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Amazon Original Kids Series Danger & Eggs Premieres June 30 on Prime Video in the US and UK

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All 13 episodes, created by Mike Owens and Shadi Petosky, and executive produced by Owens, Petosky, and Chris Hardwick, will feature the voice talent of comedians Aidy Bryant and Eric Knobel

Guest star voice talent includes Weird Al, Lori Petty, Charlyne Yi, Kate Micucci, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jasika Nicole, Felicia Day, Jonah Ray, Angelica Ross, and Jazz Jennings

(NASDAQ: AMZN) — Amazon today announced its original animated kids series Danger & Eggs is scheduled to premiere on Friday, June 30 on Prime Video in the US and UK. Featuring the voice talent of comedians Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) as D.D. Danger and Eric Knobel (Huge Theater) as Phillip, the series will also include guest star voice talent from Weird Al (Milo Murphy’s Law), Lori Petty (Tank Girl), Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up), Kate Micucci (Garfunkle and Oates), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim), Jasika Nicole (Fringe), Felicia Day (Geek and Sundry), Jonah Ray (Nerdist, Mystery Science Theater), Angelica Ross (Her Story), and Jazz Jennings (I Am Jazz). Danger & Eggs is created by Mike Owens (Yo Gabba Gabba!, Animaniacs) and Shadi Petosky (Yo Gabba Gabba!, Mad) and executive produced by Owens, Petosky, and Chris Hardwick (Talking Dead, @midnight). The pilot, which was part of Amazon’s Fall 2015 pilot season and is rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by customers with 80% 5-star reviews, is now available to stream exclusively for Prime members via the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online—Prime members can also download the pilot to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership.

Danger & Eggs follows the endless adventures of a fearless, teal-haired girl named D.D. Danger (Aidy Bryant) and her ever cautious best friend, a giant talking egg named Phillip (Eric Knobel). As the daughter of world-renowned stunt daredevil, Roy Danger, D.D. is following in his footsteps and is always chasing her next big thrill. Luckily for her, Phillip is always there by her side with jerry-rigged safety mechanisms to make her thrill-seeking dreams come true. Together, they go in search of new adventures at their favorite spot, Chicken Paw Park, which is home to Philip’s mom Becky, a gargantuan chicken. The first season finds D.D. and Phillip meeting a raccoon with a thirst for technology, being sucked into a mysterious underground science lab, discovering a lonely robot in an overgrown garden, and taking on a famous zip line. Throughout their journey, they overcome obstacles with the “Buddy System” because even though they are polar opposites, their differences complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses to solve problems. Their Buddy System mantra says it all, “You look out for me and I’ll look out for you!”

“We are excited to introduce our first animated comedy for children ages 6-11 to our customers,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “We feel incredibly lucky to be working with the caliber of creative talent behind this series.”

“For us, the heart of Danger & Eggs is the friendship between Phillip and D.D. that proves you can face fear and danger and have a blast in the process because you are not alone,” said Mike Owens. Adds Shadi Petosky: "We can’t believe we get to take out our anxiety on a show–putting our inside voices into these characters and seeing if they stay friends.”

"I’ve been passionate about animation my whole life and to produce this series with my animation company fulfills a lifelong goal,” says Chris Hardwick, Executive Producer. "This show is funny, touching, and has incredible design–everything I’ve wanted to make.”

Below are what customers have said about the Danger & Eggs pilot:

  • “[My 8 year-old son] asked to watch this show at least four times! He loves it! I’ve watched it with him for at least three of those times.”
  • “As a father of a little girl with anxiety issues, I really appreciated Phillip’s portrayal. So often in cartoons there is shaming of nervousness or anxiety (ie: C'mon, don’t be a wimp) but in Danger and Eggs, Phillip is just there. He’s an anxious character and that’s ok.”
  • “My son loves this show! He’s 6 and says he loves the characters and finds them very funny. He loves the art style and how crazy and fun it is.”
  • “As a father of two young daughters, I was thrilled to see a show that revolves around a young girl going on playfully dangerous adventures without the need of an overly macho cohort saving her! Added points for the wonderful humor that is also incorporated for the older demographic without it being crude.”
  • “My 10-year-old daughter and I both loved it! She appreciates the subtle humor and animation of this show and said she wants to watch more!”

Danger & Eggs is part of Prime Video’s growing line-up of award-winning and critically-acclaimed Originals for kids and families. All 13 episodes from the series will be available to stream and enjoy using the Amazon Prime Video app for compatible TVs, connected devices, including Amazon Fire TV and mobile devices, or online at www.amazon.com/kidsoriginals, at no additional cost to their membership. Prime members can also download select titles to mobile devices for offline viewing. Eligible customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Amazon Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream. Danger & Eggs is also available as part of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, the all-you-can-eat subscription service designed from the ground up for kids. FreeTime Unlimited is available exclusively on Amazon devices, including Amazon Fire TV and Fire tablets, and a year-long subscription is included with every Fire Kids Edition.

About Amazon Video

Amazon Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch and how to watch it. Amazon Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Love & Friendship, and kids series Tumble Leaf, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership. Prime Video is also now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe at www.primevideo.com.
  • Amazon Channels: Over 100 channel subscriptions that Prime members can add to their membership, including HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Cinemax, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV and more, plus Anime Strike – the first curated on-demand subscription by Amazon Channels. To view the full list of channels available, visit www.amazon.com/channels
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers.
  • Instant Access: Customers can instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on compatible TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and mobile downloads for offline viewing of select content.

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited fast free shipping options across all categories available on Amazon, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, secure photo storage with Prime Photos, unlimited reading with Prime Reading, unlimited access to a digital audiobook catalog with Audible Channels for Prime, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, early access to select Lightning Deals, exclusive access and discounts to select items, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more, visit: www.amazon.com/prime.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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Keystone North Carolina Partner Attends White House Small Business Event

NORTHUMBERLAND, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

On Tuesday, August 1, Dal Snipes, a Keystone partner in North Carolina, participated with other business leaders in a small business forum in Washington, D.C., at the White House. Snipes is a principal with Snipes Insurance in Dunn, North Carolina, and a member of the board of directors of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America.

The session, “American Small Business – The Engine of the American Dream,” focused on the role of the Small Business Administration, as well as reforms to spur job growth for Main Street America. The event was attended by President Donald Trump and a number of U.S. senators and White House staff.

After President Trump addressed the audience, the business community leaders participated in a Q&A session with Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon and Presidential Adviser Ivanka Trump.

“Touring the East Wing and the White House was an honor,” Snipes said. “We were greeted by wonderful members of the military. I was able to meet other small business owners with exactly the same concerns as I have. When President Trump arrived, we were all taking photos with our cell phones – nothing was pushy or rushed.”

About Keystone Insurers Group (Keystone) – Keystone started in 1983 when four independent insurance agencies teamed up to pool their experience and expertise. Determined and scrappy in the face of a difficult market, this small group believed that agencies could be stronger and more successful if they linked arms – a passion and spirit that continues. Growing to almost 300 independent agency partners in 11 states, Keystone provides its agents with a community of like-minded agencies, industry expertise and access to specialized products for their clients. Keystone is ranked number three on Insurance Journal’s 2017 list of Top 20 Privately-Held Property/Casualty Agency Partnerships. For more information, go to www.keystoneinsgrp.com.

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Nickelodeon Opens New State-of-the-Art Facility in Burbank, Calif.

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In a ribbon cutting ceremony held today, Nickelodeon officially opened the doors to its newly expanded building in Burbank –an over 200,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art, sustainable complex now home to more than 700 Nickelodeon employees and over 20 show productions, including the biggest hits in kids’ TV like The Loud House; SpongeBob SquarePants; Shimmer and Shine; and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Nickelodeon’s facility now includes a new five-story, building; an expansive, redesigned courtyard; and the newly renovated, original 72,000 square-foot studio that first opened in Burbank in 1998.

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“The opening of our new offices in Burbank is a significant moment for Nickelodeon,” said Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon Group. “We are ushering in a new era of creative excellence and increased collaboration for everyone who works here.”

Zarghami added, “Since we first planted our flag on the West Coast in the early ‘90s, Nickelodeon in Burbank has been a beacon to the creative community, and our new complex now signals our increased commitment to giving our creators and employees the very best environment and resources to be successful.”

Nickelodeon’s expanded campus fully reflects the brand’s style and sensibility, outfitted with art and installations to inspire and support creativity, community and a collaborative environment:

  • Each floor features a central trellised “working gallery” that runs the length of the building, providing open space for collaboration and to display work in progress, as well as creating a visual connection between the courtyard and the views of the mountains to the east.
  • Employees can brainstorm on full-height chalkboard, dry erase and magnetic walls, and personalize their workspaces with adjustable desks and cubbies.
  • An on-site rotating art gallery will showcase both internal and external artists’ work.
  • There is also an archive and library of the brand’s early days, paying tribute to the diversity of its long list of contributing artists and featuring pencil test renderings, creators’ notes and painted cells going back to the brand’s classic ‘90s series.

An over 23,000 square-foot courtyard serves as a connection point between the new and original buildings, while itself serving as an outdoor work and meeting area with full A/V capabilities and an art installation site. Details of the courtyard include:

  • A 400-lb statue of The Ren & Stimpy Show’s Stimpy situated in a Zen garden;
  • Stone benches etched with live-action and animation creators’ artwork and quotes;
  • Wire sculptures of Henry Danger, Clarissa Explains It All, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Dora the Explorer, among others;
  • Banners representing every live-action and animation show in current production.

Through a partnership with STUDIOS Architecture, ARC Engineering and Brightworks Sustainability, Nickelodeon’s West Coast facility targeted LEED gold certification by integrating sustainable strategies and resources into the design and operations of the building. To help optimize energy-efficient performance, lighting power is reduced by over 50% through efficient LED fixtures, lighting controls and use of daylighting. Priority was also placed on use of healthy and environmental building materials, such as low-emitting flooring and paint, and use of products with high recycled and regional content.

Additional features of Nick’s newly expanded complex include:

  • Screening Room – Employees can gather in a new 88-seat screening room where old world Hollywood meets contemporary design;
  • Three Voiceover Studios – A new recording studio complements the two existing studios.
  • Café – Hoek and Stimpson, Nick’s new café located in the lobby of the new building, overlooks the courtyard and offers a place for employees to gather;
  • Indoor/Outdoor Connection Each floor has courtyard-facing breakout areas and balconies;
  • Health and Wellness – The project includes both a fitness room and a calming Zen garden;
  • Music Room, Game Room, Arcade – Employees can play instruments including drums, guitars and piano, or gather for classic games of pinball or air hockey;
  • Nickelodeon Studio App – An iPhone- and Android-compatible app allowing for easy communication, collaboration and scheduling across all department.

Also at the new building, employees are invited to create, broaden their artistic reach and experiment in two artistic play spaces housing traditional and new technology. The traditional space will feature stop-motion capabilities and animation discs and paints, while the other space will feature new technology with the latest animation software.

Nickelodeon’s partners for bringing to life its facility include:

  • Accord Interests, LLC – The national real estate development firm developed the original and new buildings, and will continue to own and manage the complex;
  • DLR Group This executive architect group led conceptual planning and building design, city approvals, construction drawings, and construction administration for the core and shell of the project;
  • McCormick Construction – Responsible for building the facility’s core and shell, in addition to the studio’s 450-stall, 129,000 square-foot parking structure;
  • Environmental Contracting Corporation - Responsible for the completion of the interiors of the new building, the exterior courtyard and the addition of a new glass pavilion adjacent to several new public spaces;
  • STUDIOS Architecture - The international design firm was the design architect for the new building, the exterior courtyard, and all of the interior spaces for the complex;
  • KSA Design Studio - The nationally recognized landscape architecture firm was responsible for the landscape design of the main courtyard and the small outdoor areas surrounding the buildings;
  • STRUCK - This integrated branding agency worked to ensure that the Nickelodeon brand was felt and experienced throughout the new building and complex;
  • Brightworks Sustainability - Led the LEED green building certification process for the project, working with Nickelodeon and the design team to create a sustainable and healthy work environment.

About Nickelodeon

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).

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Zendaya Celebrates Unveiling of Two New Figures for Madame Tussauds

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Oakland-born singer, actress, and dancer Zendaya will return to the Bay Area to unveil not one, but two new wax figures at Madame Tussauds San Francisco on Nov. 21. The second figure will be featured in Madame Tussauds Orlando. By unveiling two figures, Zendaya shares a unique honor with an exclusive group of celebrities who have received an outstanding number of fan requests for their figures to be featured in multiple Madame Tussauds attractions.

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The 19-year-old star met with skilled studio artists in June where she underwent the unique experience of a Madame Tussauds sitting, capturing her expressions, poses, taking more than 250 measurements and matching eye color and hair color. Keen to reflect her own hip and edgy style on both figures, Zendaya donated the pink Material Girl dress, which she wore to the 2014 Teen Choice Awards. For her second figure, Madame Tussauds worked with one of her favorite designers Rubin Singer to recreate the look she wore to the 2014 BMI Hip Hop R&B Awards.

“Working with the Madame Tussauds team was such an amazing honor, they really took the time to capture every detail, including all the natural features that make up the real me,” said Zendaya. “It feels even more special to know that my beautiful fans worked so hard to make this happen and I’m excited to see how they will react to my new figures in San Francisco and Orlando.“

Known for her starring role as K.C. Cooper on the hit Disney Channel show K.C. Undercover, Zendaya’s outspokenness about one’s ability to accept and love themselves has made her a spokesperson for body acceptance and individual beauty.

Zendaya previously co-starred on Shake It Up, another Disney Channel series for three seasons as well as several Disney Channel original movies. She was the youngest contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars for its 16th season and finished in second place with dance partner Val Chmerkovskiy. She is currently working on her second studio album, a follow-up to her self-titled debut album released in 2013.

Named one of TIME Magazine’s Most Influential Teens of 2015, Zendaya has led discussions on body positivity and wider perceptions of female beauty through her graceful responses to controversial comments on her Oscar appearance, and more recently, challenging a magazine for its extensive photo retouching of her image. With a social media presence that won her the 2014 BMI Social Star Award, Zendaya is an empowering, inspiring icon for young people everywhere.

“Madame Tussauds has a 200 year history of honoring people who are changing our society in a positive way,” said Chris Connors, general manager of Madame Tussauds San Francisco. “We are delighted to celebrate a strong woman with roots in the Bay Area.”

Madame Tussauds San Francisco has partnered with local radio station WiLD 94.9 to give fans an opportunity to win one of six invitation-only meet-and-greet passes to attend the November 21 figure unveiling. The event will be livestreamed on Periscope, and will include a special Q&A session with Zendaya, hosted by WiLD 94.9’s Gabby Diaz.

Watch a video of Zendaya’s sitting on YouTube. To track real-time updates on the launch of Zendaya’s wax figures, follow Madame Tussauds San Francisco on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Madame Tussauds San Francisco

Madame Tussauds San Francisco offers guests the unique opportunity to meet incredible wax likenesses of some of the city’s and world’s most famous stars. Get up close and personal with Hollywood A-listers, music superstars, TV personalities, sporting heroes and cultural icons.

Visit http://www.madametussauds.com/SanFrancisco for more information. Follow Madame Tussauds on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates on the latest figure launches.

The attraction is open at 10 AM, 365 days a year, in Fisherman’s Wharf at 145 Jefferson Street, San Francisco, CA, 94133.

About Merlin Entertainments Group – North America

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. As Europe’s number one, and the second-largest global visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 111 attractions, 12 hotels/4 holiday villages in 23 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its visitors through its iconic brands, and the commitment of its managers and employees.

Merlin has twenty five attractions and two hotels in North America, including two stunning LEGOLAND resorts, six Madame Tussauds celebrity wax attractions, seven LEGOLAND Discovery Centers, North America’s only Dungeon attraction, and six SEA LIFE aquariums, underlining the company’s positions as the world’s largest global aquarium operator. Learn more by visiting http://www.merlinentertainments.biz.

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