Turner Northern Europe Senior Vice President Pierre Branco Adds Middle East Responsibilities

Turner Northern Europe Senior Vice President Pierre Branco Adds Middle East Responsibilities

Turner Northern Europe Senior Vice President Pierre Branco Adds Middle East Responsibilities

Today (5th February), Turner Broadcasting System Europe has announced that they’ve restructured their regional management, Pierre Branco – the Senior Vice President of Turner Northern Europe (UK and Nordics) will have additional responsiblities over the MENAT (Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, also includes Cyprus and Greece) region from 1st April. In addition to Turner’s channels and services in the UK and Scandinavia such as Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito and the Toonix streaming service, Pierre will also have responsibility over Turner’s channels in the MENAT region which will include channels such as Cartoon Network MENA, Boomerang MENA, Cartoon Network Turkey, Boomerang Turkey, TCM MENA and the distribution of CNN International in the region. He will continue to report to Turner EMEA’s president Giorgio Stock.

In a statement about Pierre’s new additional responsibilities, Giorgio Stock said: “Pierre’s ability to bring fresh impetus and new thinking to our business has been proven across hugely diverse markets. Together with our talented regional management team, he will now help further our vision for Turner in MENAT to deliver outstanding branded destinations to our fans across the region.”

Pierre became SVP of Turner Northern Europe in 2017, before 2017, he was general manager of Turner France, Portugal and Africa. Pierre Branco replaces Tarek Mounir, who worked for Turner’s MENAT operations for eight years as commercial director and then general manager, during his time he launched localised premium versions of Cartoon Network and Boomerang for the MENA region replacing distribution of Cartoon Network Africa and Boomerang Africa in the region. He also developed a local content strategy including the animated show Mansour, he had a role in establishing Cartoon Network Studios Arabia and was also involved in the Cartoon Network Zone theme park deal with IMG Worlds of Adventure. Tarek will now be working for music streaming service – Deezer from April.

https://www.c21media.net/turner-adds-to-brancos-remit/

https://worldscreen.com/tvmiddleeastafrica/turner-emea-ups-pierre-branco-to-lead-menat-business/

https://www.digitaltveurope.com/2019/02/05/turner-expands-brancos-role-to-menat/

https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/deezer-appoints-tarek-mounir-as-ceo-of-mena/

Cartoon Network EMEA Names The Amazing World Of Gumball Executive Producer Sarah Fell As Director Of Original Series

Cartoon Network EMEA Names The Amazing World Of Gumball Executive Producer Sarah Fell As Director Of Original Series

Cartoon Network EMEA Names The Amazing World Of Gumball Executive Producer Sarah Fell As Director Of Original Series

Today (16th January), Turner EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) has promoted The Amazing World of Gumball Executive Producer – Sarah Fell to Director of Original Series, Kids EMEA (which covers all of Turner’s children’s channels including Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito, Boing and also the Toonix streaming service). The announcement was made by Patricia Hidalgo, Chief Content Officer, Turner EMEA & International Kids Strategy.

In Sarah’s new role, she will be responsible for overseeing the development and production of all Turner Kids series across the EMEA region, including Cartoon Network Studios Europe’s Elliott From Earth which is currently in production and also has Gumball’s series director – Mic Graves serving as Creative Director, the show is created by former Gumball composition supervisor and show writer – Guillaume Cassuto. It will also be Sarah’s responsibility to find and develop new animation talent around the EMEA area.

Sarah Fell joined Turner in 2011 as producer of The Amazing World of Gumball, the show has won multiple awards including several BAFTA’s and an International Emmy Award. Sarah also oversaw production of Emile Award-winning series – The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe as well as Boomerang’s first European original – The Happos Family. Sarah started her animation production career at Aardman Animation in Bristol, UK (the studio is well known for claymation animated shorts, series and films including Wallace and Gromit, they also worked on 3D CGI series Chop Socky Chooks with Cartoon Network Europe along with Decode (now DHX Media) and Teletoon Canada). While working at Aardman, Sarah worked on several productions including Planet Sketch, Big Jeff and Shawn The Sheep spinoff – Timmy Time.

From The Turner EMEA Press Release: Turner EMEA Names Sarah Fell Director Of Original Kids Series

Turner EMEA has promoted The Amazing World of Gumball Producer, Sarah Fell, to Director of Original Series, Kids EMEA. The announcement was made today by Patricia Hidalgo, Chief Content Officer, Turner EMEA & International Kids Strategy, to whom Fell reports.

In her new role, Fell will be responsible for overseeing the development and production of all Turner Kids series across EMEA, including the recently-greenlit Elliott From Earth, which also has Gumball’s Mic Graves serving as Creative Director. In addition, she will be tasked with finding and developing new talent and ideas into content that can play out across Turner Kids platforms in the region.

Patricia Hidalgo, Chief Content Officer, Turner EMEA & International Kids Strategy commented: “Finding the best creative talent across our region, sourcing and developing ideas into great shows is key to the success of our Kids business. Shows produced here like The Amazing World of Gumball and The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe have not only enjoyed significant critical acclaim but have proven key in making our channels and digital platforms successful in EMEA and across the globe. None of this would have been possible without Sarah’s creative leadership and we’re delighted she will be taking on this expanded role to help bring more of our EMEA-made content to the forefront.”

Fell joined Turner in 2011 as Producer of Cartoon Network’s The Amazing World of Gumball, the multi-award-winning global hit that is now in its sixth series. She also oversaw production of the recent Emile Award-winning series The Heroic Quest of the Valiant Prince Ivandoe, as well as Turner EMEA’s first Boomerang Original The Happos Family. She started her production career at Aardman Animation, where she worked for seven years on numerous productions including Planet Sketch, Big Jeff and Timmy Time.

https://www.turner.com/node/25454/sites/all/europe-middle-east-and-africa

https://www.warnermediagroup.com/newsroom/press-releases/2019/01/16/turner-emea-names-sarah-fell-director-of-original-kids-series

Riccardo Donato Appointed As Turner UK And Northern Europe VP Of Commercial Development

Riccardo Donato Appointed As Turner UK And Northern Europe VP Of Commercial Development

Riccardo Donato Appointed As Turner UK And Northern Europe VP Of Commercial Development

Turner Northern Europe (UK and Nordics) has appointed a new Vice President of Commercial Development – Riccardo Donato. In his new role, Riccardo will identify and develop new ways for the company to generate new revenue for its existing channel and digital brands including Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito and Toonix, as well as developing new SVOD (subscription video on-demand) and OTT (over-the-top) services. He previously worked for A+E Networks UK (better known for television channels such as History and Crime and Investigation) and has worked at BBC Worldwide before then. Riccardo will be based at Turner’s European HQ in London.

Turner Northern Europe performed well in 2018, Cartoon Network was was the top children’s pay-TV channel in the region last year and also the launch of the new subscription-based Toonix streaming service in Scandinavia in 2018 (launched as part of HBO Nordic’s streaming service in 2017).

Regarding Riccardo’s appointment, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Northern Europe, Pierre Branco made this statement:

“It is a very exciting time for Riccardo to join Turner – we experienced a record-breaking 2018 and have positioned this role to further increase our growth for 2019. His unique skills and experience will focus on expanding both our linear and non-linear platforms and make a fantastic addition to our already successful team. I look forward to continuing to watch our company reach new heights and am delighted to have Riccardo as a part of it.”

http://kidscreen.com/2019/01/14/turner-names-regional-commercial-development-vp/

https://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2019/01/14/turner-appoints-riccardo-donato/