Nick series head to emerging markets
A slew of international broadcasters across Russia, Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) have secured TV deals with Viacom International Media Networks for Nickelodeon programming.
Free-to-air broadcaster 2×2 has signed Nickelodeon’s Legend of Korra, while Kazakhstan’s NTK has landed a Nickelodeon-branded block, including iCarly season two, Big Time Rush season one, True Jackson VP season one, Bubble Guppies seasons one and two, Wonderpets seasons one and two, SpongeBob SquarePants season seven, and a renewal of seasons five and six, Penguins of Madagascar episodes 227 to 239, Kung Fu Panda season one, a renewal of iCarly season 1 and Supah Ninjas season one.
In Romania, CMA has acquired SpongeBob SquarePants episodes one to 164, Bubble Guppies season one, and Dora the Explorer seasons one to three, and five and six.
Macedonia’s MRTV has snapped up SpongeBob SquarePants seasons one to seven, Dora the Explorer seasons one to six, Go, Diego Go! seasons one to four, Penguins of Madagascar seasons one and two, Kung Fu Panda season one and Avatar: The Last Airbender seasons one to three.
In Lithuania, LNK’s Nick block includes Dora the Explorer, Kikoriki, SpongeBob SquarePants, Fairly Odd Parents, Kung Fu Panda, Victorious, Big Time Rush, iCarly, Penguins of Madagascar and T.U.F.F Puppy, while Markiza Slovakia’s block includes seasons one and two of Spongebob SquarePants and Penguins of Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda season one.
Audiences in Ukraine will see T.U.F.F Puppy, Planet Sheen and Fanboy & Chum Chum following a deal signed with the country’s STB channel, and the Baltics’ Viasat has inked a Nick package deal covering SpongeBob SquarePants relicenses on seasons one to six and seasons seven and eight, Kung Fu Panda season one, relicenses on Penguins of Madagascar season one and two, as well as season three presales on Planet Sheen season one, T.U.F.F Puppy season one and The Troop season one.
In related Nick news, Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products (NVCP) has named St. Petersburg-based Riki Group as the master licensee for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Russia, CIS and Baltic countries.
The new CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series makes its Nickelodeon Russian premiere in November 2012 with new episodes to be aired until 2015.