Viacom International Media Networks Asia has agreed a multi-year Nickelodeon content deal with LeEco, one of the biggest Internet VoD platforms in China.

The deal gives Le Eco exclusive broadcast rights for Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards from the U.S., the first time the show will air in China. It also gives Le Eco exclusive OTT rights for selected Mandarin-dubbed and subtitled Nickelodeon episodes.

“With the explosion of multiplatform distribution capabilities in China in recent years, today’s announcement reinforces our place as a key media content provider in China,” said Mark Whitehead, executive VP and MD, VIMN Asia, at the APOS conference in Indonesia.

“Nickelodeon’s content has strong appeal and relevance with the Chinese audience and look forward to showcasing such international children’s programming to our LeEco VIP subscribers,” said Zhang Zhao, CEO of Le Vision Pictures, and president of Eco Entertainment Business Group.

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