Endemol Shine Int’l shuffles exec ranks
Global distributor Endemol Shine International has elevated Lyle Bettson-Barker to sales director of Australia and New Zealand, replacing the outgoing Kirsten Cargill.
Cargill is exiting Endemol Shine International after more than 20 years with the company to pursue new ventures. Bettson-Barker (pictured), meanwhile, will continue to report through to Matt Creasey, EVP sales and acquisitions.
Since September 2015, Bettson-Barker has been serving as sales director for New Zealand and affiliate pay-TV within Australia. Prior to this, he worked for Endemol Worldwide Distribution and Southern Star where he managed the technical acquisitions for all new content across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the U.S. and Canada.
Endemol Shine International has a portfolio of 55,000-plus hours of owned and third party programming across the scripted and non-scripted genres. The company also manages regionally focused distribution hubs in London, Los Angeles, Sydney, Miami, Moscow, Singapore and Mumbai, which serve broadcasters and other platforms in every market.
NBCU Telemundo elevates leadership team
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises has unveiled a new leadership structure that will allow the organization to accelerate its growth among Hispanic viewers.
Beau Ferrari has been named to the post of EVP of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises and will work closely with all content divisions and NBCUniversal teams across the portfolio. In the elevated role, Ferrari will oversee the operations, financial performance and corporate strategy for the company.
Ronald Day, meanwhile, has been upped to EVP of Entertainment for Telemundo Networks. He will be responsible for programming, talent and promotions of primetime, daytime and specials across Telemundo and Universo Networks.
The pair of executives will be based out of Telemundo’s Miami offices and will report to Cesar Conde, chairman of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises and NBCUniversal International Group.
Int’l Emmys announce news and current affairs noms
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences have announced the News and Current Affairs nominees, with winners to be announced in New York City on October 1 during the 2018 International Emmy Awards presentation.
Nominated in the current affairs category this year are: GloboNews Especial – Children of Maria da Penha from GloboNews/TV Globo, Brazil, which showcased stories about children experiencing domestic violence; Menschenschmuggler – Das Geschäft mit den Flüchtlingen from DR TV (Danish Television)/ZDF in Germany, which featured human smugglers revealing on camera the secrets of their trade; Off the Grid – Silent Death on a Syrian Journey from Turkey’s TRT World, which spotlighted the plight of those deceived by unscrupulous organ brokers; and White Right: Meeting the Enemy from Fuuse Films and ITV in the United Kingdom, in which Muslim filmmaker Deeyah Khan traveled to the U.S. to meet white nationalists and neo-Nazis face to face, while attending America’s biggest and most violent far-right rally in recent memory.
News nominees include RT in Russia, nominated for coverage of the operation in Mosul; Brazil’s GloboNews/TV Globo, for its look into the collapse of Brazil’s prison system; Al Jazeera Engligh in Qatar, for its coverage of the Gulf Country Council Crisis; and Sky News in the UK for its coverage of the plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar.
Love Nature grows in Europe
Blue Ant is continuing to expand Love Nature’s footprint in Europe, launching the wildlife and natural history channel in Switzerland and the Netherlands.
In Switzerland, Love Nature is launching via IPTV platform Swisscom, while in the Netherlands the channel will launch on the local service, KPN.
Reef Wrecks (5 x 60 minutes), Africa’s Wild Horizons (11 x 60 minutes) and Arctic Secrets (8 x 60, pictured) are among the Love Nature originals airing on the channels.
Love Nature, which is a joint venture between Blue Ant and Smithsonian Networks, has expanded into a number of new territories over the past two years, starting in Singapore where it launched in November 2016 through pay-TV service StarHub. The channel has since rolled out in Indonesia, Myanmar, Papa New Guinea and Fiji, Qatar, Thailand and The Maldives, as well as launching in 4K in Canada last summer via Videotron.
In addition, the Love Nature SVOD service is available in more than 60 countries. Blue Ant began rolling the service out to in early 2016 in territories including the U.K., Australia, Germany, Mexico, New Zealand, Mexico and Switzerland.
With files from Daniele Alcinii, Barry Walsh and Jordan Pinto