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October Films restructures, opens U.S. office

The UK indie has expanded its management team and opened a New York office to position the company for further growth. (Pictured: executive chairman Denman Rooke)
October 9, 2014

UK indie October Films has restructured its management team and opened an office in New York.

The moves are designed to position the company for further growth and to handle increasing commissions from the American and international markets, in addition to British networks.

Managing director Denman Rooke (pictured above) has become executive chairman, but will continue to have a hands-on role in the development and production of programming for UK and international clients.

Creative director Adam Bullmore has been promoted to managing director. He will oversee business strategy, strategic alliances and rights in addition to executive producing the company’s international coproductions.

Matt Robins is now creative director. He will head up the development and production slates in the U.S. and UK and is dividing his time between London and New York where he is building up the U.S. team.

Jane Manning becomes the director of production and operations, and will head up day-to-day operations.

The company also hired Jos Cushing, who has worked on series such as Gold Rush and Jungle Gold, as executive producer, and plans to add more exec producers to the team in the near future.

Recent October Films-produced series include Obsession: Dark Desires for ID, Outrageous Acts of Science for Discovery Science, and World War 2 From Space for History in the U.S.

The company is also working on a project about the discovery of what is believed to be the wreck of the Santa Maria, Christopher Columbus’s flagship, off the coast of Haiti.

“The idea behind the  restructure and new hires is to ensure we keep enhancing our reputation for delivery and at the same time capitalize on the exciting growth we’ve achieved over the last three years,” said Bullmore in a statement.

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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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