Nickelodeon launches Nickelodeon Animation Podcast series highlighting creators and talent behind iconic cartoons.
BURBANK, CA -- In celebration of Nickelodeon's 25 years of animation, the network announced its first-ever podcast, Nickelodeon Animation Podcast, now available on iTunes, SoundCloud, YouTube and nickanimationpodcast.com. The 20-episode weekly podcast gives voice to creators and talent who brought to life some of the most innovative, hilarious, and heart-tugging animation in the history of television. The series will feature Nick-affiliated talent as well as animation visionaries from across the industry. Hosted by Hector Navarro (Geek & Sundry), each episode will discuss creator and talent life stories, careers and the inspirations behind some of the most iconic cartoons.
“It’s the perfect way for Nickelodeon to enter the podcast space by giving these inspiring and funny artists the chance to tell their stories,” commented Chris Viscardi, SVP, Content Development, Nickelodeon Franchise Properties. “Every episode is unique as Hector and our guests talk about how their love of animation started, what role their childhood played in becoming the artists they are today, and what inspired them to create the work that is known to Nickelodeon fans throughout the world.”
The first episode features Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino, co-creators and executive producers of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. The pair discuss the cartoons that inspired them as kids, their creative partnership, and the highs and lows of producing two of the most fan-favorited animated shows in the history of Nickelodeon animation.
Upcoming guests include: Chris Savino (The Loud House), Butch Hartman (The Fairly OddParents), Kevin Eastman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Arlene Klasky (Rugrats), Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!), C.H. Greenblatt (Harvey Beaks), and Jim Jinkins (Doug), as well as notable voice actors Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Billy West (The Ren & Stimpy Show), Andy Richter (Bob’s Burgers) and Maria Bamford (CatDog), among others.
Host Hector Navarro is a self-described “cartoon nerd” who has lived and breathed animation his entire life. He's a host on Geek & Sundry Twitch Channel, as well as co-host of SuperHero News on YouTube. Hailing from San Diego, Calif., Navarro has a degree in Media Arts and Animation from The Art Institute of California, and is a former Nickelodeon intern. His preferred method of bending is water and his favorite characters include Angelica from Rugrats and Leo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Fans can visit nickanimationpodcast.com to listen to each episode and view special bonus content around each episode, including behind-the-scenes footage and images of the recordings.
This August celebrates 25 years of original creator-driven animation for Nickelodeon, marking a significant milestone exemplifying decades of rich history and commitment to bringing fresh innovative content to kids and families around the world. Later in the year, Nickelodeon will open up a 190,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art complex to serve as the West Coast hub for the network, housing the ever-growing number of animated and live-action series, TV movies, and award shows and events seen globally.