Endemol rejigs distribution outfit

Payne to take over merged operation

Global production giant Endemol has tapped former Southern Star topper Cathy Payne to run its combined distribution business following its acquisition of Southern Star in January.

Payne will be based in London and report to Tom Toumazis, Endemol’s chief commercial officer.

As a result of the changes, Caroline Torrance, who joined Endemol in 2006, is ankling as executive director of scripted programming and distribution at Endemol Intl. She will leave in September.

The new entity will have a library of 2,000 formats and 20,000 hours of content. Titles include “Home and Away,” “Packed to the Rafters,” “Hi-5,” “Rush,” “Extreme Make Over: Home Edition,” “Wipeout,” “Fear Factor” and the catalog of U.S. reality producer 51 Minds Entertainment.

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