Melanson exits Radical Sheep

Shaleen Sangha has been named the new VP of Boat Rocker's kids production division, while Crooked Horse's David Lerech has also been promoted.

Michelle Melanson has stepped down from her role as president of Boat Rocker Studio’s Radical Sheep, leading to an executive shuffle at the Toronto-based company.

Melanson was VP of production and development at Radical Sheep from 2009 until 2016, when Boat Rocker acquired the kids prodco. She’ll leave her position today, Jan. 18, to pursue other opportunities, according to a Boat Rocker release.

Over the course of her career at Radical, Melanson served as an executive producer on The Bagel and Becky Show (pictured) for Teletoon Canada, Fangbone! for Disney XD and The Next Step for Family Channel, among many others. 

With Melanson’s departure, Shaleen Sangha has been named VP of Radical Sheep. She’ll lead the kids’ division’s daily activities, including development and production, and report to Boat Rocker Media co-executive chairmen Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier.

Sangha joined Radical in April of last year as senior director of development and production. Prior to joining Radical Sheep, Sangha served as director of development at DHX Media.

Schneeberg and Fortier also announced today that David Lerech has been promoted to SVP of Boat Rocker Studio’s factual production shingle, Crooked Horse. Lerech has led Crooked Horse as VP since the company’s launch in May of last year.

Under Lerech, Crooked Horse has produced the Cooking Channel’s Late Night Eats, History in the Making and the upcoming Vintage Tech Hunters, among others.