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PR: Actor Josh Duhamel To Host Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards 2013

Star-Studded Slime Fest to hit UK screens on Sunday, 24th March at 5:30pm

London, 23rd January 2013Kids’ Choice Awards slime recipient and Transformers actor, Josh Duhamel JoshDuhamelNickChoice2013 (Transformers: Dark of the Moon, New Year’s Eve  and upcoming Safe Haven) will take the reins for the first time as host of Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2013, broadcast on Sunday, 24th March at 5:30pm. Celebrated as the ultimate kid experience where Hollywood and slime collide, kids rule and honour their favourites from the worlds of film, music, sports and television. The celebrity-filled ceremony will take place at USC’s Galen Center on 23rd March with UK audiences able to see all of the slime and star action less than 24 hours after the live US show.The nominees for this year’s awards will be revealed in the upcoming weeks.

“Josh Duhamel will be joined by the world’s biggest stars on stage at this year’s Kids’ Choice Awards in L.A.,” said Tina McCann, Managing Director, Nickelodeon UK & Ireland. “UK kids can take part in the show by voting for their favourite movie, TV and music stars online.”

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards is a great event that celebrates kids by honouring their opinions and taps into the kid in all of us,” said Duhamel. “I have a lot of secret plans for when I host the awards, but I can tell you I’m excited to lead millions of kids into total crazy fun, chaos… and, of course, endless slime!”

One of Hollywood’s top leading men, Duhamel recently began production on the drama You’re Not You, alongside Hilary Swank and Emmy Rossum. This month, Duhamel will be seen in the star-studded, ensemble comedy Movie 43 alongside Emma Stone, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Kate Winslet and Richard Gere, among others. In February, Duhamel will star opposite Julianne Hough in Lasse Hallstrom’s Safe Haven, and the thriller Scenic Route. Additional film credits include the romantic comedy Life as We Know It, Ramona and Beezus, When in Rome and The Romantics. On television, Josh is best known for his role as Danny McCoy on the NBC crime drama Las Vegas. Additionally, he lent his voice to Nickelodeon’s Emmy Award-winning animated series Fanboy & Chum Chum and starred in several seasons of the long-running ABC soap opera All My Children, in which he received three consecutive Daytime Emmy nominations.

Last year Nickelodeon UK emerged as the #1 kids’ channel during the premiere broadcast of the KCAs 2012 (including pre-show) reaching 280,000 kids (446,000 viewers) and the audience was up 26% year-on-year.* Voting spanned six continents across 13 localized voting sites in eleven different languages. Over 220 million votes were registered worldwide in 2012, including almost two million online UK votes for Nick UK-specific categories.

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2013will be seen in more than 350 million households around the world and in more than 25 languages. Within hours of airing live in the US and Canada, the show will roll out internationally, providing kids around the world the opportunity to tune into their local Nickelodeon channel to enjoy the show faster than ever. In many international markets, Nickelodeon’s KCAs 2013 will feature country-specific award categories and nominees, such as “Favourite UK TV Show” and “Artista Brasileiro Favorito.” Voting for Nickelodeon’s KCAs 2013will span over six continents across 16 localized voting sites, giving kids practically everywhere the chance to decide who takes home a coveted blimp. Ratings for the KCAs 2012 were up double-digits YOY internationally, and the show was rated #1 in its timeslot among kids channels in key international markets including the UK, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Singapore and more.

Presenting international sponsor for the Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2013 is DreamWorks’ The Croods.

Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2013is being produced by Nickelodeon Productions in association with Bob Bain Productions. Bob Bain, Marjorie Cohn and Paula Kaplan are Executive Producers.

Nickelodeon has been bringing audiences in the UK and Ireland hit international and locally-produced kid’s content since 1993. Reaching 14 million homes, Nickelodeon offers a schedule packed with innovative, playful and heartfelt programming featuring top shows such as House of Anubis, SpongeBob SquarePants and iCarly. Viewers can also catch Nickelodeon in high definition through Nickelodeon HD and have the opportunity to catch up with the schedule through Nick +1. Exclusive games, behind the scenes clips, show information and more are available on nick.co.uk Nickelodeon is on Sky 604, Virgin 712, through BT Vision and TalkTalk channel 315.

Nickelodeon UK comprises seven dedicated entertainment channels for kids aged 4-15 and is a joint venture between Viacom International Media and BSkyB Networks. Launched in 1993, the Nickelodeon Network is a top-performing commercial kids TV network in the UK and Ireland with Nickelodeon channels available in over 14 million cable and satellite homes.

* figures and comparisons for live and same day time shift only. Source: BARB/ C&S homes/ Nickelodeon/ K4-15/K4-14/Ind 4+(includes live data)

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