Zodiak Rights hires Mutimer; Americas division ups two

Zodiak's distribution arm has hired BBC Worldwide exec Tim Mutimer (pictured) for the newly created role of head of non-scripted programming, while U.S. division Zodiak Americas has promoted New York-based execs Mike Gamson and Sheila Cabano.
January 23, 2013

Distributor Zodiak Rights has hired BBC Worldwide (BBCWW) exec Tim Mutimer (pictured) for the newly created role of head of non-scripted programming. He will oversee sales and acquisitions for all of the company’s unscripted programming and report to CEO Matthew Frank.

In addition, Zodiak Americas has made two promotions, with Mike Gamson upped to chief creative officer and Sheila Cabano named chief operating officer.

As BBCWW’s senior VP of sales and distribution for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) over the past five years, Mutimer managed the British pubcaster’s EMEA and UK sales teams, as well as sales strategy for brands such as Top Gear and Torchwood. Before that he was director of sales at ITV Global Entertainment and held sales positions at STV and publishing house Routledge.

Gamson and Cabano, meanwhile, will oversee Zodiak’s New York office, which produced more than 100 hours of television in 2012, including truTV’s two highest-rated series, Hardcore Pawn and Lizard Lick Towing.  The duo are actively recruiting to expand their development and production teams. Both will report to Zodiak Americas CEO Jonathan Slow.

“Mike and Sheila have the ultimate combo – a solid track record with their network partners and a close-knit team with a distinct voice,” said Slow in a statement.

“By putting more development resource into the New York office and giving them complete creative autonomy, they’ll be able to build on their existing slate of programming and continue bringing viewers compelling series with the best reality talent.”

The news comes after the recent launch of the C&I Unit in the U.S. and the appointment of Stefanie Gélinas as its senior VP.

Last year, Zodiak Rights restructured into five “genre-based” divisions: non-scripted programming, scripted programming, kids, digital and publishing, and clips. Non-scripted programming, which includes documentaries, factual and factual entertainment, formats and entertainment programming, is sold out of London, while scripted programming, including drama, comedy and feature films, is sold out of Paris.

The previous sales structure was based around territories.

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