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Turner Broadcasting recruits UKTV’s Dan Fahy

Turner Broadcasting has tapped former UKTV exec Dan Fahy (pictured) for the newly created role of senior director of commercial development for the UK and Northern Europe.
July 13, 2015

Turner Broadcasting has tapped former UKTV exec Dan Fahy (pictured) for the newly created role of senior director of commercial development for the UK and Northern Europe.

In the position, Fahy – who previously served as director of commercial and business development at UKTV – will lead the commercial strategy for Turner in the UK and help “guide and implement strategy” in such Nordic territories as Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway, alongside the local team.

Fahy – who will be based in the company’s EMEA headquarters in London, reporting to Ian McDonough, senior VP and MD for Northern Europe – will also be responsible for maximizing revenues and “identifying, evaluating and delivering opportunities” for Turner-owned channels including Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TNT, truTV and TCM.

In addition, the exec will oversee a digital distribution strategy for VoD services, OTT and other non-linear platforms, as well as lead and manage all commercial and distribution agreements with linear pay-TV and free-to-air platforms, including contract renewals and negotiations.

In the U.S., Turner Broadcasting most recently revealed a branded content studio titled Courageous, focused on the creation of “brand narratives” for the news brands, CNN and HLN.

At UKTV, Fahy led the company’s distribution- and venture-related business negotiations, as well as the commercial strategy for UKTV’s digital service, UKTV Play. He previously held business development roles at Eurosport International and Red Bee Media.

“It’s a challenging and exciting position as the company is perfectly poised for future growth,” said McDonough in a statement. “In addition to growing revenues across existing channels, this critical role will evaluate opportunities presented by new technologies and distribution partners, including wireless and interactive service providers.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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