Zodiak Rights Poaches BBC Worldwide’s Chris Stewart

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Chris StewartZodiak Rights has recruited BBC Worldwide’s Head of Drama Chris Stewart as part of their push into scripted.

Chris Stewart has joined the international distribution division of Zodiak Media in the newly created role of Head of Scripted Acquisitions. He will assume the new role in December and will report directly to Zodiak Rights’ Head of Scripted Caroline Torrance. He will work with Torrence’s team to expand the range of scripted dramas and comedies on their slate.

As BBC Worldwide’s Head of Drama, Chris Stewart was responsible for overseeing key third-party acquisitions and in-house dramas such as Doctor Who, The Musketeers and Da Vinci’s Demons. Prior to BBC Worldwide, Stewart held a key role at home entertainment label 2Entertain, where he negotiated deals for a number of BBC In-House shows including Luther and The Thick of It.

Zodiak Rights has a fairly long history on the scripted side of the business. The company represents such shows as Wallander, Being Human, The Inbetweeners and Tatau. They also recently took international rights to US syndicated drama The Pinkertons, which was launched to buyers at MIPCOM. The company is also looking to develop international drama and comedy co-productions – a path they started down last year with the hire of Caroline Torrance.

“I’m very excited to be joining Zodiak Rights at such an exciting time of growth for both the company and the marketplace, where premium scripted programming is enjoying global attention”, said Chris Stewart. “I look forward to working with Caroline and Zodiak’s in house programming teams to develop their catalogue of exciting drama and comedy content”.

While Zodiak Rights’s Head of Scripted Caroline Torrance added: “I am delighted to be bringing Chris on board, with his previous experience in high-end international drama productions he will be an invaluable asset to us and producers we represent as we continue to bring quality scripted programming from around the world to the international marketplace”.