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Wayans, MacFarlane Judging at Nicktoons Festival

Shawn and Marlon Wayans, Seth MacFarlane, and Bill Plympton are among the judges named for the third annual Nicktoons Network Animation Festival, it was announced today. They are joined on the panel by Andreas Deja and J. G. Quintel, who was last year’s Producers Choice and Student Award winner. The two-day Festival will kick off […]

Cedar Fair to Buy Paramount Parks

CBS Corp. will sell its Paramount Parks division to Cedar Fair, L.P. for $1.24 billion, the companies announced today. Paramount operates several Nickelodeon-themed rides at its parks. The five Paramount Parks are Toronto’s Wonderland, Cincinnati’s King’s Island, Richmond’s King’s Dominion, Charlotte’s Carowinds, and Santa Clara’s Great America. Cedar Fair owns seven amusement parks, including Knott’s […]

"SpongeBob" Season 4 DVD Coming in September

Paramount Home Entertainment will release SpongeBob SquarePants, Season 4, Volume 1 to DVD in September, TVShowsOnDVD reports.

Kings Island Adds Nick-Themed Attractions

Paramount’s Kings Island in Mason, Ohio, is premiering six new Nickelodeon-inspired rides and attractions, the company says. The additions include features based on Avatar: The Last Airbender, SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, and Danny Phantom. [Source: PR Newswire]

UPDATED: Wayans' "Thugaboo" Coming to Nick, DVD in August

Thugaboo, a series of animated kids specials produced by the Wayans brothers, will debut on Nickelodeon in mid-August and then be released to DVD on August 29, Animation Magazine reports. Voice cast on the first special, Thugaboo Sneaker Madness, will include Kim Wayans, Michael Rapaport, Aries Spears, David Alan Grier, George Gore II, and Charlie […]

Nick Renews "Backyardigans" and "Kappa Mikey"

The latest “Animated Shorts” column by Steve Fritz reports that Nickelodeon has renewed The Backyardigans and Kappa Mikey, with orders for 20 and 26 additional episodes, respectively. Other news in the column includes coverage of the Adult Swim upfront (which mentions Dexter’s Laboratory/Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky’s involvement in Korgoth of Barbaria), a screening of […]

Nickelodeon UK Acquires "King"

Nickelodeon UK has picked up the animated series King from Canadian studio Decode Entertainment, C21Media reports. The show targets six- to twelve-year-olds and focuses on 12-year-old Russel, who is crowned king of a fantasy world of monsters he discovers.

NY Times on Nick's "Wonder Pets"

The New York Times has a profile article on Nickelodeon’s Wonder Pets, a new animated series in the Nick Jr. programming block (registration required). The show was created by Josh Selig, an alumnus of Sesame Street and Little Bill, and makes novel use of “photo-puppetry” animation and musical accompaniment to tell stories of a trio […]

Nickelodeon Developing Original Japanese Cartoon Series

C21Media is reporting that Nickelodeon is developing two original Japanese cartoon series. The first is Domo-Kun, named for Japanese broadcaster NHK’s mascot, which will be a co-production between Nickelodeon and NHK affiliate Domo Production Company. The second is Akihabara@Deep, based on the graphic novel series, which is being developed with 3D animation house Polygon Pictures. […]

Nickelodeon Announces New Series, Episodes, etc., at Upfront Presentation

Nickelodeon held its upfront presentation to advertisers on Thursday, March 9. During the presentation, Nickelodeon announced a slate that will include content developed from such platforms as feature films, video games, broadband and international production, as well as a multi-million dollar development slate for non-linear productions. Nickelodeon television will also premiere 254 new episodes during […]

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