Karen Vermeulen has been hired as the first dedicated sales exec. for National Geographic Television International’s growing kids business. Based in London, Vermeulen will also work closely with National Geographic Kids’ programming and production president Donna Friedman Meir and her U.S.-based team to drive development of animated and live-action programming for children.
Vermeulen joins National Geographic from Entertainment Rights, where she was territory manager for the U.K., Ireland and German-speaking Europe, responsible for maximizing TV, new media and DVD sales for a range of properties including Postman Pat,Basil Brush, Little Red Tractor and Barbie. In her new role, she will take responsibility for managing the expanding stable of brand franchises and developing properties.
National Geographic Kids and King Rollo Films are currently in production on the sereies Mama Mirabelle’s Home Movies, which blends animations animation and live-action wildlife footage. Other projects include Iggy Arbuckle, an animated comedy adventure produced with Blueprint Ent.; Toot & Puddle: I’ll Be Home For Christmas, an adaptation of the award-winning and best-selling Holly Hobbie book being animated by Grand Slamm Children’s Films; and Are We There Yet?, a global reality adventure series produced in partnership with Cellar Door and Sinking Ship Prods.