Arjan Hoekstra

Viceland poaches BBC exec in trio of hires

As Viceland sets itself to launch in Europe, the Vice Media-owned channel has poached a BBC documentaries development chief as one of three new hires. Dan Louw has joined the US-based firm as VP, development for Viceland UK, with Peep Show and Fresh Meat producer Debi Roach also joining as VP, TV production, EMEA. Cam […]

10 MIPTV takeaways: #6 the many faces of Vice

The management team that make up Vice Media are not your traditional television executives. Shane Smith, heavily tattooed and fully-bearded, is as outspoken and cage-rattling as media CEOs come, while creative chief Spike Jonze is better known as the Oscar-nominated director of Being John Malkovich. Therefore, it was no surprise chief content officer Eddie Moretti […]

Former Discovery exec to run Vice’s Euro channels

Hipster brand Vice has hired Arjan Hoekstra to run its fast-growing channels operation. Hoekstra took over running Discovery Networks Asia from Tom Keaveny in 2014 before exiting last March. Prior to that he was in charge of sports net Eurosport in Asia. At Vice he oversee the expansion of Viceland, the linear channel Vice has […]

Discovery signs China deal with WASU

Discovery Communications has signed a content partnership deal with WASU Digital TV Media Group for WASU’s new pay-TV channel Qiu Suo. Under the deal, Discovery will provide factual and lifestyle programming and act as channel and content consultant to WASU for Qiu Suo, which launched in China on March 16. Qiu Suo, which translates as […]

Caleb Weinstein resurfaces at Amazon

Having left Discovery this summer, Caleb Weinstein has taken a role at Amazon in the US, TBI understands. Weinstein oversaw a raft of channel launches in a stint lasting five and a half years at the factual and entertainment channel operator. Before the channels role, he ran Discovery’s international programme sales and consumer products business. […]

Discovery Networks names Keaveny replacement

Discovery Networks International has named Eurosport exec Arjan Hoekstra as its new Asia-Pacific chief as former boss Tom Keaveny moves to London for a new global role. Hoekstra (above) will be become president and managing director, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific on September 1. He’ll based in Singapore at DNI’s local hub and report into Mark Hollinger, […]