Nickelodeon and prolific show creator Dan Schneider have parted ways. It seems to be mutual, despite "multiple complaints of abusive behavior" against the producer.
Here's the joint statement shared to Deadline by both Schneider and the network:
"Following many conversations together about next directions and future opportunities, Nickelodeon and our long-time creative partner Dan Schneider/Schneider's Bakery have agreed to not extend the current deal. Since several Schneider's Bakery projects are wrapping up, both sides agreed that this is a natural time for Nickelodeon and Schneider's Bakery to pursue other opportunities and projects.
Dan and his Schneider's Bakery team have created a string of lasting, groundbreaking hits over the years including 'iCarly,' 'Drake & Josh,' 'Victorious,' 'Kenan & Kel' and the current number-one hit show on Nickelodeon, 'Henry Danger.' We thank Dan and his Schneider's Bakery producers, executives and social media team for their immeasurable contributions to Nickelodeon, and we wish them the best in their future endeavors. And Dan and Schneider's Bakery are proud of the work they did together with Nickelodeon and will always remain big fans of the network."
Schneider is credited with helping to discover stars like Ariana Grande, Amanda Bynes, and Victoria Justice. However, as Deadline noted:
"Among other things, I hear there had been multiple complaints of abusive behavior against Schneider filed by members of his staff."
Schneider has said to have operated for years "under a cloud of suspicion over the treatment of some younger stars of his shows."
Here's more from Deadline on that:
"Among the things that have raised eyebrows are his tweeted photos of the toes of his young female stars. Additionally, there have been issues with bloated budgets and long production days on Schneider's shows.
Schneider has had well documented temper issues for years. I hear there was a flareup last week during a meeting he had with Nickelodeon executives where they indicated to him that 'Game Shakers' was not getting renewed for a fourth season."
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