Updated with more info and pics!
Nickelodeon launched a new on-air brand refresh during the Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday, March 11, 2017. The packaging didn’t fully start until Hunter Street aired at 9:30 p.m. ET that night. The new branding includes a new on-air “bug” (small logo in the lower corner of the screen) out of the 4:3 “safe zone” during HD programming for the first time. It’s still within the show’s frame during shows that were produced in 4:3 (like older SpongeBob). There are new idents, bumpers, on-air elements and even a new “Nickelodeon Productions” end card – the first since the September 2009 rebrand.
Here are some screencaps:
Here’s a press release from Nick:
Nickelodeon Launches All-New On-Air Brand Refresh, Reflecting Playfulness and Imagination of Kids’ Lives
Nick’s New Look and Feel Comes as Net Is Experiencing Creative and Ratings Surge
NEW YORK–Nickelodeon, the number-one kids’ network with the top-rated kids’ shows on all TV, is pairing this year’s fun-filled slime-fest, the 2017 Kids’ Choice Awards, with the debut of an all-new brand refresh of its on-air and online look and feel—one that reflects the play, surprise and imagination in kids’ lives and delivers on the net’s mission to help make the world a more playful place. Created with global branding and creative agency Superestudio, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nick’s new look focuses on the power of imagination via an array of kids interacting with the real world and Nick’s beloved characters in surprising and surreal mixes of live-action and graphics.
The new look consists of almost 300 deliverables, including bumpers, IDs, promo toolkits and graphic developments that will first roll out across the net’s U.S. linear platform, followed by online, social media and off-channel. Updated elements for the network’s international channels will then follow.
“We really wanted to highlight how much surprise and fun is a part of kids’ everyday lives, so we took as our inspiration the surreal nature of GIFs, memes and emoticons and created an entire new visual vocabulary,” says Michael Waldron, Senior Vice President Creative Director Art and Design for Nickelodeon Group and Nick@Nite. “Using a mix of real kids and on-air talent, the refresh looks through the lens of how kids see things—the unpredictable, extraordinary and joyful nature of a child’s imagination. Superestudio was the right company for this refresh because they use a great mix of different techniques, and they brought a fresh viewpoint that had just the right amount of quirk and whimsy.”
“Kids are constantly exploring the world and being amazed by new knowledge and discoveries,” noted Ezequiel Rormoser, Executive and General Creative Director of Superestudio. “The depth to which Nickelodeon knows it audience allowed us to reach the three creative goals we set for this project—be real, be unexpected and be playful—and to create an entirely new iconography that is clearly kid-first and kid-centric.”
The visual narrative of Nickelodeon’s new look was executed by combining real kids with 2D and 3D graphics to create imaginative reinterpretations of Nickelodeon’s properties and characters as they became real-world playgrounds for kids to bring to life, rearrange and redesign. From turning SpongeBob’s face into a tongue-twisted fun zone, to kids rearranging and rebuilding Lincoln Loud from The Loud House, everything from the overhead and docu-style camera angles to the seamless blend of real-world, tactile and fantastical elements, is designed to drive a visual conversation between the network and its audience.
Nickelodeon’s classic orange logo will now be set against an updated color palette of bright and cheerful tones, including purple, light blue, lime and cream. Embracing the bold, modern sans-serif type, Galano Grotesque Black, the refresh also uses color to create, contrast and codify the on-air messaging.
“We had a wonderful collaboration with the Nickelodeon team, and we’re really proud of creating something together that’s new, exciting and purely Nick,” added Rormoser. “This project with Nickelodeon bears all the hallmarks of a Superestudio project, from live-action to animation and all of our creative capabilities in between, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to have worked on such a major brand initiative with a network we love and respect.”
Nickelodeon’s brand refresh comes at a time when the network is experiencing a surge of creativity and popularity, recently marking three years and counting as the number-one kids’ network—in every kid demo (Kids 2-11, Kids 6-11 and Kids 2-5), and with a new generation of hits for its audience. Nick is presently up +9% among Kids 2-11 year to date and owns the top-rated kids’ shows in all TV in every demo, with hits like: Henry Danger, The Loud House, The Thundermans, Blaze and the Monster Machines and Shimmer and Shine. Nick is also heading into the new programming season with a content pipeline for every genre kids love, filled with almost 700 episodes of new and returning series across its platforms in preschool, animation, and live action; TV movies and tent-pole events; and real-world, on-the-ground experiences that will grow the brand further beyond television.
EVP Creative & Marketing: Kim Rosenblum
SVP Creative Director Art & Design: Michael Waldron
SVP Creative Director Brand: Tony Maxwell
VP Animation Director Motion GFX: Kurt Hartman
VP Nick Brand Design: Sandy Goijberg
VP Creative Director Brand Editorial: Erica Ottenberg
VP Project Manager: Adam Weiner
Art Director: Shannon Macneilage
Sr. Director Production: Joseph Pappalardo
Producer: Tony Herman
Production Manager: Kate Brennan
Project Manager: Jon McNally
Graphics Manager: Marisa Bramwell
Animators: Carlos Miguez, Jeremy Sawyer, Jeff Wallenhorst, Megan Visconti, Kimberly Louis
Branding & Creative Agency: Superestudio
Executive Creative Director: Ezequiel Rormoser
Executive Producer: Marcos Torres
Creative Director: Mariano Barbieri
Animation Director: Leandro Feuz
Senior Producer: Sofia Teodoro
Post Production Coordinator: Maximiliano Sanguine
Design: Florencia Piovesanel, Alejandra Lan, Malena Deluca, Nicolas Gloazzo, Valeria Moreiro, María Pía Vivo
Animation: Martin Ferdkin, Armando Carrasquel, Ezequiel Leiva, Juan Manuel Zárraga, Esteban Blazquez, Horacio Herrero, Pablo Drut, Pablo Agromayor, Norberto Pizzini, Nicolás Trullás
3D: Eugenio Pignataro, Santiago Gelabert, Leandro Feuz, Armando Carrasquel, Ezequiel Leiva, Alejandra Lan, Juan Manuel Zárraga, Esteban Blazquez, Pablo Agromayor
Chroma Keying: Malditomaus
Color Correction: Emmanuel Gramajo
Editing: Alexis Pellegrini, Mauricio Maturana
Production: Marina Dominioni
Production Company: NuContext/Los Angeles, CA
Director: Mikael Tyrsen
Executive Producer: Angela Guice
Producer: Jessie Marcus
DP: Sing Howe Yam
Production Designer: Tijana Gaudio
Superestudio is a global brand and creative agency. From our Buenos Aires office to around the world, we deliver avant-garde branding, at its best since 2002. www.superestudio.tv
Nickelodeon, now in its 37th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 20 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).