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Extra: Moves and hires at Fugitive, Hat Trick; ZED shops U.S. history, political titles

Fugitive fortifies sales team Content development, financing and production company Fugitive has bolstered its senior sales team with the hiring of four consultants. The four executives joining Anthony Kimble and Merrily Ross‘ London-based firm are Joanna ...
September 1, 2020

Fugitive fortifies sales team

Content development, financing and production company Fugitive has bolstered its senior sales team with the hiring of four consultants.

The four executives joining Anthony Kimble and Merrily Ross‘ London-based firm are Joanna Rowley (pictured right), who will be based in London; Tania Jacobson, based in Los Angeles; Anne Roder-Botbol (left), in Paris; and Charo Penedo in Madrid.

The quartet will be responsible for representing Fugitive’s catalog of pre-sales across the scripted and unscripted genres, as well as sales for its slate of completed programming and formats.

Rowley, a freelance sales consultant, will look after Fugitive’s operations in the Asian, Australian, New Zealand and Nordic regions. She was previously an executive director at Fox Networks Group Content Distribution, and was a regional sales director for National Geographic Television International.

Jacobson, meanwhile, will oversee the company’s titles in the U.S. and Canada. Most recently, she was SVP at Endemol Shine, where she was responsible for the company’s sales and formats business in Canada. Prior to this, she was VP of North American sales at ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Elsewhere, Roder-Botbol will be tasked with overseeing the French and German speaking territories, as well as Italy and Benelux. She was previously VP of sales at DRG and held a variety of roles at TVF International and Channel 4 International before that.

Finally, Penedo will represent Fugitive across Spain, Portugal and Latin America. Over her 20-year career, Penedo has held roles at Cineflix Rights, Hit Entertainment, Sunset & Vine International (Tinopolis), Optomen (All3Media), Belgian format business Primitives and Discovery where she looked after Southern Europe.

Hat Trick restructures sales department

London-based indie distributor Hat Trick International has restructured its sales team.

Senior sales executive Jonathan South will now be tasked with overseeing all sales within the Americas, Spain and Portugal. He joined Hat Trick last year from Los Angeles’ Electus and was previously SVP of Europe at Televisa.

South most recently closed a number of unscripted deals for Hat Trick International content, including George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces to Discovery/HGTV in North America and TVE Spain; and Psychopath with Piers Morgan to NBCU’s Oxygen.

Elfyn Morris, who has previously looked after CEE territories, will now handle sales for Scandinavia. Sales and marketing executive James Mill, meanwhile, will take on oversight of Central and Eastern Europe.

Former Gaumont International executive Hana Zidek will see her remit as acquisitions executive expand to include senior sales executive for France, while Cassandra Toller has been promoted to senior sales executive for the UK and Germany.

Finally, Alison Balch joined the company in July as materials manager. Balch was formerly employed at Kew Media over a 14-year period, working across such recent titles as the BAFTA- and Emmy Award-winning Leaving Neverland.

ZED to launch two series on modern American history

Paris-based producer-distributor ZED is launching two event programs on America’s modern history.

Anchoring the programming slate is Ku Klux Klan: An American History (2 x 52 minutes) from Roche Productions for ARTE France.

Directed by David Korn-Brzoza, the two-part doc will explore the history of the American white supremacist organization via archival footage and present-day interviews with historians and witnesses to the Klan’s violence.

Ku Klux Klan: An American History has already been sold to France Télévisions, RTBF, VRT, RSI, TG4, SVT, NRK, CESKA TV, WELTN24, FOXTEL, TV5 Québec, TVE and YLE.

Elsewhere, the Fabrizio Calvi- and David Carr-Brown-directed An American Affair: Trump and the FBI is set to investigate what filmmakers call “the secret ties” between the FBI and U.S. President Donald Trump.

The documentary special features contributions from key individuals who have crossed paths with the American president, including Myron Fuller, the first FBI agent who met Trump in the 1980s.

An American Affair: Trump and the FBI is available as a 52-minute and 86-minute one-off.

The film is produced by Pumpernickel Films (One Child Nation) and Allumage for France Télévisions. It has been sold to RTS, RTBF, CBC Radio Canada, Telefonica Spain and RSI.

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