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Herb Scannell Leaving MTVN and Nickelodeon; Restructuring Announced

by on January 5, 2006

Herb Scannell, Vice Chairman, MTVN; and President, Nickelodeon Networks, is leaving the company to pursue other business opportunities.

Mr. Scannell began his career at Nickelodeon in 1988 as Director of Programming and rose through various positions before being named President of the network in 1996. During Mr. Scannell’s tenure, Nickelodeon opened a new animation studio in Burbank, CA; launched its feature film division, which has released 14 movies grossing over a billion dollars and netting Academy Award nominations; launched Noggin/The N, Nicktoons, and Nick GAS channels; and most recently positioned Nickelodeon as the kids online leader with the launch of its TurboNick broadband platform and the acquisition of Neopets. Also during his Presidency, TV Land was born as a 24-hour spin-off of Nick at Nite, dedicated to “everything television.”

In 2003, Mr. Scannell added Group President to his responsibilities, taking on the integration of TNN and its transformation into today’s Spike TV. He was named Vice Chairman, MTV Networks; and President, Nickelodeon Networks, in 2005.

To coincide with Scannell’s departure, MTV Networks has announced a reorganization of the Nickelodeon Networks Management structure. Under the restructuring, Cyma Zarghami, currently President of Nickelodeon Television, will assume leadership of a newly formed MTVN Kids and Family group, which will include Nickelodeon Television, Nick at Nite, Nick Online, Nick Movies, Noggin/The N, Nicktoons Television, and Nickelodeon Games and Sports (Nick GAS), as well as Nickelodeon’s magazine and recreation divisions and Nickelodeon’s new digital businesses, including Neopets.

Additionally, TV Land, which previously operated under the Nickelodeon Networks brand, will join Spike TV and Comedy Central under President Doug Herzog, with TV Land President Larry Jones reporting into Mr. Herzog. Mr. Jones will continue to lead Nick at Nite with a dual report into Ms. Zarghami.

[Source: PR Newswire]

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