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Chair PACT Children's Committee and Producer
Mike Watts founded independent production company Novel Entertainment with partner Lucinda Whiteley in 2001, following an extensive career encompassing television, video, film and music. Mike is also currently Chair of the Children’s Policy Group for PACT and a board member of the Television Workshop. Oxford based Novel Entertainment has a string of successful shows and brands to its name including Horrid Henry, which is currently in its second series for CITV, and also Fimbles and The Roly Mo Show for CBeebies. The company recently produced its first radio series, Rockit’s Pocket, for CBeebies Radio and is presently co-developing Horrid Henry’s first video game. Prior to launching Novel Mike worked at Walt Disney Television International as SVP of Programming and Production. His earlier career included roles as: MD of leading indie World Productions, where he developed Vampires, Pirates and Aliens and The Cramp Twins; MD of Central Productions, where he was responsible for overseeing the production of all network programmes; and MD of the video and film distribution company Virgin Vision. Starting his career in the music industry Mike worked for a number of independent companies including Chrysalis Records, where he was International Director.
Mike Watts's Sessions
Reform or Revolution: A new blueprint for children's media
For the last five years children’s media professionals have been preoccupied with the debate surrounding the break-up of the old BBC/ITV duopoly and the seismic shifts which followed. This session jettisons some of the baggage from that debate and looks to the future. Session report Session photos on Flickr