Roughly five months after Kim Wilson exited the post of creative head of Kids’ CBC, the Canadian pubcaster has tapped Martin Markle (pictured) to take over operations as senior director of children’s content.
Wilson served as head of Kids’ CBC for 10 years and CBC general manager of programming Sally Catto had been overseeing the division since Wilson’s departure. Markle is now charged with leading the Kids’ CBC team, overseeing the development and production of all children’s content for the pubcaster. Additionally, he will be leading the evolution of Kids’ CBC’s multiplatform strategy.
The move marks Markle’s return to the CBC. From 2003 to 2006, he was executive in charge of production for the children’s and youth department at CBC Television, where he evaluated pitches and oversaw original comedic youth programming from development to delivery. The slate of projects under his management included animated and live-action series, puppet shows and scripted comedies. He has also served as executive in charge of production at Canwest Broadcasting, providing creative guidance and fiscal approvals to lifestyle and entertainment programs broadcast on Slice, TVtropolis and E!
Among his recent accomplishments working as an independent producer under his Markle Productions shingle are several animated productions for Comedy Central and the original kids series JiggiJump, which currently airs on Kids’ CBC.