Sarah Cooper, currently chief operating officer and deputy CEO at BBC Worldwide, is coming on board at NBC Universal’s international TV production arm to oversee its continuing expansion.
Cooper has been appointed to the newly created post of chief operating officer by company president Michael Edelstein, to whom she will report. The posting is effective on March 11.
Based in London, Cooper will oversee assume day-to-day operational responsibility for business and legal affairs, HR, finance, merchandising and licensing, and format sales.
“Sarah Cooper is one of the most outstanding and respected executives in the business and we are delighted that she has joined our growing team,” said Edelstein in a statement. “She has a vast array of international experience and will be an invaluable asset as we continue to build NBCU International Television Production into the premiere destination for content creators working outside the United States.”
At BBC Worldwide, Cooper led the company’s negotiations on major international partnerships and joint ventures, and oversaw rights acquisitions across all media, among other duties.
In addition to its global formats business, NBC Universal International Television Production is also home to a stable of prodcos including UK-based Monkey Kingdom and Chocolate Media. The company also struck up a strategic partnership with Canadian prodco Lark Productions in 2010. (http://realscreen.com/2010/12/01/clarknbc-20101201/)