Cookie Jar hires vp distribution, sales

Gwen McCauley will move from BBC Worldwide Canada

TORONTO -- Canadian producer Cookie Jar Entertainment said Tuesday that it has snagged Gwen McCauley away from BBC Worldwide Canada to become vp distribution and sales in Canada.

The hire follows Toronto-based Cookie Jar signing up former Columbia TriStar and Paramount TV division boss Tom Mazza to spearhead a push into U.S. network series and syndicated fare as part of a new prime time label, the Jar.

Based in Toronto, McCauley will report to Mazza as she develops and distributes programming, and sells library and home entertainment product.

McCauley, who joined BBC Worldwide Canada in 1998, was most recently vp program sales and co-productions.