Is BBC Studios Exec Caroline Stone joining Pathé UK?

Former BBC Studios executive Caroline Stone has recently joined Pathé Productions, the UK branch of the French film company Pathé, in the newly created role of commercial director. This appointment comes as Pathé looks to expand its business in the UK into premium scripted television, according to a statement from the company.

Caroline Stone brings with her 15 years of experience from BBC Studios Productions, where she held various roles. Most notably, from 2020, she served as the Commercial Director of Scripted, assisting Studios in establishing critical distribution partnerships with leading drama producers in the UK. During her time at BBC Studios, Stone played a key role in building a substantial portfolio of wholly owned or majority owned scripted production labels. Additionally, she contributed to successful investments such as “Small Axe,” “The Pursuit of Love,” “Sherwood,” “Raindogs,” “This Is Going To Hurt,” “Happy Valley,” and “Mood,” according to Pathé.

Expressing her excitement about joining Pathé, Caroline Stone said, “I’m thrilled to be joining Pathé, it’s such an iconic company that I have long admired. They have built a fantastic reputation for the consistently high quality and distinctiveness of their creative output. And I couldn’t be more delighted to be working with Faith again at such an exciting time for the business.”

In her new role at Pathé, Stone will closely collaborate with Managing Director Faith Penhale, as well as Pierre du Plessis, the Director of Business Affairs, and Imogen Bell, the Head of Production. Her primary responsibilities will include advising on all commercial matters, informing the growth strategy, and seeking out commercial opportunities to strengthen Pathé’s unique position within the British creative community and on the global stage.

Faith Penhale, Managing Director of Pathé UK, commented on Stone’s appointment, saying, “I’ve known Caroline for a long time and seen firsthand the exceptional skills and experience she has in her field. She’s a real one-off, commercially and creatively brilliant and exceptionally collaborative. I can’t wait to join forces with her at this exciting stage to build on Pathé’s long-standing reputation as the home for the best storytellers.”