From the article: "That sense of himself as an advocate for the child actors he hires has its roots in his own experience. 'By the time I was on TV, I was 19,' he told me, 'but I played a kid, and they treated us like kids, so its almost like I was a kid actor. Basically we were considered props who spoke.' In practice, Schneiders desire to empower his young actors is more about emotional support than anything else, for total creative control is something he freely admits to requiring. 'Delegating,' he said, 'is something that I dont do as much of as people wish I would.' But his need to make the kids feel like stars is a key to not only how he runs his shows, but also to what those shows are about. It can be summed up in the simple mandate Nick executives gave him when he first started writing for them: 'Kids win.'