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Curwin leaves Garden but remains with ITV

Nick Curwin is exiting is role as co-CEO of The Garden, but will remain with the UK prodco’s parent, ITV Studios, after signing a new deal. His new role means Garden co-founder and co-chef exec Magnus Temple becomes sole CEO, after he agreed to an “indefinite extension” to his existing deal. This comes four years […]

Viacom rebuild continues with new appointments

Bob Bakish’s restructuring of US media giant Viacom has continued with appointment of a music programming chief, general managers for Comedy Central and TV Land, and an original series producer at VH1. Bakish has been marking his stamp on the troubled company since becoming president and CEO, focusing efforts around core brands, and building bridges […]

Bommel handed NATPE top job

J.P. Bommel has been named president and CEO of US-based producers TV NATPE. The former Reed MIDEM executive has been with NATPE since August 2015, when he joined as COO and managing director, effectively replacing Rod Perth. Bommel will now focus on creating “365-day-a-year experiences for members”, expanding the NATPE Budapest Market and Content Summit […]

Turner ups Meraz & hires from NBCU

US media group Turner has promoted buyer Valerie Meraz to a senior VP role, and hired a talent exec from NBCUniversal-owned SVOD platform Fandango. Valerie Meraz (pictured) has been upped from VP, programme acquisitions to SVP, content acquisitions and strategy for the TBS, TNT, truTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, Turner Classic Movies and SVOD […]

New president at Bell as Turcke exits for NFL

Randy Lennox is the new president of Canadian broadcast giant Bell Media following the exit of Mary Anne Turcke for American football organisation the NFL. Turcke has become the NFL’s president of digital media and NFL Network after nearly two years as president, and twelve overall at BCE, parent of Bell Media. She had taken […]

Passion sales chief resurfaces at DRG

Elin Thomas has joined UK-based distributor DRG just days after her exit from Passion Distribution was announced. She has taken on a newly-created post as executive VP of sales at the Modern Times Group-owned company, with former Arte France sales manager Emilie Klienmann also joining. At DRG, she will oversee the sales operation, reporting to […]

Tanner upped as Thomas exits Passion

Nick Tanner has been named head of sales at UK-based distributor Passion, replacing the outgoing Elin Thomas. The latter was named global head of sales at the Tinopolis-owned distribution house in 2014 and was promoted global director of sales a year later, but is leaving for a new senior role at a currently-undisclosed company. Thomas […]

George upped at ITV America as Leftfield Ents brand retires

Leftfield Entertainment CEO David George has been named president of ITV America. He takes the role at ITV America, the US unscripted arm of UK-listed broadcaster ITV, having been running Leftfield, the Pawn Stars prodco that ITV acquired in 2014 for an initial US$360 million. The Leftfield Entertainment moniker is now being dropped. As president […]

Jason Simms joining Sky Vision from Fox

Jason Simms is swapping his role as senior VP of global acquisitions at Fox Networks Group Europe and Africa to become Sky Vision’s drama and comedy chief. A familiar face at international markets, Simms has been with the 21st Century Fox-owned broadcaster for more than twelve years, during which time he bought first-run rights to […]

Amazon hires FMI’s Brown as Euro originals chief

Amazon Studios has hired FremantleMedia International’s Georgia Brown as its first director of original television for Europe. The hire brings to an end Amazon Studios’ search for a European content chief, and comes after the Amazon Prime Video SVOD service went fully international in December. Brown’s remit will see her commissioning programming from producers in […]