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Mike Watts is CEO of independent producers Novel Entertainment. His career in the entertainment industry has spanned television, music, video and film. Prior to setting up Novel with producer Lucinda Whiteley in 2001, Mike was Senior Vice President of Programming for Walt Disney International Television with overall responsibility for programming the international Disney Channels.
Previously he had been Managing Director of leading drama producer World Productions, and before that was Managing Director of Production at Central Independent Television. Prior to joining Central Mike was Managing Director of Virgin Vision, the video and film distributor, where he was instrumental in the financing of a number of independent feature films. Mike started his career in the music business working for a number of record companies, latterly as International Director of Chrysalis Records.
Mike is chair of the Children’s and Animation Policy Group for the film and television producers’ trade association Pact; he is also a trustee of the Television Workshop.
Novel Entertainment specialises in the creation and development of successful children’s character brands across a wide array of media. The company has produced over 650 programmes for television, both animated and live action, as well as a number of children’s stage and radio shows, and Horrid Henry: The Movie.