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Debbie Manners to depart Keo Films

Debbie Manners is slated to step down from her role as CEO of Exodus: Our Journey to Europe prodco Keo Films after five years with the company. Under Manners, who joined the London-based ...
June 8, 2017

Debbie Manners is slated to step down from her role as CEO of Exodus: Our Journey to Europe prodco Keo Films after five years with the company.

Under Manners, who joined the London-based producer as MD in 2012, the company has doubled its turnover and launched such initiatives as Keo Australia and a joint venture with Sally Angel‘s fully fledged indie Field Day Productions.

Manners will remain on as Field Day’s chief executive and continue working alongside managing and creative director Sally Angel and head of fact-ent Karen Steyn to produce television, theatrical and digital programming under the Keo umbrella.

Keo’s chief content officer Andrew Palmer and chief operating officer Simon Huntley will now lead the production company on a day-to-day basis.

“I have loved my time at Keo, leading a highly successful strategy that resulted in many brilliant and award winning programmes, of which I am very proud,” Manners said in a statement. “I have taken the decision to leave so that I can continue to do what I do best — explore new markets and grow production businesses.”

She continued: “I wish all my Keo colleagues the very best for continued success with making ground-breaking award-winning television programs.”

“Debbie is a highly talented executive who has helped us build and expand over the last five years,” added Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, co-owner of Keo Films. “We are grateful for all she has done for Keo, and sad to see her leave. We wish her every success with Field Day, where her experience and insight will be invaluable.”

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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