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Aiming to add further support for its business as it grows, content developer, financier and executive producer Fugitive has recruited four experienced consultants to boost its sales activity.
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Acting as agents and operating at SVP level, Joanna Rowley, based in London, Tania Jacobson in Los Angeles, Charo Penedo in Madrid and Anne Roder-Botbol in Paris will be focused on pre-sales for Fugitive’s expanding slate of scripted and unscripted projects, as well as sales for the company’s growing catalogue of completed programming and formats.

Freelance sales consultant Joanna Rowley, who worked as an executive director at Fox Networks Group Content Distribution prior to its acquisition by Disney, will now cover Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Nordic region. Before working for Fox she spent many years as a regional sales director for National Geographic Television International, as well as for its previous incarnation, Explore International.

Tania Jacobson, who will look after Fugitive in the US and Canada, was, until recently, SVP 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. Tania started her career in TV with for North West England independent commercial network Granada Television in the UK before moving to America to oversee Canadian sales for the company, ahead of it becoming merged into the current ITV.

Charo 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. Charo 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 seen roles at Cineflix Rights and Belgian format business Primitives.

Anne Roder-Botbol started her career at TVF International before moving onto 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 sales, where she worked 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, Anne will represent French and German speaking territories, as well as Italy and Benelux.

Commenting on the appointments, on behalf of himself and fellow Fugitive co-manager Merrily Ross, Anthony Kimble said: “[We] 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.”

Roder-Botbol (pictured far left) added: “In Fugitive, Anthony and Merrily have created a new style of TV company, one that not only moves quickly and works with a variety of exciting producers but that is also keen to promote new and different voices across scripted and unscripted. It’s a great time to be part of such an interesting, dynamic business and it’s a real pleasure to be working alongside a team of such highly respected peers from the industry.”