Netflix Executive Named CFO By Banijay; “Black Mirror” Receives BAFTA Honor; Abacus Adds Sales Executive – Global Briefs
Banijay Appoints Netflix Exec As CFO
A finance executive from Netflix has been named CFO of Banijay. Beginning the next month, Cédric Brignon will manage the Big Brother powerhouse’s financial strategy and carry out its M&A goals.
He arrives from Netflix, where he most recently served as Vice President Studio Finance for EMEA, and takes over the streamer’s financial operations for all content development and acquisition in the region, replacing Sophie Kurinckx, who is transferring to Banijay parent FL Entertainment.
He coordinated the Netflix Studio Strategy and oversaw financial planning for his zone as a regional head. Previous employers include PWC and Warner Bros. Entertainment. The CEO of Banijay, Marco Bassetti, described him as an “impeccable financial partner with invaluable experience across huge media companies” and stated that he will report to Bassetti.
He will undoubtedly be a big asset in helping us as we continue to ambitiously build and extend our worldwide group, the executive continued, having most recently worked at Netflix.
According to Brignon, Banijay has become one of the major participants in the content business, and from a distance, it appears that this is just the beginning. I’m happy to be a part of a company that is a leader in its field and has such a clear long-term goal centered on both internal and external global expansion.
Producer of “Black Mirror” to Get BAFTA Award
The Siân Phillips Award will be presented to Black Mirror producer Annabel Jones at this year’s BAFTA Cymru ceremony, the Welsh version of the BAFTAs. The producer has been creating shows for three decades, including Dead Set, Charlie Brooker’s various Wipe and Cunk incarnations, A Touch of Cloth, and Death To 2020.
They co-run the Netflix-supported independent Broke & Bones. She has “made such a tremendous and powerful contribution to the television scene, and is a highly deserving recipient of this special award,” according to Emma Baehr, executive director of BAFTA Awards and content.
For the first time in two years, the awards will be presented live on Sunday, hosted by Alex Jones, and will feature nominees like the BAFTA UK-winning drama In My Skin.
Abacus Appoints Flame’s Anne Corsak For NA Sales
Anne Corsak has been named Sales Director for North America by UK distributor Abacus Media Rights (AMR), which is owned by Amcomri Entertainment. Before joining AMR this year, Corsak was employed by Flame Media, whose assets were bought.
Corsak spent five years at Flame as Senior Vice President of Content Sales, overseeing North America and Global Digital Strategy.
Before that, Anne served as the vice president of sales and marketing for Global Telemedia from 2004 to 2012 and as the acquisitions executive for VOD for the independent producer and distributor Janson Media, based in New York.
With the addition of Flame, AMR’s TV library now features more than 4,000 hours of content, including Life in Colour with David Attenborough, Outback Truckers, Outback Opal Hunters, and The Moors Murders.
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