Pierre Branco Appointed As New Turner Northern Europe Manager

Pierre Branco Appointed As New Turner Northern Europe Manager

Pierre Branco Appointed As New Turner Northern Europe Manager

Today (28/06/2017), Turner Broadcasting System Europe has appointed Pierre Branco as the new SVP (Senior Vice President) of Turner Northern Europe (UK and Ireland, Nordics and Baltics), he replaces Ian McDonough who announced his resignation in April this year. Mr Branco is a long serving Turner EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) employee and has worked for the company since 2006, in his last role, he was the general manager for Turner’s channels in France, Portugal, Africa and Israel.

In his new role, Mr Branco will move from his old regional base in Paris to Turner EMEA’s headquarters in London, where he will report to Turner EMEA president, Giorgio Stock. Mr Branco will be working with the Turner Northern Europe team leaders including the head of UK Kids channels – Sean Gorman (manager of Cartoon Network UK, Boomerang UK and Cartoonito UK) and the general manager of Turner in Scandinavia – Bo Falk Østergaard as well as their respective teams.

During his time as general manager of Turner France, Portugal and Africa, he has introduced Turner’s action-animation channel brand – Toonami to France and Africa and launched variety animation channel Boing in Africa, he also oversaw a 12-channel children’s, news, movie and general entertainment portfolio in three different languages (French, Portuguese and English), including editorial and creative strategy, programming and acquisitions, marketing, production and digital functions.

Mr Branco’s wealth of experience while building the French, Portuguese and African part of the business can be used to develop and maintain the reputation of the Northern Europe part of the company, especially as Cartoon Network is currently the number one channel for boys in the UK and Denmark*. Meanwhile in France, Portugal and Africa, the SVP of Turner Southern Europe and Africa – Jaime Ondarza will be advising local teams until a replacement is found.

From the Turner EMEA Press Release: Turner EMEA Appoints Pierre Branco to lead its Northern European business

Turner EMEA today announced a significant internal promotion with the appointment of Pierre Branco to the role of SVP Northern Europe. Branco, who takes up the role with immediate effect from his present position as Turner’s GM for France, Portugal, Africa and Israel, will lead Turner’s business across the UK, Nordics and Baltics at a period of particularly fast paced change for the company. He will move to London from Paris in the coming months and will report directly to Turner EMEA President, Giorgio Stock, and joins his executive team.

Overseeing a senior management team who themselves bring a wealth of experience within the Northern European markets, Branco, a more than ten year Turner veteran behind some of the company’s fastest growing EMEA markets, will be responsible for leading the growth and development of Turner’s operations in the region. This includes its kids and general entertainment portfolio of Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito, TCM and TNT brands, as well as the distribution of CNNI. He will be charged with identifying new areas for driving revenues and profits, overseeing P&L and ensuring consistency and strategy for the region, all through the lens of delivering branded experiences that drive fan engagement across the linear and non linear ecosystem.

Stock says: “At a time when we are developing ambitious new initiatives in the Northern Europe region alongside a relentless focus on our core channels business, this is a particularly important appointment and amongst a high calibre of candidates Pierre stood out for his exceptional track record in building our brands and driving growth. His combination of industry knowledge, a deep commitment to leveraging the digital trends shaping our business and a passion for putting our fans at the centre of everything we do, will bring vision and momentum to the Northern Europe business to take it to the next level.”

Branco’s transition to the Northern Europe remit follows a transformative approach to his current role where he has overseen mould breaking commercial deals, the introduction of new brands to the marketplace and reinvigorated businesses in highly differentiated markets such as France and Africa, both of which have enjoyed their best commercial and ratings performances to date under his leadership.

Branco has been with Turner since 2006, most recently as Vice President and General Manager, France, Portugal, Africa and Israel, overseeing a 12-channel portfolio in three different languages, including editorial and creative strategy, programming and acquisitions, marketing, production and digital functions.

Added Stock, “It’s particularly rewarding, and proof of the calibre of talent we have at Turner, to promote from within the company, as we continue to deliver on our commitment to create and curate great content that really resonates with our audiences, wherever and whenever they are engaging with us.”

The appointment comes at a time when the strength of Turner’s Northern Europe brand portfolio includes Cartoon Network maintaining its #1 position for boys in the UK and Denmark*, long term established platform partnerships and significant growth in digital engagement across the region.

*Source: BARB, boys 4-15 in the UK and Kantar Gallup DK/Kantar TNS NO/MMS SE, boys 4-9 in Denmark

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Sundance Feniger Appointed As General Manager Of Boomerang USA’s Streaming Service

Sundance Feniger Appointed As General Manager Of Boomerang USA's Streaming Service

Sundance Feniger Appointed As General Manager Of Boomerang USA’s Streaming Service

Yesterday (20/04/2017), Turner USA appointed Sundance Feniger as vice president and general manager of Boomerang USA’s brand new subscription video on-demand service which provides a wide selection of classic and modern animation to be enjoyed by kids, families and cartoon fanatics of all ages. In the new role, Mr Feniger will run and oversee the operations of the Boomerang streaming service, this includes content management, marketing, viewing data analysis and the development and introduction of new features, he will also work with Warner Bros.’s DreamFever, the company that provided the technology for the streaming service.

The Boomerang streaming service launched on 11th April 2017 and through its joint ownership with Turner and Warner Bros., the service has access to an archive of over 5,000 animated titles, including timeless favourites such as Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry and also streaming service exclusives such as Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz and the brand new Wacky Races reboot.

Mr Feniger previously worked at Nickelodeon as senior director of product strategy and development and managed Viacom’s first subscription video on-demand service – Noggin, he also held multiple management roles in Nickelodeon’s games division.

From The Turner USA Press Release: Turner and Warner Bros. Name Sundance Feniger Vice President and General Manager of New Boomerang Streaming Service

Time Warner’s Turner and Warner Bros. announced today that Sundance Feniger has been named vice president and general manager of Boomerang, the newly launched premium video subscription service that offers the best in timeless and original animation to kids, families and cartoon lovers of all ages. The new Boomerang service, a joint venture from Turner and Warner Bros. Digital Networks Group, is another step for Turner and Warner Bros. direct to consumer business and the first product focused on family, kids and animation.

In this newly created role, Feniger leads the overall Boomerang streaming business across all functions and partners with DramaFever on technology. He will report jointly to both companies.

“Sundance has a passion for kids content and animation. He also has the technical and data background to understand the underlying business,” said Turner and Warner Bros. “His knowledge and experience in developing great product will help Boomerang win in this competitive space.”

Boomerang premium subscription service launched April 11, 2017 with the massive Hanna-Barbera, Looney Tunes and MGM animation library of more than 5,000 titles, timeless franchises including Scooby-Doo, Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, The Jetsons, and The Flintstones, plus Boomerang original exclusives such as Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz and Wacky Races.

Prior to joining Boomerang, Feniger was senior director of product strategy and development at Nickelodeon where he developed the strategy and managed premium product for Viacom’s first mobile subscription video-on-demand service, NOGGIN. He also held multiple leadership positions with the Nickelodeon Games Group, leading monetization operations, premium product management and partnerships for all virtual world and MMO games. Feniger earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Cornell University.

To learn more about the new Boomerang video subscription service, go to http://www.boomerang.com.
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Ian McDonough Head Of Turner UK And Nordics To Leave The Company

Ian McDonough Head Of Turner UK And Nordics To Leave The Company

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.”

http://www.digitaltveurope.net/683702/turners-northern-europe-boss-exiting/

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