Former Banijay distribution exec Sebastian Burkhardt (pictured) is joining Israeli producer-distributor Keshet International as its head of business development and acquisitions.
The appointment – a further move by Keshet to ramp up its finished programming sales business over the next year – will see Burkhardt identify new business opportunities for the company, such as copros and deficit financing, as well as the acquisition of third party formats and finished programming for distribution.
Burkhardt – who previously served as senior VP of international distribution at Banijay International – will report to Keshet’s MD of distribution Keren Shahar.
Since joining Banijay International in 2009, Burkhardt had led a team of sales executives, and brokered format and finished program deals across Europe, North America, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia. He had also overseen the roll-out of such formats as Temptation Island and Stars in Danger: The High Dive.
“We’re delighted to have someone of Sebastian’s talent – whose entrepreneurial skills have played a key role in the launch and expansion of a multi-genre international distribution company – on board,” said Shahar in a statement. “I’m confident that he is just the person we need to support Keshet International as it ventures into new territory and exploits new business opportunities.”
Commenting on the new role, Burkhardt added: “The prospect of working with one of the most envied program slates in the industry and a great management team with very ambitious plans for growth, was an attractive one.”