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.
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