15 OCT 2020

RAINMAKER EXPANDS ITS SALES AND OPERATIONS TEAMS

The distributor appointed Karen Wise as Head Of Sales. The distributor further expanded the division with Carolina Clarke as Sales Consultant for Asia, Middle East & Africa, and Colin Kiely as Director of Operations.

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Rainmaker Content announced its decision to appoint ex-Sky Vision executive Karen Wise as its Head of Sales. “We are delighted Karen is joining us at this exciting time as we continue to build our business and expand our portfolio of high-end programming," Co-Founder Greg Phillips said. "We have hired an experienced sales head to take the helm. Karen has a great deal of expertise across multiple genres, coupled with exceptional relationships with many clients around the world including North America. 

In addition to leading the sales effort, Wise will have oversight of  international sales, content development and acquisition. The Rainmaker Content team further expanded its division by appointing Singapore-based Caroline Clarke as its Sales Consultant for Asia, Middle East & Africa, as well as Colin Kiely, named Director of Operations and Digital Distribution. "We are pleased to welcome Caroline in Singapore to develop and extend our presence in Asia including Japan, the Middle East, and Africa," Phillips said.

Caroline will lead the company’s Asia and MEA sales strategies, and is scheduled to report to report to Wise. Caroline was most recently Senior Sales Manager for Sky Vision, handling international sales to Asia across all genres. Colin will work closely with COO and Co-Founder Vicky Ryan, with additional responsibility for expanding the company’s digital presence around the world. “Every distribution company needs a strong and efficient team and, having worked with Colin for a number of years, we know our operations and digital strategy are in the best possible hands,” Phillips said.

Rainmaker recently reported a slew of sales for the annual US Primetime Emmy Awards and the critically acclaimed lockdown comedy “Staged” starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen. The company also recently closed its first collaboration with leading independent German content house Leonine for the worldwide distribution of ten-part one-hour blue-sky action series “Professionals” which it launched at MIPCOM 2020. 

Karen Wise joins Rainmaker Content having previously been part of Sky’s international distribution arm, Sky Vision, since 2012. From 2018, she successfully managed the EMEA sales team selling across all genres and broadcast platforms. During this time Karen handled several premium series. She was involved in sales of non-scripted content, with experience working across multiple genres, territories, broadcasters, and global digital platforms with positions at Target Entertainment, Minotaur International, AETN UK, and Carlton International.  Caroline Clarke has more than 25 years of experience in sales and business development in the media and entertainment industry, having worked for several well-established international media companies, such as Sky, CBS, ITN, and Paramount in the UK, Australia, and Singapore.

Every distribution company needs a strong and efficient team.” Greg Phillips Co-founder, Rainmaker Content