Nick hires two to run studio model business
NICKELODEON HIRES ANGELIQUE YEN AND EDDIE GAMARRA TO HELM STUDIO BUSINESS
BURBANK, Calif.—Aug. 20, 2019—Angelique Yen and Eddie Gamarra are joining Nickelodeon to oversee its burgeoning studio model business, producing content for long-form movie content and SVOD services. Yen and Gamarra will report to Nickelodeon’s Executive Vice President of Animation, Ramsey Naito, and will be based in Burbank.
Yen joins Nickelodeon as Senior Vice President, Physical Production, Nickelodeon Movies overseeing production for all original long-form movie content including TV movies and SVOD. Eddie Gamarra has been named Vice President, Studio Business Development, Nickelodeon, in charge of developing animated and live-action content for SVOD platforms and third party players.
Said Naito, “Nickelodeon’s studio business gives us the opportunity to create different stories and let our IP live on beyond the network, while growing our audience and our creative-led culture. The addition of Angelique and Eddie to the team will help bolster this division by finding new ways to reimagine our shows and characters, in new formats and with new partners, while feeding the demand for our content with kids and families everywhere.”
Yen began her career at Disney in 1991 in production where she worked on Aladdin, Pocahontas, Fantasia 2000, as well as Brother Bear and Wild Life in development. Yen joined DreamWorks Animation in 2009, where she worked in both production and held studio roles managing films in the U.S. and internationally from Megamind to Madagascar 3, How to Train Your Dragon and Shrek 4, including unreleased titles: Me and My Shadow, Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, Everest, and a 2D short Bird Karma by William Salazar.
In 2018, Yen joined Netflix overseeing their animation production and pipeline for 16 slated productions including: Klaus, Over the Moon, and Wendell and Wild. Recently, Yen has been a consulting producer working on several feature initiatives, budgeting and scheduling feature front end start-ups.
A former college professor, Gamarra was most recently a literary manager at The Gotham Group, a multifaceted management and production company representing screenwriters, directors, animators, authors, illustrators, publishers and animation studios globally. With a primary focus on kids’ and family entertainment, Gamarra worked with numerous New York Times best-selling authors and illustrators, as well as Oscar®, Emmy, Caldecott, and Newbery-award winners and nominees. Gamarra also served as an Executive Producer of The Maze Runner trilogy from 20th Century Fox, based on the New York Times best-selling book series; Disney+’s production of Jerry Spinelli’s iconic love story Stargirl; and Henry Selick’s stop-motion feature collaboration with Jordan Peele, Wendell and Wild, for Netflix.
Gamarra received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College, a Masters from New York University and a Masters/PhD from Emory University.
Nickelodeon, now in its 40th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids’ basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).