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London – 30th January, 2014 – Oscar® and Golden Globe®-nominated actor/producer Mark Wahlberg (The Italian Job, Invincible and upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction) will lead the fun as this year’s host at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards 2014, broadcast on Sunday 30th March at 5:30pm. Following in the footsteps of last year’s host, fellow Transformers actor Josh Duhamel, Wahlberg will be joined by Hollywood’s biggest stars at the only awards show where kids call the shots. 

“We cannot wait to see Mark Wahlberg take the reins for the first time as the host and master of slime at the biggest kid event of the year,” said Tina McCann, Managing Director, Nickelodeon UK & Ireland. “As always it will be an action-packed event, where anything can happen and UK kids will soon be able to have their say and vote online for their favourite stars of TV, film, music and sport.”

The annual event will take place in LA at USC’s Galen Center on Saturday 29th March and UK audiences able to see all of the slime and star action less than 24 hours after the live US show. The nominees for this year’s awards will be revealed in the upcoming weeks and kids all over the world will have their chance to vote.

Father of four, Mark Wahlberg earned both Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominations for his work in the boxing film The Fighter and Martin Scorsese's acclaimed drama The Departed.  Notable film credits include The Italian Job, The Other Guys and Ted. Most recently, he played Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell in Lone Survivor. He will next be seen in Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction.  Wahlberg is also an accomplished producer of films such as Lone Survivor, 2 Guns and the upcoming Entourage, as well as HBO shows Boardwalk Empire, Entourage and In Treatment.  A committed philanthropist, he started the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation in 2001 to benefit inner city children and teens.

Last year, the UK broadcast of the star-studded and slime-filled Nickelodeon’s 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards was the #1 rating broadcast across all kids’ channels on Sunday 24th March. The premiere garnered an average audience of 335,800 individuals including 233,600 kids aged 4-15, a 44% increase on the previous year’s audience-winning viewership.

The 2014 Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards will be seen in more than 375 million households around the world and in more than 25 languages. Within hours of airing live in the United States and Canada, the show will roll out internationally, providing kids around the world the opportunity to tune into their local Nickelodeon channel to enjoy the show faster than ever.
 
Nickelodeon’s 27thAnnual Kids’ Choice Awards is being produced by Nickelodeon Productions in association with Bob Bain Productions.  Bob Bain, Jay Schmalholz and Shelly Sumpter Gillyard are Executive Producers. 

Available in 14 million homes, Nickelodeon is the place where kids rule and features top shows such as Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards, Victorious, SpongeBob SquarePants and iCarly. Launched in 1993, Nickelodeon brings hit international and locally-produced entertainment content to audiences in the UK and Ireland. Viewers can also watch Nickelodeon in high definition through Nickelodeon HD and have the opportunity to catch up with the schedule through Nickelodeon +1. Exclusive games, behind the scenes clips, show information and more are available on nick.co.uk and the dedicated Nick app where viewers can find exclusive content which is updated daily.  Nickelodeon is on Sky 604, Virgin 712, TalkTalk channel 315 and through BT Vision.

The Nickelodeon Network brings the best in kids content to the UK and Ireland with Nickelodeon channels available in over 14 million cable and satellite homes. Having launched in 1993 Nickelodeon UK comprises seven dedicated entertainment channels for kids aged 4-15 and their families, and is a joint venture between Viacom International Media Networks and BSkyB.

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For more information and interview requests please contact:
Maxine Sackey
Nickelodeon PR Executive
Maxine.sackey@nickelodeon.co.uk
020 3580 3123


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