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Kent Rees to replace Evan Shapiro at Pivot

Participant Media has named Kent Rees the general manager of U.S. network Pivot, replacing departing president Evan Shapiro (pictured).
November 3, 2014

Participant Media has named Kent Rees the general manager of U.S. network Pivot, replacing departing president Evan Shapiro (pictured).

In a statement, Pivot said Shapiro will be leaving “to pursue other opportunities,” although further details were not forthcoming.

Rees – who reports directly to Participant Media CEO Jim Berk in the new role – joined Pivot in 2012, taking on the title of exec VP of marketing, scheduling and operations.

Berk said: “Pivot is a growing network with a strong pipeline of original content and has expanded carriage to over 47 million homes. During this time, Kent played an integral role in establishing the Pivot brand and managing overall channel operations.

“He and his management team are well positioned to further the network’s reach and impact. We thank Evan for helping to build Pivot into the successful network that it is today. We wish him the best.”

Rees added: “We exist because of Jeff Skoll’s vision that a story well told can change the world, and bringing that to TV is a unique opportunity. As general manager, I want to continue the network’s momentum in demonstrating that what you watch does make a difference.”

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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