EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has hired Alyson Stewart as SVP Sales and Strategy, a new position in which the industry veteran will be responsible for business development, strategic growth opportunities and partnerships at the indie distributor. She reports to CEO Nolan Gallagher.

Stewart was previously at Mediamorph, where she served as SVP of Sales, and before that spent 12 years at Vubiquity (formerly TVN Entertainment Corp), where she rose to SVP of Strategic Sales Development and was part of the team that grew the VOD licensing and services business in North America over the past decade.

In November, Red Arrow Studios, an arm of Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1, acquired a majority stake in Gravitas, with Nolan Gallagher, Michael Murphy and Brendan Gallagher remaining as minority owners who continue to run the business, which focuses on theatrical and on-demand distribution.

“We are thrilled to welcome Alyson to our team,” Gallagher said. “Alyson is a well-respected industry leader who has successfully negotiated deals with almost every distributor in North American including Comcast, Charter, Altice and Verizon. Alyson brings a unique breadth of experience across content types, business models and distribution platforms.”

Stewart also held distribution sales roles at Turner Networks, Weather Channel, Starz
and Wink Interactive.