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WarnerMedia unveils EMEA kids team

US conglomerate WarnerMedia has unveiled the leadership team for its kids division in EMEA, covering its Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing and Cartoonito channels.

Vanessa Brookman

Vanessa Brookman, head of kids, EMEA, for WarnerMedia has put the team together, with Sarah Fell named director of original series, EMEA, at the recently rebranded London-based Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe.

She will continue to oversee its pipeline of local productions, including The Amazing World of Gumball, The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe and Elliott from Earth, as well as generating new original production opportunities.

Fell will report to both Brookman and Sam Register, president of Warner Bros Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, who co-lead Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe.

Marc Goodchild remains as head of digital content strategy and product, responsible for overseeing these aspects of the company’s multiplatform offerings.

Sean Henry takes on the newly created role of head of content strategy and acquisitions, EMEA.

Angharad Llewelyn continues in her role as director of editorial standards and practices. Ana González, currently director of kids’ content, takes on the newly created role of head of kids’ channels for Iberia & Italy.

Sean Gorman, currently programming director of kids for UK and Ireland and Nordic, adds the MENAT region to his role to become head of kids’ channels, UK and Ireland, Nordic and MENAT.

González and Gorman will oversee programming, presentation, marketing and digital curation as part of a newly integrated regional editorial structure.

The new leadership team will work closely with the global Kids, Young Adults and Classics group, which is led by president Tom Ascheim.

They will also work with the teams reporting to Johannes Larcher, head of HBO Max International, and Christina Sulebakk, Head of HBO Max EMEA, developing HBO Max’s kids’ and family programming in advance of its launch in parts of Europe later this year.

Brookman said: “This is a formidable group of leaders who will be critical in driving the ongoing success of our existing portfolio and in shaping a powerful HBO Max Kids and Family offering for the EMEA region. Their passion for great kids’ content and their deep understanding of the fast-paced dynamics of our kids’ offering will help our EMEA business go from strength to strength at what is a hugely exciting time for WarnerMedia as a whole.”

Brookman reports to Priya Dogra, president of WarnerMedia EMEA and Asia (excluding China), and Ascheim.


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