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Endemol Shine Finland’s MD Tarja Pääkkönen to exit

Endemol Shine Finland’s (ESF) managing director Tarja Pääkkönen is to depart the company after 12 years and will be succeeded by Nelonen Media exec Unne Sormunen (pictured). Sormunen joins ESF in March and will report to Karin Stjärne, CEO of Endemol Shine Nordics, will work closely with Pääkkönen over the coming weeks to ensure a smooth handover. At […]

Apple strikes TV deal with Fast and the Furious director

Apple has struck an overall TV deal with Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin and his production banner. The exec’s Perfect Storm Entertainment has linked with the digital giant in an exclusive pact. Lin was previously with Sony Pictures TV for six years, during which time he oversaw CBS dramas Scorpion, S.W.A.T. and a […]

Electus International’s Pollak lands at NBC

Electus Television and International president John Pollak has moved to NBC’s alternative and reality group to head its domestic sales strategy.  The exec’s appointment comes months after Propagate Content acquired Running Wild With Bear Grylls producer-distributor Electus from IAC in October. At NBC, he will oversee and manage commercial affairs for the business’s unscripted programmes, […]

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi hires ex-Hulu execs

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s mobile TV platform Quibi has hired former Hulu execs Tim Connolly and Jim O’Gorman. Connolly, who was formerly senior VP of partnerships and distribution at Hulu, has joined the company as head of partnerships and advertising. The exec will be in charge of business relationships with subscriber acquisition partners such as app stores, […]

Fiona Campbell named BBC Three controller

The BBC has promoted its BBC Studios’ documentary unit head Fiona Campbell as its new BBC Three controller. Campbell is stepping up to the role after Damian Kavanagh departed the broadcaster in November to join Endemol Shine’s Tiger Aspect as managing director. She will assume the role at the start of the new year. The […]

C4’s Webb-Lamb appointed advisory chair of Edinburgh TV Fest

Channel 4 deputy director of programmes and head of popular factual, Kelly Webb-Lamb, has been appointed as the advisory chair of the Edinburgh Television Festival. Alongside festival director Lisa Campbell, Webb-Lamb will spearhead a team of cross-genre industry executives to help curate the 2019 programme and lead the advisory committee. The advisory chair is a […]

Rüdiger Böss exits Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 after 25 years

Rüdiger Böss, executive VP of content acquisitions and sales at Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, has decided to leave the group at the end of the year after over 25 years. Böss has worked at ProSiebenSat.1 since 1992. Since 2007, he has been responsible for negotiations for and the acquisition of licensed films and series for […]

Starz ups Marta Fernandez to EVP of originals

Starz has promoted Marta Fernandez from senior VP of original programming to executive VP. Fernandez, who has been with Starz since 2007, will continue to steer the original programming team and lead the company’s inclusion initiatives. She will also continue to expand the drive toward female-forward programming and oversee new developments. Current productions Fernandez oversees […]

Dungey resurfaces at Netflix as original content VP

Channing Dungey has resurfaced at Netflix as vice president of original content one month after departing her role as ABC Entertainment president. Dungey, who was with ABC for 14 years, will start work at Netflix in February 2019. She will report to Cindy Holland, VP of original content. Currently Holland’s original series team manages a […]

TNT president to head content for WarnerMedia SVOD

TBS and TNT president Kevin Reilly is to lead the content strategy for WarnerMedia’s new streaming service. The exec has been handed an expanded role, and will now serve as chief creative officer for Turner and direct-to-consumer alongside his duties as president of TBS and TNT, where he has helped in launching such titles as […]