IBC365’s update on new company appointments, resignations and restructures across the content and broadcast industry.
Bob Iger steps down at Disney
Walt Disney Company boss Bob Iger stepped down as chief executive. He will be replaced by Bob Chapek, who previously ran the company’s parks and products division.
Iger, who will remain Disney’s executive chairman until the end of next year, has been chief executive since 2005, establishing Disney’s place as the pre-eminent Hollywood studio through its acquisitions of 21st Century Fox, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm. He also launched Disney+ late last year.
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Ncam Technologies names Robin Shenfield as Chairman
Ncam Technologies has appointed former The Mill global CEO Robin Shenfield as its chairman.
Shenfield is highly respected in the VFX industry, having founded The Mill as the first all-digital VFX company and successfully diversifying it into working on feature films VFX.
Shenfield will apply his extensive experience in VFX and post-production to the changing world of real-time VFX, and work in collaboration with the Ncam senior management team and investors to achieve the company’s aims for sustainable global growth.
Grass Valley appoints John Carter
Grass Valley has appointed John Carter as its director of business development.
Carter re-joins Grass Valley, where he was once senior product manager with a focus on switchers and vision mixing products, after which he moved to EVS as vice president of product management.
In his new role, he will use his experience of live production applications and workflows and mission critical demands of mass audience sports coverage.
Endemol Shine exec joins Talpa Network
John de Mol’s Talpa Network has appointed former Entertainment One and Endemol Shine executive Erik de Winter as head of acquisitions.
De Winter will work across Talpa’s Netherlands based broadcast channels SBS6, Net5, Veronica and SBS9.
He will also be responsible for acquiring formats, movies, series and finished tape as well as developing partnerships.
Discovery recruits Hulu’s Lisa Holme
Discovery has appointed Hulu exec Lisa Holme to a newly-created role to lead strategy and content.
Holme becomes group SVP of content and commercial strategy reporting into Peter Faricy, Discovery’s CEO of global direct-to-consumer.
Prior to joining Discovery, Holme spent almost ten years at Hulu, holding senior leadership positions including most recently a position leading the development of Hulu’s international expansion strategy and business plan.
Karen Blackett appointed as Group M CEO
Former MediaCom chairwoman Karen Blackett is replacing Tom George as CEO of GroupM in the UK.
GroupM consists of MediaCom, Mindshare, Essence and Wavemaker. The new role is in addition to her WPP UK country manager position, which she has held since 2018.
When Blackett was named the first UK country manager at WPP, she became one of the most important agency leaders in the British ad industry, overseeing 14,000 people.
George has stepped down from the role after 15 years working at WPP.