eOne expands acquisitions teams

Former Teletoon exec Jessica Watson joins the Canadian producer-distributor as manager of acquisitions, while former ITV exec Justina Hemperek comes on board as manager of factual acquisitions for the UK and Europe.
January 28, 2013

Entertainment One has hired former Teletoon acquisitions exec Jessica Watson as manager of acquisitions across all genres, and former ITV exec Justina Hemperek as manager of factual acquisitions for the UK and Europe.

Watson will be responsible for acquiring television product for distribution to all media outlets worldwide. She most recently worked as an acquisitions specialist at Teletoon, where she acquired series and movies for kids and adult audiences for five specialty channels. She previously worked at Red Varden Studios and Camp Base Films.

Hemperek will be responsible for acquiring all factual programming from the UK and Europe. She most recently worked as acquisitions manager at ITV Studios Global Entertainment, where she acquired such series as Come Dine With Me, Four Weddings and Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan. She has also worked at All3Media International and RDF Rights.

“eOne is expanding our acquisitions team to continue the growth of our catalog,” said eOne’s senior VP of worldwide sales and acquisitions Prentiss Fraser in a statement.

“Justina and Jessica will play an integral role in the ramp up on sourcing new content and the redefining of our offerings to clients worldwide. They w ill focus on quality not quantity and will be actively looking for new brands for us to embrace and build on a global level.”

Watson will be based in eOne’s Toronto office, while Hemperek will be based in London. Both Watson and Hemperek will report directly to Fraser.

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