Acquired taste: what role does acquisition play in drama?

With original programming more important to networks and services than ever, what role does the acquisition play in drama today? Andy McDonald reports The drama landscape has changed dramatically in recent years. The rise of international SVOD giants like Netflix and Amazon has opened up a world of global taste and helped drive an across-the-board […]

Gaumont hires Miramax exec for senior production role

Narcos producer Gaumont has appointed former Miramax and Shine exec Leslie Belzberg to the position of senior vice president of production. Based in Gaumont’s LA headquarters, Belzberg will handle all facets of day-to-day scripted production for the studio and its projects. She will initially work on Narcos, which is currently in production for season four. […]

Gaumont teams with Julian Lennon on animated series

International studio Gaumont has joined forces with musician, writer, and son of the former rocker John Lennon, Julian Lennon to produce an animated series based on his children’s book Touch the Earth and its upcoming sequel Heal The Earth. The preschool-targeted series will have themes of environmentalism and social issues running through it in “a fun, […]

Gaumont launching UK office with Kudos exec

France’s Gaumont is expanding further in Europe with the hire of Kudos executive producer Alison Jackson, who will launch of a UK office for the historic prodco. Jackson will lead Gaumont UK as president, reporting to Gaumont’s Paris-based vice CEO Christophe Riandee. The division, which will be based in London, opens in August. This comes […]

Ex-Warner Bros. exec to open German office for Gaumont

Former Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP) Deutschland scripted director Sabine de Mardt is opening a German office for Narcos producer Gaumont. De Mardt (pictured) will be president of the Cologne-based company, which will form part of the Paris- and LA-based Gaumont. The office opens on July 1, at which point she will report to […]

Xilam appoints ex-Gaumont exec to Asia Pacific post

Xilam Animation has appointed ex-Gaumont exec Céline Carenco as its new senior vice president of media distribution in Asia Pacific. In this role, Carenco will sell Xilam’s growing library of kids’ and family content to one of its key markets. Carenco brings in more than two decades of experience in distribution. She was most recently […]

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 […]

TBI Weekly: TV pays respect to top execs

Two prominent execs sadly passed away this month, with many in the industry paying respects for their former colleagues. Over the weekend it emerged that well-liked and well-respected executive David Lyle (pictured) had passed away after a long fight with cancer. Lyle was a prominent figure in the TV business and has worked across FremantleMedia North […]

TBI Weekly: The best of Cartoon Forum

Cartoon Forum took place this week, bringing in some of the best animators, distributors, producers and broadcasters in Europe to the French city of Toulouse from 11-14 September. Each year, the Forum awards Cartoon Tributes for the best broadcaster, investor/distributor and producer. A majority among the 900 attendees at the Forum voted France Télévisions as broadcaster […]

Usual Suspects writer teams with Gaumont

The Usual Suspects screenwriter Chris McQuarrie has signed a first-look agreement with Narcos producer Gaumont. Under terms of the pact, McQuarrie will write, direct and produce “multiple” scripted dramas for Gaumont, which is based in LA and Paris. The first of these will be STL (WT), a TV drama adapted from Gaumont movie 36 Quai […]

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