Wednesday, May 25, 2016

At the Nick

I spent part of yesterday at Nick's central headquarters on Olive Avenue in Burbank. The studio has some series near completion (meaning they're not being renewed), but there are quite a few people working. Various artists and leads are getting longer term personal service contracts though the projects they're on have end dates. And though some newer series haven't taken flight, Nick/Viacom has been quick to jump on those that do:

Nickelodeon announced today that it has greenlit a 14-episode second season of its new animated series, The Loud House, rising to the top as the number-one animated kids' show on TV since its May 2 launch. ...

The Loud House is based on an animated short of the same name from Nickelodeon's annual Animated Shorts Program. It is the first series to be greenlit out of the global program which is designed to mine and cultivate a new generation of creative talent. Created and executive produced by Chris Savino (Rocko's Modern Life, The Powerpuff Girls). ...

Even as the owner-operators of Viacom duke it out ... and the stock price drops and rises like a berserk roller coaster, work to expand Nickelodeon goes on. The skyscraper being built next to the studio is close to completion, and the animation division is forging ahead with new projects.

By the end of the year, far-flung Nick units will move to the expanded facilities on Olive and Nickelodeon will enter a new phase of its existence.


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