The Cry indie Synchronicity Films has named industry veteran Mark Young as their first Chairman. His appointment comes after he has served as a consultant and non-executive director for the company.
As Chairman, Young will work closely with Claire Mundell, Synchronicity’s founder and creative director, and to help develop the indie’s business. With the appointment, Mark Young also becomes a full director of the business.
Young has worked at the highest levels of international television for the past two decades. He previously served as Senior Vice-President of Global Entertainment Distribution and Acquisitions for IMG Media, Managing Director of Global Television Sales for BBC Worldwide, and Head of Business Affairs for ITN.
“2018 was a whirlwind year for Synchronicity Films, with the success of The Cry opening new doors and strengthening our relationships, both at home and overseas”, said Claire Mundell. “It is vital now that we plan our next steps carefully, grow our brand and don’t lose any momentum. Mark’s initial consultancy was very valuable and now formally adding his commercial ‘know how’ to my creative vision for the company will take us to the next level.”
“This ambitious business has a distinctive voice, terrific energy, and has an incredible slate of scripted content in development – including worldwide bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz – powered by Claire’s innate ability to spot hit novels and content, and her wonderful relationships with writers”, added Mark Young. “I am delighted to officially join the company and become part of the dynamic Synchronicity Films team.”
In addition to the appointment, Synchronicity has extended its first look deal with DRG for another year. The international distributor handled global sales for the indie’s hit BBC drama The Cry, lining up sales with broadcasters in the United States, France, Norway, Sweden, Poland, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Benelux, the Middle East and Africa.