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GRB Studios hires Hud Woodle, restructures int’l sales unit

American content studio and global distribution company GRB Studios has cemented its top line structure for its international sales division with former Scripps Networks Interactive executive Hud Woodle at the helm. Woodle ...
February 19, 2020

American content studio and global distribution company GRB Studios has cemented its top line structure for its international sales division with former Scripps Networks Interactive executive Hud Woodle at the helm.

Woodle (pictured) has been appointed as executive vice president of international sales and operations, tasked with running the global distribution business while also building international partnerships.

He returns to the GRB fold after more than a decade at Scripps Networks Interactive as VP of international program sales and distribution. In this role, the exec was responsible for the transition to in-house international program sales from third party distributors. During his 11-year tenure at SNI, he also held the titles of general manager of Food Network Asia and director of international program sales.

Prior to that, Woodle served as director of sales at GRB; as a sales executive at NBCUniversal International Television for E! Entertainment; and spent a year at Tech TV in global program sales.

Elsewhere, GRB has promoted Melanie Torres to VP of international sales with continued oversight of sales for U.S. Hispanic, Latin America, Spain and Italy. She reports into Woodle.

Sarah Coursey, meanwhile, will continue in her role as SVP of international to focus on global acquisitions and copros, as well as sales into Canada, Russia, Benelux and Scandinavia.

Sales consultant Liz Levenson will add acquisitions to her remit and remains responsible for sales into Africa and the Middle East, while Torquil Macneal will continue to manage sales for the Asia-Pacific region.

Coursey, Levenson and Macneal all report directly into Woodle.

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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