Penguin Random House UK has appointed BBC Studios’ Jenna Brown as its new Head of Media Rights.
In her newly-created role, Jenna will work across the company, focused on finding the best possible partners to develop Penguin Random House authors’ work into film, TV, radio or theatre productions. Jenna joined on 1st March and reports to Chantal Noel, Group Rights Director.
Jenna joins from BBC Studios, where she held the position of Strategy and Business Development Manager, responsible for shaping the content strategy for BBC Studios investment and partnerships and implementing it across the organisation. Alongside her focus on analysing TV and digital market opportunities and trends, Jenna’s role included reviewing and developing scripted projects into commercially viable propositions for TV. She was also a lead on BBC Studios’ new talent workstream; developing a new approach to identifying and attracting new talent to BBC Studios. Before joining BBC Studios, Jenna previously worked for BBC Television and Channel 4.
Chantal Noel said: “At a time when the demand for creative content has never been higher, one of our strategic priorities has been to look at how we can deliver more licensing opportunities for our books, specifically in the media and entertainment space. So I’m delighted to welcome Jenna into this exciting new role and thrilled that we’ll be able to draw on her expertise from across the film and TV industry.
“With Jenna’s appointment, we will be able to represent our authors via a proven media professional who is also uniquely placed to work in a joined up way with our publishing teams in order maximise opportunities across our adult and children’s catalogue.”
Jenna added: “I’m overjoyed to be joining the brilliant Penguin Random House, especially at a time when there is so much activity around optioning books. My aim is to find the very best homes for our authors’ works to be developed into world class screen and stage productions. I can’t wait to share the original, distinctive stories Penguin Random House has to offer with producers from around the world.”
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