Chapman Entertainment has staged a wide restructuring within its London head office across licensing, marketing, production and finance teams that has resulted in a significant number of layoffs.
Company co-founders Keith Chapman and Andrew Haydon will remain at Chapman Entertainment, while co-founder, MD and executive producer Greg Lynn will move on to explore other interests. Valerie Fry will become commercial director, with responsibility for licensing and marketing, with the support of Clare Wiggins, head of marketing and live events and Samantha Clapham, Product development executive.
The company is looking to appoint a licensing and marketing agent
Emily Whinnett will stay put as director of production and will manage the final stages of filming across both Little Charley Bear and Raa Raa the Noisy Lion, which are to be delivered to CBeebies later this year and in 2012. Despite the changes, the company remains optimistic with Roary the Racing Car products launching into the US through Toys ‘R’ Us, with a major rollout scheduled for early 2012.