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Monks exits Zig Zag to launch consultancy

Leila Monks (pictured) is stepping down as VP of commercial and current production at UK indie Zig Zag to launch her own consultancy business, with Matt Graff named as her replacement.
March 20, 2014

Leila Monks (pictured) is stepping down as VP of commercial and current production at UK indie Zig Zag to launch her own consultancy business, with Matt Graff named as her replacement.

Graff, previously an executive consultant at Zig Zag Productions, has been appointed as the company’s new VP of commercial and current production, with the role expanding to oversee all commercial opportunities and off-air rights exploitation, as well as the management and creation of new content for digital platforms such as Zig Zag’s YouTube channel All Time Magic.

He will also be responsible for brand-funded content and will lead the company’s international opportunities, while continuing to hold a commercial role with London-based indie East City Films.

Monks, meanwhile, is launching a consultancy called Antidote Media, based in London. “I’m going to be developing my own slate of shows,” she told realscreen, adding that she was working with already working with four clients – including Zig Zag – in a consultant capacity.

“Zig Zag gave me a brilliant opportunity to move from distribution to production – I feel I’ve achieved a lot there and also learnt a lot. I look forward to continuing to work with them through my new entity.”

Monks joined Zig Zag in September 2011 from factual distributor TVF International, which she had helmed for four years.

In a statement, Zig Zag CEO Danny Fenton said: “Matt initially joined us to oversee our Israeli relationships and to run our YouTube channels. He has made such a successful impact in his short time with us and has worked so well alongside Leila he is a natural successor to fill the commercial role at Zig Zag.

“Leila has had a wonderful track record at Zig Zag opening up new territories and opportunities for the company and helping get projects off the ground with her ability to find funding for them. We look forward to having an ongoing relationship with Leila as she sets up as a consultancy.”

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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