Nick hands down law – and biz – to Polaner

New VP heads up production, development deals

NEW YORK — Melissa Polaner has been upped to VP of law and business affairs for Nickelodeon.

In her new post, Polaner will be responsible for overseeing production, development and acquisition deals for Nickelodeon Prods. with co-production partners, licensers, producers, writers, directors and other talent. She will report to Andra Shapiro, senior VP and general counsel of Nickelodeon.

“Melissa’s superb negotiating skills, coupled with hands-on knowledge of the production process, have made her an invaluable member of our team,” Shapiro said. “In her two years at Nickelodeon, she has demonstrated a talent for protecting Nickelodeon’s interest while achieving mutually desirable results in business deals.”

Polaner was previously chief counsel for Nick’s production & development. Prior to joining Nickelodeon, Polaner was a corporate associate at Hill & Barlow and a producer on “Kids Court” and the Talent Pool.

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