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Universal Pictures has hired Nickelodeon programming vet Teri Weiss as senior vp and head of kids/family development and production for the Universal Kids Productions group.
Universal is expanding into a new space with the venture, which will develop TV content for families and children. Weiss will report to Vince Klaseus, president, Universal Brand Development.
The new division will be able to dive into the studio’s existing portfolio of intellectual property, as well as develop original content for all platforms, both on its own and through assorted partnerships.
NBCUniversal will license its owned properties through its dedicated brand-management and consumer-products business, which also reports to Klaseus.
“As Universal continues to grow our business and build our kids and family programming, Teri’s track record in building world-class production teams and hit series is a huge asset,” said Klaseus. “She is one of the most well-respected and accomplished executives in this space, and we are thrilled to develop new properties together and leverage Universal’s rich library of titles.”
Weiss, who has won two Daytime Emmys as a producer, worked at Nickelodeon for 16 years, most recently served as executive vp original programming for the preschool division since 2010. She helped launched a series of hits, including Blaze and the Monster Machines, Dora and Friends, Paw Patrol and Wallykazam! She also solidified Nick Jr.’s leadership position with series hits Bubble Guppies, Team Umizoomi and The Fresh Beat Band. She started off at the company as executive in charge of production at Nick Jr., overseeing the series Dora the Explorer. Prior to Nickelodeon, Weiss was a producer on Sesame Street from 1993 to 1999.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of the new Universal Kids Productions group. It’s an honor to work with the creative teams responsible for many of the biggest franchises in movie history, as well as have an opportunity to expand the studio’s portfolio of kids and family content,” said Weiss.
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