Endemol appoints director of brand partnerships

Endemol UK, the independent production company, has named Claire Heys as director of brand partnerships and licensing, effective immediately.

Lucas Church: chief operating officer at Endemol UK
Lucas Church: chief operating officer at Endemol UK

The newly-created position will see Heys will report directly to Lucas Church, chief operating officer at Endemol UK, and Olivier Gers, chief executive of Endemol Worldwide Brands.

Heys will be responsible for overseeing brand relationships including product placement, licensing, sales promotions, advertiser-funded programming, sponsorship, live events and merchandising across all Endemol UK and its production brands.

She previously worked at production company Tiger Aspect, which was bought by Endemol in January 2010. Her credits included partnering with MediaCom and its client GSK for the programme 'Cook Yourself Thin'.

Prior to her role at Tiger Aspect, Heys held the role of controller of commercial partnerships at Virgin Media Television and UKTV. She has also worked at Initial, also part of Endemol.

Church said: "Product placement, licensing, sales promotions, advertiser funded programming, sponsorship and merchandising are all areas where we see increasing opportunities for Endemol UK and intend to grow our business.

"Having someone as highly experienced and skilled as Claire in this role puts us in a strong position to do so."

In May, Endemol Sport signed a three year deal with Sky Sport to broadcast and manage a new pre-season tournament called the Dublin Super Cup.

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