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Natalie TidestrΓΆm Heidmark appointed CEO of United Screens

By Robert Briel

RTL Group has appointed Natalie Tideström Heidmark as new CEO of United Screens, a multi-platform network (MPN) in the Nordics, effective 1 April 2019.

Natalie Tideström Heidmark, most recently Sales Director of United Screens in Sweden, will succeed the co-founder and CEO of United Screens, Malte Andreasson. Malte Andreasson has decided to step down as CEO of United Screens and will continue to work for the company in a consulting capacity.

As part of a new management structure at United Screens, Nicolin Lillhage, most recently Branded Content Director at United Screens, was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Deputy CEO of United Screens, also effective 1 April 2019. Stina Bergfors, co-founder, will continue to work closely with the new management team as an advisor for United Screens.

Natalie Tideström Heidmark joined the Creative Sales team of United Screens in 2014. From 2016 to 2018, she served as Head of Commercial of the company. Before joining the MPN, she held positions at one of Sweden’s leading news media, Sydsvenskan, and at the digital communications agency Visual Art.

United Screens is the leading multi-platform network in the Nordics and registered 8 billion video views in 2018. The company represents hundreds of influencers in music, lifestyle and entertainment across all social media platforms. The company was founded by Malte Andreasson and Stina Bergfors in 2013 and acquired by RTL Group in January 2018. United Screens is based in Stockholm, with offices in Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen.

(On the picture Natalie Tideström Heidmark (left) and Nicolin Lillhage (right))

Natalie TidestrΓΆm Heidmark appointed CEO of United Screens

By Robert Briel

RTL Group has appointed Natalie Tideström Heidmark as new CEO of United Screens, a multi-platform network (MPN) in the Nordics, effective 1 April 2019.

Natalie Tideström Heidmark, most recently Sales Director of United Screens in Sweden, will succeed the co-founder and CEO of United Screens, Malte Andreasson. Malte Andreasson has decided to step down as CEO of United Screens and will continue to work for the company in a consulting capacity.

As part of a new management structure at United Screens, Nicolin Lillhage, most recently Branded Content Director at United Screens, was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Deputy CEO of United Screens, also effective 1 April 2019. Stina Bergfors, co-founder, will continue to work closely with the new management team as an advisor for United Screens.

Natalie Tideström Heidmark joined the Creative Sales team of United Screens in 2014. From 2016 to 2018, she served as Head of Commercial of the company. Before joining the MPN, she held positions at one of Sweden’s leading news media, Sydsvenskan, and at the digital communications agency Visual Art.

United Screens is the leading multi-platform network in the Nordics and registered 8 billion video views in 2018. The company represents hundreds of influencers in music, lifestyle and entertainment across all social media platforms. The company was founded by Malte Andreasson and Stina Bergfors in 2013 and acquired by RTL Group in January 2018. United Screens is based in Stockholm, with offices in Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen.

(On the picture Natalie Tideström Heidmark (left) and Nicolin Lillhage (right))

Childs to head Premiership Rugby

By Julian Clover

Outgoing UKTV chief executive Darren Childs has been confirmed as the new boss of Premiership Rugby.

Childs will replace Mark McCafferty, who will step down in June 2019, at the end of the current season.

“As the game evolves under new ownership, we are excited about the expertise and insight that Darren will bring from his experience leading fast-growing media businesses. The Board looks forward to working with Darren to further develop the Premiership Rugby brand, product, digital and media execution,” said Ian Ritchie, chairman, Premiership Rugby.

In February, Childs announced he would be leaving UKTV after eight years in the role. During that time he saw profits triple as the broadcaster that includes Dave, Home and Really among its brands ramped up its original production.

Said Childs: I have always admired the values Rugby demonstrates on the pitch and in the community and it will be a fantastic opportunity to work with the Clubs, and the Board to create even more fans of the sport. Premiership Rugby and European Professional Club Rugby are full of thrills and the future will certainly provide many more.”

Childs to head Premiership Rugby

By Julian Clover

Outgoing UKTV chief executive Darren Childs has been confirmed as the new boss of Premiership Rugby.

Childs will replace Mark McCafferty, who will step down in June 2019, at the end of the current season.

“As the game evolves under new ownership, we are excited about the expertise and insight that Darren will bring from his experience leading fast-growing media businesses. The Board looks forward to working with Darren to further develop the Premiership Rugby brand, product, digital and media execution,” said Ian Ritchie, chairman, Premiership Rugby.

In February, Childs announced he would be leaving UKTV after eight years in the role. During that time he saw profits triple as the broadcaster that includes Dave, Home and Really among its brands ramped up its original production.

Said Childs: I have always admired the values Rugby demonstrates on the pitch and in the community and it will be a fantastic opportunity to work with the Clubs, and the Board to create even more fans of the sport. Premiership Rugby and European Professional Club Rugby are full of thrills and the future will certainly provide many more.”

Telekom Slovenije head Rudolf Skobe resigns

By Chris Dziadul

Rudolf Skobe, the president of the management board at Telekom Slovenije, has handed in his resignation.

According to Delo, his position will be taken over by Tomaz Seljak, the current VP of the management board, until a successor is found.

Quoting Skobe, it adds that after 23 years of working in the Telekom Slovenije Group and more than six and a half years in the position of president he felt he no longer had the complete trust among all key stakeholders in the company.

There had been speculation about Skobe’s future for several weeks following the disclosure of a forensic review that uncovered losses of several million euros at Telekom Slovenije.

Telekom Slovenije head Rudolf Skobe resigns

By Chris Dziadul

Rudolf Skobe, the president of the management board at Telekom Slovenije, has handed in his resignation.

According to Delo, his position will be taken over by Tomaz Seljak, the current VP of the management board, until a successor is found.

Quoting Skobe, it adds that after 23 years of working in the Telekom Slovenije Group and more than six and a half years in the position of president he felt he no longer had the complete trust among all key stakeholders in the company.

There had been speculation about Skobe’s future for several weeks following the disclosure of a forensic review that uncovered losses of several million euros at Telekom Slovenije.

Telekom Slovenije head Rudolf Skobe resigns

By Chris Dziadul

Rudolf Skobe, the president of the management board at Telekom Slovenije, has handed in his resignation.

According to Delo, his position will be taken over by Tomaz Seljak, the current VP of the management board, until a successor is found.

Quoting Skobe, it adds that after 23 years of working in the Telekom Slovenije Group and more than six and a half years in the position of president he felt he no longer had the complete trust among all key stakeholders in the company.

There had been speculation about Skobe’s future for several weeks following the disclosure of a forensic review that uncovered losses of several million euros at Telekom Slovenije.

Chief Information Officer Sam Lloyd leaves Telenet

By Robert Briel

Sam Lloyd, Chief Information Officer will leave Telenet end of July after three and a half years of service.

Lloyd will take on the role of Chief Data and Information Officer at a FTSE100 company based in the UK. Telenet will not refill the position. Under Lloyd’s leadership, the company created a new organisational structure for its IT department realised the complex IT-integration after the acquisitions of Base and SFR and started developing and implementing a new IT platform that will enable Telenet to operate even more digital.

The British Sam (Samantha) Lloyd 44 started at Telenet on 1 March 2016 as CIO of the company. In this position, she led the IT department, reporting directly to John Porter, and was part of the Telenet Senior Leadership Team. Lloyd played an important role in Telenet’s digital transformation, which enabled the company to be ready for the years to come.

Lloyd will remain in her position until 31 July, after which she will then return to the United Kingdom. Looking at the latest technology developments and Telenet’s ambitions to work in a more agile way in the future, the company has decided not to re-assign the CIO position.

Micha Berger, Chief Technology Officer will work with Sam Lloyd over the next few months to bring together both the IT and Technology & Innovation (“T&I”) teams and guide the combined technology department’s transition into the new agile business structure of Telenet.

John Porter, CEO of Telenet: “Sam Lloyd’s departure didn’t come as a surprise. We knew from the start that Sam would not settle permanently in Belgium, because her family lives in the United Kingdom. Over the past three and a half years, Sam played an important role as CIO, by further digitising Telenet and preparing the company for the future through the development of a new IT system. In the months to come, Sam will concentrate on finalising a number of important strategic IT projects. I would already like to thank her for all the efforts, her inspiring ideas and her tremendous achievements of the past few years”

Chief Information Officer Sam Lloyd leaves Telenet

By Robert Briel

Sam Lloyd, Chief Information Officer will leave Telenet end of July after three and a half years of service.

Lloyd will take on the role of Chief Data and Information Officer at a FTSE100 company based in the UK. Telenet will not refill the position. Under Lloyd’s leadership, the company created a new organisational structure for its IT department realised the complex IT-integration after the acquisitions of Base and SFR and started developing and implementing a new IT platform that will enable Telenet to operate even more digital.

The British Sam (Samantha) Lloyd 44 started at Telenet on 1 March 2016 as CIO of the company. In this position, she led the IT department, reporting directly to John Porter, and was part of the Telenet Senior Leadership Team. Lloyd played an important role in Telenet’s digital transformation, which enabled the company to be ready for the years to come.

Lloyd will remain in her position until 31 July, after which she will then return to the United Kingdom. Looking at the latest technology developments and Telenet’s ambitions to work in a more agile way in the future, the company has decided not to re-assign the CIO position.

Micha Berger, Chief Technology Officer will work with Sam Lloyd over the next few months to bring together both the IT and Technology & Innovation (“T&I”) teams and guide the combined technology department’s transition into the new agile business structure of Telenet.

John Porter, CEO of Telenet: “Sam Lloyd’s departure didn’t come as a surprise. We knew from the start that Sam would not settle permanently in Belgium, because her family lives in the United Kingdom. Over the past three and a half years, Sam played an important role as CIO, by further digitising Telenet and preparing the company for the future through the development of a new IT system. In the months to come, Sam will concentrate on finalising a number of important strategic IT projects. I would already like to thank her for all the efforts, her inspiring ideas and her tremendous achievements of the past few years”

Chris Tooke returns to ThinkAnalytics

By Julian Clover

ThinkAnalytics has announced the return of Chris Tooke to its management team as senior vice president for new business sales, Europe and Asia.

Tooke is back at the content discovery company has 18 months in TV security and advertising toles. He will again focus on driving new business initiatives and partner relations in both Europe and Asia.

“The myriad opportunities opening up to help premium streaming services to boost engagement was one of the reasons for my return. These firms’ investments in premium content make personalized recommendations and content discovery a must have if they are to thrive in the long term,” said Tooke.

Tooke will look new and emerging streaming services offering live premium content where ThinkAnalytics’ platform can believes it can boost viewer engagement.

“Chris is a great asset to the company. He has a wealth of experience and is adept at helping to show customers how our world-leading platform can help operators increase engagement and loyalty across their customer base. Chris has the drive to further ensure that ThinkAnalytics continues to be the dominant worldwide force in content discovery and will help us to meet our ambitious growth targets by forging new industry partnerships and new customer wins throughout Europe and Asia,” added Eddie Young, Chairman, ThinkAnalytics.

The 15-year old company counts Cox Communications, Liberty Global, Rogers, Sky, Swisscom, Singtel, Vodafone, KPN and the BBC among its customers.

Chris Tooke returns to ThinkAnalytics

By Julian Clover

ThinkAnalytics has announced the return of Chris Tooke to its management team as senior vice president for new business sales, Europe and Asia.

Tooke is back at the content discovery company has 18 months in TV security and advertising toles. He will again focus on driving new business initiatives and partner relations in both Europe and Asia.

“The myriad opportunities opening up to help premium streaming services to boost engagement was one of the reasons for my return. These firms’ investments in premium content make personalized recommendations and content discovery a must have if they are to thrive in the long term,” said Tooke.

Tooke will look new and emerging streaming services offering live premium content where ThinkAnalytics’ platform can believes it can boost viewer engagement.

“Chris is a great asset to the company. He has a wealth of experience and is adept at helping to show customers how our world-leading platform can help operators increase engagement and loyalty across their customer base. Chris has the drive to further ensure that ThinkAnalytics continues to be the dominant worldwide force in content discovery and will help us to meet our ambitious growth targets by forging new industry partnerships and new customer wins throughout Europe and Asia,” added Eddie Young, Chairman, ThinkAnalytics.

The 15-year old company counts Cox Communications, Liberty Global, Rogers, Sky, Swisscom, Singtel, Vodafone, KPN and the BBC among its customers.

BjΓΈrn Ivar Moen appointed CEO of Canal Digital

By Julian Clover

Telenor has appointed Bjørn Ivar Moen as new CEO of Canal Digital and Telenor Broadcast, the Oslo-based communications company has announced.

Moen, who has worked at Telenor since 2000, was most recently the acting CEO of Telenor Norway. He will take up the new role on June 1.

“This is certainly an exciting opportunity and I am both thrilled and honoured to take on the CEO role. Canal Digital operates in an interesting and transformative industry. I look forward to joining Telenor Broadcast and the team, and contribute in driving the business forward,” said Moen.

Moen will replace current CEO Ragnar Kårhus, who is leaving Telenor.

Euronews appoints Guy Henshilwood as editor-in-chief World edition

By Robert Briel

Guy Henshilwood has joined Euronews as the new editor-in-chief of its World (English language) edition.

Guy has more than 18 years of international news experience, and started his career as a field producer at CNN, extensively covering the war in Iraq, including the capture of Saddam Hussein. He then worked ten years for Al Jazeera where he held senior management roles on both the newsgathering and production operations in Doha and Kuala Lumpur.

Before joining Euronews, Guy was working as Supervising Editor for MediaCorp in Singapore, overseeing the International Desk and Morning News Output to the network’s news channels.

At Euronews, Guy will oversee programming and newsgathering for the World edition, including the new anchored shows Good Morning Europe, Euronews Now, Raw Politics, Raw Politics Your Call and Euronews Tonight, which, combined, offer 17 hours of daily live shows. He will also oversee the work of The Cube, the live on-air social media newsroom, which specialises in fact checking and debunking fake news.

Working closely with Euronews’ Chief Content Officer Françoise Champey, Guy will ensure that Euronews World continues to grow, that the innovation Euronews has put in place continues to thrive, and that it remains committed to building an influential news brand.

Guy will be based in Euronews’ headquarters in Lyon, France.

BjΓΈrn Ivar Moen appointed CEO of Canal Digital

By Julian Clover

Telenor has appointed Bjørn Ivar Moen as new CEO of Canal Digital and Telenor Broadcast, the Oslo-based communications company has announced.

Moen, who has worked at Telenor since 2000, was most recently the acting CEO of Telenor Norway. He will take up the new role on June 1.

“This is certainly an exciting opportunity and I am both thrilled and honoured to take on the CEO role. Canal Digital operates in an interesting and transformative industry. I look forward to joining Telenor Broadcast and the team, and contribute in driving the business forward,” said Moen.

Moen will replace current CEO Ragnar Kårhus, who is leaving Telenor.

BjΓΈrn Ivar Moen appointed CEO of Canal Digital

By Julian Clover

Telenor has appointed Bjørn Ivar Moen as new CEO of Canal Digital and Telenor Broadcast, the Oslo-based communications company has announced.

Moen, who has worked at Telenor since 2000, was most recently the acting CEO of Telenor Norway. He will take up the new role on June 1.

“This is certainly an exciting opportunity and I am both thrilled and honoured to take on the CEO role. Canal Digital operates in an interesting and transformative industry. I look forward to joining Telenor Broadcast and the team, and contribute in driving the business forward,” said Moen.

Moen will replace current CEO Ragnar Kårhus, who is leaving Telenor.

Euronews appoints Guy Henshilwood as editor-in-chief World edition

By Robert Briel

Guy Henshilwood has joined Euronews as the new editor-in-chief of its World (English language) edition.

Guy has more than 18 years of international news experience, and started his career as a field producer at CNN, extensively covering the war in Iraq, including the capture of Saddam Hussein. He then worked ten years for Al Jazeera where he held senior management roles on both the newsgathering and production operations in Doha and Kuala Lumpur.

Before joining Euronews, Guy was working as Supervising Editor for MediaCorp in Singapore, overseeing the International Desk and Morning News Output to the network’s news channels.

At Euronews, Guy will oversee programming and newsgathering for the World edition, including the new anchored shows Good Morning Europe, Euronews Now, Raw Politics, Raw Politics Your Call and Euronews Tonight, which, combined, offer 17 hours of daily live shows. He will also oversee the work of The Cube, the live on-air social media newsroom, which specialises in fact checking and debunking fake news.

Working closely with Euronews’ Chief Content Officer Françoise Champey, Guy will ensure that Euronews World continues to grow, that the innovation Euronews has put in place continues to thrive, and that it remains committed to building an influential news brand.

Guy will be based in Euronews’ headquarters in Lyon, France.

Fiction: Is Sally Rooney’s New Novel as Great as Her First?

By ANDREW MARTIN

Like “Conversations With Friends,” “Normal People” also traces a young romance in Ireland.

Orange Romania CEO Liudmila Climoc to stay on

By Chris Dziadul

Liudmila Climoc has had her mandate as CEO of Orange Romania extended for a further two years.

Quoting a document published earlier this month in the Official Gazette, Ziarul Financiar reports that the renewed period of her term in office will run from May 1, 2019 until April 30, 2021 inclusive.

Climoc has been the CEO of Orange Romania since May 2016.

She has also held the position of CEO of Orange Moldova for the past 11 years, prior to which she was the sales director at Orange Moldova from 2005-2008.

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