Distributor Endemol Shine International has hired Simon Cox as head of acquisitions.
Most recently a senior investment manager for UK media investment and advisory firm Ingenious Media, Cox has also worked in business management and content production for BBC Worldwide, as well as in sales and coproductions for BBC Worldwide Canada.
In the new role, Cox will oversee the newly merged company’s global third-party scripted and non-scripted acquisition strategies, which includes managing first-look deals with producers such as Shoebox TV, Ecosse Films, Origin Pictures, Feel Films, Mam Tor Productions and Amber Television, as well as scripted development deals.
At Ingenious, the exec invested in scripted projects such as Channel 4′s Coalition, ITV Encore’s The Frankenstein Chronicles and the BBC CBeebies reboot of The Clangers.
Cox will begin working for Endemol Shine International later this month and will report to chief executive Cathy Payne .
Following last year’s merger between Endemol, Shine Group and Core Media, the company recently firmed up a structure for the international distribution division, and has a combined catalog of more than 38,000 hours of owned and third-party programming across non-scripted and scripted genres.