Jo Kavanagh-Payne currently serves as President of Foothill Entertainment. Her mandate is to acquire family and children’s entertainment properties for international distribution, find co-production partners and co-develop new and existing properties for international and domestic syndication.
Prior to setting up Foothill in September 2000, Jo spent 16 years in the international television distribution business based in London specializing in all genres of programming from prime-time mainstream and children’s programming to motion pictures.
In 1995 she moved to Los Angeles to establish and supervise the United States office for London based Link Entertainment Limited as Senior Vice President of U.S. Operations. In the US, she focused on children’s and family entertainment programming and short films. Her experience extends from all facets of television distribution to strategic planning for children’s and family television programming.
Along with Foothill Entertainment, she and her partner, Gregory Payne, also founded Foothill Europe at the end of 2011 which acts as the home Foothill’s business interests in Europe. The London-based company represents its projects in the UK and looks for co-production and business opportunities in Europe as well as other treaty territories.