Ex-Nelvana execs helm Bento Box’s new kids division
Irene Weibel and Andrew Kerr have co-founded Sutikki, which already has a project with In the Night Garden creator Andrew Davenport in the works.
Sutikki—which is Japanese for sticky —will develop, produce and distribute kids and family-focused brands and content, kicking off with a partnership with In the Night Garden creator Andrew Davenport.
Sutikki will be the primary production partner and global commercial product licensor for the next series to come out of Davenport’s company Foundling Bird. On top of In the Night Garden, Davenport co-created preschool juggernaut Teletubbies and wrote all 365 episodes of the series.
With a focus on two- to 11-year-olds, the division marks Bento Box’s first foray into the kids marketplace.
Prior to co-founding Sutikki, Weibel se
Kerr comes to Sutikki after serving as co-head of Nelvana Enterprises until this past spring. He oversaw all aspects of the Corus Kids distribution and merchandising business, as well as Nelvana’s brand rights in the Americas and Australasia, working on global hits including Bakunin, Beyblade and the reboot of Zhu Zhu Pets.