Forget fall. This may be executive turnover season. On the heels of the recent high-profile departures of Disney CP’s Andy Mooney and Carolina Lightcap from Disney Channels Worldwide, comes news that Leigh Anne Brodsky, president of Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products, is no longer at the company.
According to a Nickelodeon representative, Brodsky’s position as president of NVCP “has been eliminated due to a realignment of our consumer products group.” He also confirmed there are no plans to replace her.
The management of the consumer products group, which includes oversight of all ancillary activities around multi-billion-dollar properties like SpongeBob SquarePants (US$11 billion in total global retail sales) and Dora the Explorer, is going to be incorporated into ad sales, marketing and digital groups and will no longer operate as a separate vertical line of business.
Nickelodeon says it does not expect any further redundancies or lay-offs of consumer products staff due to this restructuring.
For her part, Brodsky joined the Viacom-owned company in 1999 and is largely credited with building Nickelodeon Consumer Products into the multi-billion dollar business it is today. She was inducted into LIMA’s Hall of Fame this past June, where the industry honored her considerable achievements.