Simon Lloyd leaving Cineflix as restructuring announced

The international content producer and distributor says it's restructuring its unscripted operations to capitalize on growth in the U.S and UK. (Pictured: Cineflix Productions' outgoing CEO Simon Lloyd)
July 25, 2013

Cineflix Media has announced a restructuring that will see Cineflix Productions head Simon Lloyd and EVP of programming Joe Houlihan leave to establish their own shingle.

Lloyd and Houlihan, based in Cineflix’s Toronto office, will stay on until the end of 2013 to facilitate an organizational restructuring that the company says is intended to capitalize on growth in the U.S. and UK.

For North America, the new structure sees Jodi Flynn heading up unscripted development and programming for the U.S. and Canada, while Charles Tremayne will oversee unscripted production in the U.S. and Canada. Lisa Levenson will continue to develop and produce unscripted content based out of Los Angeles, and production activities will be shared between Los Angeles, New York and Toronto.

For the UK division, unscripted development and production will be led by managing director Camilla Lewis and creative director Rob Carey. Chris Bonney continues as CEO of international distribution division Cineflix Rights.

Cineflix Media co-founder and co-CEO Glen Salzman will oversee all production financing and business development, while co-founder and co-CEO Katherine Buck will lead strategic planning and executive and creative team management. COO Andrew Akman continues to oversee operations.

In a statement, Salzman said that “following an in-depth evaluation of our operations and our broadcasting client requirements, we’ve taken necessary steps to streamline our operations to ensure long-term stability.

“While producing Canadian content remains core to our business, the majority of our unscripted commissions are now led by U.S. and UK broadcasters and generate stronger international interest, which adds greater long-term value to our IP rights,” he added. “The organizational changes we are announcing today will bolster our creative teams in the U.S. and UK with added support to do what they do best: create high quality, brand-defining programs for broadcasters worldwide.”

“With Glen and Katherine’s unwavering support I have been fortunate enough to have assembled and worked with a team of supremely talented individuals,” said Lloyd in his own statement. “Together, we collaborated with our broadcast partners to create a wide ranging and impressive slate of shows whose quality will stand the test of time, while always maintaining a close knit feeling of family and camaraderie. But after eight years, it’s time for me to move on with Joe to run our own company. We relish the challenges that await us at one of the most exciting times in the evolution of TV and digital media.”

Lloyd has been with Cineflix since 2005, and prior to that, was managing director of Outline Productions, head of Wall to Wall Scotland, and head of programs at Prospect Pictures. Under his watch, the company has produced such series as Nazi Hunters, Conviction Kitchen, American Pickers, Canadian Pickers, Property Brothers, and William Shatner’s Weird or What?

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