Kickstart Entertainment Taps Cartoon Network Alum


Kickstart Entertainment has appointed Nicole Rivera as its new VP of development.

Rivera is to build and manage the company’s kids and family development slate. Based in Los Angeles, Rivera will be tasked with developing animated and live-action projects, as well as seeking international co-production partnerships.

Before joining Kickstart, Rivera was VP of development at Cartoon Network Studios, working to identify and shepherd new animated series, including The Invincible Fight Girl and Jessica’s Big Little World. Her previous roles at Cartoon Network included time on the content acquisitions team and as manager of current series, overseeing such hits as Steven Universe, Clarence and the reimagined The Powerpuff Girls.

As Kickstart enters into its 25th year of business, Rivera joins recent hire Susan Corbin, global head of production, as the company continues to build out its creative capabilities.

Kickstart is a producer of Barbie, Hot Wheels and Brown & Friends, and outside of the kids’ space, the company produces The Boys and Gen V. Kickstart continues to produce the Bentonville Film Festival, founded by Geena Davis and celebrating its 10th anniversary next June.

“I am thrilled to be joining Kickstart Entertainment,” said Rivera. “Their commitment to producing exceptional content that resonates with global families aligns perfectly with my own creative vision. I look forward to collaborating with the talented team at Kickstart and bringing captivating stories to life.”

“We are delighted to have Nicole Rivera join our development department,” said Jason Netter, CEO of Kickstart Entertainment. “Her extensive experience and a keen eye for thoughtful storytelling fits wonderfully with our mission to produce high-quality and engaging television shows for worldwide audiences. We are confident that her expertise will elevate our creative vision and contribute to the expansion of Kickstart’s IP plans, including original as well as partnerships with brands and international partners.”