Cathy Laughton joins London-based Celador Intl in February 2005 as head of kids programming to champion of its new kids division (Celador International Kids) and will be responsible for sales of the companys portfolio of childrens programming as well as the development of new program acquisitions.
Laughton has 15 years experience in television distribution, which includes stints with Nelvana Enterprises (U.K.) Ltd, Jim Henson Co. and HIT Entertainment Plc.
For the last two years, she has been working for Laughton Media Assoc. providing consultancy and representation services for leading companies in the animation and childrens sector. Clients included Entertainment Rights, Varga and VCI.
From 1999 to 2002, she was md at Nelvana Enterprises, responsible for both U.K. and multi-territory sales, assessment of all creative proposals and submissions to the global development group. At the time of her departure from the company, she had initiated two co-productions and negotiated commissions, which resulted in every childrens broadcaster in the U.K. carrying Nelvana programming.
As director of international television distribution at Jim Henson Co., Laughton helped to establish a new distribution division and successfully negotiated the entire Henson catalog to a number of territories.
Cathys extensive knowledge of childrens programming combined with her creative development skills and worldwide distribution experience make her the perfect choice for Celador Intls new Kids division, commented Adrian Woolfe, Celadors md, to whom Laughton reports. Im delighted to have her on board and am confident that under her management the new division will flourish to become a key name in childrens program distribution.
Laughton added, Having recently acquired the rights to the childrens programs ROOBARB & CUSTARD and TALES OF THE RIVERBANK, it is clear that Celador Intl is determined to become a major player in the kids industry. This new division is an exciting proposition, which will lead to many opportunities for the company. I look forward to working with the Celador team to realize its potential.
Cathy joins Celadon International at the beginning of February.
Celador Intl (www.celador.co.uk) specializes in the development, distribution and licensing of some of the worlds most successful television and entertainment properties. With licensing relationships in more than 100 countries and experience working with leading global brands and agencies, Celador has a wide range of incredibly successful brand extensions through consumer products, promotions and compelling interactive media experiences.