Theresa Plummer-Andrews, one of the most respected development execs in television animation, announced today that she is retiring from her post as head of acquisitions for CBBC. Stepping into her famous shoes will be Create TV & Film co-founder, Michael Carrington, also a former BBC exec.
Says Carrington, "This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s a dream job, but the timing isn’t necessarily right." After helping to establish Create TV & Film four years ago (then known as LEGO Media) along with co-founder Vanessa Chapman, Carrington helped launch the highly successful BBC television property Little Robots, as well as the CG-animated picture released this fall on DVD, Bionicle: Mask of Light. To leave when his company and his business relationship with Chapman are so strong is, according to Carrington, a huge and difficult decision. "I absolutely adore working with Vanessa, so this is a bit like a divorce for no reason. However, we don’t live in Neverland, so sometimes you just have to go for it."
And go for it Carrington has, expressing earnest excitement about working with Plummer-Andrews beginning in January of 2004 until her departure in February. Plummer-Andrews, who started her career in theatrical agencies, working on productions all over the world, joined the BBC in 1986 as exec producer, children’s programs. Later she was promoted to head of acquisitions and creative development for BBC Children’s Intl, while retaining her former responsibilities and title. Under Plummer-Andrews guidance, such hits as Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, Postman Pat and Noddy were produced. She is currently exec producer on such shows as Andy Pandy and Bill & Ben.
Says Carrington, "When Theresa came onboard at the BBC, the doors were firmly closed [to new content]. It’s a testament to her abilities and openness that now 40% of CBBC output comes from her office."
Commenting on his appointment, Create TV & Film managing director Vanessa Chapman says, "While we are truly saddened by Michael’s departure, we recognize that a position such as this doesn’t come up very often." Carrington adds, "Of course, I will continue to work closely with Create TV & Film in the future."
According to Carrington, Plummer-Andrews will also continue to keep up relations with CBBC as a consultant.