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Jungle Beat creators Sunrise Productions welcomes raft of new hires

Sunrise Productions, creators of the award-winning animated series Jungle Beat, have made new senior appointments across the business.

Jennifer Burgos will join the senior management team and be responsible for driving commercial and business development.

Burgos’ focus will be the deepening of current, and growth of new strategic partnerships globally and her extensive experience includes Turner Broadcasting, Aardman Animations and Discovery Networks.

Joining the Story team are BAFTA award-winner Will Brenton, and writer Robin Crowther-Smith.

Brenton has co-created, written, produced and directed highly successful children’s television including The Tweenies, Wibbly Pig and Mighty Mites while Crowther-Smith has written for Shaun the Sheep and Morph.

Elsewhere, Eric Lessard will join the production team as animation director. Lessard previously worked at DreamWorks as the senior animator on Shrek, Shrek 2 and Madagascar, and as animation supervisor on Shrek 3.

“We are delighted to welcome Jennifer, Will, Robin and Eric to the team," said Sunrise founder Phil Cunningham.

"They all join us with a wealth of experience in the children’s sector and we’ve already benefitted from their expertise. We have ambitious plans for growth over the next three years and these key appointments enable us to reach our goals.”

Sunrise is currently in-production on a brand new TV series set in the world of Jungle Beat.

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