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Laura Franses

Laura Franses

Media (TV/Digital) Specialising in content strategy, content production and M&A.

London, England

Entrepreneurial leader with extensive experience growing and managing entertainment companies. Senior commercial executive at broadcasting and DTC platforms with significant P&L responsibility. Deep expertise in all operational aspects of content production (having run the UK's largest independent factual and more recently largest drama company).

Extensive background in creating meaningful content partnerships particularly with creatives including on-screen and off-screen talent. Successfully led and closed over 30 M&A transactions in the media space, creating substantial value through collaborative integration and deal-making. Expertise in leading teams of 100+ and successfully navigating complex matrixed organisations.

TV and Film Content Production and Operations
• Managing Director at House Productions; one of UK’s largest drama production companies
• Founded UK’s leading independent producer of factual television (Nutopia)- pioneering high end factual television
• Physical Production Executive at Film Four; oversaw budgets and schedule for entire film slate

Content Strategy and Digital Innovation
• Developed new children’s and family content proposition for Discovery+ new streaming service
• Worked across fitness, gaming, content discovery apps for Sky

Management and Leadership
• Successfully led cross-functional teams including engineering, marketing, research, content, legal and finance
• Managed teams of 100+ personnel in Managing Director roles; focusing on retention and development
• Held Board level positions (Board Seat at C4s’ investee companies, currently NED at Freeform Productions)

M&A
• Led over 30 M&A deals in media & entertainment on both the buy and sell side
• Successfully managed and integrated the companies post deal closing
o At Channel Four- made 13 investments leading to 5 full exits including Eleven Films (Sex Education)
o At House Productions- structured the business leading to a successful sale to BBC Studios


Experience:

  • Head of Digital and Media Investments/Partnerships (Channel 4)
  • Director of Content Partnerships, Digital (ITV)
  • Digital Partnerships Executive (Sky & Discovery+) (Sky)
  • Managing Director (House Productions)
  • Managing Director (Television) (Nutopia)

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