Passion Distribution is excited to announce the appointment of Emmanuelle Namiech as its new CEO.
Leading UK based distributor Passion Distribution, part of the fast growing, transatlantic super indie Tinopolis Group, is excited to announce the appointment of Emmanuelle Namiech as its new CEO.
Namiech recently served as Managing Director of Banijay International, whereshe helped to transform the company’s distribution strategy and broaden its activity from focusing on formats to a wider portfolio of engaging factual, factual entertainment and scripted content from an expanded range of producers and broadcasters. In her role, she oversaw Banijay’s sales and acquisitions teams based in both London and LA.
Namiech will take over from founder and CEO, Sally Miles to lead the distribution company’s global strategy and focus on new and existing relations with content partners. She will work closely with Director of Global Sales, Elin Thomas and Managing Director, Nick Rees – who has played an instrumental role in building and growing the business since 2009 and will remain in charge of day to day operations.
With a career spanning nearly 20 years in international television sales and acquisitions, she has also held senior roles at Target Entertainment and FremantleMedia, where she was SVP of Content Acquisitions & Development. Prior to that she was Director of Acquisitions & Co-productions at ITV Studios Global Entertainment and played a pivotal role in driving the company’s growth and profitability. She was responsible for the overall management of the company’s content and building its portfolio by acquiring, developing and investing in new programming across all genres. She also held a number of sales roles within Carlton and Granada International before they merged to form ITV Studios Global Entertainment.
Namiech is also actively involved in various not-for-profit organisations and has served as a business mentor to young entrepreneurs and a coach to senior executives through an independent, boutique coaching consultancy she set up in 2012.
Sally Miles says, “I have thoroughly enjoyed building Passion into a truly global distribution business. With the support of Tinopolis we have continued to cement our international reputation and increase significantly our content and format offering. I have no doubt that the company will continue to grow from strength to strength and flourish under Emmanuelle’s leadership.”
Emmanuelle Namiech adds, “Sally has established a highly regarded, world-class independent distribution outfit, valued by many content producers and rights owners as a fantastic partner. Sally, along with Nick and Tinopolis have done an incredible job in making Passion into the successful global business it is today. I am very excited to lead the team and help them continue to build on the company’s success.”
Arwel Rees said, “We aresuper excited to welcome Emmanuelle on board. Her track record and unrivalled global expertise make her a great asset to the company, and we have every confidence in her ability to lead the business. We are incredibly proud of everything that Sally has achieved and wish her all the best for the future.”
Namiech will commence her role as CEO on 3rd May.
Passion Distribution’s existing catalogue consists of over 4000 hours of formats and finished programming across factual, scripted, entertainment and sports. The company is active in preselling, finding co-production partners and deficit funding third party content. Its key titles include Robot Wars (Mentorn Scotland),RuPaul’s Drag Race (World of Wonder),The Evolution of Us (Pioneer Productions), Deadliest Pets Down Under (Popkorn TV), Divorce Hotel (A. Smith & Co.), Wedding Town (Firecracker Films), Charlie Luxton’s Homes By the Sea/Med (True North Productions), Skin Wars (Gameshow Network), Make You Laugh Out Loud (Mentorn Media) and Churchill’s Secret (Daybreak Pictures).
The Tinopolis Group is a world-class international media producer and distributor of factual, entertainment, sport, drama, reality and branded content. It is one of the largest remaining independent television producers with a global footprint spanning London, Wales, Glasgow, Singapore and LA, and home to some of the most respected industry leaders from the US and the UK, who together produce high quality content for all key networks across the world and a fast-growing stable of brands and agencies.