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Johanna Samuel

With over 25 years in the entertainment business, Johanna Samuel brings her expertise in leadership and management in the areas of television, film and multiplatform development, co-productions, international sales and program acquisitions. In the role of director of international program and archive Acquisitions and Sales at the CBC Johanna managed an 18 person team developing the distribution business of the CBC and was integral to the development of digital and programming initiatives at the Network. At Achilles Media she was responsible for partnerships for the Banff World Television Festival, and oversaw strategic sponsorship opportunities. She was responsible for the international commissioning editor and Buyers Program at the various events run by Achilles Media. Ms. Samuel has worked with a vast number of international clients on all aspects of programming including development, co-producing, financing, Acquisitions and sales of product for both domestic and international distribution. Her role in the Acquisition of documentary and dramatic programming helped to build distribution catalogues for sale to terrestrial, cable and satellite television outlets worldwide. Serving in a variety of executive capacities over the years, Ms. Samuel held the post of Vice President International Co-Productions, international acquisitions and international sales for Fox Lorber/Winstar. Based in New York, she was responsible for domestic and international program Acquisitions, sales, pre-sales, financing, and development of nonfiction programming. As a Vice President of International with Warner Bros. International based in both Paris and Toronto, Ms. Samuel was responsible for acquisitions and sales of completed feature films and Television series. Fluent in French and Spanish, Ms. Samuel worked in Paris from 1984 through 1993. During this time, she worked in marketing for Warner Bros and Gaumont, JP Productions, TeleImages, Revcom and Mondadori Editors, where she was responsible for acquiring projects, product and literary rights as well as talent packaging for international television and film co-productions. Moving to Los Angeles from her native Toronto in 1978 to begin her film production training, Ms. Samuel began her career working for Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Studios working on such films as "One From The Heart," "The Escape Artist," "Hammett," "Rumblefish", "The Outsiders" and for New Regency Films on such films as "Once Upon A Time in America" and "The King of Comedy". In 1982, she accepted a post at 20th Century Fox International Film Classics in distribution, which she held until moving to Paris in 1984 where she lived for 11 years working in the international Television and Film industry. She regularly presides and participates on film and documentary juries around the world at major markets, conferences and festivals.

Director of International Partnerships - Johanna  
Director of International Partnerships - Johanna  

Fluent in French and Spanish, Ms. Samuel worked in Paris from 1984 through 1993. During this time, she worked in marketing for Warner Bros a...