Guru Studio has promoted Rachel Marcus to VP of creative development.
Formerly the company’s development executive, Marcus will expand her role to lead Guru’s overall development of new IP and oversee creative partnerships, co-productions and features. She will report to President and Executive Creative Director Frank Falcone.
While at Guru, Marcus has cultivated the company’s growing roster of original shows, including the studio’s newest preschool series Pikwik, which is slated to air in the U.S. on Disney Junior and Hulu next year. She also co-created the underwater adventure series Big Blue, which was greenlit by CBC in Canada.
Prior to joining Guru in 2015, Marcus was at Nickelodeon, where she developed short-form linear content and new digital games to drive interactive web experiences at Nick.com and Nick Jr.
“Over the last few years, I have seen first-hand Rachel’s strong creative leadership,” Falcone said. “I am confident she will continue to strategically grow our IP, with the same creativity, collaboration and passion that the industry has come to expect from Guru.”
Marcus added, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be leading Guru’s creative team into the company’s next phase of growth. We have an extremely talented team who continue to create groundbreaking and imaginative shows for kids—I can’t wait to share what we have coming!”