Bristow Global Media Announces Top Talent for its Board of Advisors and Adds a New Member to the Team
TORONTO, CANADA – December 12, 2016 – Bristow Global Media Inc. (BGM), a leading global content creation company, is pleased to announce inaugural members to a newly created Board of Advisors: Margaret O’Brien, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development at Entertainment One (eOne) and Joanna Griffiths, Founder and CEO of Knix Wear, with more announcements to follow.
BGM’s newly-appointed advisors are successful leaders with experience in building world-class businesses and expertise in global expansion. O’Brien is a seasoned veteran in content creation and the corporate development space and Griffiths is an entrepreneur who built a global business in three short years, with a record Kickstarter campaign.
The company also announced the appointment of Kara Russell to Director, Business and Legal Affairs. Russell brings more than 20 years of experience as a lawyer, in both the public and private sectors, specializing in entertainment law and business affairs.
“We are excited to have innovative and experienced executives form the BGM advisory board,” said Julie Bristow, President and CEO of Bristow Global Media Inc. “We will draw on the entrepreneurial spirit of our new advisors as we expand BGM. These advisors, coupled with new additions to the team, will ensure a continued growth trajectory for the company.”
This announcement is part of BGM’s strategy to create content for the global marketplace and falls on the heels of the recent appointment of Megan Sanchez-Warner to Executive Producer, who is based in New York.
BOARD OF ADVISORS
MARGARET O’BRIEN, CPA
Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, Entertainment One (eOne)
Known for her expertise in global strategic corporate development, Margaret O’Brien’s leads independent studio eOne’s worldwide corporate development activities across film, television, music and digital. O’Brien has orchestrated a series of major growth initiatives, corporate acquisitions and key transactions across all areas of the business including: securing an equity stake in Sierra Pictures and establishing a joint venture studio with The Mark Gordon Company. Most recently, O’Brien led eOne’s acquisition of leading interactive content studio Secret Location, brokered the acquisition of a controlling interest in award-winning US reality television production company Renegade 83, and closed two separate deals for eOne Music with leading independent record labels, acquiring Last Gang Records in March 2016 and Nashville-based Dualtone Music Group in January 2016.
An industry veteran who is a strong and active supporter of creative talent around the world, O’Brien’s influence and achievements have garnered acclaim from Variety in its 2015 Dealmakers Impact Report; a 2015 Crystal Award for Outstanding Achievement in Business from Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T); and recognition in The Globe and Mail on its 2013 “women who matter in English Canada as film and TV content creators and decision makers” Power List.
Founder and CEO, Knix Wear
Joanna Griffiths is the Founder, CEO and inventor of Knix Wear, one of the fastest growing companies in Canada and globally in the intimate apparel space. Knix Wear launched in winter of 2013 and three short years later Knix Wear has become a leader in active intimate apparel. The company holds the record for the most-funded fashion project in Kickstarter history and the most-funded women’s project with over $1.6M in product pre-sales for Knix Wear’s 8-in-1 Evolution Bra. The ever-expanding product line is available in over 500 retail stores across North America and at www.knixwear.com.
Griffiths has been profiled in Forbes, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Dragons’ Den among other media outlets. She holds an MBA with distinction from INSEAD and won the Business Venture Competition and the Women’s Award for Entrepreneurship – securing the initial capital to start the business. She sits on the advisory board for Master Card’s Youth Entrepreneurship Strategy and has a passion for mentoring other young female entrepreneurs.
About Bristow Global Media Inc. (BGM)
Bristow Global Media Inc. (BGM) is a Toronto-based content creation company, specializing in creating multi-platform content across all genres, including scripted, lifestyle, reality, documentary and sports. The company was launched in 2013 by leading broadcast executive and producer Julie Bristow, whose 20-year career at the CBC included the creation of award-winning entertainment divisions, the launch of national digital media platforms and the stewardship of iconic sports brands. BGM boasts a successful roster of linear and non-linear content, including: NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other (CBC, NBCSN, Rogers), Pressure Cooker (W Network), Hockey Wives (W Network),Canada: The Story of US (CBC), Canadian Country Music Association’s CCMA Awards (CBC and CMT), Pardon My French (YouTube) and YTV’s daily interstitial brand-driven content. In addition, BGM is partnered with Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions in the UK for content development.
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