Catherine Mackin Joins Acorn Media Enterprises


RLJ Entertainment has hired Catherine Mackin as the managing director of Acorn Media Enterprises (AME), the U.K.-based development division of Acorn TV.

In her new role, Mackin will oversee Acorn TV’s commissioning and co-production slate. She will start early this month and will be based in RLJ Entertainment’s London office. Mackin replaces Shane Murphy, who is returning to Dublin as group head of drama and comedy at RTÉ.

Mackin joins Acorn Media Enterprises with more than 20 years of programming experience. She spent the last eight years as director of program acquisitions at UKTV. She was also deputy director of programming at Ireland’s terrestrial commercial broadcaster TV3, and previously ran channels GOLD and Bravo.

Mark Stevens, the chief content officer for Acorn brands at RLJ Entertainment, said, “In the past three years, Shane and his team have established Acorn Media Enterprises as a preferred partner within the production community for high-quality international productions, including co-producing deals for ITV’s Girlfriends, BBC’s Keeping Faith and Detectorists, as well as our first commissions of London Kills and Agatha Raisin, Series 2. While we are sorry to see Shane leave, we’re thrilled to continue the upward trajectory of AME with a seamless transition to Catherine Mackin. With her strong experience sourcing and delivering successful content across many genres, developing long-term external relationships, and delivering content strategies for terrestrial, cable, satellite and nonlinear networks, Catherine is an excellent addition to the RLJ Entertainment family and to continue AME’s growth.”