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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
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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