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Kate Cooper-Owen joins Comic Relief’s top team as Creative Director

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COMIC Relief has announced another exciting new appointment to their top team with Kate Cooper-Owen set to join as Creative Director.

Kate will play a key role in leading Comic Relief’s creative output across TV, radio, film, digital, live and virtual events from December in the lead up to their flagship Red Nose Day campaign in March 2021, and will work closely with the new Executive Director of Fundraising and Creative, Fatima Ribeiro.

As a multi-platform creative and content leader, Kate will join Comic Relief from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, having held the position of Head of Design, Content and Social for over three years, where she was responsible for building the charity’s first social media and content teams, transforming the charity’s output under a new brand and building new social audiences.

Prior to this, Kate worked at creative content agency Somethin’ Else, serving as Executive Producer for The BRIT Awards, leading their 2016 and 2017 digital campaigns, launching first-time partnerships with Giphy and Musical.ly, and working on major projects with clients such as BBC and The Economist.

Kate Cooper-Owen said: 

“Having worked across the charity and entertainment sector I am incredibly excited by the opportunity to combine two of things I am most passionate about. Comic Relief has an amazing ability to tackle and shine a light on some of societies most serious issues and using the power of entertainment for social change. I look forward to helping propel our campaigns to even greater creative heights.”

Ruth Davison, Chief Executive of Comic Relief said:

“Kate will be a fantastic addition and is set to bring fresh new ideas to Comic Reliefs creative vision and strategy. Kate has an impressive range of skills across content creation, partnerships, social media and design. I look forward to her being an integral part of Red Nose Day 2021.”

This is an exciting time for the charity with the recent announcement that Comic Relief has created the first plastic-free plant-based Red Nose for Red Nose Day 2021. Later this month the charity will launch plans for a series of online events inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, opening with a discussion with Sir Lenny Henry, Comic Relief Honorary Life President, and June Sarpong OBE, BBC Creative Director of Diversity, exploring changes in the creative industry. The second part of the opening event will focus on ethical filmmaking and include an exclusive first look at three new African-led films produced through Comic Relief’s Sema Stori Initiative. This is delivered in partnership with Docubox, East Africa’s only film funder owned and run by African filmmakers.

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