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Arrested Industries hires two senior execs

L.A.-based indie Arrested Industries (which rebranded from Fugitive earlier this year) has tapped two industry veterans as SVPs. Judy Levenson (pictured, right) joins Arrested as SVP of sales with Mette Kanne-Behrendsen (left) taking ...
August 17, 2021

L.A.-based indie Arrested Industries (which rebranded from Fugitive earlier this year) has tapped two industry veterans as SVPs.

Judy Levenson (pictured, right) joins Arrested as SVP of sales with Mette Kanne-Behrendsen (left) taking the role of SVP of acquisitions.

The U.S.-based Levenson will oversee unscripted and scripted content sales in North America for Arrested Industries. She was previously at consulting firm Leverage Media, where she was principal. The executive has also held content and sales positions at Litton Entertainment, Scott Brothers Entertainment, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Networks, and Showtime Networks. Levenson is a senior member of the American Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Kanne-Behrendsen, based in the UK, will focus on unscripted content. She joins the Arrested team from NENT Studios UK, where she was SVP of acquisitions until NENT was acquired by All3Media. Prior to that, she was at Off the Fence and before that spent more than a decade at Modern Times Group, where she was responsible for a portfolio that included the Viasat History, Crime and Nature channel brands as director of pay TV channels.

“We are still a relatively new business, so are absolutely thrilled to have attracted two such experienced, well-connected and popular senior executives as Mette and Judy. Mette has excellent relationships with factual producers around the world and will be instrumental in helping us build our unscripted programme catalogue, working alongside co-CEO Anthony Kimble, who is responsible for new scripted content. Judy, meanwhile, will bring her energy and local expertise to bear in North America, finding new homes for all our shows, as well as supporting Anthony on the ground as he establishes our American office over the coming months,” Merrily Ross, CEO of unscripted at Arrested Industries, said in a release.

“I am thrilled to be working with Anthony, Merrily and the rest of the team, with a focus on growing the Arrested Industries brand and footprint in North America. Now feels like the perfect time for its fresh approach, big personality, and genuinely exciting programming, drawn from both traditional and emerging content markets,” said Levenson.

Added Kanne-Behrendsen: “Arrested Industries is evolving into a very distinctive, contemporary content agency, and I am excited to be able to reach out to my network of producers and introduce them to new opportunities for partnership.”

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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