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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
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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