Nigel Stone, CEO of U.K.-based indie film and kids’ TV production studio Platinum Films, has announced that Carl England has been appointed as the company’s new managing director. England will be leading the international licensing and merchandising roll-out of Platinum’s new boys action franchise, Matt Hatter Chronicles, managing a global network of licensing agents and executing a multi-territory, cross-platform product launch in 2014. England will report directly to Stone and liaise with creative and distribution departments across the studio’s kids’ IPs.
In addition to guiding Matt Hatter‘s L&M efforts, England is also charged with growing existing brands based on Platinum’s IP portfolio, which represents a $30 million investment. These include BAFTA-nominated preschool series Dream Street and kids’ cooking adventure series Planet Cook. The new MD joins Platinum from his previous post as head of international licensing at toy giant Jakks Pacific. He has also held senior licensing positions at Disney, Timberland and Canterbury.