Wattpad Webtoon Studios has expanded its structure with a new animation division and a variety of hires and promotions across international film and television departments, as reported by Variety. The expansion marks the first large reorganisation the company has undergone since veteran TV executive David Madden joined the studio as head of global entertainment in July.
Television executive Sera Tabb has joined Wattpad Webtoon Studios as head of global television, and Lindsey Weems Ramey has been elevated to head of global film. Taylor Grant will lead the studio’s newly formed division as head of global animation.
“Millions of fans around the world have fallen in love with the storytelling on Webtoon and Wattpad,” Wattpad Webtoon Studios president Aron Levitz said. “These are incredible narratives that have created massive global fan communities, built around creative storytellers whose work is changing the landscape for comics and fiction everywhere. We’ve put together a world-class team to bring this content to market and bring those fan communities their favourite stories in new formats. With David at the helm, and Sera, Taylor, and Lindsey heading up our newly formed divisions, we’ll continue to make some of the most exciting entertainment on the planet.“
Grant, Tabb and Ramey will all report to Madden, who oversees development, production and sales for the studio’s global TV, feature film, and animation businesses.
Other hires at Wattpad Webtoon Studios include Criswell Fiordalis, head of finance and strategy; Austin Wong, head of legal and business affairs; Jess Brinder, director of international business development; Bego Robles, director of international development; and Ellen Kuni, production and entertainment publicity lead.
As head of global television, Tabb will oversee all aspects of development across the studio’s growing roster of series adaptations from Webtoon’s IP catalog and Wattpad webnovels. The executive most recently served as senior VP of development at Picture Perfect Federation, where she set up projects with buyers and creatively contributed to the adaptation of many titles. Tebb has also served as a TV development executive at Global Road in addition to positions at Skydance Media, Sony Pictures Television, and United Talent Agency. Ramey, as head of global film, is responsible for building Wattpad Webtoon Studios’ domestic and international development slate.
The newly formed global animation division under Grant will see IP development on all animated film and television projects.