For immediate release:
London, Thursday 21st January 2021 – Factual Indie Woodcut Media has appointed Charlotte Johnson to the newly created position of Finance Director, commencing February 1st.
With an impressive track record in financing which spans approximately 14 years, Charlotte joins Woodcut from distributor Beyond Rights Ltd.
Reporting to CEO Kate Beal, her main remit for Woodcut Media is to provide financial support to the group, monitoring regulatory requirements and management goals as it continues to grow and expand with the recent launches of Woodcut International and Woodcut West.
Prior to this appointment, she was Finance Director at Beyond Rights Ltd. (formerly TCB Media Rights). During her 4 ½ year tenure she was responsible for all aspects of the finance function. She worked alongside the CEO covering strategic analysis, forecasting, assessing acquisitions and driving business strategy overall. Throughout these years she was instrumental in driving TCB’s growth through improved deal terms, increased investment in content and robust management of spend. Together these changes helped drive an increase in turnover from £8.5m to £16m across the period.
She has also previously held positions with NBC Universal International Studios (Controller), Paramount Home Media Distribution UK (Director, Financial Planning & Analysis, Business Decision support), and Lionsgate (Finance & Planning Manager and Financial Controller).
Kate Beal, CEO, Woodcut Media said: “In light of our recent expansion into sales and distribution with Woodcut International and the launch of our Bristol branch Woodcut West, this appointment is a pivotal move as part of our overall commercial business strategy. Charlotte’s exceptional financial business acumen and distribution knowledge will no doubt contribute to our company’s continued growth and as such, we’re delighted to welcome her to our top team.”
Charlotte Johnson added, “The production space is an area I have considered moving into for some time now, and this opportunity will allow me to get closer to the action and build on the commissioning exposure I had in my previous role. Woodcut is a dynamic business that continues to grow whilst maintaining a solid global reputation for its productions and programme financing savvy.”
About Woodcut Media:
With offices in London, Hampshire and Bristol, Woodcut Media, (part of the Anthology Group of businesses), is one of the leading factual Indies in the UK, producing a broad range of programmes. Woodcut’s growing catalogue includes specialist factual series and singles (Tony Robinson’s VE Day: Minute by Minute, The Secret History of World War II and the hit ‘Combat’ franchise, Combat Ships, Combat Trains, Combat Machines); true crime (Murder at My Door with Kym Marsh, The Beverley Allitt Tapes, The Killer in My Family, World’s Most Evil Killers); premium docs (Fiennes: Return to the Nile, Cut From A Different Cloth and Mandela, My Dad and Me featuring Idris Elba and The Ivy) and factual entertainment shows (How Hacks Work, Around the World in 80 Tricks and Paranormal Captured). Woodcut works with multiple broadcasters worldwide such as Channel 5, Sky, National Geographic, Smithsonian Channel, Discovery and CI etc. Towards the end of 2020 and as part of the company’s continued expansion, Woodcut launched Woodcut International, a distribution division, as well as a new Bristol-based production operation Woodcut West which specialises in natural history and high-end specialist factual. www.woodcutmedia.com
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