Broadcast veteran Andrew Akman (pictured), who came through the former Alliance Atlantis Communications to serve as VP of planning at Shaw Media, has joined Canadian firm Cineflix Media as chief operating officer.
Akman will fill the newly created position as the factual TV producer, now diversifying into scripted TV, looks to control fast-paced growth, with offices on both sides of the Atlantic.
Based in Cineflix’s Toronto office, Akman will oversee corporate operations, a responsibility until now on the shoulders of co-CEO Katherine Buck.
With Akman overseeing backroom operations, Buck will be freed up to focus on strategic direction, while Simon Lloyd, also based in Toronto, manages production. Cineflix also has expanding divisions in Cineflix Rights, led by Chris Bonney, and a scripted arm managed by former NBCU International exec Peter Smith.
“It’s not unlike a broadcaster or cable operator that has folks taking care of the back office functions and helping to define the strategy and manage change,” Akman told realscreen‘s sister publication Playback of his appointment.
Akman joins Cineflix from Shaw Media, where he oversaw strategic planning and business integration activities. Before that, he worked at Canwest Broadcasting as senior VP and chief administrative officer, again overseeing corporate operations.
At Alliance Atlantis Communications he served as senior VP of corporate development and investor relations.