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Chief Content Officer, EMEA
Michael leads the creative development and production of all original series, plus co-productions and programme acquisitions for Turner Broadcasting’s portfolio of children’s channels within the UK, Middle East and Africa. He also oversees Franchise Management, Compliance, and shared Creative Services.
Since starting at Turner Broadcasting in April 2010 Michael has helped set up the Cartoon Network Animation Academy in the Middle East, and is about to open the CN Development Studio Arabia. He has redeveloped the Franchise Management process across Turner International and is currently working on the global launch of The Amazing World of Gumball, and the rollout of preschool brand Cartoonito across EMEA.
Michael has a deep understanding of how to deliver great content for children. Prior to joining Turner, Michael worked at the BBC where he successfully commissioned programmes like BAFTA award winner Charlie & Lola, International Emmy award winning, Shaun the Sheep, and critically acclaimed pre-school comedy drama hit Grandpa in My Pocket. Throughout his career Michael has worked for some of the world’s premier media companies including Network Ten Australia, Discovery Channel (Europe), LEGO Media, and the BBC.
Michael is a member of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts, sits on The Children’s Media Conference committee, and regularly speaks at industry events.
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