Movers & Shakers Report - February / March 2014

'Movers and Shakers' Newsletter

February / March 2014

No. 37

This month’s issue highlights film, but also serves as a (slightly belated) year opener for 2014. Last year closed on a strong note for us, with the placement of ITN's CTO (this month's Mover of the Month, Bevan Gibson).
It was a busy year for Lumina, with more roles undertaken than any other year before, in regions as diverse as Sweden, Qatar and Luxembourg. We witnessed a turnaround in the employment market, with many companies starting to think about expansion again. If recent surveys are to be believed 2014 will prove even more active. We have certainly observed increased interest in movement and change from candidates.

As well as our regular features. we also take this first newsletter of the year to introduce a new business sector, 'Lumina Digital.'

Lastly, for those of you who aren't familiar with this report, it’s brought to you as a useful service to keep you up to date with the ever-revolving door. Here at Lumina, it’s our business to know who is where - and since we’re collecting this information anyway, we’re happy to share it with you each month, free of charge.

As ever, we request your contributions to the issues raised in this newsletter..


- Appointments

Darcy Antonellis
Chief Executive Officer

Chris Bosco
IM Global
Chief Operating Officer

Marc Buhaj
Disney XD
GM, SVP Programming

Audrey Chon
Shine America
VP, Scripted Programming

Jonathan Davis
20th Century Fox Television
President, Creative Affairs

Sean Hancock
Fremantle Media North America
VP, Alternative Programming

Elli Hakami
EVP, Current Series & Programming

Barry Jossen
A+E Networks
EVP, A+E Studios

Daniel Laikind
Endemol North America
CEO, Original Media

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Lumina & 3Vision Event
* Breakout:OTT *
at Connected TV
World Summit 2014

Lumina will be collaborating with our associates 3Vision at the Connected TV Summit 2014, held at the Royal College of Physicians on June 11th-12th.

The event, now in its 5th year, will have attendees from leading OTT players, telcos, cablecos, broadcasters, and content and solution providers, as well as 260 speakers. 

Lumina is pleased to sponsor the invite-only Breakout:OTT strand of the event. Topics will include: the future of content, OTT and the content ecosystem and the challenges of VOD operational systems.

The panels will be chaired by Lumina's associates at 3Vision Toby Russell and Jack Davison. Networking drinks and nibbles will follow. 

We'll have a number of free passes for the event so if you are interested in attending please email to register your interest. More to follow in the next issue.

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The Year in Film: 
Tax Reliefs & Inward Investment

The BFI’s recent annual statistical offload revealed just over £1bn of expenditure on British productions in 2013, a 14% increase on the previous year’s figure. Though undoubtedly an encouraging figure, it is debatable just how accurate it would be to describe it as a success for British filmmaking. 81% of this billion spend came from inward investment.

Is Hollywood's influence overshadowing British film production?

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EMEA & Asia-Pacific
- Appointments

Christian Anting
TVN Group (Poland)
Chief Strategy Officer & MD, Distribution

Jon Casimir
ABC TV (Australia)
Head of Entertainment

Paul Dale
ProSiebenSat.1 Media (Germany)
SVP, Technology - eEntertainment

Rene Esguerra
RTL CBS Asia Entertainment (Philippines) 
Country Head

Nick Fawbert
Brand New Media (Singapore)
MD, Asia

Salar Farzad
Zodiak (France)
Chief Financial Officer

Hendrik de Groot
Ziggo (Netherlands)
Chief Commercial Officer

Ed Harrison
Yahoo!7 (Australia)
Chief Executive Officer

Beth Hart
TF1 Fremantle Media (Australia)
Director of TV Content 

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New Business Sector: 
Lumina Digital

'Lumina Digital' will focus on technology, digital media and platforms, and comes as a response to increasing convergence within the media sector.

Reflecting the kinds of roles and companies we have been working with recently and those we hope to become engaged with in the future, 'Lumina Digital' will be led by Michael Chapman, Associate here at Lumina (pictured). 

He has expertise in digital platforms and new tehnologies and has recently worked on senior technology and digital media roles in the UK, Belgium, France and the Middle-East.

Contact Michael here.


Spotlight on:
Com Hem

Stockholm based Com Hem , Sweden’s largest cable operator, provides services to 40% of the small Scandinavian country.

We talk to Com Hem Chief Product Officer, Asanga Gunatillaka, about Com Hem's future products.

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The Year in Film:
British Visual Effects

UK VFX took in almost £200m in 2012/13 – a figure which is expected to grow to £600m in 2014, as the gravitas of Gravity attracts more interest in the burgeoning London VFX scene, and film production tax breaks expand and continue to benefit British effects work and filmmaking in general.

With this in mind, we look briefly at the growth of British VFX, and the problems it faces.

United Kingdom
- Appointments

James Alexander
Head of Strategy. NOW TV

Rachel Ashdown
Commissioning Editor, Entertainment

Keith Blackmore
BBC News
Managing Editor

Dominic Burns
NBC Universal International 
SVP, Brand Management & Commercial

Katherine Butler
Raw TV
Head of FIlm & TV Drama

Denis Cantin
A+E Networks
VP, Head of Content Sales, EMEA

Lisa Campbell
Edinburgh international Television Festival
Festival Director

Mark Freeland
BBC Productions
Controller of Fiction & Entertainment

Sophie Garnham
Head of Commercial Development

Daniel Graham
Arrow Films
Head of Theatrical Sales

Mike Grieve
Director of Sales, EMEA

Richard Halliwell
Chief Operations Officer

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Mover & Shaker of the Month #1

Bevan Gibson,
Chief Technology Officer, ITN

After a challenging and rewarding search for Lumina, BSkyB’s Bevan Gibson has been appointed as CTO. Bevan will be succeeding Keith Cass, who is retiring after a formidable 34 year run as Director of Technology at ITN.

Bevan will be in charge of delivering solutions in broadcast engineering, news operations, new business propositions and IT and communications for the renowned UK news organisation.

As CTO, his remit will cover every technical aspect of national and international newsgathering for all of ITN’s newsrooms and production teams through to the infrastructure foundations for all of their commercial and support operations.

We wish him well.

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Mover & Shaker of the Month #2

Nelson Santhosh,
VP, Product Strategy, Com Hem

Lumina is pleased to announce the appointment of Nelson Santhosh as a VP for Product Strategy at Com Hem. Nelson, a former strategy consultant and TMT expert, moves from his role at Booz & Co to Com Hem's HQ in Stockholm, Sweden.

Before his stint with Booz & Company in the EMEA region,  Nelson was Head of Strategy at BT,UK leading a team of consultants in projects across the BT group. He also held a number of influential product and commercial strategy roles at Vodafone, India. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.
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