The former FilmStruck executive is now based in Acorn’s London office and has recently been a consultant for Acorn TV. As General Manager, she will be responsible for the overall development, management and operation of the premium TV streaming service for all markets outside of the Americas.
She will oversee strategy, programming, product, marketing and distribution. Last year, Acorn TV expanded into territories including Mexico, Spain, Scandinavia, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand. Samanidis will report to Matthew Graham, General Manager of Acorn TV.
Samanidis was previously General Manager of FilmStruck International where she oversaw the launch of the service across Europe before it was shuttered last year.
Rakhee Birdi has also joined the company