Ward Platt


Blue Ant takes kids & global nets unit to EMEA with McKee

Blue Ant Media is launching its kids and global networks division in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) via new carriage deals for Love Nature and ZooMoo, with Chiara McKee (pictured) leading it as regional VP. As part of its EMEA launch, Love Nature’s 4K channel has landed on Ooredoo TV’s UHD linear service […]

Blue Ant builds out global division with hires

Canada-based international producer and distributor Blue Ant Media has appointed Aser Group’s Beatrice Lee (pictured) and National Geogarphic’s Carlyn Staudt for its newly launched kids and global division. The hires come as Blue Ant rapidly expands internationally after buying David Haslingden’s Racat Group. Lee has been appointed to the newly created role as CEO for […]

Blue Ant makes host of EMEA hires

Blue Ant Media has made a host of hires for its newly launched kids and global networks division in EMEA. The new sales appointments will be focused on distributing the Love Nature 4K and ZooMoo channels across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. George Jeffrey will be responsible for sales in the UK and Ireland, […]

Nat Geo shakes up management as Fox takes over

21st Century Fox has completed its deal to take control of National Geographic and rejigged its senior management. Courteney Monroe (pictured) will become the international channels chief under the new structure and Fox International Channels exec Ward Platt will be in charge of channel distribution and commercial activity. Fox announced in September that it planned […]

Nat Geo replacing Adventure with culture-themed net

National Geographic Channels International is replacing its pay TV channel Adventure with one themed around people and culture early next year. Nat Geo People is billed as offering “unfiltered, intimate access to the true, amazing and inspiring stories of real people all over the world”. The new channel will launch in 50 territories across Europe, […]

FIC promotes Platt to NGCI top job, Gandevia takes Asia

Fox International Channels has promoted its Asia Pacific boss Ward Platt to FIC COO and CEO of distributor National Geographic Channels International, with Zubin Gandevia also being elevated. Platt will relocate to LA from his current base in Hong Kong, where he is president, Asia Pacific and Middle East, at the News Corp channels business. […]