Nigel Pickard is stepping down from his role as chief executive officer of Zodiak U.K. Kids and chair of The Foundation, but will return as a consultant and advisor on a range of projects for the company.
Pickard plans to pursue new ventures including returning to his first love of program making. He will also continue as an executive producer on key titles for The Foundation including “The Floogals,” a new CGI and live-action series co-produced with U.S. preschool channel Sprout and distributed by Zodiak Kids.
"Nigel has played a defining role in building the Foundation to a center of creative excellence, making it a key part of Zodiak Media's international kids’ footprint alongside Marathon Media, Tele Images and Zodiak Rights, and I am delighted that Nigel will continue to work with The Foundation on its first U.S. commission, ‘The Floogals,’ and with Zodiak going forward,” says Marc-Antoine d'Halluin, chief executive officer, Zodiak Media.
The Foundation will continue to operate under managing director Gwen Hughes, who was appointed to the role last year. Hughes oversees the company’s programming slate, which includes “Mister Maker,” “Big Barn Farm,” “Dani's Castle,” “Waybuloo,” “Tickety Toc” and “Zack and Quack,” and will take on Pickard's managerial responsibilities in the interim until a permanent successor is found.
Pickard joined RDF Media Group as director of kids, family entertainment and drama in 2006. Following the acquisition of RDF by Zodiak in 2010, he took up his current role of chief executive officer, MEAA, Zodiak U.K. Kids, in addition to serving as chairman of the U.K. production company The Foundation.
"It's been an exciting eight years with RDF and more recently at Zodiak Media, and I'm tremendously proud of what we have achieved at The Foundation,” says Pickard. “Having been so closely involved in all the projects has enticed me to have a hands-on involvement with shows as exciting and innovative as ‘The Floogals.’"