Turner Announces International Digital Ventures Division

Turner Announces International Digital Ventures Division

Turner Announces International Digital Ventures Division

Turner has announced a new International Digital Ventures division, which will oversee and develop services for mobile devices, including apps, games as well as OTT (over-the-top) video streaming services. Aksel van der Wal, the current senior vice president and chief financial officer, is promoted to the new role of executive vice president, digital ventures and innovation, for Turner International, effective from 1st January 2017. Trey Turner, currently senior vice president, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions will be moving to Aksel van der Wal’s former post. The new international division will be based at Turner EMEA’s headquarters in London.

Interactive services is an expanding part of Turner’s business, especially Cartoon Network (and Boomerang), which has recently launched its Cartoon Network Anything app in several countries and launched live-streaming apps including Cartoon Network Go! in Latin America and Cartoon Network Watch and Play in the Asia-Pacific region. Cartoon Network’s library of web browser and mobile games is also growing rapidly along with Turner’s interactive services for its other channels.

From The Turner International Press Release

Global media company Turner today (08/11/2016) announced a new division to lead its digital innovation internationally.

Aksel van der Wal, currently senior vice president and chief financial officer, is promoted to the new role of executive vice president, digital ventures and innovation, for Turner’s international operations, effective January 1, 2017.

Under his leadership the new division will focus on driving profitable growth through international consumer-centric initiatives, including all of Turner’s international multi-platform suite of digital properties and its direct-to-consumer product strategy. He remains responsible for the company’s international technology & operations (T&O) organisation.

In close co-operation with the Turner International presidents, van der Wal has the responsibility for the existing portfolio of international products and services on the web, for smart phones, games, apps and OTT, and he will also be charged with developing new digital direct-to-consumer businesses, leading a cross-platform business intelligence function that drives consumer insight; managing the internal T&O infrastructure; and helping to implement the strategy of the non-linear ad sales business. Additionally, he will identify new opportunities for Turner and decide on how to engage in those new areas, through technological product innovation and/or acquisitions.

“As our industry undergoes huge evolution, the impact of digital disruption and changing consumer behaviour continues to put audience insight right at the heart of our business strategy,” said Gerhard Zeiler, president, Turner International, to whom van der Wal will report. “This new division will ensure that we assess new opportunities for innovation, development and acquisition through the lens of relevant, robust consumer data and through a realigned, agile organisational structure. Aksel’s experience in transformative management, his first-class understanding of both the linear and digital media landscapes, and his detailed knowledge of Turner’s international operation, all combine to make him a superb fit for this new role.”

In his role as chief financial officer for Turner International, van der Wal will be succeeded by Trey Turner, currently senior vice president, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, who takes up his new role January 1, 2017 as well.

Based in Atlanta, Turner will report to Pascal Desroches, executive vice president, and chief financial officer of Turner, while working closely with Zeiler. He will be responsible for all of International’s financial operations and will be an active partner and contributor in shaping the direction of the company’s international business and implementing its strategy.

“Trey has the perfect experience to lead the business, capital and budgeting activities for our international businesses,” said Pascal Desroches. “He has acquired a depth of knowledge about our company and brings great passion and significant experience to the role. We expect Trey to play a key role in helping us expand our global operations.”

Aksel van der Wal joined Turner in 2014 as CFO, Turner EMEA and was promoted to senior vice president and CFO, International, in June 2015. Before joining Turner, van der Wal worked for three years and served as CEO, Time Out, at its two main business sites, London and New York City. His leadership of its global operations embraced digital expansion, a complete overhaul of its digital platforms, new e-commerce operations and the revitalization of its traditional businesses through innovative approaches. Prior to Time Out, he was CFO at leading online ticket exchange operation Seatwave, and previously held senior financial and business development roles at Vodafone including CFO of partner markets. He started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has an MBA from INSEAD, and a LLM tax law from Leiden University, NL. A native Dutch speaker and fluent in English, he also speaks German, French and Spanish.

Trey Turner is currently SVP, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions for Turner, overseeing consolidated financial planning and corporate development activities for the company. Before his current role, Turner was director of finance for CNN worldwide where he was responsible for strategic finance support, leading the financial analysis and business justification for new initiatives, partnerships, and investments. Prior to joining the company, Turner was with the corporate finance department of Stephens Inc., a leading investment bank and private equity firm. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in analytical finance from Wake Forest University, where he graduated cum laude, and currently serves on the Alumni Council for the School of Business.

http://www.turner.com/pressroom/turner-announces-digital-ventures-and-innovation-division-international

Cartoon Network Watch And Play And Cartoon Network Anything Apps Now Available In The Philippines

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Cartoon Network Watch And Play And Cartoon Network Anything Apps Now Available In The Philippines

Turner Asia-Pacific has made a deal with Philippines-based telecom company Globe Telecom to provide the Cartoon Network Watch and Play mobile streaming service to their mobile subscribers. The Cartoon Network Watch and Play mobile app is already available in Australia, the app features a livestream of Cartoon Network and different minigames the viewer can play while watching the channel on their mobile device. The other app that has launched in the Philipines is Cartoon Network Anything. Cartoon Network Anything is a randomised micro-formatted media app, featuring minigames, video clips, quizzes and even exclusive content.

Both Cartoon Network Watch and Play and Cartoon Network Anything are available for iOS and Android.

Phil Nelson, Turner MD for Southeast Asia also commented on the launch of the two mobile apps:

“These products provide a convenient avenue for Filipinos to enjoy the most popular kids’ content wherever they are and in a safe and flexible way”

http://streamdaily.tv/2016/07/14/cartoon-network-goes-mobile-in-the-philippines/

Cartoon Network Anything App Launches In Australia

Cartoon Network Anything App Launches In Australia

Cartoon Network Anything App Launches In Australia: Randomness On The Go!

Cartoon Network has launched the Cartoon Network Anything app in Australia. Cartoon Network Anything is a micro-network version of the Cartoon Network channel in mobile app form, showing show clips (from shows such as Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, Uncle Grandpa and Clarence), mini quizzes and mini-games at random, usually lasting 10 to 15 seconds each. Due to the app’s random nature, there’s an element of surprise to keep the user interested. The app is available free to download on the Apple App Store for iPhone and Google Play for Android smartphones, a version for tablets will be released later in the year. The launch of the Cartoon Network Anything app was successful in the United States and was used to premiere the digital series, Mighty Magiswords.

The new app follows the successful launch of the Cartoon Network Watch and Play app in Australia, the Watch and Play app allows Foxtel subscribers to watch a live stream of Cartoon Network Australia and play games at the same time. The use of mobile apps to retain audiences is part of Turner’s cross platform and multiscreen strategy, as apps and video on-demand services have become a popular source of entertainment while linear television has declined in comparison.

Mark Eyers, chief content officer for Turner’s Kids Networks in Asia Pacific made this statement about the launch of the Cartoon Network Anything app in Australia, especially about the random and fun nature of the new app:

“Cartoon Network Anything is unlike anything we’ve ever designed. The app is a whole new way to engage our audience, constantly maintaining a high level of suspense of ‘what will come next?’ Basically, anything goes!”

Phil Nelson, Turner’s managing director and senior vice president, Southeast Asia Pacific and North Asia discussed the marketing potential for the app, which was a previously hard to reach audience for Cartoon Network:

“The app opens a lot of doors for marketers to up their engagement levels with a hard to reach, digital-native audience. Cartoon Network Anything’s functionality allows customisable and fun content to be integrated perfectly so that users will love swiping seamlessly from video to bespoke content from clients and games”

https://www.mediaweek.com.au/cartoon-network-launches-smartphone-app/
https://pressroom.turner.com/au/cartoon-network/awesomeness-awaits-‘cartoon-network-anything’