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Nick Names Jill Sanford Animation VP

Nickelodeon Group has tapped former Disney Television Animation executive Jill Sanford as its vice president of animation and development.

Sanford will be responsible for all aspects of development from concept to pilot, including all creative and production, according to Jenna Boyd, Senior Vice President of Animation Development for the Nickelodeon Group, to whom Sanford will report. Additionally, she will help oversee the comedy shorts program and partner withthe group's short form development team to find and shepherd the next generation of animated hits to compliment such iconic shows as Spongebob Squarepants.

Prior to joining Nickelodeon, Sanford held several positions during her nine-year tenure at The Walt Disney Company, where she most recently served as the director of original series for Disney Television Animation. 

“Jill’s creative expertise and proven track record of overseeing animated hits makes her a terrific addition to the Nickelodeon animation team,” said Boyd in a statement. “Her keen eye for identifying unique ideas and talent will be a huge asset as we continue to grow our hit Nick animation brand.”