Former Gaumont exec to run Platform One Media

Katie O’Connell Marsh

Global pay-TV operator Liberty Global has teamed with asset firm TPG Growth to launch a scripted production and distribution company.

Platform One Media will produce and distribute titles for the US and international markets, headed by former Gaumont Television executive Katie O’Connell Marsh.

The LA-headquartered studio will create content that “could potentially feature” on Liberty Global’s pay-TV platforms across Europe, according to Liberty Global chief programming officer Bruce Mann.

Liberty Global operates Virgin Media and also holds stakes in Discovery, All3Media, ITV and Lionsgate.

TPG Growth will fund its investment in Platform One through Evolution Media, an investment partnership with CAA and Participant Media.

As part of the launch, Platform One has acquired the portfolio of development projects from the TPG Growth-backed Slingshot Global Media, which has effectively been closed down.

Slingshot was launched in 2014 by David Ellender, who left last year to join LA-based producer-distributor Sonar Entertainment.

Former Slingshot president Courtney Conte will serve as Platform One’s chief operating officer and president. He previously served as chief operating officer of BBC Worldwide Productions and co-president of Carsey-Werner.

Meanwhile, Dreamworks’ Elisa Ellis has joined as chief creative officer, while Gaumont Television’s Erik Pack is London-based head of distribution and co-production.

Slingshot’s Neil Strum will serve as head of business and legal affairs, while ABC Studios’ Julia Franz is to be a consultant for the new company.

O’Connell Marsh said: “The explosion of original content globally is creating an opportunity for new, innovative, and diverse ways to engage audiences beyond the series itself.

“With Platform One Media, and our partners TPG Growth and Liberty Global, we are perfectly positioned to develop and distribute compelling narratives that are artistic, meaningful and addictive by working closely with innovative, inspiring talent to bring to life their creative visions,” she said.