Industry executives are busy criss-crossing the globe
June was a busy month for television industry execs. Between the 8th and the 29th, there were four international TV markets: PROMAX in San Francisco (8-12); NCTA's Cable '99 in Chicago (13-16); the Banff TV Festival in Banff, Canada (13-19); and DISCOP in Budapest, Hungary (22-24). Then, from summer in the Northern Hemisphere to winter in Argentina, our roaming caravan traveled to the Jornadas of cable TV that took place July 27-29 in Buenos Aires.
In terms of numbers, PROMAX recorded 139 booths and a total 6,700 attendees representing 60 countries.
As for news, Glynn Brailsford was named the new president following a five-month search. He replaces Jim Chabin (who is now president of ATAS).
Brailsford, a TV veteran in his 40s, was a broadcaster for Channel 5 in London and a former vp for Discovery Channel Europe. He also headed Nickelodeon's on-air marketing in the U.K. and was a journalist for Yorkshire Television. The appointment, which went into effect on September 13, was announced by Mary Powers, PROMAX chairperson and vp of Communications and Promotions for the Toronto-based ChumCity International.
Meanwhile, Mary Powers, Discovery's Chris Moseley, KNBC's Karen Tobin, and past-chairperson Micki Byrnes (all members of the PROMAX board) hosted a cocktail salute for departing president Chabin (photo No. 6).
As PROMAX closed shop, 3,000 km. east, Cable '99 (photo No. 2) welcomed 29,510 attendees to its 48th annual convention in Chicago. The everything-cable gathering featured 362 exhibitors and 49 sessions on issues ranging from convergence to consolidation. The keynote address was delivered by C. Michael Armstrong, AT&T's chairman. Other panel discussions included Time Warner's Chairman Gerald Levin and...