Albie Hecht, former president of film and TV entertainment for Nickelodeon, has set up his own company, Worldwide Biggies, signing an exclusive two-year deal to produce children’s shows for Nick.
Hecht, who’ll operate out of New York and Los Angeles, said it’s too early to talk about specific titles for Nickelodeon, but he’s in the process of assembling the financing for a live-action/CG-animated feature called “Tricksters.”
Script for “Tricksters” deals with a forensic detective and a magical creature called the New Jersey Devil who both interact with such folkloric creatures as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and a passel of leprechauns.
Movies will be a big part of Hecht’s portfolio; he was exec producer on a number of Nickelodeon movies released by Nick’s Paramount sibling, including “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” and “The Rugrats Movie.” Hecht will also produce the Dec. 10 edition of the annual “Video Game Awards,” which he created when he was president of Spike TV, a sibling of Nickelodeon.
“I’m planning to use my experience at Nickelodeon to develop and produce shows for the online world and for direct-to-video,” Hecht said. “I’m also going to work on short-form programs for replay on cell phones, and I’m amazed at how many cable networks still haven’t converted their programming lineup to high definition. High-def will definitely be part of my plans.”
To reinforce his strategy, Hecht calls Worldwide Biggies “a digital-media-content company.”
His Los Angeles office “will focus on creative development and movies,” said Hecht, whereas the New York headquarters will deal with business affairs and TV production.”