Nickelodeon Increasing Original Programming
Kids network looks to reverse ratings slide
By Jon Lafayette -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/19/2012 3:53:15 PM
Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, speaking at the 21st Annual Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference, said an increase in program development and production was part of the company's effort to get the kids channel back on track and turns domestic ad sales growth positive.
"Nickelodeon has been hard at work for a good part of the year in rethinking what it's doing, developing programming, new programming in different genres and now it's coming to fruition," Dauman said.
He said an "avalanche" of new programming begins Saturday, with new seasons of shows including Victorious, Big Time Rush and How to Rock. After that, the company is excited about its new version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Dauman said there have been changes in Nick's programming organization to support the additional development and production. In August, Nick animation chief Brown Johnson left the network and live action programming chief Margie Cohn was reassigned in a shakeup that put chief creative officer Russell Hicks in charge of its West Coast operations.
Dauman also said Nick has made organizational changes to get the Nick networks to coordinate better.
But he cautioned that Nick still had a way to go before ad revenues returned to normal. "We have to climb back out and getting progress as we finish up the calendar year in this quarter that will help inherently but it won't totally solve the issue. But it will then create momentum as we head to the rest of the year and into the next upfront."
As far as the rest of the company goes, Dauman said he was "reasonably optimistic" about the ad sales environment.
He said that VH1 would be expanding its original programming to additional nights and that Comedy Central was creating programming for platforms other than traditional television.
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