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Michael Carrington (television executive)

Michael A. Carrington
(Carrington gives CN 20th anniversary Speech)
Born Michael Andrew Chuprin Plicha
(1961-05-05) 5 May 1961
Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Broadcast Media Executive
Years active 1986–present

Michael Carrington is CEO of The Foundation, the UK production arm of Zodiak Kids (a subsidiary of Zodiak Media, majority-owned by Italian conglomerate De Agostini). Carrington oversees all business and creative management of the company.[1]


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Summary 2.1
    • Organizations 2.2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Early life

Of Russian and English decent, Carrington was born in 1961 near Campbelltown, New South Wales, Australia to Hubert John Plicha and Elaine Marshall. His father was born Vitalik Aleksandrovic Chuprin in Rostov-on-Don, Russia and is a direct descendant of Jacob Weins, a co-founder of the Mennonites. Carrington's paternal grandmother, Margarita Chuprin (née Weins) had remarried after World War II and his father's name was changed by adoption.[2] In 1974 the family moved to Parkes, New South Wales, Australia where Carrington attended Parkes High School graduating in 1979.



After working as a DJ on Radio Station 2PK in Australia, he joined the Royal Australian Navy as a communications sailor. Following a four-year commission he joined the children’s department at Network Ten in Sydney, where he worked on the magazine show Ridgey Didge and the game shows Double Dare and Family Double Dare. On immigrating to the United Kingdom in 1990, he joined the Bought Films Unit at BBC television. A year later he joined the Discovery Channel Europe as an Acquisitions Executive. He was appointed Deputy Head of Programme Acquisitions in 1993 for BBC Children’s Television, latterly seconded to research and develop broadcast strategy for CBBC and CBeebies with the Deputy Director of Television, David Docherty. In May 2000 he joined LEGO TV & Film as Head of Television and New Media,[3] responsible for programme development and production, where he was co-executive producer on Little Robots. In 2004 he joined the BBC as Head of Animation & Acquisitions,[4] where he gained broadcast rights over Lunar Jim, The Koala Brothers and LazyTown. He introduced a strategy to commission more UK animation, which resulted in Charlie and Lola,[5] Shaun the Sheep,[6] The Snow Queen, Timmy Time, and The Secret Show.[7] In May 2006, Carrington became the first Controller of CBeebies,[8] responsible for all the channels output across Radio, Television and Online; commissioning award winning programmes like In the Night Garden,[9] Something Special and Waybuloo.[10] Carrington cast CBeebies' first disabled presenter, Cerrie Burnell, as a permanent member of the presenting team in 2009. The appointment caused some parents to complain to the BBC that Burnell was scaring their children.[11] In April 2010, Carrington was appointed Chief Content Officer, for Cartoon Network EMEA at Turner Broadcasting System Europe.,[12] and General Manager of TBS Studios Arabia.[13] He also served as chairman of the Turner LazyTown Operational Board,[14] and was Executive Producer of LazyTown[15] and The Amazing World of Gumball.[16] Carrington joined HIT Entertainment in February 2013 to oversee its content slate, Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, and Mike the Knight globally.[17] In July 2014 it was announced that Carrington was appointed CEO of The Foundation.[18]

Media offices
Preceded by
Controller of CBeebies
Succeeded by
Kay Benbow


Carrington is a patron of the Children's Media Foundation and serves on the Advisory Committee for the Children's Media Conference. He is a member of the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA),[19] and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.


  1. ^ "HIT's Michael Carrington Joins Zodiak Kids". by Jennifer Wolfe. July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Precious Family Heirlooms". by Alf Redekopp (Mennonite Historian page 4). March 2004. 
  3. ^ "LEGO Media Launches". by Chet Corbin (LEGO Company). 13 April 2000. 
  4. ^ "Carrington Appointed CBBC". by James Welsh (Digital Spy). 27 October 2003. 
  5. ^ "Charlie & Lola Commission". by Owen Gibson (The Guardian). 27 June 2008. 
  6. ^ "Carrington Commissions Shaun". by Rick DeMott (AWN News). 19 October 2005. 
  7. ^ "Secret CBBC Commission". by Simon Salter (PR at Collingwood O’Hare). 13 June 2005. 
  8. ^ "Carrington Controller CBeebies". by Katherine Rushton (Broadcast). 25 September 2008. 
  9. ^ "Brand New INTG for CBeebies". BBC Press Office. 6 June 2009. 
  10. ^ "Waybuloo, a TV Show of Delight & Wonder". by Annabel Freyberg (The Telegraph). 30 September 2010. 
  11. ^ "CBeebies Burnell". by Helen Weathers (Daily Mail). 2 March 2009. 
  12. ^ "Carrington Joins Turner". by Mark Sweney (Guardian News). 27 January 2010. 
  13. ^ "TBS Arabia Announce CN Studios". by Rana Mesbah ( 27 June 2011. 
  14. ^ "LazyTown Acquired by Turner". TBS Europe. 9 September 2011. 
  15. ^ "LZT S3 Announced". LazyTown World. 
  16. ^ "Turner Greenlights Gumball S3". by Neil Raymundo (Toon Barn). 8 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "HIT Entertainment Appoints Michael Carrington". by Jennifer Wolfe (AWN News). 6 February 2013. 
  18. ^ Whittock, Jesse. "Carrington swaps HIT for Zodiak". TBI Vision. TBI Magazine. Retrieved 8 July 2014. 
  19. ^ "BAFTA Files 2010". British Academy of Film & Television Arts. 2010. 

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