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Looking Glass International unveils new name, names managing director

Australian factual distribution company Looking Glass International has rebranded as LGI Media. The newly-named company will continue to develop, finance, market and distribute unscripted programming. “Evolving our name rather than completely changing ...
August 27, 2019

Australian factual distribution company Looking Glass International has rebranded as LGI Media.

The newly-named company will continue to develop, finance, market and distribute unscripted programming.

“Evolving our name rather than completely changing it was the appropriate strategic move and by reflecting our work accurately in the new name we also want to enable new opportunities for future growth,” said founder and CEO Nha-Uyen Chau in a statement.

The company has also elevated Sam Thompson (pictured), formerly VP of international distribution and co-productions, to the position of managing director.

Thompson has been with LGI Media since 2017. In his new role, the executive will be tasked with implementing the boutique distributor’s content strategy – overseeing the development, distribution and acquisition of the company’s programming portfolio.

He previously served as head of sales at Factory Media, and prior to that worked in international program sales at World Wide Entertainment and Big Media.

“Working with Nha-Uyen and the team at LGI Media over the last two years has been inspirational and rewarding,” Thompson added. “We have grown considerably in that time and that is something we are proud of in this ever-changing, global landscape of television. I look forward to contributing to the company’s global growth and continuing to build an eclectic catalog of high-end factual programming.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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