Nickelodeon announced their decision to end their long-lasting relationship with one of their biggest series creators, Dan Schneider.
Schneider's name might ring a bell to many of us, as he's the person responsible for many classics from the network.
During Schneider's lengthy career with the network, he has produced more than a dozen of the the biggest show's from our childhood, including Drake & Josh, Kenan & Kel, Zoey 101, The Amanda Show, Victorious and more. During this time, he's been the one to help kick start the careers of Josh Peck, Victoria Justice, Ariana Grande and more.
Nickelodeon and Schneider released a joint statement that they sent to Deadline:
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,” Nickelodeon and Schneider said. “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.
The statement continued on to say:
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.
The news of Schneider's split with the network comes after Nickelodeon's decision to cancel Schneider's latest series Game Shakers. While the series is getting cut, the network announced that they are still planning on continuing with his series Henry Danger, at least for the show's fifth season.
While this seems to be a neutral decision between both Nickelodeon and Schneider—even with his latest show getting cut—Deadline have reported another, rumored, reason behind his decision to leave the network.
“Among other things, I hear there had been multiple complaints of abusive behavior against Schneider filed by members of his staff,” reporter Nellie Andreeva wrote in her Deadline story.
Those complaints are not clear as to what Schneider's alleged behavior is, however, Andreeva does continue the article by saying there has been “well-documented” proof of Schneider's temper while on set. Andreeva also reported that there's been “suspicion over the treatment of some younger stars of his shows.”
However, the allegations that Andreeva cites against Schneider have not been commented on by Schneider or the entertainment network.