Acquisitions expert Emmanuelle Namiech (pictured), who was enlisted by UK-based distributor Banijay International in March to lead an acquisitions drive, has been named managing director of the company.
Namiech takes on the role – which will see her managing sales and acquisitions teams in the company’s London and Los Angeles offices – following the exit of former MD Karoline Spodsberg, who was promoted to Nordic Group COO at Banijay Group’s Nordisk Film TV in June.
Namiech will work towards building the company’s position in the global formats market as well as boosting finished programming acquisitions and sales, in addition to helping Banijay grow its library of English-language content.
The exec previously served as senior VP of content acquisitions and development at FremantleMedia and also as director of acquisitions and coproductions at ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
Her recent credits include Pop TV’s The Sorrentinos and Rock This Boat as well as ThumbsUp Productions’ Horse Town for U.S. channel Ride TV.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Emmanuelle as our new managing director and to give our clients a seamless handover as Karoline takes up her new position within the group,” said Marco Bassetti, Banijay Group CEO, in a statement. “Emmanuelle’s vast experience and strong industry knowledge will be invaluable to us as we take our business to the next stage of growth.”
Namiech added: “Banijay International is a young, growing company which has come a long way in a very short period of five years. There is still huge untapped potential and I am very excited to lead the team and to further build on the solid foundations of this incredibly dynamic, independent company.”