Nickelodeon’s top exec, Russell Hicks, is leaving the company. He lasted less than four years as president of content development and production for the Nickelodeon Group, where he oversaw both animation and live-action projects.
“Russell Hicks has decided to step down from his position effective immediately,” a Nick spokesperson told various industry trades. The studio does not have a replacement lined up to take his place.
Hicks’ departure won’t come as a surprise to artists working at Nick in Burbank. He disappeared from the company months ago without notice, and artists had been wondering who was calling the shots. Reportedly, Hicks’ boss, Cyma Zarghami, president of Viacom Kids & Family Group, had taken an increasingly hands-on role in the network’s decision-making. The entertainment site Deadline, which first reported the news, claims that Hicks’ resignation comes soon “after he’d returned from a four-month medical leave.”