Jessica Watson, a former manager of acquisitions at Entertainment One, has joined the global distribution division of Toronto’s Boat Rocker Media, one of three new names on the company’s employee roster.
As director of global sales and acquisitions for Boat Rocker Rights, Watson (pictured) will manage global sales in the EMEA region, specifically Scandinavia, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as worldwide in-flight. She is also responsible for acquisitions of third-party content for Boat Rocker’s catalog of factual series and specials, along with scripted and family programming.
She reports directly to distribution president Jon Rutherford
Watson brings more than 10 years of experience in the media industry, primarily with international television, and is a veteran at all of the major television markets and festivals.
At eOne, where she managed a network of producer, broadcaster and studio relationships, she was responsible for acquiring scripted and factual television for its distribution arm. Watson earlier worked as an acquisitions specialist at Astral Media’s Teletoon where she acquired television series and movies for all audiences, across five networks.
The appointment follows a stretch of growth for the parent company, which has acquired hundreds of hours of television across categories, including factual and lifestyle. Boat Rocker has also ventured into first- look development deals with content creators such as Mountain Road Productions, the prodco behind renovation and makeover series, including new title Heavy Lifting and I Wrecked My House.
Also joining the Boat Rocker Rights team is Jodi Lutz as director, rights management and administration, who manages the sales planning and analysis, partnership reporting, and administrative responsibilities of the division. She comes from Ole Media Management and the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency.
Chris Hunt joins as senior manager, media operations, overseeing the technical assets and media servicing of the entire distribution division. He was previously at Blue Ant Media.
The division has also promoted Kelsey Griffin to manager, global sales and marketing. Griffin now manages sales across Asia-Pacific, as well as marketing, promotions, and international events.
Boat Rocker Rights launched in February after parent co Temple Street reorganized and rebranded its operations.