Insurrection Media announced today that it has hired Deborah Henderson, formerly of Zodiak Americas, in the newly created position of general counsel and head of production.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Insurrection was launched in July 2015, when Kiliaen Van Rensselaer (pictured, below) left his post of as head of original digital programming at Fox to start the company with backing from Allen DeBevoise’s Third Wave Capital Partners.
Insurrection’s mandate is to produce original TV series for digital-first distribution. It’s come fast out of the gate, closing a multi-year, exclusive comedy pod deal with Abominable Pictures founder Jonathan Stern (“Wet Hot American Summer,” “Childrens Hospital”) and producer Keith Quinn (Paramount Digital, Live Planet), and a multi-year production partnership with “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman and David Alpert of Skybound Entertainment.
In December, Insurrection struck a deal with publisher HarperCollins to option sc-fi, drama and comedy books and develop them as series for linear and digital television.
Henderson will be responsible for the launch and supervision of Insurrection’s production arm. Prior to serving as general counsel at Zodiak Americas, which adapts hit formats for major U.S., Mexican and Colombian broadcasters (e.g., “Mexico’s Next Top Model”), she served in senior roles in business affairs and legal for DisneyToon Studios, a division of Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Paramount, where she oversaw digital entertainment, including the shows “Burning Love” and “The LXD.”
Before embarking on a legal career, Henderson worked as a producer Viacom, Showtime, Universal, VH-1, Fox Searchlight and Trimark Pictures. She earned a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Children’s Special for “Snow in August” (2001).