Howard Litton exiting Nick U.K.

Exec to pursue 'personal projects and new opportunities'

LONDON -- Nickelodeon U.K. managing director Howard Litton is stepping down after 15 years with the children's network, during which he has driven a campaign to boost the broadcaster's commitment to high-quality U.K.-produced fare.

Litton, a popular and well-liked executive with strong roots in the U.K. production sector, will "pursue personal projects and new opportunities in international media," according to a statement from MTV Networks Europe, but has given no details of his next projects.

Nick U.K. has hired headhunters to seek a replacement for Litton, and has put Steve Grieder, EVP, Nickelodeon International, in place to oversee the day-to-day operations of Nickelodeon UK, which is a joint venture between BSkyB and MTV Networks until a successor can be found.

During Litton's tenure, Nick U.K. picked up a cache of 15 BAFTA TV awards, including being named 2009 kids channel of the year, and Litton championed such shows including "Fifi and the Flowertots," "Peppa Pig" and the BAFTA award-winning show "Nick News," which gives a kids perspective of world events, and the "See Something Do Nothing" anti-bullying campaign.

MTV Networks U.K. EVP David Lynn said Litton had made "an immeasurable contribution" to both Nickelodeon and MTV Networks.

"The impact of Howard's passion, creativity and commitment will be seen for years to come, as he leaves the network well positioned for continued success.

Litton first joined Nickelodeon in 1994 as acquisitions manager and was promoted to director of programs in 1997, becoming managing director of Nickelodeon U.K. in April, 2007.
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