According to idnes.cz, he announced his decision at the beginning of a news programme on Barrandov TV, adding that the party, which will be named after him, will aim to defend Czech national interests against corrupt politicians and oligarchs.
However, the Czech Interior Ministry said that it had received any registration of a new political party in the country since last November.
Soukup has also announced his candidacy for the European parliament.
Soukup founded Empresa Media in 2000 and bought Barrandov TV, of which he is also the head, seven years ago.
Effective immediately, Pollock will become Managing Director, International, based in London.
Building on its 30 years as partners and advisors in the US, Sucherman will now provide that same level of service across Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Asia. Pollock will lead the firm’s global practice, providing worldwide executive search and consulting services to US-based companies while also supporting international companies expanding in the US.
“No matter where you operate in the world today, talent is the key to success in these dynamic times. For more than 30 years, Sucherman Group has been helping companies make the right moves with the right executives who can meet their company’s unique challenges and thrive in their business culture,” said CEO Erik Sorenson.
“With Simon on our team, we are now positioned to extend that top notch advice and service to organizations around the globe.”
Stuart F. Sucherman, Chairman and Founder, said, “Because content travels as never before, media and entertainment companies are truly global today. Regardless of where clients are based, they require trustworthy expertise across the globe. We have great confidence that Simon will serve our global clients with the same qualities of integrity, honesty and discretion that have defined our success for the past three decades.”
The acquisition grows out of a partnership established between the two companies last year. During that time, the team secured a number of mandates, including helping secure a London- based executive for a Los Angeles entertainment company – and at the same time leading a project for a Paris-based company looking for a senior business leader in the US.
Simon Pollock said, “I have great admiration for Erik and Stuart and what they have built. In my new leadership role, I hope to extend their unique approach to consulting and search around the world, achieving success not only for our firm, but, most importantly, for our clients.”
Simon Pollock has more than 30 years of media and entertainment industry experience, having held senior international roles at Disney, Sony and A&E Networks. Before founding Simon Pollock & Co., he was the London-based head of Practice, Media and Entertainment for global search firm Heidrick & Struggles, based in London. Simon also has served on the board of OSN (the leading provider of PayTV in the Middle East) in Dubai.
The announcement was made today by Patricia Hidalgo, Chief Content Officer, Turner EMEA & International Kids Strategy, to whom Fell reports.
In her new role, Fell will be responsible for overseeing the development and production of all Turner Kids series across EMEA, including the recently-greenlit Elliott From Earth, which also has Gumball’s Mic Graves serving as Creative Director. In addition, she will be tasked with finding and developing new talent and ideas into content that can play out across Turner Kids platforms in the region.
Patricia Hidalgo, Chief Content Officer, Turner EMEA & International Kids Strategy commented: “Finding the best creative talent across our region, sourcing and developing ideas into great shows is key to the success of our Kids business. Shows produced here like The Amazing World of Gumball and The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe have not only enjoyed significant critical acclaim but have proven key in making our channels and digital platforms successful in EMEA and across the globe. None of this would have been possible without Sarah’s creative leadership and we’re delighted she will be taking on this expanded role to help bring more of our EMEA-made content to the forefront.”
Fell joined Turner in 2011 as Producer of Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World of Gumball. She started her production career at Aardman Animation.
He will continue in his role through the spring until a successor is appointed to ensure a smooth transition of duties.
Since joining Intelsat in February 2016, Kerrest played an instrumental role in successfully completing $15.5 billion in debt and equity transactions, achieving an improved capital structure for the company.
“On behalf of the company and the management team, I’d like to thank Jacques for his leadership and many contributions during his tenure,” said Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer.
“Jacques’ expertise in capital markets and strategic engagement with debt and equity investors enhanced Intelsat’s position as a respected issuer. One result of his contributions, our improved capital structure, provides us the flexibility that positions us to execute our business strategies. We wish Jacques well as he pursues his personal goals during his well-earned retirement.”
The company is retaining an executive search firm to lead the search for his replacement.
Karsten had held a number of senior leadership roles with Liberty Global since 2004, including Managing Director of the company’s Netherlands cable business; EVP, European Broadband Operations.
“I want to thank Diederik for his years of service to Liberty Global,” said Mike Fries, CEO, Liberty Global. “He has been a loyal and valuable member of my senior leadership team and, as Chief Commercial Officer, has helped to ensure that our local operating companies have world class expertise in customer relations and marketing. Our plan is to continue this evolution, bringing key capabilities closer to our customers.”
Liberty Global has signalled this as just the first step in a broader reorganisation program that’s designed to decrease management layers and increase efficiency across both central and local operations.
Such moves were enevitable following the completion of the transaction with Vodafone for the sale of its businesses in Germany, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic.
There will also be new designated leaders in Liberty Global’s Technology and Innovation Division named by Enrique Rodriguez in an email to staff
Baptiest Coopmans, SVP Technology Operations; Aarne Aho, GDO & Central IT; Colin Buechner, Network & Shared Operations; Dan Hennessy, Technology; Rob Evans, Lightning; Mark Giesbers, Products; Bob Greene, Product Partnerships and Sigrid van den Houte, Consumer.
In addition, to simplify the support in each of Liberty Global’s large operating companies and bring T&I closer to the local growth priorities, a new Chief Technology & Information Officer (CTIO) role is being created in the UK and Ireland, Switzerland and Poland & Slovakia.
In other changes, Jeanie York, currently MD for Core Networks & Operations at Liberty Global, is appointed to the role of CTIO for Virgin Media.
Alexander Lorenz, currently MD Technology Integration & Operations at Virgin Media, becomes CTIO for UPC Switzerland.
Monika Nowak-Toporowicz, currently Vice President Access Networks Programs within global T&I and Vice President Integration & Operations for Poland, is appointed to the role of CTIO for UPC Poland and Slovakia.
Micha Berger continues in his current role as CTO Telenet and MD, Mobile Network and Operations, jointly reporting to John Porter and Enrique Rodriguez.
Henning Nieslony will join the management team of RTL interactive, the digital media subsidiary of German broadcaster Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, on February 1, 2019.
As the new division manager, the 33-year-old will be responsible for the commercial management of the video-on-demand (VOD) division. His tasks include in particular the expansion of TV Now into a fully-fledged streaming service.
Following positions at IP Deutschland and the management of Anke Schäferkordt’s office, Nieslony has been head of marketing VOD/corporate and head of strategy & media at Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland since 2016.
Nieslony succeeds Robert Dube at RTL interactive, who is leaving the company at his own request and for personal reasons.
In a statement, RTS says that its board of directors has decided to approve the validity period of the DG’s employment contract.
It adds that: “on the basis of this decision, the president of the management board of JMU RTS, Prof. Dr, Vladimir Vuletic, is authorised to sign an agreement with the DG of JMU RTS Dragan Bujosevic for the continuation of work”.
In his new role, Donato will be responsible for maximising revenue as well as identifying and delivering commercial opportunities for all of Turner’s UK and Nordic channels and services. This will include working across Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito, Toonix, TNT, CNNI and TCM as well launching or developing SVOD, OTT, D2C and other new digital initiatives.
Working out of the London-based office and reporting to the SVP and GM of Northern Europe, Pierre Branco, Donato will be able to draw on his many years of experience in broadcasting, across A+E, BBC, Sky and Virgin.
About the appointment, Branco has said: “It is a very exciting time for Riccardo to join Turner – we experienced a record-breaking 2018 and have positioned this role to further increase our growth for 2019. His unique skills and experience will focus on expanding both our linear and non-linear platforms and make a fantastic addition to our already successful team. I look forward to continuing to watch our company reach new heights and am delighted to have Riccardo as a part of it.”
Donato, who takes up his new role with immediate effect, joins Turner from A+E Networks UK where he was the Director of Distribution and Digital Partnerships. In his time there Donato was responsible for all aspects of the affiliate relationships across the UK, Western and Eastern Europe, MENA and Africa.
One of the industry’s foremost experts on video processing, Signes founded the video compression specialist Envivio in 2000 and as CEO led the company through private equity financing and a NASDAQ IPO. Ericsson acquired the business in 2015. Since 2017, he has been advising emerging video technology businesses on strategy, investment, and helping them scale to global markets. He has also provided advice to Atlantic Bridge, a global venture capital firm and one of the early shareholders in Envivio. Prior to Envivio, Signes worked at France Telecom (now Orange), leading a team that worked on the development of MPEG-4.
Commenting on his appointment at Synamedia, Signes said: “As video consumes an increasing volume of the global IP traffic, successfully monetising the opportunities around 4K and 8K requires a flexible video processing infrastructure that can scale cost effectively. Synamedia meets this demand thanks to its impressive portfolio of video processing solutions with market-leading encoding and transcoding technologies including those originally developed at Cisco, Scientific Atlanta and NDS as well as the cloud expertise developed at Cisco”.
Yves Padrines, CEO of Synamedia, added: “Julien is one of only a handful of people to combine technical prowess in video processing with acute business acumen. At Envivio, Julien spearheaded the evolution of video processing from a hardware focus to the softwareand cloud-based video businesses emerging today. His deep understanding of cloud architectures for video processing will ensure Synamedia customers have access to the most advanced techniques for fast, efficient delivery of both OTT and live TV to their subscribers.”
Federico Colom is to become the new CEO of Orange Slovakia, effective May 1, 2019.
According to several media sources in both Slovakia and the Czech Republic, he will replace Pavol Lancaric, who after 20 years in the post has decided to accept the offer to become the new chairman of the supervisory board of Orange Slovakia.
In his new role, Lancaric, will oversee Orange’s activities in Central Europe, including Slovakia. Colom is currently VP and CFO of Orange Group in France.
In other changes, Bruno Duthoit, currently the chairman of Orange Slovakia’s supervisory board, will leave the board.
Samuel Bauer has become the new director product & customer experience at Freenet TV, the German DTT and DTH platform operated by Media Broadcast, on January 1, 2019.
In his new position, Bauer will be responsible for the further development of the product and for customer service.
Bauer joins Freenet TV from management consultancy Seven Principles, for which he has advised Media Broadcast on various projects as team manager and senior consultant. Previously, he gained extensive experience in consulting projects for several DAX corporations.
Bauer succeeds Björn Sorge, who joins ProSiebenSat.1 Digital as vice president experience design.
ZDF Enterprises has signed an agreement to acquire a 100 % stake in Dutch leading non-fiction content company Off the Fence. CEO and Founder Ellen Windemuth will stay in office as CEO of the Off the Fence group.
Founded in 1994, the Off the Fence group produces and distributes exceptional factual programming on a global scale. CEO Ellen Windemuth is also the Chairperson of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Summit, one of the most prestigious natural history and conservation festivals in the world.
Off the Fence Productions is an award-winning, independent producer of factual television and digital cinema content, which is broadcast worldwide. The production company has created more than 500 hours of television content for a wide range of international broadcasters including History Channel, MTV, BBC, Channel 4, MSNBC, PBS, National Geographic Channel, Discovery, The Weather Channel and ZDF. The films aim to give a fresh perspective and high production values across a range of genres that include: science, history, adventure, human stories, and natural history. Their quality has been recognised by more than 80 awards, including Royal Television Society, Emmy, Golden Panda and Grand Teton.
Off the Fence Distribution is one of the world’s leading independent factual distribution company with a catalogue of over 6,500 hours of diverse programming across Wildlife, Science, History, Travel, People & Culture and Lifestyle genres. With sales offices in Amsterdam, London, Cape Town and Mainz, Off the Fence has a truly international footprint.
“We are very excited to join such a clever and dynamic group. We have worked closely together for twenty years, and there is a lot of mutual respect. We have developed a synergistic common strategy, and I look forward to realizing it together,” said Ellen Windemuth, CEO of Off the Fence.
Fred Burcksen, President and CEO of ZDF Enterprises added: “Ellen has been a valued partner of ZDF Enterprises in general and for ZDFE.unscripted in particular for many years. We have always admired her innovative strength, creative spirit and economical power. For all of us, it was the next logical step in our partnership to join forces and networks in order to enable us to jointly be even more successful in the future.”
Ben King, is joining the company as SVP global distribution and business development next month.
King spent 12 years at Apple, most recently, as commercial director for international services with responsibility for business insights, business development, strategic partnerships and content licensing outside the US.
He will report to John Gleasure, chief business development officer, who said: “Ben is universally respected across the industry as an innovative and talented operator who delivers results for both partners and his services. His global experience and insight-driven approach will enable DAZN to grow faster and stronger as we extend our business deeper into both existing and new markets. We are delighted to get him onboard.”
King, added: “From the first time I met the DAZN team, I was blown away by the product, the people and the ambition. DAZN has spotted an opportunity to develop a global sport streaming service before anyone else and is executing aggressively to extend its lead.”
In 2018 DAZN streamed a record 200 million hours of sport to millions of fans around the world in 2018 from the world’s leading sport competitions including the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1, NHL, NFL, MLB, Matchroom Boxing and Golden Boy Promotions.
Versions are available in Japan, Germany, Austria, Switzerland in 2016, Canada, Italy, the United States, Brazil and Spain.
SeaChange International has appointed Yossi Aloni senior VP and CCO.
Reporting to Ed Terino, CEO, he will lead global sales and marketing and assist SeaChange in fine-tuning its recently launched value-based engagement model.
Commenting on the development, Terino said: “Yossi’s experience in the video, broadcast, and pay-TV markets spans two decades with demonstrated success in achieving significant annual revenue growth.
“His broad technical background, combined with his extensive industry experience, makes him an ideal addition to the SeaChange leadership team.”
Aloni added: “SeaChange has a solid brand, a vast installed customer base and an excellent product offering. I’m confident that SeaChange will increase its market share by providing added value solutions while reducing our customers’ total-cost-of-ownership.”
Aloni was most recently chief of corporate operations at Ateme. Prior to that, he served in sales, marketing and engineering positions with several major video industry companies.
DG Mikhail Demin will leave the Russian DTH platform operator NTV-Plus on December 30, 2018 due to the expiry of his three-year contract.
Natalya Gorbunova, who has until now been deputy DG and overseen the company’s financial, administrative and legal units, HR, logistics and procurement, has been appointed acting DG.
Demin held the position of deputy DG at NTV-Plus from April-December 2015 and become its DG in January 2016.
His previous positions include DG of Ekho Moskvy from December 2014 to March 2015.
The acquisition is the result of RTL Nederland, Discovery Benelux, Fox Networks Group Benelux and Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) entering into a strategic sales partnership with each other as of 1 January 2019.
RTL will be granted the right to sell advertising space for at least three years for the Discovery, Fox and Viacom brand portfolio, offering a wider range of spot time, branded partnerships and online (video and display) advertising space.
Advertisers will have access to a larger overall reach, especially in younger target groups in both daytime and prime time slots. Discovery, Fox and Viacom also keep the opportunity to sell their own airtime.
Ton Rozestraten, CCO RTL Nederland, explains the strategic step: “In five years, BrandDeli has grown into a successful company that we look at with admiration. Cooperation enables us to market an even wider and more varied range of products with the beautiful brands that BrandDeli represents. It fits in with our growth strategy to strengthen our position as a local player within the globalising playing field. Like no other, we are able to reach the masses with high-quality programmes and digital propositions. By combining this strength with BrandDeli’s rich cross-media offering (apps, social media, linear TV and websites), we offer advertisers access to an even more varied and growing fan base.”
Susan van Geenen, Vice President Commerce Fox Networks Group Benelux, on behalf of the BrandDeli board: “BrandDeli is the ultimate example that international media parties can work together and strengthen each other. As shareholders, we are extremely proud of BrandDeli and its employees who have built this company with great passion and commitment to today’s success. By working with RTL, we are entering the next phase. With an extremely strong combination of reach and specialisation in target groups, we are even more attractive to advertisers, now and in the future.”
BrandDeli will continue to operate under the same name from Amsterdam in the coming year. The cooperation in the field of sales will start as soon as possible. In the coming period, media agencies and advertisers will be informed about the purchase for 2019.
Ton Rozestraten: “We are very happy to work with BrandDeli’s committed and professional team. The goal is to create an integrated sales organisation that is agile and future-oriented and that optimally combines the knowledge of different target groups and markets.”
(Picture by Ton Kastermans Fotografie. From left to right, Rik Welling (CFO RTL); Ton Rozestraten (CCO RTL); Max Schoorl (Director Commercial Development at Discovery Benelux); Rogier van de Paverd (VP AdSales at Viacom International Media Networks); Susan van Geenen (VP Commerce at Fox Networks Group Benelux) and CEO at RTL, Sven Sauvé.)
Rüdiger Böss, Executive Vice President Content Acquisitions and Sales at ProSiebenSat.1, has decided to leave the German media company at the end of the year after over 25 years.
Henrik Pabst, Chief Commercial Officer Entertainment as of January 2019, will additionally take over responsibility for the areas of content acquisitions and content sales in his new role.
“Rüdiger Böss defined an era at ProSiebenSat.1. He was our man in Hollywood, he was the one who opened the doors to the major film studios for us. His instinct for the next big TV hit, his negotiation skills and his passion for movies are legendary. He brought all the major blockbusters and US ratings hits to Germany for us. And alongside all that, he was always a great colleague and friend. We thank Rüdiger from the bottom of our hearts for these extraordinary years and wish him all the very best for his future,” said Conrad Albert, deputy CEO and General Counsel of ProSiebenSat.1.
Böss added: “I look back at this quarter-century at ProSiebenSat.1 with fondness and gratitude and am incredibly happy that I was able to spend the majority of my professional life here. My biggest thank you goes to all the wonderful colleagues and partners. I am very proud of what we achieved together and the programme milestones that we secured for our channels, from Four Weddings and a Funeral (one of my first purchases) to The Hunger Games and The Big Bang Theory. But now I’m taking a hint from the title of one of our most recent purchases: The Boy Needs Fresh Air. And after a short break I will get back in touch!”
Böss has been working at ProSiebenSat.1 since 1992. Since 2007, he has been responsible for negotiations for and the acquisition of licensed films and series for the media group’s TV channels and video platforms. He has secured long-term licensing deals with key Hollywood studios such as Warner Bros., Disney, 20th Century Fox, CBS, Paramount and Regency.
No details are known at this stage about his future occupation.
Jukin Media hires former Discovery, ABC Family executive Jill Goldfarb as new VP of linear.Jukin Media has hired Jill Goldfarb, former VP of programming for the Discovery Channel and VP of programme planning and scheduling at Fox/ABC Family, to a newly created role, VP, Linear Programming.
At Discovery, Goldfarb oversaw linear and multi-platform content and acquisitions strategy, as well as scheduling and long-range programme planning.
Goldfarb will lead programming, acquisitions, scheduling and content strategy for Jukin’s linear content initiatives which include the TBD network — the digicast network owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group and operated by Jukin Media — as well as FailArmyTV and The Pet Collective TV, the multi-platform linear channels based on Jukin’s eponymous owned and operated digital media brands.
“As we’ve progressed and linear programming has proven to be a massive opportunity for Jukin, we knew finding a seasoned executive to help take our efforts to the next level would be key,” said Cameron Saless, Chief Growth Officer of Jukin Media.
“Jill has a proven track record as a programmer and we’re thrilled she’ll be here to help us consistently deliver engaging programming to our rapidly growing audiences on linear.”
The TBD network is available in more than 78 million US homes, and FailArmyTV and The Pet Collective TV exceed 90 million minutes watched per month on streaming platforms like Samsung’s TV Plus, Roku, XUMO, Pluto TV, and Twitch.
“Jukin has made tremendous inroads into linear on the backs of these truly dynamic media brands,” said Goldfarb.
“It feels like the sky’s the limit for where we can take them.”
Goldfarb will report to Saless.
The role will see Parobek head-up current operations within North and South America to drive overall strategy and regional growth.
Prior to joining Friend MTS, he held senior VP MSO sales positions at large brands including Nokia and Huawei Technologies, plus various software technology companies.
“Brad’s vast experience means he is the ideal person to lead the Friend MTS team in the Americas,” comments Simon Williamson Chief Commercial Officer, Friend MTS.
“His ambitious business and sales acumen will help us further establish Friend MTS as the leading content protection company in the world.”
“The importance of protecting content against revenue loss through piracy and illegal streaming is critical to any rights owner, MSO or broadcaster,” said Brad Parobek, SVP Sales Americas.
“Streaming piracy has a huge impact on the industry reducing revenues but also driving up prices to legitimate viewers. I’m looking forward to being part of the team at Friend MTS whose mission it is to help the media and entertainment industry overcome this ongoing challenge.”
Davor Tomaskovic, the president of the management board of Croatian incumbent Hrvatski Telekom (HT), has submitted his resignation and will continue his career outside the Deutsche Telekom group from April 1, 2019.
Konstantinos Nemphis, who is currently CCO, consumer segment at Greece’s OTE, will to take his position from that date.
Commenting on the development, Jonathan Richard Talbot, the chairman of the supervisory board, said: “Since his arrival at the position of president of the management Board of HT, Davor, together with his team, achieved remarkably good business results. For five consecutive years, HT showed growth in revenue, EBITDA and net profit, and continued to transform to deliver an EBITDA margin of 41.9 %, making it one of the most successful companies within DT Group. HT has continued to invest in creating a better customer experience with more than HRK7 billion being spent on infrastructure development in these five years. Davor has also led many acquisitions to strengthen the health of the company, including successfully taking over Montenegro Telecom”.
Tomaskovic added: “HT is a great company with an amazing team of employees. I am proud of the results we have achieved together. In five years we completed the challenging transformation, and the company today is fast and agile. With the growth of all financials indicators we strengthened the leadership position in all market segments and consolidated the overall telco market. We also made our regional move and delivered successful results in doing business outside of the domestic market. During the previous five years HT also became one of the largest investors in Croatia, as well as one of the most significant employers, contributing through its operations to the overall development of the country. Following this five-year cycle, which was necessary for the company to transform, HT is prepared for the upcoming period and ready to overcome all challenges which lie ahead”.
In other changes, HT’s supervisory board has appointed Natasa Rapaic as a board member for residential customers for another term in office, commencing February 1, 2019.