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Pulse Films restructures non-fiction division as Emma Cooper exits

Pulse Films has restructured its non-fiction television division following the departure of Emma Cooper (pictured), who will continue to work closely with the global content studio on numerous projects due for ...
January 18, 2019

Pulse Films has restructured its non-fiction television division following the departure of Emma Cooper (pictured), who will continue to work closely with the global content studio on numerous projects due for release in 2019.

The Vice Media-owned content studio has hired Jon Alwen as SVP of non-fiction TV for the UK, and Nelesh Dhand as global head of development. Alwen and Dhand will be tasked with selling new formats and documentaries, with Alwen executive producing the studio’s output, and Dhand overseeing the global development of the studio’s non-fiction TV slate.

Before joining Pulse Films, Alwen was head of documentaries at All3Media-owned Lion TV. Prior to that, the executive was part of Voltage TV’s senior management team, responsible for popular documentaries, specialist factual and fact-ent. While there, Alwen secured re-orders for the company, including BBC’2 Inside The Factory.

Meanwhile, Dhand previously served as head of factual development post at Naked Entertainment. While there he secured a number of commissions including Manson: The Lost Tapes for ITV/Fox and the tentatively titled Grime Game for BBC3. Prior to that, he held senior development roles at both Optomen and Voltage TV where he helped secure documentary and fact-ent commissions for major broadcasters.

Both Alwen and Dhand will report into Marisa Clifford, Pulse Films co-founder and CEO of Europe.

“It has been amazing to work with Emma over the past three years, she has been such a vital asset to the growth of our non-fiction division,” said Clifford in a statement. “I am also thrilled to welcome Jon Alwen and Nelesh Dhand to the team, both of whom share a stellar track record within the industry and align perfectly with our studios ambitions. I am looking forward to working with them both to deliver what I believe is going to be a standout year for our Non-Fiction division.”

As part of the company re-structure, Clifford will now oversee and steer the non-fiction TV division globally. Clifford has previously executive produced a number of the studio’s acclaimed projects including the Grierson Award-winning Kingdom Of Us and BBC2′s Black is The New Black. Clifford has also helped shape the studios’ IP strategy, inking numerous fiction and non-fiction acquisition deals.

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