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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
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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