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ITVS GE names new director of global content

The UK distributor behind Thunderbirds Are Go has upped Julie Meldal-Johnsen to lead program acquisitions, co-pros and content strategy.
December 7, 2016

ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has upped Julie Meldal-Johnsen to director of global content.

The internal appointment from the UK-based TV distribution and consumer products business, which recently launched the second season of Thunderbirds Are Go, will see Meldal-Johnsen lead program acquisitions, co-productions and content strategy. Additionally, she will manage the distributor’s relationships with producers.

Most recently, Meldal-Johnsen was senior EVP of scripted and business development for ITV Studios America. In that role, she was responsible for driving the growth strategy and business operations of ITV’s US scripted business, including the management of ITV Studio America’s first-look deals with One Two Punch and Hoodlum.

Beginning in January, Meldal-Johnsen will relocate to the UK for the new role, reporting to Ruth Berry, MD of ITVS GE.

The promotion comes on the heels of broadcaster ITV announcing proposed changes to its programming team, which includes a restructuring within its children’s channel CITV. Under the anticipated changes, the position of CITV programming headcurrently held by Jamila Metranwill be eliminated, leaving the commissioning and acquisition of children’s programming to be carried out by existing genre teams.

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