Ramsey Naito Upped to President Nickelodeon Animation

Ramsey Naito
Courtesy of Nickelodeon

The exec most recently served as executive vp of animation production and development for the Nickelodeon Group. 

Two years into her ViacomCBS tenure, veteran animation producer Ramsey Naito has been promoted to president of Nickelodeon Animation.

The Oscar-nominated producer of The Boss Baby, who joined the Nickelodeon Group in 2018 as EVP of animation production and development, will oversee the network’s animation content across all formats and platforms — including linear, digital, TV movies, theatrical movies and SVOD.

“Ramsey has led the transformation of our Animation Studio through the combination of impeccable creative vision and on-point business instincts, and her appointment to President reflects the scope of talent and soul she brings to our organization,” said ViacomCBS Kids and Family president Brian Robbins, to whom Naito will continue to report. “In very short order, she has re-energized and rebuilt our animation teams while bringing in a string of new talent, storytellers, artists, production teams and voice actors to elevate Nick’s overall animation output and leadership position even further.”

Animation has been a huge priority for Nickelodeon of late. Notable projects include Star Trek: Prodigy, from Nickelodeon and CBS Television Studios, Big Nate, Tiny Chef, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SquarePants spinoff Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years and PAW Patrol: The Movie — which is targeting a 2021 release, even as the popular franchise comes under fire amid accusations of glorifying police.

Naito, whose producer and executive credits include Scooby-Doo! The Mystery Begins, Barnyard, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, The Wild Thornberrys Movie, Hey Arnold! The Movie,  Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Rugrats in Paris: The Movie and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, also manages the day-to-day operations of Nickelodeon’s current series and development slate. That includes key franchises SpongeBob SquarePants, The Casagrandes, The Loud House, Baby Shark, Blue’s Clues & You!, Santiago of the Seas, the upcoming Rugrats reboot and the recently announced original series Middlemost Post.