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Red Arrow Int’l ups Pabst, Ignatiew to co-MDs

Red Arrow International has upped Henrik Pabst (pictured) and Irina Ignatiew to become managing directors, replacing the soon-to-depart Jens Richter.
January 23, 2014

Red Arrow International has upped Henrik Pabst (pictured) and Irina Ignatiew to become managing directors, replacing the soon-to-depart Jens Richter.

After a transition period, the duo will jointly lead the distribution company, with Ignatiew tasked with global scripted distribution and Pabst taking on the global format/factual distribution business. Both roles are effective immediately, and the duo report to Jan Frouman, group managing director of Red Arrow Entertainment Group.

Richter will continue to support Red Arrow International as MD until he departs for FremantleMedia International at the end of 2014, as previously reported.

Ignatiew was previously the deputy MD at Red Arrow International, and prior to that was the executive VP of international at Telepool, head of international distribution at Tandem Communications, and sales manager for Lionsgate.

Pabst has been with Red Arrow since 2011 and was also most recently deputy MD, and was previously at IMG Media as VP of entertainment and business development for the German, Austrian, Swiss and Benelux markets.

“It’s never easy to say goodbye to an executive as capable and accomplished as Jens Richter,” said Frouman. “He built Red Arrow International and has been with Red Arrow Entertainment Group from the start. But, to his credit, he also assembled a stellar team and enabled us to find his successors from within.

“Irina and Henrik are outstanding and experienced distribution professionals. Under their future leadership, the company will continue to grow and thrive.”

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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