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Emily Whinnett Joins CAKE

Former Director of Production and Development at Chapman Entertainment to work alongside CAKE creative director and CEO Tom Van Waveren on the company’s slate of upcoming programming.

LONDON -- Leading kids entertainment specialist CAKE has announced the appointment of Emily Whinnett, Chapman Entertainment’s former Director of Production and Development, as its new VP Creative.

Whinnett will work closely alongside CAKE Creative Director and CEO Tom Van Waveren on the company’s slate of upcoming programming, helping to increase CAKE’s future development output and building on its reputation as a co-producer.

Having worked in the children’s television industry for over 10 years, Whinnett is an experienced development executive and producer. Whinnett lead the development, production and launch of Chapman Entertainment’s award winning shows; Fifi and the Flowertots and Roary the Racing Car on Nick Jr. and Channel Five’s Milkshake and Little Charley Bear and Raa Raa the Noisy Lion both for CBeebies. She also produced the chart-topping Peter Kay’s Animated All Star Band -- The Official BBC Children in Need Medley 2009, raising £500,000 for the BBC charity. Subsequently, Whinnett joined Belfast based Sixteen South (Lily’s Driftwood Bay) as Head of Development, where she was responsible for all IP development. Whinnett also manages her own company Red Squirrel Entertainment, where she has consulted for a variety of clients including Soho Square Productions as Director of Programs, Spinmaster Entertainment as part of the development team for Paw Patrol and Keith Chapman Productions on a variety of projects.

“We are thrilled to have Emily joining our team at CAKE,” van Waveren said. “2016 will be a big year for CAKE’s co-production and development projects, and Emily brings a great deal of experience and enthusiasm to a vital role in our company.”

“I’m delighted to be joining Tom and his fantastic team at CAKE,” Whinnett said. “With such a varied and exciting development slate, I’m looking forward to getting started!”

Source: CAKE 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.