Karen Wise joins Sky Vision’s sales team

The UK-based producer-distributor has hired Karen Wise (pictured) to be its senior sales manager, and secured broadcast deals for several factual titles with broadcasters in Europe, South America and Asia.
January 16, 2013

Former Target Entertainment head of sales Karen Wise (pictured) has joined UK-based producer-distributor Sky Vision as senior sales manager.

A 13-year veteran of the television industry, Wise will handle accounts in the United States, Benelux, Ireland and Israel and oversee sales in Asia.

“With her expertise in exploiting international drama and formats, and her experience of working with many UK producers in the entertainment and factual entertainment genres, she brings a wealth of experience to the team,” said Leona Connell, the company’s global head of sales, in a statement.

The appointment follows the hiring of former BBC Worldwide commercial manager Angela Neillis as Sky Vision’s first head of acquisitions. The company has also secured deals for several series with broadcasters in the UK, Europe, South America and Asia.

Atlantic Productions’ Kingdom of Plants (6 x 60-minutes) has been acquired by France 5, Red Bull Media’s Servus TV for German-speaking Europe, RTL Germany, VRT Belgium, Viasat Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, TV2 Norway, and various airlines including British Airways.

Welsh indie Green Bay Media’s Deserts & Life (6 x 60-minutes) has been acquired by UKTV, Servus TV and France 5; and Islands & Life (6 x 60-minutes), also produced by Green Bay, was picked up by Servus TV, France 5 and National Geographic Channels International.

Bigger Pictures’ Britain & Ireland from the Sky (8 x 30-minutes/5 x 30-minutes) was sold to Brazilian pay-TV operator Globosat; and Welsh prodco Cwmni Da’s The Toilet: An Unspoken History (1 x 60-minutes) was picked up by AETN Asia, Foxtel, Public LTD Latvian TV, Origo Media in Hungary, Thai Public Broadcasting, and Finnish pubasterYLE.

Finally, Bristol-based Mallinson Sadler Productions’ Drain the Great Lakes (1 x 60-minutes) was acquired by Red Bull Media, Canal D in Canada, and Japanese pubcaster NHK.

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