UPDATE: 4:10 PM: I’ve also learned that another Nickelodeon veteran, Sal Maniaci, is departing the company. He was based in New York and served as SVP of event and original programming, responsible for overseeing production of Nickelodeon’s franchise events, including the Kids’ Choice Awards, the TeenNick HALO Awards and Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play.
PREVIOUS: Another veteran Nickelodeon executive is leaving the company. EVP Paula Kaplan has informed her team today of her departure, a Nickelodeon spokesperson confirmed. Kaplan had been at the network for two decades, she launched and built its Los Angeles Talent Department and grew Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards into a major event. Her exit, first reported by LA Times, comes a year and a half after Russell Hicks was named President, Content Development and Production for the Nickelodeon Group when Kaplan’s title changed from Talent and West Coast General Manager, Nickelodeon/MTVN Kids and Family Group, to EVP Current Series. Now three high level Nickelodeon executives who became Hicks reports have left: President content development Margie Cohn, EVP Nickelodeon Prods. Alison Dexter and Kaplan.