Deadline is continuing to bolster its formidable international ranks with the hire of respected industry vet Stewart Clarke, recent Creative Director of the Edinburgh TV Festival and former international correspondent at Variety.
Clarke is joining Deadline as SVP, Content, International. Based in London, he will contribute to editorial and work closely with Deadline’s SVP Global Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, Celine Rotterman, and International Features Editor Diana Lodderhose, to help grow Deadline’s international business opportunities.
Clarke, who starts Monday (Dec 11), will report to Deadline’s President Ellie Duque and collaborate with the overseas team, including International Editor, Andreas Wiseman, who oversees international editorial.
“Stewart’s unique background as a seasoned trade reporter and accomplished festival executive makes him a perfect addition to Deadline’s formidable international team,” said Deadline co-editors in chief Nellie Andreeva and Mike Fleming, Jr. “He had been on our wish list for awhile, and we can’t be happier for him to join our ambitious global expansion.”
Since 2020, as Creative Director of the Edinburgh TV Festival, Clarke has worked with an array of broadcasters, producers, streamers, and industry partners to oversee the program and year-round events of the high-profile UK TV event.
He steered the festival, the largest of its kind in the UK, through two digital years during the pandemic, and then its comeback year as a live event in 2022 and this year’s edition. The past two years have been among the most successful in the festival’s history.
The festival’s signature keynote is the MacTaggart Lecture, which on Clarke’s watch was delivered by David Olusoga, Jack Thorne, Emily Maitlis, and Louis Theroux. Speakers from beyond the UK booked byClarke included John Landgraf, Rob Sharenow, Jennifer Salke, and Pearlena Igbokwe.
Clarke also launched the successful Climate Content Summit, held at the Barbican, London, which connected senior producers, commissioners, filmmakers with climate experts.
Prior to Edinburgh, Clarke was an International Correspondent at Variety. Based in London, he reported from Berlin, Cannes and other festivals, breaking numerous stories in the process. Before that hewas Editorial Director of Television Business International, covering the global TV market and speaking at and attending events around the world.
“Deadline is a must-read for me and anyone in the film and TV business and its international coverage has gone from strength to strength,” Clarke said. “I can’t wait to get started and represent Deadline at events and festivals – to file stories, work on new editorial initiatives and events, and be part of the brilliant international team.”
Deadline’s international team now comprises more than a dozen staff and contributors. The group has covered more than 40 international festivals and conferences in the past 12 months and continues to grow its overseas footprint providing news, analysis, interviews, reviews, magazines and studios relating to the global business.