Steve Grieder has left Nickelodeon and his position will not be filled, Informa Telecoms & Media understands.
Grieder was executive senior vice president, international programme sales, at Nickelodeon International and has now left the Viacom-owned kids channel operator. He told colleagues he was leaving before MIPCOM although he was at the trade show in Cannes in October.
It is not thought that he has a new position to go to and he is understood to want to pursue personal projects in the short term.
Grieder’s most recent stint at Nick dates back to 2004 when he was appointed vice-president, Nickelodeon International. Prior to that he was at Barry Diller’s IAC having been general manager of Nick Latin America and vice-president and creative director of Nick in his first spell at the company, which ended in 2001.
Grieder’s remit was widened in 2009 when he became head of programme sales following the departure of Debbie Back and as part of a shake-up of what was then called MTVNI’s international sales business. Running the programme sales department, he oversaw international deals for shows including SpongeBob SquarePants, Victorious, iCarly and Penguins of Madagascar.
Viacom International Media Networks confirmed that Grieder had left and said that there will not be a direct replacement made.