HIT Entertainment has expanded its Global Development Team by naming four experts to the newly created Global Advisory Committee. The members of the committee include Dr. David Buckingham from The Institute of Education in London, and head of the Centre of Study of Children, Youth and Media in the UK; Dr. Sandra Calvert, professor in the department of psychology at Georgetown University, and director of the Children’s Digital Media Center; Dr. Renee Cherow-O’Leary, president of education for the 21st Century, a research and consulting firm in New York City; and Dr. Wendy Sims, associate chair of the department of learning, teaching, & curriculum at University of Missouri-Columbia and director of music education at the university’s School of Music.
HIT has also promoted Chris Rose to vice president of programming and development, and appointed Christina Schick to the newly created position of director of development.
Rose will be responsible for shaping HIT’s new content strategy by sourcing and developing trans-media programming. Rose was formerly the director of programming and development. Schick will be responsible for identifying creators and projects, and developing those properties in order to expand the HIT portfolio. Previously, Schick was senior manager of brand marketing/digital marketing at the company.
Additionally, the company has approved the development of two new projects: For the Birds and Zip, Zip, Zippy. For the Birds is an animated comedy series for kids ages 8-11 that follows the adventures of Earl E. Bird. Zip, Zip, Zippy is a music-driven series that encourages preschoolers to physically participate in story-based adventures.