Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Eddie Gamarra Set as VP of Literary Affairs at Nickelodeon & Awesomeness

Eddie Gamarra has been set as Vice President (VP) Literary Affairs at Nickelodeon and Awesomeness. In the newly created position, Nick’s former VP Studio Business Development will globally source, track and evaluate literary material at all publishing stages to option and develop into animated and live-action content for the two ViacomCBS brands.

A former college professor, Gamarra previously served as a literary manager at The Gotham Group, which represents screenwriters, directors, animators, authors, illustrators, publishers and animation studios globally. With a primary focus on kids and family entertainment, Gamarra worked with numerous New York Times best-selling authors and illustrators, as well as Oscar, Emmy, Caldecott and Newbery award winners and nominees.

Gamarra also served as an executive producer of The Maze Runner trilogy from 20th Century Fox, based on the bestselling book series, and Disney+’s production of Jerry Spinelli’s iconic love story Stargirl.

Gamarra received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College, a Masters from New York University and a Masters/PhD from Emory University.

Based in Los Angeles, California, Gamarra will report to Shauna Phelan and Zack Olin, who co-head live-action scripted content for Nickelodeon, Awesomeness and third-party platforms, and Ramsey Naito, President of Nickelodeon Animation.

The news comes as Nickelodeon looks to adapt literary content for the small and big screen. Over the past year, Nickelodeon has ordered series and movies inspired by slice-of-life comedy Big Nate, Real Pigeons Fight Crime and Phoebe and Her Unicorn, and is thought to be adapting Marge in Charge.

Original source: Deadline; Additional source: Animation Magazine.

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