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Campbell joins World Media Rights as head of production

London-based producer World Media Rights has announced two new hires following  ZDF Enterprises’ investment in the business. Val Campbell joins the company as head of production, while Suzanne Clarke has been ...
June 26, 2017

London-based producer World Media Rights has announced two new hires following  ZDF Enterprises’ investment in the business.

Val Campbell joins the company as head of production, while Suzanne Clarke has been appointed finance director.

Previously, Campbell (pictured, left) worked as head of production at Ronachan Films. Credits during her six-year tenure include Britain’s Adoption Scandal: Breaking the Silence for ITV, First Contact: Lost Tribe of the Amazon for Channel 4 and Netflix, and a range of current affairs and factual documentaries for broadcasters including HBO, PBS, Al Jazeera, Discovery, MSNBC, France TV, ARD Germany and RCN Colombia.

Campbell has also worked as head of production at EOS films, acting head of production at Yipp Films and head of production at Blink Films.

Elsewhere, Clarke was previously head of accounts for Frank Warren’s Boxnation pay TV boxing channel until she went to Australia and founded her own e-learning company, World Academy, where she was CFO.

The company is also recruiting for an executive producer in factual entertainment to bolster the team

Earlier this month, ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm of German pubcaster ZDF, acquired a 32.5% minority stake in World Media Rights.

The deal coincided with a board restructure at World Media Rights that saw David McNab join the company as creative director. 

Also joining the company is ZDFE’s VP of corporate and portfolio strategy Tanja Meier-Sieden. The pair will work alongside existing board member and CEO Alan Griffiths.

“As we build World Media Rights following our partnership with ZDF Enterprises we’re determined to attract the very best talent the industry has to offer,” said Griffiths, in a statement. “We’re building a new management team and one of the ways we are doing that is by offering an equity stake in our business”.

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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