Jill Sanford Named Vice-President at Nickelodeon Animation

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Nick­elodeon has named Jill San­ford vice-president of ani­ma­tion devel­op­ment for the Nick­elodeon Group.

San­ford will be respon­si­ble for all aspects of devel­op­ment from con­cept to pilot, includ­ing all cre­ative and pro­duc­tion. The announce­ment was made by Jenna Boyd, the Nick­elodeon Group’s senior vice-president of ani­ma­tion devel­op­ment, to whom San­ford will report.

Jill’s cre­ative exper­tise and proven track record of over­see­ing ani­mated hits makes her a ter­rific addi­tion to the Nick­elodeon ani­ma­tion team,” said Boyd. “Her keen eye for iden­ti­fy­ing unique ideas and tal­ent will be a huge asset as we con­tinue to grow our hit Nick ani­ma­tion brand.”

In her new role, San­ford will research and develop show ideas, and will over­see scripts, cre­ative, legal, cast­ing and staffing for pilots. Addi­tion­ally, she will help over­see the com­edy shorts pro­gram and part­ner with Nick’s short form devel­op­ment team to find and shep­herd the next gen­er­a­tion of ani­mated hits.

Prior to join­ing Nick­elodeon, San­ford held sev­eral posi­tions dur­ing her nine-year tenure at The Walt Dis­ney Com­pany, where she most recently served as the direc­tor of orig­i­nal series for Dis­ney Tele­vi­sion Ani­ma­tion. She was the lead cur­rent series exec­u­tive for Dis­ney Channel’s ani­ma­tion series Phineas and Ferb, Fish Hooks and other projects in development.

Prior to mov­ing to Dis­ney Tele­vi­sion Ani­ma­tion in 2008, San­ford worked in both devel­op­ment and cur­rent series for live-action and ani­mated series for Dis­ney Chan­nel. She also held posi­tions at Fox Sports Net and com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion com­pany Hun­gry Man. San­ford earned a Bach­e­lor of Arts degree in Amer­i­can lit­er­a­ture and cul­ture from the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia Los Ange­les. She was also named to Mul­ti­chan­nel News’ list of “40 under 40″ in 2011.

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