Italy-based publishing and production company Atlantyca Ent. has appointed entertainment production and development exec Karen K. Miller to oversee its U.S.-based animation production operations. Based in Los Angeles, Miller will work with Italy based executives, Chairman Pietro Marietti and Senior Manager/Exec Producer Caterina Vacchi.
"Karen is one of the entertainment industries top production executives with a vast range of experience, she is a tremendous asset to our company as we take our properties into the U.S. market, said Marietti. "Her creativity and knowledge of the acquisition and licensing of children's properties through to production of network series makes her the ideal executive to lead Atlantyca's ambitious production strategy goals, starting with our GERONIMO STILTON animated series."
Miller's first initiative for Atlantyca is to oversee the development and production details for the GERONIMO STILTON television series, which is based on the award-winning international chapter book series. Miller's responsibilities will include working with Atlantyca's home office in Italy on U.S. distribution and developing U.S. licensing initiatives for GERONIMO and other future entertainment properties.
Miller joins the company on the heels of completing production on THE SIMPSONS MOVIE. For the past 18 years Miller worked at Warner Bros., most recently as the VP, Property Acquisitions for Warner Bros. Consumer Products, where she was responsible for identifying and analyzing worldwide properties in television, film, videogames, Internet and toy concepts. Miller's credited with acquiring and developing preschool series FIREHOUSE TALES for WBCP and Cartoon Network; acquired and developed THE HIP HOP KIDZ into a nationally recognized lifestyle brand; and acquired the preschool series HARRY AND HIS BUCKET FULL OF DINOSAURS for Cartoon Network.
Prior to joining the Consumer Products Division, Miller was a producer for Warner Bros. Television. Over the 10-year period with the television division, she produced such hit animated and live-action series as BABY BLUES, THE OBLONGS, KIRK and MEEGO.
Atlantyca Ent. was established in September 2006, a result of the worldwide publishing success of celebrated kids book series GERONIMO STILTON. The company seeks co-production partners to produce content for TV, movies and multi-platform for a variety of their other renowned book properties, including ULYSSES MOORE and TEA SISTERS.