Having created the successful Nickelodeon series The Fairly OddParents and Danny Phantom, Butch Hartman has proven himself a valuable asset for the kid cabler. It was announced today that Nickelodeon Networks has signed him a new, multi-year agreement to create original animated and live-action programming for Nickelodeon and Noggin.
"This deal gives me the opportunity to bring to life, via animation and live-action, some of the ideas and characters that have been screaming inside my head," Hartman comments. "Working with everyone at Nickelodeon over the past several years has been hugely satisfying and I look forward to forging the same kind of terrific creative alliances with the folks at Noggin."
Having worked as an artist for Don Bluth, Marvel Prods. and Hanna-Barbera, Hartman first teamed up with Nickelodeon in 1997 to create an 11-minute animated short titled Fairy Godparents for the series, Oh Yeah! Cartoons. The short was then picked up as the pilot for The Fairly OddParents, which debuted in early 2001. The series has gone on to ratings success, coming second only to SpongeBob SquarePants among kids 2-11.
Based on the success of OddParents, Nickelodeon gave Hartman the green light for Danny Phantom, a show about a teenager who becomes part-ghost and uses his strange powers to fight evil phantoms. The show debuted in 2003 and has also been a solid ratings grabber for the broadcaster.
The new deal was negotiated by Ellen Goldsmth-Vein of The Gotham Group, Aaron Kaplan of the William Morris Agency, and attorney Bill Sobel of Edelstein, Laird and Sobel.