After four years with Jetix Europe, Michael Lekes has resigned the post of senior VP of programming. Citing personal reasons, Lekes will leave the company at the end of September. He has been responsible for all aspects of Jetix Europe’s programming content, encompassing production, development, acquisitions and administration.
Lekes was originally appointed as Jetix Europe’s director of creative and development in 2002, with responsibility for the assessment of all creative aspects of potential pan-European acquisitions; approval of all editorial content of co-productions or commissioned series; and for the development of all new programming projects. He joined Jetix from Chorion Intellectual Properties, where he was head of creative and brand development since 2000. There, he was responsible for producing the company’s animation projects, which included Noddy, The Famous Five, Blyton and Baron Bolligrew. Before that, Lekes was exec producer of children’s and entertainment at Granada/United.
As the company seeks a replacement for Lekes, Jetix Europe CEO Paul Taylor will work closely with the pan-European programming team, the local Jetix Channel programming heads and the company’s commercial partners, including Disney, to ensure the continued delivery of content for Jetix.
‘It is with regret that I announce that Michael has resigned and will be leaving Jetix at the end of this month,’ Taylor comments. ‘I would like to thank him for his support, hard work and contribution to the company and wish him well in the future. I am actively seeking a replacement for Michael, in order to develop and deliver brand-defining Jetix content for our channels and businesses in the multiplatform marketplace.’
Lekes has been a friend and supporter of Animation Magazine, participating as one of the distinguished judges of our annual Pitch Party, a contest which seeks to identify new animated properties and expose them to execs with the power to greenlight a show. We wish him well.