Sinking Ship brings aboard new head of production

Former Kids' CBC exec Carla de Jong (pictured) joins Toronto-based Sinking Ship Entertainment in the newly created role of head of production.
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In an effort to bolster its growing production slate, Toronto-based Sinking Ship Entertainment has appointed Carla de Jong, former exec in charge of production for children’s and youth content at Canadian broadcaster CBC, to the newly created role of head of production.

Prior to joining CBC in 2012, de Jong was head of commissioning and development for children’s TV at ABC Australia. At Sinking Ship, she will help the company manage its growing TV and digital production business.

Sinking Ship specializes in live-action and cross-platform content for kids. Its new live-action series Annedroids debuted this summer as an Amazon original series, and math-based Odd Squad (pictured) will launch on PBS KIDS in November.

The company is also bringing a US$30-million slate to MIPCOM that includes preschool series like new toon Chirp (52 x 11 minutes), and TVOKids commissions Now You Know (39 x seven minutes), What’s Inside (40 x one minutes) and Giver (10 x half hours).

Earlier this year, the Canuck prodco brought in former Teletoon exec Gavin Friesen as creative director of interactive, and appointed ex-Corus exec Lynn Chadwick to lead its new global distribution division. The hires come as Sinking Ship sails into its 1oth anniversary with its largest production slate to date.

- From Kidscreen