Movers & Shakers Report - February / March 2013 - 5th anniversary edition
Movers and Shakers Newsletter
5th Anniversary Edition
February/March 2013 no. 32
This edition sees a milestone for Lumina Search. In the five years since our existence in early 2008, we have seen the fortunes of many companies in the UK and Europe dip dramatically with the implications this has for business growth and risk-taking amongst boards and Executive Management teams.
However despite the doom and gloom, we are pleased to report that that, Lumina has offered Executive Search and consultancy services to over 35 well-known organisations in the Media and Entertainment sector in a variety of roles from CEO to VP level with many blue chip companies such as Disney, Viacom, ITN, Warner Bros, UPC and BBC.
Finding the right high calibre leaders to move Media companies forward has never been more challenging. The most important characteristic for business leaders in Europe in 2012 according to a recent Survey by Korn Ferry is the ability to deal with ambiguity - a trait that didn't even make the top ten five years ago. See the article here.
Leadership alone is not enough without a fully committed workforce and we’re pleased to preview our upcoming annual Searchlight Group HR Forum on the topic of Employee Engagement.
How do you keep your staff motivated when high salary increases and bonuses are a thing of the past? The business case for Employee Engagement is simple. Archie Norman, the chairman of ITV, described employee engagement as the ‘struggle’ against the management philosophy that placed productivity and the measurement of inputs and outputs above all else. Employees matter as individuals and they need to be met where they are, treated respectfully& communicated with openly, it’s about being treated as a human being, not a human ‘resource’.
These are the themes we will be taking at this year’s forum ‘Making Companies a Great place to Work' - more details can be seen below.
As we enter our sixth year, we look forward to a more positive economic outlook for the future and continuing to work with many of these Great Companies to help them achieve their goals.
'Becoming a Great Place to Work'
April 25th 2013
Employee Engagement appears to be the ‘hot topic’ amongst HR people. With little or no growth in the Economy, margins are being squeezed and inflation-busting salary rises seem to be a thing of the past. How do you keep your key talent and make sure they are happy, productive and motivated in their roles without being able to significantly increase their remuneration?
The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year had over 150,000 attendees.
The biggest buzz on the TV manufacturer stands was 4K, or Ultra HD as it is also being referred to. This is the new standard in picture definition being marketed to consumers, which delivers four times the picture quality of HD. Big brands like Sony and LG were showing 84 inch screens that retail at over $20,000. The price of these TVs is expected to fall rapidly but the main problem is the lack of content in native 4K format. The “upscaling” technology built into the sets produces very good picture quality but it will be some time before we see an enhanced Blu-ray format delivering full 4K. Toby Russell, CEO - 3Vision Consultancy
Former Shine Creative Director Steven D Wright has joined Bafta producer Whizz Kid Entertainment as Creative Director, Entertainment following a search by Lumina.
Wright was previously Head of Factual Entertainment at JA Digital.
A regular Broadcast columnist and former Channel 4 commissioner, Wright oversaw shows including BBC2’s The Story Of Light Entertainment and C4’s The Truth About Take That in his six years at Shine Entertainment.
Whizz Kid chief executive Malcolm Gerrie said of the appointment: “Steven’s reputation as a creative tour de force goes before him and his instinct for what makes a hit show is without parallel. As a pioneer of ground-breaking factual entertainment formats he is perfectly placed to strengthen and broaden a terrific creative team and to help lead the company into this second phase of expansion.”
We wish him well in his new role.
Managing Director, Elevation Sales
After an extensive search, we are pleased to announce that STUDIOCANAL Ltd and Lionsgate UK have appointed Kevin Dersley asManaging Director of Elevation Sales - their home entertainment sales division.
Kevin has occupied Senior Retail Buying positions most recently at Tesco where he was Senior Buying Manager in Music and Video. He was also Head of Video at wholesaler Entertainment UK Ltd and Head of Playback Video Label at Universal Pictures UK ltd.
Elevation Sales works in conjunction with both studios to facilitate the sales and distribution their home entertainment product. The company boasts exceptional recent growth having had a 5.27% market share in 2011 increasing to 7.47% 2012 with a view to seeing a further increase as the company heads into its busiest year yet.
Encompass Managing Director, EMEA
Endemol Group Chief Operating Officer
Fox International Channels VP of Research & Strategy, Europe
Deluxe Media Technologies Chief Technology Officer
BBC Studios & Post Production Non Executive Board Member
News International CEO
FremantleMedia COO & CFO
FremantleMedia Creative Director, Worldwide Drama
FremantleMedia VP, Distribution and Sales, EMEA
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Any views expressed in this email are those of the originator and do not necessarily reflect those of this organisation.
Lumina is a specialist Search practice, operating exclusively in media & entertainment. We handle Senior Executive appointments, both permanent & interim, up to Board level. Part of The Searchlight Group (www.searchlightgroup.co.uk)
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Newsletter editor - Michael Chapman, Research Associate - Lumina Search