2017 Animation Dingle Festival
Curiosity’s Russell Hicks to Deliver Keynote Speech for 2017 Animation Dingle Festival
Russell Hicks of Curiosity Ink Media will be the keynote speaker at the 5th annual Animation Dingle festival in Ireland on March 24th. The sold-out, two-day gathering, presented in association with Jam Media, enables industry and third-level participants to join together to celebrate the best in class of animated content.
“I’m honored to take part in this special tradition, which so powerfully inspires, encourages, recognizes, and connects the creative youth who are entering the animation sector with fresh perspectives, curious minds, and a true passion for learning,” said Hicks.
The event consists of conferences, screenings, workshops, and awards. Top industry names will share their thoughts on the many opportunities that exist today in the animation field—in Ireland and internationally. The festival aims to offer students a global perspective on the art of developing, financing, and producing animated content for screens both big and small, with beautiful Dingle as a dramatic backdrop.
About Russell Hicks
Russell Hicks has spent the past 25 years establishing an extraordinary career building world-renowned brands and iconic properties that have defined children’s entertainment—from Teddy Ruxpin to Scooby-Doo, Powerpuff Girls to SpongeBob SquarePants, and dozens of beloved characters.
In his recent role as president of content development and production for Nickelodeon Group, Hicks was the leader and visionary guiding the company’s live-action series, animation, movies, music, talent, live events, theatrical productions, recreation, international development and production teams for all of Nickelodeon’s content platforms. Hicks is the mastermind behind the most robust development and production slate in Viacom’s history; he’s overseen more than 500 new episodes throughout the past two years across live-action, animation, movies, and multi-platform projects as part of Nickelodeon’s deep commitment to new content for the next generation of kids.
Hicks revived Nickelodeon to its #1 rating status with new hit programing: Sam and Cat, Henry Danger, The Thundermans, Nicky, Ricky Dicky and Dawn, Game Shakers, Bella and the Bulldogs, and The Haunted Hathaways. Thanks to Hicks, viewers enjoyed new seasons of Spongebob, Harvey Beaks, Sanjay and Craig, Bread Winners, Pig Goat Banana Cricket, Miraculous, and Pinky Malinky. Hicks was also behind quarterly movies, including Santa Hunters, Rufus, Jinxed, Liar, Liar Vampire, Splitting Adam, Swindle, Lost in the West, Albert, Legends of the Hidden Temple, and Escape From Mr Lemoncello’s Library. He’s responsible first-ever digital series Welcome to the Wayne (which is moving to television) and Bug Salad.
Hicks positioned Nickelodeon as a multi-platform studio, recently green-lighting the network’s first television program that originally launched as a digital short-form series. He has reinvented and re-energized every part of Nickelodeon Animation Studio, cementing it as the only creator-driven studio in the industry. Additionally, he is overseeing the build, design, and programming of the new Nickelodeon Studios campus, which opened in January 2017.
A true trailblazer, Hicks has been fostering an environment at Nickelodeon where new talent, writers, and producers can incubate new ideas and work at the network. In animation, he created multiple new development pipelines, talent outreach strategies, and mentoring efforts, including an animated shorts program to attract new talent and projects. In its inaugural year in 2012, the program accepted more than 600 pitches from aspiring creators and made 12 shorts, green-lighting five for series development. The following year, the program expanded globally and accepted 100 pitches from around the world.