Cyma Zarghami is the President of Viacom Inc.’s Nickelodeon Group, a portfolio of content brands that includes all of the linear, digital, mobile and consumer products divisions of Nickelodeon, including Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., TeenNick and Nicktoons.
Ms. Zarghami is a 32-year veteran of Viacom. She began her career at Nickelodeon in 1985, and over the years rose through the company ranks. She was named President of Nickelodeon in 2006, assuming oversight for all of the company’s creative and business operations. Now in its 38th year, Nickelodeon is the number one with kids in the U.S., and it’s the world’s most widely distributed kids' channel, reaching more than 1.1 billion subscribers in more than 160 countries and territories.
During her years leading Nickelodeon, Zarghami has nurtured the continued growth and expansion of the Nickelodeon brand in television and beyond while ensuring it has remained true to its primary mission of serving and being inclusive of all kids. Under her leadership, the network has solidified its commitment to researching the newest generation of kids and is super-serving them on all platforms.
Nickelodeon continues to create gold-standard content for all kids. In preschool, Nickelodeon is home to the top preschool shows across all TV including PAW Patrol, Shimmer and Shine and Blaze and the Monster Machines, which features a STEM curriculum. It is also home to kids’ most beloved animated characters, led by top-rated shows like SpongeBob SquarePants and The Loud House. In live action, Zarghami has developed the deepest roster of talent in Nickelodeon’s history and has introduced a slate of shows for kids and their families, including hits like Henry Danger and Game Shakers.
In 2013, Nickelodeon launched the Nick App, a branded mobile experience that allows kids to interact with Nick in unprecedented ways, offering them instant and on-demand Nickelodeon-themed content. To date, the Emmy® Award-winning Nick App has over 36 million installs. Nickelodeon also has launched two Apps for preschoolers, the Nick Jr. App in 2014 and the NOGGIN subscription service in 2015.
As an advocate for kids, Zarghami has expanded Nickelodeon’s pro-social leadership role as a key component of its brand identity. Under its award-winning HALO banner, Nickelodeon informs and empowers kids of all ages to take action on issues that are important to them and their families. Most recently, Nickelodeon celebrated its 8th annual HALO Awards show in New York City.