Gerhard Zeiler


WarnerMedia centralises distribution leadership for HBO, Turner

WarnerMedia has centralised leadership of it distribution business, with a new exec team that has oversight of brands including HBO and Turner.  Long-time execs Sofia Chang and Rich Warren will serve as presidents of WarnerMedia Distribution, with oversight of HBO, forthcoming streamer HBO Max, Cinemax and the Turner channels. The exec will report into Gerhard […]

Turner names Urdaneta replacement in Lat Am

Turner Latin America has named Joel Whitten ‘Whit’ Richardson III as its president, in effect replacing Juan Carlos Urdaneta. Richardson is a 23-year Turner veteran, and in his new role has taken charge of the company’s regional general entertainment, kids, sports and free-to-air channel brands; distribution of the CNN news services; and L&M activity. He […]

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 ups Raad at CNN

Rani Raad has been upped at the international arm of Turner-owned news net CNN, taking the newly-created role of president, CNN International Commercial. Turner reorganised commercial activity at CNN International in 2013 under Raad’s leadership. In his new role he will oversee all international commercial activity, including data-driven online programmatic ad sales. He has been […]

Turner aligns US programming ops with int’l

Turner Broadcasting System plans to align its US kids content and general entertainment operations with their international counterparts, triggering a restructuring. With immediate effect, Turner senior VP and managing director, central and eastern Europe, Hannes Heyelmann and SVP and chief content and creative officer, kids, EMEA Patricia Hidalgo get new posts. This is part of […]

Taking stock of Turner

Turner Broadcasting System EMEA is heading for its best year, both in terms of ratings and finances, its president Giorgio Stock tells Jesse Whittock. So how has the business, which cut a third of staff just two years ago, achieved the turnaround, and what’s next for the growing unit? Sitting in his glass-walled sixth floor […]

Turner alumnus joins Viacom North Europe

Former Turner Broadcasting System EMEA senior VP and COO Pete Flamman has joined Viacom International Media Networks’s northern Europe operation. Flamman (pictured) is taking on a newly-created role of senior VP of brands for northern Europe at VIMN Northern Europe. He left Turner last year as part of the wide restructuring in the EMEA business […]

Turner slashes workforce, some international cuts

Turner Broadcasting System is slashing 1,475 jobs as part of a major cost-cutting initiative. Most of the cuts will be in the US, but there will be some job losses coming at its international division. The overall figure represents about 10% of the Time Warner-owned broadcaster’s global workforce, and jobs will be lost at various […]

Time Warner taking control at CME

US media giant Time Warner is exerting greater control at Central and Eastern Europe-focussed broadcast group CME, and is set to increase its ownership stake further this month as a series of complex financial transactions play out. Time Warner boss Jeff Bewkes has talked about the “interesting long-term opportunities” at CME and a rights offering […]

Turner’s Zeiler joins CME board

Turner Broadcasting System’s international boss Gerhard Zeiler has joined the board of directors at embattled broadcaster Central European Media Enterprises. Zeiler (pictured) is joining along with Warner Bros. France president Iris Knobloch and Time Warner’s senior VP, international and corporate strategy Doug Shapiro. Furthermore, former Time Warner Cable and HBO executive John K. Billock has […]

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