Facebook hires BuzzFeed Studios chief for video content strategy

Facebook has hired the head of BuzzFeed Studio, Matthew Henick, to lead global video content strategy and planning, as its push into original content continues apace. Announcing his move on the social network, Henick said that “Facebook is just setting out on its journey to become a new kind of video platform for the world” […]

Apple taps Sony for new Latin America head

Apple has hired Sony Pictures Television’s Angélica Guerra as its first head of Latin American programming at Apple Worldwide Video. Guerra will start next month and report to Morgan Wandell, Apple’s head of international creative development, who joined the company in October. The exec served as senior VP and managing director of production for Latin […]

Rich Ross exiting post-Scripps deal Discovery

Discovery Communications has named the new management team that will lead the enlarged company after the Scripps Networks Interactive acquisition, with Discovery Channel boss Rich Ross out and Scripps programming chief Kathleen Finch put in charge of all lifestyle channels. Discovery said that Ross, currently group president of Discovery Channel and Science Channel, is to […]

Weinstein Company saved from brink of bankruptcy

The Weinstein Company (TWC) will be sold to an investor group that former President Obama staffer Maria Contreras-Sweet is leading. The deal had looked dead last year week after intervention from the New York attorney general, but a surprising turn of events mean the assets will now enter into new hands instead of Chapter 11. […]

ITV CEO focused on ‘strategic refresh’ as profits fall

ITV CEO Carolyn McCall is “very focused” on the UK broadcaster’s “strategic refresh”, as full-year 2017 profits fell. McCall (pictured) was bullish despite the numbers, saying there was “no doubt that ITV’s operational performance in 2017 in a challenging environment was strong”. Under McCall’s predecessor, Adam Crozier, ITV diversified away from its broadcast advertising business […]

Paramount TV appoints Flynn as int’l strategy chief

Paramount Television has named David Flynn executive vice president of international strategy, a new role for the company. Flynn will report to Amy Powell, president of Paramount TV, which is a US production division within media giant Viacom. In the position, Flynn will play an integral role in helping to identify and secure local formats, […]

Ex-Flame, Films of Records execs join Sundog

Former Flame Television managing director Claire Featherstone and Films of Record executive producer Katie Buchanan are joining UK indie Sundog Pictures. Featherstone will take up a COO post in April and Buchanan becomes creative director on March 19. She counts docs such as The Romanians are Coming and Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue on ger […]

CEO Landry out as DHX shakes up management

DHX Media CEO Dana Landry is leaving the Canadian media giant, with Michael Donovan taking over as part of wider management changes. The long-serving Landry is leaving to “pursue other projects”, according to DHX, and his departure comes as a strategic review continues. Also leaving is CFO Keith Abriel, who is being replaced by former […]

All3 backs Noel Clarke scripted venture

All3media is backing the launch of a new scripted venture from British actor-director Noel Clarke and actor-producer Jason Maza. Unstoppable Film and TV will be based in London, while Clarke and Maza will also look to strengthen its US presence. All3Media International is to become distribution partner for the new outfit. Stephen Lambert will be […]

NBCU hires Fifty Fathoms production chief

NBCUniversal International Studios (NBCUIS) has hired the head of production at UK prodco Fifty Fathoms, Charlotte Bloxham, to take on the same role. Bloxham will oversee NBCUIS’s scripted productions from UK-based producers Heyday Television, Working Title Television and the core NBCUIS business. At Endemol Shine UK-owned Fifty Fathoms, Bloxham has been head of production since […]