Rich Magallanes Named Senior Vice President

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Rich Magallanes

Rich Mag­a­l­lanes

Rich Mag­a­l­lanes has been pro­moted to Senior Vice Pres­i­dent, Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion, Cur­rent Series. In this new role, Mag­a­l­lanes will man­age Nick’s ani­ma­tion series’ Exec­u­tives in Charge and over­see pro­duc­tion of cur­rent ani­mated series includ­ing Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur­tles, Sponge­Bob SquarePants, Kung Fu Panda: Leg­ends of Awe­some­ness and The Pen­guins of Mada­gas­car. The announce­ment was made today by Brown John­son, Pres­i­dent, Nick­elodeon Ani­ma­tion, to whom he will report.

Rich is a Nick vet­eran. Dur­ing his 15 years with the com­pany, his cre­ative imprint has touched every­thing from Sponge­Bob SquarePants to Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur­tles. He embod­ies the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of cre­ative chops and exec­u­tive lead­er­ship nec­es­sary to drive our ani­ma­tion busi­ness for­ward,” said Johnson.

Mag­a­l­lanes began his career at Nick­elodeon in 1997 as a free­lance story con­sul­tant work­ing on shows such as Rugrats, The Wild Thorn­ber­rys and Angry Beavers. He has also been instru­men­tal in launch­ing some of Nickelodeon’s biggest cur­rent ani­mated hits, includ­ing Sponge­Bob SquarePants, The Fairly Odd­Par­ents and The Pen­guins of Madagascar.

Prior to his new role, Mag­a­l­lanes was Vice Pres­i­dent of Ani­mated Cur­rent Series, over­see­ing daily man­age­ment of the cur­rent series staff and serv­ing as Exec­u­tive in Charge on core fran­chises. He also man­aged the Nick­elodeon Writ­ing and Artist Fel­low­ship Pro­grams at the Bur­bank Ani­ma­tion Stu­dios, which helps advance the careers of tal­ented writ­ers try­ing to break into the busi­ness. He also co-developed and man­aged the pro­duc­tion of Nickelodeon’s highly-anticipated re-boot of the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Tur­tles fran­chise set to debut in 2012.

As Nickelodeon’s Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of ani­mated and live-action series, he over­saw the pro­duc­tion of shows such as Danny Phan­tom, Chalk­Zone, The Fairly Odd­Par­ents, El Tigre and Ned’s Declas­si­fied School Sur­vival Guide. He pro­duced The Fairly Odd­Par­ents’ “Fairly Odd­Baby” (Feb. 19, 2007)–the series’ highest-rated tele­cast ever (8.8 mil­lion total viewers)–and was the stu­dio exec­u­tive behind The Fairly Odd­Par­ents “Wishol­ogy” tril­ogy. Mag­a­l­lanes also worked on the devel­op­ment of Butch Hartman’s newest Nick hit, T.U.F.F. Puppy, which is the #2 ani­mated pro­gram among kids 2–11 on all of TV, behind Sponge­Bob SquarePants.

Mag­a­l­lanes has been active in Nickelodeon’s var­i­ous diver­sity ini­tia­tives over the years and is a mem­ber of the West Coast Diver­sity Team. In addi­tion to rep­re­sent­ing Nick­elodeon at sev­eral domes­tic film fes­ti­vals and indus­try related func­tions he has extended the ani­ma­tion stu­dios’ out­reach efforts beyond the US to Puerto Rico, China and Europe.

Prior to Nick­elodeon, Mag­a­l­lanes worked in pro­duc­tion on sev­eral motion pic­ture and inde­pen­dent films, and as a staff news writer for KSDO AM 1130 in San Diego. He is a grad­u­ate of San Diego State Uni­ver­sity with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Journalism.

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