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Dogwoof expands sales and business affairs team

London-based documentary specialist Dogwoof has restructured its business affairs and sales teams as it continues to expand into production.

Former Western Edge Pictures executive Will Kane will join the company as Head of Business Affairs, working closely with CEO Anna Godas and Head of Acquisitions and Distribution Oli Harbottle to grow Dogwoof’s production and financing businesses.

Meanwhile, Cleo Veger has been promoted to Sales Director and Katie Bench, former Sales and Acquisitions Director of TVF International, has joined as the new Sales Director.

Veger joined in 2014 and moved to the role of Head of Sales in 2017 and then Head of Sales in 2019. She will lead an expanded sales team across all sales and pre-sales and festivals. Bench, who specializes in distribution for Latin America, Iberia and Benelux at TVF, will oversee TV sales in a number of territories. Both executives will be attending Sheffield DocFest this week and attending meetings at MeetMarket.

Ana Vicente, who has overseen the sales team, is joining a newly created strategy and business development role.

The reorganization comes as Dogwoof – traditionally known as a sales agent and distributor of documentaries – seeks to integrate production, sales, financing and distribution.

Godas said: “At Dogwoof we believe in developing our in-house talents like Cleo and Ana because our team is simply the key to our success. Likewise, we are growing aggressively in manufacturing and sales and we need the right people like Katie and Will to take us to the next level.”

Veger added: “I’m thrilled to be taking the next step as Sales Director at Dogwoof as we continue to grow and bring to market a number of incredible films and projects. Will and Katie are brilliant additions to our growing team who will help expand our reach.”

Vicente said: “I am proud to have been part of the Dogwoof transformation over the past 10 years. It was a ride. I am grateful to have been entrusted with this new role and look forward to continuing on the path of further developing Dogwoof’s expansion.”

Recent Dogwoof sales include The Story of Film director Mark Cousins’ new documentary My Name is Alfred Hitchcock and Alexandre O. Philippe’s Lynch/Oz, which premiered in Tribeca. Kane will oversee all legal and commercial matters and will play a key role in structuring Dogwoof’s increasing number of manufacturing and financing investments.

In the last year, Dogwoof has added four other new team members, including Debbie London, who has joined as Head of Production Management to oversee the growing number of titles in production; Nafi Gordon-Sy, who came on board as Head of Home Entertainment, coming from BT Vision to grow the company’s platform, Dogwoof on Demand; Tom Howson, former managing director of Trafalgar Releasing who came on as cinema sales manager; and Rachel Brown, who joined from the Independent Entertainment production facility as sales and marketing director and lead PA for Godas.

(Pictured, LR: Katie Bench, Cleo Veger)

https://variety.com/2022/film/global/dogwoof-sales-business-affairs-expansion-1235301403/ Dogwoof expands sales and business affairs team

Charles Jones

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