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Pivot hires Jennie Morris for acquisitions role

The Participant Media-owned U.S. cable net has hired Jennie Morris (pictured) as senior VP of acquisitions and operations, and Jerry Blake as senior VP of business and legal affairs.
December 12, 2013

U.S. network Pivot has bolstered its executive team.

The Participant Media-owned cable net has hired Jennie Morris (pictured) as senior VP of acquisitions and operations, and Jerry Blake as senior VP of business and legal affairs.

Blake will report to Participant COO Jeff Ivers, Pivot president Evan Shapiro and exec VP of marketing, scheduling and operations Kent Rees. Both will be based in Los Angeles.

Morris will be charged with growing the millennial-targeted net’s on-brand slate of acquisitions, including series, films, documentaries and specials. She was formerly the VP of affiliate marketing for AMC/Sundance Channel Global, and before that worked as Sundance Channel’s senior director of program planning and scheduling.

Blake, formerly a distribution executive for BBC Worldwide Americas, will oversee the network’s business and legal affairs. He has also previously worked as general counsel of Sundance Channel and in legal affairs at Rainbow Media (now AMC Networks).

“Jerry and Jennie bring tremendous experience to the Pivot team,” said Shapiro in a statement. “Jerry’s knowledge of the media and legal landscape will help the network reach its future growth goals. Jennie has an innate sense of on-brand programming for Pivot that complements our original series and furthers our mission to entertain while inspiring change through engaging content.”

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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