TWEEN MANIA

The Next John Hughes?

Former teen actor turned television creator Dan Schneider is the driving force behind an unprecedented seven straight hits for Nickelodeon and he is about to embark on his eighth, entitled Victorious. Young actors like Amanda Bynes and Josh Peck credit Schneider with establishing the foundations of their careers, The Amanda Show and Drake and Josh, respectively. The 43-year-old Schneider credits his success with the fact that the child within him is still alive and well. "Really, I'm just a big kid myself," he told The Washington Post. Still, fifteen years working 100-hour weeks at Nick have led Schneider to feel like "an engine that never gets a chance to relax."