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Changes afoot at ITEL

News of ITEL chief operating officer Andrew Macbean's resignation from the distribution industry leaked out at April's MIPTV. Although the decision was made public only recently, Macbean revealed his intent to pursue his aspiration of becoming an actor last September. Macbean...
May 1, 2000

News of ITEL chief operating officer Andrew Macbean’s resignation from the distribution industry leaked out at April’s MIPTV. Although the decision was made public only recently, Macbean revealed his intent to pursue his aspiration of becoming an actor last September. Macbean will remain chief executive of ITEL and Cosgrove Hall Films until the end of July, and will be a consultant to Cosgrove thereafter. Ian Jones, who joined ITEL in January as sales director, was promoted to the vacated post, effective April 17. Before joining the London-based distributor, Jones was director of Cascade – the distribution arm of Scottish Television – which was launched in 1998.

As Macbean took his final bow, ITEL announced a deal with Discovery Germany for 40 hours of documentary programming. The deal includes 13 hours of science and adventure programming from Wall to Wall Television (Body Story, Into the Flames), eight hours of history and culture from BBC Timewatch (Allied to the Mafia, Lord of the Maya), as well as natural history projects from Survival (Mountain Gorilla) and Partridge (Basic Instinct).

The government’s decision to approve the proposed merger between Carlton and United, which recently bought out HBO’s shares in ITEL thereby strengthening its ownership of the international distributor, is expected by mid-June. ‘It’s always a disruptive time when companies are merging. It brings a lot of uncertainty,’ says Macbean. ‘But, within that context, the merits of both companies – Carlton International and ITEL – are certainly recognized by each company. We’re very much of a mind of what we both have to bring to the table and how we would like to merge them. We’re just waiting to get the go ahead from the government to sort it out, which I’ll hopefully be able to do before I leave.’

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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