Nickelodeon launches animated shorts programme

Viacom-owned Nickelodeon has launched an animated short programme. 

The ‘Intergalactic Shorts’ programme is led by Nick Animation, and will identify original, comedy-driven content via a newly installed team led by Ramsey Naito, Nickelodeon’s EVP of animation production and development.

Newly hired Conrad Vernon has joined Nickelodeon as the program’s executive producer, alongside Derek Evanick and Diana Lafyatis.

Nina Hahn, SVP of international production and development for Nickelodeon, will take international pitches.

In line with Nickelodeon’s co-viewing strategy, the target demo for content submitted to the Intergalactic Shorts Program is kids age 6-11, with a secondary focus on content appealing to adults 18-49 as well.

Ideas will be accepted from artists, designers, writers, directors and comedians, with all creators provided with artistic and production support teams to help them complete their fully animated short.

These shorts will air on different platforms and be developed for potential long-form animated series.

Naito said: “Our shorts program is intergalactic because we want to create a universe of new stars ready to make the next big animated hits of the future. Our doors are open to the best ideas out there and around the world, and we can’t wait to get started building this new home for visionary talent.”