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Elin Thomas joins DRG sales team

UK-based indie distributor DRG is expanding its team. Seasoned industry executive Elin Thomas (pictured) will be joining the company as its first ever executive VP of sales, while Emilie Kleinmann has been appointed ...
February 21, 2017

UK-based indie distributor DRG is expanding its team.

Seasoned industry executive Elin Thomas (pictured) will be joining the company as its first ever executive VP of sales, while Emilie Kleinmann has been appointed senior sales manager.

Most recently, Thomas served as director of global sales for London sales house Passion Distribution. Before that, she was director of global formats for BBC Worldwide, where she was responsible for the rollout of global brands such as The Great British Bake Off and Dancing with the Stars.

At DRG, Thomas will oversee the company’s sales operation, managing the UK territory and relationships with global clients. She will report to MD Richard Halliwell.

Emilie Kleinmann, a former sales manager for ARTE France, will locate to London to become senior sales manager for France and Germany. She brings with her a wealth of experience, particularly in the documentary and factual entertainment space.

Halliwell noted in a statement that these appointments are representative of a change in DRG’s approach to doing business. While a more regionally-based team structure has served DRG well over the years, he said, the company needs to evolve in order to reflect its expansion.

“It will always be vital to retain specific industry knowledge […] but now with more global operators and a rapidly changing marketplace, we needed a team head who could look more strategically and holistically at the opportunities for our content—and thereby our producer clients—and ensure we are always in a position to fully maximize revenues and effectively grow program brands,” he added.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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