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Syco ups Garland to CEO

Syco Entertainment, the joint venture prodco behind The X Factor and Got Talent franchises, has promoted Charles Garland to worldwide CEO, effective immediately.
April 16, 2012

Syco Entertainment, the joint venture prodco behind The X Factor and Got Talent franchises, has promoted Charles Garland to worldwide CEO, effective immediately.

Garland was formerly chief operating officer if the company, which is a joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment, and his role will now include leadership of Syco’s global TV business.

Doug Morris, chairman and CEO of Sony Music, said: “I am pleased to have Charles operating in this important role. He is a proven leader who along with the Syco team will continue to build on Syco’s successes and further expand Syco’s worldwide businesses.”

Garland joined Syco in March 2011 from Crystal Entertainment, the company he founded in 2007 and served as CEO of. He previously served at 19 Entertainment for eight years, helping to build up its key brands globally.

In a statement, Cowell said: “Syco is a global business operating across 167 countries, working alongside the world’s most important commercial clients and talent.

“I want to build on that success to ensure that Syco is one of the most important and respected entertainment businesses in the world. I have a fantastic team of people at Syco and wanted someone they respected and trusted, I am therefore delighted to confirm Charles as CEO of Syco.”

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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