Ian McDonough Head Of Turner UK And Nordics To Leave The Company
In a statement released today (11/04/2017) from Turner, it has been announced that Ian McDonough, the Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Turner Northern Europe (UK and Nordics) will be leaving the company. Ian oversaw all of Turner’s UK and Scandinavian operations, which includes Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TCM, Cartoonito in the UK and TNT in Scandinavia. Ian took on the role of regional manager in 2014, back then, Turner’s UK operations were split off from the Southern Europe part of the business (France, Italy, Spain and Africa) and joined up with the company’s Scandinavian operations forming the new Northern Europe region.
In the last few months, there has been some changes, in February, Turner UK sold its general entertainment channel – TruTV (launched in 2014) to Sony Pictures Television so it can focus on its core children’s and classic movie TV channel brands, also recently, the company has made a investment in digital services including the acquisition of Bigballs Media, the world’s largest independent football media business.
In the meantime, Giorgio Stock, the president of Turner EMEA will be overseeing the Northern Europe part of the business until a new manager is hired.
Upon Ian’s notice of resignation, Turner released this statement:
“Ian McDonough has taken the decision to leave Turner. Ian has steered the Northern Europe business during a period of fast-paced change and leaves the Turner channels portfolio in great shape. We have a strong and experienced management team in place who will run the day to day operation reporting into Giorgio Stock, president EMEA, who will be directly overseeing the Northern Europe business while we find the right candidate to lead the region going forward.”
Cecilia Persson Appointed Cartoon Network EMEA Head Of Programming
Today (03/05/2016), Turner Broadcasting System Europe has appointed Cecilia Persson as the new Vice President for Programming and Content Strategy for Cartoon Network, Boomerang (and other associated kids channels) for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) area. Cecilia Persson will oversee programming, co-production and acquisitions across Turner’s linear and digital services. In 2004, she joined Turner as director of acquisitions, and has been promoted from vice president of acquisitions and co-productions. Previously, Cecilia Persson worked at Middle Eastern pay-tv provider Showtime (now known as Orbit Showtime Network, better known as OSN) and before that at Carlton Cinema (a defunct British movie channel which was owned by Carlton, now part of ITV plc).
Persson will report to Patricia Hidalgo, Turner EMEA’s chief content & creative officer for kids content, Patricia Hidalgo also made this statement in regards of joining programming and content production together:
“There’s never been a more important time to bring together teams that produce winning programming strategies with those that source and create the best programmes our audiences crave across all platforms.”
Jeppe Damgaard New Distribution Director Of Cartoon Network Nordic
Today (29/02/2016), Jeppe Damgaard has been appointed as the new Distribution Director of Turner Nordic (includes Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TCM, CNN International and TNT), he will work and negotiate with pay-tv providers to provide linear TV and video on-demand services for Turner’s channels. Before his appointment, Mr Damgaard used to work for Modern Times Group, the company that operates the Viasat pay-tv satellite platform.
Bo Falk Østergaard, the general manager of Turner Nordic made this statement regarding Mr Damgaard’s appointment (translated):
“We are very pleased with the appointment of Jeppe Damgaard, as it will help us with the next step in our growth with a new strategy that puts the consumer at the center of everything we do. From a distribution point of view, this means for example, is that we can go through our distribution partners to offer our strong and globally loved brands as both linear channels and video on demand services”