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.
As the VP Global Content and Executive Producer at HIT Entertainment, Keenan is responsible for IP strategy and the creative direction of HIT’s portfolio of pre-school programs, nurturing iconic brands such as Thomas & Friends®, Bob the Builder®, Fireman Sam®, Mike the Knight® and Little People® He oversees creative development, current production, and technical operations teams worldwide.
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’ first original, 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 a Fellowship Grant to attend UCLA’s Graduate School of Theatre.
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