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Extra: Hoodlum exec boards AMC Nets; GRB Studios inks Asia-Pacific deals

AMC Networks hires Noel Manzano AMC Networks has named former Hoodlum Entertainment executive Noel Manzano as VP of international programming. Manzano (pictured) will now be responsible for finding and developing original content ...
November 25, 2019

AMC Networks hires Noel Manzano

AMC Networks has named former Hoodlum Entertainment executive Noel Manzano as VP of international programming.

Manzano (pictured) will now be responsible for finding and developing original content with creative talent while also working within AMC Networks Entertainment Group to move existing projects forward.

He reports into AMC Networks’ Kristin Jones, EVP of international programming and programming innovation. 

Most recently, Manzano served as director of development at Brisbane, Australia-headquartered Hoodlum Entertainment, where he managed the company’s U.S. content development slate and strategy from its U.S. offices in Los Angeles. Previously, Manzano worked film acquisitions for Asian VOD service iflix and was director of acquisitions for Dynamic Television.

“Noel is a talented creative executive who will help us identify and develop compelling content from around the world,” Jones said in a statement. “Great stories can come from anywhere, and our entertainment networks have brought viewers a number of unforgettable series with international auspices in recent years. We look forward to continuing to find and work with remarkable storytellers, wherever they are, and Noel will be a key part of that effort across our entertainment networks.”

GRB Studios pens AsiaPac territory sales 

American content studio and global distribution company GRB Studios has inked a number of non-scripted sales deals in the Asian Pacific region.

Thailand’s True Vision has acquired two factual series in culinary competition series BBQ Pitmasters and Man at Arms: Art of War, which provides an in-depth look at the weapons and armor inundating popular culture.

Australian broadcaster Foxtel and Formulation in Japan have picked up investigative true crime series On the Case, while India’s AETN18 has taken sports clip and blooper series Whacked Out Sports.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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