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Looking Glass acquires Factory titles

Australia-based Looking Glass International (LGI) has acquired 55 hours of programming from UK distributor Factory Media and tapped its sales chief to run a new outpost in London.

Sam Thompson

LGI has appointed Sam Thompson as its VP of international distribution and coproductions, handing the exec control of its soon-to-open London office.

He arrives from Factory, which specialises in sports, adventure and the outdoors and has sold 55 hours of content to LGI, whose library spans wildlife, science, history, travel and lifestyle programming.

Thompson joined Factory as head of global sales at the beginning of 2016, having previously been MD of international at the London office of US distributor Big Media Holdings.

Prior to that, he had been based in Australia, where he began his career in international programme sales at World Wide Entertainment.

Factory Media sold its magazine assets to publisher Squared Up Media at the beginning of the year.

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