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Zodiak Rights Makes Top Scripted Hire


Caroline Torrance is set to join Zodiak Rights as its Head of International Scripted.

Torrance will spearhead Zodiak's ambitions in the international scripted arena, leading Zodiak Rights' dedicated scripted sales team in Paris and working with in-house and external producers around the world to develop international drama and comedy co-pro hits.

Torrance was previously Director of Scripted, Content and Production for BBC Worldwide, where she was responsible for its global content and acquisition strategy, including acquisition of both BBC in-house and independent productions.

Torrance brings with her a wealth of experience and expertise built in similar roles at Endemol, Granada, and most recently BBC Worldwide, where she has been key in the successful development of international co-pro projects.

The appointment marks a continued commitment from Zodiak to satisfy a significant and growing market demand for high-end drama and comedy, building on the success stories of Millennium, Wallander, Being Human, Murder, The Inbetweeners, Badults, Solsidan and St. Tropez.

Torrance said:
"I am thrilled to be joining Zodiak, and I look forward to working with the talented sales teams in Paris and London and the fantastic independent production houses around the world."

Torrance will leverage the talent within Zodiak's scripted production companies which include, among others, Yellow Bird and Jarowski in Stockholm, Touchpaper and Bwark in London and Marathon and Tele Images in Paris.

Matthew Frank, CEO Zodiak Rights said:
"We've been looking to hire a heavy hitter in the scripted area for some time now and in Caroline I believe we have found that person. We are very excited to have her on board. The recent success of The Returned, an outstanding original series with a French twist, and upcoming projects like Occupied are paving the way for broadcasters who look to us for more exciting European drama. I am confident that Caroline will help us to accelerate our ambitions in this area."

Marc-Antoine d'Halluin, CEO Zodiak Media said:
"We are extremely happy that Caroline is joining us with her vast experience and knowledge. I know she will be a huge asset to the group and our international co-pro efforts around the globe, which will play a critical part in our growth strategy. In this respect, we are looking for growth to come first from our in-house production houses, but also from talented independent third party partners who can benefit from the support that the Zodiak Media group can provide, both in packaging co-productions from the outset and accessing our leading distribution network to maximise the exploitation of the best ideas."