Turner Broadcasting has appointed Michael Carrington as chief content officer EMEA, following the departure of Finn Arnesen in October 2009.
Currently controller of Cbeebies, Carrington will be responsible for the development and creation of all original series, co-productions and programme acquisitions for Turner Broadcasting’s portfolio of children’s channels within the UK and EMEA, including Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Cartoonito.
Carrington joined the BBC in January 2004 as head of acquisitions and animation for BBC Children’s. He was appointed Controller of CBeebies in May 2006. In this latter role he has been responsible for all commissioning and led the transformation of CBeebies into a multimedia brand (on radio, on TV, online) with record ratings and reach. He commissioned successful programmes such as BAFTA award-winners Charlie and Lola, In the Night Garden and Big & Small.
Announcing Carrington’s appointment, Turner's Jeff Kupsky said: “We are delighted to have made such an outstanding appointment to this role. Michael has impeccable credentials as a commissioner and creative leader from both the public and private sectors and is considered one of the leading experts in children’s television. I am thrilled he’s joining us and very much look forward to welcoming him to the Turner team.”
Carrington added: “CBeebies is in great shape and I’ve loved every minute of my time working here with a great team of talented people. Now feels like the right time for me to return to the commercial sector. Turner Broadcasting is renowned for its exciting production slate, world-class children’s channels and strong audience connections. It’s a tremendous opportunity and challenge to be asked to lead content development and original production and sustain Turner’s position as a leading children’s entertainment company. I’m really excited by the possibilities.”
Carrington steps down from his role as controller of CBeebies at the BBC on February 26th and will join Turner on April 6th. Tina McCann, who has been caretaking the CCO role on an interim basis, will continue with Turner until he joins.