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Athena Georgaklis Appointed Nelvana Head of Development

Highly-respected animation exec has worked in Canadian broadcast and production for more than 19 years, most recently overseeing all original productions for Corus Entertainment’s TELETOON network.

TORONTO -- Corus Entertainment has appointed Athena Georgaklis to the role of Head of Development for Nelvana. The highly-respected animation executive will lead the acquisition of rights and the development of all original content for Nelvana, working with the studio’s producers, creators and talent around the world.

Georgaklis assumes her role effective immediately, reporting to Nelvana president Scott Dyer, and working closely with the recently appointed head of Nelvana Enterprises, Pam Westman. Her development work will fuel Nelvana’s animation studio, drive its Enterprise division through distribution and licensing activity, and continue to provide premium content for Corus’ suite of leading kids channels.

“We are delighted to welcome Athena to this role,” Dyer commented in making the announcement. “Athena joins our team with an exceptional international reputation built on her keen eye for animation and her breadth of knowledge and experience in the industry.”

Georgaklis has worked in Canadian broadcast and production for more than 19 years. In her most recent role, Georgaklis oversaw all original productions for Corus Entertainment’s TELETOON network, supervising the development and production of Canadian content in both English and French. During her time with TELETOON, she led the production and development of hit shows like Johnny Test, Knuckleheads (English and French), Fugget About It (English and French), Atomic Puppet, Rocket Monkeys, and the Total Drama Island franchise.

"I’m thrilled to be joining Nelvana at this time of growth for the studio,” said Athena Georgaklis, Head of Development, Nelvana. “I’ve admired this studio’s work for decades and look forward to developing premium kids content that we can distribute around the world.”

Georgaklis will remain based out of Corus’ Montréal office, with a continued presence at the company’s Corus Quay Headquarters in Toronto.

Source: Corus Entertainment

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Formerly Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network, Jennifer Wolfe has worked in the Media & Entertainment industry as a writer and PR professional since 2003.