It has long been an accepted truth that ours is a "people business." It is also an undeniable reality that, increasingly, these people move. That is, perhaps, why some of our products are called "movies." Here, VideoAge offers a brief round up of some of the "moves" that have taken place since last October's MIPCOM market. While we couldn't cover all the changes since MIPCOM, if you see a familiar face on an unfamiliar badge, now, at least one or two of them won't be so much of a surprise.
One very significant and very recent announcement comes from the U.S.'s Alchemy Television--producer of event television such as Karol: A Man Who Would Be Pope and Wallis and Edward--which announced the appointment of Carrie Stein as CEO. Stein is well acquainted with Alchemy. For the past 11 years, she was head of Television Longform Packaging at talent agency ICM, where she represented Alchemy. In her new role, Stein will oversee all aspects of Alchemy's business, including program finance, packaging, production and international television distribution. Given Alchemy's recent announcement that it will invest up to U.S.$220 million in around 36 productions over the next three years, Stein is likely to be a very busy lady. Commenting on her appointment, Stein noted, "Alchemy's business model is the future of television, they have forged relationships with some of the most reputable producers around the world, and are bringing their concept of event television to an international audience."
In December 2005, Discovery Networks Asia announced the appointment of Mandy Pattinson as country head and vice president, Australia and New Zealand. Pattinson took up the reins of her new job in early January 2006. Reporting to Tom Keaveny, managing director and executive vice president, Discovery Networks Asia, Pattinson will oversee Discovery Networks' operations in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, in addition to developing new business initiatives and growth opportunities for the Discovery networks currently offered in the area. Prior to joining Discovery, Pattinson was acting general manager of the Optus platform in Australia, with responsibility for multimedia regulation and strategy as well as the negotiation of sponsorship agreements in 2000 with Olympic Partner, Westpac.
Also in Australia, Geoff Watson has been upped from general manager, Yoram Gross-EM.TV--a post he has held since 2001--to managing director. The move follows German company...