Speaker Christopher Keenan - Kidscreen Summit 2016

Speaker Christopher Keenan

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Christopher Keenan

SVP & Executive Producer, Content Development and Production

HIT Entertainment

Christopher Keenan is a highly accomplished creative executive, executive producer and writer who has enjoyed over twenty five years of success in the animation, kids and family entertainment industries.  With thousands of hours of production to his credit, he is equally adept at development, sales and production.  Animation Magazine has identified Christopher Keenan as one of the “25 People to Watch in 2015” and will be profiling him in their upcoming, double issue.

Currently engaged by Mattel’s HIT Entertainment, Inc. as Vice President, Global Content & Executive Producer, Christopher Keenan oversees the creative efforts and market strategy for Thomas & Friends, Bob The Builder, Fireman Sam, Fisher-Price’s Little People and many other properties within the HIT portfolio as well as a robust slate of new properties in development.  A frequent speaker and panelist at industry events and markets, Christopher Keenan is an extremely visible and well-known member of the animation and children’s entertainment communities.

Under his prior Creating4Kids, Inc. banner, Christopher Keenan’s projects included original preschool series, children’s animated and live-action properties and a children’s e-book series in connection with a diverse roster of global clients and partners.  He story edited Amazon Studios’ Emmy Award-winning, original, animated preschool series, Tumble Leaf, developed Fruit Ninja for Halfbrick Entertainment and executive produced Iconicles (an original preschool live-action/animated series) for  CBeebies in the UK.  Creating4Kids’ extensive client list included DHX/WildBrain, HIT Entertainment, Yowza Digital, Mattel, Blink Studios in the UAE, Foothill Entertainment, Warner Bros. and many others.

Prior to setting up shop as Creating4Kids, Inc., Christopher Keenan served as Senior Vice President of Creative Affairs for Warner Bros. Animation where he led the development and production of television series and DVD features for original and franchise properties such as Scooby-Doo, Johnny Test, Pinky & The Brain, Animaniacs, Batman Beyond, Looney Tunes, Xiolin Showdown, Mucha Lucha, Tom & Jerry, Coconut Fred, Static Shock and 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. 

Christopher Keenan graduated with honors from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA with a double major in Communications and Sociology and a minor in 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.  Currently, Christopher Keenan divides his time between London, Palm Springs, CA and the rest of the world.

Speaking on: Function Before Form: The long and short of storytelling

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