Hit Entertainment has a new VP of creative and executive producer in the form of Christopher Keenan.
Keenan replaces Michael Carrington in the global head of production role.
Based in Hit's London office, Keenan brings over 25 years of experience in the animation, kids and family entertainment industries to the role. Prior to joining Mattel, he served as senior VP of creative affairs for the animation division of Warner Bros.
Before this he worked at Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment as story editor, developing animated feature films and TV series.
Edward Catchpole, SVP and general manager of Hit Entertainment, commented: "We are grateful to Michael Carrington for the tremendous work that he has done putting Hit's brands, such as Thomas and Friends, creatively back on track, and we wish him well in all of his future endeavours.
"We are incredibly excited to bring on Christopher Keenan with his wealth of experience leading the global creative development and production for numerous iconic children's properties.
"Christopher's skill set and capabilities are a tremendous addition to the team as we continue to expand the brands, formats and platforms that we develop to deliver exceptional stories, drive our business and forge even stronger global partnerships."