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Citizen Pictures hires Animal Planet’s Sydney Rutman

Denver-based production and design studio Citizen Pictures has appointed former Animal Planet development exec Sydney Rutman as senior director of development. In the new role, Rutman will be tasked with overseeing all ...
October 3, 2017

Denver-based production and design studio Citizen Pictures has appointed former Animal Planet development exec Sydney Rutman as senior director of development.

In the new role, Rutman will be tasked with overseeing all elements of Citizen’s development slate. She reports into Tim McOsker, VP of production and development, as well as Citizen Pictures president Frank Matson.

“Sydney brings incredible experience and insight in both the linear and digital landscapes, and we’re thrilled to have her lead our team as we move into a variety of new platforms and networks,” said McOsker in a statement.

Prior to Citizen, Rutman served as manager of development at Discovery Communications’ Animal Planet. During her four-year tenure there, she developed series that include The Zoo, Dr. Dee: Alaska VetExpedition Mungo and Celebrity Animal Encounters, a collaboration with Facebook’s Watch.

Citizen produces such lifestyle programming as Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Giada at Home, Guy’s Family Reunion, Guy’s Family Road Trip, all for Food Network; Travel Channel’s Guy’s Cuban Adventure and Top Secret Swimming Holes; Bravo’s Going Off the Menu; and Destination America’s Smoked.

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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