14 May 2012 – ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) has today announced that Ruth Clarke has been appointed Director of Acquisitions and Co-Productions. Ruth joins the company from Shine International, where she is SVP, Head of EMEA.

Reporting to Maria Kyriacou, Managing Director of ITVS GE, Ruth will be responsible for overseeing ITVS GE’s acquisition and co-production strategy, contributing to international growth through partnerships with ITV Studios and external producers worldwide.

Maria Kyriacou said: “Identifying co-production opportunities and securing world-class programming are core aspects of our strategy. Ruth’s vast experience in the international content business and expertise in maximising value for producers will prove invaluable as we continue to grow the business.”

Ruth Clarke added: “I’m really looking forward to joining the team and finding new opportunities to acquire and develop the quality programming for which ITVS GE is known.”

As SVP, head of EMEA at Shine International, the sales and distribution arm of Shine Group, Ruth was responsible for leading the distributor’s finished programming sales in EMEA and worked closely with producers to develop new opportunities across formats in the territory.

Prior to joining Shine International, Ruth was Head of Branded Services, Digital Media Distribution EMEA at The Walt Disney Company. Ruth’s experience of innovative multiplatform selling also spans her time as Sales Director, New Media Distribution EMEA for Disney ABC ESPN Television, where she was responsible for distributing programming across digital television platforms in EMEA and as Business Development Manager EMEA for Warner Brothers International Television Distribution.