Quintus makes double hire for “alternative platforms” push

L-R: Christian Gretzler & Olivia Cole

Germany factual distributor and AVOD operator Quintus Studios is expanding its team as it pushes into “alternative platforms”, with the appointments of Christian Gretzler as senior manager of YouTube & FAST channels, and Olivia Cole as senior media strategist.

Gretzler joins the business from FUNKE Digital, where he oversaw the company’s content, editorial and technical partner management for OTT services.

Berlin-based Cole, meanwhile, previously served as video channel manager at Little Dot Studios Deutschland and as development manager, archive & partner sales at Ruptly.

Quintus Studios owns and operates YouTube channel brands, which it says has a combined yearly reach of more than 200 million unique visitors, including Free Documentary, Free Documentary – Nature, FD Real, FD History, FD Paranormal and ENDEVR. It also owns and operates FAST channel Radical Docs which is available on platforms including Rakuten TV and Samsung TV Plus.

Earlier this year, the company moved into commissioning, partnering with US-based Cry Havoc Productions for Supercar Tech – its first ‘original’ show, which is destined for German network Welt and YouTube.

Gerrit Kemming, MD at Quintus Studios, said that the two new hires “complement the existing team skills in very important growth areas of Quintus´ strategy – namely FAST and alternative platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat, TikTok and Instagram.”

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