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Extra: New leadership for ViacomCBS’s Chilevision; Discovery UK joins CDN

ViacomCBS names new leadership for Chilevisión ViacomCBS Networks Americas has appointed Darío Turovelzky, general manager of ViacomCBS South Cone, to oversee both Chilevisión and Argentina’s Telefe, as well as all ViacomCBS ...
October 1, 2021

ViacomCBS names new leadership for Chilevisión

ViacomCBS Networks Americas has appointed Darío Turovelzky, general manager of ViacomCBS South Cone, to oversee both Chilevisión and Argentina’s Telefe, as well as all ViacomCBS operations locally.

Additionally, Juan Ignacio Vicente “Iñaki” has been named vice president and executive director of Chilevisión, and will report to Turovelzky (pictured). The announcement was made by J.C. Acosta, president of ViacomCBS International Studios and Networks Americas, to whom Turovelzky will continue reporting.

ViacomCBS recently acquired Chilevisión, a free-to-air (FTA) television network, as part of the media giant’s expansion in the region. The integration of Chilevisión into ViacomCBS’s South Cone will create an FTA hub designed to strengthen and expand the company’s scale in the region by aligning commercial, content and streaming strategies.

“Under Darío’s leadership, Telefe has become the undisputed leader in free-to-air television in Argentina and has helped expand the ViacomCBS ecosystem; I have no doubt Chilevisión will thrive under his direction,” said Acosta in a release. “I am equally as excited to have Iñaki onboard. With his distinctive track record in programming and leading teams in Chile, he is the perfect choice to lead Chilevisión and to create a perfect stronghold to support the local linear and streaming ViacomCBS ecosystem.”

Discovery UK joins Creative Diversity Network

Discovery UK has joined the Creative Diversity Network (CDN), an industry body spearheading efforts to increase diversity on- and off-screen within the UK TV industry.

Discovery will also become a Diamond broadcaster, meaning it will begin collecting and reporting diversity data through the monitoring system already used by broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, ViacomCBS and UKTV. The system provides industry-wide data, both on- and off-screen, for broadcasters to monitor, measure and report on how the UK industry is performing on diversity.

CDN brings together the UK’s main broadcasters to build an industry-wide approach to increasing diversity and inclusion. Its activities are founded on an evidence-based approach provided by the data delivered by Diamond. CDN is due to deliver the fifth Diamond annual report in early 2022.

“Diversity empowers a wide range of voices and ideas, pushing us and our colleagues in the television industry to think outside the box. At Discovery, we understand the incredible value of diverse talent and we’re excited to continue taking action to create a more inclusive industry with Creative Diversity Network,” James Gibbons, EVP, GM UK & Nordics for Discovery, said in a statement.

Added Deborah Williams, CDN’s executive director: “We are delighted to be welcoming Discovery to CDN as we continue to expand both our activities and our membership. Discovery is a significant and important commissioner of content from UK producers. By joining CDN and Diamond they will increase our ability to provide and analyze data on how our industry is performing and help UK television become more diverse and more inclusive.”

Antenna Group acquires Sony Pictures Television Network portfolio in CEE

International media group Antenna has struck a deal with Sony Pictures Television to acquire the CEE AXN, Sony and Viasat Pay TV channels and On Demand services in Central and Eastern Europe.

The multi-territory, multi-channel deal allows the Greece-headquartered Antenna Group to enhance its position in the region. The new acquisitions achieve 90% Pay TV market penetration with more than 24 million subscribers across 12 territories: Poland, Hungary, Czechia, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Montenegro.

The 22 channels, which include the AXN and Viasat brands, provide a mix of original productions and international programming from major studios. Antenna Group is seeking further investment opportunities across content production companies, TV channels and OTT services in the region.

“As Antenna Group continues to invest in media opportunities globally, the CEE region remains an important focus for us. We have invested in this region for more than 20 years aiming to provide the best entertainment and news content locally. This acquisition is yet another step in this direction whilst unlocking further growth in these markets,” said Theodore Kyriakou, Antenna Group chairman, in a statement.

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