As part of its continued expansion, HIT Entertainment has appointed Karen Davidsen as director of production, Global Content; Phil Molloy as senior creative manager, Global Content; and Luca Magnani as global brand director, Thomas & Friends.
Based in HIT’s London office, Davidsen and Molloy will report in to Michael Carrington, vice president Global Content & Executive Producer. As the business evolves from producing shows for traditional TV to include digital distribution outlets and in readiness for new emerging platforms, these new hires will be critical to global production and the business across the HIT Brands portfolio.
Davidsen has over 20 years’ experience and has returned to HIT Entertainment, having previously worked for the business from 1998-2007. In this new role, she is responsible for all the organisational aspects of production scheduling and budgeting, and will oversee all production personnel. Her remit will also include identifying new studios and production talent. Prior to this, Davidsen was director of Production and Original Programming at Walt Disney Company. Her previous experience also includes Channel 4 and Hibbert Ralph Entertainment.
Molloy brings with him 11 years’ experience and joins from Spectrecom Films where he was creative director. Prior to this, he was lead creative producer at Turner Broadcasting. Molloy also worked on the award-winning Lego Star Wars campaign at Turner.
Luca Magnani joins the team on June 30th as global brand director, reporting in to VP Global Brand, Kate Schlomann. He will be responsible for developing the worldwide strategy, growth plans and positioning for Thomas & Friends. Luca brings with him more than 15 years of experience including his latest role as senior director of Brand Marketing & Franchise Management, EMEA, at Turner Broadcasting. Previously, he was senior marketing, Franchise Management and New Media director, Italy, at Turner. Before that, Magnani was director at Saatchi & Saatchi.
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