Rocket Licensing bolstered by high profile signings

Media figures Helen McAleer and Rupert Dilnott-Cooper join as non-exec directors of growing firm.
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Rocket Licensing has given its profile in the business a boost with the appointment of two well-known figures in the media industry as non-executive directors.

Rupert Dilnott-Cooper and Helen McAleer have many years experience in key profile entertainment companies such as Carlton Communications, Walker Books, Channel 4 and BBC Worldwide.

"With Rocket's new, expanded premises and continuing growth, both in client list and profile, we are bucking the industry trend and continuing to attract not only major clients but, as the appointment of Rupert and Helen makes clear, the support and backing of influential industry names," said Charlie Donaldson, joint managing director of Rocket Licensing.

"We are looking forward enormously to working with Rupert and Helen and benefitting from their experience."

Dilnott-Cooper was most recently a board director of Zodiak Television AB and a trustee of Television for the Environment. His background also includes senior posts with ITC Entertainment, ATV/Central Television and Central Television Enterprises, which eventually became Carlton International Media Group.

Meanwhile, McAleer is currently managing director of independent children's publisher Walker Books. She is also a director of Walker Productions, which takes IP owned by Walker Books and develops them into television and online opportunities.

Prior to joining Walker, she spent 12 years with BBC Worldwide across a number of different businesses including book publishing, DVD and merchandising. By the time she left the firm, McAleer was responsible for the investment, acquisition and distribution of all children's rights and properties at the company.

Rob Wijeratna, joint Rocket MD, added: "At a time of economic stringency, it's not just a matter of working with some of the biggest brand names around but, more than ever, of understanding and using the power of those brands.

"This has been key to our success - a success that has been further underlined by the appointment of Rupert and Helen, two influential and highly respected industry figures. We are thrilled to invite them on board."

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