Jetpack Distribution welcomes Marie-Laure Roche as interim global head of sales

The independent global kids content distributor, Jetpack Distribution, has appointed industry expert Marie-Laure Roche as its interim global head of sales.

Roche takes on the role to cover for Gillian Calvert Ridge – who holds the permanent position – while she is on maternity leave.

Marie-Laure Roche has held several key roles within the children’s television industry, including managing the content distribution of entertainment properties at Mattel (including Thomas and Friends and Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures) and various roles managing sales across the globe over a five-year stint at Cake Entertainment. This included finding homes for properties such as Angry Birds, Total Drama Series and Angelo Rules.

Roche will be based in London and will report directly to Jetpack Distribution’s CEO Dominic Gardiner. She joins the company on September 1 and will be working alongside Dominic and Gillian in the lead up to MIPJunior and MIPCom in October.

Roche said: “I am very excited to join the Jetpack team. Since its inception I’ve followed the company’s growth path (including its ever-growing catalogue) with keen interest. It’s a great opportunity.”

Jetpack Distribution’s CEO, Dominic Gardiner, added: “Marie-Laure will be a great asset. She has some brilliant experience and contacts and I’m greatly looking forward to working with her as we head towards Cannes this Autumn.”

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