Albie Hecht Announces Resignation as President of Spike TV
NEW YORK, Jan. 30 -- Albie Hecht, President of Spike TV,
today announced his resignation due to creative differences.
Herb Scannell, MTV Networks Group President said, "As Spike TV's first
President, Albie Hecht led the effort to create the first network for men.
He's a talented producer and executive who will be missed." Mr. Scannell
added, "Albie has accomplished much as a producer in film and television and
we're beginning discussions about how he might continue working with our
company in those capacities."
Said Mr. Hecht, "I feel immensely satisfied in the job that I have done
and I've told Herb and the company that I will do everything to make this
transition as smooth as possible."
Hecht oversaw the transformation of TNN into Spike TV, the first network
for men. At Spike TV, Hecht oversaw the production of "The Joe Schmo Show,"
which was widely cited as giving birth to a new genre of faux reality shows.
He also launched MXC, "Most Extreme Elimination Challenge," and the networks'
first two signature events, "The Video Game Awards," and "Autorox," the first
car awards show.
In 2004, Hecht introduced Check Up or Check Out, the pro social campaign
designed to get men to have annual physical check ups. Prior to coming to
Spike, Hecht was President, Film and Television Entertainment for Nickelodeon
where he developed and executive produced "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie,"
and "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," which, together, turned
in over $200 million at the box office. Hecht also served as the executive
producer of "Rugrats: The Movie," the first non-Disney animated film to make
over $100 million at the box office, "Rugrats in Paris," and "The Adventures
of Jimmy Neutron." He also produced the live action hit "Snow Day."
In television, Hecht developed "SpongeBob SquarePants," "The Fairly Odd
Parents," "Blue's Clues," and the long running live action hit "All That," the
first multicultural sketch comedy show for kids, which spun off the hit
series' "Kenan and Kel," and "The Amanda Show." He also created and executive
produced "The Kids Choice Awards," which is an annual must attend event for
Hollywood's A list stars.
During that time Hecht also supervised the creation of Nickelodeon's first
television animation studio in Los Angeles and Nickelodeon's first digital
animation studio in New York.
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