Former Fresh One Productions exec Roy Ackerman (pictured, right) and Channel 4′s Emma Cooper (left) have joined London-headquartered indie Pulse as MD and creative director of non-scripted television, respectively.
Led by Ackerman, Pulse is to expand its television business, focusing initially on contemporary documentaries, documentary series and factual formats. According to a release issued by Pulse, both execs are to form a major part of Pulse’s “emerging international studio,” working across all platforms, including film, branded entertainment and digital-first premium video.
The company most recently teamed with Israeli prodco Abot Hameiri to launch the international-facing East Entertainment.
Ackerman was most recently MD at Fresh One Productions and chief creative officer at the Jamie Oliver Media Group. He has exec produced such series as Dream School (UK/USA, South Africa), Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, How Hip Hop Changed the World with Idris Elba and Don’t Stop the Music. His feature documentary credits include Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic and The House I Live In.
Prior to his role at Jamie Oliver Media Group, Ackerman was creative director at Diverse Production where he oversaw production on Election with Jonathan Dimbleby, 100% White and Tsunami: 7 Hours on Boxing Day, among others.
Meanwhile, Cooper has served as commissioning editor for documentaries at Channel 4 since 2011. The exec oversaw the ‘Cutting Edge’ strand, and her recent film credits include Angry, White and Proud, Plus Size Wars, The Murder Workers and The Fried Chicken Shop, alongside such series as Rookies At Sea, The Night Bus and How To Get A Council House.
Prior to Channel 4, Cooper was at the BBC where she directed and series produced films including Louis Theroux: A Place for Paedophiles and Miami Mega-Jail.
“This is such a great moment in television and these appointments will allow us to create a bigger footprint in the medium and enable us to be a major supplier for broadcasters both in the UK and overseas,” said Pulse CEO Thomas Benski and Pulse president Patrick Vien in a joint statement.