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1. Why Nick’s Pitch Program Doesn’t Work

Why Nickelodon's public pitching spectacles are a disservice to the network and to the artists who work there.

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2. Nick Yanks ‘Korra’ From TV, Moves Series To Online Platforms

In a first-of-its-kind programming move that even surprised the show's creators, Nickelodeon will remove "The Legend of Korra" from its network schedule, and premiere the remaining episodes of season three exclusively on digital platforms.

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3. Nick Greenlights 13 Episodes of Chris Savino’s ‘The Loud House’

Nickelodeon has picked up a new series: "The Loud House" by animation veteran Chris Savino. The series is inspired by Savino's own "chaotic life growing up in a huge household," and follows a boy named Lincoln who lives at home with his 10 sisters. The concept received a 13-episode greenlight based on the following pilot from the studio's 2013 Animated Shorts Program.

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4. ‘Sanjay and Craig’ Art Exhibit ‘Butt What Is Art?’ Opens This Week [Exclusive Art]

Nickelodeon is making a concerted effort to promote its renewed dedication to creativity at its animation studio. This week, they will open an art exhibit, “Butt What Is Art? A Sanjay and Craig Fine Art Retrospective,” at California State University, Fullerton’s Atrium Gallery (Pollak Library). The exhibit will focus on art created for, and inspired by, the series about an Indian boy and his talking snake:

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5. Artist of the Day: Skip Dolphin Hursh

Skip Dolphin Hursh works as a designer and animator for Nickelodeon in New York. Skip uses his free time to create personal work that includes handsomely designed looping animated GIFs that invoke thoughts of toy machinery and strange cellular activity. He explains more about how he arrived at this ongoing project in an interview with Giphy.

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6. First Look at “Legend of Korra—Book 2: Spirits”

The Legend of Korra returns to Nickelodeon with a new season this Friday, September 13, at 7pm (ET/PT). While the new season trailer is action-fueled drama (with a glimpse of the first Avatar Wan), we’ve got an exclusive clip featuring Bolin in a lighter moment from the upcoming season:

Korra’s second season, titled Book 2: “Spirits,” takes place six months after the end of Book 1:

Korra has rid Republic City of Amon and the Equalists, but now she must take on an even larger threat as the physical and spirit worlds collide. During the one-hour premiere, “Rebel Spirit/The Southern Lights,” Korra struggles to find a deeper connection with the Spirit World as she and the gang attend a Southern Water Tribe festival. Then, Korra and Chief Unalaq journey into a dangerous maelstrom and find a source of great spiritual power.

The Legend of Korra is co-created by Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, who also created Avatar: The Last Airbender, and exec produced by DiMartino, Konietzko and Joaquim Dos Santos.

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7. Ypulse Essentials: Concerts Change For The iPod Generation, Millennials & Unemployment, Gen Y Seeks Value

Concerts are becoming more Millennialized (as young people seek to have memorable, interactive experiences, more so than ever before. The Roots’ drummer Questlove reflected this idea, which he refers to as “Shuffle Culture,” at a concert he... Read the rest of this post

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8. Youth Media & Marketing Jobs: MTV, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Cambio

Today we bring you our weekly sampler of cool youth media and marketing gigs. If your company has an open position in the youth media or marketing space, we encourage you to join the Ypulse LinkedIn group, if you haven’t yet, and post there for... Read the rest of this post

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9. “PigGoat BananaMantis!” Is Happening Again

A few weeks ago, I posted a teaser trailer for PigGoat BananaMantis!, a project developed for Nickelodeon by Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan, and animated by Nick Cross.

Nickelodeon had already passed on the project at that point, but after the enthusiastic reaction it received online (including on Cartoon Brew), they’ve revived the idea. Johnny Ryan told VICE magazine yesterday:

[Nickelodeon] helped us make this little teaser trailer cartoon. They really liked the way it turned out and wanted to go on to the next step and develop a pilot. We wrote and storyboarded a pilot episode which they didn’t like so they wound up passing on the whole thing. Fast forward a few months later and animator Nick Cross posted the original cartoon on his site where it got a really positive response. I think this made Nickelodeon rethink their decision and they decided to revive the project.

So now we are going back into development to try and make it work. We haven’t really worked out all the details yet as far as how many episodes and all that stuff. I only just found out that they wanted to try this thing again yesterday.


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10. “PigGoat BananaMantis!” Is Happening Again

A few weeks ago, I posted a teaser trailer for PigGoat BananaMantis!, a project developed for Nickelodeon by Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan, and animated by Nick Cross.

Nickelodeon had already passed on the project at that point, but after the enthusiastic reaction it received online (including on Cartoon Brew), they’ve revived the idea. Johnny Ryan told VICE magazine yesterday:

[Nickelodeon] helped us make this little teaser trailer cartoon. They really liked the way it turned out and wanted to go on to the next step and develop a pilot. We wrote and storyboarded a pilot episode which they didn’t like so they wound up passing on the whole thing. Fast forward a few months later and animator Nick Cross posted the original cartoon on his site where it got a really positive response. I think this made Nickelodeon rethink their decision and they decided to revive the project.

So now we are going back into development to try and make it work. We haven’t really worked out all the details yet as far as how many episodes and all that stuff. I only just found out that they wanted to try this thing again yesterday.

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11. Scriptwriting Advice for Executive Director of the Nickelodeon Writing Program

Over at kiyong’s blog of creative pursuits, Nickelodeon Writing Program executive director Karen Kirkland shared scriptwriting advice for aspiring TV writers.

The writing program aims “to attract, develop and staff writers with diverse backgrounds and experiences” for Nickelodeon Network. There is no fee to apply, and accepted writers can land a paid position that lasts up to one year–earning some invaluable experience in television writing. Here’s some advice from Kirkland:

I love it when I read a MODERN FAMILY spec where the writer has not only given me a fresh perspective on the show in terms of the story idea and the premise, but I can still feel the tone of the show, the character voices have remained intact, but the writer’s voice – in terms of his or her perspective, is also coming through in that script. That’s a really difficult thing to do. And of course, your script has to make me laugh out loud! It has to be funny. The dialogue needs to be witty. Your story, the arcs and your characters all need to be multi-layered. I can always tell when a writer’s had fun writing their script because I have fun reading it. Most of the common flaws are a result of writers that aren’t invested in their work. Before you write your spec, do yourself a favor – write a 1/2-page premise first, then an outline, then (and only then) should you write your first draft. Do your research – it’s not enough to watch a couple of episodes. Watch them all – multiple times!

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12. Ad for new magazine called..."Nickelodeon"

In 1990, an ad that ran in comic books announced the launch of a magazine based on the TV channel Nickelodeon.


Just over a decade later, I began to write for that magazine, and continued doing so until it was canceled almost a decade after that, in 2009.

I love discovering modern artifacts like this, especially when they relate to an institution whose creators were charmingly unaware of the cultural impact they were about to unleash.

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13. “Sanjay and Craig” Talkback

Desperate-for-a-new-hit-show Nickelodeon debuted a new animated series Sanjay and Craig this morning. The show, which is about an Indian boy Sanjay and his talking pet snake Craig, was created by Jim Dirschberger, Jay Howell (designer, Bob’s Burgers) and Andreas Trolf, and exec produced by Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi (The Adventures of Pete and Pete, KaBlam!, Bravest Warriors).

Early reviews have been positive for the hand-drawn series. Entertainment Weekly says that the show is “a quick-paced, eminently GIF-able product of the Internet age,” while also being “a clear throwback to a simpler time.” The AV Club acknowledges the show’s Calvin & Hobbes-like dynamic”

and says that it has “wonderful messages of friendship, joy, intelligence, and most importantly, imagination.” And the San Francisco Chronicle calls the show “juvenile, but also smart and very, very funny” and applauds the creators who “gets that kids are kids, but also that they are often more sophisticated than children’s TV gives them credit for.”

If you’ve seen the show, report back here with your thoughts. As always, these talkbacks are open only to those who have seen a show and wish to discuss it.

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14. Watch 12 Nickelodeon Cartoons From Their Shorts Program

Every few years, a TV network launches an internal shorts program in an attempt to identify new talent and show ideas. These initiatives rarely produce the results the networks desire because artists aren’t court jesters who can perform on demand and create show-ready ideas the moment a network asks for one. Talent development is a years-long investment that requires patience, commitment, and yes, failure. To put it simply, the people who run show development today lack the foresight or knowledge of how animation works to adequately develop the immense pool of talent that is already employed at their studios.

Of course, that won’t stop them from launching ridiculous shorts programs that result in ridiculous shorts, and artists who may or may not be cut out for show creation. Last year, Nickelodeon launched yet another in a long line of these in-house network shorts programs. Remmeber, this is the studio that passed on Adventure Time so identifying talent is not their strong suit. They commissioned twelve micro-shorts for the program, and made them available via a Nick phone app. They haven’t promoted them online, but they are posted on the Internet and we’ve gathered links to all of them below.

From these pitches, Nickelodeon recently said in a press release that “six are currently in series development and two will get pilot orders.” One of the ideas that was pitched to the shorts program, but which didn’t get made as a micro-short was Breadwinners created by Gary DiRaffale (aka Gary Doodles) and Steve Borst. That show was recently picked up for a 20-episode order.

Here are the twelve shorts made last year:


Pam and Sid’s Port A Party created by Annie Sertich and Mindy Sterling
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Baby Stache created by Gary Anthony Williams
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Lucas created by Kyle Dunnigan
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Austin Oliver created by Greg Worswick
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Wing Dings created by TJ Fuller
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Level 15 created by Wolf-Rudiger Bloss
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Zombie Brothers created by Eric Robles
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Carrot and Stick created by Derek Iversen and Miles Hindman
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Marty’s Exotic Animals created by Andrew Friedman
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Cabrito and Chewy created by Allan Jacobsen and Chuckles Austen
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Odyssey Squad! created by Ben Adams
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Tallie Peer Counselor created by Laura Sreebny
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15. Nickelodeon’s CG Artists Have Voted To Go Union

Late-breaking labor news out of Los Angeles:

NICK CG ARTISTS OVERWHELMINGLY RATIFY ANIMATION GUILD CONTRACT
Burbank, CA, July 12 — Newly organized CG artists have ratified a contract negotiated between the Animation Guild, Local 839 IATSE and Nickelodeon Animation Studios. Ratification was overwhelming, with 90.1% of the bargaining unit’s 70 employees voting “Yes.”

The Guild has had a contract with Nickelodeon covering traditional animation artists since 2004. Talks extending union contract protection to Nick’s CG artists extended from March to July of this year, between management and a committee of seventeen employees along with Guild representatives. The primary issue was bridging from Nickelodeon’s corporate insurance to the Motion Picture Industry Health Plan, to insure uninterrupted health coverage for covered employees.

Steve Hulett, the Animation Guild’s Business Representative Steve Hulett issued this statement:

“Five years ago, the Animation Guild went to work organizing Nick’s CG department. We had a number of setbacks, but last year, thanks to Guild organizer Steve Kaplan, communication with employees accelerated and support for the Guild increased dramatically. Early in February, Nickelodeon agreed to a neutral card count and negotiations for a contract started soon thereafter.

“Talks went on for months. TAG had a large negotiating committee of unit employees, most in their early to mid-twenties, and they were focused and tenacious through several long days of work. I doubt we could have reached agreement without them.

“Nick negotiators Bill Cole and Kevin Ellman were tough but flexible, and had a lot to do with the parties reaching agreement.”

Final negotiations over the Memorandum of Agreement wrapped on July 10, with ratification by unit employees taking place at the studio’s Burbank facility on Friday afternoon.

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16. Sponsor News: “SpongeBob SquarePants” Art Show Opening at Gallery Nucleus Tomorrow

Created by marine biologist-turned-animator Stephen Hillenburg in 1999, SpongeBob SquarePants is one of Nickelodeon’s most popular and longest running television shows. The upcoming group art show, “Nautical Nonsense: A Tribute to SpongeBob SquarePants,” will feature artistic interpretations from an eclectic roster of animation artists, illustrators, and cartoonists.

The show’s opening reception will be tomorrow night—Saturday, July 27—from 7-11pm at Gallery Nucleus in the LA suburb of Alhambra (210 East Main St). Admission is $5, and the event will include costumed characters from the show, a scavenger hunt and raffle prizes.

“Plankton Scream” by Peter Bennett (Acrylic on canvas)

“Jellyfishin’ with Gary” by Cuddly Rigor Mortis (Acrylic on panel)

“Sponges” by Oliver Akuin (Gouache)

(Artwork at top of post: “Nautical Nonsense” by Joey Chou, digital illustration)

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17. The Way Nickelodeon Presents Its Creators Reflects the Network’s Ongoing Creative Stagnation

Nickelodeon has rolled out a new set of promos for their upcoming slate of animated shows in a series of behind-the-scenes clips embedded in their Nick Studio 10 pre-teen programming block. Here, viewers are introduced to new series like Breadwinners and Rabbids Invasion, and reacquainted with returning players like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Monsters Vs. Aliens, Sanjay and Craig and The Legend of Korra.

In the Nick Studio 10 spots, a pair of hyperactive tweens scramble from one studio cubicle to another to chew the scenery with unidentified mononymous animation “experts” with names like “Bret”, “Ciro” and “Claudia”. The entire experience results in a headache-inducing panderfest that is desperately trying to connect to its youthful demographic.

The direction of this presentation style is the polar opposite of Cartoon Network’s recent profiling of their upcoming slate of auteur-driven, character-based properties from smart, hipster-ish millenials. While CN is at least making an attempt to shine a light on nurturing bright ideas from the next generation of talent, Nick hopes to distract from rebooted ideas and threadbare concepts with quick cuts, dubstepping ducks and rectally-focused gags that take the form of toilet plungers, cow farts and “butt kicks.”

Ultimately, Nickelodeon would be hard pressed to sell this collection of spinoffs, adaptations and desperate grabs in a sincere, straightforward way. When placed alongside CN shows like Steven Universe or Uncle Grandpa, something like Rabbids Invasion, which began as a manic, unintelligible video game, has trouble competing.

Nick management continues to wallow in its inability to find a clear creative path that distinguishes itself from its competitors. These dips in quality are cyclical in TV animation—just a few years Cartoon Network was in the same position—but Nick’s stumbles have been a ongoing concern for over a decade. These promos serve as an outward reflection of the network’s inability to come up with shows that connect with their audience, and explains better than anything why the entire network subsists on the back of a single decade-and-a-half old, as seen in the network’s recent ratings:

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18. Nick Releases “Legend of Korra” Prequel Webseries “Republic City Hustle”

Nickelodeon is releasing online a three-part Legend of Korra webseries called “Republic City Hustle,” presumably to help build buzz for the second season of the TV series, which will debut next month. The webseries takes place three years before the events of Book 1 and tells the backstory of two of the show’s central figures—brothers Mako and Bolin—and how they ended up with their sidekick Pabu. The first two episodes have already debuted online and can be viewed below:

Legend of Korra: “Republic City Hustle: Part 1″

Legend of Korra: “Republic City Hustle: Part 2″

Besides the obvious redesign of the characters, things were also done differently behind the scenes. This webseries was produced out of Nickelodeon’s on-air graphics department in New York instead of the regular Los Angeles crew. The animation was created in After Effects.

CREDITS
SVP Brand Creative: Matthew Duntemann
Executive Producer: James Stephenson
Producer: Eric Collins
Written by: Tim Hedrick
Directors: Chris Papa and Rob Kohr
Character Design: Evon Freeman & Rachael Hunt
Storyboards: Matthew Robinson
Backgrounds: George Berger and Alexandra DiTullio
Animation: Scott Kennell, Ross Norton, Christine Chen, Alexandra Ditullio, Brett Underhill and Mike Liu
Sound: Beatstreet

(Disclosure: The co-director of this piece, Rob Kohr, provides technical support/maintenance for Cartoon Brew.)

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19. Ypulse Essentials: What’s On Tap For Kids’ TV, Music And Millennials And Branding, Hot New Apps

Get ready for a very different kids’ media landscape (as Disney and Nickelodeon go head to head for ratings. Disney is trying to bolster itself for the fallout after losing shows like “Hannah Montana” and “The Wizards Of... Read the rest of this post

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20. Youth Media And Marketing Movers & Shakers

Today we bring you another installment of Youth Media Movers and Shakers. We’ve culled through industry publications looking for the recent executive placements we think you should know about. If you have executive news that you want us to... Read the rest of this post

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21. Ypulse Essentials: The White House Gets Millennials, Tablets For Kids, Millennial Spending

Michelle Obama will be making her first appearance on Nick’s Kids’ Choice Awards this weekend (presenting Taylor Swift with the Big Help Award. The First Lady won the award herself in 2010 for the Let’s Move! Campaign. In other... Read the rest of this post

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22. Youth Media And Marketing Movers & Shakers

Today we bring you another installment of Youth Media Movers and Shakers. We’ve culled through industry publications looking for the recent executive placements we think you should know about. If you have executive news that you want us to... Read the rest of this post

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23. Ypulse Essentials: Kids’ Choice Award Winners, Angry Birds Head To TV, Children Are Self-Published Authors

Nickelodeon hosted the 25th annual Kids’ Choice Awards this weekend (where the top stars in the youth world went home with orange blimps and slime covered clothes. It’s no surprise that Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez were among the big... Read the rest of this post

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24. Youth Media & Marketing Jobs: Nickelodeon, W.W. Norton, Vice

Today we bring you our weekly sampler of cool youth media and marketing gigs. If your company has an open position in the youth media or marketing space, we encourage you to join the Ypulse LinkedIn group, if you haven’t yet, and post there for... Read the rest of this post

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25. TALKBACK: “The Legend of Korra”

The second third episode of Nickelodeon’s new Avatar spin-off The Legend of Korra aired this morning. The show was creaed by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. If you’ve been watching, share your thoughts on the first few episodes.


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