Pulse Films grows unscripted division in U.S., UK

The global content studio has bolstered its unscripted television division in the UK and U.S. with the elevation of Emma Cooper (pictured, left) in London and the appointment of Fred Grinstein (right) in LA.
September 8, 2016

Global content studio Pulse Films has bolstered its unscripted television division in the UK and U.S. with the elevation of Emma Cooper (pictured, left) and the appointment of Fred Grinstein (right).

Cooper has been upped to MD of unscripted television UK, replacing Roy Ackerman who departs the London-headquartered shingle after 15 months in the position.

“[Ackerman] joined with a specific remit to expand the footprint of the division and he has put together a standout slate and a solid, talented team – strong foundations for our continued growth. We wish him the very best with what will undoubtedly be interesting new ventures,” said Pulse Films CEO and co-founder Thomas Benski in a statement.

Cooper first joined Pulse as a creative director from UK pubcaster Channel 4 in 2015 and has overseen the development and production of series for major UK broadcasters, including BBC’s America’s Most Hated Mosque and Last Days of Legal Highs.

Prior to Pulse, Cooper served as C4 commissioning editor of documentaries, handling the production of such films as Angry, White and Proud, The Murder Workers and My Granny the Escort.

Grinstein, meanwhile, has been named as head of unscripted TV in the U.S. He joins the company from fledgling television network Viceland where he served as VP of development, playing a key role in the launch of Vice Media’s global television business. Based out of the company’s Los Angeles office, Grinstein will report to Pulse president Patrick Vien.

Previously, Grinstein served as a programming executive at A&E where he was responsible for overseeing the development and production of such series as Storage Wars, Neighbors with Benefits and Dog the Bounty Hunter. He also served as a director of development for Tiger Aspect Productions and producer for Lion Television.

Additionally, Jacques Peretti joins the United States of Hate producer as a reporter and presenter in the UK as Pulse ramps up production on a slate of soon-to-be-announced commissions.

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