Jill Sanford named Nickelodeon Vice President

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Burbank, CA — Nickel­odeon has named Jill Sanford vice president of animation development, Nickelodeon Group.  Sanford will be responsible for all aspects of development from concept to pilot, including all creative and production. The announcement was made by Jenna Boyd, senior vice pres­ident of animation development, Nickelodeon Group, to whom Sanford will report.

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

In her new role, Sanford will research and develop show ideas, will oversee scripts, creative, legal, casting, staffing and production supervision.  Additionally, she will help oversee the comedy shorts program and partner with our short form development team to find and shepherd the next generation of animated hits.  

Prior to joining Nickelo­deon, Sanford held several positions during her nine year tenure at The Walt Disney Company, where she most recently served as Director of Original Series for Disney Television Animation. She was the lead current series executive for Disney Channel’s animation series Phineas and Ferb, Fish Hooks and other projects in development.  Prior to moving to Disney Television Animation in 2008, Sanford worked in both development and current series for live-action and animated series for Disney Channel.  She also held positions at Fox Sports Net and a commercial production company, Hungry Man.

Sanford earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Literature and Culture from the University of California Los Angeles. She was also named to Multichannel News’ list of “40 under 40” in 2011.
Sanford is married to Courtney W. Sanford, the son and stepson of Catskill Mountain News owners Dick and Laurie Sanford of Bloom­ville. Dick and Laurie Sanford spent October 17 - 22 at Corey and Jill Sanford’s home in Los Angeles where Corey and Jill hosted a combined baby shower and house warm­ing party. Corey and Jill are expecting their first child in early December.