Manners becomes KEO MD in top-level restructure

KEO films is restructuring, with Zam Baring becoming non-executive chairman of the UK indie, and Debbie Manners (pictured) taking on Baring's vacated MD role.
March 15, 2012

KEO films is restructuring, with Zam Baring becoming non-executive chairman of the UK indie, and Debbie Manners (pictured)┬átaking on Baring’s vacated MD role.

Manners, currently chair of UK trade champion PACT, joined the board of KEO six months ago, and recently completed nine months as interim chief operating officer for BBC Studios and Post Production.

“Hiring Debbie is an important move for KEO as we look to accelerate our growth,” said Baring in a statement.

“I have really enjoyed helping to make the company one of the most innovative and well-regarded media companies in the world. Now I’m very much looking forward to taking a more strategic role and ensuring that KEO is well positioned to roll out our distinctive brand of content and innovation to a broader range of markets.”

Baring has served as MD of KEO for seven years, having joined the company in 1997 as a film editor. In her new role, Manners will work closely with KEO creative director Andrew Palmer and KEO director Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.

She said: “KEO is a unique and diverse multimedia company, known and respected worldwide for its ability to engage viewers and push boundaries across wider issues.

“It has successfully built an enviable portfolio of media and integrated a leading digital business and award winning regional office – and won many plaudits along the way. Our vision is to drive creative and commercial growth and innovation. I am also passionate about attracting, working with and developing the best industry talent.”

In addition to her KEO role, Manners currently serves as a non-executive director at Northern Upstart productions and was previously the COO at Hat Trick Productions, group commercial director of RDF Media Group, and director of rights and business affairs at the BBC.

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