'Movers and Shakers' Newsletter

Summer 2016

No. 45
Whilst much has been written about the referendum decision to leave the EU, and the impact is still very unclear, we thought it would be helpful to summarise how the decision could affect the media business as a whole in this month’s newsletter. We’ve curated some of the most interesting articles we’ve read to give us some indication of what’s in store for the UK. We'll watch the situation very carefully and monitor any changes as we see them.

We’ve been working closely with our Associates at Lewis Silkin too, who have summarised some of the key possible impacts from an employment law point of view. The key message is ‘Don’t panic’ – things won’t change overnight. Most recent reports from the Bank of England say that there are no signs of a sharp economic slowdown and companies are not yet cutting down on hiring. We'll have to wait and see.

On a more positive note, it’s been a busy summer for Lumina with some interesting searches spanning both media and the arts. It’s very much ‘business as usual’ – and we look forward to some exciting new searches in the Autumn too.

Congratulations to David Williams also who has recently joined Keshet UK, more of which below.

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, free of charge. All contributions welcomed.

Anne Fenton - MD, Lumina Search

Lumina is a specialist international search consultancy working exclusively in media & entertainment. 
Mover of the Month: David Williams 
David Williams, Creative Director, Non-scripted

Lumina is pleased to announce the placement of David Williams at Keshet UK, the independent production company established in 2012 as the first global outpost under the Keshet International banner. David has been appointed to the newly-created role of Creative Director, Non-scripted, and will be tasked with increasing Keshet UK’s slate of non-scripted commissions following its ITVBe workplace dating series When Do You Get Off?

David Williams was previously Creative Director of BBC Entertainment North where he focused on developing a range of new Entertainment and Factual Entertainment programmes across all BBC channels, alongside working on a number of returning series such as Dragons’ Den.

'Movers and Shakers'

United Kingdom
- Appointments


Anne Bulford
Deputy Director General

Polly Cochrane
Warner Bros
EVP, Group Marketing Director, Chief Marketing Officer for Harry Potter Global Franchise

Danny Cohen
Access Entertainment

Martin Haines

Claire McArdle
Comedy Central
VP International Studios

Andrew O’Connell
Discovery Channel
VP Development and Production

Joe Pietroni
Endemol Shine Group
Group CTO

Cindy Rose
Microsoft UK

Alastair Waddington
ITN Productions
Director of Sport

Kelly Webb-Lamb
Channel 4
Head of Factual Entertainment

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EMEA & Asia-Pacific
- Appointments

Christian Asanger
Sky Germany
VP Entertainment Channels

Fang Chang
Discovery Communications (China)

SVP and General Manager, Greater China

Anna Dimitrova
Vodafone Germany
Managing Director, Strategy and Digital

Atsushi Hatayama
Nippon Television Network (Japan)
President, International

Saša Kramar
Hrvatski Telekom (Croatia)
COO Business

Remco Lentjes
Zodiak Nederland (Netherlands)
Chief Creative Officer

Yusuf Nabee
A+E Networks (South Africa)
General Manager, Africa

Javier Pons
GloboMedia (Spain)
Director General

Irina Radu

TVR (Romania)
Director General

Cristina Sala
Twentieth Century Fox Television (Italy)
VP Sales

Martin Stewart
OSN (United Arab Emirates)

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- Appointments

Nicole Blake
Warner Bros (USA)
SVP, Harry Potter Global Franchise Development

Casey Bloys
President of Programming

René Bourdages
National Film Board of Canada
Director General, Creation & Innovation

Brooke Bowman
Fox (USA)
SVP Programming and Development

Adam Fields
Relativity Media (USA)
Co-President of Production
Michael Gifford
Endemol Shine North America (USA)
SVP Business and Legal Affairs
Pearlena Igbokwe
Universal Television (USA)
Lorenzo Orozco
National Geographic Partners Latin America (Mexico)
GM and SVP
Carrie Paupst Shaughnessy
Marblemedia (Canada)
VP Scripted

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New Opportunity:
CEO, Sports Production Services

This is an exceptional opportunity to be the business leader at a well-established and successful technical and broadcast services organisation in the Television Sports industry.

This role will appeal to an experienced financial negotiator with good knowledge of the outside broadcast industry and related innovative technologies.

Click here to find out more.

Lumina Updates
Annual HR Forum: A Great Place to Work
How valuing diversity and the wider community makes business sense

At the end of April we held our 10th HR Forum at the historic and recently-reopened Regent Street Cinema in Oxford Circus.

Over the course of the day, we gained a unique insight into a variety of different organisations such as UKTV, BBC Digital, Netflix, and Turner, with Russell Brimelow from Lewis Silkin offering expertise on the latest Employment topics in the Media sector. These companies offered differing approaches to diversity in the workforce, with the widely-echoed view that proactive access and support allows companies to flourish creatively and commercially. Also, a diverse and engaged workforce not only has positive effects for the company, but on a global scale too.

Click here to read more and browse some photos

Brexit: Latest Updates for the Media Sector
Last month 52% of those who voted in the EU membership referendum (an estimated 37% of the population) voted in favour of leaving the European Union, and however turbulently, the fog has started to clear in terms of what the Media industries can expect in the next few years of negotiations.

Click here to download our report of the possible changes to the media and telecoms sectors according to the experts.
Events Calendar
24th – 28th July, Anaheim, California, USA
“SIGGRAPH is the world's largest, most influential annual event in computer graphics and interactive techniques. The SIGGRAPH experience encompasses five mind-blowing days of conference content packed with research, demos and screenings of the latest breakthroughs in the field. It also includes three days of exhibits showcasing cutting-edge technology and presentations from industry-leading companies.”

Edinburgh International Television Festival
24th – 26th August, Edinburgh, UK
“The Edinburgh International Television Festival brought to you by YouTube and BT is one of the most prestigious media events in the UK – bringing together all parts of the television and digital world to celebrate the creativity, diversity and inspirational talent in our field, and to debate the major issues facing us as an industry. The Festival draws around 2000 delegates from the major networks and production companies internationally.

We’ve attracted some of the world’s most influential, powerful and exciting industry players to take part in the Festival – including Kevin Spacey, Al Gore, Rupert Murdoch, Ted Turner, Ricky Gervais, Vince Gilligan, Germaine Greer, Tessa Ross, Jamie Oliver, Simon Cowell, Ted Sarandos and Elisabeth Murdoch.”

Venice Film Festival
31st August – 10th September, Venice, Italy
“The 73rd Venice International Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, will be held on the Lido of Venice from August 31st to September 10th, 2016, directed by Alberto Barbera.

The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The Festival also organises retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema.

The line-up will be announced during the official press conference to be held in Rome on 28th July 2016.”

IBC 2016
8th September – 13th September, Amsterdam, Netherlands
“IBC unites the technologies and business models powering the creation, management and delivery of all forms of electronic media content to consumers in a world where content is everywhere. From OTT delivery, mobile TV and Cloud production to the economics of Ultra HD, digital cinema innovation and the rise of social television, IBC sits at the forefront of all the recent major changes in the industry.”

Plasa 2016
19th – 23rd September, London, UK
“With live demo opportunities for the audio and lighting sectors, plus product shoot-outs, technical workshops and training sessions, networking sessions, conferences, topical seminars and the much loved social element of the show returning, 2016 is set to kick-start a successful new era for the industry-led PLASA Show.

The event presents ground breaking technology and exciting new launches by the world's greatest designers and engineers to an international audience of pro audio, lighting, broadcast, AV and stage technology experts.”
Nordic Media Summit 2016
29th September, Copenhagen, Denmark
“Nordic Media Summit is one of the worlds’ premium events for the OTT and TV Everywhere industry. This is where the industry meets & greets, shares experiences, learns and gets inspired.”
Brand Licensing Europe
11th – 13th October, London, UK
"Now in its 18th year, Brand Licensing Europe is the definitive event for the European licensing industry.
Whether you are a retailer, licensee or sales promotion professional, BLE  is the perfect place for you to meet face-to-face with over 300 leading brand owners, discover the hottest brands, characters, images and artwork available for license and find new partnerships that could transform your business."

17th – 20th October, Cannes, France
“MIPCOM is the year’s most anticipated global market for entertainment content across all platforms. Each October, the industry’s major players converge in Cannes to turn every moment into an opportunity, transforming four days of meetings, screenings and conferences into deals, from blockbuster programming to groundbreaking partnerships.”
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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 EditorNatalie Ray, Operations and Research Coordinator
Newsletter Contributor - Fred Palmer, Researcher

Opinions are their own, and do not express the views of Lumina Search.