Former Nckelodeon exec Rico Hill has been appointed VP of programming and acquisitions for Cartoon Network and Boomerang in the U.S. Based in Atlanta, Hill will report to Bob Higgins, senior VP of programming and development for Cartoon Network U.S’ kids businesses. His duties will include directing all aspects of programming for both Cartoon Network and classic cartoons network Boomerang, including scheduling, on-air event planning and program acquisitions.
In addition to strategically programming such original series as Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Camp Lazlo, My Gym Partner’s a Monkey, Ed, Edd n Eddy and Class of 3000, Hill will interface with Cartoon Network’s multiple suppliers of acquired programming, including key animation producers from Japan, Canada, Europe and Asia. He will also be charged with conceptualizing the network’s various televised special events, stunts and marathons, working hand-in-hand with the network’s on-air division.
Hill spent the last ten years at Nickelodeon, working his way up to exec director of production and development for Nickelodeon Animation. There, he oversaw development and production of such hit series as Danny Phantom, The Fairly OddParents and Jimmy Neutron. He also managed the creative direction and coordination efforts between series production, on-air promotions, marketing campaigns and consumer products.