Disney ABC ESPN TV makes European chief redundant

Disney ABC ESPN Television has made its European boss Stephen Moore redundant.

The international distribution arm of the Hollywood studio has let Moore, who was executive vice president and managing director, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Canada, go and is not expected to replace him. Moore joined the company at the start of 2009 as a replacement for Tom Toumazis, who joined formats giant Endemol as chief commercial officer.

The distributor, which sells series including Lost, Desperate Housewives and Cougar Town internationally, is not expected to replace Moore, who reported to Ben Pyne, president, global distribution, Disney ABC Worldwide Television and Disney Media Networks, and instead give territories greater control of sales.

Moore was previously chief operating officer and head of features at Wallace and Gromit-producer Aardman and before that president, Twentieth Century Fox International.