Bob’s Burgers and American Dad exec will oversee animation across linear and streaming
Gish to oversee group’s expanding slate including South Park and reimaginations of Beavis and Butt-Head, Clone High and Jodie
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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group announced Marvel Studios and former Fox Animation executive, Grant Gish, will lead its new Adult Animation Unit as Senior Vice President, Adult Animation, Entertainment & Youth Brands, effective August 31. Gish joins ViacomCBS on the heels of its rapid expansion into adult animation, driven by the continued success of hits like South Park and highly anticipated reimaginations of some of television’s most iconic animated series in history, including Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head, Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Bill Lawrence’s Clone High and Jodie, based on the classic MTV series, Daria.
Gish helped develop the Emmy® Award-winning series Bob’s Burgers and oversaw the Emmy-nominated American Dad during his tenure at Fox Animation. Featured on The Hollywood Reporter’s coveted “Next Generation” list, Gish joins ViacomCBS from Marvel Studios, where he launched the Adult Comedy and Animation group within the former Marvel Television division. Gish spearheaded Marvel’s foray into half-hour comedy and adult animation with upcoming Hulu series M.O.D.O.K. and Hit-Monkey.
“Grant has incredible instincts and a supercharged passion for animation. Along with his extraordinary reputation and impressive successes with some of the biggest hits in the genre, from ‘Bob’s Burgers’ to ‘American Dad’ – his vision is exactly what we’re looking for to lead our adult animation unit,” said Nina L. Diaz, President of Content and Chief Creative Officer for ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group.
“I grew up on MTV’s Animation Studios content where I’d run home from school to watch Beavis and Butt-Head eating pretzels on my couch,” said Gish. “With access to such a vast library of IP that will enable us to break through the clutter coupled with the opportunity to create a fresh slate, I couldn’t be more excited to join the E&Y Group that’s growing in droves under Chris and Nina’s leadership.”
Gish’s hiring builds on ViacomCBS’ move to recruit top creative talent to lead content verticals across brands within the Entertainment & Youth Group. The move is part of the Group’s broader strategy as they’ve evolved from cable to content, developing and producing content for all platforms, including for ViacomCBS forthcoming new shared streaming service (currently CBS All Access), linear cable networks, and digital platforms worldwide.
“We are thrilled to have Grant lead our new Adult Animation unit as we expedite the rapid expansion of our adult animation content,” said Chris McCarthy, President of ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group. “Adult Animation is an incredibly powerful asset that truly works on every platform and around the world. It’s also pandemic-proof, which is why we are reimaging many of our beloved iconic IPs, unlocking incredible value.”