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Albie Hecht is a television producer and media executive. He was the founder and CEO of Worldwide Biggies, and is chief creative officer of Pocket.Watch. He created Spike TV back when he was the president of the network in 2003. Hecht was also the president of film and television entertainment for Nickelodeon from 1997 to 2003, and the former head of the television channel, HLN.
|Residence||Montclair, New Jersey|
|Occupation||TV and Film Producer, Entertainment Executive|
|Known for||Television industry|
|Pocket.Watch, Worldwide Biggies, Shine Global, Kids Choice Awards, GUTS|
|Home town||Flushing, Queens, New York|
|Television||Nickelodeon, Spike TV, HLN|
Born to a Jewish family, Hecht graduated from Francis Lewis High School in Queens in New York City. Hecht began his media career in college radio at WKCR-FM while attending Columbia University in 1970. He was a manager of pop music acts (including Crack the Sky and Dean Friedman), and an executive at Terry Cashman's and Tommy West's Lifesong Records in the 1970s. In 1988 he joined Fred/Alan Inc. with Alan Goodman and Fred Seibert, running production for the advertising agency, and together they established Chauncey Street Productions (named for #328, the Brooklyn street Jackie Gleason's Ralph Kramden lived on in The Honeymooners) for their independent television productions. Hecht bought Chauncey Street when Fred/Alan closed in May 1992.
While working at Nickelodeon, Hecht oversaw the development and launch of SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Blue's Clues, and the live-action shows All That and The Naked Brothers Band (the latter of which he served as executive producer through his production company Worldwide Biggies). He also built the Nick Digital Studio as well as the first new animation studio in Los Angeles in 35 years. He also co-created Nickelodeon Guts and the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards (with Alan Goodman and Fred Seibert as the founding principal and executive producer with Chauncey Street Productions (originally a division of Goodman's and Seibert's Fred/Alan in New York).
Hecht produced films for Paramount including Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, which received four Academy Award nominations, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, and The Rugrats Movie, the first non-Disney animated movie to sell $100,000,000 worth of tickets at the United States box office.
With his wife Susan MacLaury, a professor at Kean University, Hecht founded the non-profit film production company Shine Global in 2005. Hecht and MacLaury received a 2010 Emmy Award and an Oscar nomination for their documentary film War/Dance.
In September 2013, he was named as President of HLN replacing Scot Safon. Also in 2013, he became the founding director of the New Media Lab at the Macaulay Honors College of CUNY, the first public undergraduate media lab for the study and production of transmedia content.
- Q&A with Albie Hecht, Broadcasting and Cable - Red Herring article
- "HLN Chief Albie Hecht Exits in Wake of Programming Shift" Variety, November 24, 2015
- Judaism in Rugrats. p. 11.
Nickelodeoan's then president, Albie Hacht, himself Jewish, professed himself dumbfounded by the criticism, calling it absurd.
- Hayes, Dade (Dec 1 2008). "Can TV titan work wonders on Web? Hecht, yeah". Variety (Los Angeles, California). Vol. 413. Iss. 3. p. 26.
- NBC, Greycroft Fund Worldwide Biggies Archived 2010-02-01 at the Wayback Machine - Red Herring article
- "Albie Hecht". NYTimes.com Movies & TV. All Movie Guide and Baseline via The New York Times.
- High Beam Research[dead link]
- Los Angeles Times Archived May 27, 2016, at the Wayback Machine
- "Albie Hecht Joins HLN". CNN.
- Press Release for Media Lab Project