Liverpool’s Lime Pictures has launched a Kids division, to be led by in-house duo Angelo Abela and Tim Compton.
The new division will sit alongside Drama and YA, led by Louise Sutton; Hollyoaks and Continuing Drama, led by Bryan Kirkwood; and Non-Scripted programmes, headed up by Sarah Tyekiff.
Abela joined Lime in 2010 as Series Director and Showrunner on Nickleodeon’s House of Anubis. More recently he developed and Produced/ Directed Free Rein, which in its first season was nominated for seven Emmys and won two.
Compton developed Lime’s award-winning The Well (BBC Switch) and was story producer and core writer on House of Anubis (Nickelodeon). Recently, the duo co-produced the third season of double Emmy award-winning Free Rein for Netflix.
They will report into Joint MD’s Kate Little and Claire Poyser, who said: “Lime has a world leading reputation for creating and producing compelling live action content for the most discerning audience – younger viewers.
“There is an insatiable appetite everywhere for great story telling which is the backbone of Lime’s portfolio, from Free Rein (Netflix), The Evermoor Chronicles (Disney), House of Anubis (Nickelodeon) to Rockets Island (CBBC). As we build our slate further, now is the perfect time to create a separate division led by our Kids maestros Angelo and Tim.
“We are hugely excited at the prospect of working with the very best writers and production talent to tell more stories that capture the imagination of all viewers, both the young …. and the young at heart.”
Abela and Compton added: “There has never been so much opportunity for Kids programming across so many platforms. We want our programs to continue to broaden the scope of their world and make them feel, laugh and think.”
The new department will be based at Lime’s Liverpool production base in the North West of England.