Fugitive Names New Sales Agent for Latin America and Spain

Based in Madrid, Charo Penedo will be responsible for the producer’s sales in Latin America, Spain and Portugal. In addition, Joanna Rowley will manage Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Nordic region; while Tania Jacobson will cover the US and Canada, and Anne Roder-Botbol will cover France and Germany.

Fugitive, the content development, financing and executive producing company managed by Anthony Kimble and Merrily Ross, has recruited four experienced sales consultants to support the business as it grows.

Acting as agents and operating at SVP level, Joanna Rowley, based in London, Tania Jacobson in Los Angeles, Charo Penedo in Madrid and Anne Roder-Botbol in Paris will be focused on pre-sales for Fugitive’s expanding slate of scripted and unscripted projects, as well as sales for the company’s rapidly growing catalogue of completed programming and formats.

Charo Penedo will be responsible for Spain, Portugal and Latin America. She started her career with Hit Entertainment in London, before joining Sunset & Vine International, now part of Tinopolis. Charo then went to work at Optomen (All3Media), where she was responsible for driving sales of the Kitchen Nightmares format and finished show, before moving to Madrid to look after Southern Europe for Discovery. Her two-decade career has also seen roles at Cineflix Rights and Belgian format business Primitives.

Covering Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Nordic region, Joanna Rowley is a freelance sales consultant who worked as an executive director at Fox Networks Group Content Distribution, prior to its acquisition by Disney. Before that, she spent many years as a regional sales director for National Geographic Television International, as well as for its previous incarnation, Explore International.

Tania Jacobson, who will look after Fugitive in the US and Canada, was, until recently, SVP at Endemol Shine, handling the company’s sales and formats business in Canada. Prior to that, also from her base in LA, she was VP of North American sales for ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Tania started her career in TV with Granada Television in the UK before moving to America to oversee Canadian sales for the company, ahead of it becoming ITV.

Anne Roder-Botbol started her career at TVF International before moving onto Channel 4 International where she was responsible for the first format sales of Supernanny and That’ll Teach ‘Em in France and Germany. She then joined DRG as VP sales, where she worked across finished tape sales, formats and drama remakes – most notably securing local versions of Doc Martin in a number of territories, including France. For Fugitive, Anne will represent French and German speaking territories, as well as Italy and Benelux.

Anthony Kimble said: “Merrily and I are thrilled to welcome Joanna, Anne, Tania and Charo to the Fugitive team. It is an exciting time for the business with new projects for development and financing, as well as a growing catalogue of finished shows and formats to take out to the market. We feel very lucky to have created such an experienced international network so quickly and are already seeing the benefit of the team’s extensive territory expertise, combined contacts book and long-standing industry relationships.”

Anne Roder-Botbol added: “In Fugitive, Anthony and Merrily have created a new style of TV company, one that not only moves quickly and works with a variety of exciting producers but that is also keen to promote new and different voices across scripted and unscripted. It’s a great time to be part of such an interesting, dynamic business and it’s a real pleasure to be working alongside a team of such highly respected peers from the industry.”