Zodiak UK names Henwood as CEO

Super-indie Zodiak Media has appointed former Channel 4 and Fox executive Rod Henwood (pictured) as CEO of its UK, Belgium and Netherlands division.
July 3, 2014

Global producer Zodiak Media has named former Channel 4 and Fox executive Rod Henwood (pictured) as CEO of its UK, Belgium and Netherlands division.

Henwood has held senior leadership roles at the UK pubcaster, ITV’s Central Television, Fox Kids Europe and Premium TV (now Perform Group).

He also has experience in digital ventures. Most recently, he was a founding investor and CEO at the children’s online social play company Bin Weevils prior to its sale in March. He also launched Harry Potter author JK Rowling’s Pottermore, an online world aimed at fans of the literary franchise, in partnership with Sony.

At Zodiak, Henwood will oversee the super-indie’s British companies, including RDF Television, Bwark, IWC, Touchpaper, Comedy Unit and Red House, as well as Kanakna in Belgium and Zodiak Netherlands.

“Rod is a widely respected leader in the UK TV sector and has been responsible for industry-defining ventures and digital innovations,” said Marc-Antoine d’Halluin, Zodiak Media’s group CEO, in a statement. “His experience in driving growth and transforming businesses in both the digital and broadcast sectors makes him an ideal candidate to drive the division forward into its next exciting phase.”

“Zodiak Media is now the leading European non-aligned independent TV production Group, with tremendous talent and strong IPs,” said Henwood in his own statement. “I relish the challenge of helping it expand its genres and international coverage, create new formats and extend its relevance in digital.”

In May, the company hired former Endemol exec Grant Ross as its exec VP of global creative development and format acquisition in a bid to expand its formats activity.

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