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

https://www.turner.com/pressroom/turner-emea-appoints-pierre-branco-lead-its-northern-european-business

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http://www.c21media.net/turner-hands-branco-european-role/

Cartoon Network USA Valerie Meraz Promoted to Senior Vice President of Content Acquisitions

Cartoon Network USA Valerie Meraz Promoted to Senior Vice President of Content Acquisitions

Cartoon Network USA Valerie Meraz Promoted to Senior Vice President of Content Acquisitions

Today (01/03/2017), Turner USA has announced that Valerie Meraz has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Content Acquisitions & Strategy. In her new role, she will negotiate broadcasting rights deals with third-party movie, animation and live-action television studios and distributors (also includes Turner’s sister company – Warner Bros.) for Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim (as well as TBS, TNT, truTV, TCM and the classic movie streaming service, FilmStruck).

Valerie Meraz will be based at Turner’s worldwide headquarters in Atlanta and will report to Michael Quigley, Executive Vice President of Commercial Operations, Content Strategy & Monetization for Turner’s TBS & TNT.

Meraz joined Turner in 2012 as Vice President of Program Acquisitions and played an important role in acquiring the broadcasting rights to movie blockbusters such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and all of the upcoming DC Comics films; The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Dr. Strange and other recent hits from Marvel; and the entire Hunger Games and Divergent franchises. In summer 2016, she helped to acquire the exclusive basic cable broadcasting rights for the entire Star Wars franchise, from the six classic films to the newest films in the franchise. For Adult Swim, she negotiated long-term deals for Fox Television’s Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers for Adult Swim.

Valerie Meraz Promoted to Senior Vice President of Content Acquisitions & Strategy for Turner’s Entertainment Networks: From The Turner USA Press Release

Valerie Meraz has been promoted to senior vice president of content acquisitions & strategy for Turner’s entertainment networks. In this capacity, she negotiates deals for movies and off-network television series on behalf of TBS, TNT, truTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and FilmStruck. The content she and her team acquire help support original programming for all of those brands, including the programming and brand evolutions at TNT & TBS. Meraz is based in Atlanta and reports to Michael Quigley, executive vice president of commercial operations, content strategy & monetization for Turner’s TBS & TNT.

Since joining Turner in 2012 as vice president of program acquisitions, Meraz has provided her expertise during negotiations to license the hit comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine for TBS and an unprecedented slate of movie blockbusters for TBS & TNT, including Warner Brothers’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and all of the upcoming DC Comics films; The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Dr. Strange and other recent hits from Marvel; and the entire Hunger Games and Divergent franchises. Last summer, she played an integral part of making TNT & TBS the exclusive basic cable home for the entire Star Wars franchise, from the six classic films to the newest films in the franchise. In addition, Meraz has taken part in negotiating long-term deals for Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers and other series that help support Adult Swim’s original programming line-up.

“Over the past five years, Valerie has built a highly effective acquisitions team that has been aggressively filling Turner’s library with valuable content and representing the company in an extremely dynamic and rapidly changing marketplace,” said Quigley. “We’re very fortunate to have someone with her experience and leadership in our corner.”

Meraz joined Turner after serving as vice president of content acquisitions for Showtime Networks, Inc., where she oversaw the evaluation and acquisition of content for Showtime, The Movie Channel, and Flix (including on-demand and digital platforms). While at Showtime, Meraz negotiated deals for the acquisition of feature films, documentaries, short films, acquired series and stand-up comedy specials.

Prior to joining Showtime, Meraz worked in feature film development for Disney’s Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group. She began her career at 20th Century Fox in the exhibitor services group as a sales trainee and was soon promoted to a position in international theatrical promotions, where she helped develop media and retail promotions for such films as Titanic, The Full Monty and William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Meraz holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of California, Los Angeles and a master’s degree in motion picture producing from the Peter Stark Producing Program at the University of Southern California. She recently won a Luminary Award from the National Association of Multi-Ethnicities in Communications (NAMIC) and the Power BrokHer Award from Women in Film and Television of Atlanta.

https://www.turner.com/node/20847/eleaguetv/twitch.tv

Cartoon Network UK Wins Two PromaxBDA UK 2016 Awards

Cartoon Network UK Wins Two PromaxBDA UK 2016 Awards

Cartoon Network UK Wins Two PromaxBDA UK 2016 Awards

This year, Cartoon Network UK has won two gold-level Promax UK Awards in the Best Direct Response Promo Kids and Best Sponsorship Package categories. The PromaxBDA UK Awards is an annual event to celebrate the very best of what the British creative television marketing, promotion, branding & design industry has to offer. The PromaxBDA UK 2016 awards ceremony took place on Friday 4th November at Here East at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

The “Best Direct Response Promo Kids” gold award was awarded to Cartoon Network UK’s 2015 Ice King Christmas Countdown, every day during December on the run-up to Christmas, the Ice King from Adventure Time was up to mischief; he attempted to ruin the festive season, either by stealing presents or by annoying Christmas carol singers. Cartoon Network UK ran an running news report/competition for kids to report what on the Ice King done each day in exchange for an award, everyday a different prize was given away.

Video of all of the Ice King’s crimes during Christmas 2015:

Eventually, the Ice King felt really sorry for what he did, so he became a “Nice” king and had a big prize giveaway.

Cartoon Network UK won the gold “Best Sponsorship Package” award for its Weetabix Weetabuddies sponsors Breakfast Funnies campaign. Each sponsorship ident features different Weetabuddy characters (made up of a Weetabix block, nuts and fruit) in a cereal bowl telling funny jokes or acting in funny situations. Cartoon Network UK also made Weetabuddy versions of Adventure Time’s Jake the Dog, Uncle Grandpa, Regular Show’s Rigby and Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls. The purpose of the campaign is to educate kids the importance of eating a healthy breakfast, the campaign was also used in conjunction with Cartoon Network’s Imagination Studios initiative.

Turner UK also won a silver award in the “Best Sponsorship Package” category for its What’s on TV sponsors Christmas on TCM campaign last year and also a bronze award in the “Best Print Based Ad or Poster” category for TruTV’s RuPaul’s Drag Race: May Contain Nuts advertising campaign

http://promaxuk.com/promaxuk-awards/2016-winners/

BAFTA Kids Awards Tonight!

Tonight (20/11/2016) is one of the most important nights of the year for the British children’s entertainment industry, the 2016 Children’s BAFTA awards will be held at The Roundhouse in London. As a reminder, below is a list of all the nominations awarded to Cartoon Network; awards include Favourite TV Show (BAFTA Kids Vote award) and channel of the year.

List of all the categories with Cartoon Network UK nominations:

Decided By BAFTA Jury

Best UK Animated Show

The Amazing World of Gumball: Ben Bocquelet, Mic Graves, Sarah Fell

Channel Of The Year

Cartoon Network UK and Ireland: Turner Kids UK Team

Best International Show

We Bare Bears: Daniel Chong, Manny Hernandez, Carrie Wilksen

Best Children’s Show Storywriter

The Amazing World of Gumball – Writing Team

Decided By Public Vote

BAFTA Kids Vote: Favourite TV Show

We Bare Bears: Daniel Chong, Manny Hernandez, Carrie Wilksen

Full list of all the BAFTA Children’s Awards 2016 Nominations

http://awards.bafta.org/award/2016/childrens