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Will Smith to Host Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards

Actor Will Smith was tapped as host of Nickelodeon’s 25th annual Kids’ Choice Awards from the Galen Center at USC on Saturday, March 31.

Yes, you read that correctly — the 25th annual — which means all of us are secretly getting old.

“The Kids’ Choice Awards are always the year’s liveliest, slimiest and most outrageous party for kids and teens,” Smith said in a statement. “I’m honored they wanted me to host this year so I can have a front row seat to take part in the fun.”

Smith is no stranger to the cable award show as he’s a 10-time Blimp Award winner.

In case you’re wondering, Rosie O’Donnell has hosted the Kids’ Choice Awards a record eight times since 1988.

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Dora the Explorer is Suing Nickelodeon

The voice of animated pre-pubescent has lawyered up. Caitlin Sanchez, the 14-year-old actress who until recently provided the voice for “Dora the Explorer,” is suing Nickelodeon, MTV Networks and Viacom International for breach of contract. The lawsuit contends Sanchez may have been cheated out of millions of dollars, and that she and her parents were pressured to sign what her lawyer calls a “convoluted and inscrutable” contract.

Nickelodeon issued a statement responding to the suit:

Unfortunately, Caitlin’s voice changed and she was no longer able to portray the Dora character, as happened with the actress who originated the role. Caitlin’s contract was extensively negotiated through her agent and in compliance with her union. She was well compensated for her work and for personal appearances. We have enjoyed working with Caitlin on ‘Dora the Explorer’ these past three years, and we did in fact offer her a contract for other work with us.”

Caitlin and her family responded with a statement of their own today, calling the network’s claim that the actress was offered other work “another egregious lie. The only other work Nickelodeon had ever contractually offer Caitlin was another two-year, exclusive contract to portray Dora the Explorer through June of 2012.” The family has released an audio file of a conversation with Nickelodeon that, if real, appears to back up some of their claims. Ah, Hollywood. It’s no place for children.

Report: More Than 100 Magazines Shuttered In Last Three Months

cookie cover.jpgUpdating its numbers from a few months ago, Mediafinder.com, an online database of American and Canadian periodicals, reports that more than 100 magazines have folded in the past three months, bringing the total number of pubs tracked by Mediafinder that have been shuttered this year to 383.

These latest numbers do not include the four magazines folded by Condé Nast last week, but they do include Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., and Time Inc.‘s Style & Design and Southern Accents.

However, in the last three months, 72 new magazine have launched — including titles like Afar.

The numbers also show that regional magazines are closing more frequently than other categories, but they are they most frequently launched types of magazines as well. This is the same news that came out of Mediafinder back in July — so it appears that 2009 overall has been a big year for regional mags. Business-to-business magazines have also been in flux, accounting for 75 of the new launches since January and 130 of the closures. (24 b-to-b mags also went from print to online only in 2009, Mediafinder said.)

As the number of shuttered mags add up, we can be heartened by the fact that some pubs are taking a chance and launching in this harsh climate. They’re just simply not launching as quickly as they’re folding.

Earlier: More Evidence That The Magazine Industry Is In Trouble

Nickelodeon Promotes Mullen To Head On-Air Creative Strategy

nick2.pngKids network Nickelodeon today promoted its vice president of preschool production, Anne Mullen, to senior vice president overseeing on-air creative strategy for the whole network — from preschool programming to Nick at Nite. It’s an intense promotion that puts Mullen in charge of all on-air promotion and brand communications, Nick’s COO Russell Hicks said.

“Anne has been a talented and energetic leader within our organization for more than four years,” Hicks said in a statement. “Her experience in creative strategic planning for top brands continually brings a fresh perspective to Nickelodeon.”

In today’s economy, a fresh look at partnerships with brands that keep your network alive with precious ad dollars is certainly important — perhaps more important than ever. Additionally, Mullen is being charged with developing strategies that will bring Nickelodeon’s kids and family TV channels, which include NOGGIN, The N and Nicktoons Network, and the company’s Web sites under one Nickelodeon brand.

In her previous position, Mullen worked to develop promotions for “Dora the Explorer” shows, managed the creative team for the “Blue’s Clues” tenth anniversary event and helped launch several preschool series. Before joining Nickelodeon she worked for the Sundance Channel and Razorfish.

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