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Turner International Asia Pacific’s president to step down

Steve Marcopoto (pictured) is to step down as president and MD of Turner International Asia Pacific at the end of his contract this December.
August 6, 2013

Steve Marcopoto (pictured) is to step down as president and MD of Turner International Asia Pacific at the end of his contract this December.

Turner has said that Marcopoto’s successor will be announced in due course. Following his departure from the role, he will remain as a senior advisor to Turner Broadcasting System International president Gerhard Zeiler, to “ensure a seamless transition and provide continuity on current new initiatives,” the company said.

Zeiler added: “I thank Steve for his outstanding achievements in his 15 years with Turner Broadcasting. Steve has guided Turner Asia Pacific through a period of rapid change.

“Under his exceptional leadership Turner went from broadcasting two networks in the region to 36 channels today along with a vast variety of digital and off-channel commerce activities.”

The news comes as Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) in the U.S. has promoted New York-based David Levy to the role of president.

In the new role, effective immediately, Levy adds oversight of Turner’s domestic entertainment and animation, young adults networks, and business portfolios to his current leadership of the company’s advertising sales, affiliate sales and sports units.

He now oversees all creative and business activity of the Turner signature networks TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies, TruTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim, as well as their digital brand extensions. Prior to the promotion, he was president of sales, distribution and sports.

“David is an extraordinary executive with a broad range of experience in just about every aspect of our business,” said TBS chairman and CEO Phil Kent. “His imagination and audacity echo the spirit of Turner’s founder and namesake, and he inspires great teams to do their best work.

“Having worked closely with David for over 17 years, I know his capabilities and potential, and had planned to add to his already-considerable portfolio oversight of every aspect of our domestic entertainment and kids businesses, which represent well over half of our operating profit.”

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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