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Red Arrow Studios Int’l hires Audio Network exec for global sales

Red Arrow Studios International (RASI) has hired Audio Network exec Tim Gerhartz as SVP of global sales.  Reporting into Bo Stehmeier, president of RASI, Gerhartz – who worked in sales and acquisitions at the German distributor from 2012 to 2015 – will be responsible for leading the company’s international sales team. Based in the Munich […]

Put your money where your mouth is around female-led businesses

Julie Bristow, president and CEO of Kew Media Group-backed Bristow Global Media, urges the industry to invest in female-led content houses and create opportunities for female leads across all aspects of business.  When it comes to ensuring diversity in any industry, money talks. But as women, we tend to feel awkward talking about money — and […]

ITN Productions taps BBC Studios exec for development

ITN Productions has hired BBC Studios’ Georgina Madley as head of development and promoted Grace Dean as head of short form. Madley joins from BBC Studios where she has been working as head of development for unscripted production since May 2018. She replaces Dan Grabiner, who departed the company in January to head to Amazon. […]

Off the Fence rejigs management structure

Two months after its acquisition by Germany’s ZDF Enterprises (ZDFE), specialist factual distributor Off the Fence has rejigged its exec structure. Ralf Rückauer, VP of ZDFE Unscripted, is to lead the distributor as joint CEO, sharing the role with Off the Fence founder Ellen Windemuth with immediate effect. The German business bought the 25-year-old distributor outright […]

Hulu hires first in-house head of casting

Hulu has hired its first in-house head of casting, Barbara Fiorentino, as it continues to build its original programming. Fiorentino, who has owned her casting company since 1999, has been hired as head of talent and casting and will report to VP of originals Beatrice Springborn. The exec will bring with her associate, Terese Classen, […]

Dramacorp hires Nice Drama creative director

Stockholm-based scripted producer Dramacorp has hired Nice Drama creative director and EP Henrik Jansson-Schweizer (pictured, right). Jansson-Schweizer, who co-founded Nice Drama with Nebout (pictured, left) in 2009, joins the Swedish business – which was then founded by Nebout in 2016 – in the role of creative director and executive producer. His credits include SVT Sweden’s […]

Diederick Santer to step down as Kudos CEO

Diederick Santer is to step down from his role as CEO at Endemol Shine prodco Kudos, after four years at the helm. Santer will be succeeded by Karen Wilson and Martin Haines, who will step up as joint managing directors. Wilson is currently chief creative officer and has been with the company since 2001, producing […]

NBC bolsters scripted team, hires Warner exec

NBC has promoted two scripted executives and hired Warner’s Lisa Roos as SVP of drama development. Roos was formerly VP of scripted programming at Warner Horizon Television, where she oversaw the development of content for basic cable networks such as FX, TNT, Cinemax, USA, Syfy, Freeform, MTV, Lifetime, NatGeo and CMT. She joins Deepak Jesrani […]

K7 Media hires head of strategy

International consultancy K7 Media has hired former Modern Times Group exec Girts Licis as head of strategy.  The exec will provide strategic business analysis to K7 Media’s roster of international clients as well as oversee the business’s insights initiative.  Licis began his career in Latvian TV and later established and ran his own production company, […]

Faith Penhale takes control of Les Mis producer Lookout Point

Simon Vaughan has stepped down as joint-CEO of Les Miserables producer Lookout Point, leaving Faith Penhale to take control of the business.  Vaughan is exiting his role as chairman and joint-CEO of the BBC Studios-owned prodco after 10 years.  Penhale, who previously served as creative director and joint-CEO, will be the sole head of the business.   Founded […]