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A+E hires EMEA sales trio

International channels operator A+E Networks has hired a trio of senior sales execs to bolster its London-based international content distribution team.

Robyn Hurd comes in as senior director of content sales for EMEA, and will be responsible for content distribution in the UK, Ireland, Benelux, Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. She will report to Denis Cantin, VP head of content sales for EMEA.

Hurd joins from coproduction and deficit financing specialists Drive, and has held senior sales positions at Target Entertainment, Endemol Distribution and Celador International.

Meanwhile, Michael Oesterlin also takes on a senior director of content sales position for EMEA. He will oversee sales activity in German-speaking Europe, Nordics, Turkey, the Middle East, Israel, Greece, Portugal, Africa, French-speaking Belgium and Switzerland, reporting to Cantin.

Oesterlin, whose role became effective in September, previously served as a consultant to the A+E Networks international content distribution team. He also held senior sales positions with GmBh, Tele München Gruppe, RHI Entertainment, Alchemy Television Group and Warner Bros International Television.

Reporting to him is Lorenzo Bertolotti, who has been appointed manager of content sales for EMEA.

Bertolotti takes responsibility for content distribution in Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, Israel, Greece, Portugal, French-speaking Belgium and Switzerland. Before joining A+E Networks, he worked for Passion Distribution and eOne Television International, managing sales in Africa and the Middle East.

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