Jetpack Distribution has hired Gillian Calvert Ridge, former head of global distribution at Sixteen South, as global head of sales, a newly created role that is effective immediately.
Calvert Ridge will find homes for shows in the Jetpack catalog, including Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed, Yoko, The Sisters, Kitty Is Not a Cat and Justin Time Go!, across CEE, Scandinavia, Ireland, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, New Zealand and Latin America.
She will work out of Belfast under Dominic Gardiner, the company’s CEO.
Before joining Sixteen South, Calvert Ridge held positions at Foxtel Networks Australia, Viacom International Media Networks and Entertainment Rights.
Gardiner commented: “We are delighted to welcome Gillian. 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!”
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 catalog full of humorous, heartwarming characters and great storytelling. They have utilized this deftly due to a focus on relationships and straight-talking with business partners and industry friends from all corners of the globe.”