Former HBO, Fox exec nabs senior VP post

Former HBO and Fox exec Tracy Katsky has joined Nickelodeon, which recruited the exec to fill a newly created top development slot.

As senior vice president of development and original programming, Katsky will handle all of Nickelodeon’s live-action and animation development, as well as live-action current series production on the West Coast.

But it’s not all child’s play: Katsky will handle series development and live-action current programming for older sib Nick at Nite.

Katsky’s appointment was made official by Marjorie Cohn, Nickelodeon exec VP of development and original programming.

“Tracy is highly regarded in the creative community and brings with her a tremendous expertise,” Cohn said. “Her enthusiasm and fresh take on kids’ programming will perfectly complement our team.”

Katsky built her rep as a tastemaker at Fox, where as senior VP of comedy she developed critical faves such as “Arrested Development,” “Andy Richter Controls the Universe,” “Undeclared” and “Bernie Mac.”

Before that, as senior VP at Regency Television, Katsky headed up comedy. She was most recently senior VP of development at HBO Independent Prods.

She also served last season as a consulting producer on ABC’s short-lived Ted Danson comedy “Help Me Help You.”

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