For Immediate Release:
LONDON – Tuesday 9th October 2018 – Woodcut Media has secured the services of Koulla Anastasi, former Channel Director at A+E Networks UK, as Strategy and Development Consultant, effective immediately.
In her consultancy role, Koulla Anastasi will report directly to CEO Kate Beal, and will focus primarily on driving and expanding the company’s international activities. Her remit focuses on the strategic development of Woodcut’s international crime programming (in addition to other non-crime factual titles), building global partnerships, new project co-development and more.
She will also continue to work on her own independent projects outside of her role with Woodcut.
Prior to setting up as a consultant, Anastasi was Channel Director for Crime + Investigation (CI) and Lifetime at A+E Networks® UK. She was responsible for developing and driving the brand and editorial strategy for CI and Lifetime in the UK & Ireland, as well as EMEA. She commissioned, developed and produced some of the biggest successes on the channels such as CI’s Robbie Coltrane’s Critical Evidence, the flagship documentary series, Crimes That Shook Britain, and was responsible for the roll-out of global hit franchises such as Dance Moms and Project Runway to name a few, and produced 300 hours of true crime programming.
During her tenure at the network, Koulla built a strong rapport with Woodcut Media, commissioning and working together on key crime docs such as Jo Frost on Killer Kids and Holloway: Women Behind Bars.
“We have known Koulla for many years now and admired the wealth of skills, expertise and insight she brings to every production. This opportunity comes at the perfect time for Woodcut as we have been growing steadily and are making waves internationally, so welcoming her as a consultant will definitely contribute in taking us to that next level,” said Kate Beal, CEO, Woodcut Media.
“Woodcut has a fabulous reputation as an unscripted producer, and this partnership seems like a natural progression for me. We already have a very solid working relationship and share a similar vision when it comes to sourcing quality crime docs that hit the right note. I’m very much looking forward to consulting and contributing the next phase in their expansion,” said Koulla Anastasi.
NOTES TO EDITORS
About Woodcut Media
With offices in London and Hampshire, Woodcut Media, a member of the Anthology Group of businesses, is one of the fastest growing Indies in the UK, producing a broad range of factual programming. A leading true crime producer in the UK (How I Caught the Killer, Jo Frost on Killer Kids, World’s Most Evil Killers, The Krays: The Prison Years), Woodcut’s growing catalogue also includes specialist factual series (Wings of War, Combat Machines, Football: A Brief History by Alfie Allen), premium one off docs (The Ivy, Cut From A Different Cloth and Mandela, My Dad and Me featuring Idris Elba) factual entertainment shows (How Hacks Work, Around the World in 80 Tricks, World’s Scariest Hauntings). www.woodcutmedia.com
About the Anthology Group:
The Anthology Group is made up of Anthology Studios and Anthology Advisory. Anthology Studios is six television and film production companies, a theatre production company and a licensing company, all operating across the UK and internationally. Anthology Advisory is made up of a media investment fund advised by FCA regulated Anthology Advisory Partners and a bespoke media investment advisory business. The group combines creativity and financial expertise to develop and produce scripted and unscripted, television, film, digital and theatre content. The group was founded by Bob Benton to bridge the gap between creativity and finance. Hilary Strong is Chief Executive Officer of the group. Jeremy Mills is Chairman of Anthology Studios and Carolyn Bennett is Chair of the group parent Anthology Media. http://theanthologygroup.co.uk/
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