Los Angeles, Calif. – March 26, 2012 – Nickelodeon has promoted veteran staffers Jenna Boyd to Senior Vice President of Animation Development and Brian Wright to Senior Vice President of Live Action Development, it was announced today by Brown Johnson, President, Animation, Nickelodeon Group and Marjorie Cohn, President, Original Programming and Development, Nickelodeon Group to whom they will respectively, report.
“Having started at Nick as an intern, Jenna has literally grown up with our brand,” said Johnson. She brings an incredible energy, great comedy chops and over 15 years of experience to this new position, having worked on both the animation and live-action sides of our development team.”
“Brian has already moved the needle in shepherding our current slate of live-action programming and bringing in our most recent show pick- ups, Marvin Marvin and Daddy’s Home,” said Cohn. “He’s a champion of the Nick brand and has a real passion for kids and family programming. I have the utmost confidence in his creative leadership.”
As Senior Vice President of Animation Development, Nickelodeon Group, Ms. Boyd will oversee the pipeline of all new animated series and the recently announced comedy shorts program, focusing on bringing in creator-driven original comedies, fresh animation styles and developing new contemporary classics. Most recently, she was Vice President, Live Action Development where she oversaw a slate of scripted and unscripted programming for Nickelodeon, Teenick and family originals for Nick at Nite, including the recently announced Wendell & Vinnie pilot starring Jerry Trainor. She began her career with Nickelodeon over fifteen years ago in Orlando, Florida where she held her first position as a production intern for Nickelodeon’s Kenan & Kel. Shortly after, she moved to New York for a job with the TV Land programming department and transitioned to Nickelodeon production where she developed and produced both live-action and animation properties for the network. In 2004, Ms. Boyd moved to Los Angeles as Director, Development where she oversaw production of the critically-acclaimed animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender.
As Senior Vice President of Live Action Development, Nickelodeon Group, Mr. Wright will oversee all live action development and pilot production for Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, TeenNick and international co-productions. He started his television career as crew member of NBC’s hit show, Scrubs, after which he worked for comedy writers Scherick and Ronn through their Touchstone Television overall deal, and later with Greg Berlanti’s production company at Warner Brothers Television. In 2005 he moved to Lifetime Television Network, where he developed Army Wives and oversaw the critically-acclaimed Jane Lynch series, Lovespring International. Mr. Wright joined Nickelodeon in 2007 as a member of the live action development team. Most recently as Vice President Live Action Development, Nickelodeon, he has shepherded a number of series from pilot to air including: Big Time Rush, BrainSurge, Victorious, Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures, Supah Ninjas, How To Rock and the recently announced 20 episode order of Marvin Marvin. In addition to his Nickelodeon duties, Mr. Wright guided Nick at Nite’s foray into original programming, developing a slate of original family sitcoms that includes the Scott Baio pilot, Daddy’s Home.