As part of Russell Hicks’ promotion, Nickelodeon also expanded the responsibilities of top live-action executive Marjorie Cohn, who has been upped to President, Content Development, Nickelodeon, adding animation and digital to her existing portfolio of live-action programming. Brown Johnson, who has served as the President of Animation since 2008, is leaving. Here is the release:
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29, 2012 Russell Hicks, a 14-year Nickelodeon veteran and its Chief Creative Officer since 2008, has been named to the new position of President, Content Development and Production for the Nickelodeon Group. The announcement was made today by Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon Group, to whom Hicks will continue to report.
The newly created position establishes centralized, West Coast leadership of all Nickelodeon’s content teams, and provides direct, on the ground oversight of the network’s development slate. Hicks will be based at Nickelodeon’s Burbank and Santa Monica, California, offices, where he will lead the company’s live-action, animation development and production teams for all of Nickelodeon’s content platforms.
Reporting to Hicks will be: Margie Cohn, who will serve in the new role of President, Content Development, Nickelodeon, working across live-action, animation and digital; Paula Kaplan, who will now serve as EVP of Current Series; Teri Weiss, EVP of Nickelodeon Preschool Development and Production; Alison Dexter, EVP, Nickelodeon Productions; Rich Magallanes, SVP, Animation, Current Series; and Keith Dawkins, SVP and General Manager for Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr., Nicktoons and TeenNick channels. (more…)