iCARLY'S NOAH MUNCK AND THE SOPRANOS' STEVE SCHIRRIPA STAR IN
NICKELODEON AND MARVISTA ENTERTAINMENT'S ORIGINAL KIDS TV MOVIE NICKY DEUCE,
PREMIERING MONDAY, MAY 27, AT 8PM (ET/PT) ON NICK AT NITE
MOVIE BASED ON CHILDREN'S BOOK PENNED BY SCHIRRIPA AND
CHARLES FLEMING FEATURES COMIC CAMEOS BY FORMER SOPRANOS STARS
JAMES GANDOLFINI, MICHAEL IMPERIOLI, VINCENT CURATOLA AND
TONY SIRICO, AND GUEST STARS RITA MORENO
NEW YORK - April 19, 2013 - Nickelodeon, R&R Productions and MarVista Entertainment have united a star-studded cast including Noah Munck (iCarly's Gibby) and The Sopranos' Steve Schirripa, for the original kids TV movie Nicky Deuce, premiering Monday, May 27, at 8:00 p.m (ET/PT) on Nick at Nite. Based on the same-titled popular children's book by Schirripa and Charles Fleming, the movie also features comedic cameos from Sopranos stars James Gandolfini, Michael Imperioli, Vincent Curatola and Tony Sirico, along with a guest appearance by Rita Moreno. Nicky Deuce will begin airing on Nickelodeon's international channels in fall 2013.
Munck stars in Nicky Deuce as Nicholas Borelli II, a nerdy, over-protected teen who transforms into the title character. Nicholas gets caught in the adventure of a lifetime when his plans to attend math camp go awry and he is sent to spend the summer with an uncle (played by Schirripa) he never knew he had in Brooklyn, NY. A fish out of water at first, Nicholas leans on local kids to help him fit in and winds up mistakenly earning a reputation as a tough guy. When confronted with some questionable dealings, Nicky uncovers family secrets and learns that the mean streets of Brooklyn aren't always what they seem.
"I'm excited for fans to see Nicky Deuce come to life from a book I wrote over seven years ago," said Schirripa. "Especially, because I was able to share it with my friends who reunited for this special project. It has been a long and rewarding road."
In addition to his co-starring role in the film, Schirripa serves as executive producer alongside R&R's Ronald Gilbert and MarVista's Fernando Szew (Beyond the Break, Radio Rebel) and Robyn Snyder (A Golden Christmas, 16 Wishes). Jon Rosenbaum (Big Time Rush, Supah Ninjas) is directing from a script by Andy Callahan (Ties That Bind), and Art Brown and Douglas Sloan (The Boy Who Cried Werewolf, DreamWorks' Dragons: Riders of Berk). R&R's Ric Nish is producing.
Noah Munck's portrayal of Gibby on iCarly marks the first series regular role for the talented comedic actor and earned him a 2011 Kids' Choice Award nomination. Munck has co-starred in several television series including All of Us, American Body Shop and 1321 Clover, and has guest starred in Rules of Engagement, Wizards of Waverly Place, and ER. He was the national spokesperson Bobby Sinclair for TruGreen lawn care. He made his feature film debut in 2010 as tough-guy Ryan Tucker in The Rainbow Tribe. Munck's filmography also includes roles in All About Steve, Four Christmases and Bad Teacher. He will next be seen in Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Nickelodeon's original TV movie Swindle and the new season of Arrested Devlopment.
Steve Schirripa is best known for playing the likeable Bobby Baccalieri on The Sopranos. In addition to his six seasons on that show and 5 seasons on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, his other many television appearances include Joey, King of Queens and My Wife and Kids. Schirripa also hosts, narrates and executive produces the television true-crime series on Investigation Discovery's Nothing Personal, and appeared in Clint Eastwood's Hereafter.
About MarVista Entertainment:
Founded in September 2003 and headquartered in Los Angeles, California, MarVista Entertainment celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year. The independent Company has grown to become a leading global producer and distributor of film and television programming with a library now featuring 2,000+ hours of content. MarVista provides programming to U.S. cable networks, including Disney Channel, Lifetime, Hallmark Channel, NBC Universal, and MTV Networks, as well as key international broadcasters, generating extensive global terrestrial and pay television viewership. In the production arena, the Company continues to build its original production slate, forging significant co-production alliances with major entertainment companies, including the Disney Channel for the top-rated features starring Debby Ryan, 16 Wishes and Radio Rebel, and with Nickelodeon the family feature, Nicky Deuce, starring cast members from the Sopranos and due to premiere this year. In the children's media arena, MarVista serves as the exclusive international distributor for Saban Brands' top rated action adventure franchise, Power Rangers, including the new seasons of Power Rangers Megaforce and Power Rangers Super Samurai, plus the classic library with over 700 episodes. Additionally, the Company was named the international distributor for Saban Brands' new animated adventure series, Digimon Fusion, and the new preschool series, Julius Jr., from the iconic Paul Frank brand. In 2010, MarVista formed a partnership with Argentina's SNAP TV for original productions and distribution in the Latin America region. In 2011, the Company secured new investment capital from a private investment group led by Brian Sheth. www.marvista.net
About R&R Productions
With a combined 50 years of production experience in the film and television industry, Ric Nish and Ronald Gilbert joined forces last summer to offer foreign producers services on their Canadian productions, from early preparation to delivery and including tax credit management and interim financing.
Ronald Gilbert is a seasoned Executive Producer based in Montreal who has worked in various Canadian provinces and European countries. He's been Head of Production for companies such as Mediabiz International, Productions La Fete and TVA International. He is a founding member of the board of the Quebec Film and Television Commission and is still a member of their Board of Directors. His credits include The Chronicles of Riddick 3, Magic Beyond Words: The JK Rowling Story, Whiteout, Orphan, and The Moth Diaries.
Ric Nish has worked as a producer, line producer and production manager for over 20 years, specializing in international productions. His feature film credits include Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, and The Fountain. His television work includes season one of Durham County (multi Gemini award winner and DGC award winner), I Me Wed and several pictures for Syfy Channel.
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 almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 18 consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).