CBBC has appointed seasoned kids TV exec Tim Searle to steer the UK pubcaster’s animated comedy slate —including hit series Danger Mouse—while Anna Davies has been upped to head of drama development.
Searle, with 25 years in the industry, was most recently the creative director of animation and children’s content at London-based prodco Tiger Aspect.
During a three-year stint with the company, he directed the new Mr. Bean: The Animated Series and developed projects alongside Tiger Aspect’s head of animation and children’s, Tom Beattie.
He previously co-founded Baby Cow Animation (I Am Not An Animal) with Steve Coogan and Henry Normal, and served as the studio’s head of animation.
Davies, meanwhile, was most recently CBBC’s senior development producer. Together with her Salford-based in-house team, she led creative for shows like the upcoming Netflix and ZDF co-production The Worst Witch and the Children’s BAFTA-winning WW1 drama Harriet’s Army.
Prior to CBBC, Davies was scripted development exec at Liverpool-based Lime Pictures (The Evermoor Chronicles).
The appointments come as CBBC’s live-action dramas—including homegrown series The Dumping Ground, school-based dramedy 4 O’Clock Club, book-based period drama Hetty Feather and supernatural action adventure Wolfblood (now in season five)—continue to bring top ratings for the channel.