Netflix has hired former Cartoon Network exec Curtis Lelash as its new director of kids and family, a role he quietly started earlier this month, the streamer confirmed to Kidscreen.
He will be based out of Los Angeles, but there is no word from the SVOD service yet on which projects Lelash will be working on.
A member of the Cartoon Network team since 2005, Lelash most recently served as SVP of original series and helped lead development on Apple & Onion, Summer Camp Island and Craig of the Creek. Before that, he did stints as VP of comedy animation, director of original animation, and manager of current series. Lelash came to CN with previous development experience at Storyopolis and DreamWorks Animation on his resumé.
Netflix recently recruited Nickelodeon International animation exec Alexi Wheeler for an undisclosed role on the kids and family international originals team, based in the London office.
The global SVOD is also expanding its family film library, having secured the rights to an original pitch called John Henry and the Statesman from writer Tom Wheeler. The film, which will star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is being developed with Seven Bucks Productions (owned by Johnson and Dany Garcia) and Beau Flynn’s FlynnPictureCo. The two studios recently worked together on Disney’s Jungle Cruise, which just wrapped production.