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    Simon Hall
    Managing Director, CHF Media Group Ltd

    Simon has been involved in the production of family entertainment shows throughout his 25 year career. Starting on …

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    Simon has been involved in the production of family entertainment shows throughout his 25 year career. Starting on Dangermouse he worked in both production and post-production on international award winning children’s series including – Postman Pat (Entertainment Rights), Bob the Builder (Hit Entertainment), Noddy (BBC), Everything’s Rosie (V&S Entertainment Ltd.), Roary the Racing Car and Fifi  and the Flowertots (Chapman Entertainment Ltd.), Sooty (CITV), Gerry Anderson’s Lavender Castle and Telling Tales (Glasshead) and in 2009 completed work on Peter Kay’s Animated All Star Band for Children in Need, resulting in a gold disc.

    Simon was a Co-founder of CHF Media Group and has been running the company for 5 years. Taking it from a standing start to complete production of its first show Pip Ahoy!. He has a passion for innovation and is an accomplished entrepreneur. Bringing a wealth of industry knowledge, family heritage along with a portfolio of contacts and creative experience.

     

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    Adrian Wilkins
    CEO, CHF Enterprises Ltd

    Adrian has over 28 years’ experience in advising investors, raising capital and structuring media investment funds and has …

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    Adrian has over 28 years’ experience in advising investors, raising capital and structuring media investment funds and has an extensive understanding of EIS, SEIS and Venture Capital Trust tax products. Adrian structured the EIS fundraise for the CHF pre-school show Pip Ahoy! which is airing on Channel 5’s Milkshake pre-school slot, raising over £5.5 million for the production.

    He also created the CHF Media Fund which provides tax efficient funding for the development and production of CHF’s new suite of shows.

     

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    Jenny Johnstone
    Commercial Director

    Jenny brings extensive experience in Intellectual Property rights management, brand development, marketing and licensing and broadcast sales from …

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    Jenny brings extensive experience in Intellectual Property rights management, brand development, marketing and licensing and broadcast sales from companies including 4Kids, Fox Kids, Content Film, EON Productions, ContentFilm, DHX Media and HBO.

    She has worked on the development and launch of numerous well known children’s properties including Saban’s ‘Power Rangers’, Nintendo’s ‘Super Mario’, World Wrestling Federation, Ragdolls ‘Tots TV’, Cbeebies ‘Grandpa in my Pocket’, Millimage’s ‘Mouk’ and Futurikon’s ‘Minuscule – the private lives of insects’ and joined CHF to help execute our commercial strategy.

    With her proven track record of delivering international broadcast sales and brand extension programmes across multiple categories including apparel, toys, publishing, DVD, housewares, food and drink, mobile content, gaming, publishing and social media Jenny will lead this huge opportunity for Pip Ahoy! and our subsequent properties.

     

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    Mike Robinson
    TV Distribution

    Mike joined Cosgrove Hall in 1979 as studio manager and worked his way up to general manager and …

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    Mike joined Cosgrove Hall in 1979 as studio manager and worked his way up to general manager and finally company director. Mike was involved in all of the major shows produced in that era which won many BAFTAS and International Emmys. The company also won a National Training Award.

    In 1992, Mike set up his own animation consultancy specialising in project management and co-production. He has worked with broadcasters, production companies, distributors and investors with clients such as the BBC, HIT Entertainment, Film Finances, 2SidesTV, Aardman and Ravensburger (Germany).

    Mike was one of the founder members of The British Animation Training Scheme (BATS) and is a chairperson for Cartoon Forum and Cartoon Movie. He is also a moderator for Cartoon Finance, Cartoon Cine and Cartoon Training for Trainers.

     

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    Chris Fenna
    Head of Studio

    Chris has been in the animation industry for over 35 years and has extensive experience in all genres …

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    Chris has been in the animation industry for over 35 years and has extensive experience in all genres from 2D traditional animation, stop frame and high end CG.

    Chris started in the animation industry in 1980 working at Halas and Batchelor under the tutelage of Animal Farm’s Harold Whittaker. As the fledgling S4C set up in Cardiff, Chris joined Siriol animation to animate SuperTed. A further 12 years in Cardiff brought the opportunity to work on many other award winning series, specials and features. Chris partnered with Dave Edwards to set up a studio to make The Little Engine That Could and The Legend of Lochnaghar with Prince Charles. Moving back to the north of England in 1995 Chris continued working with another Cardiff studio Cartwn Cymru and was a Lead animator on the Emmy Award winning Moses and The Miracle Maker feature film. At this time Chris started working with Cosgrove Hall on a diverse range of award winning shows, both in 2D and stop frame including Peter and the Wolf, Disc World, Foxbusters, Little Robots and Bill and Ben.

    In 2003 Chris directed 26 half hour shows for the BBC, BB3B produced    by Tweenies creators Tell-Tale. In 2005 Chris joined RealtimeUk a high end CGI studio specialising in Games trailers as Creative Director. Chris worked on many AAA rated game tiles from Motorstorm to Disneyland adventures. A desire to move back into Children’s TV brought Chris Back to CHF in 2014 as animation director on Pip Ahoy. Chris is now Head of Studio and Directing Pip’s third series.

     

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    Helen Brown
    Head of Production

    Helen started her career in 1997 with Cosgrove Hall in the Post Production team, progressing through such significant …

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    Helen started her career in 1997 with Cosgrove Hall in the Post Production team, progressing through such significant organisations as Hot Animation, Hit Entertainment, Chapman Entertainment and Boulder Media.

    Helen is an experienced Producer, she has a management style that delivers to the commercial requirements while engaging effectively with the studio and her animation and production teams.

    Helen has worked on animations including; Randy Cunningham for Disney XD, Pingu, as a production manager.   During her career as a Producer she has worked on popular shows Bob the Builder, Raa Raa, The Noisy Lion, Pingu, Roary the Racing Car, and Fifi and The Flower Tots.

     

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    Ben Turner
    Head of Design, CHF Entertainment Ltd

    A specialist in the pre-school entertainment market, Ben has over thirty years’ experience in British and international animated …

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    A specialist in the pre-school entertainment market, Ben has over thirty years’ experience in British and international animated productions.  His long time association with Cogrove Hall covers their most famous and classic series across all forms of animation media.

    A senior producer and art director, he acted as creative director of Cosgrove Hall Digital until 2006.  Prior to re-joining CHF, as a freelance Art Director, Ben has worked on successful broadcast shows such as Chuggington (Ludorum PLC/CBeebies) and Everything’s Rosie (V&S LTD/CBeebies)

     

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    Jean Flynn
    Development Producer/Director

    Jean’s BAFTA and international Emmy award-winning career started at Cosgrove Hall.  Originally an animator, she soon progressed to …

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    Jean’s BAFTA and international Emmy award-winning career started at Cosgrove Hall.  Originally an animator, she soon progressed to directing the classic series Danger Mouse and many others.  She has originated, produced and directed animated productions across a full spectrum of media from drawn 2D techniques, stop-frame puppets, 2D flash through to CGI and created series, specials and feature productions for differing age groups within children’s television.

    Jean’s unique creative talents include concept development, script editing, character design, styling and art direction.

     

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