Red Kite Animations appoints Nickelodeon Exec, Leanne Preston as Development Manager

By ANIMATION XPRES... | 23 January, 2012 - 15:36

Award-winning production company, Red Kite Animations has announced the expansion of its development team with the appointment of former Nickelodeon Development Executive, Leanne Preston. Assuming the role of Development Manager, Preston will be responsible for sourcing and developing new content for children’s TV. Having set a development strategy in place; Leanne and her team are now looking for projects and ideas to add to the slate. Preston will report to Executive Director and Chief Creative Officer, Ken Anderson.

Preston joins Red Kite Animations, part of the global media agency August Media Holdings, following six years at Nickelodeon. During her time at the kids’ network, Preston worked on the development and production of original content globally for a range of projects, including the successful hit show House of Anubis; the BAFTA nominated show is Nickelodeon’s first US live action show to be produced outside of North America.

Ken Anderson, Executive Director & Chief Creative Officer of August Media Holdings said:“Leanne is joining us at an incredibly exciting time as we continue to expand our content and IP portfolio. Leanne’s extensive background and knowledge will strengthen our development team even further as we continue to maximise our animated content appeal to a global audience.”

Leanne Preston, Development Manager of Red Kite Animations commented: “Red Kite Animations has proven its dedication to the animation industry by taking its rich content to new audiences around the world. I am excited to be working for a company with such a solid reputation for providing diverse and entertaining programming. Through working with Ken and the team I aim to bring Red Kite Animations’ unique offering to new audiences and help drive the company forward.”