'Movers and Shakers' Newsletter

November / December 2014

No. 40
We have a new look this month to reflect the growing trend of tablet and mobile use, which we hope you will find appealing and easier to read.

To celebrate a spate of placements of women candidates, we turn our attention to the 'hot’ topic of diversity in this month’s newsletter. We’re also delighted to offer our congratulations to Anna and Mandy on their recent appointments and more announcements  to follow next edition.

Thankfully the upward trend from last year continues and the executive search market seems to be back to its former pre-recession level with continuing growth in the emerging markets as well as the UK. We’re delighted to say this has also been a record-breaking year for Lumina with many new clients and placements.

This month also features a spotlight on one of our newest clients Wananchi, who are one of the key players in the race to bring triple play services to this under-developed territory and a key emerging market for many content companies. 

This report is brought to you as a useful service to keep you up to date with the ever-revolving door. .As ever, we request your contributions to the issues raised in this newsletter.

Finally, we wish season’s greetings to you and your families, and look forward to a successful 2015.
Anne Fenton - MD, Lumina Search
Lumina is a specialist search consultancy working exclusively in media & entertainment. We conduct senior executive searches for £100k+ positions up to Board level – both permanent and interim.
Lumina Movers of the Month
Mandy Roger -
DIrector of Television, Wananchi

Former Pana TV COO Mandy Roger has been placed as Director of Television for Wananchi - operator of Kenya’s booming Zuku pay TV service - after an exhaustive Lumina search.

Relocating to Kenya for the position, she will be charged with managing and developing the company’s content needs across their cable and DTH platforms in Sub Saharan Africa.
Anna Cronin -
Director of Content, Rocket Pictures
Lumina is pleased to announce the appointment of Anna Cronin in a newly created role at Sir Elton John’s London based Rocket Pictures, heading up their digital division. 

As Director of Content, Anna will be responsible
for leading and developing the studio’s
digital portfolio - a mix of web-based games &
competitions, interactive social networks,
and long & short form digital content for
mobile devices.
'Movers and Shakers'

United Kingdom
- Appointments

Katie Boyd
Executive Producer

David Conway
BBC Studios & Post 

Phil Craig
Discovery Networks
EVP, Chief Creative Officer

Hannah Demidowicz
BBC Worldwide 
Commissioning Executive

Rona Fairhead
BBC Trust

Katharina Feistauer
Scripps Networks UK & EMEA
VP, Programming

Mark Francis
Fox International Channels
VP, Commissioning & Regional Programming

Sophie Gardiner
The Ideas Room 
Creative Director

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EMEA & Asia-Pacific
- Appointments

Victor Bannerman-Chedid
Trace TV (Nigeria)
COO (Africa)

Arnd Benninghoff
Deputy CEO, MTGx & CEO, MTG Ventures

Cecilia Beck-Friis
Bonnier Broadcasting (Sweden)
Chief Digital Officer

Hannelie Bekker
Fox International Channels (S.Africa)
MD, Africa

Francois de Brugada
Banijay Group (France)
CEO, France

Justin Che
NBC Universal (Singapore)
MD, International TV APAC

Edouard Duprey
Zodiak France (France)
Chief Creative Officer

Patrycja Golos
Pike (Poland)

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- Appointments

Sarah Barnett
BBC America
President & GM

Vibika Bianchi 
Force Four Entertainment (eOne Canada)

Jenna Bourdeau
CBC (Canada)
Senior Director, Acquisitions

Carol Eymery
Slingshot Global Media
Head of Sales

Matt Graham
RLJ Entertainment
VP, Acorn TV

Jonathan Hills
VP, Digital Media

Helen Jurado
Cisneros Media Distribution
Senior Director, Sales & Business Development 

Gary Kanofsky
Chief Content Officer

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Client & Candidate Updates
Client Spotlight - Wananchi
As part of a wider overview of the African Pay-TV market, we look at leading East African home entertainment provider Wananchi, and their Zuku offering.

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Regional Report - Turkish TV
Having been named as MIPCOM’s ‘Country of Honour’ for the 2015 event, we take a look at the Turkish television market.
Lumina Knowledge Base

Media Industry

Report -
Diversity in Media
A look at the issue of diversity within UK media, in the wake of a number of recent pledges from some of the UK's biggest media institutions.


Media Industry

Report -
Women in Senior Positions
Following a flurry of female placements by Lumina, we thought it time to examine (broadly) the current UK situation for women in senior positions in our industry.



Briefing -
Executive Search Trends 2015
A look at some of the predictions, trends and expectations towards what 2015 will offer to individuals in the business of placing media executives.
A look ahead to some of the first international media events and conferences happening in the new year. 
  • CES
    6 - 9th January, Las Vegas Convention Centre, USA
    "the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies"
  • IBC Content Everywhere
    20th - 22nd January, Madinat Jumeirah Arena, UAE 
    "the premier annual event for professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of entertainment and news content worldwide"
  • ISE
    10 - 12th February, Rai Amsterdamn, Netherlands
    "a pan-European forum for the emerging markets of professional AV and electronic systems integration."
  • Digital Media Strategies
    9 - 11th March, Kings Place London, UK 
    "over 400 CEOs and senior leaders from news, magazine, broadcast, B2B, STM and digital pureplay media 
  • BVE
    24 - 26th February, Excel London, UK
    "the essential broadcast and production technology event, showcasing technologies and services for the production, management and broadcast of audio visual content"
    10 - 12th March. World Trade Center, Dubai
    "the number one event in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia region for all industry professionals within the Broadcast, Satellite, Content Delivery and Digital Media sectors."
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Lumina is a specialist search consultancy working exclusively in media & entertainment. We conduct senior executive searches for £100k+ positions up to Board level – both permanent and interim....

If you or someone you know has moved recently, or to give us some feedback, please write to mail@luminasearch.com For further details about any of the above, please contact Anne Fenton at anne@luminasearch.com

Newsletter Editor - Matthew Turner, Research Associate - Lumina Search.
Opinions are his own, and do not express the views of Lumina Search.