Thomas Benski

Pulse bolsters non-fiction with Cooper upped in rejig

Vice Media-backed Pulse Films is expanding its non-fiction division promoting Emma Cooper to global president. Cooper will be based in London and joined by new hire Ryan Harrington, who is to become executive producer for non-fiction feature documentaries. He will be based in New York and report to Cooper. The refreshed division will put a […]

Pulse and Vice staff up

Vice-backed producer Pulse Films has hired Davud Karbassioun for a new role, global president of commercials and branded entertainment. He joins from the BBH agency where he was chief production officer, and will work alongside co-founders Thomas Benski and Marisa Clifford (pictured with Karbassioun on right). Initially based in London, he will relocate to LA next […]

Ackerman exit triggers rejig at Pulse

Pulse Films has hired a head of US unscripted from its Vice Media sister brand Viceland and handed Emma Cooper control of the UK division after the exit of Roy Ackerman. Fred Grinstein has been drafted in to lead Pulse US unscripted efforts from its LA office, while Emma Cooper (pictured below right) has been […]

Vice buys producer Pulse

Vice Media has acquired transatlantic production studio and long-term collaborator Pulse Films. The deal, financial terms of which were not revealed, follows a four-year relationship between the pair, who share the same DNA as youth-focused media brands. TBI understands the acquisition materialised in recent weeks. Pulse, which Thomas Benski (pictured) and Marisa Clifford launched in […]

Pulse quickens

Thomas Benski is intent on turning multiplatform producer Pulse Films into a key television programming supplier. He and new unscripted chief Roy Ackerman tell Jesse Whittock about their plans Thomas Benski says the coming years will establish his firm, Pulse Films, as a key television producer, in the same way the firm has carved out […]

Pulse, Merman form comedy JV

Multiplatform studio Pulse Films has partnered with Sharon Horgan’s production company to form a branded content comedy joint venture. London-based Pulse and Merman, which has recently rebranded from Merman Films, have come together to create Merman X Pulse, which will be based in LA and London. Pulse’s Kira Cartensen and Merman’s Jeremy Rainbird will run […]

Ex-Fresh One, C4 execs join Pulse

Former Fresh One Productions boss Roy Ackerman and Channel 4 commissioning editor Emma Cooper are joining growing UK-based indie studio Pulse Films. Ackerman (pictured left) will be Pulse’s managing director of non-scripted television, while Cooper (pictured below right) has been named creative director. The news comes after Pulse launched UK-Israeli formats production venture East Entertainment with […]

Pulse, Israeli firm create prodco with Eastwood

London-based Pulse Films and Israeli producer Abot Hamieri have launched an entertainment production company with Objective Productions executive Nathan Eastwood. The companies have co-launched East Entertainment, which will focus on creating global entertainment and reality formats. Eastwood (pictured) will lead East as managing director, and is the latest exec to leave All3Media-owned Objective following the mass […]

NBCU alumnus joins Pulse as president

Former NBCUniversal global TV chief Patrick Vien has joined Pineapple Dance Studios indie Pulse Films as president. Vien will work alongside Pulse founder and CEO Thomas Benski in the newly created post, overseeing expansion of the firm’s TV business in the UK and US and the launch of online channels. Benski will continue to focus […]

Vice Media and Pulse Films form US partnership

Edgy youth brand Vice and UK-based producer Pulse Films have agreed a strategic partnership and will work together on a range of projects. The agreement will see Vice help Pulse further its US ambitions in the scripted, unscripted, digital and feature film realms with a raft of coproduced projects going out on Vice’s online channels. […]