Pulse Films has reorganised its Non-Fiction division with Emma Cooper promoted to Global President of Non-Fiction and Ryan Harrington hired as Executive Producer of the studio’s Non-Fiction Feature Documentaries.
Harrington is tasked with managing the studios growing slate of films. He will report to Cooper.
The new Non-Fiction division will encompass both non-fiction film and TV, “a crossover designed to place an emphasis on burgeoning filmmakers, storytellers and new ideas without limitations on formats or platforms.”
Under Cooper’s direction, the studios Non-Fiction division will “further concentrate on attracting world class storytellers for director-driven series’ and feature documentaries, as well as responding to the resurgence of premium music documentaries and ambitious Non-Fiction formats.”
Thomas Benski, CEO of Pulse Films said: “Under Emma’s leadership our Non-Fiction division has found a real focus and drive to develop and produce premium film and TV for global markets. Our focus has coincided with the evolution of the marketplace and we now feel that we are positioned perfectly to make the most of the golden age of premium non-fiction work. We are excited to build a team who are dedicated to developing and producing projects that redefine and revolutionise the non-fiction space”.
“We look forward to Ryan joining our team as we continue to grow the company,” said Cooper. “His experience and expertise will surely be a great addition to the department as we expand production in the Non-Fiction feature arena."
Ryan Harrington added: “I have admired Pulse Films’ creative vision and dedication to the craft of filmmaking for a number of years and look forward to working with Thomas, Emma and the incredible Pulse Films team to help shape and enhance their global documentary slate.”
Before joining Pulse Films, Harrington helped launch A&E IndieFilms, the theatrical documentary arm of A&E Networks and managed production on Jesus camp, My Kid Could Paint That, Murderball and American Teen among others.
He was previously Vice President of Artist Programs for Tribeca Film Institute, where he launched the organization’s worldwide granting and filmmaker aide initiatives and supported the careers of filmmakers including Laura Poitras, Alma Har’el, Zachary Heinzerling, Heidi Ewing, DA Pennebaker, Terrance Nance and Roger Ross Williams. Before that, at Hot Docs, Harrington served as Acting Director of Industry Programs,and during his tenure at Discovery, he was the Director of Docs and Specials, where he commissioned and acquired feature docs for their numerous platforms.
Pulse Films’ feature documentary XY CHELSEA, executive produced by Oscar winner Laura Poitras, was recently picked up by Showtime for North American television distribution and is set to hit the film festival circuit later this year followed by a theatrical release.
Pulse Films also recently announced the push into scripted TV led by Lucas Ochoa with the ambitious “Gangs of London” helmed by Gareth Evans (The Raid) for Sky Atlantic, Cinemax and HBO and “Atomic Bazaar” helmed by Gregory Burke (’71, Entebbe).
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