Nickelodeon Selects 10 Entrants for Annual Writer and Artist Programs | News

BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–February 11, 2022–

Nickelodeon has identified 10 participants for its annual songwriting and artist programs, designed to develop the next generation of creative voices from underrepresented communities. Led by the ViacomCBS Office of Global Inclusion and aligned with the company’s Content for Change initiative, for its 22nd annual writing program, four aspiring television writers will have the opportunity to hone their skills while working at the Nickelodeon studio and six emerging artists will develop their craft during the 10th annual Artist Program.

The news follows the second year of remote programming, which marked the most successful year in the history of Nickelodeon’s Creative Talent Development & Outreach team. All five artists in the 2021 Artist Program have been assigned to Nickelodeon productions and all four writers have been assigned to projects on ViacomCBS.

“Nickelodeon’s long-standing writer and artist programs continue to provide budding creative minds with the tools to help them launch their careers and deliver inclusive stories that reflect the voices of our diverse audiences,” said Marva Smalls, Executive Vice President, Global Head of Inclusion, ViacomCBS and Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, Kids and Family Entertainment Brands, ViacomCBS Media Networks. “As part of ViacomCBS’ Content for Change initiative, these programs also affirm our commitment to ensuring an equitable and inclusive pipeline that removes barriers to entry for underrepresented storytellers and continues our work to change the face of creation. of content.”

This year’s addition of peer mentorship enhances the overall impact of the program, providing participants with invaluable one-on-one mentorship, as well as a deeper introduction to Nickelodeon’s culture and inclusive work environment.

As part of the writing program, all participants have the opportunity to network with executives and show creators, gain first-hand experience in screenwriting, pitch story ideas and attend workshops, seminars, courses and experience working in writers’ rooms. These writers will develop their skills with practical work during the one-year program.

Writers will be paired individually with Nickelodeon’s Linda Halder (Senior Manager, Live Action Development), Mary Harrington (Executive Producer, Preschool Development) and Conrad Montgomery (VP, Animation Development), who will work with them on professional development, writing and network building at the studio.

The participants in the writing program are:

  • Kobie Scott: Born and raised in Big Peach, Georgia, Kobie Scott has always had a connection to animation. He was accepted to Georgia Southern University, planning to become a writer in the video game industry, but quickly realized that television writing was more his speed. He bought books on screenwriting and story structure, and took animation classes that gave him a better understanding of the art form and eventually carpal tunnel.
  • Lawrence Monroe: Lauren Monroe (she/her) is a fat, queer, neurodiverse writer who grew up in Atlanta with a nerdy mother who cosplayed at conventions, taught high school English, and instilled a love of fantasy storytelling. Now, Monroe happily writes colorful fantasy worlds for children with queer, nuanced perspectives from diverse bodies and brains.
  • Hanna Suria: Hannah Suria is a writer and performer from Orange County, California, and the proud daughter of immigrants (a mixed mother from Singapore and a Tamil-Sri Lankan father from Malaysia). Writing ceased to be a hobby and became an integral part of her life when, as an aspiring actress, Suria quickly discovered that roles for women who looked like her were rare.
  • Frank Paiva: Frank Paiva (he/they) is a tall gay and queer person from Seattle. Growing up in the early 2000s, they struggled to find a plan for the rest of their lives in popular media. Newly based in Los Angeles, Paiva writes comedies with heart, with a particular interest in LGBTQ history and expanding the range of body types audiences see on screen.

During the six-month Artist Program, budding artists will learn from lead artists and practice their craft working on an animated series at various stages of production. Artist program tracks include storyboarding, general design, or CG generalist. The CG track was first offered last year to serve many of Nickelodeon Animation Studio’s current and upcoming CG productions.

Artists are paired with Nickelodeon Artistic Mentors to guide their production experience, including: Ashley Kliment (Artistic Director, The noisy house ); Jeff Chozon (artistic director, Transformers ) and Jermaine Jose (artistic director, Transformers ); Kimberly Mills (storyboard director, Fat Nate ) and Vypac Voeur (Chief Generalist, Fat Nate ); Chris Graham (Supervising Director, Santiago of the seas ); and Sica Von Medicus (CG Supervisor, Max and the Midknights ).

Participants in the artist program are:

  • Cherrie Wang (Storyboard Track): Cherrie Wang has spent her entire life doodling on anything she can get her hands on. Her family didn’t understand the world of art and animation, so Wang attended the University of Southern California where she majored in computer science and engineering. She taught herself screenwriting via the internet and recently returned to Los Angeles to pursue her vocation full-time.
  • Katarina Perez (CG track): Katarina Perez is a Mexican-American artist born and raised in Houston, Texas. When she was introduced to a 3D animation course in high school, she was seduced by all that one could do in a 3-dimensional space. This prompted her to pack her bags and move to Dallas to pursue a bachelor’s degree in animation at the University of Texas at Dallas.
  • Roger Hernandez (CG Generalist Track): Born in the Greater Los Angeles area to immigrant parents from El Salvador, Roger Hernandez’s parents have always been a pillar of support and despite limited resources, they brought him to college where he pursued his dream of life. CG animation at Cal State Northridge. Although very much a CG generalist, his primary focus is CG modeling. Sculpting 3D models is his passion and his goal is to share his vision and talent through his art.
  • Emily Monjaraz (General Design Track): Emily Monjaraz began her career illustrating children’s books and doing graphic design for toy companies that encourage girls to pursue careers in STEM. Her mission is to create content for children to learn to harness their superpowered differences as well as create stories and characters that represent the world she grew up in.
  • Booker Jackson (Storyboard Track): Booker Jackson is from Sacramento, Calif., and was captivated by animation from an early age after watching a fun Nickelodeon behind-the-scenes segment of a day in the life of an artist in history. Jackson is passionate about diversifying the world of animation and mentoring those who come after him.
  • David Lu (General Design Track): David Lu hails from Vancouver, Canada where he spent his formative years watching a variety of cartoons which influenced him to become an artist. Convinced by his family that art was not an option, Lu traveled to the Bay Area to write code in exchange for cold hard cash. However, Lu’s artistic desires have not been fulfilled, so for the past two years he has focused on building his portfolio to break into the animation industry and live his childhood dream. to create cartoons.

Program alumni who have held positions on Nickelodeon shows include May Chan (co-executive producer, The astronauts ), Sarah Jacques (artistic director, Santiago of the seas ), Anna Hill (screenwriter, The noisy house ), Ahn Bui (BG Painter, Most median position ), Samuel Pagán (CG generalist, Rugrats ), Carl Edward Mongan (Storyboard Revisionist, Camp Koral ), Angel Hobbs (editor, This girl is lying) Marisa Torres (background painter, Santiago of the seas ), Jonathan Butler and Gabriel Garza (co-creators, Bella and the Bulldogs) and more. Outside of Nickelodeon, many of the program’s alumni have held independent and network roles, including Showtime, HBO, DreamWorks, Netflix, Comedy Central, Disney Channel, Disney+, Kids’ WB!, ABC, FOX, PBS, Cartoon Network, and the CW.

For more information on the Nickelodeon Writing Program, visit @NickWriting at Twitter and @NickWritingProgram on instagram and www.nickwriting.comor @nick—artists on Instagram and for the artist program. The next submission period opens July 1 and ends August 1.

Additional details regarding ViacomCBS’ commitments to diversity and inclusion are available at For more information about Content for Change, please visit:

Nickelodeon Writing Program

Established in 2000, the writing program offers aspiring television writers with unique voices from underrepresented communities the opportunity to hone their skills and launch their careers as writers on the scripted and animated television productions of Nickelodeon. As an incubator program, the writing programs identify, inspire and mentor new creators to reinvigorate Nickelodeon’s talent pool.

Nickelodeon Artist Program

Nickelodeon’s Artist Program was launched in 2011 to open the door to talented artists with unique voices from underrepresented communities. The program mentors, develops and recruits emerging artists with varied backgrounds and experiences on the studio’s animated productions in design and storyboard roles.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 42nd year, is the number one entertainment brand for kids. She has built a diverse global business by putting children first in everything she does. The brand includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, as well as consumer products, digital, location-based experiences, publishing and feature films. For more information or illustrations, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC).

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