Yes, you read that title right... We just discovered that comedian and actor Nick Cannon has been appointed CEO of the new Teen Nick Network, (in the Nickelodeon family of networks) becoming the youngest television chairman in TV history. Cannon will be in charge of all of the new shows and development for the network. Congrats for the folks at VIACOM realizing that they have real talent right under their noses.
Here is the official Press Release:
Nickelodeon, the number-one entertainment brand for kids, announced today that multi-talented, actor/comedian/artist/producer Nick Cannon, former Nickelodeon and MTV Networks star, returns to the Nickelodeon family as Honorary Chairman and development consultant for TEENick, it was announced today by Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon /MTVN Kids and Family Group.
The network’s groundbreaking two-year deal with Cannon, which begins immediately, positions him in front of the camera and behind the desk as Honorary Chairman of The N as it transforms into TEENick. In fourth quarter ‘09, The N will rebrand itself as TEENick, further developing and delivering on its mission of serving teens and tweens through programming reflecting the breadth and depth of “teendom.”
As TEENick’s Chairman, Cannon will serve as creative consultant and provide his vision on several projects for the teen network and its development slate. He will have a presence on-air, online and behind-the-scenes as he works closely with the network’s development and on-air teams to harness and execute new ideas across multiple platforms.
Cannon also will host and executive produce TEENick’s Halo Awards (working title), a new hour-long special celebrating ordinary teens who make a difference in the world. Production on TEENick’s Halo Awards is scheduled to commence this summer and the special will premiere winter 2009. In addition, Cannon will serve as executive producer on a new original two-hour TV movie for Nickelodeon which is currently in development.
The Halo Awards will feature Cannon and a roster of his celebrity friends who will travel around the country and surprise, recognize and celebrate ordinary teens who are doing extraordinary things for their community, in the hopes of inspiring and motivating a new generation of leaders.
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