Distributor Celador Intl is launching Celador Intl Kids, a new division dedicated to children’s programming. Cathy Laughton, a former managing director for Nelvana, has been tapped to oversee operations for the new arm, which will build on the companys library of kids programs, which includes acquisitions Roobarb & Custard and Tales of the Riverbank, and original series Les Frogs.
Laughton brings 15 years of experience in chldrens television distribution to the position and will report to Celador Intl managing director Adrian Woolfe beginning in February.
Most recently, Laughton provided consultancy and representation services to animation and childrens programming companies through her company, Laughton Media Associates. In addition to her three-year stint at Nelvana, she served as director of international TV sales for The Jim Henson Co. and also held an executive position at kids entertainment company HIT Ent.