Global Series Network is the company behind Walter Presents, a video-on-demand service dedicated to hand-picking prestige, foreign-language drama from around the world. The service is curated by Walter Iuzzolino, a passionate drama fan, and prides itself on delivering high quality, award-winning content.

The team

Walter Iuzzolino

Walter is a former commissioner and TV Executive responsible for generating a wide range of primetime factual entertainment hit series. As a Commissioning Editor for Features at Channel 4, Walter developed a string of factual hit formats before leaving to become Creative Director at Betty, where he spearheaded a quick growth trajectory of turnover and output which led to the company sale to Discovery Networks International in 2011. In 2014 Walter left Betty to pursue his dream of launching a foreign language drama channel. Since then he’s spent hundreds of hours locked in a dark room, handpicking the best drama from around the world. He is the eponymous face behind the Walter Presents brand and contrary to some rumours, Walter is a real person, not an actor or a machine.

Walter Iuzzolino

Walter is a former commissioner and TV Executive responsible for generating a wide range of primetime factual entertainment hit series. As a Commissioning Editor for Features at Channel 4, Walter developed a string of factual hit formats before leaving to become Creative Director at Betty, where he spearheaded a quick growth trajectory of turnover and output which led to the company sale to Discovery Networks International in 2011. In 2014 Walter left Betty to pursue his dream of launching a foreign language drama channel. Since then he’s spent hundreds of hours locked in a dark room, handpicking the best drama from around the world. He is the eponymous face behind the Walter Presents brand and contrary to some rumours, Walter is a real person, not an actor or a machine.

Jo McGrath

Jo is an experienced producer and broadcast commissioner, with a proven ability for developing returnable series and bestselling spin-off books for the UK and international markets. Formerly Head of Production for Fox International Europe, Head of Features for Channel 4 Television and Head of Factual for Tiger Aspect Television, Jo’s track record of combining mainstream appeal with strong brand identity has been utilised with stunning success in her role as Director of Marketing and Press GSN. The service launched in both the UK and US to huge critical acclaim and this year was nominated for Best Specialist Channel by the UK’s leading trade magazine.

Jo McGrath

Jo is an experienced producer and broadcast commissioner, with a proven ability for developing returnable series and bestselling spin-off books for the UK and international markets. Formerly Head of Production for Fox International Europe, Head of Features for Channel 4 Television and Head of Factual for Tiger Aspect Television, Jo’s track record of combining mainstream appeal with strong brand identity has been utilised with stunning success in her role as Director of Marketing and Press GSN. The service launched in both the UK and US to huge critical acclaim and this year was nominated for Best Specialist Channel by the UK’s leading trade magazine.

Jason Thorp

Jason has worked in OTT, pay TV and free TV environments domestically and internationally over the past 25 years for the likes of Fox, Universal Studios, ITV and Viasat. Formerly the head of Fox Networks in the UK having run the Fox and National Geographic channels for ten years, bringing seminal shows such as The Wire, Breaking Bad, Dexter and The Walking Dead to the UK. Jason’s extensive commercial experience, driving content and schedule strategy across Europe, proved invaluable when he left Fox in 2014, to become the CEO of Global Series Network. Since launch the service has gone from strength to strength, out-performing all expectations. This autumn, in recognition of Walter Presents success, World Screen will be honouring Jason with a Trendsetter Award at MIPCOM.

Jason Thorp

Jason has worked in OTT, pay TV and free TV environments domestically and internationally over the past 25 years for the likes of Fox, Universal Studios, ITV and Viasat. Formerly the head of Fox Networks in the UK having run the Fox and National Geographic channels for ten years, bringing seminal shows such as The Wire, Breaking Bad, Dexter and The Walking Dead to the UK. Jason’s extensive commercial experience, driving content and schedule strategy across Europe, proved invaluable when he left Fox in 2014, to become the CEO of Global Series Network. Since launch the service has gone from strength to strength, out-performing all expectations. This autumn, in recognition of Walter Presents success, World Screen will be honouring Jason with a Trendsetter Award at MIPCOM.