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Arrested Industries makes new senior appointments

August 17, 2021

Arrested Industries (fka Fugitive) is delighted to announce the addition of two new SVPs to its expanding business.

Judy Levenson joins as SVP sales, overseeing unscripted and scripted content sales in North America, while Mette Kanne-Behrendsen becomes Arrested’s SVP of acquisitions, focusing on unscripted content.

Based in the US, Levenson is a highly regarded international industry executive and joins Arrested from Leverage Media, a consulting firm where she served as principal. She has also held content and sales roles at Litton Entertainment, Scott Brothers Entertainment, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Networks, and Showtime Networks. She is a senior member of the American Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Kanne-Behrendsen joins Arrested Industries from NENT Studios UK, where she was SVP of acquisitions until it was acquired by All3Media last month. Prior to her nearly five years with NENT, she worked at Off the Fence and before that spent more than a decade at Modern Times Group, latterly as director pay TV channels, where she was responsible for a large portfolio that included the Viasat History, Crime and Nature channel brands. Kanne-Behrendsen is based in the UK.

Merrily Ross, CEO unscripted, of Arrested Industries comments: “We are still a relatively new business, so are absolutely thrilled to have attracted two such experienced, well-connected and popular senior executives as Mette and Judy. Mette has excellent relationships with factual producers around the world and will be instrumental in helping us build our unscripted programme catalogue, working alongside co-CEO Anthony Kimble, who is responsibile for new scripted content. Judy, meanwhile, will bring her energy and local expertise to bear in North America, finding new homes for all our shows, as well as supporting Anthony on the ground as he establishes our American office over the coming months.”

Kanne-Behrendsen says: “Arrested Industries is evolving into a very distinctive, contemporary content agency, and I am excited to be able to reach out to my network of producers and introduce them to new opportunities for partnership.”

Levenson adds: “I am thrilled to be working with Anthony, Merrily and the rest of the team, with a focus on growing the Arrested Industries brand and footprint in North America. Now feels like the perfect time for its fresh approach, big personality, and genuinely exciting programming, drawn from both traditional and emerging content markets”.

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