Lambur is exiting Breakthrough Entertainment is order to launch Lambur Productions, which will be active in children’s and family programming, SVOD and licensing.
The prodco will work with broadcasters, agents, writers and creative talent to produce programming for the international market.
Another Breakthrough exec, VP of family entertainment Suzanne Wilson, is joining as COO, and will hand development strategy, business affairs and finances. Wilson will report to Lambur.
It is the second time Lambur has launched her own company, as she had founded Toronto-based Lambur & Associates before joining Anne of Green Gables prodco Breakthrough, where she was executive VP of family entertainment.
Sinking Ship, meanwhile, will be a minority shareholder. Last year, the company bought Picture Box Entertainment as Canada’s kids industry continues to consolidate.
“Canada desperately needs new production companies, and there’s no one better suited to helm its latest than Joan Lambur, Joan is a producing powerhouse whom we have admired – and competed against – since Sinking Ship’s inception,” said J.J. Johnson, partner at Sinking Ship. “We are honoured to be a supportive partner in her new venture.”
“I’ve been closely following the dramatic growth of Sinking Ship for several years,” said Lambur. “They continue to impress
with their overall creative vision, their ability to resonate with kids and the solid team built by J.J. Johnson, Blair Powers and Matt Bishop.”
Lambur Productions will be based at Sinking Ship’s Toronto headquarters.
Lambur’s other credits include executive producing British coproduction Ride and Nickelodeon’s buddy comedy Max & Shred.
She was also president of on-screen entertainment for New York’s The Itsy Bitsy Entertainment Company.