Southern Star names Janeen Faithfull as CEO

The veteran Australian TV exec, most recently the head of content and rights management at Australian broadcaster Seven Network, will replace outgoing Southern Star CEO Rory Callaghan, who unexpectedly resigned from the role last month.
February 22, 2012

Endemol-owned Australian firm Southern Star has hired veteran TV exec Janeen Faithfull as its new chief executive officer.

The news come just over a month after outgoing CEO Rory Callaghan unexpectedly resigned from the position. Faithfull, previously the head of content and rights management at Australian broadcaster Seven Network, will step into the role on a yet-to-be-determined date.

She has been with the network for 15 years in a variety of roles, including head of production. Prior to joining Seven she was VP of business affairs at Columbia Tristar Television in the United States and a senior business affairs exec at Nine Network in Australia.

At Southern Star, she will report to Martha Brass, MD of international operations at Endemol Group.

“I feel very excited and extremely fortunate to be taking on this role for Endemol,” Faithfull said in a statement. “I am thankful for the challenges, experiences, successes and most importantly the support I received during my years at the Seven Network. Endemol is a world leader in television programming and I look forward to ensuring that Southern Star continues to contribute to the shared goals and successes of the group.”

Southern Star’s 2012 programming includes the return of Endemol format Big Brother on the Nine Network this fall, Deal or No Deal on Seven, World Series Cricket (a.k.a. Howzat!) on Nine, and returning series Offspring and Paper Giants.

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