Blink Films heads stateside, hires Brad Kohlenstein

The UK indie has set up shop in the U.S. with former Discovery Communications exec Brad Kohlenstein (pictured) at the helm.
May 5, 2016

UK indie Blink Films has launched a U.S. office with former Discovery Communications executive Brad Kohlenstein (pictured) at the helm.

Kohlenstein, who has been appointed senior VP of development for the studio’s East Coast operations, will be charged with driving the company’s presence and partnerships within the U.S. He will also be responsible for developing and producing series for American networks and searching for copro opportunities around international-facing content.

He will work closely alongside Blink’s executive team of Dan Chambers, Justine Kershaw and Sarah Sapper in London.

Most recently, Kohlenstein served as VP of development for Discovery Communications-owned network Science Channel where he oversaw program development across all genres. Prior to this, he served as director of development at Discovery’s TLC and also produced series for VH1, Food Network, Travel Channel, HGTV and Nickelodeon.

The launch of the U.S. office follows Tin Roof Media’s strategic investment in Blink, which has seen the UK prodco grow its current stable of content to include fact-ent, formats and returning series, and increase its output in feature titles.

“Brad has a track record in producing globally renowned factual programming and we are delighted to have attracted someone of his calibre as we expand our presence in the U.S.,” said Blink co-founders Chambers and Kershaw in a statement. “We are confident he will help to rapidly build the company’s roster of productions for both a domestic and international audience.”

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