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Fugitive expands global sales team

L-R: Anne Roder-Botbol, Joanna Rowley, Charo Penedo and Tania Jacobson

Fugitive, the UK-based content development, financing and executive producing company managed by Anthony Kimble and Merrily Ross, has recruited four experienced sales consultants.

Acting as agents and operating at senior VP level, Joanna Rowley, based in London, Tania Jacobson in LA, Charo Penedo in Madrid and Anne Roder-Botbol in Paris will be focused on pre-sales for Fugitive’s slate of scripted and unscripted projects, as well as sales for the company’s catalogue of completed programming and formats.

Covering Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Nordic region, Rowley is a freelance sales consultant who worked as an executive director at Fox Networks Group Content Distribution prior to its acquisition by Disney.

Before that, she spent many years as a regional sales director for National Geographic Television International and for its previous incarnation, Explore International.

Jacobson, who will look after Fugitive in the US and Canada, was, until recently, senior VP at Endemol Shine, handling the company’s sales and formats business in Canada.

Prior to that, also from her base in LA, she was VP of North American sales for ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Jacobson started her career in TV with Granada Television in the UK before moving to America to oversee Canadian sales for the company, ahead of it becoming ITV.

Penedo will be responsible for Spain, Portugal and Latin America. She started her career with Hit Entertainment in London, before joining Sunset & Vine International, now part of Tinopolis.

Penedo then went to work at Optomen (All3Media), where she was responsible for driving sales of the Kitchen Nightmares format and finished show, before moving to Madrid to look after Southern Europe for Discovery. Her two-decade career has also included roles at Cineflix Rights and Belgian format business Primitives.

Roder-Botbol started her career at TVF International before moving to Channel 4 International, where she was responsible for the first format sales of Supernanny and That’ll Teach ‘Em in France and Germany.

She then joined DRG as VP of sales, working across finished tape sales, formats and drama remakes – most notably securing local versions of Doc Martin in a number of territories, including France. For Fugitive, Roder-Botbol will represent French- and German-speaking territories, as well as Italy and Benelux.

Kimble said: “Merrily and I are thrilled to welcome Joanna, Anne, Tania and Charo to the Fugitive team. It is an exciting time for the business with new projects for development and financing, as well as a growing catalogue of finished shows and formats to take out to the market.

“We feel very lucky to have created such an experienced international network so quickly and are already seeing the benefit of the team’s extensive territory expertise, combined contacts book and long-standing industry relationships.”


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