Gaumont International Television Makes New Executive Appointments

As part of what it calls a “strategic global growth program,” Gaumont International Television has made a series of executive moves. After adding a trio of execs in early August, the TV production arm of French studio Gaumont has renewed its contract with CEO Katie O’Connell. The company has also hired Sam Semon as EVP business operations and promoted Elisa Roth from head of creative affairs to president, creative/production. Semon joins from FremantleMedia North America where he was VP business & legal affairs. He and Roth, along with finance chief Roman Viaris and head of international distribution and co-production Erik Pack, will now report directly to O’Connell as part of the new structure. The U.S.-based GIT currently has Hannibal and Hemlock Grove heading into their second seasons; it’s also prepping Barbarella for production in 2014 and recently signed a deal with Fox Broadcasting Co to jointly develop two drama projects with at least one of them guaranteed to receive a 13-episode, straight-to-series order.

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