Russell Hicks, an 18-year Nickelodeon veteran, has stepped down as President, Content Development and Production for the Nickelodeon Group. I hear his resignation, which is expected to be announced internally tomorrow, came soon after he’d returned from a four-month medical leave. There are no plans for him to be replaced at this time.
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“Russell Hicks has decided to step down from his position effective immediately,” a rep for Nickelodeon confirmed to Deadline, declining further comment. ...
We've heard for a while now that Russell was leaving Nick. In fact, employees said that he wasn't leaving, but had left. Russell, per Nick staff, hadn't been in the building for a bit, though he was still on salary.
So farewell, Mr. Hicks, Nickelodeon will be a different animal without you.