Nickelodeon launches first UK playalong app

Nickelodeon UK & Ireland is launching its first playalong app for its popular SpongeBob SquarePants series. The app, SpongeMaster, will be available free on iOS and Android devices, and uses questions that appear live on air to quiz audiences, with prizes available for the top-scoring players. SpongeBob SquarePants episodes featuring SpongeMaster questions will air on […]

Viacom names Levy global COO

Viacom’s worldwide entertainment arm has named Sarah Levy as its COO. Levy will oversee operations and strategy for Viacom Global Entertainment Group (VGEG)’s domestic cable channels and those networks that sit within the Viacom International Media Networks division. She has been promoted, having formerly been COO of Viacom Kids & Family Group, which was rebranded […]

Viacom: Kids still gravitate to linear TV

TV is still the most popular way for kids to consume video content, according to new research from Nickelodeon owner Viacom. Its latest International Insights research shows that around the world kids use an average of five sources to watch TV and video content. Of those surveyed, over 90% said they regularly watch linear TV. […]

Nickelodeon president Hicks steps down

Nickelodeon president Russell Hicks has resigned from his post after 18 years with the Viacom-owned kids channel. Hicks, formerly Nick’s marketing chief, was upped to president, content development and production at the Nickelodeon Group in 2012. According to various US reports, he has resigned after a four-month medical break, and Nick has no immediate plans […]

Inea adds three channels

Polish cable operator Inea has added movie channel Paramount Channel HD, Comedy Central Polska HD and kids channel Nickeldeon Polska to its programming line-up. The channels will be part of Inea’s Super HD package, while Paramount Channel HD viewers will be able to watch the channel as part of the HD standard package for a […]

New launches for Nickelodeon interactive app

Viacom will roll out Nick Play in four more markets, with the iOS and Android kids app launching in Denmark, Norway, Poland and Sweden. The Nickelodeon app, formerly known as the Nick App and now branded Nick Play, has episodes of shows from the kids channel, original shortform content and games and behind the scenes […]

Nickelodeon UK’s McCann leaves MD role

Tina McCann is exiting Nickelodeon UK as part of a “management handover” that sees VP, editorial Alison Bakunowich named general manager. McCann has been Nick UK’s managing director for the past five-and-a-half years, but is exiting to resume work as a freelance executive coach and media consultant. Bakunowich takes up her new role in March, […]

Nickelodeon Play launches in MENA via OSN

Children’s app Nickelodeon Play is now available in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to customers of pay TV service OSN. OSN subscribers will be able to access full episodes of Nickelodeon shows via the mobile service, with content available in both English and Arabic. The operator said that more than 1,000 pieces […]

Viacom unveils Play Plex mobile TV apps

Viacom has unveiled Viacom Play Plex, a suite of mobile TV apps that will offer subscription access to programming from international channels including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV. Play Plex will comprise a suite of mobile apps for Android and iOS-enabled devices, which Viacom’s distribution partners can offer to their customers. The service will is likely to […]

Nickelodeon launches kids app in Portugal

Viacom-owned kids channel Nickelodeon has launched its free app in Portugal for the first time. The free iOS and Android Nick App will be available through the Apple Store and Google Play to Portuguese viewers, offering access to about 1,000 items of Nickelodeon-themed content. Portuguese kids will be able to view short-form videos of original […]