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.”