Nickelodeon adds 'Water'


COLOGNE, Germany -- Nickelodeon U.S. has picked up the live-action series "H20 -- Just Add Water" about a trio of teenage mermaids from Jonathan M. Shiff Prods., Australia's Network Ten and Germany's ZDF Enterprises.

The show is the first international live-action series to be picked up by Nickelodeon's main U.S. network.

"H20" follows the adventures of Emma, Cleo and Rikki, three modern city girls who gain the power to turn into mermaids after a midnight swim in a mysterious underground lagoon. Now in its third season, "H20" has been a huge international hit, selling to more than 120 territories around the world.

The show already airs on Nickelodeon channels in France, Spain and the U.K., where it was the network's No. 1 live-action series last year.

" 'H2O' is a great fit with our TEENick programming, with its hefty combination of aspirational adventure, magic, and great relatable characters," said Marjorie Cohn, executive vp original programming and development at Nickelodeon Networks.

"After the overwhelming success worldwide we are extremely pleased to see this show now on the leading U.S kids network," said Fred Burcksen, ZDF Enterprises vp distribution, merchandising and investments. "Particularly because it is the first live-action series ever acquired by Nickelodeon U.S."