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Hiring round-up: Abacus and History Hit unveil executive hirings

Two UK-headquartered companies — Content distributor Abacus Media Rights and SVOD service History Hit — have announced significant hires. London-based Abacus, a member of the Amcomri Media Group, has appointed former ...
January 11, 2022

Two UK-headquartered companies — Content distributor Abacus Media Rights and SVOD service History Hit — have announced significant hires.

London-based Abacus, a member of the Amcomri Media Group, has appointed former UKTV executive Charlie Charalambous as its head of acquisitions.

Previously, Charalambous (pictured) worked in program acquisitions at UKTV for the network’s seven channels, as well as with BBC Studios’ global channels and VOD services. He also previously worked in programming and acquisitions at Sky, securing content for Sky Atlantic, Sky 1, Sky Arts and Sky Living.

He joins a company that boasts recent unscripted and documentary acquisitions including Four Hours at the Capitol, In the Shadow of 9/11, Epstein’s Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell and This Is Joan Collins.

“We are extremely pleased to have an executive with Charlie’s extensive contacts and experience join our growing business. He has a very wide remit with us at AMR as we continue to build our award-winning portfolio across premium scripted and unscripted content,” said Jonathan Ford, Abacus managing director, in a news release.

Meanwhile, SVOD and content platform History Hit has appointed Bill Locke as its head of original programming.

Locke will report directly to History Hit co-founder and creative director Dan Snow, to help achieve History Hit’s goal to produce more than 60 hours of original programming per year. Locke will oversee development on and executive produce the delivery of series and singles.

Locke worked at All3Media sister company Lion TV for 20 years, most recently as its director of specialist factual. He’s made films for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Sky, ARTE, History Channel, National Geographic, PBS and more.

“With [Locke's] rich background steeped in traditional broadcast, we have no doubt that he will be able to take our output to another level — deepening our relationship with our loyal history fans but also engaging and converting new digital audiences through the power of quality storytelling,” Snow said in a news release.

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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