Former BBC Studios exec Caroline Stone has joined the UK-branch of French film company Pathé, Pathé Productions, in the newly created role of commercial director.

Pathé said the appointment consolidates the expansion of its business in the UK into premium scripted television.

Stone was previously at BBC Studios Productions for 15 years, where she had a variety of roles including, since 2020, Commercial Director of Scripted where she helped Studios establish critical distribution partnerships with all the leading drama producers in the UK.

Pathé said that in her time at BBC Studios she was also instrumental in helping build a substantial portfolio of wholly owned or majority owned scripted production labels, as well as part of a list of successful investments including: Small Axe, The Pursuit of LoveSherwoodRaindogsThis Is Going To HurtHappy Valley and Mood.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Pathé, it’s such an iconic company that I have long admired, they have built a fantastic reputation for the consistently high quality and distinctiveness of their creative output. And I couldn’t be more delighted to be working with Faith again at such an exciting time for the business,” said Stone.

At Pathé, Stone will work closely with Managing Director Faith Penhale, and alongside Director of Business Affairs, Pierre du Plessis and Head of Production, Imogen Bell.

In her new role, she will advise on all commercial matters across the business, informing the growth strategy and seeking out commercial opportunities to build on the company’s unique position within the British creative community and on the global stage.

“I’ve known Caroline for a long time and seen firsthand the exceptional skills and experience she has in her field” said Penhale. “She’s a real one-off, commercially and creatively brilliant and exceptionally collaborative. I can’t wait to join forces with her at this exciting stage to build on Pathé’s long standing reputation as the home for the best storytellers.”

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