Russell Hicks’ roles at kids’ content provider Grom Social Enterprises are taking shape. The former Nickelodeon executive will lead its Philippines-based studio Top Draw Animation, while serving as chief content officer of L.A.-based Curiosity Ink Media.
The news formalizes an announcement in April, when Grom stated it would acquire Curiosity Ink Media. The acquisition is now complete.
Top Draw employs more than 400 people in Manila. Hicks will take over from studio founder Wayne Dearing, who is retiring, by early 2022. Dearing started his career at Hanna-Barbera in the 1970s, eventually moving to the Philippines to oversee its production unit Fil-Cartoons. He founded Top Draw in 1999 and has led it ever since.