NICKELODEON PREMIERES 'MAKE IT POP,' A NEW MUSICAL COMEDY SERIES IN ASIA ON MONDAY, 31 AUGUST AT 5PM (TH/WIB), 6PM (HK/MY/SG), AND 6.30PM (PH)
SINGAPORE, 17 AUGUST 2015 – Three unique girls – an aspiring pop diva, a fashionista and a bookworm – come together at school to form their own K-pop-inspired band in Nickelodeon’s newest live-action, daily scripted series, Make It Pop, which premieres in Asia on Monday, 31 August at 5pm (TH/WIB), 6pm (HK/MY/SG), and 6.30pm (PH). Viewers can catch up on episode re-runs on weekends and access additional content such as original music videos, sing-a-long videos, a how to dance video and a quiz game online.
In this new half-hour musical comedy, diva Sun Hi (Megan Lee), fashionista Jodi (Louriza Tronco) and bookworm Corki (Erika Tham) must learn to live together in perfect harmony after they are randomly selected to room together at boarding school. With the help of fellow classmate and aspiring DJ, Caleb (Dale Whibley), the girls grow from roommates to bandmates as their group, XO-IQ, becomes a school-wide sensation and they compete for a place in the upcoming school musical, all while balancing music, grades, relationship and crushes.
Research from Viacom International Media Networks’ The Next Normal study found that listening to music and watching television are two of the top activities children between 9 and 14 years old enjoy when they are stressed. Make It Pop features original songs and performances with a modern pop twist and an EDM beat from the show’s emerging, real-life group, XO-IQ.
The show’s cast includes Lee, an ethnic Korean who is a young rising superstar and YouTuber who debuted as a singer in South Korea and Tronco, a Canadian of Filipino descent who appeared in her first professional theatre gig at the age of eight and has gone on to act in television shows and a movie. Tham, who was born in Singapore and is of Malaysian, Chinese, Dutch and Ukrainian heritage, marks her first television starring role with Make It Pop.
Make It Pop is co-created by Thomas W. Lynch (The Secret World of Alex Mack, South of Nowhere) and Nick Cannon (Nickelodeon HALO Awards) and produced by DHX Media. Lynch and Cannon will serve as executive producers together with DHX Media’s Steven DeNure and Anne Loi. The musical direction of the series is being led by Bill Silva Entertainment, with music supervision by Peter Coquillard and Pilar McCurry of Silva Music Publishing. XO-IQ is managed by Bill Silva Management. Nickelodeon announced in May this year that the series has been renewed for a second season.
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Nickelodeon, now in its 36th year globally and 17th year in Asia, is one of the most globally recognized and widely distributed multimedia entertainment brands for kids and family. Creating surprising and playful entertainment experiences everywhere it goes, Nickelodeon has a portfolio that includes television programming and production around the world, plus special events, consumer products, digital offerings, recreation, books, feature films and pro-social initiatives. Nickelodeon's brands are seen globally in more than 450 million households in over 100 territories via more than 70 locally programmed channels and syndication. For more information about Nickelodeon in Asia, visit www.nick-asia.com.
Viacom International Media Networks
Assistant, Communications, Asia
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Loh Bi Feng
Viacom International Media Networks
Senior Executive, Communications, Asia
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