Collins briefs Nick viewers on showbiz

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Nickelodeon has tapped Lily Collins, daughter of singer Phil Collins, to help keep its viewers informed about the latest trends and news in entertainment and pop culture.

The teenager, who is studying broadcast journalism at USC, is set to appear in interstitial programming spots airing throughout the day and night on Nickelodeon, reporting from the sets of Nick series, movie premieres, awards shows, concerts and other celebrity events. She also will host daily 30-second updates centered on current music, movie, fashion and celebrity news and join current host J Boogie to contribute reports to the weekend TEENick block.

This marks the first time that Nickelodeon has inked a deal for a roving entertainment correspondent.

"Lily is a natural in front of the camera," Nickelodeon executive vp talent Paula Kaplan said. "She can think on her feet and is comfortable interviewing a wide range of people. As a rising young star herself, she's totally plugged into the latest entertainment and pop culture trends."

Dad also recently went into business with Nickelodeon: Phil Collins is set to make a cameo this year on live-action series "The Naked Brothers Band."

Lily Collins — also an actor, singer and model — might already be familiar to Nickelodeon's audience: Last year, she served as guest correspondent on the network's "Slime Across America" tour. This weekend, she was a correspondent for E! Entertainment's "Countdown to the Red Carpet: The 2008 Academy Awards."

She is repped by UTA and ROAR.
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