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Gaumont taps Vanessa Shapiro for global distribution

The former MarVista Entertainment exec will lead global sales and distribution for Gaumont Television's complete portfolio, including animation.
January 4, 2017

French prodco Gaumont’s centralized television division has hired 20-year industry vet and former MarVista Entertainment exec Vanessa Shapiro  as its new president of worldwide distribution.

Shapiro will be responsible for global sales and distribution of the company’s complete portfolio, including new animated preschool series Do, Re & Mi and AGE co-pro Herself The Elf.

She will split her time between Gaumont’s L.A. and Paris offices, and will report to vice-CEO Christophe Riandee. She will also work closely with Gaumont Television US president Gene Stein, Gaumont Animation president Nicolas Atlan and Gaumont SVP for France, Isabelle DeGeorges.

While also handling Gaumont’s drama and French series, Shapiro will liaise with the development team to oversee existing and new opportunities around sales, pre-sales and co-productions. She will also manage the company’s marketing business.

Gaumont Television’s VP of international distribution, Nicola Andrews, SVP of European co-productions, Elizabeth Dreyer, and VP of international distribution, Hana Zidek, will now report to Shapiro.

Shapiro most recently served as EVP of distribution for MarVista Entertainment, a position she held since 2007. She previously spent 10 years at Sony Pictures Entertainment, moving up the ranks to become its director of worldwide pay-TV.

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