ENTERTAINMENT ONE TAPS DAN GOPAL TO LEAD SALES ACROSS EMEA
London – August 23, 2017 – Global studio Entertainment One (eOne) has appointed Dan Gopal as Executive Vice President, Sales - EMEA, announced today by Stuart Baxter, President, eOne Television International. In this newly created position reporting to Baxter, the EMEA sales team in London and the other European sales operations will report to Gopal where he will lead all EMEA film and television content sales efforts to broadcasters and OTT platforms for Free TV, Pay TV, SVOD and AVOD. Bringing deep broadcaster relationships to the role, Gopal will focus on multi-local sales efforts for the company’s expansive slate.
“As the company continues to invest more in content and creative partnerships, we need a bigger and stronger distribution team to drive our commercial growth,” commented Baxter. “Dan’s experience at ITV, Disney and Miramax as well as his relationships across Europe will be invaluable.”
Prior to joining eOne, Gopal worked at ITV Studios Global Entertainment where he led the commercial team responsible for all TV, Digital and Home Entertainment sales for the entire ITV Studios portfolio across EMEA; and worked closely with the other regions to manage the relationships and deal making with global digital partners including Netflix and Amazon. Previously, Gopal held a number of commercial and strategy roles over a 10 year period within Media Distribution at The Walt Disney Company; before launching and managing the EMEA distribution business for Miramax after their private equity buy-out from Disney. Gopal is also a founding member of the Childline Board and an honorary member of the NSPCC Council.
“I am really excited to be joining eOne at this time, as they continue to invest in, create and distribute must-see content from their ever evolving line up of creative partnerships,” said Gopal. “The opportunity to work with Stuart and the fantastic team in Europe was too good to pass up; and I look forward to helping grow the business and ultimately the linear and digital audience, for their incredible slate of first class films and television series.”
With over 500 hours of compelling new content delivered last year, eOne Television’s current lineup of original and acquired content now features 42 series and long-form programs commissioned by over 20 different broadcast and cable networks including mega-hit The Walking Dead, companion series Fear the Walking Dead and other major AMC and SundanceTV scripted series through the Company’s multi-year distribution agreement with AMC Networks, as well as Designated Survivor from eOne’s The Mark Gordon Company; and eOne produced original series ICE, You Me Her and Rogue for DirecTV; the upcoming Sharp Objects, from director Jean-Marc Vallée and starring Amy Adams for HBO; Mary Kills People for Global and Lifetime; Ransom from executive producer Frank Spotnitz for CBS, Global, TF1, RTL; Gap Year for E4 and Hulu; Cardinal starring Billy Campbell for CTV and Hulu; and currently in production on their debut seasons, The Detail starring Shenae Grimes-Beech, Angela Griffin and Joanne Kelly for CTV and ION, and Burden of Proof starring Kristin Kreuk for CBC.
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About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.
Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; newly-launched MAKEREADY with Brad Weston; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production companies Renegade 83, Paperny Entertainment and Force Four Entertainment; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.
The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 100,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.