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Leadership Burbank’s Yearly Costume Party Saw Some Outrageous Costumes And Makeup

Leadership Burbank held its yearly costume party at Nickelodeon Studios on Saturday evening, October 26, as they have for the past several years. Every year the costumes and makeup out do the previous year.

This year’s event had the makings of one of the best years to date. The guests enjoyed plenty of food, drinks, a photo booth, a card reader and mostly a lot of laughter and fun.

The DJ for the evening was Tom Wilke spinning tunes to keep everyone moving on the dance floor.

There was a contest and the winners won trips, tickets to studios tours and much more.

Here is a sampling of some of the guests. Can you tell who they are in costume and makeup?

Here is a link to see additional pictures and be able to purchase them: https://t.ly/Mepz9

(Photo by Ross A Benson)


Nickelodeon Volunteers Brighten Jordan Middle School For Community Day

Volunteers from Nickelodeon spent Friday, April 20, brightening the grounds of David Starr Jordan Middle School for their annual Viacom Community Day.

The volunteers painted a mural on the sixth-grade patio which features a cougar and a cub (Jordan’s mascot is the cougar) and the message of “Kindness is Courage,” according to school principal Stacy Cashman.


Nickelodeon volunteers beautified the David Starr Jordan Middle School campus for Viacom Community Day on April 20. (Photo Courtesy David Starr Jordan Middle School)

They also built benches around the trees to provide additional seating for the school’s sixth-graders who eat lunch on the patio area, which did not have much seating to begin with. Volunteers also weeded and trimmed existing gardens throughout the campus and mulched flower beds.

Nickelodeon volunteers paint a mural on the sixth-grade patio. (Photo Courtesy David Starr Jordan Middle School)

“We are so grateful for their ‘Shimmer and Shine’ crew who worked so hard to beautify our campus,” commented Cashman. “The students were so excited today and the pride they felt was obvious in their smiling faces.”


The completed “Kindness is Courage” mural was painted in one day by Nickelodeon volunteers. (Photo Courtesy David Starr Jordan Middle School)


New Apartments, Businesses Included in Olive Stations Project

With a new influx of multi-use buildings heading to Burbank, one that is making a splash is the Olive Station development. The site of the future building can be located at the southeast intersection of Olive Boulevard and Lake Avenue. The land is currently owned by the Cusumano Real Estate Group.

In total, the building will feature 327 studios, one bedroom, two bedroom, three bedroom, and four-bedroom apartments. The variety in apartments is meant to provide options in affordable housing to Burbank residents. Hired to design the building will be the award-winning architectural firm Newman Garrison + Partners.

When asked why the Cusumano Real Estate Group when with Newman Garrison + Partners, Michael Cusumano said:

“We conducted an exhaustive search of all of the best design firms in this region, and went as far as to engage five different firms to produce concept drawings for the site, before finally selecting the firm of Newman-Garrison (NG+P) to design the project. And NG+P hit it out of the park. As is evidenced by the design submitted, and their plethora of design awards, Newman-Garrison will bring a new, cutting edge design to Burbank, and set the standard for all future mixed-use projects in the City. (NG+P) has completed projects in Spain, India, Russia, and in the Caribbean, as well as California, where they have designed some of the most recognizable southern California buildings in recent years such as West Park at Civita, The Ellington, The Q East, and the Dylan.

Olive Station will be an architectural landmark as well as a really fantastic place to live. Our team also includes such acclaimed firms as EPT Design (landscape architecture), KGM Architectural Lighting, and John Labib + Associates (structural and civil engineering).”

The goal of this building is to offer a choice to millennials and families alike. Cusumano hopes potential residents will take notice to Olive Stations’ location, amenities, design, sustainability, lifestyle, Affordability.”

To entice potential residents, plans for the building also include a an array of common spaces, which include a game room, a bocce ball course, a resort-style pool and spa with cabanas, outdoor dining/BBQ areas, fire pits, retail stores, an outdoor movie theatre, a media center, terrace amenities, a club/lounge area with a private wine room, and a state-of-art fitness center. Located at the ground floor will be a commercial grocery store.

When asked how Olive Stations plans to combat the affordable housing problem in Burbank, Cusuamano said; “First of all, no one has ever built “live-work” loft units in Burbank, and there are almost no 3 and 4-bedroom units in Burbank. No one has ever built this type of a project in Burbank. The Co-Work spaces will also appeal to millennials as well. And this will be the first project in many years where the Developer is including rent restricted affordable units. And great access to employment, Downtown Burbank and Metrolink station. Families, millennials, boomers; everyone will be attracted to this project.”

Olive Stations is expected to be completed by the year 2021. You can find the full list of amenities and features, provided by the Cusumano Real Estate Group, down below:

  • Amenities:
    • Full concierge service
    • Resort style lap pool & spa
    • Huge common spaces with fire features
    • Seating and cabanas throughout courtyards
    • Outdoor kitchen and dining areas
    • BBQ kitchen and outdoor dining
    • Beautiful garden landscaping
    • Water features
    • Several large lounging areas
    • Private lounge with billiard tables, big screen TV’s
    • High speed internet and Wifi
    • Screening and media room
    • Private fitness club with state of the art equipment, with spin and yoga studio
    • Business center with conference room, computers and professional print/ scan/ copy/ fax stations
    • Dry-cleaning and laundry drop-off and pick-up services
    • Private spa facilities for sauna and massages
    • Zip-Car access
    • Wine storage facility
    • On-site ATM
    • Bicycle parking, storage and maintenance with bike shop
    • EV charging stations
    • Ample guest parking
    • Gated community with key fob access controls
    • Roof top deck and lounge with bar, big screen TV’s and fire features
    • Dog park
    • Solar water heating
    • Solar PV
    • Co-work space
    • Extra storage facilities
    • 24 Hour package pick up and drop off system
    • Highspeed Electric Elevators

Apartment Homes:

  • Features:
    • Gourmet stainless steel “Jenn-Air” kitchen appliances
    • AT&T U-Verse with fiber cable to the units and 1G internet speeds
    • Stone countertops
    • Designer cabinets
    • 9’-11’ ceilings
    • High efficiency “Whirlpool” washer and gas dryer in units
    • Large private balconies
    • Private yards (selected units)
    • Fireplaces (some units)
    • Oversized walk-in closets with custom shelving
    • Energy efficient dual glazed windows throughout
    • Upgraded finishes throughout
    • Low VOC carpets, paints, and adhesives


Leadership Burbank’s Costume Party Proves To Be a Eye Opener

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Leadership Burbank held it’s Halloween-themed costume party Saturday night at the Nickelodeon Studio on Olive Avenue.  The event brought out hundreds in costumes with everything from just makeup changes to full-blown theatrical costumes.

The event was a major fundraiser for the Leadership Burbank class of 2018, who will determine their community project in the coming months. 

“We wanted to do something different from the traditional chicken dinner gala fundraiser,” said Nerissa Sugars, this year’s chair of the Leadership Burbank board.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“This community loves the Halloween season and costumes, and what better way to celebrate than with food, drinks, and dancing at Nickelodeon – a globally acclaimed, entertainment giant that most people wouldn’t normally get to visit!” 

“No auctions, no donation pitches, no special honorees – just a party for the grown-ups,” added Sugars. “And while they’re enjoying the evening, they’re helping support a valuable cause.”

Leadership Burbank is a nine-month training program for those who seek to develop personal and professional skills and contacts while learning more about the community of Burbank.

Winners from the costume contest won round-trip tickets from major airlines and tickets to Warner Bros. studio tours.

Here is a gallery from the scary night at Nickelodeon from our Chief Photographer, Ross A. Benson.

(Click on each picture for a larger view)


Cartoon Network Opens Its Doors For An Evening Selling Artwork to Benefit Family Service Agency

This Friday evening The Family Service Agency, will be the beneficiary of an evening presenting the sale of artworks from 100 artists at Cartoon Network Studios. The art reception includes refreshments, a unique art demonstration, and a silent auction to be held from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Cartoon Network Studios which is located at 300 N. 3rd Street, Burbank, CA.

A special feature during the auction is the availability of a limited edition print of Charlie Chaplin, by celebrity street artist,Mr. Brainwash.

Two Burbank artists, Chris Runco and Randall Williams will be recognized as Spotlight Honorees. Both have made significant artistic contributions and have a strong connection to the Burbank community.

The silent auction exhibition is an eclectic collection of artwork of diverse styles, medium and genre. Many contributing artists are studio artist from Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Disney. Also featured are the works from local artists, students, and community members.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Brian Miller, Sr. Vice President and General Manager of Cartoon Network has extended the invitation to the public. Miller said “We’ve filled the studio with lots of wonderful artwork, now let’s find the match for each piece to that special art lover, collector and friend all in support of the good work of the Family Service Agency of Burbank”.

Family Service Agency,  Burbank’s community mental health and wellness center, was founded in 1953, and is providing mental health care to our Burbank youth on 19 Burbank school campuses.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The proceeds from the evening will support the Art Therapy program at the Center.
Reserved tickets for the reception are $25.00 and available on line at www.FSAhealingarts.com or by calling 818-845-7671

Nickelodeon Animation Studio Complex Opens

The 200,000 square-foot, LEED-certified Nickelodeon Animation Studio complex officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, January 11. Members of the Burbank City Council, including the Mayor of Burbank, Burbank Chamber of Commerce and Boys & Girls Club joined Nickelodeon artists, management and staff in celebrating the state-of-the-art workspace.

Numerous officials from the City of Burbank, including from the Police, Fire and City Departments, along with officials and teachers from Burbank Unified School District also toured the newly opened facility.

Nickelodeon employees are already settled in and working in the new building and renovated spaces.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The sustainable complex houses more than 700 Nickelodeon employees and over 20 productions, including The Loud House, SpongeBob SquarePants, Shimmer and Shine and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

“The opening of our new offices in Burbank is a significant moment for Nickelodeon,” said Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon Group. “We are ushering in a new era of creative excellence and increased collaboration for everyone who works here.”

The Nickelodeon Animation Studio complex includes a new five-story building and a 23,000 square-foot, redesigned courtyard, in addition to the newly renovated, original 72,000 square-foot studio that first opened in Burbank in 1998.

A central, trellised “working gallery” runs the length of each floor in the building, providing open space for collaboration and to display work in progress. Employees can brainstorm on chalkboard, dry erase and magnetic walls.

The courtyard connects the new and original buildings, while serving as an outdoor work and meeting area with a full range of audio/visual capabilities. The open area is decorated with a 400-pound statue of The Ren & Stimpy Show’s Stimpy situated in a Zen garden, stone benches etched with live-action and animation creators’ artwork and quotes, wire sculptures of Henry Danger, Clarissa Explains It All, Avatar: The Last Airbender and Dora the Explorer, among others, and banners of every show currently in production.

Nickelodeon added a third voiceover studio, in addition to the two existing recording studios. A new screening room, fitness room, zen garden and cafe were also built. Employees can also relax in the new music and game room, stocked with musical instruments and arcade games.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

A rotating art gallery of work by current employees and outside artists brightens the environment. An archive and library features Nickelodeon’s contributing artists and their pencil test renderings, creators’ notes and painted cells.

Two artistic play spaces, one with traditional and one with new technology, are part of the new Nickelodeon building. The traditional space features stop-motion capabilities and animation discs and paints, while the other space features new technology with the most recent animation software.

“Since we first planted our flag on the West Coast in the early ‘90s, Nickelodeon in Burbank has been a beacon to the creative community, and our new complex now signals our increased commitment to giving our creators and employees the very best environment and resources to be successful,” added Zarghami.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Muir Outdoor Classroom Supports Outside The Box Learning

Burbank Unified and City of Burbank officials, middle school students, Nickelodeon Studios and Woodbury University personnel gathered on Friday, October 21, to dedicate the John Muir Outdoor Classroom.

“In the space where a condemned bungalow once stood, there is now a beautiful outdoor classroom on the campus of John Muir Middle School,” commented Principal Dr. Greg Miller. “The project came together through a wonderful partnership with Woodbury University and Nickelodeon.”

(Photo by Brandon Buckley)

(Photo by Brandon Buckley)

Miller specifically thanked Woodbury School of Architecture Professors Jeanine Centouri and Oscar Corletto, for their efforts and their students’ efforts creating the design for the Muir Outdoor Classroom.

(Photo by Brandon Buckley)

(Photo by Brandon Buckley)

He also thanked Carson Smith from Nickelodeon for allocating resources and focusing volunteer efforts of several studio employees and interns.

Miller recognizes the work of several employees of BUSD Facilities including Pedro Mejia, John Uribe, Mark Clarke, Randy Ogawa and Kurt Hauffe, who have been instrumental in the building and beautification of the project.

He noted the efforts of the Mosaic Tile Team of Erica Bootchk, Kristina Panfilova and Yukako Inoue, as their mosaic art installation for the space continues to develop.

The previous occupant of the space, an aging bungalow which had not been able to be used for several years, was removed in the summer of 2015. Muir Middle School contacted Woodbury University’s School of Architecture and asked for help to design an outdoor classroom, explained Miller and were connected with Centouri, the director of the University’s Architecture and Civic Engagement (ACE) Center.

“The design and, most importantly, the installation of the outdoor classroom at Muir became the spring semester project for a group of nine upper class students in the School of Architecture,” said Miller.

(Photo by Brandon Buckley)

(Photo by Brandon Buckley)

Centouri and Corletto, along with their student team, interviewed Muir teachers, staff and parents to get an understanding of what they envisioned for the space.

“After several options were presented to the Muir stakeholders, a singular design was agreed upon.”

The team started building the wall, stage and seating in January. All told, the 40-seat, 2,000 square foot structure took four months to construct.

In May, as part of the company’s annual Viacommunity Day, Nickelodeon sent over 50 volunteers to dig holes, plant hedges, trees and greenery and fill in the space with over 25 cubic yards of mulch, added Miller.

The space is now enjoyed on a daily basis by Muir’s 1,400 students. English, science, math and enrichment classes have all been held in the Muir Outdoor Classroom since students returned to school in August.

“It’s a great place for 11, 12 and 13 -year-olds to hang out,” he said.

(Photo by Brandon Buckley)

(Photo by Brandon Buckley)

Bret Harte Elementary School Unveils School Mural, Buddy Benches

Students and staff at Bret Harte Elementary School celebrated the completion of a new school mural on Tuesday, April 26. The mural was created through a collaboration by the school’s Student Council and the Nickterns, college-age interns at Nickelodeon Studios in Burbank.

Bret Harte Elementary students were also surprised with the donation of two Buddy Benches by the studio.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Fifth-graders at the school chose the theme and met several times with the Nickterns to discuss their ideas for the murals, according to Martha Walter, Bret Harte Elementary School Principal.

The Student Council put “a lot of work and heart into the mural planning,” she said.

Nickterns, Nickelodeon staff and Burbank Unified district staff met with Student Council, teachers, and parent representatives from Bret Harte PTA and Boosters in the school library before the mural unveiling ceremony.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“We have been thrilled to work with the Nickterns. Our Student Council presented their ideas for a theme to the staff from Nickeoldeon, and all agreed on a theme of peace and understanding,” commented Walter. “Seeing the interaction between the interns and the kids was wonderful, especially seeing kids learn about how they can express their creative interests and hear their hopes to someday work in a position like the Nickterns.”

“The Nickterns interpretations of the theme were all beautiful, we appreciate the thought that went into each one. The finished mural will long be a reminder to all of the children at Bret Harte to express their creativity and to model the theme of peace and understanding.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“The presentation of the Buddy Benches were a lovely surprise from Nickelodeon,” Walter added.”They remembered the students asking for them, then presented them with two at the presentation yesterday.”

“The kids were so pleased that the Nickterns, Ms. Wu and Mr. Carson heard their request and fulfilled it. I think more than one creative Bret Harte student is looking forward to possibly being a Nicktern in the future.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Nickterns Kick Off School Year With McKinley Elementary Mural

McKinley Elementary School students began school on Monday with a colorful new mural on campus. Created by Nickelodeon’s current group of college interns, or Nickterns, the mural was formally celebrated with a school-wide assembly on Thursday, August 20.

“The intention was to represent teamwork,” said Nicktern Lauren Patterson, who designed the mural. “We want the students to look at the mural and be inspired to work and play together.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The Nickterns spent many hours during the week of August 10 through 14 creating the artwork at the school site.

Nickelodeon’s current group of Nickterns include: Tenaya Anue (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)), Andranik Aslanyan (Woodbury University), Victoria Bachurska (Vassar College), Natalie Bacon (Loyola Marymount University), Morgan Bailey Keaton (DePaul University), Gabrielle Bricker-DeCaro (University of Michigan), Raj Brueggemann (University of Michigan), Kassey Cordova (Woodbury University), Katherine Duffy (University of Southern California (USC)), Jasmine Eusebio (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)), Jonathan Finn-Gamino (California State University, Fullerton (CSUF)), Emily Fitzpatrick (University of Pennsylvania), Audrey Gray (Indiana University), Kacie Hermanson (New York University (NYU)), Davey Jarrell (University of Southern California, Los Angeles (USC)), Nathanael Jones (University of Washington), Carly Kaplan (Emerson College), Sara Kipin (Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)), Tiara Little (Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)), Madison Mitchell (California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona)), Tamanh Nguyen (University of Washington), Lauren Patterson (Art Center College of Design), Faith Schaffer – Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Marylea Wold (Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)), Serena Wu (Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)) and Owen Zidar (University of Notre Dame.)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I was so excited to hear that Nickelodeon had chosen McKinley for a mural,” commented McKinley Elementary Principal Liz Costella. “Carson, Amy and the interns were amazing. The mural is beautiful and is an incredible addition to our campus.”

Carson Smith and Amy Wu at Nickelodeon coordinated the project with the school.

“It is perfect and looks like it should have always been there,” added Costella. “We are so grateful to Nickelodeon and the interns for this amazing gift.”

BAFA Party On The Plaza Honors Burbank Arts Supporters

Burbank Arts For All Foundation (BAFA) hosts its fourth annual Party On The Plaza fundraising gala on Friday, May 15, at Universal Studio’s The Globe Theatre. NBC4 Weathercaster Fritz Coleman returns as Master of Ceremonies of the event honoring three Burbank arts advocates and supporters: Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Burbank High School teacher Jonelle Pickett and longtime Burbank Unified School District volunteer and parent Debbie Wade.

“We are excited to recognize this year’s well deserved honorees,” said BAFA Chair Carrie Brown.  “Nickelodeon Animation Studios has become a true partner in furthering art and creativity in our public schools. We are so proud to honor them with the Patron of the Arts Award.”

Burbank Art's For All Foundation's Executive Director Trena Pitchford and Arts for All Educator Award honoree Jonelle Pickett along with Burbank High School animation students. (Photo Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

Burbank Art’s For All Foundation’s Executive Director Trena Pitchford and Arts for All Educator Award honoree Jonelle Pickett along with Burbank High School animation students. (Photo Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

“We are also pleased to recognize the work of Jonelle Pickett in the growth of her visual arts and animation classes at Burbank High,” added Brown.

“For the first time, the Foundation is extremely proud to honor one of our many outstanding alumni parents, Debbie Wade, who continues to volunteer her time and talents to further arts education even when her kids have already graduated from our schools.”

“Burbank Arts for All Foundation is so appreciative of the support we have already received from our sponsors and donors,” commented BAFA Executive Director Trena Pitchford. “For our small Foundation, this event allows us to further our mission throughout the year providing much needed funding for arts education programs and our community engagement opportunities.”

(Image Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

(Image Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

“The goal for the evening is to celebrate all of us who continue to increase creativity in the classroom and honor three amazing leaders: Nickelodeon Studios, Debbie Wade and Jonelle Pickett.”

“We’ve gained a reputation for hosting one of Burbank’s most-fun and original fundraising galas every year,” she said.

Champion of the Arts honoree Debbie Wade and husband Jerry Wade. (Photo Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

Champion of the Arts honoree Debbie Wade and husband Jerry Wade. (Photo Courtesy Burbank Arts For All Foundation)

“In order to keep this tradition going—and to accommodate our growing number of guests—we chose The Globe Theatre, on the recommendation of one of our board members,” Pitchford explained as the reason for the move to Universal Studios for this year’s gala. “It’s a spectacular venue for what we hope will be another spectacularly successful event.”

BAFA expects approximately 450 guests at the event, which includes a Wolfgang Puck Catering dinner and live music provided by Band From TV. A silent auction featuring a San Diego weekend, a Las Vegas getaway, a Disneyland vacation, a trip to Mammoth Mountain, tickets to L.A. Kings, dinner at Morton’s The Steakhouse and a party at Story Tavern are just some of the offerings up for bid.

Individual tickets are $150 and a few remain available but must be booked by end of day Wednesday, May 13. Festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with red carpet, hosted cocktails and silent auction. To order tickets or for more information, visit the BAFA Party On The Plaza webpage.