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Janice Burgess (born 1954) is the former key person[ambiguous] of Nick Jr.. She is the creator and executive producer of The Backyardigans, a CGI-animated series on Nick Jr. running from 2004 to 2010 about five high-spirited friends and their imaginative, musical journeys.

Burgess was the project manager for Ghostwriter at Children's Television Workshop. In that position, she co-ordinated the efforts of the magazine, outreach and teacher materials with the content and goals of the television show.

She joined Nickelodeon in 1995 as an executive-in-charge of production at Nick Jr. and later became vice president. In this capacity, she oversaw the production of Peabody and Nobel Peace Prize Award-winning Nick Jr. shows including Blue's Clues, Little Bill and Whoopi’s Littleburg. She was also co-executive producer of Little Bill.

Burgess grew up in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from The Ellis School in 1974.[1]


  1. ^ Owen, Rob. "Q&A with Janice Burgess", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 8, 2006. Accessed January 18, 2008. "Landing Keys was a treat for series creator Janice Burgess, a Squirrel Hill native and a 1974 graduate of The Ellis School."