Vanessa Brookman, Head of Kids, EMEA for WarnerMedia, today announced her new leadership team for Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Boing, Cartoonito and associated digital properties on third-party platforms as well as the upcoming kids and family offering for HBO Max.
She brings together a respected group of senior executives to serve the content, editorial and production needs for all kids content and channel brands across EMEA. Sarah Fell will lead original production, Marc Goodchild digital content, Sean Henry content strategy and acquisitions, and Angharad Llewelyn will lead compliance. Separately, Ana González and Sean Gorman take up local territory editorial roles.
The new leadership team will work closely with the global Kids, Young Adults and Classics (KYAC) group led by President, KYAC, Tom Ascheim. They will also work with the teams reporting into Johannes Larcher, Head of HBO Max International, and Christina Sulebakk, Head of HBO Max EMEA, developing HBO Max’s kids and family programming in advance of its launch in parts of Europe later this year.
Sarah Fell retains her remit as Director of Original Series, EMEA, for the recently re-branded London-based studio, Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe. She will continue to oversee its first-class pipeline of local productions, including The Amazing World of Gumball, The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe and Elliott from Earth, as well as generating new original production opportunities. In this role she has dual reporting lines into Brookman and Sam Register, President of Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios, who co-lead Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe, ensuring content collaboration at a worldwide level and promoting European content globally.
Marc Goodchild remains Head of Digital Content Strategy & Product, EMEA, responsible for overseeing these aspects of the company’s ongoing multi-platform offering.
Sean Henry takes on the newly created role of Head of Content Strategy & Acquisitions, EMEA, overseeing an expanded team, building WarnerMedia’s content pipeline.
Angharad Llewelyn continues in her role as Director of Editorial Standards & Practices, EMEA.
Ana González, currently Director of Kids Content, takes on the newly created role of Head of Kids Channels for Iberia & Italy.
Sean Gorman, currently Programming Director of Kids, U.K. and Ireland & Nordic, adds the MENAT region to his role to become Head of Kids Channels, U.K. and Ireland, Nordic & MENAT.
González and Gorman will oversee programming, presentation, marketing and digital curation as part of a newly integrated regional editorial structure.
“This is a formidable group of leaders who will be critical in driving the ongoing success of our existing portfolio and in shaping a powerful HBO Max Kids and Family offering for the EMEA region,” said Head of Kids, EMEA, Vanessa Brookman. “Their passion for great kids content and their deep understanding of the fast-paced dynamics of our kids offering will help our EMEA business go from strength to strength at what is a hugely exciting time for WarnerMedia as a whole.”
Brookman reports into Priya Dogra, President WarnerMedia EMEA & Asia (excl. China), and Tom Ascheim, President Kids, Young Adults & Classics.