Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Nickelodeon Names Ramsey Naito as EVP, Animation Production and Development

Oscar-nominated producer to take charge of the network’s animation content across all formats and platforms spanning digital, TV and film.

BURBANK, CA -- Nickelodeon has appointed Oscar-nominated producer Ramsey Naito to the role of Executive Vice President (EVP) of Animation Production and Development, in charge of the network’s animation content across all formats and platforms spanning digital, TV and film. Reporting to newly appointed Nickelodeon President Brian Robbins, Naito will be based in Nickelodeon’s Burbank, CA studio.

“Ramsey is a proven hit-maker and creative leader who has helped bring to life some incredibly imaginative characters for audiences of all ages,” Robbins said in making the announcement. “One of our goals is to exponentially grow our animation business and output on every platform, and I have no doubt that Ramsey will help us get there through a new generation of innovative, creator-driven content.”

In her new role, Naito also will manage the day-to-day operations of Nickelodeon’s animation group, where she will identify new talent and projects to further enrich Nick’s content pipeline. Additionally, she will oversee the network’s key animated franchises, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Loud House.

Naito most recently oversaw production on Paramount Pictures’ upcoming SpongeBob SquarePants movie, "It’s a Wonderful Sponge", slated for 2020. She produced DreamWorks Animation’s Oscar-nominated feature, The Boss Baby, while also earning her a PGA nomination for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures. Prior to DreamWorks Animation, Ramsey worked as a producer for Blue Sky Studios (the studio which produced Nickelodeon's iconic Nicktoons ident in the '90s), at Cartoon Network as Head of Movies, and at Nickelodeon Movies as Vice President of Development & Production.

Her executive and producer credits include: Barnyard (2006), The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004), The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002), Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002), the Oscar-nominated Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001), Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000), and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (1999).

Naito is a member of Women in Animation and the Producers Guild of America. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art and her Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts.

Chris Viscardi, who formerly was Senior Vice President (SVP) of Animation and Development at Nick, will now move into a producer role for the network, overseeing the creation of feature-length animated content for both Nickelodeon and third-party digital and linear platforms.

The appointment of Naito follows Robbins’ recent hire of longtime close associate Shauna Phelan to the newly created position as SVP, Live-Action Scripted Content, for the Nickelodeon Group.

In additional news, Miguel Puga has left his position of storyboard artist on The Loud House to storyboard the show's upcoming spin-off series, Los Casagrandes:

Originally published: Tuesday, November 06, 2018 at 7:10pm GMT.

Source: Animation World Network; Additional sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Anime Superhero Forum /@SweetShop209; H/T: Deadline.
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