If you grew up in the 90s-2000s, then the name Nickelodeon should be familiar to you. The American channel born at the end of the seventies produced and broadcast some the most famous cartoons of the last thirty years. Cult programs like Doug, RugratsRen and Stimpy, Rocko's Modern Life, Dora the ExplorerAvatar: The Last Airbender or Spongebob participated in its incredible expansion. A new documentary highly abrasive on the network risks sweeping away these good memories. We discover that one of the main creators of the company's flagship series is the author of multiple abuses against children.
This Nickelodeon Star Accused of Abuse
Next March, the Discovery channel will add a four-part documentary to its program schedule, Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV. This shocking and breathtaking investigation paints a vitriolic portrait of Dan Schneider, the man behind the success of The Amanda Show, Drake & Josh, Zoe 101 And iCarly who launched the careers of Kenan Thompson, Amanda Bynes, Victoria Justice, Miranda Cosgrove, Jennette McCurdy and Jamie Lynn Spears on Nickelodeon starting in the '90s. Behind the scenes, these child stars were victims abuse by the screenwriter. A press release from Discovery reveals that the latter reigned “ an insidious environment filled with abuse allegations, sexism, racism and inappropriate dynamics with its stars and crew made up of minors.”
This toxic culture behind the scenes at Nickelodeon
According to the documentary, Dan Schneider would have fed “ a toxic culture and dangerous » at the American television giant, more precisely between 1994 and 2018. Upon his departure, media contacted by complaints filed against him lifted the veil on his angry personality, making any collaboration with him particularly complicated. Discreet since then, the showrunner is content to justify this reputation by its demands on the plateau : “(I) would not have the long-term friendships and continued loyalty of so many reputable people if I had mistreated my actors of all ages, especially minors”. The testimonies against Giovonnie Samuels, Katrina Johnson, Kyle Sullivan, Bryan Hearne but also Virgil Fabian should undermine this version of the facts. It remains to be seen if American justice will decide to take up the case.