Herb Scannell resigned from Nickelodeon today.
Herb has been one of the most important and unsung heros to today’s animation industry. His passionate vision moved us from the nadir of the 80s to the creator driven, unique films our industry enjoys today. He championed John K, Gabor Csupo, and Jim Jinkins at the beginning of Nickelodeon’s run of original animation. He built the largest animation studio dedicated to television since the heyday of Hanna-Barbera. He fostered the creative envirnoment that brought us Spongebob.
Herb Scannell made Frederator possible. No… Herb Scannell invented Frederator. When the rest of the world saw us as nothing special, Herb encouraged our unique approach against all naysayers.
I wasn’t sure whether to label this post “My friend, Herb Scannell” or “My Leader, Herb Scannell,” because he certainly has been both. But, I’d have to favor ‘friend’; for the last 40+ years he’s always been there for his great family and everyone he knows as a great and loyal person.
Herb Scannell is a man of unwavering passion, stunning vision, and most of all, a leader with a heart. The world is lucky to get him back.