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Iger confirms exit from Disney CEO post in 2019

Bob Iger will step down as chief executive of The Walt Disney Company in 2019, and claims this time it’s really happening. The Disney CEO confirmed his exit plan at a Vanity Fair event yesterday, adding: “This time I mean it.” That was in reference to previous exit plans, which include an aborted 2016 attempt […]

Kanal D expands sales team with Cantutan

Turkey’s Kanal D International has made another hire to its expanding sales team. Deniz Cantutan has joined as sales manager for the Central and Eastern Europe, the CIS region, the Baltics and German-speaking territories at broadcaster Kanal D’s international distribution arm. The former Telekom Austria executive will be based in Istanbul and report to Kerim […]

UK indie hires Discovery & eOne alum for sales

UK indie Wag TV has appointed former Discovery Networks exec Janice Strangward to lead its global content distribution arm, which was formed last year and formally launches at MIPCOM this October. Strangward has held senior sales roles at Entertainment One, Passion Distribution, Al Jazeera Media Network and Zee Entertainment Enterprises, most recently leading the latter’s […]

Ex-TCB exec in as Reel One adds two

Reel One Entertainment has bolstered its international distribution team with the appointment of former TCB Media Rights sales manager Anna Budashevskaya and sales exec Mai Aboelfadle, with the latter joining from Warner Bros. Anna Budashevskaya (pictured) will be responsible for the continued development of new and existing broadcaster relationships specifically within CEE, German-speaking Europe and […]

A+E nabs Liberty exec for Americas role

A+E Networks has appointed Liberty Global exec Francisco Guijon as senior VP for the Americas. Guijon will report to Edward Sabin, executive managing director of international for A+E Networks. Based in Miami, Guijon will be responsible for managing the profitability and expansion of A+E’s high-growth channels and media assets in Latin America and Canada, including […]

Keith Dawkins exits Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon veteran and TeenNick and Nicktoons executive VP Keith Dawkins is set to depart the company this week. Dawkins has accepted a job as CEO at The First Tee, a non-profit youth development organisation founded by the US Professional Golf Association (PGA). Laura Lundgren, NickSplat and Nick Sports’ senior VP, will temporarily fill Dawkins’ role. […]

TBI Weekly: TV pays respect to top execs

Two prominent execs sadly passed away this month, with many in the industry paying respects for their former colleagues. Over the weekend it emerged that well-liked and well-respected executive David Lyle (pictured) had passed away after a long fight with cancer. Lyle was a prominent figure in the TV business and has worked across FremantleMedia North […]

Film firm taps Borderline’s Rocha to lead TV unit

Zoë Rocha, who produces Channel 5 and Netflix mockumentary Borderline, is joining film financier The Fyzz facility to launch a new TV arm. She has been named managing director of The Fyzz Facility TV, which will focus on financing and producing high-end scripted programming from its London base. Rocha (pictured) will also oversee projects at […]

Boat Rocker buys Proper Television

There’s more consolidation in the Canadian TV sector, this time with Boat Rocker Media buying the principal assets of compatriot Proper Television. The deal, financial terms of which were not revealed, means Toronto-based Boat Rocker takes over the distribution library of Proper, which houses sales unit Proper Rights, and takes over its 35,000sq ft facility. […]

CBS names drama chief following Davis exit

Long-serving CBS Entertainment exec Yelena Chak will succeed Christina Davis as the Eye Network’s head of drama development. In her new post, Chak will report to Thom Sherman, who took over programming at the network along with Kelly Kahl in May. Chak has been with CBS for ten years, and will now oversee all drama […]