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.

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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.