New appointments have been made by Penguin Random House Children’s and Penguin Ventures.
Thomas Merrington is to join Penguin Ventures as brand manager and head of product development, while Richard Haines has been promoted to head of acquisitions and TV development at Penguin Random House Children’s. Emily Campan has also been promoted and will working alongside Richard as licensed publishing and TV development executive.
Taking up his new role in January 2016, Thomas will develop new looks and styles for brands such as The Snowman, Vintage Ladybird, Flower Fairies and Spot as well as supporting licensees throughout the product design and approvals process.
Thomas commented: “Having looked after Peter Rabbit for the past couple of years at Silvergate Media, I am thrilled to continue my adventures with Peter through the 150th anniversary next year and I cannot wait to start work on the other fantastic brands within the Ventures team.”
In his newly-created role, Richard will lead PRH Children’s TV development strategy, seeking out new TV and production company partners. He will also work alongside the PRH Children’s picture book team to turn some of their picture book heroes into animation.
He said: “I’m delighted to take on this new role at such an exciting time for children’s content. Following the successful launch of Puffin Rock, and with several new projects in the pipeline, I look forward to continuing my work with our authors, illustrators, producers and broadcasters to take stories beyond the book.”