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Universal Hires Teri Weiss to Head Newly Created Universal Kids Productions

Former Nickelodeon programming exec becomes SVP of Kids and Family Development

Universal Pictures has hired longtime Nickelodeon programming executive Teri Weiss senior vice president of Kids/Family Development, the studio announced Wednesday.

Weiss will lead the newly created Universal Kids Productions, which will develop original television content based on new and existing intellectual properties. She will report to Vince Klaseus, president of Universal Brand Development.

“As Universal continues to grow our business and build our kids and family programming, Teri’s track record in building world-class production teams and hit series is a huge asset,” said Klaseus in a statement. “She is one of the most well-respected and accomplished executives in this space, and we are thrilled to develop new properties together and leverage Universal’s rich library of titles.”

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the new Universal Kids Productions group. It’s an honor to work with the creative teams responsible for many of the biggest franchises in movie history, as well as have an opportunity to expand the studio’s portfolio of kids and family content,” said Weiss.

Weiss most recently served as executive vice president of Original Programming in Nickelodeon’s Preschool division. Prior to her 16-year tenure at the network, she served as a producer on “Sesame Street” from 1993 to 1999.