Cyma Zarghami

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Cyma Zarghami
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Behold, the face of a woman who destroyed almost all of Nickelodeon's goodwill.
Nationality: Iranian-American
Gender: Female
Born: December 15, 1962
Occupation: Businesswoman
Investor
Record, Film and Television producer
Television executive
Former President of Nickelodeon
Notable works: All Nickelodeon shows from 2006 - 2018


Cyma Zarghami (Persian: سیما ضرغامی‎, born December 15, 1962) is an Iranian-American television executive who served as the president of Nickelodeon from 2006 to 2018. After she left Nickelodeon in 2018, she launched her own studio called MiMO Studio in 2020.

Why She Sucks

  1. She was responsible for causing Nickelodeon's decline since 2009.
  2. She turned down great shows like Adventure Time and Phineas and Ferb, which ended up going to Cartoon Network and Disney Channel and were well-received anyway.
    • Her reason to turn down Adventure Time was also non-sensical. According to some, she turned down Adventure Time because she didn't want a show with "strange and bizarre episodes", but if you take a look at most of Nickelodeon's best shows like SpongeBob SquarePants and The Fairly OddParents, you can see that these shows are nothing but strange and bizarre.
  3. Under her leadership on Nickelodeon, she illegally harassed pro-union writers, illegally fired, or laid off 30 people, lied in federal court to obtain the names of the unionizing leaders' ringleaders, blacklisted four people, which includes the creator of the Constant Payne pilot rejected by Nickelodeon, Micah Wright, by calling every animation studio in Los Angeles and telling them to not hire him, and signed a deal with the Animation Guild IATSE Local 839, making sure the Writers Guild would never work with Nickelodeon, which shows Nickelodeon is a pretty horrible company to work at because of her.
  4. Also during Cyma's leadership at Nickelodeon, she treated the creators of Nickelodeon's shows terribly, one big example being C.H. Greenblatt, the creator of Harvey Beaks and his staff, which caused the show to be canceled in 2017. When C.H. Greenblatt criticized the scheduling of the series, she and the executives threatened him to apologize, which shows she is so sensitive towards criticism.
    • Plus, she changed their creator deals to the adjusted net of toy revenue, meaning they could deduct the cost of anything they wanted from the earnings of the creators of Nickelodeon's shows.
  5. The reason why she turned down Constant Payne is because she believed that action shows turn kids into terrorists. And yet she greenlit the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, showing her hypocrisy. Same goes for The Modifyers being rejected because of it having a female protagonist and believing that a show with a female protagonist will not do well on Nickelodeon (despite shows like The Wild Thornberrys, Clarissa Explains It All and As Told By Ginger proving otherwise), and yet she greenlit The Mighty B!.
  6. She greenlit a bunch of toy-driven PAW Patrol clones like Rusty Rivets and Top Wing in order to pump out more money from toy revenue. While not all of them were bad, a lot of them were.
  7. Along with Paramount Pictures, they refused to revive Ren & Stimpy in 2017, due of the failure of Adult Party Cartoon spin-off in 2003. Despite this, in 2016, she was in conversations with John Kricfalusi, the creator of Ren & Stimpy, to revive the show to be part of the Nicktoons crossover movie and the series itself being revived. But however, the conversations didn't go ahead, mostly because two years later in 2018, John K. was accused of sexual harassment. This was not only a stab in the heart of the show's fans but also a stab in the heart to the show. Various fans were very disappointed with Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon's decision to not revive the show, as mentioned before.
  8. She was also responsible for the decline of Power Rangers in the infamous Neo-Saban Era on Nickelodeon's schedule for like putting five-month hiatuses to the series, which caused low ratings to Power Rangers.
  9. She seems to have a very low tolerance for Nicktoons not named SpongeBob SquarePants, as the majority of the shows (yes, even The Fairly OddParents) during her period as president were either placed on certain death slots on the main Nickelodeon channel, or demoted to the Nicktoons channel if they don't reach the ratings of the aforementioned show, and so far, only The Loud House has been able to escape from this trope.
  10. Greenlit and/or licensed bad or mediocre shows like Tak and the Power of Juju, The Mighty B!, Fanboy & Chum Chum, Planet Sheen, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sanjay and Craig, Rocket Monkeys, Breadwinners, Pig Goat Banana Cricket, Bunsen Is A Beast, The Adventures of Kid Danger, Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures, How to Rock, Marvin Marvin, Sam and Cat, The Haunted Hathaways, The Thundermans, Every Witch Way, Henry Danger, Bella and the Bulldogs, Make it Pop, Talia in the Kitchen, Game Shakers, WITS Academy, Get Blake!, School of Rock, The Other Kingdom, Knight Squad, and ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. There were some Nicktoons during this time period that actually ended on the main Nickelodeon channel, such as Fanboy & Chum Chum (the finale was originally scheduled to air on Nicktoons but it aired instead on Nickelodeon a day after it was originally scheduled to air on Nicktoons), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) (although, the Mutant Apocalypse arc aired on Nicktoons), Monsters vs. Aliens, Sanjay and Craig, and even The Adventures of Kid Danger.
  2. Greenlit and/or licensed good cartoons and live-action shows like El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, Back at the Barnyard,iCarly, The Loud House, Welcome to the Wayne, Robot and Monster, T.U.F.F. Puppy, Big Time Rush, Harvey Beaks, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Victorious, I Am Frankie, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, The Legend of Korra, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Making Fiends, The Penguins Of Madagascar, Blaze and the Monster Machines and finally greenlit Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie, much to the satisfaction of that show's fans.
  3. Some of the shows she turned down were pretty mediocre, like Squirrel Boy for example.
  4. She did create a block to TeenNick called NickRewind (formerly called The '90s Are All That, The Splat, and NickSplat), which is the block shows reruns of mid-late 1980s, 1990s, and early-mid 2000s children's programming, mostly shows that aired on Nickelodeon during their original runs such as Rugrats, The Ren & Stimpy Show, Nickelodeon's Doug, CatDog, Hey Arnold!, Rocko's Modern Life, and many more.

Reception

Throughout her tenure, Zarghami received negative criticism from Nickelodeon fans and longtime viewers alike for her mismanagement of the network. Most notoriously, how she reacted about C.H. Greenblatt criticizing her for the scheduling of Harvey Beaks to the point she threatened him to apologize.

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MariaJúlia1718

10 months ago
Score 6

She is the worst president of Nickelodeon for me, I can't believe she was a asshole (sorry for the swearing) to C.H. Greenblatt, Micah Wright, Pendleton Ward, Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, and also to John Kricfalusi (note this was before his controversy and being accused of mistreating in 2018, two years before this happened) and Bob Camp for not reviving Ren and Stimpy, which made Bob very sad with this stupid decision of her and Paramount Pictures refusing revive the show, due of the failure of Adult Party Cartoon

Seriously, screw her, I hope she don't return to Nickelodeon never again, mostly of the bad things she did to the network
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Rockman138

8 months ago
Score -1
Whilst I already hate Brian Robbins, fuck that STUPID ASSWIPE NEANDERTHAL!
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LeroyManTheFirst

7 months ago
Score -5
@Rockman138 Toxic Hillenburg Fan-brat.
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Hookuai

7 months ago
Score 1
FFs Leroy you're disrespecting Rockman's opinion
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LeroyManTheFirst

7 months ago
Score 0
Sorry Hookuai, but it's wrong for hating someone who made a spin off that's against the creator.
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Ivan97Miraheze

7 months ago
Score 1
Well, Leroy, that doesn't change the fact that greenlighting a spin-off of a show against the creator's wishes is disrespectful.
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Brownie the Quincy Elf

10 months ago
Score 4
At Least Christina Miller did many things right compared to her
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KPyall

9 months ago
Score 3
She redesigned Nick's logo because of a business card.
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Paprika

9 months ago
Score 0
So she's making her own studio called MiMO Studio? Yeah, quite a few masterpieces are gonna come out of that if she barely knows how to run a channel temporarily.
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MariaJúlia1718

9 months ago
Score 1
Also Cyma herself being known as the person mistreated many creators of various Nickelodeon shows, including the infamous cases she mistreated terribly Micah Wright and C.H. Greenblatt and she is the responsible why her and Paramount Pictures refused revive Ren and Stimpy, due of the Adult Party Cartoon's failure, despite John Kricfalusi (he had a conversation with her in 2016, to revive the show as short to the third SpongeBob movie) and Bob Camp (pitched a movie of the show to Paramount Pictures) wanted revive the show, which ended the show instead having a controversial crowdfunded documentary made by Ron Cicero and Kimo Easterwood with no involvement of Nickelodeon and ViacomCBS, was released at Sundance on January 28, 2020 and is going be released on theaters in August 2020, so yeah, she is terrible to run a kids channel, including Nickelodeon
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Ivan97Miraheze

9 months ago
Score 1
Hey, don't blame the Ren and Stimpy revival refusal on Cyma. John K has been proven time and time again to be a jackass, a pervert and a very unpleasant man to work with. That is the main reason why Ren and Stimpy couldn't be revived, and also the Adult Party Cartoon.
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Trevor807

9 months ago
Score 2
They were able to continue Ren & Stimpy for two more seasons without John K.
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MariaJúlia1718

9 months ago
Score 0
But I tried to say Cyma refused revive the show in 2017, *before* John K. was accused of bad things in 2018, one year later, despite he was in conversations with her in 2016, I think she not wanted the revive the show, mostly because what was coming two years later in 2018, as mentioned before and also for the failure of Adult Party Cartoon as well, but however sorry for the misunderstood of my previous comment about it, but still
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MariaJúlia1718

8 months ago
Score 0
Is better someone add here in this page, she also screwed Power Rangers in the infamous Neo-Saban era, on Nickelodeon's schedule, like putting five month hiatuses to the series, which caused low ratings to Power Rangers
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LeroyManTheFirst

7 months ago
Score 0
Ew
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Nihirichan

6 months ago
Score 0
We need more steampunk cartoons like The Modifyers and Constant Payne.
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MariaJúlia1718

4 months ago
Score 1
At least, Geraldine LaybourneBTSW would never illegally harass anyone from Nickelodeon unlike Cyma, since Gerry was a better female president to Nickelodeon than Zarghami
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Crs3011

4 months ago
Score 1

If I would be president of a studio...

I would care for fans, employees and others and what they want instead of just money and fame.
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Kamenriderfan34

one month ago
Score 0
i did the every witch way page so anybody wanna help me
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Stephenfisher2001

4 months ago
Score 0
This is not the Nickeloden president we all knew and loved!
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Caulipower

4 months ago
Score 0
Nickelodeon got drafted to WWIII because of her.
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Edunk5

2 months ago
Score 1
What is the general consensus surrounding current Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins? Is he a saving grace or is he not any better than Zarghami?
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Yardman2001

2 months ago
Score 3
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing but I would just like to point out that she got rid of the famous and iconic splat logo and replaced it with a new boring and bland wordmark logo ALL BECAUSE SHE DIDNT LIKED HOW IT LOOKED ON A “BUSINESS CARD”
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Acapal8893

10 days ago
Score 0
Cyma Zarghami or Brian Robbins. Who's worse? Pick your poison.
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MariaJúlia1718

10 days ago
Score 0
Cyma. Although Robbins did greenlit the infamous Kamp Koral, disrespecting the wishes against down the age of the characters of the late Stephen Hillenburg, Zarghami did illegally harassed cartoon creators like Micah Wright and C.H. Greenblatt and screwed their cartoon creations, at least Robbins did not illegally harassed cartoon creators at Nickelodeon
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The Dunkman

7 days ago
Score 0
@MarioJulia1718, I highly agree with you.
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AlfeProblemSolverz

8 days ago
Score 0
Thank god Cyma stepped down, imagine if she stayed here, Nickelodeon would continuously get even worse. Thank god she resigned in 2018.
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Ivan97Miraheze

8 days ago
Score 0
Well, even with Brian Robbins taking over, the network doesn't fare much better than when Cyma was in charge.
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AlfeProblemSolverz

8 days ago
Score 0

If I were the president of Nick, I would do many things.

If a Nicktoon is poorly received by fans of the network, they will be immediately canceled.

I would take criticism. I would cancel all the sitcoms from 2011 onward considering how bad they got.

I would not move Nicktoons away from the main network.

I would cancel a show when needed at a proper time.

I would listen to other people's thoughts.

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