OSN taps Patrick Tillieux as CEO
Middle Eastern and North African satellite provider OSN, part of Panther Media Group, has appointed Patrick Tillieux as CEO following Martin Stewart’s departure for the CEO role at New Zealand’s Sky Television.
Tillieux (pictured) has been on the OSN board for two years, where he serves as chairman of the executive committee.
He was previously CEO of Red Bee Media Ltd, COO of ProSiebenSat.1 Media and CEO of SBS Broadcasting services Europe, among other positions.
He assumes the new role immediately.
“As a member of the board it has been a privilege to witness firsthand the quality of OSN’s people and assets; I now look forward to steering OSN’s energy towards renewed growth and ever improved engagement with customers,” said Tillieux, in a statement. “I believe that OSN is uniquely positioned in the region to offer high quality innovative services that will make a real contribution to fulfilling customers’ desires.”
Optomen, WGA East ink new collective bargaining agreement
New York-based nonfiction production company Optomen Productions has inked a new collective bargaining agreement with the Writers Guild of America East (WGAE).
The renewed four-year agreement between the Guild and Optomen includes a 5% pay increase in post producer scale and the creation of a labor management committee. Additionally, associate producers will move from a weekly to an hourly overtime structure.
Optomen became the first non-fiction prodco to ink a collective bargaining agreement with WGAE in 2012.
The Guild also holds collective bargaining agreements with Lion Television and Sharp Entertainment, and reps writer-producers at ITV’s Kirkstall Road Enterprises and Leftfield Pictures, NBCU’s Peacock Productions and Vice Media.
Quintus Media strikes content deals
International distributor Quintus Media has concluded several sales following MIPCOM 2018, including titles across history, military and science & engineering genres.
Czech broadcaster FTV Prima has acquired three factual titles produced by Berlin-based WeltN24: Rocket Science: The Success Story of Ariane 5 (2 x 60 minutes), which explores the birth and development of one of the most successful and reliable space rockets in history; Inside Navy Strategies (3 x 60 minutes), which offers insight into international war battles fought at sea; and The Forgotten Nuclear War (2 x 60 minutes), which explains the background of America’s nuclear bomb tests at the beginning of the cold war in Bikini-Atoll.
Meanwhile, through a deal brokered by UK-based Parade Media, A&E Networks India has acquired Giant Hubs (6 x 60 minutes), about the world’s biggest international transportation hubs, and Ultimate Vehicles (6 x 60 minutes), about the most extravagant vehicles in the world, both produced by German factual specialist MAXIMUS Film.
Lastly, Czech pubcaster Česká Televize has picked up Exceptional Engineering (8 x 60 minutes), produced by WeltN24, which goes behind the scenes of the construction process of some of the world’s biggest, most innovative structures.
ZDFE to co-produce, distribute WWII: Battles of Europe
ZDF Enterprises, the commercial arm for German pubcaster ZDF, will co-produce the docuseries WWII: Battles of Europe (8 x 50 minutes) and has taken on global distribution for the docuseries.
The series depicts the decisive phase of World War II on the Western Front, from D-Day to the Allies’ crossing of the Rhine, including eyewitness accounts and interviews with American, British, Canadian and German veterans, as well as rare archive material. Its release will mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day in June 2019.
It is co-produced with London-based TV prodco Impossible Factual.