Movers & Shakers Report - November / December 2013

'Movers and Shakers' Newsletter

November / December 2013

No. 36

This month’s issue is all about television. As the cold closes in, and the allure of the box (or laptop, or tablet, or phone) grows greater, Lumina takes a look into the world of the small screen.

Arriving on the heels of IBC, the Nov/Dec 'Movers & Shakes' takes a look at 4k, the so-called ‘next-stage’ of televisual fidelity. We delve into the much discussed debate over TV superseding film, and ultimately find value in both. Continuing Lumina’s recent focus on the world of newsgathering, we also take a look at the regional news channels set to appear on freeview soon, and welcome in Mark Evans to his position at Enex, the international news exchange.  

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.

Happy Holidays.


Winter TV Preview

With TV as the theme for this newsletter, it seems fitting to recommend a few shows.

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Is TV Better Than Film?

On its inception, filmmakers feared that television would replace them. Now not only do few sneer, many film professionals feel a kind of jealously of the freedoms many working in television have achieved. 

High profile ‘showrunners’ - people like Matthew Weiner of Mad Men or David Chase from The Sopranos - have achieved unparalleled levels of artistic license. Though maybe an exception rather than the rule, those two writer-directors were allowed to exercise their vision so completely that even the most respected Hollywood directors must be a little envious. Weiner even cut a deal with his network ensuring the contractual protection of his creative freedoms: no financial character cuts, no overt product placement, none of the expected compromise of network television.

As such, many of the biggest and most respected names in film are moving to television. Has film lost its edge?

- Appointments

Joann Alfano
NBC Universal
EVP, Scripted Programming

Orly Adelson
ITV Studios America

James Barge
Chief Financial Officer

Greg Beitchman
CNN International
VP, Content Sales & Partnerships

Dwight Caines
Columbia Tristar
President for Theatrical Marketing

Lauren Corrao
Chief Creative Officer

Marianne Culbert
Mercury FIlmworks
Vice President, Production

Gayle GIlman
Fremantle North America
EVP, Digital Content

Rick Glankler
Fremantle North America
EVP & General Manager, Kids & Family Entertainment

Mitch Graham
Vice President, Alternative Programming

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The State of Play for 4k

4K is coming, regardless of whether the consumer needs, or even wants it.

Return of Regional News

On November 26th, the first of a new batch of local news channels, Grimsby’s Channel 7, will launch on Freeview (ironically on Freeview Channel 8). It arrives amongst 21 other local channels granted channel slots by Ofcom that will start to trickle onto Freeview boxes around the UK.

The channel, which has been operating humbly on other TV platforms since 1996, will be rebranded Estuary TV for its Freeview launch and will lead the charge of a wave of regional news outlets set to appear on Freeview boxes nationwide. Rolling out as Ofcom confirms interest will be stations as varied as Birmingham’s City TV, Cambridge Presents, Bay TV Liverpool, Made in Tyne & Wear and Scarborough’s Yorkshire Coast TV. Exactly who asked for this quietly rolling revolution in local news broadcasting remains unclear. 

Full article

EMEA & Asia-Pacific
- Appointments

Paolo Agostinelli
Tata Sky (Italy)
Chief Programming Officer & Business Strategy Officer

Kristian Barnes
Vizeum (Singapore)

Wolfgang Breuer
Media Broadcast (Germany)

Helena Choe
Fox International Channels (Hong Kong)
VP, Syndication

Danny Chung
Mediacom (Hong Kong)
Business Director

Selena Crowley
NBCU (Australia)
Director of Programming & Acquisitions

Frans-Willem de Kloet
UPC (Czech Republic)
Managing Director

Michel de Rosen
Eutelsat (France)

Tristan du Laz
TF1 (France)
Director of Acquisitions

Mark Evans
ENEX (Luxembourg)
Head of International News Content

Jonas Engwall
RTL Group (Singapore)
CEO, Asia

Robert Harvey
Aegis (New Zealand)

James Hong
Game One (Hong Kong)

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Mover & Shaker of the Month

Mark Evans
Head of International Content

Lumina is pleased to announce that Mark Evans is heading out to Luxembourg to  join RTL owned international news exchange Enex as Head of International News. Mark has joined from Sky News where he was Head of Home News.

For those who don’t know, the European News Exchange (Enex)  is a network for global news organisations to exchange news footage and share transmission resources. Mark will be in charge of the entire Enex news output, above all the Enex News Service, Live Service and Special Productions.

As an award-winning journalist with strategic and developmental experience, Mark has the expertise required to expand ENEX’s offerings. As ‘Head of Home News’ he was responsible for news coverage of the whole of the UK and has been in charge during some key stories such as the London Riots, the 7/7 bombings and the Royal Wedding. During his career he has won two Royal Television Society Awards and an International Emmy for Sky’s coverage of the London suicide bombings in 2005.

Henning Tewes, Managing Director of Enex says: “the creation of this new role underlines Enex’s ambition for further growth in the global news content arena. Mark is a highly experienced journalist with profound expertise in breaking news. We are all delighted to have him on board.”

We wish him well in his new role. 

Spotlight on: ENEX

Journalism is all about access and exclusivity – being at the threshold of information and having the avenue to content, contacts and resources. ENEX, a news exchange service based in Luxembourg, has been facilitating both of these things for journalists around Europe quietly but crucially since 1993.

Read full article here.

Lumina Partners with AEM International

Lumina is pleased to announce a new partnership . We will be joining forces with Heather Newill of AEM International on selected projects throughout 2014

Click here to read the full article.

United Kingdom
- Appointments

Mitzi Berberi
Fox International Channels
Head of Business & Legal Affairs: France, UK & Africa

Elliot Chalkey
Zodiak Rights
VP, Non-Scripted Sales

Marc-Antoine d’Halluin
Zodiak Media
Group CEO

Henry Faure Walker
Johnstone Press

Jamie Friend
Turner Broadcasting
VP, Corporate Strategy & Insights

Harold van Lier
eOne films International

David Levine
The Walt Disney Co.
Vice President, Programming, Production & Strategic Development EMEA

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