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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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