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Zodiak Rights Restructures; Jane Millichip To Exit, Sara Wookey Named COO

By | Thursday November 15, 2012 @ 4:10am PST

Wallander, Millennium Triology and Fort Boyard producer and distributor Zodiak Media today said it would reorganize its London- and Paris-based international sales operation, Zodiak Rights. As a result of the restructure, managing director of Zodiak Rights London, Jane Millichip, will exit the company at the end of January. The newly-created role of COO will be filled by former director of broadcast at NBCUniversal’s KidsCo TV, Sara Wookey.

From Januray 1, rather than be territoriy-based, Zodiak Rights’ new structure will be genre-based and include five divisions: non-scripted, scripted, kids, digital & publishing and clips. All non-scripted programming will be sold out of London while scripted will trade out of Paris. All other divisions will be based out of London. Zodiak Rights CEO, Matthew Frank, said the shift would “provide absolute clarity for buyers on where they should be going.”

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Sony Pictures Television Acquires UK’s Left Bank Pictures

The acquisition of a majority stake in UK producer Left Bank Pictures brings Sony Pictures Television‘s British portfolio to four companies. Left Bank’s TV series include the Kenneth Branagh-starring Wallander, in partnership with the BBC, Sky drama Mad Dogs and the Sky/HBO Cinemax action series Strike Back. It’s also active in the feature sector, with credits that include the Luc Besson-directed The Lady and soccer drama Wallander The Damned United, which Sony Pictures Classics released in the U.S. Left Bank founders Andy Harries and Marigo Kehoe will remain at the company’s London office with Harries now reporting to SPT president of international production, Andrea Wong. SPT will also distribute Left Bank’s TV content and will have a first-look option on features. SPT is already entrenched in the UK via Gogglebox Entertainment, Victory Television and Silver River.

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