Former Guru Studio EVP to focus on unique new projects and up-and-coming talent development.
PARIS, FRANCE -- European kids entertainment studio TeamTO has announced the addition of Mary Bredin, former EVP of content and strategy at Guru Studio, to its senior creative team. The new collaboration is part of TeamTO’s strategy to establish its position as a leading creator of ground-breaking content for all global markets.
In the newly created position of creative development producer, Bredin will focus on finding unique, up-and-coming talent for TeamTO’s development slate, with an emphasis on telling original stories from unconventional points of view. Additionally, she will concentrate on expanding the studio’s talented pool of writers, artists and directors with exciting new creative voices. The new position will work closely with TeamTO’s SVP of development & production, Corinne Kouper, a recognized leader in French animation with a slate of international awards and industry recognition to her credit.
The collaboration with Bredin is part of TeamTO’s strategy to secure the broadest possible access for TeamTO and its content in all global markets, a strategy effectively initiated with the set-up of offices in Los Angeles in 2011 and in Beijing in 2016.
Kouper commented, “I am very happy to welcome Mary on board to drive our production slate. She is smart, focused and very talented in show development and writing, with unique industry knowledge and skills. Mary and I have shared a passion for telling great stories ever since we worked together twenty years ago on Disney’s first CG preschool show Rolie Polie Olie.”
“I am very excited to work with Corinne and the development team that have created so many entertaining, original shows like Angelo Rules and Oscar’s Oasis,” added Bredin. “I am also thrilled to work with Corinne as head of LES FEMMES S’ANIMENT, France’s Women in Animation, as she really is at the forefront of these timely and important changes in Europe.”
The Emmy-nominated Bredin most recently spent ten years at top Canadian studio Guru Studio, where she was instrumental in driving its growth from a service and commercial studio to a globally renowned producer of original, premium content. She developed and co-executive produced their first original show, Justin Time, which attained global recognition and critical success, winning the 2014 Canadian Screen Award, and nominations for a Daytime Emmy Award and six Annie Awards.
Prior to returning to her native Toronto, where her career kicked off at Nelvana, Mary spent nine years at Disney International headquarters in London, ultimately heading up programming and acquisitions for the worldwide team. Previous positions during her time in France include leading French Pay TV channel Canal + and Telefilm Canada.
TeamTO is one of the most creatively innovative studios in the industry today, growing from a boutique Paris-based production studio in 2005 to a world-renowned creator of original, premium IPs, with two state of the art studios in France employing 300+ full time animators; offices in three continents; numerous international awards for its productions; a recently launched, free animation school to train domestic talent for the booming industry; and an innovative R&D division leading to revolutionary new animation software.