Vanessa Shapiro


Gaumont hires sales execs as Narcos heads for int’l market

LA-based distributor Gaumont has hired execs from Snap TV and Miramax, news that comes as the firm readies flagship drama Narcos for the international market. Ezequiel Olzanski and Mathilde Rottier (pictured) have joined as VP of Latin American TV distribution and coproduction and VP of US and Canada TV distribution respectively. Next week at Miami […]

France Télévisions, MarVista execs join Gaumont

Narcos studio Gaumont has hired execs from France Télévisions and MarVista Entertainment as it expands its sales offices in Paris and LA. Cecilia Rossignol, Robby Amar, Cherie Johnson and Rebekah Zarbarsky have all joined the company, moves that follow the hire of MarVista’s Vanessa Shapiro as sales chief earlier this year. Rossignol (right) joins from […]

Gaumont hires France TV exec for sales

France Télévisions Distribution exec Laura Laas is joining Gaumont as VP of international TV sales for animation. This will see Laas selling Gaumont toons such as Belle & Sebastian, Trulli Tales and Furry Wheels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and North America, and working closely with animation president Nicolas Atlan and his team. […]

New Lat Am vendor to shop Gaumont shows

A new Latin America-focused distribution company has landed regional rights to Gaumont’s scripted drama and animation programming. EO Distribution had become Gaumont’s exclusive sales agent for Latin America following the deal, which covers series such as Hannibal, Hemlock Grove and The Frozen Dead. Also on the slate will be France 2’s crime procedural The Art […]

Gaumont restructure continues

Gaumont has named Adam Fischbach as its new creative affairs boss as a restructure continues at the independent studio. Marketing boss Tim Farish, executive VP Sam Semon and distribution president Erik Pack have all recently left Gaumont, TBI understands, with Vanessa Shapiro coming in and now Fischback being upped. Maia Hollinger has also joined Gaumont […]

Gaumont hires MarVista sales chief

Narcos producer Gaumont Television has hired MarVista Entertainment’s long-serving sales chief, Vanessa Shapiro, as president of worldwide distribution. Shapiro (pictured) will split her time between LA and Paris, and report to Gaumont vice CEO Christophe Riandee. She will also work closely with Gaumont’s US president, Gene Stein; Gaumont Animation president Nicolas Atlan; and senor VP, […]

Year in Review, part three: 2015

This week, executives from across the board have revealed the moments that defined the industry for the industry and their companies. In the final part of TBI’s Year in Review special, top names predict the big news we’ll be bringing to you throughout 2015.   OTT players acquiring production companies or even one of the […]

Marvista brings Saved by the Bell TV movie to Cannes

LA-based producer and distributor Marvista is launching Behind the Hit: The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story at MIPCOM. The 90-minute TV movie went out on US cable net Lifetime earlier this year and will get its international launch in Cannes next week. The TV movie follows the behind the scenes story of the sitcom, […]

Power’s Whiteman resurfaces at Marvista

Andrew Whiteman has joined US-based producer-distributor Marvista Entertainment following his exit from UK-based Power, which TBI broke news of in July. Whiteman (left) is one of two appointments Marvista has made as part of a push into European programme sales. Former IMC Vision and current World Wide Entertainment sales director Rod Rodrigo (below, right )has […]

MarVista taps Disney, HBO execs to build out team

LA-based producer and distributor MarVista Entertainment has poached executives from Disney Television Animation, HBO and Summit Entertainment in a string of hires and promotions. In total, MarVista is adding two executives to its production and development unit and a new sales exec and given a top level promotion to Sharon Bordas (left), who is upped […]