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Albie Hecht is a film and television producer and media executive. He is chief content officer of Pocket.Watch. In 1997, Hecht became the president of film and television entertainment for Nickelodeon[1] before creating and becoming president of the television channel, Spike TV in 2003.[2] In 2008, he became the founder and CEO of the digital studio WorldWide Biggies.[3][4] From 2013 to 2015, he also served as general manager of the TV channel, HLN.[5]

Albie Hecht
ResidenceMontclair, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationTV and Film Producer, Entertainment Executive
Known forTelevision industry
Notable work
Pocket.Watch, Worldwide Biggies, Shine Global, Kids Choice Awards, GUTS
Home townFlushing, Queens, New York, U.S.
TelevisionNickelodeon, Spike TV, HLN
Spouse(s)Susan MacLaury


Born to a Jewish family,[6] Hecht graduated from Francis Lewis High School in Queens in New York City[7] where he played varsity basketball and baseball and was President of the Student Organization. Hecht began his media career in college radio at WKCR-FM while attending Columbia University in 1970.[citation needed] He was Director of Artist Relations at Terry Cashman's and Tommy West's Lifesong Records in the 1970s,[8] where he oversaw the career of Crack the Sky and then became manager to pop star Dean Friedman. In 1988 he ran productions for the advertising agency Fred/Alan Inc with Alan Goodman and Fred Seibert.[9] Together they established Chauncey Street Productions for their independent television productions.[9] Through Chauncey Street, Hecht co-created and Executive produced “Kids Court” and “GUTS[10] for Nickelodeon, the Ace Award winning game show “Turn it Up!” for MTV and “The Talent Pool,” for Comedy Central which featured the TV debut of John Leguizamo.

At Nickelodeon, Hecht oversaw the development and production of SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, Blue's Clues,[11] live-action shows All That, Kenan and Kel[12] and The Naked Brothers Band[13] and co-created and executive produced the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.[14] He also built the Nick Digital Studio in New York and the Nick animation studio in Los Angeles.

In movies, Hecht produced films for Paramount including Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.[15] The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, The Rugrats in Paris Movie and the Oscar nominated[16] animated feature Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.[15]

At Spike TV, his shows included The Joe Schmo Show, MXC and signing the Ultimate Fighting Championship franchise.[17]

In 2005, Hecht co-founded Shine Global with his wife Susan MacLaury,[18] Shine Global is a nonprofit media company that gives voice to children and their families by telling stories of resilience to raise awareness, promote action, inspire change. Through Shine, Hecht produced the Oscar winning[19] short documentary “Inocente” and the Emmy winning[20] and  Oscar nominated documentary feature War/Dance.[21]

In 2017, Hecht joined as Chief Content Officer.[22] is a new studio creating global franchises from the Youtube stars characters loved by generation alpha. Hecht is the creator and Executive Producer of Ryan's Mystery Playdate on Nick Junior.,[23] the number one preschool show on TV. [24] He also produced the HobbyKids Adventures, an animated series which streams on the Hobby Kids TV Youtube channel. The show has received over 30 million views on its episodes to date.


  1. ^ "Albie Hecht Named Head of HLN". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  2. ^ "Albie Hecht Resigns as Spike TV President | TVWeek". Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  3. ^ Molloy, Tim (2013-09-18). "Spike TV Founder Albie Hecht Named Head of HLN". TheWrap. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  4. ^ Hayes, Dade; Hayes, Dade (2008-11-26). "Albie Hecht keeps an eye on web". Variety. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  5. ^ Steinberg, Brian; Steinberg, Brian (2015-11-24). "HLN Chief Albie Hecht Exits in Wake of Programming Shift (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  6. ^ Judaism in Rugrats. p. 11. Nickelodeoan's then president, Albie Hacht, himself Jewish, professed himself dumbfounded by the criticism, calling it absurd.
  7. ^ Hayes, Dade (Dec 1 2008). "Can TV titan work wonders on Web? Hecht, yeah". Variety (Los Angeles, California). Vol. 413. Iss. 3. p. 26.
  8. ^ Alleyne, P. Llanor (Mar 16, 2018). "Kid From Queens Counts on NYC Energy". Broadcastingcable. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  9. ^ a b "Fred/Alan Inc".
  10. ^ Sentinel, Catherine Hinman, Orlando. "NICKELODEON'S `GUTS' WINS OVER THE WORLD". Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  11. ^ Molloy, Tim (2013-09-18). "Spike TV Founder Albie Hecht Named Head of HLN". TheWrap. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  12. ^ Karan, Tim. "Kenan Thompson developing kids' sketch comedy show". Retrieved 2019-09-13.
  13. ^ Haugsted, By Linda. "Cox Backs 'Naked' Band". Multichannel. Retrieved 2019-09-13.
  14. ^ Owen, Rob; Owen, Rob (2019-03-20). "Nickelodeon at 40: Breaking Down the Big Hits From 'Dora' to 'SpongeBob'". Variety. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  15. ^ a b Dade Hayes (2008-11-26). "Albie Hecht keeps an eye on web". Variety. Retrieved 2019-09-13.
  16. ^ Feldman, Brian (2016-02-26). "Was 2001 the Most Important Year in Film-Meme History?". NYmag. Retrieved 2019-09-13.
  17. ^ Ball, Ryan (2005-01-31). "Albie Hecht Leaves Spike TV". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  18. ^ Facebook; Twitter; YouTube; Instagram; Flickr. "THE WRONG LIGHT: Who Is Mickey? | Montclair Film". Retrieved 2019-09-13.
  19. ^ "MacLaury's Inocente Wins the Academy Award". Retrieved 2019-09-13.
  21. ^ "War Documentaries: Old Oscar Statuette Returned to Army + Two Acclaimed Takes on Iraq Conflagration – Alt Film Guide". Retrieved 2019-09-12.
  22. ^ Calvario, Liz (March 22, 2017). "Chris Williams, Albie Hecht & Jon Moonves Announce Pocketwatch, New Media Brand Catered To Kids". Deadline. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  23. ^ "Nickelodeon Unveils Ryan's Mystery Playdate, Brand-New Preschool Series Starring YouTube Superstar Ryan of Ryan ToysReview". 2019-02-14. Retrieved 2019-09-13.
  24. ^ Farrell, Mike. "TIS 2019: Bakish Mends Fences With Small Cable". Multichannel. Retrieved 2019-09-13.

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