Industry News: Tyra Banks, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street and More!

TYRA BANKS IS TACKLING NEW UNIVERSE: Tyra Banks is one of the most successful and groundbreaking supermodels of all time. After rising to fame on the catwalk, she launched America’s Next Top Model, making it one of the longest-running unscripted formats in TV history. Now, she is unveiling Modelland, an attraction set to open late this year in Santa Monica, CA. The 21,000 square foot model-themed space will include retail and dining options and will be open to the public. "I’ve always been insanely inspired by attractions like Disneyland and Universal Studios and have wanted to bring that spirit of adventure and storytelling to the world of modeling," Banks tells Variety. "But not the exclusive modeling industry. I’m talking about modeling for the masses." Modelland has been in the works for more than 10 years, and she says the space is more than just that. "Modelland is not just a place to us; It’s a movement. Yes, it’s an attraction and a destination, but above all, it’s the genesis for people with all types of different beauty to feel seen and validated. Modelland will empower them to embrace, celebrate and adorn their own unique beauty in ways they never thought possible." Would you check it out?

NICKELODEON, NETFLIX, SET PACT FOR THE LOUD HOUSE, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: Nickelodeon and Netflix are partnering on a deal to produce two original, animated features: The Loud House and Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The films will be based on Nickelodeon properties but do not involve the TV series, Viacom said. "This partnership with Netflix is part of Nickelodeon and Viacom’s broader efforts to tap into Nickelodeon’s library of culturally resonant properties and produce new content for third-party digital and linear platforms," Viacom CEO Bob Bakish said during its first-quarter earnings call with Wall Street analysts, Deadline reported.

SESAME STREET TO HAVE YEARLONG 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Beloved children’s series Sesame Street will ring in its 50th anniversary with a yearlong celebration. Sesame Workshop will launch new social impact initiatives, digital campaigns and community events in honor of the milestone anniversary, including a nationwide road trip featuring Sesame Street characters and an expansion of the Sesame Street in Communities initiative. In addition, Sesame Street will air a 50th season focused on the power of possibilities. The show will have a star-studded primetime TV special in November.

PARTY OF FIVE IS GETTING A REBOOT: Party of Five is back – with a timely twist. The ‘90s Fox drama followed the trials and tribulations of the Salinger siblings – played by Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell, Scott Wolf, and Lacey Chabert – orphaned after their parents were killed in a car accident. Freeform has announced it has ordered 10 episodes of a reboot, this time focusing on five siblings dealing with their parents being deported to Mexico. Freeform President Tom Ascheim said the show "embodies the heart and soul of what it means to be a family in the most trying of times." Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman, the creators of the original series, are behind the reboot. The new Party of Five will star Brandon Larracuente as Emilio Acosta, Emily Tosta as Lucia Acosta, Niko Guardado as Beto Acosta, and Elle Paris Legaspi as Valentina Acosta.

‘GREEN BOOK,’ GLENN CLOSE, SHIRLEY MACLAINE HONORED By AARP AT ‘MOVIES FOR GROWNUPS’ AWARDS: For the 18th year, AARP and its AARP, The Magazine, have handed out their Movies for Grownups Awards. The ceremony was held Monday night and will be broadcast February 15th on PBS. Shirley MacLaine was honored for Career Achievement and Green Book was named Best Picture/Best Movie for Grown-Ups. Glenn Close earned Best Actress for The Wife and Viggo Mortensen Best Actor for Green Book. Best Supporting Actress went to Judi Dench for her role as William Shakespeare’s wife, Anne Hathaway, in All is True, a Shakespeare biopic directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh. The awards, co-produced by the public television series Great Performances, was hosted by Martin Short.