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Philips and TPV expand global brand licence agreement

By Robert Briel

Dutch Royal Philips has signed a binding letter of intent with TPV Technology Limited to expand to Philips-branded audio and video products and accessories.

Philips will grant TPV an exclusive license agreement to use the Philips brand for sales, marketing and distribution of audio and video products and accessories worldwide.

The brand license agreement is to commence on June 1, 2018 for a period until December 31, 2023, and may be renewed automatically, subject to the terms of the agreement. The financial details were not disclosed.

Until recently, Gibson Innovations was responsible for sales, marketing and distribution of Philips-branded audio and video products and accessories worldwide. Since its parent company Gibson Brands filed for Chapter 11 in the US on May 1, 2018, and its affiliates subsequently took similar steps in other countries, Philips explored several scenarios regarding the continuity of Philips-branded audio and video products and accessories.

TPV has been a trusted partner of Philips for more than a decade. The brand license agreement for audio and video products and accessories will complement TPV’s existing brand license agreements with Philips, for example for TVs and monitors.

Euronews appoints Eurosport’s Caroline de Tauriac

By Robert Briel

Euronews is reframing its Partnerships Department, and has appointed Eurosport’s Caroline de Tauriac Head of Partnerships.

De Tauriac is joining Euronews Group to develop a new approach to partnerships, designed to build awareness of Euronews and Africanews and intensify their presence through strategic and international partnerships.

In line with the group’s strategy, editorial position and the sales goals of each of its media platforms, she will devise trade-marketing and event-based operations to generate fresh partnership opportunities that will give the group visibility during major international events.

Caroline de Tauriac’s remit will also involve strengthening the group’s brands by building trusting relationships with partners in a range of sectors, especially business and finance, new technology, energy, tourism, culture, luxury goods, and sport.

Based at the group’s Paris offices, Caroline de Tauriac reports to Carolyn Gibson, Chief Revenue Officer.

“Now that Euronews has signed a strategic agreement with NBC News, and Africanews has a solid foothold in its market, Euronews Group has everything in place to become a key partner of large-scale events and prestigious customers<” said Gibson.

“Caroline brings us extensive experience and operational skills in event communications, marketing and management. In addition, her understanding of the pan-regional media market and the needs of sales, distribution and editorial teams will enable her to design relevant projects that benefit both our group and our current and future partners.”

“Joining a team motivated by the prospects for the future EuronewsNBC brand and by the extraordinary Africanews adventure is a very exciting career opportunity. There is considerable potential for partnerships, and I am delighted to be providing support in positioning the group to work with renowned partners,” added Caroline de Tauriac.

Oikonomou new VP Distribution at Euronews

By Robert Briel

The Euronews Group has appointed Kostas Oikonomou as its VP Distribution and Partnerships.

Oikonomou will be responsible for the development of revenues from linear and non-linear distribution and partnership activities, and will lead the distribution strategy of Euronews (to be re-branded EuronewsNBC in the coming months) and Africanews.

He will be based at the Euronews London office from where he will lead the Distribution and Diversification teams based in Lyon, Paris, Brussels and Singapore and will report to Carolyn Gibson, Chief Revenue Officer.

Kostas joined Euronews in July from CNN, where he was Senior Commercial Director of Content Sales and Partnerships for EMEA where he created a range of new commercial products generating tremendous growth. Prior to CNN, he worked at Discovery, Al Jazeera Media Network, NBC News and AP.

“Since Euronews has transformed its model from a TV channel to a global media group offering a wide range of News services in 12 languages, the opportunities to increase distribution and partnership revenues have multiplied and are evolving quickly. Our partnership with NBC News provides further opportunity to build out new and innovative partnerships across multiple markets,” said Carolyn Gibson.

“Kostas brings a wealth of experience to this newly created role with his knowledge of the global news industry as well as with his instinctive aptitude for new business.”

“I am very excited to be part of the EuronewsNBC and Africanews team. I am eager to develop strong commercial products that will provide competitive advantage to our partners. It will be an exciting few months ahead,” said Oikonomou.