Leading German film and TV group Telepool, which is owned by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook, has restructured the leadership of its world sales and distribution arm Global Screen. Julia Weber, its long-time head of sales and acquisitions, is leaving, with Brianne Bonney becoming head of TV sales.
Yoko Higuchi-Zitzmann, CEO at Telepool, commented: “With her talent, charisma and excellent taste for international titles, Julia Weber has successfully shaped Global Screen for many years and has represented the Telepool brand perfectly to all our partners around the world. We are very grateful to her for her outstanding commitment to the Telepool Group and wish her only the very best for her future.”
Weber said: “After many exciting years and successful films, I am leaving the company with a lot of fulfilment and pride to take on new challenges. Global Screen is in a strong position with a great team and looks to the future with great confidence.”
Bonney starts as head of TV sales at Global Screen on Nov. 1. Based in Munich, U.S.-born Bonney will lead the TV distribution team in its sales efforts across the company’s diverse TV films and series portfolio.
Bonney has held senior sales positions at major international distribution companies including Bavaria Media International, Red Arrow International and Turkey’s Global Agency.
Higuchi-Zitzmann said: “We are very pleased that we have been able to recruit Brianne as the new head of TV sales for Global Screen. With an excellent team of experienced sales colleagues, she will continue to expand global sales of TV and streaming programs. Our focus here is on growing international series and formats in both acquisition and sales. In addition to the large international network that Brianne brings with her through leading roles in top international distribution companies, she will make the new business unit more dynamic and expand formats and remakes.”
Bonney will strengthen Global Screen’s TV sales division and international streaming business, while Klaus Rasmussen will further expand the feature film division. Ulrike Schröder will be responsible for the acquisition of content.
Global Screen will attend next month’s Mipcom with a diverse range of new shows including the highly anticipated “Davos 1917,” a spy drama based on real events; documentary “Munich ’72,” the story of the 1972 Munich Olympics terror attack; “Seaside Crimes,” featuring crime stories by Ismail Sahin; and “The Undertaker,” a crime comedy film.
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