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July 1, 2020 |

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Scott to exit Beano Studios

Emma Scott is stepping down as CEO of Beano Studios after five years with the production arm of the long-running UK comic.

Emma Scott

Scott will leave the business on July 9 and David Guppy, chief financial officer and chief operating officer at Beano Studios, will become interim CEO.

Scott joined Beano Studios in 2015 having been CEO of UK satellite platform Freesat, launched Freeview and been chief of staff to then BBC director-general Greg Dyke.

During her tenure, Beano Studios has created two seasons of Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed, which is available in 91 territories around the world through partners such as Netflix, CBBC, Super RTL, France Télévisions and DreamWorks Asia.

It also launched Beano.com, which now reaches 2.4 million kids monthly and developed a slate of teen/young-adult live-action dramas currently being pitched in the US and UK.

Last year the firm appointed ex-Vice UK CEO Matt O’Mara to the newly created role of chief commercial officer and the head of comedy development at Hat Trick Productions, Mark Talbot, as its chief creative officer.

The latter is overseeing the push into scripted live-action comedy and drama for teens and young adults at the company, mining the IP of its owner DC Thomson, which has been publishing The Beano since 1938.

“After five years leading Beano Studios, driving the reinvention of the Beano brand and the creation of a digital-first business, I have decided now is the right time to seek a new challenge. I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve built around a brand that now transcends generations,” said Scott.

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