Russell Hicks

Nick to update Rocko’s Modern Life

Nickelodeon is reviving another classic animated property to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Nickelodeon Animation. The Viacom-owned US network has ordered a one-hour special of the acerbic Rocko’s Modern Life, with creator Joe Murray on board. The original series aired from 1993 to 1996, and followed an Australian wallaby and his companions as they had […]

Nick president Hicks steps down

Nickelodeon president Russell Hicks has resigned from his post after 18 years with the Viacom-owned kids channel. Hicks, formerly Nick’s marketing chief, was upped to president, content development and production at the Nickelodeon Group in 2012. According to various US reports, he has resigned after a four-month medical break, and Nick has no immediate plans […]

McCann exits Nick UK, new GM installed

Tina McCann is exiting Nickelodeon UK as part of a “management handover” that sees VP, editorial Alison Bakunowich named general manager. McCann has been Nick UK’s managing director for the past five-and-a-half years, but is exiting to resume work as a freelance executive coach and media consultant. Bakunowich takes up her new role in March, […]

Nick hands Viscardi content role, Hey Arnold! movie

Nickelodeon has handed veteran producer Chris Viscardi a senior content role, with a first task overseeing a new telemovie based on the classic Hey Arnold! toon series. Viscardi (pictured) has been named senior VP, content development, Nickelodeon franchise properties, reporting to Nick’s, president, content development and production, Russell Hicks. Based at Nick’s Burbank, California base, […]

Nick greenlights more Turtles

Nickelodeon has ordered a fourth season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The new twenty-episode season of the CGI animated series will debut on Nick in the US next autumn and internationally thereafter. Season three of the series – a reboot of the original toon, based on the Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman comic book series […]

Nick unveils toons, live-action for new season line-up

Network to launch three new animated series, three live-actioners, four preschoolers My Nick Jr. app to launch in spring Welcome to the Wayne launching on upcoming Nick Jr. App Six toons, three live-action series returning Nickelodeon has unveiled its 2014-15 programming line-up, with greenlights for a trio of animated toons and new live-action shows. The […]

Nick to Go Viral with Ryan Seacrest

US kids channel Nickelodeon has greenlit a 40-episode studio game show from presenter Ryan Seacrest’s production outfit. Go Viral (WT) will be a half-hour show in which kid contestants will compete in elimination challenges themed around viral videos. It is set for air in summer 2014, with production commencing early next year in LA. Ryan […]

Nickelodeon greenlights raft of new content

Nickelodeon has ordered two new full-length animation series and greenlit four pilots. In the US, the Viacom-owned kids network has endured a rocky ride in the ratings in the past 18 months and is refreshing its content line-up with new shows to sit alongside perennial favourites including SpongeBob SquarePants and newer hits Teenage Mutant Ninja […]

News brief: Sanjay and Craig stay friends with Nick

Nickelodeon has ordered a second season of its animated comedy Sanjay and Craig. The new 20-episode run will launch at an unspecified later date. The first series is Nick’s top animated show of the year and set to launch on Nick’s international networks. “Sanjay and Craig is a proven hit with our audience and we […]

Nick extends Sam & Cat

Nickelodeon has ordered an additional 20 episodes of its top rated live-action comedy series Sam & Cat. The show has averaged 3.7 million total viewers per episode since launch on June 8, convincing Nick’s president, content development and production Russell Hicks to add a batch of new eps. These will roll out later this year […]