Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Nickelodeon Names Jennifer Dodge As Senior Vice President, West Coast Development and Production, Nickelodeon Preschool

Original Nickelodeon Press Release via NickPress.com:


BURBANK, CALIF.–MARCH 30, 2015–Nickelodeon has named Jennifer Dodge to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, West Coast Development and Production, Nickelodeon Preschool. In this role, she will spearhead West Coast-based development of all original content for Nickelodeon Preschool's programming block and the Nick Jr. channel, as well as additional preschool platforms such as the Nick Jr. app. The announcement was made today by Russell Hicks, President, Production and Development, Nickelodeon, to whom she will report.

Dodge, who will be based in Nickelodeon's Animation Studio in Burbank, Calif., will take pitches and develop creative assignments for preschool projects. She will also be tasked with developing in-house talent, and discovering and nurturing new artists and writers in the West Coast creative community.

Prior to joining Nickelodeon, Dodge served as Vice President and Executive Producer for Spin Master Entertainment, the company's film and television subsidiary. In this role, she was responsible for all content and strategy related to the Entertainment Division of Spin Master Ltd., including the creation, acquisition, development, financing, production and distribution of television series, feature films and web content based on currently owned and newly created intellectual properties.

Having joined Spin Master in 2009, Dodge was the driving force in greenlighting more than 200 episodes of animation, including the launch of boys' action properties RedaKai and Tenkai Knights. Dodge also led Spin Master's foray into preschool with the hit PAW Patrol, which airs on Nickelodeon. Dodge is also the co-creator and executive producer of the recently launched preschool show Little Charmers, a co-production with Nelvana, for Treehouse in Canada and Nick Jr. worldwide.

Before joining Spin Master, Dodge served as VP Distribution and Sales Operations for Cookie Jar Entertainment (now part of DHX Media) and as Director, Production and Development for Decode Entertainment (DHX Media).

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