|Awards||2 Daytime Emmy Awards * 1 CableACE Award|
Coffey's film career began at Marvel Animation working on television shows including Transformers, G.I. Joe, Muppet Babies and Defenders on Earth. Coffey later moved to Murakami-Wolf-Swenson where she worked on the development of the television show Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Nickelodeon and NicktoonsEdit
Coffey says that after leaving Murakami-Wolf-Swenson, she didn't want to do animation anymore because everything was either modeled after pre-existing comic strips or a vessel for selling related products. Coffey decided that she wanted to bring back original animation and called Debbie Beece at Nickelodeon. Coffey was told that Nickelodeon couldn't afford animation at the time, but she could produce a special for them. She produced Nick's Thanksgiving Fest in 1988 as an independent contractor. It was only the second time that the studio had done animation. After the success of the special, Nickelodeon contracted with Coffey to develop Nicktoons with original, creator-driven ideas.
Coffey developed three ideas to fill the 90-minute time slot allocated to Nicktoons – Rugrats, The Ren & Stimpy Show and Doug. All three shows were successful and are credited with beginning Nickelodeon's "golden age of cartoons. Coffey calls the variety of the three shows "a balanced meal" for kids." Between the pilots and series' production, Coffey was hired as Nickelodeon's Vice President of Animation.
Of being able to create original programming for Nicktoons, Coffey says, "I was in the right place at the right time." Arlene Klasky, co-creator of Rugrats and Jim Jenkins, creator of Doug, credit Coffey for enabling them to get their shows off the ground and into the homes of millions around the world.
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1999||Rayman: The Animated Series||Executive producer||TV series|
|1991–96||The Ren & Stimpy Show||Executive producer||TV series|
|1991–95||Rugrats||Executive producer||TV series|
|1991–94||Doug||Executive producer||TV series|
|1993–95||Rocko's Modern Life||Executive producer||TV series|
|1990||Big House Blues||Executive producer||Film short|
|1989||Nick's Thanksgiving Fest||Producer||TV special|
|1987–88||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Production manager||TV series|
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