Distributor Zodiak Rights has promoted its head of unscripted Tim Mutimer (pictured, right) to the role of chief executive officer, following the departure of current CEO Steve Macallister (left) after less than a year in the position.
Macallister joined Zodiak Rights – the distribution arm of Zodiak Media – as CEO in January after serving as president and MD of BBC Worldwide’s sales and distribution division. He is now resigning from the post, but will stay on at the company until the end of the year as Mutimer transitions into the role, which is effective immediately.
Mutimer joined the company in 2013 as head of unscripted and oversaw sales and acquisitions across all unscripted programming. He previously served as senior-VP of EMEA for sales and distribution at BBC Worldwide, where he managed the sales strategy for brands such as Top Gear and Torchwood.
In his new role, the exec will report to Zodiak Media CEO Marc-Antoine D’Halluin.
Commenting on his resignation, Macallister said in a statement, “Having worked at Zodiak for the last year through an important transitional phase, I have decided to move on at the end of the year as I believe the role is no longer right for me. I am absolutely delighted that Tim has agreed to take over the reins and I know that he will be phenomenal in moving the business forward.”
D’Halluin added: “Steve has played a pivotal role in the last year at Zodiak Rights. I would like to thank him for all that he has contributed to the group and wish him all the best going forward. I’m delighted Tim is in place for a seamless transition. With his knowledge and experience of the business and industry, he is the perfect fit to grow our global rights business.”