Dee takes over content reins, as Woodward departs Coolabi

By Ronnie Dungan

September 29th 2009 at 10:37AM
Dee takes over content reins, as Woodward departs Coolabi

Michael Dee is taking over as Coolabi's director of content, with Janet Woodward leaving the firm after six years.

Woodward, the company’s head of licensing, has resigned from her post and will leave Coolabi at the end of October.


She is taking a career break and has no plans to move to a new post, but will continue to work with Coolabi in a consultancy role.

Michael Dee will take on the full-time post of Coolabi’s director of content. As part of this role, he will be responsible for the group’s licensing and merchandising activities.

He has nearly twenty years experience in the industry, latterly as development director at Walker Productions. Previous roles include strategic director at Chorion, where he was responsible for the roll-out, development and planning of properties such as Mr Men and Noddy, and head of pre-school IP and Children’s Brands at BBC Worldwide.”

The company will be announcing further recruits in due course.

Janet Woodward said: "I have had a wonderful time working with a great team helping to build Coolabi and expand its licensing base. I have long intended to take a break from full-time work at some stage and with the company stronger than ever, I felt this would be an ideal time to take some time off."

Jeremy Banks, Coolabi chief executive added: "We are of course very sad to see Janet go. However, thanks to her consultancy role it is not goodbye. We are also delighted to announce that Michael Dee has moved to a role as full-time director of content within the company. He has long been a valued member of the team and this expansion of his role is well deserved.”