Gaumont Intl. TV Taps Sam Semon, Renews O’Connell’s Contract

GIT's development slate includes Nicolas Winding Refn's "Barbarella" and the second seasons of "Hemlock Grove" and "Hannibal"

Gaumont Intl. Television, the French major’s L.A.-based production and distribution studio, has tapped Sam Semon as exec VP of business operations and has reupped CEO Katie O’Connell’s contract.

Semon joins GIT from FremantleMedia North America, where he was VP of business and legal Affairs, specializing in  scripted series programming.

Elisa Roth, who was appointed  head of creative affairs over the summer, was upped prexy of creative/production.

Semon and Roth, as well as Roman Viaris, head of finance, and Erik Pack, head of international distribution and co-production, will report directly to O’Connell.

The exec shuffle was announced Sept. 25 by Christophe Riandee, vice CEO of Gaumont, and O’Connell.

GIT’s first two series, “Hannibal” and “Hemlock Grove” have been renewed for a second season. The company’s slate includes “Barbarella,” Nicolas Winding Refn’s TV debut.

Shingle’s key execs, Riandee, O’Connell and Pack, will be attending Mipcom, the Cannes-set international TV showcase taking place Oct. 7-10.

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