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Wuaki poaches iTunes exec for OTT

OTT video-on-demand provider Wuaki.tv has hired former Apple iTunes executive Sébastien Janin to head international business development.

Janin has worked for iTunes, where he was responsible for launching and managing the roll out of the iTunes film service in Europe and Latin America, for the last eight years.

For the last two years he has headed up iTunes’ international independent film business, securing day and date releases for movies across European countries. Before the joined Apple, Janin spent 12 years as vice-president of home entertainment at Studiocanal.

Wuaki.tv has set a target of being available in 10 European countries by the end of this year. The service launched in Italy in February and plans to roll out in Ireland and Austria in the second quarter.

“Our European rollout is the key factor in this year’s plans for Wuaki.tv,” said Jacinto Roca, CEO of Wuaki.tv. “We recognise that in order to do this we need to bring experienced people into the Wuaki.tv family. The hire of Sébastien reinforces Wuaki.tv’s commitment to enhancing our team with passionate executives who share our vision of delivering on demand, quality home entertainment to homes and mobile devices across Europe.”