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Momentum, Blackfin renew copro deal; Anna Snead named development head

Momentum Content has renewed its overall co-production deal with Blackfin, one year after its initial launch. Christina Douglas exited Discovery Communications-owned Investigation Discovery last January to lead the firm, which specializes in creating, developing ...
January 19, 2018

Momentum Content has renewed its overall co-production deal with Blackfin, one year after its initial launch.

Christina Douglas exited Discovery Communications-owned Investigation Discovery last January to lead the firm, which specializes in creating, developing and producing crime formats and unscripted programming. She is currently based out of Blackfin’s New York offices, working closely alongside CEO Geno McDermott.

“We’ve had a fast start out of the gate thanks in part to our incredible partner Blackfin,” said Douglas, in a statement.  “It’s been an honor to work with Geno McDermott who stands out among the crowd as a true visionary.”

Going into its second year, Momentum has recruited another former ID Exec. Anna Snead, who has been with Momentum as a consultant since June, has been named head of development.

In this role, Snead (pictured) will produce true-crime content alongside Douglas, driving Momentum’s development strategy across genres with an expanded emphasis on character, talent and access-driven formats for U.S. broadcasters and cable networks.

Previously, Snead spent nearly a decade at Discovery Communications across a variety of departments and U.S. brands. While there, she specialized in leading and designing casting and talent strategies for networks such as Discovery Channel, Investigation Discovery, Destination America, American Heroes Channel and Discovery Life.

She most recently served as a development executive at Investigation Discovery where she specialized in crime formats and developed hundreds of hours of content such as ShatteredSee No EvilMarried with SecretsMurder Among Friends and The Coroner with Graham Hetrick.  Additionally, she liaised and oversaw ID’s foray into scripted programming including James Patterson’s Murder is ForeverFinal Vision as well as Dating Game Killer.

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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