EXCLUSIVE: UK-based manufacturing home Envision Entertainment has considerably expanded its ranks by appointing two key executives.
Former HBO Europe CEO Linda Jensen, who pioneered the U.S. firm’s progress into local-language programming, and skilled UK producer David Barron, whose credit embrace the Harry Potter franchise, have each joined the corporate to deal with distinct areas.
At Envision, Jensen will search out and purchase native IP with worldwide potential. She may also spearhead the launch of an funding arm on the firm, which may also look to accumulate stakes in synergistic media corporations throughout the display screen trade in complimentary fields similar to publishing, gaming, and animation.
The crew advised Deadline they might initially deal with territories in CEE and East Asia (the place Nakan has specialist data), with plans to shortly increase into high-growth territories similar to India, the Center East, South East Asia, and Africa.
Envision founder Michael Nakan will work throughout the brand new funding arm in addition to alongside Barron on the manufacturing division, which can proceed to handle a slate of worldwide premium initiatives in English, blended language, and native languages.
Deadline beforehand broke the information that Envision has teamed up with main Japanese multiplatform leisure firm Nippon TV on a joint slate, particulars of which you’ll examine here.
Jensen has deep expertise in constructing main worldwide companies in rising markets, together with serving to to launch MTV Russia. Throughout her time at HBO Europe, she labored on titles together with Agnieszka Holland’s Czech-language authentic Burning Bush and worldwide Emmy award successful doc The World In accordance To Ion B. She is going to stay an Advisor and Board Member for Amediateka, the Russia and CIS house of HBO.
In addition to six Harry Potter movies, Barron has additionally produced the likes of Legend of Tarzan, Cinderella, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle and Jack Ryan. His subsequent characteristic, Emily, an Emily Brontë biopic starring Intercourse Training’s Emma Mackey, will probably be launched by Warner Bros subsequent 12 months.
Michael Nakan, Founder and Chief Content material Officer of Envision Leisure, commented: “Linda and David are two extremely well-respected figures within the international content material trade. Having them be part of the crew is an actual assertion about our ambitions to make Envision a world-leading worldwide manufacturing home and IP incubator. Following our latest co-production cope with Nippon TV and the present funding spherical we’re anticipating a interval of speedy progress and to shortly turn out to be a extremely revered producer of world content material. Everyone knows that nice tales can come from wherever, even nations with out established content material industries, and our goal is to construct a sustainable catalogue of authentic and purchased IP in each mature and rising markets worldwide.”
Linda Jensen World Head of Investments added: “World content material wants are rising, each for tales and IP, in addition to companies. Envision is devoted to assembly these wants by sourcing the perfect native concepts and property for progress. I stay up for working with Michael and David as we develop Envision.”
David Barron World Head of Scripted added: “Market situations create an enormous alternative to capitalise on our very formidable plans and I’m very excited to be working with Linda and Michael to proceed to develop Envision Leisure.”