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Nickelodeon: "Animation Really Is the Heart and Soul of Our Business"

The New York Times examines the continuing success of Nickelodeon (registration required), and makes note of the networks’ continued and unflagging committment to new and on-going animated programming, with Nickelodeon president Cyma Zarghami stating that “Animation really is the heart and soul of our business.” The article looks at the success of old favorites like […]

AvatarSpirit.net Interviews Johanna Brady, "Princess Yue" (UPDATED with part 2)

AvatarSpirit.net has interviewed actress Johanna Brady, the voice actress who portrayed Princess Yue in the final 3 episodes of season 1 of Avatar the Last Airbender. The interview goes into how she got the role and how she differs from her character. Season 1 spoilers are in the interview. UPDATED December 8, 2006: AvatarSpirit.net has […]

Nicktoons Shows Now Available on iTunes

Animation World Network is stating that Nicktoons Network will be launching new content on the iTunes Store, including their new Skyland cartoon that debuts on November 18. All offerings will be $1.99, and presumably season discounts will be available.

NY Times on Nickelodeon vs. Disney

The New York Times looks at the ratings race for children and teen programming, focusing on current front-runner Nickelodeon and rising challenger the Disney Channel (registration required). The article notes that none of Nickelodeon’s new programming has achieved superstar status on the order of Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues, or Rugrats, while also […]

Bowie goes to Bikini Bottom

The Sci-Fi Wire reports that Rock Star David Bowie will appear in a future episode of Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants. Bowie said that his 6-year-old daughter loves the show, and she’s a huge fan. Bowie will play a character called Lord Royal Highness. The episode will be out next year.

Nickelodeon/MTVN Launch ParentsConnect.com

Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids & Family Group has officially launched the Beta version of a new service: ParentsConnect. This service will allow parents and caretakers to connect and advise one another in an easy-to-use format. The site will also partner with Nissan and the GoCityKids website. Later this year, Nickelodeon/MTVN will expand the service into ParentsConnectTV, featuring […]

"Avatar" Co-Creators Appearing at Pacific Media Expo on October 28

The Pacific Media Expo has announced that Avatar the Last Airbender co-creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Koznietzko will be appearing on October 28, 2006 as the conventions’ Guests of Honor. The con will be held on October 28-29 at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport hotel; full details are available at the convention website. (via […]

Nickelodeon Debuts "Wow! Wow! Wubbzy" on August 28

This week’s Animated Shorts column at Newsarama states that Nickelodeon will be debuting Wow! Wow! Wubbzy on Nick Jr. and Noggin this Monday, August 28, at 11:00 AM. The show will be aimed at pre-schoolers and is produed by Bob Boyle (Danny Phantom, Fairly OddParents).

AvatarSpirit Posts "Track Team" Music Interview Pt. 3

AvatarSpirit.net has posted the third and final installment of their interview with the Track Team, the group that provides all the music for Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender. This installment includes information about specific themes and how they were created.

AvatarSpirit Interviews Track Team, Pt. II

AvatarSpirit.net has posted the second part of their interview with the Track Team, the group that provides the music for Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender. This short segment of the interview covers the mechanics of how the group creates music for the show, their use of non-Western instruments, and their favorite contributions to the show.

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