Gaumont Television


Keshet hires Gaumont exec for kids TV push

Keshet International (KI) is pushing further into kids TV by hiring a well-known Gaumont Television exec, TBI has learned. Nicola Andrews has been hired as senior sales and commercial director of KI’s new children’s television unit, which was recently launched. She has worked in TV for more than 20 years for companies including Gaumont, Cineflix […]

Ex-Gaumont sales exec joins Hat Trick

Former Gaumont International sales VP Hana Zidek has joined Hat Trick International, TBI has learned. Zidek left Gaumont earlier this year as the company restructured its sales team under Vanessa Shapiro, shifting its operation from LA to London, but has now joined the sales arm of UK indie producer Hat Trick. At HTI, she has […]

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, […]

10 MIPCOM trends

MIPCOM has ended with no major dramas of the ash cloud, flood or industrial action kind, but several of the small-screen variety, with Shonda Rhimes gracing Cannes alongside actors Jenna Coleman (Victoria), Rutger Hauer (Mata Hari), Kiefer Sutherland (Designated Survivor) and the cast of Versailles. Curvy Supermodel led the unscripted charge, and on the kids front, […]

Winners crowned at TBI Content Innovation Awards

Gaumont Television, Zodiak Rights, Content Media and Fox UK were among the big winners at the second Content Innovation Awards last night. Gaumont scooped the gong for Breakout International Drama for Netflix’s Pablo Escobar drama Narcos, Zodiak Rights bagged the Best Series Launch of the Year award for Canal+ period piece Versailles, and Content was named […]

Escobar brother demands share of Narcos profits

Pablo Escobar’s brother has demanded streaming service Netflix gives him a share of the profits from popular drama Narcos. Roberto Escobar was the drug tycoon’s account, claims has trademarked his family name in California through Escobar Inc. and built his own tourism business around the Colombian town of Medellin, where the Escobar cartel was based […]

Sonar makes interim chief’s role permanent

US producer Sonar Entertainment has appointed interim CEO Thomas Lesinski to the chief executive role on a permanent basis. In September 2015, Lesinski (pictured) was placed in the CEO role after the exit of Gene Stein, who went on to join rival LA producer Gaumont Television. It is the latest CEO change for Sonar under […]

German deal for Gaumont’s Belle and Sebastian

German pubcaster ZDF has prebought the new animated version of Belle and Sebastian. The animated version of the classic 1960 children’s series is in production, with Gaumont Television producing, with Canada’s PVP Group, and distributing. The tale of a friendship between a boy (Sebastian) who lives in an Alpine village has already been picked up […]

DreamWorks hires ex-Gaumont Int’l TV CEO

DreamWorks Animation has hired former Gaumont International Television scripted supremo Katie O’Connell Marsh to lead a push into live-action television. O’Connell Marsh (pictured) will be head of global live-action television at the Glendale, California-based studio, whose television unit has helped offset poor performance in movies in recent years. She will begin in her post in […]