ITV Studios is merging its global distribution and global entertainment teams under a single leadership team, led by Ruth Berry, currently Managing Director, Global Distribution.
Arjan Pomper is stepping down as managing director of global entertainment.
ITV said the move would help ITV Studios to align more closely with buyers and reflects the evolution of the global market with the growth of the streaming platforms, on-going market consolidation and the adoption by many buyers of a single buying approach across all genres.
Berry will now lead the distribution and monetization of ITV Studios’ catalogue of 90,000 hours with 285 formats which includes hit titles Love Island, The Voice and Line of Duty.
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During her decade with ITV Studios, Berry has helped to transform ITV Studios from an outfit with predominantly English-language content sales (with a factual specialism), to a global distributor of English and European language drama, alongside a portfolio of non-scripted titles.
Before joining ITV Studios, Berry worked at Shine International where she was SVP, head of EMEA and at The Walt Disney Company where her roles included head of branded services and digital media distribution, EMEA.
ITV Studios’ Chief Operating Officer David McGraynor said: “Ruth has been instrumental in building our commercial business and partnering with our clients globally. She has a deep knowledge of what our partners need and we look forward to on-going growth as she leads the two divisions.
“I’d like to thank Arjan for the significant contribution he has played in shaping and delivering the strategy for Global Entertainment. Under his leadership he has created a great team that has delivered impressive financial and operational performance.”
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