HIT Entertainment has made three new executive appointments as part of its continued expansion: Karen Davidsen as director of production, global content; Phil Molloy as senior creative manager, global content; and Luca Magnani as global brand director for Thomas & Friends.
The new hires will help HIT evolve its buisness from producing shows for traditional TV to include digital distribution outlets and in readiness for new emerging platforms.
Davidsen has more than 20 years experience and returns to HIT Entertainment, having previously worked for the business from 1998-2007. As director of production for global content, she is responsible for all the organizational aspects of production scheduling and budgeting, and will oversee all production personnel. Her remit will also include identifying new studios and production talent.
Prior to this, Davidsen was director of production and original programming at Walt Disney Company and also served at Channel 4 and Hibbert Ralph Entertainment.
Molloy brings with him 11 years of experience and joins the team from Spectrecom Films where he was creative director, responsible for creative strategy and output of film-based advertising campaigns for the likes of SEGA/PopCap Games’ “Plants vs. Zombies.” Prior to this, he was lead creative producer at Turner Broadcasting.
Magnani joins as global brand director, where he will be responsible for developing the worldwide strategy, growth plans and positioning for Thomas & Friends.
Luca brings with him more than 15 years of experience including his latest role as senior director of brand marketing and franchise management, EMEA, at Turner Broadcasting.
"With Luca's background and experience in franchise management, Karen’s extensive production experience and Phil’s creative and digital skills, I believe we have three very strong additions to our talent as we further build our business,” says Edward Catchpole, senior vice president, HIT Brands. “This comes at a crucial time when HIT is focused on developing exceptional content across multiple platforms, driving its future brand and content strategy globally with innovative new solutions."