London-based global content studio Pulse Films has expanded its non-fiction team.
Managing director of non-scripted television, Emma Cooper (pictured), has been elevated to global president of the company’s non-fiction department.
Also joining Pulse is Ryan Harrington, as executive producer of the studio’s feature documentaries. In his new role, he will manage the studios growing slate of films. Harrington reports to Cooper.
Harrington comes to Pulse from Hot Docs, where he was serving as acting director of industry programs. Prior to that, he was at Discovery, serving as the director of docs and specials, where he commissioned and acquired feature docs for the company’s multiple platforms.
He also served as VP of artist programs for the Tribeca Film Institute, where he launched the organization’s worldwide granting and filmmaker aide initiatives. Prior to Tribeca, he was part of the team that launched launch A&E IndieFilms, the theatrical doc arm of the net. While there, he worked with such projects as Jesus Camp, My Kid Could Paint That, Murderball and American Teen.
Pulse will funnel non-fiction film and television projects through a single team. According to a release, the divisional crossover was made to “place an emphasis on burgeoning filmmakers, storytellers and new ideas without limitations on formats or platforms.”
Showtime recently picked up Pulse Films’ feature documentary XY Chelsea, executive produced by Academy-Award winner Laura Poitras, for North American television distribution. It will hit the film festival circuit later this year followed by a theatrical release.
Other recent Pulse projects include Andrea Arnold’s Cannes Jury Prize winner and Bafta-nominated American Honey, Sundance Award winners The Witch and All These Sleepless Nights, Beyoncé’s Emmy-nominated Lemonade, and 2017′s London Film Festival Kingdom of Us and Trophy.