GRB shakes up sales, names exec VP

US-based producer and distributor GRB Studios has rejigged the management of its international sales unit and appointed a new executive to run the division.

Hud Woodle

Hud Woodle is rejoining GRB as executive VP of international sales and operations and is tasked with running the global distribution business as well as forging international partnerships. He previously served as the company’s director of international sales between 2006 and 2007.

Most recently, Woodle held a number of roles at Scripps Networks International, including VP of international programme sales and distribution, general manager at Food Networks Asia and director of programme sales covering Asia, Latin America and Iberia.

Woodle also worked at NBCUniversal International Television’s E! Entertainment as a sales executive and spent a year at Tech TV in 2002 in global programme sales.

Other changes at GRB have seen Melanie Torres promoted to VP of international sales, reporting to Woodle and continuing to handle sales in the US Hispanic, Lat Am, Spanish and Italian markets.

Sarah Coursey, senior VP of international, will continue to focus on global acquisitions and coproductions as well as sales into Canada, Russia, Benelux, and Scandinavia.

Sales consultant Liz Levenson will add acquisitions to her role and remains responsible for sales into Africa, and the Middle East, while Torquil Macneal will continue overseeing sales in the APAC region.

Coursey, Levenson and Macneal will report directly to Woodle.

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GRB Studios Rejigs International Sales Team

GRB Studios has made several management changes in its international sales unit, with Hud Woodle, the company’s newly appointed executive VP of international sales and operations, assuming leadership of the division.

Woodle previously worked at GRB as director of sales in 2006 and 2007. He is tasked with running the global distribution business as well as forging international partnerships. Additionally, Melanie Torres has been promoted to VP of international sales. She will report to Woodle and continue handling sales for U.S. Hispanic, LatAm, Spain and Italy.

Sarah Coursey, senior VP of international, will continue her focus on global acquisitions and co-productions as well as sales into Canada, Russia, Benelux and Scandinavia. Longtime GRB associate Liz Levenson will also be charged with acquisitions and remains responsible for sales into Africa and the Middle East, and Torquil Macneal will continue overseeing sales for the APAC region. Coursey, Levenson and Macneal will report directly to Woodle.

Most recently, Woodle worked at Scripps Networks International in a variety of roles: VP of international program sales and distribution, general manager at Food Networks Asia (working in New York and Singapore) and director of program sales covering Asia, LatAm and Iberia. Prior to Scripps, Woodle worked at NBC Universal International Television as a sales executive for E! Entertainment, and he spent a year at Tech TV in 2002 in global program sales. He began his career at E! Entertainment in 1999 handling inflight sales.

Benz said: “We are very excited to welcome Hud back to GRB Studios. He brings a great wealth of international television experience and contacts. I am confident that he will take GRB Studios to the next level.”

Woodle added: “GRB Studios is a dynamic production and distribution company with a stellar reputation, and I am thrilled to be back with Gary and the team. I look forward to further developing GRB’s global business amid this fast-changing television landscape.”

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GRB Studios hires Woodle to lead sales

US producer-distributor GRB Studios has appointed former Scripps exec Huw Woodle to lead its international sales unit.

Woodle has been appointed as executive vice president, international sales and operations, having previously worked at GRB as director of sales in 2006-07. He is tasked with running the global distribution business as well as forging international partnerships.

Meanwhile, Melanie Torres has been promoted to vice president, international sales. She will report to Woodle and continue handling sales for US Hispanic, Lat Am, Spain and Italy.

Sarah Coursey, senior vice president, international, will continue her focus on global acquisitions and co-productions as well as sales into Canada, Russia, Benelux, and Scandinavia.

Longtime GRB associate Liz Levenson will also be charged with acquisitions and remains responsible for sales into Africa, and the Middle East and Torquil Macneal will continue overseeing sales for the APAC region. Coursey, Levenson and Macneal will report directly to Woodle.

Most recently, Woodle worked at Scripps Networks International in a variety of roles: vice president of international programme sales and distribution; general manager at Food Networks Asia (working in New York and Singapore); and director of programme sales covering Asia, LatAm and Iberia.

“We are very excited to welcome Hud back to GRB Studios. He brings a great wealth of international television experience and contacts. I am confident that he will take GRB Studios to the next level,” said CEO Gary Benz.

GRB titles include A&E series, Intervention, Untold Stories of the ER (TLC), Next Action Star (NBC), Showdown of the Unbeatables (Nat Geo), Growing Up Gotti (A&E) and Princes of Malibu (FOX).

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GRB Studios hires Hud Woodle, restructures int’l sales unit

American content studio and global distribution company GRB Studios has cemented its top line structure for its international sales division with former Scripps Networks Interactive executive Hud Woodle at the helm.

Woodle (pictured) has been appointed as executive vice president of international sales and operations, tasked with running the global distribution business while also building international partnerships.

He returns to the GRB fold after more than a decade at Scripps Networks Interactive as VP of international program sales and distribution. In this role, the exec was responsible for the transition to in-house international program sales from third party distributors. During his 11-year tenure at SNI, he also held the titles of general manager of Food Network Asia and director of international program sales

Prior to that, Woodle served as director of sales at GRB; as a sales executive at NBCUniversal International Television for E! Entertainment; and spent a year at Tech TV in global program sales.

Elsewhere, GRB has promoted Melanie Torres to VP of international sales with continued oversight of sales for U.S. Hispanic, Latin America, Spain and Italy. She reports into Woodle.

Sarah Coursey, meanwhile, will continue in her role as SVP of international to focus on global acquisitions and copros, as well as sales into Canada, Russia, Benelux and Scandinavia.

Sales consultant Liz Levenson will add acquisitions to her remit and remains responsible for sales into Africa and the Middle East, while Torquil Macneal will continue to manage sales for the Asia-Pacific region.

Coursey, Levenson and Macneal all report directly into Woodle.

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