbing Nickelodeon recovers from ratings slump with new cartoon 'Breadwinners' Burbank and Glendale to purchase new helicopter as part of joint agreement
THE818NOW
By Meg James | February 7, 2014
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.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | November 13, 2013
A bench, featuring 800 hand-decorated butterflies made by students, teachers and administrators now adorns Thomas Jefferson Elementary, a tribute to the seven species of the brightly colored insects that flutter by the campus. Parents last week unveiled the remade bench where the fritillaries and the California Sister species of butterflies have been spotted among the plants and vegetables including carrots and sunflowers that students grow each year to pay homage to the country's third president and the garden he kept.
THE818NOW
July 25, 2013
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, Burbank-based Nickelodeon said Thursday. SpongeBob games had previously been made by THQ, which filed for bankruptcy last year.  Continue reading > > -- Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times 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
COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | May 23, 2013
Nickelodeon Animation Studios has formed a partnership with Muir Middle School to help get its media program running, said Carson Smith, human resources manager. Nickelodeon's media technology services team, under Director Boris Beaubien, worked with Muir's Principal Greg Miller to develop a three-session, one-hour class that serves as an introduction to the role of the computer in the animation process. The media technology team brought computers into the classroom and instructed the students on how to safely install hardware and trouble-shoot potential issues during the first class.
THE818NOW
April 16, 2013
Another influential programmer at Nickelodeon -- Margie Cohn -- is leaving the children's network as the operation struggles to remain relevant with pint-sized viewers who are watching content on different platforms. Nickelodeon said Monday that Cohn, president of content development, as well as Alison Dexter, the Los Angeles-based executive vice president of production, were exiting the network immediately. The shuffles come at a sensitive time for Nickelodeon, which recently made its sales pitch to advertisers looking to buy commercial time for the upcoming season.
COMMUNITY
By Joyce Rudolph | January 23, 2013
Nickelodeon recently donated more than 60 “gently used” computers and 40 monitors to the Burbank Unified School District Arts For All program. A number of the machines donated by the Burbank animation studio were used in the production of computer-generated shows, said Carson Smith, Nickelodeon Human Resources manager. The company made the donation for two reasons. “We at Nickelodeon think it is extremely important to partner with the community, and since our motto has always been 'Kids First,' we thought it was fitting that the machines would benefit children in the area,” Smith said.
THE818NOW
November 30, 2012
"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.
THE818NOW
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 the Burbank animation studio'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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