Russell Hicks, a 14-year Nickelodeon veteran and its chief creative officer since 2008, has been named to the new position of president, content development and production for the Nickelodeon Group. The announcement was made by Cyma Zarghami, president of the Nickelodeon Group, to whom Hicks will continue to report.

The new position establishes centralized West Coast leadership of all Nickelodeon's content teams and provides direct oversight of the largest and most diverse development slate in the network's history. In his new role, Hicks will be based at Nickelodeon's Burbank and Santa Monica offices, where he will lead the company's live-action, animation development and production teams for all Nickelodeon's content platforms.

"Russell has been one of the driving forces behind the Nickelodeon brand," said Zarghami in a prepared statement. "As we continue our ambitious evolution of Nickelodeon, Russell will ensure that our rich and diversified development slate, as well as our new and established producing partners, will all serve our creative vision for the network and deliver for our audiences. As the new development season begins, this is the perfect moment for Russell to take the helm."

Before working at Nickelodeon, Hicks was Vice President of Marketing, Cartoon Network/Turner brands for Warner Brothers, where he was responsible for the marketing and creative team that turned Scooby Doo and the Power Puff Girls into cultural icons. Hicks started his career as an animator, which led him to work on Teddy Ruxpin, the first talking teddy bear for Worlds of Wonder toys.

Darlene Ricker