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Jeroen Bergman steps aside from Liberty Global

By Julian Clover

Liberty Global’s managing director of programming is to step down, the company has confirmed.

Jeroen Bergman will leave Liberty in June to “pursue other opportunities”. The position will not be filled.

Bergman said: “I set up the central programming team 17 years ago to benefit from consistency and leverage in Liberty’s programming spend across its wide and increasing range of local operating companies. It has been a pleasure and honour to work with this very talented team.”

Bergman joined Liberty Global’s predecessor UPC in 1999. He has led Liberty Global’s programming acquisition efforts for 17 years and previously held general management roles in Chellomedia and UPC Netherlands.

Bruce Mann, Chief Content Officer said: “Jeroen has delivered tremendous value to Liberty Global through his commercial acumen and team leadership. He has positioned Liberty Global extremely well to navigate an evolving rights landscape and maximize its investment in content. I want to thank Jeroen for his tremendous service to Liberty Global. He has long been one of the driving forces behind the content partnerships that fuel our entertainment proposition.”

Liberty Global is simplifying its operating structure following a number of mergers and acquisitions. It plans to reallocate content acquisition activities to the markets, while retaining strategic, advisory and investment activities centrally.

Jeroen Bergman steps aside from Liberty Global

By Julian Clover

Liberty Global’s managing director of programming is to step down, the company has confirmed.

Jeroen Bergman will leave Liberty in June to “pursue other opportunities”. The position will not be filled.

Bergman said: “I set up the central programming team 17 years ago to benefit from consistency and leverage in Liberty’s programming spend across its wide and increasing range of local operating companies. It has been a pleasure and honour to work with this very talented team.”

Bergman joined Liberty Global’s predecessor UPC in 1999. He has led Liberty Global’s programming acquisition efforts for 17 years and previously held general management roles in Chellomedia and UPC Netherlands.

Bruce Mann, Chief Content Officer said: “Jeroen has delivered tremendous value to Liberty Global through his commercial acumen and team leadership. He has positioned Liberty Global extremely well to navigate an evolving rights landscape and maximize its investment in content. I want to thank Jeroen for his tremendous service to Liberty Global. He has long been one of the driving forces behind the content partnerships that fuel our entertainment proposition.”

Liberty Global is simplifying its operating structure following a number of mergers and acquisitions. It plans to reallocate content acquisition activities to the markets, while retaining strategic, advisory and investment activities centrally.

Tanit Koch to head German news channel n-tv

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Tanit Koch will become the new managing director of n-tv, the news channel of German commercial broadcaster Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, on March 1, 2019.

The 41-year-old journalist will succeed Hans Demmel (63), who is leaving the company after 26 years.

Besides heading n-tv, Koch will become editor-in-chief of the RTL’s central editorial department and set up a joint editorial unit which will form the content foundation for all journalistic products (TV/digital) of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland.

Koch, previously editor-in-chief of German tabloid newspaper BILD, will report to Jan Wachtel, managing director for digital media and journalistic content at Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland.

Tanit Koch to head German news channel n-tv

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Tanit Koch will become the new managing director of n-tv, the news channel of German commercial broadcaster Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, on March 1, 2019.

The 41-year-old journalist will succeed Hans Demmel (63), who is leaving the company after 26 years.

Besides heading n-tv, Koch will become editor-in-chief of the RTL’s central editorial department and set up a joint editorial unit which will form the content foundation for all journalistic products (TV/digital) of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland.

Koch, previously editor-in-chief of German tabloid newspaper BILD, will report to Jan Wachtel, managing director for digital media and journalistic content at Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland.

Tanit Koch to head German news channel n-tv

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Tanit Koch will become the new managing director of n-tv, the news channel of German commercial broadcaster Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, on March 1, 2019.

The 41-year-old journalist will succeed Hans Demmel (63), who is leaving the company after 26 years.

Besides heading n-tv, Koch will become editor-in-chief of the RTL’s central editorial department and set up a joint editorial unit which will form the content foundation for all journalistic products (TV/digital) of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland.

Koch, previously editor-in-chief of German tabloid newspaper BILD, will report to Jan Wachtel, managing director for digital media and journalistic content at Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland.

Yesterday β€” February 19th 2019Your RSS feeds

ProSiebenSat.1 reorganises leadership team

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German media company ProSiebenSat.1 will establish a new executive committee on holding level following the departure of two board members.

CFO Dr Jan Kemper will leave ProSiebenSat.1 on March 31, 2019 to pursue new professional challenges while Sabine Eckhardt, Executive Board Member Sales & Marketing, will leave the company on April 30, 2019.

Rainer Beaujean, currently CFO of packaging manufacturer Gerresheimer, will join ProSiebenSat.1 as the new CFO on July 1, 2019. During the transition period, Ralf Peter Gierig, long-standing deputy CFO, will act as interim CFO.

Wolfgang Link, Chief Content & Channel Officer Entertainment, will be appointed as co-CEO Entertainment. He will be responsible for the linear and digital content as well as all platforms.

Link will lead the new entertainment pillar together with Michaela Tod, who will join ProSiebenSat.1 as co-CEO Entertainment in April 2019. She will be responsible for the management and development of the sales, AdTech, SevenVentures and marketing divisions. She previously spent over 14 years at UK-based technology group Dyson, the company ProSiebenSat.1’s CEO Max Conze previously worked for.

The Content Production & Global Sales pillar will continue to be led by James Baker, Red Arrow Studios, and Reza Izad, Studio71. As co-CEOs of NuCom Group, Claas van Delden and Dr Florian Tappeiner manage the Commerce business. They will report directly to CEO Max Conze.

The new holding structure as of July 1, 2019:

ProSiebenSat.1 reorganises leadership team

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German media company ProSiebenSat.1 will establish a new executive committee on holding level following the departure of two board members.

CFO Dr Jan Kemper will leave ProSiebenSat.1 on March 31, 2019 to pursue new professional challenges while Sabine Eckhardt, Executive Board Member Sales & Marketing, will leave the company on April 30, 2019.

Rainer Beaujean, currently CFO of packaging manufacturer Gerresheimer, will join ProSiebenSat.1 as the new CFO on July 1, 2019. During the transition period, Ralf Peter Gierig, long-standing deputy CFO, will act as interim CFO.

Wolfgang Link, Chief Content & Channel Officer Entertainment, will be appointed as co-CEO Entertainment. He will be responsible for the linear and digital content as well as all platforms.

Link will lead the new entertainment pillar together with Michaela Tod, who will join ProSiebenSat.1 as co-CEO Entertainment in April 2019. She will be responsible for the management and development of the sales, AdTech, SevenVentures and marketing divisions. She previously spent over 14 years at UK-based technology group Dyson, the company ProSiebenSat.1’s CEO Max Conze previously worked for.

The Content Production & Global Sales pillar will continue to be led by James Baker, Red Arrow Studios, and Reza Izad, Studio71. As co-CEOs of NuCom Group, Claas van Delden and Dr Florian Tappeiner manage the Commerce business. They will report directly to CEO Max Conze.

The new holding structure as of July 1, 2019:

Sophie Knight joins SpotX

By Robert Briel

SpotX has appointed Sophie Knight as Director, Platform Services for the UK.

Reporting into Ed Wale, Managing Director for SpotX in the UK, Knight will work with media owners to develop strategic account plans for key publishers to optimise their returns from the SpotX platform. This will include best practice deployments of SpotX’s ad server and data enablement software and identifying opportunities to drive more revenue from programmatic techniques such as private marketplaces and curated marketplaces.

She will also advise broadcast companies such as STV, Pluto TV and TV Player on strategies to optimise their approach for (over-the-top) OTT advertising, and collaborate with other RTL Group companies such as Yospace and RTL AdConnect.

Knight brings more than twelve years of video, connected TV and mobile advertising experience including four years at GroupM managing premium publisher and broadcast inventory for Video-On-Demand, video, and mobile advertising. This followed two years as VOD Media Manager at Xaxis and five years at Specific Media, formerly Adviva. She joins SpotX from LoopMe, where she led the supply team managing relationships with global publishers and supply-side platforms to drive results across video, mobile and rich media in her role as partnerships director.

“Sophie Knight is perfectly placed to answer the increasingly sophisticated questions posed by the OTT companies leveraging our platform,” commented Ed Wale, Managing Director, UK and Spain at SpotX.

“She has an excellent technical understanding of both the buy-side and supply-side approach to VOD, programmatic video, and mobile advertising. She will work with the relevant teams on each account at SpotX to share this knowledge and drive great results for major accounts.”

Sophie Knight, Director of Platform Services, UK and Spain, adds, “I wanted to join SpotX because the company is the market leader in video advertising with a strong reputation for driving success for customers and partners. SpotX takes a cross-screen approach which will play to my background and help more media owners benefit from the overall growth of video advertising. I’ll also be able to advise on ways to leverage RTL Group’s advertising technology stack to deliver a Total Video approach to advertising.”

The appointment coincides with a raft of promotions at SpotX. After more than four years at SpotX, Marta Lopez is promoted to Senior Publisher Manager. Alia Cherif is promoted to Senior Business Development Manager, Ilenia Barnabe is promoted to Senior Account Manager, Supply Operations and Suzanne O’Donohoe is appointed as Senior Manager, Demand Operations.

Sophie Knight joins SpotX

By Robert Briel

SpotX has appointed Sophie Knight as Director, Platform Services for the UK.

Reporting into Ed Wale, Managing Director for SpotX in the UK, Knight will work with media owners to develop strategic account plans for key publishers to optimise their returns from the SpotX platform. This will include best practice deployments of SpotX’s ad server and data enablement software and identifying opportunities to drive more revenue from programmatic techniques such as private marketplaces and curated marketplaces.

She will also advise broadcast companies such as STV, Pluto TV and TV Player on strategies to optimise their approach for (over-the-top) OTT advertising, and collaborate with other RTL Group companies such as Yospace and RTL AdConnect.

Knight brings more than twelve years of video, connected TV and mobile advertising experience including four years at GroupM managing premium publisher and broadcast inventory for Video-On-Demand, video, and mobile advertising. This followed two years as VOD Media Manager at Xaxis and five years at Specific Media, formerly Adviva. She joins SpotX from LoopMe, where she led the supply team managing relationships with global publishers and supply-side platforms to drive results across video, mobile and rich media in her role as partnerships director.

“Sophie Knight is perfectly placed to answer the increasingly sophisticated questions posed by the OTT companies leveraging our platform,” commented Ed Wale, Managing Director, UK and Spain at SpotX.

“She has an excellent technical understanding of both the buy-side and supply-side approach to VOD, programmatic video, and mobile advertising. She will work with the relevant teams on each account at SpotX to share this knowledge and drive great results for major accounts.”

Sophie Knight, Director of Platform Services, UK and Spain, adds, “I wanted to join SpotX because the company is the market leader in video advertising with a strong reputation for driving success for customers and partners. SpotX takes a cross-screen approach which will play to my background and help more media owners benefit from the overall growth of video advertising. I’ll also be able to advise on ways to leverage RTL Group’s advertising technology stack to deliver a Total Video approach to advertising.”

The appointment coincides with a raft of promotions at SpotX. After more than four years at SpotX, Marta Lopez is promoted to Senior Publisher Manager. Alia Cherif is promoted to Senior Business Development Manager, Ilenia Barnabe is promoted to Senior Account Manager, Supply Operations and Suzanne O’Donohoe is appointed as Senior Manager, Demand Operations.

TVN, Discovery Poland recruit Marcin Barcz

By Chris Dziadul

Marcin Barcz has joined the TVN and Discovery Poland’s management board, effective February 18.

In what is a newly created position, he will oversee the Corporate Communications Division, being responsible for coordinating activities related to corporate communications, internal communications and government affairs at TVN and Discovery Poland. He will also manage CSR projects.

Commenting on the appointment, Kasia Kieli, president and MD, Discovery EMEA, said: “Our company’s dynamic development and Poland’s growing role within Discovery’s structures have been leading to an increasing number of challenges appearing also on the international market. Establishing the Corporate Communications Division within the TVN and Discovery Poland structures is a part of our strategy, allowing us to efficiently manage communication processes also in the global perspective”.

Piotr Korycki, president of TVN and Discovery Poland, added: “I am very glad that Marcin Barcz has joined our team and will be heading the Corporate Communications Division. Ever since the merger of TVN and Discovery, we have been analysing our structures both in the Polish market as well as in the entire region. Acting in line with our strategy, we have been introducing solutions that create the largest number of synergies. I am sure that Marcin’s many years of experience in the area of communications will provide valuable support to our business.”

Barcz has 25 years of experience in marketing, advertising and public relations. His past positions include member of the management board of Coca-Cola in charge of corporate communications, VP of the Burson-Marsteller PR agency and MD of the Leo Burnett group of advertising agencies.

Eva Flecken new Vice President Public Policy, Regulatory & EU Affairs at Sky D

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Dr Eva Flecken has been appointed Vice President Public Policy, Regulatory & EU Affairs and Protection of Minors at Sky Deutschland.

Since May 2014, Flecken (pictured right) has been heading the German pay-TV broadcaster’s capital city office in Berlin: As Director Public Policy & EU Affairs she is responsible for the political representation of Sky’s interests in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

With immediate effect, the 35-year-old will now also take over the management of the two Regulatory Affairs and Protection of Minors teams based in Unterföhring near Munich. In her new function, she will report to Dr Holger Enßlin, Managing Director Legal, Regulatory & Distribution.

At the Berlin office, Flecken will be joined with immediate effect by Jürgen Hofmann (pictured left), complementing her team as Head of Public Policy & EU Affairs. The 38-year-old was previously head of the legal division of commercial broadcaster association VAUNET (formerly VPRT).

TVN, Discovery Poland recruit Marcin Barcz

By Chris Dziadul

Marcin Barcz has joined the TVN and Discovery Poland’s management board, effective February 18.

In what is a newly created position, he will oversee the Corporate Communications Division, being responsible for coordinating activities related to corporate communications, internal communications and government affairs at TVN and Discovery Poland. He will also manage CSR projects.

Commenting on the appointment, Kasia Kieli, president and MD, Discovery EMEA, said: “Our company’s dynamic development and Poland’s growing role within Discovery’s structures have been leading to an increasing number of challenges appearing also on the international market. Establishing the Corporate Communications Division within the TVN and Discovery Poland structures is a part of our strategy, allowing us to efficiently manage communication processes also in the global perspective”.

Piotr Korycki, president of TVN and Discovery Poland, added: “I am very glad that Marcin Barcz has joined our team and will be heading the Corporate Communications Division. Ever since the merger of TVN and Discovery, we have been analysing our structures both in the Polish market as well as in the entire region. Acting in line with our strategy, we have been introducing solutions that create the largest number of synergies. I am sure that Marcin’s many years of experience in the area of communications will provide valuable support to our business.”

Barcz has 25 years of experience in marketing, advertising and public relations. His past positions include member of the management board of Coca-Cola in charge of corporate communications, VP of the Burson-Marsteller PR agency and MD of the Leo Burnett group of advertising agencies.

TVN, Discovery Poland recruit Marcin Barcz

By Chris Dziadul

Marcin Barcz has joined the TVN and Discovery Poland’s management board, effective February 18.

In what is a newly created position, he will oversee the Corporate Communications Division, being responsible for coordinating activities related to corporate communications, internal communications and government affairs at TVN and Discovery Poland. He will also manage CSR projects.

Commenting on the appointment, Kasia Kieli, president and MD, Discovery EMEA, said: “Our company’s dynamic development and Poland’s growing role within Discovery’s structures have been leading to an increasing number of challenges appearing also on the international market. Establishing the Corporate Communications Division within the TVN and Discovery Poland structures is a part of our strategy, allowing us to efficiently manage communication processes also in the global perspective”.

Piotr Korycki, president of TVN and Discovery Poland, added: “I am very glad that Marcin Barcz has joined our team and will be heading the Corporate Communications Division. Ever since the merger of TVN and Discovery, we have been analysing our structures both in the Polish market as well as in the entire region. Acting in line with our strategy, we have been introducing solutions that create the largest number of synergies. I am sure that Marcin’s many years of experience in the area of communications will provide valuable support to our business.”

Barcz has 25 years of experience in marketing, advertising and public relations. His past positions include member of the management board of Coca-Cola in charge of corporate communications, VP of the Burson-Marsteller PR agency and MD of the Leo Burnett group of advertising agencies.

TVN, Discovery Poland recruit Marcin Barcz

By Chris Dziadul

Marcin Barcz has joined the TVN and Discovery Poland’s management board, effective February 18.

In what is a newly created position, he will oversee the Corporate Communications Division, being responsible for coordinating activities related to corporate communications, internal communications and government affairs at TVN and Discovery Poland. He will also manage CSR projects.

Commenting on the appointment, Kasia Kieli, president and MD, Discovery EMEA, said: “Our company’s dynamic development and Poland’s growing role within Discovery’s structures have been leading to an increasing number of challenges appearing also on the international market. Establishing the Corporate Communications Division within the TVN and Discovery Poland structures is a part of our strategy, allowing us to efficiently manage communication processes also in the global perspective”.

Piotr Korycki, president of TVN and Discovery Poland, added: “I am very glad that Marcin Barcz has joined our team and will be heading the Corporate Communications Division. Ever since the merger of TVN and Discovery, we have been analysing our structures both in the Polish market as well as in the entire region. Acting in line with our strategy, we have been introducing solutions that create the largest number of synergies. I am sure that Marcin’s many years of experience in the area of communications will provide valuable support to our business.”

Barcz has 25 years of experience in marketing, advertising and public relations. His past positions include member of the management board of Coca-Cola in charge of corporate communications, VP of the Burson-Marsteller PR agency and MD of the Leo Burnett group of advertising agencies.

Eva Flecken new Vice President Public Policy, Regulatory & EU Affairs at Sky D

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Dr Eva Flecken has been appointed Vice President Public Policy, Regulatory & EU Affairs and Protection of Minors at Sky Deutschland.

Since May 2014, Flecken (pictured right) has been heading the German pay-TV broadcaster’s capital city office in Berlin: As Director Public Policy & EU Affairs she is responsible for the political representation of Sky’s interests in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

With immediate effect, the 35-year-old will now also take over the management of the two Regulatory Affairs and Protection of Minors teams based in Unterföhring near Munich. In her new function, she will report to Dr Holger Enßlin, Managing Director Legal, Regulatory & Distribution.

At the Berlin office, Flecken will be joined with immediate effect by Jürgen Hofmann (pictured left), complementing her team as Head of Public Policy & EU Affairs. The 38-year-old was previously head of the legal division of commercial broadcaster association VAUNET (formerly VPRT).

Anevia appoints Eric Baron as advisory board member

By Robert Briel

OTT and IPTV software solutions provider Anevia has appointed Eric Baron as a member of its advisory board.

Baron, a board advisor to several technology companies, is an industry veteran with over 20 years’ experience in the TV and Media industry. He has already launched, built, expanded, optimised and transformed a number of Telecom and Media businesses – both organically and via mergers and acquisitions – to make them market leaders.

He has led over ten M&A strategies, targets and negotiations; five major innovative business launches; and two major turnarounds. Currently based in the UK, Eric Baron is the former President of Europe, Middle East, India and Africa at Ericsson Television.

Anevia’s Board of Directors selected Eric Baron because of his expertise and leadership in OTT, Media and Broadcast markets, and his experience in leading both organic and non-organic growth in tech companies.

“I am excited to welcome Eric Baron into Anevia’s Advisory Board,” said Laurent Lafarge, President and CEO at Anevia.

“He will be a key asset in the company’s future strategic directions and in supporting our international development.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining Anevia – an innovative French company that wants to develop in a fast-moving and extremely promising market,” said Eric Baron.

“But most importantly, Anevia has great ambitions and takes concrete steps to reach them.”

Anevia appoints Eric Baron as advisory board member

By Robert Briel

OTT and IPTV software solutions provider Anevia has appointed Eric Baron as a member of its advisory board.

Baron, a board advisor to several technology companies, is an industry veteran with over 20 years’ experience in the TV and Media industry. He has already launched, built, expanded, optimised and transformed a number of Telecom and Media businesses – both organically and via mergers and acquisitions – to make them market leaders.

He has led over ten M&A strategies, targets and negotiations; five major innovative business launches; and two major turnarounds. Currently based in the UK, Eric Baron is the former President of Europe, Middle East, India and Africa at Ericsson Television.

Anevia’s Board of Directors selected Eric Baron because of his expertise and leadership in OTT, Media and Broadcast markets, and his experience in leading both organic and non-organic growth in tech companies.

“I am excited to welcome Eric Baron into Anevia’s Advisory Board,” said Laurent Lafarge, President and CEO at Anevia.

“He will be a key asset in the company’s future strategic directions and in supporting our international development.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining Anevia – an innovative French company that wants to develop in a fast-moving and extremely promising market,” said Eric Baron.

“But most importantly, Anevia has great ambitions and takes concrete steps to reach them.”

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Ivan Bartulovic joins Hrvatski Telekom

By Chris Dziadul

Ivan Bartulovic has been appointed a member of the management board and chief human resources officer at Hrvatski Telekom (HT) for three years, effective March 1, 2019.

He is transferring from A1 Group, where he held the position of member of leadership team and senior director of human resources & corporate communications for business segments in Croatia and Macedonia.

Before that, as of 2010, he performed the function of management board member and executive director for strategic human resources of Cemex Group, responsible for operations in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia.

He started his career in 2006, in the area of financial consultancy in Privredna banka Zagreb, a member of Intesa Sanpaolo Bank Group.

Commenting on the appointment Davor Tomaskovic, president of the management board and CEO, said: “I am delighted to welcome Ivan’s appointment to the Management Board, particularly because he is a manager who brings along many years of experience in the area of change management and organizational transformation. I am convinced that Ivan, together with HTs’ team, shall contribute to the continued shaping of HT as an agile and modern company, focused on customer satisfaction and further growth”.

As of March 1, the management board shall consist of Davor Tomaskovic, president; Daniel Daub, responsible for finance; Boris Drilo, management board member responsible for technical and information functions; Natasa Rapaic, responsible for residential customers; Sasa Kramar, responsible for business customers; and Ivan Bartulovic, responsible for human resources.

As of April 1, the duties of the president of the management board shall be taken over by Konstantinos Nempis.

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