Based in New York, Arabelle Pouliot-Di Crescenzo is Managing Director of KABO International (a distribution arm for Paris based production entity Kabo Family). She spearheads the company’s activities as a partner alongside Alain Kappauf and Christian Baumard, Owners of KABO Family, one of the leading production groups in France.
Established in November 2014, KABO International specialises in the worldwide distribution of KABO Family’s scripted, and comedy formats, as well as hand-picked third party formats and docs
Ms. Pouliot-Di Crescenzo’s expertise and successful track record in the formats business spans 22 years. During this period she has worked in TV distribution negotiating over 186 format license agreements covering scripted comedy, gameshows, variety, factual and reality in over 28 countries such as the US, UK, Italy, Spain, Germany, Mexico, Sweden, the Netherlands, Poland and Russia to mention a few.
Previously Pouliot-Di Crescenzo was owner and CEO of APDC & SR Media Consultants LLC, a format distribution company specialising in the international brand management and roll-out of high-quality scripted comedy, dating, factual and variety formats. During her tenure, she was responsible for the worldwide distribution of the hit comedy format Love Bugs (Avanti Ciné Vidéo). With over 5,000 episodes produced in 29 countries, Love Bugs is the best-selling scripted format ever according to the independent study ‘The Wit Guide to Scripted Formats 2014’. She was also a driving force in distribution for another highly successful scripted format Caméra Café (Calt Distribution), which ranked second in the same Wit Report.
Prior to this she held the position of Head of Acquisitions and Sales, US and Canada at Zodiak Entertainment, where she was responsible for third party format acquisitions, as well as selling the Zodiak formats within these territories and forging strong relationships with production companies and agents in order to support Zodiak’s US expansion.
In addition and over the years, she has worked as a Consultant, International Format Distribution for A&E Television Networks (US), launching AETN’s international format business and negotiating the company’s first format option and license agreements.
Other positions have included Partner and Vice President International Distribution and Acquisitions for Distraction Formats in the UK and in France.