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Morten Bentzen to leave Telia

By Chris Dziadul

Telia Denmark’s CEO Morten Bentzen has decided to leave after four years in the position.

He has been with the company for a total of 15 years and responsible for, amongst other things, business and partner sales.

Commenting on his departure, he said: “It’s one of the hardest decisions of my career. I love my talented and dedicated colleagues in Telia incredibly much. And the technological development and relentless competition in the telecommunications industry has a particular dynamic that I will miss. However, the time is right to try out new challenges. I will use the time to come to consider carefully what the next step in my career should be. Telia Denmark has a strong management team, so I am perfectly confident passing the baton on”.

Emil Nilsson, who is responsible for Telia’s activities in Denmark, Estonia, Latvia and Eurasia, added: “I fully understand Morten’s decision, but I am personally sorry that our paths have to be separated. Morten is a fantastic colleague who has made a valuable contribution to Telia Denmark’s development over the last several years. I will miss his winning mentality, professionalism and indomitable prowess – and wish him all the best in the future. At the same time, I am pleased that Thomas Kjærsgaard, who has delivered great results for Telia’s commercial business, has agreed to step in as interim CEO of Telia in Denmark”.

Kjærsgaard as been director of Telia’s business operations in Denmark since the summer of 2018. As a member of the executive board, he has helped define the direction for Telia in Denmark with a focus on digitalisation, IoT solutions and new business and partnership models.

Prior to joining Telia, Kjærsgaard was a sales director at Microsoft and at the forefront of digitisation projects for some of the largest companies in Europe for more than 10 years.

Work to find Telia Denmark’s new CEO has begun. Bentzen will continue in the role until the end of August, after which Kjærsgaard will take over.

Morten Bentzen to leave Telia

By Chris Dziadul

Telia Denmark’s CEO Morten Bentzen has decided to leave after four years in the position.

He has been with the company for a total of 15 years and responsible for, amongst other things, business and partner sales.

Commenting on his departure, he said: “It’s one of the hardest decisions of my career. I love my talented and dedicated colleagues in Telia incredibly much. And the technological development and relentless competition in the telecommunications industry has a particular dynamic that I will miss. However, the time is right to try out new challenges. I will use the time to come to consider carefully what the next step in my career should be. Telia Denmark has a strong management team, so I am perfectly confident passing the baton on”.

Emil Nilsson, who is responsible for Telia’s activities in Denmark, Estonia, Latvia and Eurasia, added: “I fully understand Morten’s decision, but I am personally sorry that our paths have to be separated. Morten is a fantastic colleague who has made a valuable contribution to Telia Denmark’s development over the last several years. I will miss his winning mentality, professionalism and indomitable prowess – and wish him all the best in the future. At the same time, I am pleased that Thomas Kjærsgaard, who has delivered great results for Telia’s commercial business, has agreed to step in as interim CEO of Telia in Denmark”.

Kjærsgaard as been director of Telia’s business operations in Denmark since the summer of 2018. As a member of the executive board, he has helped define the direction for Telia in Denmark with a focus on digitalisation, IoT solutions and new business and partnership models.

Prior to joining Telia, Kjærsgaard was a sales director at Microsoft and at the forefront of digitisation projects for some of the largest companies in Europe for more than 10 years.

Work to find Telia Denmark’s new CEO has begun. Bentzen will continue in the role until the end of August, after which Kjærsgaard will take over.

New BBC Studios role for Zbigniew Pruski

By Chris Dziadul

Zbigniew Pruski has been appointed the commercial director for branded services, Central and Eastern Europe, BBC Studios.

At the same time, Pierre Cloete will take on the same role for sub-Saharan Africa. According to BBC Studios, the appointments follow the recent reorganisation of CEMA from general market management to a focus on specialist lines of business.

Both roles will report into Louise La Grange, SVP branded services commercial and will be responsible for delivering branded services revenue and profit across CEE and sub-Saharan Africa, in line with targets and growth ambitions and through expert client management and new business development.

Pruski, who will be based in Warsaw, takes up this new and expanded position for the region after a successful tenure as head of affiliate sales for BBC Studios in Poland, where he was responsible for developing strategic distribution initiatives for the BBC channel portfolio.

He joined BBC Studios (formerly BBC Worldwide) in 2011 from Discovery Networks Central Europe where he was affiliate sales administration executive.

He began his TV career at distribution and management agency Program as the key account manager for broadcasters such as CNBC Europe, BBC Worldwide and NGC.

Commenting on the two appointments, Louise La Grange, said: “The appointments of commercial directors for sub-Saharan Africa and Central and Eastern Europe signals our on-going commitment to the African and CEE markets and a continued local presence on the ground. Pierre and Zbigniew have proven track records in the industry and I am confident that their local insight, expertise, and great relationships will give us the focus, consistency, and effectiveness we need to put us in the best position to achieve our ambitions for growth.”

New BBC Studios role for Zbigniew Pruski

By Chris Dziadul

Zbigniew Pruski has been appointed the commercial director for branded services, Central and Eastern Europe, BBC Studios.

At the same time, Pierre Cloete will take on the same role for sub-Saharan Africa. According to BBC Studios, the appointments follow the recent reorganisation of CEMA from general market management to a focus on specialist lines of business.

Both roles will report into Louise La Grange, SVP branded services commercial and will be responsible for delivering branded services revenue and profit across CEE and sub-Saharan Africa, in line with targets and growth ambitions and through expert client management and new business development.

Pruski, who will be based in Warsaw, takes up this new and expanded position for the region after a successful tenure as head of affiliate sales for BBC Studios in Poland, where he was responsible for developing strategic distribution initiatives for the BBC channel portfolio.

He joined BBC Studios (formerly BBC Worldwide) in 2011 from Discovery Networks Central Europe where he was affiliate sales administration executive.

He began his TV career at distribution and management agency Program as the key account manager for broadcasters such as CNBC Europe, BBC Worldwide and NGC.

Commenting on the two appointments, Louise La Grange, said: “The appointments of commercial directors for sub-Saharan Africa and Central and Eastern Europe signals our on-going commitment to the African and CEE markets and a continued local presence on the ground. Pierre and Zbigniew have proven track records in the industry and I am confident that their local insight, expertise, and great relationships will give us the focus, consistency, and effectiveness we need to put us in the best position to achieve our ambitions for growth.”

New BBC Studios role for Zbigniew Pruski

By Chris Dziadul

Zbigniew Pruski has been appointed the commercial director for branded services, Central and Eastern Europe, BBC Studios.

At the same time, Pierre Cloete will take on the same role for sub-Saharan Africa. According to BBC Studios, the appointments follow the recent reorganisation of CEMA from general market management to a focus on specialist lines of business.

Both roles will report into Louise La Grange, SVP branded services commercial and will be responsible for delivering branded services revenue and profit across CEE and sub-Saharan Africa, in line with targets and growth ambitions and through expert client management and new business development.

Pruski, who will be based in Warsaw, takes up this new and expanded position for the region after a successful tenure as head of affiliate sales for BBC Studios in Poland, where he was responsible for developing strategic distribution initiatives for the BBC channel portfolio.

He joined BBC Studios (formerly BBC Worldwide) in 2011 from Discovery Networks Central Europe where he was affiliate sales administration executive.

He began his TV career at distribution and management agency Program as the key account manager for broadcasters such as CNBC Europe, BBC Worldwide and NGC.

Commenting on the two appointments, Louise La Grange, said: “The appointments of commercial directors for sub-Saharan Africa and Central and Eastern Europe signals our on-going commitment to the African and CEE markets and a continued local presence on the ground. Pierre and Zbigniew have proven track records in the industry and I am confident that their local insight, expertise, and great relationships will give us the focus, consistency, and effectiveness we need to put us in the best position to achieve our ambitions for growth.”

Ravinder Takkar to head Vodafone Idea

By Chris Dziadul

Ravinder Takkar has been appointed the CEO of Vodafone Idea with immediate effect.

Currently Vodafone’s representative in India, he takes over from Balesh Sharma, who has requested for personal reasons to step down from the position.

Sharma will take up a new role with Vodafone Group, which will be announced in due course.

Takkar’s previous roles at Vodafone Group include CEO of Vodafone Romania.

Ravinder Takkar to head Vodafone Idea

By Chris Dziadul

Ravinder Takkar has been appointed the CEO of Vodafone Idea with immediate effect.

Currently Vodafone’s representative in India, he takes over from Balesh Sharma, who has requested for personal reasons to step down from the position.

Sharma will take up a new role with Vodafone Group, which will be announced in due course.

Takkar’s previous roles at Vodafone Group include CEO of Vodafone Romania.

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Luke Bradley-Jones to run Disney+ in Europe

By Julian Clover

Disney has hired Sky’s Luke Bradley-Jones for the rollout of its Disney+ streaming product in Europe and Africa.

Most recently chief marketing officer, Bradley-Jones joined Sky in 2012 as director of TV products, and was responsible for the strategy, marketing and commercial performance of products including Sky+, Sky Go, Sky Box Sets, Sky Store and Sky Q.

He subsequently took on responsibility for the marketing, media and creative strategies for all of the broadcasters products across Sky TV, Sky Broadband and Sky Mobile.

Based in London, Bradley-Jones will report into Jan Koeppen, Disney’s president of TV and direct-to-consumer in Europe, and Michael Paull, president of Disney streaming services.

Prior to his time at Sky Bradley-Jones worked for BBC Worldwide, where he was managing director, BBC.com & Global iPlayer.

He spent two years as an advisor to the fledgling Pluto TV and was a governor of Haverstock School in Camden.
Disney’s steaming service, which is being priced at $12.99 in the US market, will launch this autumn.

Luke Bradley-Jones to run Disney+ in Europe

By Julian Clover

Disney has hired Sky’s Luke Bradley-Jones for the rollout of its Disney+ streaming product in Europe and Africa.

Most recently chief marketing officer, Bradley-Jones joined Sky in 2012 as director of TV products, and was responsible for the strategy, marketing and commercial performance of products including Sky+, Sky Go, Sky Box Sets, Sky Store and Sky Q.

He subsequently took on responsibility for the marketing, media and creative strategies for all of the broadcasters products across Sky TV, Sky Broadband and Sky Mobile.

Based in London, Bradley-Jones will report into Jan Koeppen, Disney’s president of TV and direct-to-consumer in Europe, and Michael Paull, president of Disney streaming services.

Prior to his time at Sky Bradley-Jones worked for BBC Worldwide, where he was managing director, BBC.com & Global iPlayer.

He spent two years as an advisor to the fledgling Pluto TV and was a governor of Haverstock School in Camden.
Disney’s steaming service, which is being priced at $12.99 in the US market, will launch this autumn.

AMC to combine Networks with Studios operation

By Julian Clover

AMC Networks is to integrate its AMC Studios operation into its Entertainment Networks Group following the departure of programming chief David Madden, the company has announced.

Madden, who is president of programming for the Entertainment Networks Group and AMC Studios, will step down later this month.

The Entertainment Networks Group lists the company’s four scripted networks, AMC, BBC America, SundanceTV and IFC, and AMC Premiere. It’s run by Sarah Barnett, president of the Entertainment Networks Group for AMC Networks.

“We are already seeing the benefits of our entertainment networks working more closely together – the next logical strategic step is to integrate AMC Studios into this same group, so that the people making our celebrated series are more closely coordinated with the marketing, scheduling and publicity teams who connect our shows to passionate fans,” Barnett said. “We believe this new structure best positions our nimble organization for success in an increasingly competitive environment.” She added that Madden would be missed.

Madden’s programming team has worked on shows including The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul and Killing Eve. “I’m ready to move on and focus on new opportunities in the rapidly expanding content space, leaving the current programming and studio operations in good hands and positioned well for the future,” said Madden.

AMC to combine Networks with Studios operation

By Julian Clover

AMC Networks is to integrate its AMC Studios operation into its Entertainment Networks Group following the departure of programming chief David Madden, the company has announced.

Madden, who is president of programming for the Entertainment Networks Group and AMC Studios, will step down later this month.

The Entertainment Networks Group lists the company’s four scripted networks, AMC, BBC America, SundanceTV and IFC, and AMC Premiere. It’s run by Sarah Barnett, president of the Entertainment Networks Group for AMC Networks.

“We are already seeing the benefits of our entertainment networks working more closely together – the next logical strategic step is to integrate AMC Studios into this same group, so that the people making our celebrated series are more closely coordinated with the marketing, scheduling and publicity teams who connect our shows to passionate fans,” Barnett said. “We believe this new structure best positions our nimble organization for success in an increasingly competitive environment.” She added that Madden would be missed.

Madden’s programming team has worked on shows including The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul and Killing Eve. “I’m ready to move on and focus on new opportunities in the rapidly expanding content space, leaving the current programming and studio operations in good hands and positioned well for the future,” said Madden.

AMC to combine Networks with Studios operation

By Julian Clover

AMC Networks is to integrate its AMC Studios operation into its Entertainment Networks Group following the departure of programming chief David Madden, the company has announced.

Madden, who is president of programming for the Entertainment Networks Group and AMC Studios, will step down later this month.

The Entertainment Networks Group lists the company’s four scripted networks, AMC, BBC America, SundanceTV and IFC, and AMC Premiere. It’s run by Sarah Barnett, president of the Entertainment Networks Group for AMC Networks.

“We are already seeing the benefits of our entertainment networks working more closely together – the next logical strategic step is to integrate AMC Studios into this same group, so that the people making our celebrated series are more closely coordinated with the marketing, scheduling and publicity teams who connect our shows to passionate fans,” Barnett said. “We believe this new structure best positions our nimble organization for success in an increasingly competitive environment.” She added that Madden would be missed.

Madden’s programming team has worked on shows including The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul and Killing Eve. “I’m ready to move on and focus on new opportunities in the rapidly expanding content space, leaving the current programming and studio operations in good hands and positioned well for the future,” said Madden.

Is a Crackdown Coming in Hong Kong?

By Richard McGregor

Beijing doesn’t want to intervene. But its own propaganda efforts may force Xi Jinping’s hand.

Paul Sexton-Chadwick joins DAZN from Sky Deutschland

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Sports streaming service DAZN has appointed Paul Sexton-Chadwick as SVP Commercial Propositions, helping to drive its strategy and execution for commercial premises and other B2B commercial enterprise opportunities.

Reporting directly to Chief Business Development Officer John Gleasure, Sexton-Chadwick will focus on enhancing the distribution of DAZN, working with commercial premises in existing markets, whilst also identifying additional commercial opportunities using emerging technology solutions to drive subscriber growth.

Sexton-Chadwick joins DAZN from Sky Deutschland, where in his most recent role he was responsible for the German pay-TV broadcaster’s newly formed OTT business Sky Ticket.

Highlights in his 20+ year career include being part of the market execution team for ‘go to market’ strategies for services such as Sky+, HD, 3D, Sky Go, Ultra HD and digital innovations in Germany and Austria.

Paul Sexton-Chadwick joins DAZN from Sky Deutschland

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Sports streaming service DAZN has appointed Paul Sexton-Chadwick as SVP Commercial Propositions, helping to drive its strategy and execution for commercial premises and other B2B commercial enterprise opportunities.

Reporting directly to Chief Business Development Officer John Gleasure, Sexton-Chadwick will focus on enhancing the distribution of DAZN, working with commercial premises in existing markets, whilst also identifying additional commercial opportunities using emerging technology solutions to drive subscriber growth.

Sexton-Chadwick joins DAZN from Sky Deutschland, where in his most recent role he was responsible for the German pay-TV broadcaster’s newly formed OTT business Sky Ticket.

Highlights in his 20+ year career include being part of the market execution team for ‘go to market’ strategies for services such as Sky+, HD, 3D, Sky Go, Ultra HD and digital innovations in Germany and Austria.

A Performance Artist Testing the Limits of Her Own Endurance

By Antwaun Sargent

In deeply personal works such as the acclaimed “Bronx Gothic,” Okwui Okpokwasili explores ideas of cultural memory through poetry and visceral body-wringing choreography.

Henri Belolo, a Founder of the Village People, Dies at 82

By Richard Sandomir

Mr. Belolo and his business partner, Jacques Morali, assembled a colorful group of singers dressed as macho archetypes and created a disco phenomenon.

Julian Fernandez-Campon named as Tedial’s CTO

By Robert Briel

Redial has announced that Julian Fernandez-Campon has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer, effective immediately.

In this new role, Fernandez-Campon will be responsible for overseeing R&D, Operations and Customer Support, working closely with the CSO/CMO (Chief Sales & Marketing Officer), and CFO (Chief Financial Officer) to ensure that the company’s strategy aligns with industry changes and market trends. In addition to his increased responsibilities, Fernandez-Campon will remain focused on the technical innovation that has always defined Tedial’s products and solutions and will ensure that they are delivered with operational excellence and the highest-level of support for the ultimate in customer satisfaction.

“Julian has proven himself countless times and we are delighted to recognize his achievements by naming him Chief Technology Officer,” Tedial CEO, Emilio L. Zapata said.

“Julian’s skill, talent and deep knowledge of the industry is reflected in the quality and success of our solutions. We are confident that the Company will not only continue, but thrive as he assumes this leadership position, and our customers will benefit as he drives our technology to the next level.”

Fernandez-Campon is recognized throughout the industry as a thought leader who has leveraged his technical proficiency and extraordinary grasp of broadcast infrastructures to develop cutting-edge solutions that deliver financial and operational benefits. He is also an accomplished lecturer who has been recruited by numerous industry organizations, including SMPTE and NAB, to share his expertise regarding IMF, maximizing MAMs, and MAMs in the Cloud at technical forums.

Fernandez-Campon has been with Tedial since it was founded in 2001 where his contributions have had a major impact on all aspects of the Company’s products, solutions design and platform architecture. Fernandez-Campon’s strong background in Computer Science and his master’s degree in Telecommunications and Robotics serve as the foundation for his continuously expanding knowledge base and expertise in new technologies.

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