Speaker Christopher Keenan

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Christopher Keenan

Senior Vice President, Content Development and Production & Executive Producer

Mattel Creations

Christopher Keenanis a highly accomplished creative executive, executive producer and writerwho has enjoyed over twenty five years of success in the animation, kids and family entertainment industries with thousands of hours of content to his credit.

As the SVP Content Development & Production at Mattel Creations, Keenan is responsible for Mattel’s content portfolio of iconic brands such as Thomas & Friends®, Barbie®, Bob the Builder®, Monster High®, Hot Wheels®, Fireman Sam®, American Girl®, (Emmy-award winning) Mike the Knight®, Ever After High® and Little People®. He oversees creative development, current production, and technical operations teams worldwide. Under his leadership are Playground Productions in El Segundo, the HIT content creation team in London, the Tech Ops team in New York and the American Girl content creation team in Middleton, WI.

For nearly two decades, Keenan led the development and production of television series, DVD features and online shorts for original and franchise properties at Warner Bros. Animation. As Senior Vice President of Creative Affairs, he oversaw creative efforts for some of the studio’s most important brands: Scooby-Doo, Batman, Looney Tunes, Tom & Jerry, Pinky & The Brain, Animaniacs, Batman Beyond, Xiolin Showdown, Mucha Lucha and many, many more.

In addition to his accomplishments in the Animation division, Keenan was instrumental in the original launch of Kids’ WB!, the children’s programming service of The WB Network and served as head of programming for its first three years. Previously, he was recruited by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment as Story Editor to develop animated feature films and television series and he has also served as Director of Children’s Entertainment for Capital Cities/ ABC, Inc., overseeing the network’s Saturday morning schedule and After School Special development. 

After leaving Warner Bros. in 2005, Christopher Keenan set up Creating4Kids, Inc., an independent, U.S. based development, production and consulting firm. Under his Creating4Kids banner, Keenan has worked with a diverse roster of global clients and partners. Highlights include consulting and story editing on Amazon Studios’ Emmy-award winning, stop-motion animated preschool series from Bix Pix Entertainment, Tumble Leaf; developing Fruit Ninja for Halfbrick Entertainment; leading master classes in animation development at Cartoon Network Academy in Abu Dhabi; shaping the series development of Umigo for WildBrain/DHX Media and executive producing Iconicles for Create Media. 

Christopher Keenan graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA where he studied Communications, Theatre and Education. His thesis, a groundbreaking and award-winning, original theatrical production (which he wrote, produced and directed), received national attention and resulted in a Fellowship Grant to attend UCLA’s Graduate School of Theatre.  

Speaking at: The New Creators

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