Former Netflix Talent Acquisition Lead Joins U.K. Recruiter Ibison Talent Group

January 6, 2023 – U.K.-based executive recruiting firm Ibison Talent Group (ITG) has named former Netflix talent acquisition executive Lynnette Happ as a partner. “This appointment is significant as we continue to expand our business into the U.S. market,” said Nicola Ibison, CEO of ITG. “We’ve recently attracted outstanding U.S.-based talent to roles in the U.K., and Lynnette’s appointment will not only enable us to expand this offering, it will give us a real opportunity for trans-Atlantic growth.”

Ms. Happ spent six years at Netflix, overseeing end-to-end recruitment for scripted and unscripted series, international film, documentaries, kids and family content, as well as acquisitions and licensing, production, post-production, production finance, and business and legal affairs. She also led a team of researchers and recruiters in Netflix’s U.K. office and its headquarters in Amsterdam, and managed dozens of searches in the U.K. across Europe, and in the Middle East and Africa.

Before Netflix, Ms. Happ served as senior associate and North American generalist practice group leader at DHR Global. Prior to that, she served as a senior account executive at E-commerce marketplace Groupon.

At ITG, Happ will be responsible for helping the firm achieve growth across its executive search division as it expands in the U.S., overseeing leadership searches for ITG’s business partners. She will also be responsible for expanding ITG’s network both in London and globally. Her focus will be on leadership searches across documentaries, unscripted/factual, scripted, film, and news.

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“After a tremendous six years at Netflix, I am beyond excited to join the brilliant team at Ibison Talent Group,” Ms. Happ said in a LinkedIn post. “Nicola Ibison and Roland Carreras – 2023 is going to be an amazing year for ITG!”

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ITG places talent into roles both on and off-screen via its executive search and artist management divisions. The firm’s executive search division specializes in leadership media roles across scripted, unscripted, sports, news, and digital.

Ms. Ibison founded ITG in 2015 and has worked alongside the U.K.’s top commissioners and producers, She has managed some of Britain’s most famous faces, including Clare Balding, Gabby Logan, Eamonn Holmes, and the Hairy Bikers. Before founding the firm, Ms. Ibison  was head of the factual, sports media, and specialist departments at James Grant Management (now YMU Group).

“I really enjoyed working with Tim Mitchell and Nicola Ibison on the search for a very senior role, which was crucial to get right. It felt like a partnership from the outset, with thoughtful insight into finding the right candidates, despite time pressures, and a well-run process throughout,” said Rachel Corp, CEO of ITN.

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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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