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Laura Franses named Vice UK MD

Former Nutopia MD Laura Franses (pictured) has been named as the UK managing director for youth-targeting media company Vice.
August 1, 2013

Former Nutopia MD Laura Franses (pictured) has been named as the UK managing director for youth-targeting media company Vice.

Franses, who left Nutopia in June 2012, will be tasked with furthering Vice’s content offering in the UK “to broadcasters and other platforms.”

Her appointment comes after the brand has enjoyed success – including an Emmy nomination – for VICE, its news-magazine series on HBO. Franses will report into EMEA MD Matt Elek.

“I’m very excited to be marrying my background in television with Vice’s pre-eminent digital content,” Franses said. “The industry is going through profound and accelerated changes, and Vice is top of its class in identifying new opportunities and creating magnificent, acclaimed content.”

In addition to Nutopia, Franses has held roles at companies including Zodiak Media, Raw TV and Film Four.

In a statement, Elek said: “As we continue our rapid expansion, particularly in the online video space, having someone with Laura’s experience and enthusiasm will be immensely important.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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