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Jetpack appoints global head of sales

Jetpack Distribution has welcomed Gillian Calvert Ridge as global head of sales.

Calvert Ridge will be responsible for finding homes for the company’s burgeoning catalogue of hit shows including Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed, Yoko, The Sisters, Kitty Is Not a Cat and Justin Time Go! across Central Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Ireland, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, New Zealand and Latin America.

Having recently served as global head of distribution at Sixteen South, Calvert Ridge has experience overseeing sales for wholly owned properties across linear and non-linear platforms worldwide.

“We are delighted to welcome Gillian," said Jetpack CEO, Dominic Gardiner. "This is a pivotal time in the company’s growth and development and Gillian’s expertise is brilliantly placed to support this. Her market knowledge and contacts make her a great addition to the Jetpack team as we continue our mission to blast the best kids shows across the planet!”

Gillian Calvert Ridge added: “I have been keenly following Jetpack’s growing success since the company was established and I am delighted to be working with Dominic and the Jetpack team. They have rapidly grown an incredible catalogue full of humorous heart-warming characters and great story telling. They have utilised this deftly due to a focus on relationships and straight talking with business partners and industry friends from all corners of the globe.”

Gillian assumes the role with immediate effect and will be based in Belfast, reporting directly to Jetpack’s CEO Dominic Gardiner. Calvert Ridge has also held senior international roles at Foxtel Networks Australia, Viacom International Media Networks and Entertainment Rights.

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