Exec's departure coincides with merger with prod'n sib

MADRID — Spain’s most senior female film and TV exec, Margaret Nicoll, has ankled as general manager and numero uno at distrib Sogepaq.

Nicoll’s departure comes after she drove the recovery of Sogepaq, turning it into a top-flight buying and sales force in Spain. Sogepaq’s releases of “Chicken Run,” “What Women Want,” “Bless the Child” and “The Devil’s Backbone” grossed 3.7 billion pesetas ($18.9 million) domestically.

Nicoll’s exit coincides with the merger of Sogepaq and sister production company Sogecine into a joint company run by Sogecine general manager Fernando Bovaira, responsible for Sogecable’s film activities since early this year.

“I’ve always been associated with startup companies or difficult moments. It’s time to look for a new challenge,” Nicoll said.

Nicoll has held high-level positions at companies owned by Sogepaq parent company Sogecable for 12 years, first as head of acquisitions for premium pay channel Canal Plus Espana 1989-96, then as head of Sogecable’s acquisition division until 1998. There, she helped Ele Juarez ink key long-term deals for Sogecable’s Canal Plus and satcaster Canal Satelite Digital during Spain’s ferocious digital TV wars.

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