Roy Ackerman


Roy Ackerman surfaces at Murder Detectives prodco

Seasoned UK executive Roy Ackerman has been appointed managing director of Films of Record, the UK prodco that makes Channel 4’s The Murder Detectives. Ackerman joins the producer having last year left Pulse Films, the producer that is now backed by youth brand Vice. Films of Record is part of the Zinc Media, the production […]

Pulse promotes pair for production

Pulse Films has promoted Claire Wingate and Isabel Davis for expanded production posts. Wingate has moved to London-based Pulse’s LA office after being promoted to senior VP, production and operations. She will divide her time between LA, New York and London, supporting international growth plans and Pulse’s partnership with its parent, Vice Media. As director […]

Ackerman exit triggers rejig at Pulse

Pulse Films has hired a head of US unscripted from its Vice Media sister brand Viceland and handed Emma Cooper control of the UK division after the exit of Roy Ackerman. Fred Grinstein has been drafted in to lead Pulse US unscripted efforts from its LA office, while Emma Cooper (pictured below right) has been […]

A+E scores Pulse rep deal

A+E Networks has entered into a multiyear deal with Vice Media-owned Pulse Films. The deal will see A+E’s international arm selling Pulse’s unscripted and formats, as well as those from East Entertainment, the formats-focused joint venture UK-based Pulse and Israel’s Abot Halmieri launched last year. “Establishing A+E Networks as the distribution partner for Pulse and […]

Vice buys producer Pulse

Vice Media has acquired transatlantic production studio and long-term collaborator Pulse Films. The deal, financial terms of which were not revealed, follows a four-year relationship between the pair, who share the same DNA as youth-focused media brands. TBI understands the acquisition materialised in recent weeks. Pulse, which Thomas Benski (pictured) and Marisa Clifford launched in […]

TV’s Big Questions: what direction should the BBC take?

The BBC, perhaps the world’s most revered pubcaster, is under financial, political and cultural pressure to change how it operates. We asked senior executives what ‘Auntie’ should do next. “Any TV executive who doesn’t care about the health of the BBC needs their head examined,” says Pulse Films unscripted boss Roy Ackerman. “What does it […]

Ex-Fresh One, C4 execs join Pulse

Former Fresh One Productions boss Roy Ackerman and Channel 4 commissioning editor Emma Cooper are joining growing UK-based indie studio Pulse Films. Ackerman (pictured left) will be Pulse’s managing director of non-scripted television, while Cooper (pictured below right) has been named creative director. The news comes after Pulse launched UK-Israeli formats production venture East Entertainment with […]

Ex-CBC exec launches company with Jamie Oliver, GroupM deals

Former CBC unscripted boss Julie Bristow has launched her own Toronto-based content creation company by scoring deals with chef Jamie Oliver and GroupM Entertainment. Bristow Global Media will produce content across all platforms specialising in consumer engagement and encouraging participation beyond television. Backed by unnamed industry experts and strategic partnerships, Bristow said BGM was the […]