Millichip to depart as Zodiak restructures distribution arm

Zodiak Rights London MD Jane Millichip (pictured) is to leave the company in January, as part of a broader restructuring of Zodiak's London- and Paris-based distribution businesses.
November 15, 2012

Zodiak Rights London MD Jane Millichip (pictured) is to leave the company in January, as part of a broader restructuring of Zodiak’s London- and Paris-based distribution businesses.

The distributor’s new genre-based structure will consist of five divisions: non-scripted programming, scripted programming, kids, digital and publishing, and clips.

From 2013, all non-scripted programming – including documentaries, factual and factual entertainment, formats and entertainment programming – will be sold out of London, while and all scripted programming, including drama, comedy and feature films, will sell out of Paris.

All other divisions will be based out of London. The move is a notable change from the current system, which is divided by territories. Zodiak Rights is currently recruiting for a head of the new non-scripted division.

In addition, Zodiak Rights has created a new role of chief operating officer, to be filled by Sara Wookey, previously the director of broadcast at KidsCo TV. Wookey’s experience includes various operational roles at Sparrowhawk Media, Viacom/Nickelodeon; and Discovery Networks.

Talking to realscreen from London, Millichip said the decision to leave the company after five years was a difficult one. “It’s all very amicable and I wish them well,” she said.

“At the moment we have quite a complex web of drama and factual programming sold out of London and Paris, so it was time for us to recalibrate the rights business. My current role as MD of London crosses all fact ent and drama, and so I decided as part of the restructuring to exit.”

She added that she will remain with the company until the end of January to help with transition, and is exploring options for the future.

In a statement, Zodiak Rights CEO Matthew Frank said: “This new structure and appointment is a great way to start the New Year for Zodiak Rights. It will provide absolute clarity for buyers on where they should be going for scripted and non-scripted programming and add great operational expertise to the company.”

He added that Millichip “has been a huge asset to the company, and I am very sorry to see her leave.

“She has been my wing-woman and support over many years and life will seem very strange without her. I fully respect her decision to go and wish her well in her next adventure, wherever that may be.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.