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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.”

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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