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The company's U.K. managing director Jane Millichip will exit the company which has been her home since 2010.

LONDON – Veteran TV executive and a familiar face on the international circuit Jane Millichip, the managing director of Zodiak Rights London, is to leave the company in the New Year.

Millichip will exit at the beginning of 2013 as the company, with bases in London and Paris, restructures.

The sales and distributor said Thursday it to revamp along genre-based lines, rather than by territory.

There will be five divisions: non-scripted programming, scripted programming, kids, digital and publishing, and clips.

From next year all non-scripted shows will be sold out of London while all scripted product will be hawked from Paris.

Zodiak Rights' other divisions will be based in London.

The company said it has created a chief operating officer role recruting former Discovery Networks executive Sara Wookey for the job.

Wookey's resume boasts stints at Sparrowhawk Media, Viacom/Nickelodeon and KidsCo TV, where she was director of broadcast.

Zodiak Rights CEO Matthew Frank said: "Jane Millichip has been a huge asset to the company and I am very sorry to see her leave. She has been my wing-woman and support over many years, and life will seem very strange without her."
Frank also said the restructure is a "great way to start the new year" for Zodiak.

Zodiak Rights recently signed a first-look development deal with U.K. indie Western Front Films.

Through the deal buyers were offered a first look at Meet the Izzards, a documentary about comedian and actor Eddie Izzard and his search for his family roots using his own DNA to tell the story of humans and his own ancestry at last month's MIPCOM international TV market.