Nickelodeon filled a key executive position, naming Chris Young as senior vice president of the Nickelodeon Entertainment Lab.
“In this new position, Young will manage the new Burbank-based Lab, which will spearhead long-range research and development efforts around new technologies for Nickelodeon and its audience,” the company said in today’s announcement.
The announcement was made by Matthew Evans, Executive Vice President, Digital & New Business; and James Stephenson, Senior Vice President, Original Animation, to whom Young will dually report.
“In his new role, Young will work to develop new entertainment experiences for kids by identifying and experimenting with new trends in technology and emerging platforms to create new creative capabilities and entertainment,” the announcement notes. “Some of the areas Nickelodeon is currently working on include real-time rendering, virtual cinema, virtual reality, augmented and mixed reality and artificial intelligence. The Nickelodeon Entertainment Lab will focus on building prototypes to test new ideas, collaborating on innovation with show creators, and shaping strategy around production capabilities to fuel future content opportunities.”
Young was previously Executive Creative Director, Nickelodeon Animation Lab, where he focused on exploring and engineering alternative animation pipelines. Before he took that position he was a producer at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank.
“Young began his entertainment industry career at age 15 when he starred as boy genius Bryce Lynch on the cult TV series ‘Max Headroom,'” the announcement notes. “Before becoming a producer and director, Young starred in the feature films ‘The Great Outdoors,’ ‘Book of Love’ and ‘PCU.’ He produced Disney Channel’s animated movie ‘The Proud Family,’ developed, produced and starred in the NBC movie ‘Killing Mr. Griffin’ and served as executive producer and director on 26 half-hour episodes of Discovery Channel’s ‘The Adventures of A.R.K.’ Young also founded and served as Chief Creative Officer of Animobile, a forerunner in the mobile gaming space, where he designed and oversaw the production of over two dozen original mobile games for multiple handheld devices.”