ViacomCBS Kids & Family consolidates live-action teams

Shauna Phelan and Zack Olin will now lead all live-action production, development and current series for both Nickelodeon and Awesomeness.
January 14, 2021

ViacomCBS Kids & Family is combining its live-action production under a single team so that all Awesomeness and Nickelodeon development, current series and studio functions will now be handled collectively.

Nickelodeon’s Shauna Phelan (pictured left) and Zack Olin (pictured right) will lead the consolidated team. Phelan is currently SVP of live-action scripted development and production at Nick, and will now also oversee live action for Awesomeness and third-party platforms. Phelan previously served as head of development and production for Awesomeness before joining Nickelodeon in 2018. Likewise, Olin will continue serving as SVP of live action for Nickelodeon, but with Awesomeness production added to his remit.

These role expansions come on the heels of news that Awesomeness EVP of live-action studios Shelley Zimmerman opted not to renew her contract with the company.

Nickelodeon and Awesomeness Films EVP Syrinthia Studer (pictured middle) has been overseeing both channels’ live-action movies since she stepped into her role last June, and she will continue to do so.

Phelan, Olin and Studer all report to ViacomCBS Kids & Family president Brian Robbins.

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