Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution exec David Smyth has been upped to Senior Vice-President of Sales and Development.
Smyth, who is based out of Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution’s London office, has been with the company since 2009 and most recently served as Vice-President of Sales, with responsibility for striking deals for Fox owned and distributed programming with European broadcasters.
In his newly expanded role as SVP of Sales and Development, David Smyth will be responsible for identifying and securing co-production opportunities for new original content to air in the US and around the world. He will also continue to have responsibility for licensing Fox programming to European broadcasters.
“Co-production is an area of growing importance to the studio and increasingly vital to our rapidly expanding business model and David’s new position highlights our intention to become a global player in this arena”, said Mark Kaner, President of Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. “I know David will bring insight and passion to recognizing and driving the right projects forward for us.”
“I am delighted to expand my role into sourcing and developing co-productions, an area with huge potential in Europe”, added Smyth. “The growth of major cross-border collaborations across the region and beyond has been a key trend in the industry over recent years and I am looking forward to utilizing my experience and contacts to build and expand this key business opportunity for the studio in Europe.”
Prior to joining Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution in 2009, Smyth served as the Head of Acquisitions for BSkyB. In that role he was responsible for acquiring such big-ticket American television series as Battlestar Galactica, Fringe and Prison Break. Famously, he also struck the deal with Disney which gave Sky the exclusive rights to Lost, poaching the hit series from free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4.