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Passion Distribution appoints new CEO

Former Banijay International MD Emmanuelle Namiech (pictured) has been named CEO at the London-based distributor, effective May 3.
March 8, 2016

Former Banijay International MD Emmanuelle Namiech (pictured) has been named CEO at London-based Passion Distribution, effective May 3.

In her new position, Namiech will work closely with Elin Thomas, director of global sales, and MD Nick Rees to drive the Tinopolis-owned company’s global strategy while fostering new and existing business opportunities with content partners.

She will take over from Sally Miles, who is set to step down from her post of founder and CEO in the coming months.

At Banijay, Namiech oversaw the transformation of the company’s distribution strategy while expanding its portfolio to include factual, fact-ent and scripted content. Additionally, she oversaw Banijay’s sales and acquisitions teams based in both London and Los Angeles.

Namiech has previously served as MD of Target Entertainment and senior VP of content acquisitions and development at FremantleMedia. Prior to that, she held the title of director of acquisitions and coproductions at ITV Studios Global Entertainment, where she was responsible for growing the company’s content stable by acquiring, developing and investing in new series across all genres.

In addition, Namiech serves as MD and lead coach of Valued Coaching, a boutique coaching consultancy she founded in 2012 to mentor young entrepreneurs and coach senior executives.

Passion Distribution has exclusive distribution agreements with such broadcasters and prodcos as Sundance Channel, The Weather Channel and World of Wonder, handling worldwide distribution for the latter’s RuPaul’s Drag Race, among other projects. Passion also carries an exclusive catalog of over 2,000 hours from Scripps Networks International.

As well as selling formats and programs around the globe, Passion is also active in pre-selling, looking for copro partners for projects and deficit funding third-party content.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed building Passion into a truly global distribution business. With the support of Tinopolis we have continued to cement our international reputation and increase significantly our content and format offering,” said Miles in a statement. “I have no doubt that the company will continue to grow from strength to strength and flourish under Emmanuelle’s leadership.”

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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