Daryl Shute promoted to brand director and Muriel Thomas joins as new head of international distribution.

Magic Light Pictures bolsters team with two new appointments

Magic Light Pictures has strengthened its team with two new appointments.

Daryl Shute (pictured) has been promoted to Brand Director, while Muriel Thomas has been brought on board in the newly created role of Head of International Distribution.

Shute joined Magic Light Pictures in 2006, and has been instrumental in building the successful cross-category merchandising programmes for The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom.

In his new position, he will lead the company’s merchandising programmes both in the UK and Internationally. He will also develop new creative and licensing opportunities, while holding responsibility for brand marketing and management.

Thomas boasts a wealth of experience with Entertainment One UK where she was head of international sales and co-production.

Her new role will se her take responsibility for international distribution, licensing the rights of Magic Light Pictures productions across audio visual formats and developing new business opportunities.

Michael Rose, co-founder of Magic Light Pictures, said: "Magic Light Pictures is continuing to develop and key to this is gavin talented team with the right expertise.

"Daryl has been an integral part of Magic Light Pictures for a number of years, helping to grow The Gruffalo brand with passion and creativity; his promotion to Brand Director comes as we look to develop and expand our slate of family brands in the future.

"We’re delighted that Muriel is joining us, bringing her in-depth experience and knowledge of the international marketplace which is invaluable in ensuring that our work reaches audiences worldwide.”

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