Drogseth takes on the responsibility for NENT Group’s Norwegian broadcast TV, streaming and radio operations. The appointment is effective immediately and follows the decision by Morten Aass, who has served as CEO of NENT Group Norway since 2017, to take on a new role as Group-wide advisor on strategic content projects to Anders Jensen, NENT Group President and CEO.
Vegard was previously Head of Pay TV Norway at NENT Group, a role in which he was also locally responsible for Viaplay in Norway. He joined NENT Group as a trainee in 2004.
Anders Jensen, NENT Group President and CEO: “Vegard is a perfect fit for this role and yet another example of the pipeline of leaders we have at NENT Group. He has a long track record in helping to create our unique cross-platform position in Norway while inspiring his teams and supporting our customers and partners. Morten Aass has made a significant contribution as CEO in Norway, and I’m happy that he will now focus on accelerating one of NENT Group’s key competitive differentiators – our one-of-a-kind storytelling.”
Vegard Klubbenes Drogseth, CEO of NENT Group Norway: “TV3, P4, Viasat, Viaplay and Viafree offer the best entertainment experiences in Norway. I’m excited about developing this fully integrated ecosystem together with the best team in the business, and reinforcing our status as the number one choice for viewers, listeners, customers and partners.”
Morten Aass: “I look forward to focusing fully on my passion for content in my new role, and I know that our talented Norwegian team is in excellent hands. There are so many opportunities ahead for NENT Group and I can think of no one better than Vegard – with his insights, experience and commitment – to lead our business in Norway.”
In a statement, the regulator says that Martas Martisius, the deputy chairman, will take over the role on a temporary basis.
The local media, including Delfi, say that Vaitekunas cited his lack of fluency in foreign languages as the reason for his decision to step down from the role.
However, he also admitted that it was due to the findings of the Committee of National Security and Defence (NSGK) into unlawful influence on political processes.
This included attempts by MG Baltic to gain influence on the LRTK, something that he has denied.
Broadband TV News notes that MG Baltic Media Group’s portfolio includes LNK, the most popular TV channel in Lithuania.
His departure follows the announcement of his new role as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of a major audiovisual company, as yet unnamed, but insiders believe Lescure is taking ups this role with Mediawan, , the media investment fund created by Matthieu Pigasse, Xavier Niel and Pierre-Antoine Capton.
The Lagardère supervisory board unanimously decided to appoint Jamal Benomar, aged 61, to Lescure.
Benomar has 35 years of experience in roles with international responsibility, including as Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General and as Under-Secretary-General. He Benomar has dual British and Moroccan citizenship and lives in New York.
Effective immediately, Weidman will oversee business development efforts to expand media press’ presence with international media companies. She will also assist in the development of key strategies for expanding media press’ presence around the world. She will be based in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.
“Kathy’s metadata, technology, machine learning and AI expertise as well as her extensive experience as a key media leader provides a major opportunity for media press to continue expansion of our metadata business,” said Krzysztof Cechnicki, chairman of the board, media press group.
“I am excited about what we can achieve at media press group.” Kathy Weidman added.
“There has never been a more exciting time for the metadata industry, and there is no doubt that media press is driving this momentum. We are uniquely positioned to support operators, content providers and broadcasters in their efforts to enable best in class TV user experience.”
Weidman joins media press group with extensive international experience with media and entertainment service and technology companies as well as a strong understanding of the metadata needs of customers. She has been a Strategy Advisor at MoonBeam Partners Limited. Prior to MoonBeam, Ms. Weidman was the SVP and general manager at TiVo, Inc. and she also served as managing director of Content Discovery and Metadata for Red Bee Media Limited, now a subsidiary of Ericsson. She has also held leadership roles at Technicolor and Avid Technology.
Caleb’s appointment comes at an exciting time for the company as Ginx Esports TV is about to launch in new territories and is seeking to deliver more ways for its community to interact with the brand. The multiplatform focus will drive Ginx Esports TV into the next chapter of the company’s global growth which will see its digital footprint expand dramatically.
Caleb’s career in the esports industry began in 2012 as Head of Esports at Wargaming America, establishing and building out the brand’s esports department and programs. In 2016 he was brought on as a Strategist and Business Development consultant for Games and Esports at Microsoft.
Michiel Bakker, Ginx TV CEO, said: “We set out to find a needle in a haystack: an executive with multiplatform content experience, who was also a digital native as well as an esports insider. Following an extensive search process, we found our man in Caleb. He is ideally placed to help GINX Esports TV scale up our community-focused digital presence and to create more touchpoints for our brand. He already has made an impact at GINX TV and I look forward to working with him to bring new digital products to our community.”
“I’m super excited about what we can achieve at GINX TV. Having had my feet on the ground for a month now, I am convinced that with our well-established television presence and strong production capabilities, we are uniquely positioned to impact the future landscape of esports and digital entertainment,” added Fox.
Following the completion of Kinnevik AB’s distribution of its entire shareholding in MTG to its shareholders in August, MTG will now continue its work towards the previously announced split and distribution of all the shares in Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group; comprising MTG Nordic Entertainment, MTG Studios and Splay Networks) to MTG’s shareholders, and the listing of these shares on Nasdaq Stockholm.
The process is subject to, inter alia, the approval of an Extraordinary General Meeting of MTG’s shareholders, which will be held in Q1 2019 and would result in the listing of NENT Group’s shares in March 2019. As previously announced, MTG and NENT Group have operated as separate companies with separate brands since 1 July 2018.
Anders Borg, Henrik Clausen and Kristina Schauman have also today been appointed as new NENT Group Board Directors. The members of the Board of NENT Group now comprise David Chance (Chairman of the Board), Simon Duffy (Chairman of the Audit Committee), Nathalie Tydeman (Chairman of the Remuneration Committee), Anders Borg, Henrik Clausen and Kristina Schauman.
Anders Borg was Sweden’s Minister of Finance from 2006 to 2014 and is a member of the Board of Directors of Stena International. Anders has served on the Boards of a number of companies in the telecommunication, fintech and public administration sectors. He has previously worked for Citigroup, ABN AMRO and SEB, and has been an active member of the World Economic Forum for many years. Anders’s educational background is in economics, political science and philosophy from the universities of Stockholm and Uppsala.
Henrik Clausen has been President & CEO of Bang & Olufsen since 2016, prior to which he was EVP of Strategy & Digital for Telenor Group from 2014 to 2015. Henrik was CEO of Malaysia listed Digi from 2010 to 2014; CEO of Telenor Denmark from 2005 to 2010; and CEO of Cybercity from 2000 to 2005. Henrik began his career at Aarsø Nielsen & Partners, A.T. Kearney and Accenture. Henrik holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark, a degree in International Trade from Copenhagen Business School and an MBA from INSEAD.
Kristina Schauman is a partner and owner of advisory firm Calea AB, and was a Board member of state-owned Apoteket AB from 2009 to 2018, including a period as acting CEO and CFO during 2010 and 2011. Kristina previously served as CFO of Carnegie Investment Bank AB from 2008 to 2009 and of OMX AB from 2004 to 2008, and also worked in finance roles for Investor AB, ABB and Stora Finance. Kristina has been a member of the Boards of a number of private and public companies, including ongoing positions at Nasdaq-listed Coor Service Management AB, BillerudKorsnäs AB, ÅF AB and Orexo AB. Kristina holds a degree in Business Administration from Stockholm School of Economics.
David Chance, Chairman of the MTG Board of Directors: “We have continued our work to split MTG into two companies during the summer and have welcomed a number of new shareholders as a result of the Kinnevik distribution. The split and listing are intended to provide shareholders with enhanced value and two different and attractive stories. We have also now appointed three new highly experienced Board Directors with wide ranging experience across a variety of businesses and sectors in the Nordic region, who will add further to the work and competence of the NENT Group Board. The appointment of such high caliber new Board members clearly reflects the quality and potential of NENT Group. Subject to EGM approval, we now expect NENT Group to be listed in the first quarter of next year.”
News of his departure was given by Mednikov himself to RBC and reported by both the latter and AKTR. Medinkov joined VGTRK in 2000 and stopped working at the broadcaster at the beginning of this month. VGTRK’s thematic channel business has been developed in recent years through a joint venture with Rostelecom, which now has 19 proprietary services in its portfolio.
As previously reported by Broadband TV News, DTV is currently in the process of being restructured.
Scrosati succeeds Sangeeta Desai, and will report to Jennifer Mullin, Fremantle’s group CEO. He was EVP Programming, Cinema, Entertainment, News & Partner Channels at Sky Italia.
“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Andrea to Fremantle. His deep understanding of audiences, his global mindset, his track record of taking bold risks, and his world-class creative and commercial acumen are all going to be invaluable as we embark on an increasingly ambitious path to growth,” Mullin said.
“I would also like to thank Sangeeta for all of her work over the last five years. She has been a crucial architect of Fremantle’s push into high-end drama, our big strategic investments and our sustained global growth, and she will be very greatly missed.”
Scrosati added: “There has never been a more exciting time for the global creative and content industry, and there is no doubt that Fremantle is driving this momentum: supporting and investing in the best talent from across the world, innovating and taking the right risks, and always marrying a local focus with a global vision.
“After over a decade at Sky Italia, I can look back at many groundbreaking achievements, an amazing team, a fantastic company and only great memories—and now I look forward to starting this exciting new adventure working with Jennifer and the very best talent in the industry.”
Sean Atkins will work closely with Melanie Kirk – CFO of StyleHaul, who has also served as interim CEO since 1 July 2018 – and the senior management team of StyleHaul.
As part of its ‘Total Video’ strategy, RTL Group is determined to grow its multi-platform network (MPN) businesses significantly. Fostering much closer collaboration between its various stand-alone MPN assets – including StyleHaul, Divimove and United Screens – will contribute to this growth. RTL Group’s goal is to build a strong and profitable digital video group, which operates at global scale, to reach and entertain young audiences with compelling short-form video content.
In the course of 2019, Sean Atkins will also become CEO of what will be a newly formed group of MPNs, combining StyleHaul, Divimove and United Screens.
“I am delighted that with Sean Atkins joining the team, we have a seasoned media executive, with extensive expertise across all the disciplines crucial to lead StyleHaul – namely content creation, sales and talent management, as well as digital and social media,” said Bert Habets, CEO of RTL Group.
“Sean’s strong digital skills, and his many years of experience in the media industry, make him the expert leader for our soon-to-be formed global MPN group. I warmly welcome Sean to his new role and wish him every success – and I am very much looking forward to working with him to further drive the development of StyleHaul and our global MPN businesses.”
Sean Atkins, born in 1971, most recently served as a Senior Advisor to Evolution Media. He has held various leadership positions in development, digital media, production, strategy, marketing, product development, and consumer products. Previously, he was President of MTV at Viacom, where he oversaw all creative and business operations for the youth entertainment brand and its sister networks, MTV2 and mtvU. Before that, he worked in various executive roles for Discovery Communications, HBO, Yahoo! , Warner Bros. and Disney.
Sean Atkins studied Film/TV Production and Marketing at California Lutheran University and holds an MBA from the Marshall Graduate School of Business, University of Southern California.
CBS Corporation has reached a settlement agreement with National Amusements, members of the CBS Board of Directors, and related parties, that results in the departure of chairman and CEO Les Moonves and the settlement of disputes about control of the company.
Leslie Moonves will depart effective immediately. COO Joseph Ianniello will serve as president and acting CEO while the board conducts a search for a permanent successor. Ianniello, who joined the Company in 2005, has been COO of CBS since June 2013. The chairman position will remain open pending the appointment of a permanent CEO.
Moonves and CBS will donate $20 million to one or more organisations that support the #MeToo movement and equality for women in the workplace. The donation, which will be made immediately, has been deducted from any severance benefits that may be due Moonves following the board’s ongoing independent investigation led by Covington & Burling and Debevoise & Plimpton. Moonves will not receive any severance benefits at this time (other than certain fully accrued and vested compensation and benefits); any payments to be made in the future will depend upon the results of the independent investigation and subsequent board evaluation.
As part of the agreement, six new independent directors were elected to the CBS board, replacing six current directors. An amendment to the company’s bylaws which would have diluted the Redstones’ voting power over CBS was recanted. National Amusements also said it has no plans to try to merge CBS with Viacom, the other media company it controls, for at least two years.
Vice Chair Shari Redstone said in a statement, “CBS is an organisation of talented and dedicated people who have created one of the most successful media companies in the world. Today’s resolution will benefit all shareholders, allowing us to focus on the business of running CBS – and transforming it for the future. We are confident in Joe’s ability to serve as acting CEO and delighted to welcome our new directors, who bring valuable and diverse expertise and a strong commitment to corporate governance.”
Lead independent director Bruce Gordon said, “We thank Les for his 24 years of service. Among his achievements, he established a strong management team, giving us great confidence as we accelerate our succession plans and provide continuity of leadership. This agreement maintains an independent Board that is charged with determining the best course for the future of CBS on behalf of all shareholders.”
In a statement, it says that preparations for the process will start this month.
The transition will be undertaken step by step on a regional basis, with North East Netherlands being the first on October 2 and other regions following in 2019.
Customers have been informed about the need to change old Digitenne equipment for a new TV receiver. The transition will be completed by January 1, 2020 at the latest.
KPN also says that alongside the transition to DVB-T2 it is improving Digitenne as a product.
While the number of channels will remain the same, they will be offered in HD rather than SD.
Last jury, KPN outlined the timeline for the switchover of its Digitenne terrestrial pay TV platform to DVB-T2/HEVC.
Prüter will be responsible for all Vewd’s product management with a special focus on its emerging portfolio of pay-TV operator products.
“Sascha understands how to design compelling OTT products and has deep commercial insight relevant to global pay TV operators and leading OEMs. His experience creating world class solutions aligns well with Vewd’s strategic product roadmap,” said Aneesh Rajaram, CEO, Vewd. “I’m excited to add him to Vewd’s executive team as we look to further expand our presence as the world’s largest independent provider of OTT software.”
Prüter helped take Android TV to nearly one hundred pay-TV operatrors. He previously ran the Android platform Program Management team in charge of Android operating system releases to phones and tablets.
Eleven Sports has appointed Jorge Pavão de Sousa MD for Portugal, effective September 17.
In his role, he will be responsible for further expanding Eleven’s growth in Portugal, including increasing revenues, developing strategic partnerships, and overseeing the platforms day to day operations. He will also be involved in strategic projects at group level from Eleven’s HQ in London.
De Sousa has been based in London for the last two years and was previously Vodafone’s head of TV. He also has broad experience of pay-TV and D2C/OTT video services at the telco/media and mobile Tier 1 companies Vodafone, and Portugal Telecom/Altice in the UK, Iberia and Brazil.
De Sousa will report directly to Danny Menken, group MD, Eleven Sports.
Commenting on the appointment, Menken said: “Jorge brings with him a vast amount of experience and a large network in the industry, not only in Portugal but also internationally.
“His way of thinking and acting is exactly in line with Eleven’s philosophy; I am sure that he will add a lot of value to not only our Portuguese, but also our international business, and I cannot wait to start working together with him significantly growing our business.”
De Sousa added: “I am really excited to join Eleven sports in Portugal and to lead the Portuguese operation to become the go-to destination for sports fans across the market. We will seek to establish strong local partnerships and relevant fan-centric content offering by leveraging all global relationships already established Eleven Sports, working closely with the Eleven team in London to continuously look for new ways to cover sports entertainment.
“We want to become the leading sports media company in Portugal by producing innovative approaches and solutions, partnering with the best players to and leveraging Eleven’s digital and social media platforms to provide a full and deep coverage for the fans”.
Thomas Funke, Vice President Accounting and Finance Operations, will assume the function of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of German cable operator Unitymedia with immediate effect.
Funke will also become part of the management board. He succeeds Winfried ‘Winni’ Rapp, who was recently appointed Unitymedia’s new CEO, taking over from Lutz Schüler who will become the new Chief Operating Officer of UK-based cable company Virgin Media.
Both Unitymedia and Virgin Media are subsidiaries of Liberty Global.
Andrea Bártfai-Mager, Hungary’s minister without portfolio in charge of national assets, has appointed Zsolt Sárecz CEO of Antenna Hungária, effective September 1.
He replaces András Kápolnai, who has left the company by mutual consent.
Sárecz has decades of experience in the telecom industry and financial sector, as well as business management. He held various positions at Invitel and several other companies and was most recently CEO of Grid CEE.
In a summary of Kápolnai’s achievements, Antenna Hungária says that he set the company on growth paths in the broadcasting, the media and telecom businesses.
The highlight was the Vizes VB project, when the company produced nearly 322 hours of international broadcasts with 180 cameras and provided continuous live streams from 48 cameras.
In his new role, effective September 1, he will be responsible for spectrum management, plans for its development and international arrangements for spectrum and orbital resources.
Krzyminski joined UKE on February 1 as the deputy director of the Frequency Management Department.
He has a military communications background and began his career in 1989.
As previously reported by Broadband TV News, it chose Gosta as the new acting director of its Technical Services Directorate in June.
In a statement, HAKOM says: “Miran Gosta, knows the trends, opportunities and challenges in the electronic communications market and is an expert with more than 15 years of experience in dealing with electronics market regulation. He has demonstrated organisational skills in numerous projects, among other things he has participated in the implementation of the transition to digital television broadcasting, the preparation and implementation of projects funded by EU funds and in particular in international negotiations on the allocation of RF spectrum”.
Philippe Oliva has been appointed executive VP of sales and products at Eutelsat, effective September 3.
He will report to Michel Azibert, deputy CEO and chief commercial & development officer, with a view to succeeding him as commercial director in 2019. Azibert will continue to serve as deputy CEO.
Oliva was previously VP and MD of Strategic Accounts at IBM, which he joined in 1999 after starting his career at CIMAD. He held several other senior positions at IBM including head of business services France and VP of integrated technology services.
Commenting on the appointment, Rodolphe Belmer, Eutelsat CEO, said: “I am delighted to welcome Philippe Oliva to Eutelsat, where he will bring his extensive experience of sales organisation in a high-tech international company. His expertise will undoubtedly contribute to further enhancing the quality of the solutions and services we offer our clients.
“Michel’s contribution to Eutelsat’s development is invaluable. I am delighted he will continue to apply his experience and leadership as deputy CEO.”
In this newly-created role, Verna will help devise and implement strategies that integrate cultural diversity, inclusion and equity into all aspects of Netflix’s operations worldwide. For the past two decades, through The Verna Myers Company, she has consulted with a wide range of major corporations and organisations on how to help eradicate barriers based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and other differences and to make more just, compassionate, and productive work environments.
“Having worked closely with Vern? as a consultant on a range of organizational issues, we are thrilled that she has agreed to bring her talents to this new and important role,” said Jessica Neal, Netflix Chief Talent Officer.
“As a global company dedicated to attracting the best people and representing a broad range of perspectives, Verna will be an invaluable champion of our efforts to build a culture where all employees thrive.”
“I have been a longtime fan of the inclusive and diverse programming and talent at Netflix, and then I got a chance to meet the people behind the screen. I was so impressed by their mission, their excellence, and decision to take their inclusion and diversity efforts to a higher level,” Verna Myers said.
“I am so excited and look forward to collaborating all across Netflix to establish bold innovative frameworks and practices that will attract, fully develop, and sustain high performing diverse teams.”
Tele2 AB has announced a number of Leadership Team positions in the merged company of Tele2 and Com Hem. Additional LT positions will be announced before the closing of the merger.
In January 2018, Tele2 and Com Hem announced the intention to merge the two companies. Following that announcement, integration planning has been ongoing and today a number of the Leadership Team positions of the future company are announced. The forming of a new LT and the appointments are conditional upon the approval of the merger by both the European Commission and the shareholders of the two companies.
The announced positions are: Mikael Larsson, Executive Vice President, Group CFO; Samuel Skott, Executive Vice President, Sweden Consumer; Karin Svensson, Executive Vice President, Chief People and Change Officer; Stefan Backman, Executive Vice President, Group General Counsel.
All of these positions will report directly to Anders Nilsson, incoming CEO of the Tele2 Group. The appointments will become effective at closure of the merger, at which point Lars Nordmark, current Executive Vice President Group CFO at Tele2 and Richard Peers, currently Executive Vice President Chief People and Change Officer at Tele2, will leave the company.
As a result of the planned merger, Sweden becomes a significantly larger part of the total Tele2 operation and will hence be split into two reporting units: Business to Consumers and Business to Business. Samuel Skott, currently CEO of Tele2 Sweden, will head up the Consumer operations, the largest business unit in the company, which includes the brands Tele2, Comviq, Com Hem and Boxer. The person to head up the Business operations will be announced at a later stage, together with the remaining positions in the LT. This announcement will be made before the closing of the transaction which is expected to occur in Q4, as previously communicated.
Until the merger has received approval, Tele2 and Com Hem will continue with business as usual and to act as two independent and separately listed companies with their current Leadership Teams and Board of Directors, respectively.
Mikael Larsson is currently the CFO of Com Hem, a position he has held since 2015. Prior to that Mikael was the CFO of Kinnevik AB for 13 years. He has also held positions at Arthur Andersen as an auditor and a consultant.
Samuel Skott is currently Executive Vice President, CEO Tele2 Sweden, a position he assumed in 2016. He started his career at Tele2 in 2005 and has held several senior positions including Commercial Director for Customer & Product Design.
Karin Svensson is currently a self-employed Human Resources advisor. She was previously the Chief Human Resources Officer at Bisnode. Karin started her career with Accenture where she was a Partner for 11 years, founder of their Talent & Organisation Performance practice in Sweden, and the Nordic HR Director and Human Capital Lead.
Stefan Backman is currently Executive Vice President Group General Counsel at Tele2. He has held several senior positions at Tele2 over the past 11 years. Prior to that, he worked at the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) and at the Administrative Court of Stockholm.