Cablenet inks prod'n VP to exclusive deal

Mary Harrington, who as VP and executive producer/production and development for Nickelodeon was the cablenet’s key executive in charge of nurturing its enormously successful Nicktoons originals, has inked an exclusive long-term production deal with Nickelodeon for both TV and feature projects.

The far-reaching agreement encompasses TV production and anticipates direct-to-video production, empowering Harrington to “identify, develop and produce” animation properties. It also grants Nickelodeon first-look rights to any animated and live-action theatrical development.

In Harrington’s stead, Albie Hecht, senior VP/worldwide production and development for Nickelodeon, will serve as acting head of Nicktoons Animation, the production arm that spawned such network staples as “Rugrats,” “Doug” and “The Ren & Stimpy Show” as well as the primetime “Hey Arnold!” and forthcoming “Angry Beavers.”

“We are very excited to have Mary in this new capacity,” said Hecht.

“As a result on MTV Networks’ multimillion-dollar commitment to original animation, Nicktoons will significantly increase production … (This) lets Mary devote more time to producing, her roots and true love.”

Breakout successes

As supervising producer, Harrington launched and was instrumental in the breakout success of the original Nicktoons programming block (“Rugrats,” “Doug” and “Ren & Stimpy”) in 1991. As a VP and executive producer, she also guided “Rocko’s Modern Life” and “AHHH!!! Real Monsters” to Nickelodeon success.

Prior to joining Nickelodeon, Harrington was a development executive and producer at animation studio Hahn Prods. She also logged time as a producer on “The Richard Simmons Show.”