HIT Entertainment appoints three new senior execs

Karen Davidsen, Phil Molloy and Luca Magnani all step into new executive roles as firm continues global expansion plans.
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As part of its continued plans for global expansion, HIT Entertainment has appointed a swathe of new senior executives.

Karen Davidsen steps in to the role of director of production, global content; Phil Molloy as senior creative manager, global content; and Luca Magnani as global brand director, Thomas & Friends.

Based in the firm’s London office, Davidsen and Molloy will now report to Michael Carrington, vice president global content and executive producer.

The new hires join the team as HIT evolves from producing shows for traditional TV to include digital distribution outlets.

With over 20 years experience, Davidsen has returned to HIT where she will be responsible for the organisational aspects of production scheduling and budgeting. Her remit will also include identifying new studios and production talent.

Meanwhile, Molloy brings with him 11 years experience, joining from Spectrecom Films, where he was creative director, working with popular properties such as Plants vs. Zombies.

Molloy also worked on the award winning LEGO Star Wars campaign at Turner which involved content production of online games, sites, shorts and web-drives.

Luca Magnani also joins the team in his new role as global brand director responsible for developing the worldwide strategy, growth plans and positioning for Thomas & Friends.

Magnani boasts more than 15 years of experience including his latest role as senior director of brand marketing and franchise management, EMEA at Turner.

Edward Catchpole, SVP HIT Brands, said: “With Luca’s background and experience in franchise management, Karen’s extensive production experience and Phil’s creative and digital skills, I believe we have three very strong additions to our talent as we further build our business.

“This comes at a crucial time when HIT is focused upon developing exceptional content across multiple platforms, driving its future brand and content strategy globaly with innovative new solutions.”

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