This is Michael Carrington. He works in Television!
Michael Carrington's Bio:
Head of Children’s Content at the ABC, Michael Carrington, who was previously CEO of Zodiak Kids Studios, and former Chief Content Officer at Turner Broadcasting EMEA, believes there’s a responsibility that comes with public service broadcasting to ensure a diverse range of engaging programs, with an emphasis on content that makes an emotional impact on children. He has prided himself throughout his career on commissioning multi-genre content which inspires children’s imagination and stimulates their curiosity – often underpinned by important themes like gender equality, healthy lifestyle, disability, or diversity – and wherever possible enabling audiences to have fun and laugh out loud.
By all accounts, Michael is an authentic and inspiring children's media executive. Over a career spanning 25+ years, Carrington has developed a deep understanding of how to deliver great content to international children's audiences. He has the practical experience of working in both public service broadcasting and commercial television, across programming and production. Michael has commissioned many successful children's programmes including Shaun the Sheep, Charlie and Lola, In the Night Garden, LazyTown and The Amazing World of Gumball - just to name a few!
Several programs Michael has worked on have garnered prestigious awards from the British Academy of Film & Television, the Royal Television Society, and the International Academy of Arts & Sciences. In recognition of his contribution to the global children's media industry, Carrington was awarded the 2017 World Screen Trendsetter Award at MIPTV, in Cannes, France.
Michael Carrington's Early Life
Of Russian and English descent, Carrington was born near Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia to Hubert John Chuprin-Plicha and Elaine Marshall. He started school at Campbelltown North, moved to Campbelltown East, then Campbelltown Central before commencing high school at Airds High in 1974. The same year he later moved to Parkes, New South Wales, Australia with his family, where he attended Parkes High School attaining his Higher School Certificate in 1979.
Michael Carrington's Family History
Carrington's father was born Vitalik Aleksandrovich Chuprin (Russian: Виталий Александрович Чуприн) in Rostov-on-Don, Russia and his paternal roots can be traced in Eastern Europe, mainly Ukraine and Russia.
It's highly likely that Carrington is of Kuban Cossak stock. “Chuprina” is an element of traditional Ukrainian Cossack haircut. It describes a style of man's haircut that features a lock of hair sprouting from the top or the front of an otherwise closely shaven head. The Kuban Cossacks originated in the Donbas region of Ukraine, but were resettled along the middle and lower Don River, Russia at the end of the 16th century.
Through his father’s maternal line, Carrington is a direct descendant of Jacob Weins, a co-founder of the Mennonites. His grandmother, Margarita Chuprin (née Weins) was born in Velikokonezkoye in the Kuban district of the Northern Caucasus, Russia. She married Aleksandr Chuprin, but remarried after World War II and Carrington’s father's name was changed by adoption; having emigrated to Australia, sailing on the Fairsea from Naples, Italy, December 3, 1949 arriving in Sydney on New Year's Eve 1949.
Michael Carrington's Activities
Carrington is a strong believer in giving back. He has offered key advice at numerous speaking engagements like Children’s Media Conference, KidScreen Summit, MIPCOM, Cartoon Forum, and Screen Producers Association of Australia. He makes a point to participate in various charitable causes too such as Save the Children, Big Issue Foundation, EveryDayCounts (benefiting the Royal Marsden Hospital), and the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Michael Carrington's Experience:
Head, Children’s and Eduction at Australian Broadcasting CorporationAugust 2016 - Present | Sydney, NSW, Australia
Spearheading creative development, overseeing production, and leading strategy across ABC KIDS, ABC ME, children’s iview, and the children’s Apps.
Chief Executive Officer at Zodiak Kids StudiosAugust 2014 - July 2016 | London, UK
Michael Carrington was CEO of Zodiak Kids Studios based in London and Paris. Zodiak Kids has been producing high-quality, awarding winning content for local and international audiences for many years. Carrington worked to evolve the business by harnessing creative innovation to develop new IP franchises and digital opportunities, adding value to the business and brand through exceptional storytelling.
Vice President, Global Content & Executive Producer at HIT Entertainment LtdApril 2013 - July 2014 | London, UK
While serving as the creative lead for all HIT content globally, Michael Carrington is credited with rejuvenating THOMAS & FRIENDS, refreshing FIREMAN SAM and MIKE THE KNIGHT, rebooting BOB THE BUILDER, and developing LITTLE PEOPLE. Michael was a senior member of the HIT global management team working closely with Fisher-Price and Mattel lines of business.
Chief Content Officer, Cartoon Network at Turner Broadcasting EuropeApril 2010 - March 2013 | London, UK
With a focus on regional production, Michael Carrington was responsible for all content on Cartoon Network and Boomerang EMEA; he rolled out Cartoonito Channel across the region; established CN Studios Arabia; built an international framework for Franchise Management, and facilitated a collaborative spirit amongst the global content teams. Above all, as Executive Producer he delivered fantastic creative television series like, LAZYTOWN, SCOOBY DOO MYSTERY INC, BEN 10 ULTIMATE CHALLENGE, and multi-award winning series THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL (Seasons 1 & 2).
Channel Controller, CBeebies at British Broadcasting CorporationOctober 2006 - March 2010 | London, UK
As the creative chief of CBeebies, Michael Carrington devised and implemented the editorial and digital strategy across radio, television, and online; cementing its position as the number one 'preschool brand' in the UK. He cultivated an environment of innovation and creativity, attracting the best performers and producers; as evidenced by a number of high profile commissions including WAYBULOO, CHARLIE & LOLA, SOMETHING SPECIAL, MISTER MAKER, IN THE NIGHT GARDEN, GRANDPA IN MY POCKET, TREE FU TOM, and THIRD & BIRD. Michael nurtured CBeebies to be the most 'loved' preschool brand amongst parents, resulting in record audience reach and share on televison and online; and winning multiple awards.
Head of Programme Acquisitions & Executive Producer, Animation at BBC Children'sJanuary 2004 - October 2006 | London, UK
Michael Carrington planned and actioned the content Acquisitions and Animation strategies for CBeebies and CBBC. Commissioned award winning series such as SHAUN THE SHEEP, THE SNOW QUEEN, and THE SECRET SHOW. And acquired shows including LAZYTOWN, SCOOBY DOO, and KOALA BROTHERS.
Head of TV & New Media at LEGO MediaDecember 1999 - December 2003 | Windsor, Berkshire, UK
Against a background of explosive growth in the interactive entertainment market, Michael Carrington was a founding member of LEGO Media, Film & TV. He helped devise and implement the content strategy. production pipeline, and international TV sales. Building upon the natural fit between LEGO play materials and media, he co-developed and Executive produced animated television series, LITTLE ROBOTS, and pilot special, PROJECT X; laying the foundation for LEGO's success in the content space.
Producer at BBC Children'sOctober 1993 - November 1999 | London, UK
Michael Carrington managed animation coproductions, including DENNIS & GNASHER, ETHELBERT THE TIGER, and THE SILVER BRUMBY. Acted as Consultant producer on international live-action prebuys like SWEET VALLEY HIGH, STUDENT BODIES, SHIP TO SHORE, and GOOSEBUMPS. Carrington was seconded to manage the BBC's consultation on children's digital services, reporting to the Deputy Director of Television. This initial project led to the launch of the BBC's children's channels CBeebies and CBBC.
Acquisitions Executive at Discovery Communications1991 - 1993 | London, UK
Michael Carrington evaluated programmes and negotiated broadcast rights for the Discovery Channel Europe. Attended festivals and markets like MIPCOM and Sunny Side of the Doc. Helped launch The Learning Channel in the UK.
Acquisitions Assistant at BBC Children'sMay 1990 - September 1991 | London, UK
Michael Carrington was a team member supporting the acquisitions department working to Head of Acquisitions & Co-productions. Primarily admin duties.
Production Manager, 'Poco Loco' at Amazon Films for C4January 1990 - April 1990 | London, UK
Emigrating to the UK, Michael Carrington's first job was managing the production budget and schedule for this pilot program. Reported, on behalf of the production office, to the executive producer at Channel 4 (financiers of the film).
Production Manager, Children's Department at Network Ten AustraliaAugust 1987 - December 1989 | North Ryde, NSW, Australia
Entering the world of television, Michael Carrington worked his way up the production ladder: Production Assistant; RIDGEY DIDGE 13 x 24' -- Production Coordinator / Line Producer; RIDGEY DIDGE II 13 x 24' -- Production Manager; DOUBLE DARE 13 x 24' -- Production Manager; FAMILY DOUBLE DARE 6 x 24' -- Programming Assistant; scheduled the network's dedicated children's Blocks.
Payroll Coordinator at Sydney WaterMarch 1986 - August 1987 | Manly, NSW, Australia
Between careers, Michael Carrington took a short term contract and was responsible for coordinating payroll and related functions including general ledger entries, and payroll reconciliation. Main interface with Human Resources department for payroll and benefits.
Communications Sailor (ABRO) at Royal Australian NavyMarch 1982 - February 1986 | Sydney, NSW, Australia
Michael Carrington joined the Royal Australian Navy on a standard service contract, as a Seaman specialising in communications. He entered HMAS Cerberus, where he took the full range of initial professional training. Having "passed-out", he was posted to sea on HMAS Jervis Bay, then land bases HMAS Waterhen, and his final post at HMAS Kuttabul. During his military service Carrington managed a Communications Tributary Station; receiving, preparing, transmitting and distributing signal messages via Morse-code, Teletext and Radio communications.
On-Air Presenter, Radio 2PK at Parkes Broadcasting Company Pty LtdNovember 1979 - February 1982 | Parkes, NSW, Australia
In his first job after High School, Michael Carrington worked on-air as a radio presenter across the various timeslots including 'breakfast', 'drive-time', and 'weekends'. He created and produced his own music programs; interviewed local, regional and national personalities; edited, composed and presented news bulletins; sold advertising and wrote radio commercials. Carrington hosted the annual Parkes Country Music Jamboree; twice!
Head of Children's and Education at Australian Broadcasting CorporationAugust 2016 - Present | Sydney, NSW, Australia
Carrington leads the children's and education portfolios for non-scripted and scripted live-action and animation production. The division encompasses hubs in Sydney and Melbourne.
Michael Carrington's Education:
London Business School2010 – 2010Concentration: Finance for Senior LeadersActivities: Executive Education
Said Business School, University of Oxford2008 – 2008Concentration: Oxford High Performance Leadership ProgramActivities: Executive Education
Ashford Business School2006 – 2006Concentration: BBC Leadership ProgramActivities: Executive Education
Parkes High School1974 – 1979Higher School CertificateConcentration: English, Maths, Biology, Geography, French, Social ScienceActivities: Musical & Dramatic Society
Michael Carrington's Interests & Activities:
Founder Patron of the Children's Media Foundation; Member of the British Academy of Film & Television; member of the Royal Television Society; member of the International Academy of Arts & Sciences; and the Australian Film Institute.