Michael Carrington has been named as the new CEO for Zodiak-owned UK production company The Foundation, part of Zodiak Kids on July 8. He joins The Foundation from HIT Entertainment, one of the world’s leading preschool entertainment companies, where he held the position of Vice President of Global Content & Executive Producer.

The hire is the first under recently appointed Zodiak Kids CEO Jean-Philippe Randisi, who joins Zodiak Media from ITV Studios, strengthening the group’s commitment to deliver outstanding creative content for kids around the world. The appointment follows the departure of Nigel Pickard, who stepped down from the role of CEO earlier in 2014.

Randisi said, “Michael is an exceptional creative and his experience in the Kids TV Business is unrivalled. His appointment marks our continued commitment to deliver the very best in kids programming and expand even further our global footprint as a kids producer and distributor.”