YTV and Nickelodeon Canada Air the 27th Annual Kids' Choice Awards Live On Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

TORONTO, Feb. 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment's YTV and Nickelodeon (Canada) are airing the live broadcast of Nickelodeon's 27th Annual Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. This will be the first ever live simulcast of the event on YTV. YTV's coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT with a  Kids' Choice Countdown special that includes exclusive celebrity interviews on location with The Zone's Carlos Bustamante.

Oscar® and Golden Globe®-nominated actor/producer Mark Wahlberg (Transformers: Age of Extinction) will take the stage as host of the Kids' Choice Awards. The eminent slime-tastic night will celebrate favourites across the worlds of film, television, music and more. Wahlberg will be joined by Hollywood's biggest stars in an unforgettable telecast where kids rule. 

Mark Wahlberg earned both Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominations for his work in the family 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.

Beginning Tuesday, February 11, viewers can visit ytv.com to get to know their Kids' Choice Awards host, Mark Wahlberg and on February 24th, the full Kids' Choice Awards digital experience launches across desktop and mobile devices.

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. In many international markets, the 2014 KCAs will feature country-specific award categories and nominees, such as Sveriges Favoritstjarna (Favorite Swedish Star) and Migliore Cantante Italiano (Favorite Italian Singer).  Voting for the 2014 KCAs will span six continents across 17 localized voting sites, giving kids  practically everywhere the chance to decide who takes home a coveted blimp.  The 2013 KCAs was the highest-rated ever among kids in many international markets, including the UK, Germany and Singapore.  Ratings for the 2013 KCAs were up double-digits YOY internationally, and the show was rated #1 in its timeslot among kids' channels in key international markets, including the UK, Australia, Netherlands, Spain, Singapore, and more.

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.  Media outlets can reference the most up-to-date information on Nickelodeon's 27thAnnual Kids' Choice Awards by logging onto www.NickKCApress.com.

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. In many international markets, the 2014 KCAs will feature country-specific award categories and nominees, such as Sveriges Favoritstjarna (Favorite Swedish Star) and Migliore Cantante Italiano (Favorite Italian Singer).  Voting for the 2014 KCAs will span six continents across 17 localized voting sites, giving kids practically everywhere the chance to decide who takes home a coveted blimp.  The 2013 KCAs was the highest-rated ever among kids in many international markets, including the UK, Germany and Singapore.  Ratings for the 2013 KCAs were up double-digits YOY internationally, and the show was rated #1 in its timeslot among kids' channels in key international markets, including the UK, Australia, Netherlands, Spain, Singapore, and more.

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.  Media outlets can reference the most up-to-date information on Nickelodeon's 27thAnnual Kids' Choice Awards by logging onto www.NickKCApress.com.

About YTV

Celebrating 25 years in television, YTV is a leading cross platform entertainment brand for kids and families. The channel offers quality entertainment with hilarious animated and live-action comedy series, popular Nickelodeon series, blockbuster movies, top-rated original Canadian programming, music, celebrities and the channel's after-school block, The Zone. Through its multiple platforms and exclusive digital and interactive content, YTV is the voice of Canadian youth culture. YTV is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company that creates, broadcasts and licenses content across a variety of platforms for audiences around the world. The Company's portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children's book publishing, children's animation and animation software. Corus' brands include YTV, TELETOON, ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), HBO Canada, Historia and Séries+, as well as Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and 39 radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 The FOX, Country 105, 630 CHED, Fresh FM London, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 34th 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 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 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, VIA.B).

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