AWN has confirmed that Cartoon Network vp of original animation Linda Simensky has announced to the company that she will be leaving her post to join PBS Kids. Simensky is an eight -year veteran at Cartoon Net, having been a major part in sheparding some of the channel's key brands, including the POWERPUFF GIRLS. Before arriving at Cartoon Network, Simensky was the first director of animation at Nickelodeon. She also founded the New York chapter of Women in Animation.
This move leaves Cartoon Network with an executive void. In June, Cartoon Network appointed former Classic Media svp/exec producer Bob Higgins as svp, programming and development for Cartoon Network after Mike Lazzo took the post of svp of Adult Swim programming franchise. Simensky reported to Higgins, who reports to Jim Samples, evp and gm of Cartoon Network.