NICKELODEON PREMIERES LIP SYNC BATTLE SHORTIES ON FRIDAY, JAN. 12, AT 7:30 P.M. (ET/PT)

BURBANK, Calif.–Dec. 19, 2017Nickelodeon debuts the ultimate music showdown for kids with Lip Sync Battle Shorties, beginning Friday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Hosted by multi-faceted entertainer Nick Cannon, along with show sidekick JoJo Siwa, the series features talented, real-life kids lip-syncing pop songs in celebration of their favorite musical artists. The series will air regularly on Fridays at 7:30p.m. (ET/PT). Click here for a sneak peek.

Contestants personalize their performances and make decisions on all creative elements, from song and costume selection, to choreography and staging.  Each episode features the Shorties Dance Crew, a 10-person, in-house backup crew who has mastered all styles of dance from breakdancing to ballroom. With each episode concluding with a special celebrity appearance and final performance from all the kids, celebrity guest appearances include Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez, Fall Out Boy’s multi-platinum rock artist Pete Wentz, Echosmith’s Sydney Sierota, and more.

“We had so much fun making Lip Sync Battle Shorties and can’t wait for everyone to see what these incredibly talented kids came up with. It was really exciting to see these performances come straight from their imaginations onto the screen,” said executive producer Casey Patterson.

Based on the pop culture phenomenon of lip-sync battling, the original Spike Lip Sync Battle series features celebrities going head to head–lip-syncing the song of their choice–battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet. The series is a ratings and multiplatform superstar for Spike and is the most-watched original series in the network’s history. Lip Sync Battle Shorties and the award-winning and Emmy-nominated series, Lip Sync Battle, are executive produced by Casey Patterson of Casey Patterson Entertainment, Jay Peterson of Matador Content, James Sunderland, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, Rick Schwartz and Eight Million Plus Productions.

Nick Cannon has entertained audiences in film, on television, on record, onstage and online for nearly 20 years. The talented artist continues to dominate all facets of entertainment as a comedian, host, actor, writer, director, executive producer, deejay, philanthropist and children’s book author.

The two-time Emmy®-nominated Lip Sync Battle on Spike TV is a global multiplatform powerhouse that can be seen in over 140 countries worldwide. The critically-acclaimed series has delivered over one billion cross-platform views since launch, over two million YouTube Channel subscribers, over two million fans on Facebook, and is the most watched original series in Spike history.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 38th 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, digital, 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 kids’ basic cable network for 22 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).

About Casey Patterson Entertainment

Casey Patterson Entertainment is a full service production company producing premium content, live events, and talent-driven series and specials with offices in New York City and Los Angeles. Casey Patterson is an Emmy®-nominated, critically-acclaimed executive producer who has created an array of groundbreaking programming during her 20-year tenure at Viacom. Patterson’s current projects include the breakout hit-series “Lip Sync Battle,” the highest-rated series in Spike history, Spike’s “One Night Only: Alec Baldwin,” the newly revamped “2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards,” “Rock the Troops” with Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions, Nickelodeon’s “Lip Sync Battle: Shorties,” “Taraji’s White Hot Holidays,” and “Guys Choice.” Additional credits include such high-profile events as the “2016 MTV Movie Awards,” “The Concert for New York City,” “The Concert of the Century at the White House,” “Saturday Night Live 25th Anniversary Special,” “The Comedy Awards,” “Between Two Ferns – A Fairy Tale of New York,” “The Video Game Awards,” “SCREAM Awards,” “GQ Men of the Year Awards,” VH1’s “Vogue Fashion Awards,” VH1’s “Divas Live,” FOX’s “Billboard Music Awards,” and NBC’s “Concert for America.”