Contender Picks Up Ex-Turner Acquisitions Exec

The Contender Entertainment Group (CEG) has appointed Jo Sweby to the newly created post of international acquisitions manager. Sweby brings more than five years of experience to the position, having served as Turner Ent.’s director of acquisitions for Europe, Middle East and Africa, acquiring content for Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Toonami in the U.K., France, Spain, Italy, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia.

Sweby will be joining CEG on Sept. 27, and will be responsible for expanding the company’s catalogue of children’s properties across television, home video and merchandising divisions. She will also be responsible for acquiring film titles suitable for theatrical release under the company’s successful Hong Kong Legends and Premiere Asia brands.

Contender produces the CG-animated series Tractor Tom, which made its debut on CITV in February 2003, and Peppa Pig, a preschool toon show that airs on the U.K.’s FIVE and Nick Jr. in the U.S. Home video acquisitions include Yu-Gi-Oh! titles.