Nickelodeon Hires Former Disney Channel Exec Paul DeBenedittis to Lead Programming Strategy

It’s a homecoming of sorts for DeBenedittis, who spent 10 years at fellow Viacom network MTV

Nickelodeon has hired Paul DeBenedittis as executive vice president of programming and content strategy.

DeBenedittis will lead the content and programming strategies, partnerships, acquisitions and media planning for Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nicktoons and TeenNick on platforms including linear television, digital, branded apps, VOD channels, DTO and wireless. He will also work with Nickelodeon’s global channels to support worldwide programming and content strategy.

DeBenedittis comes to Nickelodeon from Disney, where he most recently served in the same capacity for Disney Channels Worldwide, leading the planning, scheduling, acquisitions and co-production teams for Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD.

“Paul has extensive expertise in programming and leading content strategies that reach and resonate with youth audiences,” Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins said in a statement. “He’s one of the most dynamic executives in the kids and family space, and we’re happy to have him on board as we forge a new Nickelodeon for today’s audience.”

Prior to his tenure with Disney, DeBenedittis spent 10 years with fellow Viacom network MTV as executive vice president of multiplatform programming, content strategy and scheduling. DeBenedittis led the programming strategy and content windowing for hit series and events including “Laguna Beach,” “Jackass,” “The Osbournes,” “The Real World,” “Total Request Live,” “The MTV Video Music Awards” and “The MTV Movie Awards.”

Before that, DeBenedittis was with USA Network and Lifetime.