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The Story Lab expands to U.S., names Tom Sebastian president

Global investor, producer and distributor The Story Lab has expanded its global reach to the U.S. marketplace and appointed entertainment and marketing exec Tom Sebastian as president of the company’s American operations. Headquartered in ...
June 13, 2018

Global investor, producer and distributor The Story Lab has expanded its global reach to the U.S. marketplace and appointed entertainment and marketing exec Tom Sebastian as president of the company’s American operations.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, The Story Lab U.S. will look to invest in U.S. scripted and non-scripted entertainment properties with the potential to attract audiences for domestic and international media owners, audiences and brands.

Sebastian (pictured) will join the Dentsu Aegis Network-owned firm with responsibility for leading its premium non-scripted and scripted strategy for investment in TV, film and digital throughout the U.S.

In addition, he will be tasked with managing new partnership agreements with broadcasters, agencies, talent and prodcos to invest in, acquire and create original content with.

He reports to Nick Brien, CEO of Americas Dentsu Aegis Network, and to Michael Iskas, president of The Story Lab Global.

Sebastian most recently served as co-CEO of creative agency SwirlMcGarryBowen, which was acquired by Dentsu in 2017. Prior to this, he led creative development at WME for its corporate consulting division.

He has previous production industry experience having held a variety of production roles at Lifetime Television, Whittle Communications, The Health Channel, Sonalysts Studios and Time Life Medical.

“We are delighted to expand our successful offering in the U.S. to create a powerful global footprint,” said Brien in a statement. “Tom is the ideal leader for this growth initiative. His expertise in both entertainment and content marketing are invaluable and will accelerate us into even bigger opportunities for content creators and more culturally relevant marketing.”

The Story Lab U.S. is supported by CAA’s media consulting division.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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