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Change at the top for TVN as Tellenbach departs

Jim Samples (pictured), president of Scripps Networks' international division, will lead the Scripps-owned Polish media company until a replacement for president and CEO Markus Tellenbach is appointed.
July 13, 2016

Markus Tellenbach is stepping down from his role as president and CEO of Polish media group TVN.

Jim Samples (pictured), president of Scripps Networks’ international division, will lead the Scripps-owned Polish media company until a replacement is appointed.

Scripps completed its acquisition of TVN last July for €584 million (US$647.3 million).

“TVN has been an incredibly valuable acquisition for Scripps Networks, and continues to break new ground in developing and monetizing compelling content for Polish audiences,” said Kenneth W. Lowe, chairman, president and CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive, in a statement. “Markus Tellenbach is an accomplished media executive who has positioned TVN for sustained growth in both the linear and digital businesses. We thank him for his leadership and collaboration since the acquisition by Scripps Networks, and for his service to TVN over the last seven years.

“Jim Samples has been instrumental in the success of our international business over the last year, and his deeper involvement in Poland will enable continued integration between TVN and our wider global operations,” he added.

The media company broadcasts three free-to-air channels and 10 pay channels in Poland.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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