Elin Thomas


Passion sales chief resurfaces at DRG

Elin Thomas has joined UK-based distributor DRG just days after her exit from Passion Distribution was announced. She has taken on a newly-created post as executive VP of sales at the Modern Times Group-owned company, with former Arte France sales manager Emilie Klienmann also joining. At DRG, she will oversee the sales operation, reporting to […]

Tanner upped as Thomas exits Passion

Nick Tanner has been named head of sales at UK-based distributor Passion, replacing the outgoing Elin Thomas. The latter was named global head of sales at the Tinopolis-owned distribution house in 2014 and was promoted global director of sales a year later, but is leaving for a new senior role at a currently-undisclosed company. Thomas […]

Ex-Banijay sales boss to lead Passion

Former Banijay Group sales boss Emmanuelle Namiech has been named CEO of Passion Distribution. Multiple sources had indicated ex-Banijay International managing director Namiech would be named in the post, and Tinopolis-owned Passion has now confirmed the news. Namiech exited Banijay Group as it completed its merger with Zodiak Media, with the latter’s head of sales, […]

Passion ups Elin Thomas

Passion Distribution has promoted Elin Thomas to director of global sales. Thomas (pictured) joined Passion last summer after almost two decades at BBC Worldwide, latterly as its international formats chief. At Tinopolis-owned, UK-based distributor Passion, Thomas is credited with growing overall and format sales with notable deals for entertainment series RuPaul’s Drag Race and Worst […]

Former BBCWW formats boss resurfaces at Passion

Passion Distribution has hired Elin Thomas as global head of sales. Thomas was in charge of format sales at BBC Worldwide, but chose to exit commercial arm of the UK pubcaster earlier this year in the wake of an internal reorganisation. At UK-based distributor Passion she takes the newly-created role of global head of sales, […]

BBC Worldwide conducts Maestro format deal

BBC Worldwide has struck a deal for a new, local version of its conducting format Maestro, TBI has learned. The commercial arm of UK public broadcaster the BBC has shopped the format to Croatian pubcaster HRT. In the show celebrities train to become orchestra conductors before taking control at a large, televised concert. The seven-part […]

Raft of executive changes at BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide has created a new role for a chief of its high growth markets amid a raft of changes that include its formats chief leaving and its international production chief relocating from London to Los Angeles. Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK public broadcaster the BBC, reorganised last year along regional lines with region-specific […]

Formats to see in CEE

As NATPE Budapest gets underway, TBI speaks to the main players about selling formats into Central and Eastern Europe, breaking into emerging local territories and the booming market in constructed reality series Traditionally, the biggest buyers of formats in the CEE region have been Russia, Poland and Ukraine and while this triumvirate remain fertile ground […]

BBC seals format deals for Mastermind

BBC Worldwide has struck agreements for international versions of long-running UK quiz show Mastermind. Mastermind has been on the BBC in the UK for 35 years and Worldwide, the commercial arm of the public broadcaster, has inked two format agreements for the show. It will air in Turkey and West Africa. In Turkey, Dogus Media […]