Johnson named prez at Nickelodeon/MTV Kids

MUMBAI: Brown Johnson, formerly Executive Vice President, Creative Director, Nickelodeon Preschool, and General Manager, NOGGIN has been promoted to the newly created position of President, Animation, Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group, it was announced by Nickelodeon and MTVN Kids and Family Group president Cyma Zarghami, to whom she will continue to report.


In this newly created position, Johnson will spearhead development and production for all animated programming across Nickelodeon, the largest provider of television animation in the US, while continuing to oversee development and production for all preschool programming. Nickelodeon’s top-rated live action series and TV movie development and production will continue to be led by Executive Vice President Marjorie Cohn, who also will continue to report to Zarghami.


Zarghami said, “She (Brown) takes on our storied animation group at a time when exciting new programs are on the horizon and international production and distribution are ramping up in very exciting ways. This marks a great day for the present and future of Nickelodeon.”


In her new role, Johnson will oversee the development and production of all animated programming on Nickelodeon, which will include more than 225 new episodes of Nicktoon series in 2008. In addition to supervising the creative direction of contemporary classics such as SpongeBob Squarepants, The Fairly OddParents and Nick’s latest hit Back At The Barnyard, she will also be the driving force in shepherding upcoming Nicktoon series The Mighty B starring Amy Poehler and The Penguins of Madagascar in partnership with DreamWorks SKG.