MTG hires pay and VOD acquisitions chief

The Modern Times Group has hired Bun Beeseon as its vice president of pay TV and VOD acquisitions, a move that sees her return to the Nordic company, which announced the news this morning. Beeson had been at BBC Worldwide, where she was VP, global acquisitions, buying programming for its international channels, but left the commercial […]

Brightcove appoints EMEA vice-president

Brightcove has upped company executive Mark Blair to vice-president of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Blair, who has been at Brightcove for six years and was previously vice-president of Asia-Pacific, will now lead sales and marketing operations across the EMEA region and will be based in London. “I have known Mark for many years […]

EC VP calls for strong net neutrality rules and end to geo-blocking

European Commission vice-president and digital single market commissioner Andrus Ansip has called for “strong net neutrality rules and more coordination on spectrum” along with “an end to geo-blocking and other barriers to e-commerce”. In a speech at a European Voice event on Creating Europe’s Digital Highways, Ansip called  for the implementation of a single set […]

Sky Deutschland names business solutions vice-president

Sky Deutschland has appointed Paul Sexton-Chadwick, who previously worked at Sky subsidiary The Cloud WiFi, as its new vice-president for business solutions.  Sexton-Chadwick takes over from Uwe Müller, who left the company at the end of June. In his new role, he will be responsible for expanding sales of Sky in restaurants, hotels, fitness centres […]

CNN International names regional sales chief

News broadcaster CNN International has named Antonio Canto as vice-president, regional sales. Canto, who will work under chief commercial officer Rani Raad, will be charged with building CNN’s business in southern, central and eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and the CIS. Canto replaces Reme Al-Saiegh, who is leaving the company after taking maternity […]

PIKE names new vice-president

Polish cable association PIKE has named UPC Poland’s director of corporate and public policy Patrycja Gołos as its new vice-president. Gołos, who oversees international and external communication, relations with government and European regulators and corporate responsibility at UPC, previously also worked for pay TV operator Wizja TV. PIKE, which is currently holding its annual industry […]

Turner names new distribution chief

Turner Broadcasting has named Humphrey Black as its new vice-president, media distribution, EMEA. Black was previously director of channel distribution, EMEA at The Walt Disney Company where he was responsible for the licensing of Disney’s channels and branded VoD services as well as providing strategy and developing best practice for local and regional sales teams […]

BBC Worldwide appoints Africa boss

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster, has hired Joel Churcher as vice president and general manager of its business in Africa. The role is a new one at Worldwide and follows the reorganisation last year of the business along regional lines. Based in Johannesburg, Churcher will be responsible for all BBC Worldwide […]

A+E Networks appoints 20th Century Fox TV executive

A+E Networks has appointed 20th Century Fox’s European vice-president of sales for its TV distribution group, Denis Cantin, as VP and head of content sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Cantin, who is due to take up his new role in the first quarter of 2014, will manage A+E Networks’ London-based EMEA […]

Rostelecom names new Urals chief

Russian service provider Rostelecom has named Anton Kolpakev as vice-president and director of its Urals macro-region.  Kolpakev replaces Rustem Safayev, who has been appointed CEO of Bashinformsvyaz, the largest telecom operator in the Republic of Bashkortostan. Kolpakev previously served as CEO of Rostelecom between 2009-10.