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Where will the next “SpongeBob” creator come from?
If Nickelodeon has its way, he or she will be a homegrown artist. That’s because the cabler thinks it has found an edge in the race for animation talent in the booming toon business, launching internal mentorship programs to nurture talent — and hopefully keep it inhouse.
For Russell Hicks, Nickelodeon’s president of content development and production, the programs are a way of paying it forward. A former children’s book illustrator and animator, Hicks had a family connection to Disney animator Ward Kimball — an industry legend who was instrumental in Hicks’ own career path. “I had a mentor. I had education. I had somebody who helped me navigate a very complicated world,” he says. “[I wanted to find] the way that we could nurture and help artists like I got helped.”
To assist others along that path, Hicks oversees a group dubbed the Artists Collective, »
- Geoff Berkshire
Nickelodeon has announced a 13-episode order of The Loud House, the first series to be greenlit out of its 2013 Animated Shorts Program. Inspired by first-time creator Chris Savino’s (Rocko’s Modern Life, The Powerpuff Girls) chaotic life growing up in a huge household, the series will follow 11-year-old Lincoln as he gives an inside look at what it takes to survive in the bedlam of a large family, especially as the only boy with 10 sisters. The series is based off a short of the same name from the 2013 Animated Shorts Program, and will air on Nickelodeon."The Loud House has all the qualities Nickelodeon looks for in creator-driven content that has strong central characters blended with comedic story lines," said Jenna Boyd, Senior Vice President, Animation Development, Nickelodeon Group. "Chris Savino comes to us already with an industry background, but the firsthand experience he brings to this project really »
- Jerry Beck
Nickelodeon has ordered 13 episodes of The Loud House, from first-time creator Chris Savino. The animated series, about a chaotic life growing up in a huge household, is based on a short from Nick’s 2013 Animated Shorts Program. This is the first project from that initiative, launched in 2012 and designed to identify and develop original comedy-driven content for kids. Pitches chosen are developed into animated shorts with the potential to air on the network or live on the Nick App. The short from Savino (Rocko’s Modern Life, The Powerpuff Girls) follows 11-year-old Lincoln as he gives an inside look at what it takes to survive in the bedlam of a large family, especially as the only boy with 10 sisters. It will air on Nick. The news today dovetails with Nickelodeon announcing the 11 finalists from its 2014 Animated Shorts Program. They are: Francine by writer/comedian Katie Crown – The story of a »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Viacom kiddie-media outfit Nickelodeon has ordered 13 episodes of “The Loud House,” the first series to be greenlit from its 2013 crop of development candidates culled from an initiative it has in place to identify original comedy for kids.
The show is inspired by creator Chris Savino’s chaotic life growing up in a huge household. The series follows Lincoln, the 11-year-old at the center of its animated cast, as he reveals what it takes to survive in the bedlam of a large family, especially as the only boy with 10 sisters. The series is based on a short of the same name from the company’s 2013 Animated Shorts Program, and will air on Nickelodeon.
Pitches chosen from the program are developed into animated shorts with the potential to air on Nickelodeon, appear on http://www.nick.com, or on the Emmy Award-winning Nick App, with the possibility of becoming a long-form animated series on the network. »
- Brian Steinberg
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