Today I visited Nick, and there's some differences at the studio since the last time I tromped through. ...
Over the holidays, sparkly new floors were installed in the central hallway, the entrance lobby, and the back door. (I like it. The new high-quality floor replaces black-and-white chessboard style flooring that was starting to bubble.) Cubicles, office walls and hallways are repainted. The color scheme is now white with a few color highlights hither and yon. (Nice clean look.)
Mark Taylor, the Nickelodeon studio topkick for a long stretch of years, retired at the end of 2011 and his office currently stands empty. (I was told that no replacement for Mark has come into the studio yet.)
The Robot and Monster crew was told yesterday, ten months after 26 episodes were greenlit for production, that their show was ending. (The artists are down, naturally, but keeping stiff upper lips: "You heard? We're kind of in mourning." ... "This isn't the first time a show has ended, right? We'll find other work ...")
I padded around to a lot of R and M's staff and offered condolences. I was able to give a teensy bit of good news: Because most of them have been at the studio eighteen months or more, they'll have health coverage for twelve to fifteen months after they exit.