WarnerMedia has appointed Joel Kennedy as director of local film production and acquisitions for the UK and Ireland.
Based in London, the role includes responsibility for identifying and acquiring local productions as well as all aspects of the delivery process, including sourcing and script development, contract negotiation, and producer and sales agent liaison.
Kennedy joins WarnerMedia from independent film and TV financier Lorton Entertainment where he packaged titles, managed acquisitions, sales and distribution, and executive produced projects including Diego Maradona, Horrible Histories: The Movie and Bros: When The Screaming Stops.
Prior to this, Kennedy spent six years at eOne, where he led the acquisitions of titles including I, Tonya, The Death Of Stalin and Finding Your Feet.
Taking up the role from today (June 7), Kennedy will report to Neil Marshall, senior vice president of theatrical distribution for WarnerMedia UK and Ireland.
Marshall said Kennedy would help deliver “more new and ambitious local titles” to complement its US content.