Benoit Runel has been named managing director of BKN New Media, the largest operating subsidiary of global animation company BKN International AG. Runel will oversee all sales and marketing for the company in the U.K., Germany, Benelux, Scandinavia, North America and emerging markets such as Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He will also oversee all development and pre-production activities in the London-based studio, while securing and managing co-productions with international partners.
Runel has more than 16 years of experience in the television industry. He joins BKN from Jetix Europe where he was part of the senior management team and oversaw all programming and related on-air strategies for the group’s 12 channels. Prior to Jetix, he spent seven years at French broadcaster TF1, building a library of 2000 hours of kids’ programming.
‘BKN is in a very exciting development stage,’ Runel comment. ‘The products including Legend of the Dragon, Dork Hunters from Outer Space, Zorro: Generation Z and the new Classic Collection including Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, A Christmas Carol and Robin Hood, to name a few, for direct-to-DVD release are really strong and I look forward to expanding on these activities. This is a very exciting opportunity for me.’
New series Dork Hunters from Outer Space is scheduled to debut this fall and Zorro: Generation Z is slated to debut in 2007. BKN’s library of animated properties also includes UBOS, Kong: The Animated Series, Kong: King of Atlantis, Kong II – Return to the Jungle, Roswell Conspiracies, Shanghai Tiger, Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Pocket Dragon Adventures and Highlander: The Animated Series.