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Russell Hicks leads the company’s Live-Action and Animation development and production teams for all of the network’s content platforms and across the network’s channels—Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., TeenNick and Nicktoons. He oversees a slate consisting of more than a dozen new projects, including 5 animated series green lit for development and selected from a new Shorts-Program created to attract innovative talent and projects. In Live-Action, Hicks has created multiple sources for new comedy projects, including opening a sketch lab in Los Angeles, creating comedy workshops to cultivate new talent, and creating an environment to incubate new projects and allow new talent, writers and producers to develop ideas for Nickelodeon. A 14-year Nickelodeon veteran, Hicks previously served as the network’s Chief Creative Officer where he oversaw all of Nickelodeon Creative, On-air Promotions, Consumer Products, Brand and Advertising. Prior to working at Nickelodeon, Hicks was Vice President of Marketing, Cartoon Network/Turner brands for Warner Brothers. He started his career as an animator that led him to work on Teddy Ruxpin, the first talking teddy bear for Worlds of Wonder toys. Hicks attended California State University Fullerton where he studied Illustration and Design.