Albie Hecht

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Albie Hecht
NationalityAmerican
OccupationChief Creative Officer Pocket.Watch, TV Producer
Spouse(s)Susan MacLaury

Albie Hecht is a television producer and media executive. He is the CEO of Worldwide Biggies, and Chief Creative Officer of Pocket.Watch. He founded Spike TV, was the former president of Nickelodeon Entertainment,[1][2] and former head of HLN, the television channel.[3]

Biography[edit]

Born to a Jewish family,[4] Hecht began his media career in college radio at Columbia University's WKCR in 1970. He was a manager of pop music acts (including Crack the Sky and Dean Friedman), and an executive at Terry Cashman's and Tommy West's Lifesong Records in the 1970s. In 1988 he joined Fred/Alan Inc. with Alan Goodman and Fred Seibert, running production for the advertising agency, and together they established Chauncey Street Productions (named for #328, the Brooklyn street Jackie Gleason's Ralph Kramden lived on in The Honeymooners) for their independent television productions. Hecht bought Chauncey Street when Fred/Alan closed in May 1992.

Hecht oversaw the development and production of SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Blue’s Clues,[5] and the live-action show All That at Nickelodeon. While at Nickelodeon, he built the Nick Digital Studio as well as the first new animation studio in Los Angeles in 35 years. He also co-created Nickelodeon GUTS and Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards (with Alan Goodman and Fred Seibert[6] as the founding principal and executive producer with Chauncey Street Productions (originally a division of Goodman's and Seibert's Fred/Alan in New York).

Hecht produced films for Paramount including Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events,[7] which received four Academy Award nominations, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, and The Rugrats Movie, the first non-Disney animated movie to sell $100,000,000 worth of tickets at the United States box office[8]

Hecht has twice been nominated for an Oscar, the first as the producer of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and the second as the producer of the documentary feature War/Dance.[9]

At Spike TV, his shows included The Joe Schmo Show, MXC and signing the Ultimate Fighting Championship franchise. Hecht is responsible for the development and is the executive producer of Worldwide Biggies’ series on Nickelodeon The Naked Brothers Band.

With his wife Susan MacLaury, a professor at Kean University, Hecht founded the non-profit film production company Shine Global in 2005. Hecht and MacLaury received a 2010 Emmy Award and an Oscar nomination for their documentary film War/Dance.

In September 2013, he was named as President of HLN replacing Scot Safon.[10] Also in 2013, he became the founding director of the New Media Lab at the Macaulay Honors College of CUNY, the first public undergraduate media lab for the study and production of transmedia content.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/albie-hecht-named-head-hln-631666
  2. ^ Q&A with Albie Hecht, Broadcasting and Cable - Red Herring article
  3. ^ "HLN Chief Albie Hecht Exits in Wake of Programming Shift" Variety, November 24, 2015
  4. ^ Judaism in Rugrats. p. 11. Nickelodeoan's then president, Albie Hacht, himself Jewish, professed himself dumbfounded by the criticism, calling it absurd.
  5. ^ NBC, Greycroft Fund Worldwide Biggies Archived 2010-02-01 at the Wayback Machine. - Red Herring article
  6. ^ Albie Hecht IMDB
  7. ^ "Albie Hecht". NYTimes.com Movies & TV. All Movie Guide and Baseline via The New York Times.
  8. ^ High Beam Research
  9. ^ Los Angeles Times Archived May 27, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Albie Hecht Joins HLN". CNN.
  11. ^ Press Release for Media Lab Project

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