Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) has restructured its worldwide television distribution team in an effort to streamline efficiencies across its business operations.
As part of the realignment, MGM has elevated Paul Bischoff (pictured) to EVP of international television distribution for EMEA, with oversight of all television and digital distribution across the regions.
He will continue to be based out of Los Angeles and report directly to Chris Ottinger, president of worldwide television distribution and acquisitions at MGM.
Previously, Bischoff had been serving as senior VP of subscription television and sales strategy, leading MGM’s SVOD and pay-TV deals in all international markets while working with the likes of Netflix, Amazon, Canal+ and Sky Italia.
London-based staffers Charlie Farmer and Alex Peschak, meanwhile, will take on new roles.
Farmer has been lifted to SVP and managing director for UK, China and European co-productions. He is responsible for TV and digital distribution in the UK and China under the new company structure. Farmer reports into Steve Stark, MGM’s president of TV production and development.
Peschak has been promoted to SVP of international TV distribution for EMEA and manages the London sales team while overseeing all TV and digital distribution across EMEA, excluding the UK. He reports to Bischoff.
“Paul has been an integral member of the team responsible for building and implementing MGM’s international strategy and is the right person to lead our EMEA business,” said Ottinger in a statement. “Charlie and Alex have unparalleled relationships and I am excited to see each of them in enhanced roles within our organization.”
The restructure follows the March promotions of industry veterans Robert Blair and Jim Brehm, and comes at a time when MGM is experiencing tremendous growth with the recent acquisition of television network Epix and The Real Housewives of Orange County producer Evolution Media.