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DRG names Jess Khanom as SVP for Asia-Pacific

London-based distributor Digital Rights Group (DRG) has appointed Jess Khanom as senior vice-president, responsible for content and relationships across the Asia-Pacific region. The executive will be responsible for licensing completed programming across ...
July 5, 2018

London-based distributor Digital Rights Group (DRG) has appointed Jess Khanom as senior vice-president, responsible for content and relationships across the Asia-Pacific region.

The executive will be responsible for licensing completed programming across all genres and developing the company’s expanding formats business, which includes factual titles such as The Farm and Don’t Tell the Bride.

Khanom (pictured) takes over for Joel Atley who is taking a career break after 10 years with DRG and nearly 20 years in the industry. She will report to Elin Thomas, DRG’s EVP of sales.

Before joining DRG, Khanom held senior positions at companies such as Warner Bros International TV Production, where she was sales director, international TV productions and Fox, where she was global head of format sales, working across properties in both the Fox Networks Group Content Distribution and Twentieth Century Fox TV Distribution catalogs. Most recently, she was managing director at Argonon International.

Meanwhile, Mette Kanne-Behrendsen returns to DRG as its senior vice-president of factual acquisitions, after previously acting as maternity cover for the role in 2017. She reports to Dave Clarke, EVP of content.

Kanne-Behrendsen previously held senior roles at Off The Fence, where she was VP acquisitions and Modern Times Group, where she was director, pay TV channels.

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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