Aksel van der Wal


Turner buys Bigballs stake

The international arm of Turner has bought into Bigballs Media marking the first investment for the company’s new Digital Ventures & Innovation group. Bigballs owns the Copa90 video platform and online channel, which specialises in football-based fan content. It does not own rights to games, but has wraparound programming and claims 12 million subs and […]

Turner creates international digital division

Turner has tasked Aksel van der Wal with establishing a new division that will focus on international digital innovation. Van der Wal (pictured) is currently senior VP and CFO of Turner International, but has been promoted to executive VP, digital ventures and innovation, effective January 1, 2017. The division will house Turner’s direct-to-consumer products. Its […]

Turner names EMEA finance chief

Turner Broadcasting System EMEA has named Jamie Friend as its new chief financial officer, TBI has learned. Friend (pictured) is promoted to the post from his role as VP, corporate strategy and insights. He will now oversee finances for Turner EMEA’s channel slate, including Cartoon Network, Boomerang, CNN International, TNT, truTV and TCM. Based in […]

Turner hires EMEA finance boss from Time Out

Turner International has recruited Aksel van der Wal (pictured) as senior VP, finance, for its EMEA operation, TBI has learned. Van der Wal joins today from entertainment publishing business Time Out where he was global CEO. At Turner he will work across the company’s channel brands, which include news net CNN, kids offerings Cartoon Network […]