Leona Connell, EVP Distribution at Newen Connect
Leona Connell joins Newen Connect as EVP Distribution and will have for mission to optimise the value of Newen Connect's content catalogue across all genres with broadcasters and platforms and she will lead the fiction and non-fiction sales team in France and internationally.
Based between London and Paris, Leona Connell will support all producers to enhance financial plans, to develop co-production partnerships and pre-sales. She will also have to boost multi-territorial agreements.
Newen Connect is one of the distribution leaders in Europe with 5,500 hours of programmes sold in over 130 territories. For Rodolphe Buet, Chief Distribution Officer of Newen: "I wish Leona Connell every success in this new mission. Her expertise in managing the sales teams and her efficiency in developing ambitious projects will enable Newen Connect to further strengthen its position as European distribution leader."
Leona Connell is a leading UK media professional with a strong experience in both sales and acquisitions and co-productions of contents and rights. She has worked in ITEL, in IMG, in 2010 she became Director of Sales & Acquisitions at Parthenon Entertainment Ltd and then she became Director of Global Sales at Sky Vision in 2012. Leona Connell has been Senior Vice President of Sales at NBC Universal since October 2019.