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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.”

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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