Andrew Kerr (pictured, right) and Irene Weibel (pictured, left) have left Sutikki, the kids prodco they started four years ago, Kidscreen has confirmed.
Kerr and Weibel co-founded the company together, but after the arrival of new investors earlier this year, Kerr says “the direction the company has chosen to pursue since has made this difficult decision a necessary one.” Sutikki did not immediately return a request for comment on who the investors are, or what direction they want to take the company in.
Sutikki is best known for its series Moon & Me, created by Andrew Davenport, distributed by 9 Story and currently airing on CBeebies and Universal Kids. It used to be the kids and family division of Bento Box, but when Fox Entertainment acquired Bento Box in August 2019, Sutikki was spun off to operate independently.
Before starting the company, Kerr was co-head of Nelvana Enterprises from 2011 to 2016. Weibel held various senior roles at Corus Entertainment, including VP and head of studio for nearly four years, and VP of international content at Nelvana for 10 years.
Both Kerr and Weibel stepped away from day-to-day operations in January, but had not formally announced their status until now. They plan on working together going forward, as well as individually on a handful of projects.
Stephen Gould, the head of territory for UK/EMEA, remains at Sutikki.