The restructure of Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution that began nearly six months ago, shortly after Gina Brogi was named President of Global Distribution, succeeding long-time division chief Marion Edwards, has led to a number of staff changes at the London office.
The now-completed restructure was designed to consolidate the licensing teams throughout all television distribution media and platforms and align the sales organization around three major regions: the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific. The London office falls under EMEA, which is managed by Kristen Finney, EVP, EMEA. As part of the restructure, the London office will be responsible for distributing Fox’s film and TV content across a number of territories, including the UK, Ireland, Nordics, the Middle East, Israel, Africa, Russia/CIS, Netherlands, the Baltics and Iceland.
David Smyth, the former Sky exec who took the reins in the big smoke last year after Steve Cornish retired, will continue to oversee the London office as Senior Vice President and Managing Director. He will also continue to look for co-production opportunities for the studio to exploit; something that was a key priority in his previous post as Senior Vice-President of Sales and Development.
In addition, long-time Fox executive Kate Stevenson has been promoted to Senior Manager, while Vanessa Patenon has joined the ranks of the London office as Vice President of Sales. Before joining Fox, Patenon worked in a variety of senior roles in international television distribution most notably at the Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. Both Patenon and Stevenson will report directly to David Smyth. Additionally, George Gioudas, EVP, EMEA, will be based out of the London office and will work on pan-regional deals for the studio. He reports to Finney.
Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution is the international distribution division of 21st Century Fox and is responsible for securing international deals for all Fox owned programming. Some of the shows shopped by TCFTVD include Fox’s 24: Legacy, Prison Break, Bones, The X-Files and New Girl; Showtime’s counter-terrorism drama Homeland; and a number of FX original series including The Strain, Sons Of Anarchy, Baskets and Atlanta. The division will be unveiling their new crop of shows at the upcoming LA Screenings.