Discovery names commercial VP for CEEMEA

Discovery has appointed James Gibbons to a new role overseeing its commercial and creative efforts in Africa and the CEE and Middle East (CEEMEA). As executive VP, head of product and business development, CEEMEA, Gibbons will work across Discovery brands, generating new partnerships and consumer offerings. Gibbons, a 20-year Discovery veteran, was previously executive VP […]

Welling gets new role at Discovery

Discovery’s CEE, Middle East and Africa channels boss Paul Welling has taken on a new international brands role at Discovery. Welling becomes senior VP of international brand and franchise development for Discovery Networks International. The channel operator told TBI it is reviewing its options with regards to a new CEEMEA channels chief. As of today […]

NEM: Netflix ‘irrelevant’ for CEE

Netflix’s content has little appeal for CEE audiences, and OTT is currently only really useful as a way for pay TV providers to deliver catch-up and multiscreen services, attendees at the NEM heard this morning. Speaking on a panel on DTH and OTT at the event in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Stanislav Georgiev, head of broadcast at […]

CME ‘positioned for growth’ says CEO

CME co-CEO Christoph Mainusch has said the CEE broadcast group is now leaner, fitter and more efficient after a tough period. Time Warner-backed CME has channels across the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region and Mainusch and his co-CEO Michael Del Nin were tasked with turning the business around after a period in which it […]

Liberty Global’s CEE boss moves to LatAm post

The managing director for Liberty Global’s Central and Eastern European (CEE) region, Betzalel Kenigsztein, has moved internally to work across the company’s Latin American operations. Effective July 1, Kenigsztein becomes president and chief operating officer of Liberty Global’s Latin American and Caribbean Operations, as the firm takes steps towards spinning off its Latin American and […]

Endemol Shine strikes programming deal with Vubiquity

Endemol Shine International has licensed a package of programming to Vubiquity, the technology company behind the FilmFlex service in the UK and several SVOD services in emerging markets. Vubiquity licenses content and provides a white label solution for would-be SVOD players. It has acquired several ESI titles including Peaky Blinders and The Fall for a large part of the […]

TV remains at forefront of cable business, say CEE operators

TV remains at the forefront of what cable operators in central and eastern Europe are offering and is even becoming more important within the bundle of products that they offer, but bundling strategies are likely to evolve, according to a panel of cable marketing executives at the Digital TV CEE conference in Budapest yesterday. TV […]

OTT in CEE to grow rapidly from low base

Internet-enabled TVs should in CEE should exceed 20 million by 2018, and will be the most high-growth category of devices in the region, according to research group Ovum. Media streamers will see high growth from 2016-17 from a low base to around six million by 2018, while other device types will also grow from a […]

CEE investors “looking for stable cash flow”

With continued access to funding, trends from last year – and with M&A driven primarily by the availability of funding – the pattern of consolidation and investment in cable and telcoms seen last year will continue in 2014-15, with investors looking for stability of cash flows more than long-term growth prospects, according to Piotr Nocen, […]

Slovak Telekom to expand DTT services in CEE with Intelsat deal

Slovak Telekom has signed a multi-year deal with satellite services firm Intelsat to expand its direct-to-home (DTH) services in central and eastern Europe.  Through the deal, Slovak Telekom will operate multiple transponders at the Intelsat 1˚ West premier video neighbourhood – which reaches 17 million households across 17 northern, central and eastern European countries. Intelsat’s […]