Global distributor of children’s and family content Distribution of jet packs (jetpackdistribution.tv) announces a new team structure to expand its operations across the globe and consolidate the company’s efforts in selling and acquiring high-quality content.
“Jetpack has grown exponentially since its launch, a momentum that we want to pick up and accelerate even more! We are fortunate to work with over 40 producers of exceptional quality content and are focused on future expansion,” said CEO Dominic Gardner. “The changes and promotions reflect the hard work and dedication of the team, as well as their brilliant relationships and connections within the child and family industry.”
Sophie “Kido” Prigent was promoted to Global Sales Manager, leader in sales in Asia, Canada, France, Latin America, Portugal, Spain and the Nordic countries, and in AVOD sales worldwide. She will lead the sale of all content in Jetpack’s catalog, working with broadcasters and VOD platforms to find homes for the company’s diverse range of children’s and family series across all genres and formats. Kido will continue to support the global acquisitions team and be the direct contact for producers in its territories.
Gillian Calvert Crest was promoted to Global Distribution Director – Acquisitions and Development, leading the company’s acquisition of produced and development-stage shows. She will focus on the significant growth of this area, to further grow Jetpack’s roster and identify the best content from producers and creators around the world. She will also handle content sales for Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Matthew Bowen was named as Acquisitions Coordinator and will report directly to Calvert Ridge.
Sales Manager Toby Jones expands its mandate to include the sale of children’s and family content in the Benelux, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Italy. Jones will report to Prigent.
Rhiannon Lyon was promoted to Marketing and Operations Managerworking alongside CEO Dominic Gardiner to promote the company – and its slate – across the world.
Prigent, Calvert Ridge and Lyons will report directly to Gardiner.
PBS named Adrian Schmid as Vice President of PBS KIDS Content (pbskids.org) overseeing the network’s team and comprehensive content library. Additionally, he will be responsible for expanding PBS KIDS’ strong cross-platform content strategy to meet the changing needs of its audience. This will include identifying new industry talent, fostering relationships with current producers and partners, and supporting the development of new approaches to content production on emerging platforms. He will join the team on June 13 and report to Sara DeWitt, senior vice president and general manager of PBS KIDS.
“PBS KIDS brings a unique proposition: combining the directive to embrace different styles, formats, viewpoints and voices, with an unwavering commitment to creating content with purpose. It’s an honor to join this amazing team and work on this growing family of beloved characters. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue my work enabling children to connect, learn and have fun,” said Schmid.
Schmid, a media veteran with more than 20 years of experience, comes to PBS from Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc., where he recently focused on multilingual programming in the Latin American and Hispanic American markets. He has developed and produced curriculum-based projects for preschool audiences in the long-form non-fiction, live-action, and animation genres. Schmid also oversaw the creation of short and digital content for children. His recent projects include Bean Ba Daa children’s comedy series that explores the connection between art and STEM, and the hit LatAm Mini Beat Power Rockers, a CG show with a strong music appreciation program. Additionally, he led the network’s editorial oversight on popular co-productions. Agent Binky and Earth to Luna. Schmid’s contribution to children’s entertainment has been recognized with a Pulcinella Award for Breakthrough Innovation Papernauts (2018) and the Cine Golden Eagle Award (2014) for Doki. He is also four times nominated for the International Emmy Awards (2015-2018).
The Visual Effects Company (SEV; vesglobal.org), the industry’s global professional honor society, announced the upcoming retirement of Eric Roththe society Executive Director For almost 20 years. Roth will complete his tenure as head of the organization on September 30, 2022, midway through the Society’s landmark 25th anniversary year. The Executive Committee of the VES Board of Directors, under the leadership of VES President Lisa Cooke, has created a search committee that will soon begin the process of identifying the next CEO.
“We were exceptionally proud and fortunate to have a leader of Eric’s caliber, with such passion, integrity and vision – and the unparalleled skills needed to drive this dynamic organization forward” , Cooke said. “As a colleague and friend, Eric is the kind of collaborator, mentor and cheerleader you always hope to work with. Eric has done transformative work to make the Society this rich global community, and he leaves us with a tremendous legacy to carry on.
Read Roth’s letter to the Board on the VES News Blog here.
Toby Emmerich announced its intention to retire as President of the Warner Bros Pictures Group and set up his own production company at the studio. The outgoing executive has an exclusive five-year deal with Warner Bros. Discobery, which will fund the outfit and own the distribution rights to its films and TV/streaming series.
Emmerich has led WBPG since 2017, previously serving as president and chief content officer. Prior to joining the studio, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of New Line Cinema. He had previously signed with WB in 1992 as director of development and music.
Industry veterans Michael DeLuca and Pam Abdyformerly directors of cinema at MGM, were named co-presidents and CEOs of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, which currently includes Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema, DC-Based Film Production and Warner Bros. Feature Animation.
“It has been an honor and a pleasure to be part of this legendary company for the past three decades and to lead the team at the world-class Warner Bros. motion picture studio, and I am incredibly proud of what we have been able to accomplish together” , says Emmerich. “It felt like the perfect time to move on to something new, and I’m excited to pursue my passion for storytelling in a more hands-on way with my own production company.”