TV sales chief Rosi Krupa dies

Death follows return from Mipcom

LONDON — Seasoned TV sales topper Rosi Krupa has died. She passed away Saturday, shortly after returning from the Mipcom sales mart. The cause of death is unknown.

Krupa, who began her career selling fare for BBC Enterprises in 1983, latterly worked for Channel 4 Intl. as a senior sales exec.

Christina Willoughby, managing director at C4i, said: “We’re all devastated by the sudden loss of the ray of light that was Rosi.

“With her years of experience in the industry, she was not only a true professional but also a good friend to everyone she worked with.

“Her endless energy for life, the support she offered younger members of the team and the mischievous sense of wit and fun that she always had will be very sorely missed by all that knew her.”

Krupa’s career embraced stints at Television New Zealand, where she established and ran TVNZ’s first European operation, and at ABC International, where she ran media sales and co-productions.

She joined Pathe Distribution as head of TV sales in 2000. Krupa moved to Eagle Rock Entertainment in 2003 as head of television overseeing international sales and music and factual programming.

Krupa joined Indigo Film & TV in 2004 as head of factual programming, moving to Channel 4 Intl. in 2006, where she was responsible for the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, France, Italy, Latin America, Portugal and Spain.

Krupa also led CBC Canada’s European arm in London.