Global indie kids’ content distributor Jetpack Distribution has brought on industry expert Marie-Laure Roche as interim global head of sales. She is covering for Gillian Calvert Ridge, who holds the permanent position, while she is on maternity leave. Roche will be based in London, reporting directly to CEO Dominic Gardiner. She officially joins Jetpack on September 1, and will work alongside Ridge and Gardiner in the lead up to MIP Junior and MIPCOM in October.
“I am very excited to join the Jetpack team,” said Roche. “Since its inception I’ve followed the company’s growth path (including it’s ever growing catalogue) with keen interest. It’s a great opportunity!”
Gardiner commented, “Marie-Laure will be a great asset. She has some brilliant experience and contacts and I’m greatly looking forward to working with her as we head towards Cannes this Autumn.”
Roche has held several key roles within the children’s television industry, including managing the content distribution of entertainment properties at Mattel (including Thomas and Friends and Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures) and various roles managing sales across the globe over a five-year stint at Cake Entertainment. This included finding homes for properties such as Angry Birds, Total Drama and Angelo Rules.