Catherine Branscome began her career in international distribution in 1988, shortly after completing graduate studies as a Producer Fellow at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.
At her first job as Sales Manager for Odyssey Distributors, Catherine worked under the guidance of Patrick Wachsberger, who is now Co-Chairman of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group . At Odyssey, Catherine participated in international pre-sale financing of big budget live action movies in the late 80’s including THE HANDMAID’S TALE (Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall), Q & A (Nick Nolte), TUNE IN TOMORROW (Keanu Reeves) plus several other independently financed features that were released in North America by Warner Bros., Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures.
In 1993, when Catherine became the Los Angeles head of UK-based Dandelion Distribution, she closed her first international coproduction television deal (Australia, UK and USA). The 13-part series
PACIFICA, TALES OF THE SOUTH SEAS premiered in prime time on The Discovery Channel in 1993.
Catherine moved to New York in 1995 to become Vice President, International for one of the strongest North American distributors at that time: GoodTimes Entertainment. For nearly five years, Catherine ran their international business, and sold movies, series and specials to the foreign film and television markets. Through European presales, Catherine’s deals completed financing of the animated feature RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MOVIE, which became a blockbuster hit that broke many Christmas sales records across Europe and the rest of the world.
In early 2000, Catherine established her own sales and distribution company in New York City. For the first several years, BRANSCOME INTERNATIONAL concentrated on the sales of completed features, series and shorts – with a focus on Kids and Family content. Past clients include major broadcast and cable channels in Europe and the Americas, as well as regional channels such as Disney, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon.
The company has always worked with talented independent producers from around the world, and now is strategically matching creative talent, producers and platforms in order to achieve network pre-sales and other forms of securing program funding.
Prior to working internationally, in her early career Catherine worked as an independent producer for National Public Radio and PBS. She wrote, produced and won numerous television awards including an Emmy and Cable Ace award.
Catherine is an active member of BAFTA New York, and served on their board for 12 years and was their Head of Sponsorship for six years. Her Bachelor of Arts degree is in Spanish Language and Literature, with a minor in Business Administration-Marketing.