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Larkshead Media opens its doors

Founder Tim Patterson joined by Clare Piggott as director of licensing & merchandising.

A new media service company focused on children’s programming has opened its doors, with former BBC and Nickelodeon exec Clare Piggott joining the team to head up licensing.

Launched by Tim Patterson – former vp director of programming at Nickelodeon UK – Larkshead Media will have the specific aims of programme development, programme planning and brand strategy, investment, licensing, merchandising and international distribution.

Launched under the auspices of Bob & Co, Larkshead Media already has a number of kids IP projects in the pipeline including Q Pootle 5 (CBeebies) with Snapper Productions and new animation Planet Wrong (in development) for Aubergine Films & Melwood Pictures.

Commenting on the launch, Tim – who has also held roles at Disney, UKTV, ITV and BBC – said: “Larkshead Media has been formed to deliver a first-class, go-to full service agency for children’s programming.

“It is exciting to have so many great projects already in the pipeline. We are looking forward to building a leading business in this ever changing and complex media landscape.”

Tim will be supported by Clare, who will be in charge of building the licensing and merchandising side of the business, plus Rob Doherty, who has come on board as director of programming and distribution.

Rob has over 20 years of experience in animation and children’s television, having held roles at companies including Aardman Animation, ITV, The Walt Disney Group, EndemolShine and Initial Productions among others.

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