Shine Int’l adds to North American team

Tania Jacobson will join Shine International's Americas sales team, while Hayley Babcock becomes a senior VP of acquisitions for North America and Matt Vassallo (pictured) is upped in the U.S. and Latin American sales division.
August 9, 2012

Distributor Shine International has made a number of changes to its global team, with Tania Jacobson joining Shine International’s Americas sales team, Hayley Babcock becoming senior VP of acquisitions for North America, and Matt Vassallo (pictured) being upped in the U.S. and Latin American sales division.

Jacobson will join Shine International in October, based in the Los Angeles office, and in her newly created role¬†of senior VP of sales for Canada and head of Americas, will be responsible for all of the company’s Americas business. She will report to Shine International’s CEO Camilla Hammer.

She joins the company from ITV Studios Global Entertainment, where she is currently VP of sales for North America, representing formats including Come Dine With Me and Four Weddings.

Former Fox Television Studios and Sony Pictures Television executive Babcock, meanwhile, has been appointed senior VP of acquisitions for North America. Having joined Shine International as a consultant in 2011, she has spearheaded the launches of Mobbed, Around the World in 80 Plates and The Great Escape.

Vassallo will take on a wider role at Shine International, promoted from VP to senior VP of sales for USA and Latin America territories.

“Shine International is celebrating a record breaking year as we continue to invest in the best talent to support our growing portfolio and focus on key territories,” said Hammer. “We are delighted Tania will be joining us at this very exciting time and she brings with her a wealth of experience to expand our operations across the Americas, alongside Matt and Hayley’s new and significant roles.”

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