Nickelodeon is beefing up its animation team with a new hire and a trio of executive promotions in a bid to grow its studio business, said Nickelodeon Animation’s president Ramsey Naito in a press release.
Cartoon Network alum Conrad Montgomery (pictured) has joined as VP of current series animation. His will oversee the production of animated series from greenlight to delivery, while working with creators, exec producers and network execs to lead the creative vision of Nickelodeon’s animation. Montgomery hails from Cartoon Network, where he supervised production on shows including Adventure Time, Regular Show and Steven Universe. He also previously worked as a development exec at Walt Disney Television Animation, with credits on Fish Hooks and Kick Buttowski.
In promotion news, Dana Cluverius has been upped from VP to SVP of current series animation. Montgomery will report to her, and in her new role Cluverius will oversee the current series animation department, as well as continue to serve as an exec-in-charge of The Loud House and The Casagrandes. Cluverius will also work with network execs to produce additional content for other Nick brands. She joined the company in 2011, and before that served as VP of current programming and scheduling at Kids’ WB! (Tom & Jerry, Scooby-Doo and X-Men: Evolution).
Claudia Spinelli has been elevated from VP to SVP of animation development, and is now in charge of managing the development pipeline of new animated franchise content, as well as finding new creators, showrunners, writers and directors to collaborate with. Spinelli is currently working on Star Trek: Prodigy, the upcoming Rugrats reboot, Kamp Koral and Middlemost Post. She started at Nick in 2000 in the development department and worked her way up from a creative exec role.
Both Spinelli and Cluverius will report to Naito, Nickelodeon Animation’s recently appointed president.
Kelley Gardner moves up from director to VP of current series animation. Reporting to Cluverius, she will serve as EIC on Kamp Koral, SpongeBob SquarePants and Star Trek: Prodigy. Gardner joined Nick in 2006 as an assistant in its current series department and cut her teeth working on The Fairly OddParents and The Penguins of Madagascar. Before that, she was a production assistant on DreamWorks’ Over the Hedge.
Nickelodeon is building up its animation slate with original and franchise projects, and these new exec shifts will help the department develop new content and continue growing, according to Naito’s press release statement.