Nickelodeon stars are speaking out about 'traumatic' experiences

Nickelodeon was one of the most well-known names in children's entertainment in the 1990s and the early 2000s. Behind the scenes, though, it was allegedly not a family-friendly place to be.

The New York Times once referred to superstar producer Dan Schneider as "the Norman Lear of children's television," but in recent weeks, a number of former Nickelodeon stars, including Jennette McCurdy and Alexa Nikolas.

The 56-year-old producer from Tennessee started out in Hollywood as an actor in teen-targeted films and TV shows from the 1980s, including Better Off Dead and Head of the Class.

Brian Robbins, who later rose to fame as a filmmaker and is now the president and CEO of Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon, was first presented to him in the latter series.

He and Robbins met comedy development executive Albie Hecht while hosting the second Kids' Choice Awards on Nickelodeon in 1988.

Early in the 1990s, he started writing for the sketch comedy series All That, producing material for future stars like Amanda Bynes, Kenan Thompson, and Kel Mitchell.

The breakout hits Schneider produced during the ensuing years included The Amanda Show, Drake & Josh, Zoey 101, and iCarly.

At the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award while being surrounded by many of the young talents he had worked with.