Pulse Films has hired “Fate: The Winx Saga” producer Jodi Conihan as its new creative director.
Conihan, who was most recently Creative Director of Archery Pictures, has worked across Europe and the United States in both film and television for the past twenty-five years. She officially joined the company in the new year.
The CEO has twice won the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film, first in 2001 for “No Man’s Land”, and in 1995 for “Antonia’s Line”. Counihan also produced the Academy Award-nominated Before the Rain, which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and Best Foreign Film at the Independent Spirit Awards.
In “Riviera” and “Operation Mincemeat,” the Archery Pictures production group, Counihan has acted in film and television dramas. She was an Executive Producer on two seasons of the world famous Netflix production ‘Fate: The Winx Saga’.
Prior to joining Archery, Counihan was CEO of All3Media backed by Solution 3 Productions. Her company produced the comedy series ‘Bucket’ for BBC4, and also produced the series ‘Bulletproof’ for Sky. Conihan also served as President of Film and Television for Objective Productions and was Executive Producer of Drama at IWC Media.
“Judy and I first worked 15 years ago and have been looking for an opportunity to find a way to work together ever since,” says Jamie Hall, COO of Pulse Films. “Her unparalleled film and television experience in independent film and television productions in the UK and the US, and her exquisite taste and sensitivity have earned her the respect of the industry. A creative leader of Judy’s caliber will accelerate Pulse Films’ ambitions to reach greater heights.”
Conihan said, “This is a very exciting time to join the script department at Pulse Films. Pulse has an outstanding slate of projects and exceptional relationships with writers, directors and on-screen talent. I very much look forward to working with the team to make Pulse the right place for quality, short, talked-about drama.”
Counihan joins a new leadership team at Pulse Films, which now has the full support of Vice Media Group. Pulse co-founders Thomas Benski and Marisa Clifford, who founded Sharp Productions in 2005, have left the company following an acquisition earlier this year. The company is now managed by a COO of writing, Jamie Hall; nonfiction global creative director Deanne Petrel; and Global Head of Commercials and Entertainment Daoud Karpasion.
Pulse Films recently launched the second season of Sky and AMC’s drama “Gangs of London,” starring Sope Dirisu, Joe Cole, and Michelle Fairley. Another project in script development is “An Olive Grove in Ends” by novelist Moses McMckenzie, who is also involved in the screen adaptation and drama series “The Perfect Girlfriend” starring Anna Friel.