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Former Nickelodeon producer Dan Schneider has issued a public apology for what he called “embarrassing” on-set behaviour.
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Former Nickelodeon producer Dan Schneider has issued a public apology for what he called “embarrassing” on-set behaviour.

Schneider was the man behind hit Nickelodeon shows including ‘iCarly’ and ‘The Amanda Show’.

He was accused of inappropriate conduct in a recent U.S. documentary series called ‘Quiet on Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV’.

The doco accused Schneider of sexual harassment, creating a hostile work environment, and behaving inappropriately around child actors.

Who is Dan Schneider?

Dan Schneider launched his production company Schneider’s Bakery in 1996. It went on to develop some of the Nickelodeon network’s most well-known programs.

Schneider was the key creative figure on shows like ‘Drake & Josh’, and ‘Zoey 101’. He’s also credited with helping to launch the career of Amanda Bynes after casting her in sketch show ‘All That’, and later creating ‘The Amanda Show’ for her in 1999.

Schneider also wrote the 2002 film ‘Big Fat Liar’.

Allegations

Schneider left Nickelodeon in 2018 after the network found he had verbally abused staff.

This week, new allegations against him aired on U.S. television. The four-part series ‘Quiet on Set’ alleged Schneider underpaid workers, fostered a “hostile” work environment and created a toxic culture that undermined women.

It also claimed child actors including Ariana Grande, who starred in ‘Victorious’ and ‘Sam & Cat’, were sexualised in Schneider’s shows.

Two writers – Jenny Kilgen and Christy Stratton – accused Schneider of making sexual jokes at work.

The women also claimed Schneider asked female staff to massage him and asked them to share one salary between them.

Kilgen sued the production company for gender discrimination and harassment, which settled out of court.

One former Nickelodeon staffer featured in the series alleged Schneider had an “odd” relationship with child star Amanda Bynes. They claimed Bynes was seen massaging Schneider’s neck when she was a teenager.

More allegations

‘Quiet on Set’ also detailed misconduct by other Nickelodeon staff during the 2000s.

This included voice actor Brian Peck, who was jailed in 2004 for sexually assaulting child actor Drake Bell, star of ‘Drake & Josh’. Brian Peck is not related to Bell’s co-star Josh Peck.

The same year Peck was sentenced, former Nickelodeon production assistant Jason Handy was convicted of child abuse and child pornography.

Response

Schneider shared a video on social media responding to the documentary.

He denied most of its claims, but admitted to “embarrassing” behaviours which he said he “regrets”.

Nickelodeon told ABC News (U.S.) that it “investigates all formal complaints as part of [its] commitment to fostering a safe and professional workplace environment”.

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