‘Hot Wheels’ Producer Kickstart Entertainment Signs Cartoon Network Studios Exec

EXCLUSIVE: Hot Wheels producer Kickstart Entertainment has snapped up a Cartoon Network Studios exec to run its kids and family development slate in LA.

Nicole Rivera will build and manage a slate featuring the likes of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks, American Girl and Angry Birds: Summer Madness. She is tasked with developing animated and live-action projects while identifying international co-pro partnerships.

Based out of LA, Rivera joins as Kickstart turns 25, and she is one of a spate of recent hires including Global Head of Production Susan Corbin.

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Rivera previously spent several years at Cartoon Network Studios, where she was most recently Vice President of Development, working to identify and shepherd new animated series including The Invincible Fight Girl and Jessica’s Big Little World. Her previous roles at Cartoon Network included time on the Content Acquisitions team and as Manager of Current Series, overseeing the likes of Steven Universe, Clarence and the reimagined The Powerpuff Girls.

Kickstart CEO Jason Netter said Rivera’s “extensive experience and a keen eye for thoughtful storytelling fits wonderfully with our mission to produce high-quality and engaging television shows for worldwide audiences.”

“We are confident that her expertise will elevate our creative vision and contribute to the expansion of Kickstart’s IP plans, including original as well as partnerships with brands and international partners.”  he added.

Rivera praised Kickstart’s “commitment to producing exceptional content that resonates with global families and aligns perfectly with my own creative vision.”

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