Two leading internationally-esteemed independent entertainment brands join together creating the ultimate programming distribution force for finished programs and formats.
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GRB Media Ranch
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About GRB Media Ranch
In August 2023, GRB Studios and Media Ranch joined the distribution arms of their globally respected brands to create one powerful entity. Distributing over 5,000 hours of premium entertainment -- from factual to fiction to formats, GRB Media Ranch offers a comprehensive approach to marketing of programming. Based in Los Angeles, the two principals, Gary R. Benz, and Sophie Ferron, bring varied expertise and ingenuity to the company. Active at most global events, they have far-reaching contacts and trend-knowledge, which they have shared as sought-after industry speakers. The new, merged portfolio includes Untold Stories of the E.R.; Icons Unearthed series: The Simpsons, Marvel, Star Wars, etc.; On the Case; and over 100 formats, including Round Table from Wonwoo Park (creator of Masked Singer), Watch, and hits such as Surprise sur prise, Comedy on the Edge, Rose D’or winning Street Jungle, and more. GRB Studios’ production work includes Emmy Award-winning hit Intervention. Media Ranch’s creative format development, paper format acquisitions and incubator Horsepower. Both companies will continue these activities under their respective banners.
Gary R. BenzCEO, GRB Media Ranch
As CEO of leading production and distribution company GRB Entertainment, Gary has helmed thousands of hours of original broadcast, cable, and syndicated programming with numerous critically acclaimed & Emmy award-winning series for networks such as ABC, NBC, Fox, Disney+, A&E and Discovery. As an international distributor, GRB manages a catalog of more than 5,000 hours of programming, including series, specials, and films, and sold programming to a multitude of channels in 190+ countries. Gary is an active member of DGA, WGA, TV Academy, and Chairman of Entertainment Industries Council, Inc.
Sophie FerronPresident, GRB Media Ranch
Founder of Media Ranch and former Endemol exclusive agent in French Canada, second-generation producer Sophie is an entertainment executive with a stellar reputation and 30+ years in the business. Her expertise in global format creation, production, and distribution has grown Media Ranch exponentially with an ever-growing library of over 100 formats. She is based in Los Angeles and Montreal. Sophie speaks at major events such as: MIPCOM, SXSW. Realscreen Summit, Content London, and more. She is a FRAPA Board Advisor, and member and juror of the International Emmys. Sophie personally handles the U.K. and U.S. for acquisitions, sales for finished programs, and formats as well as oversees the entire team.
Janel DowningDistribution Executive, LATAM
With 15+ years in international content distribution, Janel has extensive Latin American TV market expertise and has held senior roles at All3media Intl and BBC Studios. As an independent sales agent, she represents global catalogs in Latin America.
Alexa JorizzoDistribution and Acquisitions Executive, Canada (Finished Programming & Formats) and Europe (Finished Programming)
Alexa collaborates with international producers & broadcasters to launch French-language adaptations. She is a program sales agent in Europe with extensive experience in content acquisition. Alexa is a third-generation global television executive.
Liz LevensonDistribution and Acquisitions Executive, Africa, CEE, Middle East (Finished Programming & Formats), and Scandinavia (Finished Programming)
Global TV executive consultant with 15+ years’ experience, Liz works with platforms & producers, developing & distributing premium content. Career: GRB Ent, Cactus Tree Ent, Pilgrim Studios. Exec Producer credits: My Name is Reeva, The Ripple Effect
Torquil MacnealDistribution Executive, APAC
Oxford University graduate, Torquil began his film/tv distribution career at Virgin Vision UK in 1990. He worked between London & Sydney in sales at ABC Intl; Beyond Int, and Hallmark Ent. In 2006 he launched APAC distribution entity - Mintaka Pty Ltd.
Tanja van der GoesDistribution Executive, Europe (Formats)
Tanja has 15+ years in global media, several at Media Ranch, and also at Endemol Shine working on Big Brother & Deal or No Deal. She excels in program distribution and brand programming and grew Media Ranch’s portfolio in Europe and Scandinavia.
Maya BurrellOffice of the President
Maya has 20+ years working in artist relations and music management. She’s worked in film development, submissions as well as strategic consulting in the worlds of entertainment, national political and community organizations.
Stacey EubankInternational Marketing and Operations Consultant
Accomplished marketing operations leader with extensive experience across the media industry. Formally the VP of Global Marketing Operations for Discovery, Stacey has expertise in cross-functional, cross-departmental and cross-cultural team leadership.
MJ SorensonGlobal PR & Marketing Representative
As head of MJ Global Communications in NYC, MJ has worked with GRB Studios & Media Ranch for several years guiding their marketing and communications strategy. She held senior positions at the International Emmys Awards, MTV Networks & Reed Exhibitions.
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