Cartoon Network taps Swartz


Sci Fi Channel executive Robert Swartz is moving to Cartoon Network as vp original series.

In related news, the network's current series department is set to relocate from Atlanta to Burbank, consolidating both development and current under one roof at Cartoon Network Studios. The move could involve as many as seven employees.

Swartz will lead the development and current teams, overseeing the development of all of Cartoon Network's animated, live-action and alternative series. He also will be responsible for identifying new creative talent to develop for Cartoon Network and Cartoon Network Studios.

Swartz was vp alternative programming at Sci Fi, where he was responsible for the development and production of reality, game/competition, late-night and other alternative programming. He developed and launched the network's "Destination Truth" and was responsible for overseeing the "Ghost Hunter" franchise.

Swartz, who starts his new post March 17, will report to chief content officer Robert Sorcher.

"Rob brings a fresh perspective to the kids arena and knows development across all formats," Sorcher said. "Having our entire development and current teams on the West Coast will allow us to extend our relationships with the creative community and rapidly expand our slate of series and productions."