UK’s CBBC Productions has boosted its scripted production team with the appointment of Tim Searle, formerly of Tiger Aspect, to oversee its animated comedy division; and the elevation of Anna Davies, promoted to Head of Drama Development.
As the new Executive Producer of Animation at CBBC Prod., Tim Searle will lead the pubcaster’s in-house toon comedy slate — including the hit revamp of Danger Mouse, for which he serves as EP. He joins CBBC from Tiger Aspect, where he became Creative Director for Kids & Animation in 2015, having joined the studio in 2013 as series director for Mr. Bean.
Jackie McCann, previously editorial director for Campbell Books at Macmillan Children’s Books, is moving to Penguin Random House Children’s to take on the role of publisher at Ladybird.
McCann will be responsible for commissioning new publishing at Ladybird, drive a refresh of its backlist and look at new digital developments. She will also develop the ‘vintage Ladybird’ publishing strand.
Francesca Dow, m.d. for Penguin Random House Children’s, said: “This is a key new appointment for our business which signals our excitement and ambition for Ladybird and its role in shaping and driving the children’s pre-school market.”
McCann’s appointment follows a reorganisation of the Ladybird team in April that saw Shannon Cullen take on the role of publishing director and Kate Head become publisher for education and international.
Anna James is joining the Sylvie Zannier Literary Scouting agency as a scout for children’s and YA books. She is taking over from Helen Boyle who is moving to agency Picked Ink.
James is the literary editor of Elle magazine and a freelance journalist.
In a highly newsworthy appointment, Sarah Hughes (previously at Puffin and currently at Egmont) is moving to HarperCollins:
HarperCollins Children’s Books has hired Sarah Hughes, currently publishing director at Egmont, as its fiction publisher.
Hughes will lead the fiction team in the newly-created role…
Her team will include fiction publishing director Nick Lake, editorial director Harriet Wilson and commissioning editor Lizzie Clifford.
Not a bit surprised by this news. Shannon stood out immediately on first meeting several years ago, when she had just started in publishing (as a copy editor I seem to remember).
Penguin Random House Children’s division (PRH Children’s) has promoted Shannon Cullen to the role of publishing director.
In her new job, Cullen will take on responsibility as publishing director for Ladybird, where she will grow children’s pre-school and non-fiction publishing under the Ladybird brand, as well as continue in her role as publishing director in the Puffin fiction team.
“I’m excited by the opportunity to have overview across the children’s division to ensure we are seeking new publishing opportunities in all the places where our readers are, and remain in tune with the fast-paced multimedia landscape,” said Cullen. “Entertaining and educating our youngest audience to become our readers of tomorrow is at the heart of our storytelling heritage.”