Hiring round-up: WarnerMedia, Fremantle, Blue Ant make moves

Blue Ant appoints former A+E exec Bryan Gabourie as SVP, international sales and partnerships Blue Ant International has appointed Bryan Gabourie to the position of SVP, international sales and partnerships. In his new role, ...
January 18, 2022

Blue Ant appoints former A+E exec Bryan Gabourie as SVP, international sales and partnerships

Blue Ant International has appointed Bryan Gabourie to the position of SVP, international sales and partnerships.

In his new role, Gabourie will oversee sales activities from originals, pre-sales, content licensing, co-productions and strategic partnerships in the U.S. Gabourie will report to Solange Attwood, Blue Ant International EVP.

Gabourie has worked in global distribution and development for more than 15 years, and most recently held the position of vice president of global content sales and digital licensing at A+E. There, he represented A+E Networks brands and programming for content sales, co-production, channel partnership and format sales, and managed multi-territory streaming opportunities.

“Bryan’s deep experience and relationships with buyers across all platforms in the U.S. market is a huge asset in growing our business in the United States,” Attwoodsaid in a news release. “Additionally, his track record in global distribution and development makes him a valuable member of the Blue Ant International team.”

Prior to A+E, Gabourie was vice president of international distribution and development for Rive Gauche Television, where he was responsible for distribution of more than 2,500 hours of TV and film content to international broadcasters in markets around the world, for finished programming and formats. The role also included global acquisitions for new programming, co-production agreements and original development.

WarnerMedia taps Thomas Ciampa as country manager for Italy, Spain and Portugal

WarnerMedia has appointed Thomas Ciampa (pictured) to be the company’s country manager for Italy, Spain and Portugal.

In the role, Ciampa will be responsible for the development and execution of WarnerMedia’s strategy and optimization of its commercial and group marketing activities in the three territories. This includes theatrical distribution, local theatrical productions, content licensing, home entertainment, consumer products, as well as ad sales and affiliate distribution for WarnerMedia channels and streaming platforms.

Ciampa will also manage distribution of Sony Pictures’ movies in Italy. He’ll work closely with WarnerMedia Studios & Networks, as well as with HBO Max.

Since first joining Warner Bros. in 2002, Ciampa has worked for WarnerMedia in a variety of senior management roles. His most recent position was senior vice president of theatrical distribution in Italy, Spain and Portugal, as well as Italian local productions.

“Thomas has a deep understanding of our businesses and the brands and franchises that have so much resonance with our fans across these regions. He also brings a strong commitment to our distribution partners as well as to the creative community,” said Priya Dogra, president of WarnerMedia EMEA & Asia (excluding China).

The appointment followed WarnerMedia’s announcement on Monday (Jan. 17) that Barbara Salabè is leaving the company. Salabè had worked with the company for more than a decade, and was WarnerMedia’s president and country manager in Italy, Spain and Portugal.

Fremantle appoints former FilmRise exec as director of distribution

Global producer-distributor Fremantle has tapped former FilmRise executive Trey Durst for the role of director of distribution for Fremantle International, U.S.

In the position, Durst will be based in New York and will report to Lisa Honig, Fremantle’s senior EVP distribution North America. He will focus on Fremantle’s expanding AVOD and FAST business, while also maintaining key clients across Fremantle’s traditional lines of business.

Durst joins Fremantle from New York-based FilmRise, the largest independently owned AVOD streaming network and streaming provider, where he was VP of digital content programming.

“With his wealth of knowledge and relationships in the emerging FAST channel marketplace and his ability to navigate the ever-evolving landscape here in the U.S., Trey is perfectly placed to help grow Fremantle’s commercial interests, building brands and matching partners and audiences with our high-quality programming. Absolutely thrilled to have him on board,” said Honig in a release.

With files from Justin Anderson

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