has named James Stephenson to the newly created position of Senior Vice
President, Animation and Games, adding animation production and development to
his current responsibilities of digital content creation. Stephenson will be based at Nickelodeon’s animation studio in Burbank, Calif.,
reporting to Russell Hicks, President, Content Development and Production,
In this new role, Stephenson will guide
current series creative and also have oversight of day-to-day operations for
animation development, short form, series, and games, ushering in a new
production model for the studio focused on expanding Nickelodeon’s development
and production capabilities.
track record for producing highly successful content across all of Nickelodeon’s screens makes him the perfect
addition to the Nickelodeon animation team, as we take a more holistic approach to the development process, said
Hicks. “His keen eye for identifying unique ideas and innate
strategic mindset will be a huge asset as we continue to expand and evolve our
recently, Stephenson served as Senior Vice President of Content Development,
Digital Media. He was responsible for
the creative development of original content for Nickelodeon’s digital destinations,
including Nick’s websites, Apps, digital platforms and premium games publishing
businesses. Under his leadership, the
network launched its first-ever original digital series, Welcome to the Wayne, which subsequently has been greenlit for
television after a successful run on the network’s digital platforms.
joined Nickelodeon in 2008, as Senior Vice President, Creative Director, Digital;
overseeing creative development for all digital media including online, mobile
and console/handheld platforms.
joining Nickelodeon, Stephenson served as Vice President of Digital Creative,
Product Development at MTV Networks, where he managed a development group
within MTV Networks focused on shifts in programming and strategy for content
on digital platforms. Earlier, Stephenson
was Creative Director at Atom Entertainment, publisher of online entertainment
sites AtomFilms.com, Shockwave.com and AddictingGames.com.