SVP Creative Executive, Animation & Family, Europe
In August of 2020 Karen was appointed the newly created role of SVP, Creative Executive, Gaumont Animation & Family, Europe, based in Gaumont's UK offices. Given her extensive experience across the industry, Karen leads the charge in creating and fostering strategic partnerships throughout Europe,overseeing funding models/partners for Gaumont's current development slate and identifying new co-pro projects and future opportunities across all genres.
Karen most recently served as Head of Global Content Strategy & Co-production and Managing Director (UK office) for American Greetings Entertainment (now known as Cloudco Entertainment); responsible for financing and distributing TV kids & family content, including 3 seasons of live action series Holly Hobbie (Hulu Original), Care Bears Unlock The Magic (Boomerang/ Cartoon Network US), Tinpo (CBeebies / Dentsu / OLM) and Buddy Thunderstruck (Netflix Original). Karen also serves as Executive Producer.
Prior to joining American Greetings Entertainment, she was SVP Global Sales and Co production for RDF Media, which subsequently became Zodiak Kids, from 2010 to 2015; who spearheaded their co- production and content strategy, working with 3 in-house studios and external co-production partners across kids & family series including for Zack & Quack (Nick Jr International & US), Floogals (Sprout/Universal Kids) and Fort Boyard(Disney Channel, US).
During the rest of her career, she has served as Director, Programme Distribution at The Walt Disney Company (2008-2010), Head of Sales & Co-production at National Geographic Kids Entertainment (2006-2008) - which included titles Toot & Puddle (Mercury Filmworks / Noggin), Mama Mirabelle's Home Videos (King Rollo Films/ CBeebies / PBS) and Are We There Yet? (Sinking Ship/Treehouse/Unicef).