Nickelodeon is parting ways with one of its most prolific hitmakers. The cable channel is pulling the plug on the series “Game Shakers” after three seasons and ending its relationship with producer Dan Schneider, Deadline reports.
Schneider, who has reportedly been Nick’s top creator and showrunner for live-action comedy hits for the past two decades, is behind programs including “iCarly,” “Drake & Josh,” “Victorious,” “Sam & Cat,” “Kenan & Kel” and “Zoey 101.” The network reportedly plans to move forward with a fifth season of Schneider’s remaining live-action Nickelodeon series, “Henry Danger,” which the network said is its current No. 1 hit.
Nellie Andreeva notes in the Deadline report that the future of his animated show “The Adventures of Kid Danger” remains up in the air.
In a joint statement provided to Deadline, Nickelodeon and Schneider said: “Following many conversations together about next directions and future opportunities, Nickelodeon and our longtime creative partner Dan Schneider/Schneider’s Bakery have agreed to not extend the current deal. Since several Schneider’s Bakery projects are wrapping up, both sides agreed that this is a natural time for Nickelodeon and Schneider’s Bakery to pursue other opportunities and projects.”
Andreeva cites reports of “multiple complaints of abusive behavior against Schneider filed by members of his staff.” She adds that “along with all his success, for years Schneider had been under a cloud of suspicion over the treatment of some younger stars of his shows. Among the things that have raised eyebrows are his tweeted photos of the toes of his young female stars. Additionally, there have been issues with bloated budgets and long production days on Schneider’s shows.”