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Nick in deal with 'Zoey 101' star Victoria Justice

MUMBAI: kids broadcaster Nickelodeon has signed 15 year-old actress Victoria Justice Zoey 101 to an overall talent and music deal. The announcement was made by Nick executive vice-president, talent Paula Kaplan.



As part of the new pact, Nickelodeon, in partnership with Sony BMG Music Entertainment, is developing a comedy series as a starring vehicle for Justice. Created and helmed by tween hitmaker Dan Schneider the new project will be set in a modern day school for the performing arts and feature original music. The network has also tapped the former Zoey 101 star for a co-starring role in the upcoming Nickelodeon original television movie Spectacular!, a story set in the competitive world of show choirs.


Kaplan says, "Victoria is a rare kind of actress. She’s beautiful, yet takes a fearless approach to acting. Kids loved her on Zoey 101 because she could boldly take a pie in the face or just as easily tackle a dramatic scene. It is this versatility combined with her musical talent and real-girl qualities that make her someone we are excited about"


Columbia Records senior VP Jay Landers says, "Victoria is the real deal. Besides her acting skills which are already well-known to her fans, she has a terrific recording voice. When she steps up to the mic, her personality shines through. We are looking forward to working with her and to have everyone see her in ’Spectacular!’ and beyond"


Justice joined Nickelodeon in 2005 when she was cast as a series regular in Zoey 101. For three seasons, she played Lola Martinez, Zoey’s artsy and dramatic roommate at Pacific Coast Academy.

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