Endemol’s executive director of scripted programming and distribution Caroline Torrance is stepping down in September, after the restructuring of Endemol’s distribution business following the acquisition of Southern Star International in January. Former Southern Star International chief executive Cathy Payne (pictured) has been named chief executive of the integrated distribution business.
The combined business has a library of approximately 2,000 formats and 20,000 hours of content. Key reality and factual content includes material from the recently announced distribution of LMNO’s catalog, as well as Extreme Makeover: Home Edition; Wipeout; Fear Factor and the catalog of 51 Minds Entertainment.
‘Bringing together Endemol and Southern Star’s business creates a global distribution powerhouse that will provide a world beating service to both the producers we represent and the broadcasters/licensees we sell to,’ said Payne, who had been chief exec at Southern Star International since April 2000. ‘The Group is already one of the world’s largest content distributors and we are committed to further growing the business, particularly in areas such as drama and third party representation.’ Tom Toumazis, chief commercial officer of Endemol Group, said, ‘She is a great asset to the Endemol Group and I couldn’t think of anyone better qualified to run our distribution business.’
Torrance, with Endemol since 2006, will continue in her role as executive director of scripted programming and distribution at Endemol International until September 30. ‘As the Endemol and Southern Star distribution activities merge, the time feels right to move on,’ she said. ‘I have had the pleasure of working in a great company and with a wonderful group of people. I’ll miss them all but I know the distribution operation couldn’t be in better hands.’