Cyma Zarghami
Class of 1980 - Honored 2002
University of Vermont, BA

Career Highlights
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Nickelodeon
  • Responsible for the network’s overall day-to-day programming strategy and scheduling
  • Under her leadership, Nickelodeon solidified its position as the number one network for kids
  • Helped launch all of Nickelodeon’s major day parts
    • Nick Jr. (preschool block)
    • SNICK (Saturday Night Nickelodeon)
    • Nicktoon
  • Launched the Nickel-O-Zone, Nickelodeon’s nightly hour-long entertainment block for kids, which fills the void for kids programming in primetime
  • Directs the network’s support of company-wide initiatives
    • The Big Help
    • Kids’ Choice Awards
  • Introduced seven new hit shows to Nickelodeon schedule in 2000, including
    • The Brothers Garcia (features an all-Latino cast)
    • Pelswick (the story of a fearless, funny 13-year-old boy who happens to use a wheelchair)
  • Oversaw the launch of Nickelodeon’s digital channel, Nick Games and Sports, and is playing a key role in the development of Noggin, the first educational channel for kids
In addition to her work at Nickelodeon, has played a major role in the launch of additional networks, including:
  • Nickelodeon UK (1993)
  • Nick at Nite’s TV Land (1996)