U.K.-based animation production company Coolabi has hired former Disney executive Zoe Scurfield as is head of development and production.
Scurfield will be in charge of development and expansion of Coolabi’s TV production in both animation and live action. She will be the company’s executive producer on all projects and serve as the main liaison with broadcasters and production partners.
Coolabi has in the past year become a major independent production house in the United Kingdom. Its projects include the animated series The Large Family, airing on CBeebies and TF1 in France, and live-action series Dead Gorgeous, showing on CBBC and ABC Australia. Its next project is the animated series Poppy Cat for Nick Jr.
Scurfield previously worked for the Walt Disney Co. for 13 years. Her most recent position was executive director of programming for Disney Channels U.K., Scandinavia and Emerging Markets.
‘Coolabi is a fast-growing and dynamic company with a fantastic portfolio of exciting and diverse properties,’ says Scurfield. ‘This new role puts me in a great position to make full use of my experience to help drive Coolabi’s rapid expansion as content producers, and I am looking forward to working with key broadcasters in the development of existing properties, while discovering and nurturing new ones. I’m delighted to be joining such a talented and strategic team at this exciting time.’