Janice Burgess, creator of ‘The Backyardigans,’ dies at 72

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Janice Burgess, creator of Nickelodeon’s “The Backyardigans,” died connected Saturday successful hospice attraction successful Manhattan, according to The New York Times. She was 72.

“We are saddened to study of nan passing of 1 of nan awesome architects of Nick Jr. and creator of the globally beloved series, ‘The Backyardigans,’” Nickelodeon said successful a statement. “Janice was 1 of nan greats–inherently imaginative and kind, and dedicated to nan preschool assemblage everywhere.”

Animation writer Fracaswell Hyman, who met Burgess while some were moving connected “Gullah Gullah Island,” wrote connected Instagram, “Janice swept successful pinch her acid-tongued wit, flowing Hermes scarves and omnipresent cigarettes. Instead of an overseer, she became a friend. She recognized my magic earlier I did and made judge I was successful nan room and nether information for galore of nan shows that came my measurement including ‘Little Bill’ and ‘Taina.’”

Janice Burgess.Janice Burgess.Nickelodeon

The connection continued, “Janice, Maria Perez-Brown and I developed shows together, gossiped together and oh, really we laughed! I will miss my beloved friend. RIP. Oh, really we laughed.”

Born successful Pittsburgh, Burgess graduated from Brandeis University successful 1973 pinch an creation history degree. She past decided to effort a caller profession way successful television, starting retired astatine trade services for Pittsburgh’s WQED TV station. Burgess past worked her measurement up to positions astatine Children’s Television Workshop, moving connected “3-2-1 Contact” and “Ghostwriter.”

Joining Nickelodeon arsenic an executive successful complaint of accumulation for Nickelodeon’s Nick Jr. channel, she oversaw shows specified arsenic “Blue’s Clues,” “Allegra’s Window” and “Gullah Gullah Island.” She past turned to nan imaginative broadside of nan business, creating a aviator for a live-action afloat assemblage puppet show called “Me and My Friends” successful 1998. Though nan bid did not move forward, she was encouraged to re-tool nan conception for animation and yet created “The Backyardigans.”

The celebrated children’s bid ran from 2004 to 2013, spanning 80 episodes featuring opus and creation routines. It followed 5 animal champion friends, Uniqua, Tyrone, Austin, Pablo and Tasha, who had adventures successful their backyard.

Burgess’ different notable credits see her activity arsenic a communicative editor connected “Winx Club” and co-developing “Bubble Guppies.”

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