'Movers and Shakers' Newsletter

September / October 2015

No. 42
We move straight into Autumn with a ‘bang’  and are pleased to announce  some exciting international projects. In particular we have been asked to find a complete senior executive team for an international pay-tv  broadcaster who is expanding into the emerging markets -  focusing initially on Latin America .

As we go to press, this project is still on-going and we look forward  to moving East shortly to replicate similar searches in the Asia Pacific region. This recent development means  that now Lumina has worked in literally every continent in the world  - no-one said we’re not afraid to tackle difficult briefs!

Our new addition to the Lumina team Natalie has joined us at just the right time and will make full use of her multilingual skills in helping us to source and screen suitable applicants.

We are also in the process of working on several UK based searches, more of which next time.

We have a busy Autumn schedule ahead with the Breakfast Briefing  - ‘ Protecting your company in the Digital Age’  which we are running next month, and a networking dinner planned for early next year. We will also be attending the RTS Cambridge Convention and hope to see some of you there. 

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. All contributions welcomed. 

Anne Fenton - MD, Lumina Search

Lumina is a specialist search consultancy working exclusively in media & entertainment. 
Lumina Mover of the Month
Jamie Wolpert -
VP Creative Affairs, Rocket Pictures

Lumina is delighted to announce the placement of Jamie Wolpert.

He joins from the BFI Film Fund, where he was the Development Executive. Click below to read about his previous experience and his new role at Rocket Pictures. 
'Movers and Shakers'

United Kingdom
- Appointments

Catherine Catton
Commissioning Executive Producer 

Nav Ramen 
Sugar Films
Creative Director

Jill Offman 
Comedy Central & MTV
Managing Director

Katie Goodson-Thomas 
Fox Searchlight UK
Director Productions & Acquisitions

Dan Korn
STV Productions
Creative Director 

Roy Ackerman
Managing Director, Non-Scripted

Marina Williams
Endemol Shine Group
COO International Operations

Jonathan Hewes
Mentorn Media
Chief Executive

Click for full list

EMEA & Asia-Pacific
- Appointments

Ross Crowley
Foxtel, Australia
Director of Content Strategy & Programming

Vivian Yin
Fremantle Media (China) 

Amec Erol Us
Fremantle Media (Dubai)
Sales Director (EMEA) 

Maxine Saada
Canal+ (France)

Malin Frenning
Teliasonera (Sweden)

Hannes Arnetsreiter
Vodafone (Germany)

Gabriela Vidus
RTL (Hungary)

Clive Spink
Pukeko Pictures (New Zealand)

Glen Sims
Fremantle Media (Singapore)
Director of Creative Content

Click for full list


- Appointments

Betzalel Kenigsztein
Liberty Global
President & COO Latin America & Caribbean

Glenda Pacanins
SVP Programming & Content

Leonor Sotillo
SVP Programming & Strategy

Tracey Pakosta 
EVP of Comedy Programming 

Mark Herwick
Head of Current, US Alternative Programming

Matthew Greenfield
Fox Searchlight
EVP Production

Steve Louden

Rachelle Savoia
Turner Broadcasting
VP Communications 

Click for full list
Lumina Updates
What Will Television Be Like in 2020?
Royal Television Society Cambridge Convention
As Patron members of the Royal Television Society, we’re very much looking forward to attending their Cambridge Convention this month which spans 16th – 18th September and is being chaired by BBC Director-General Tony Hall.

With an excellent programme of speakers, this years event puts a focus upon the future of television and how it will evolve over the next five years.

Speakers include Philippe Dauman (Chair, Viacom), Rona Fairhead (Chairman, BBC), Chris Bryant (Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport), Josh Sapan (Chair, AMC) and Michael Edelstein (President, NBCUniversal International Studios) to name just a few.

If you spot Alastair and myself, please don't hesitate in coming over to say hi! 
Latin America Searches
Based Miami & Mexico City
While summer is usually a quiet time in the headhunting world, this year has a very different feel as we are helping an International broadcaster to build an entire executive team in Latin America.

With some roles based in Miami and the others in Mexico City, they offer great opportunity to join a rapidly growing international media business.

The roles include:
  • Commercial Director, Mexico City
  • Chief Content Officer, Mexico City with extensive regional travel
  • Head of Finance, Mexico City
  • Head of Business Affairs, Mexico City
  • Director, PR & Communications, Miami
  • Global Business Strategy Director, Miami
  • Head of Research & Insight, Miami. 

Further roles in the Asia Pacific Region will be announced soon. 
Senior Executive Spotlight
Stuart Shaw
Managing Director, International 
RLJ Entertainment 

In this month's Spotlight, Stuart Shaw, placed by Lumina at RLJ Entertainment, discusses RLJ's recent successes over the past year and the new British dramas making waves on the other side of the pond.  

Read Here 
Welcome Aboard Natalie
We'd like to give our latest recruit Natalie Ray a warm welcome to the Lumina Search team as she joins us as our Operations and Research Coordinator. Natalie has joined Lumina after spending a year in Paris teaching English.

Also speaking fluent Spanish, she graduated with a degree in Politics and Spanish and practised theatre, studying for a year in Buenos Aires in the process. She speaks Spanish and French at a professional level, and Italian just for fun, which is very useful for our recent searches.

She'll coordinate Lumina’s day to day operations and the research process, offering assistance on high profile searches. She also organises and manages events, several of which we have in the pipeline.
Lewis Silkin Event 
"TV Formats: looking ahead at the protection of rights"
Our friends at Lewis Silkin are running a free event in October aimed at those who work in TV Content as it'll explore television format rights protection in today’s multi-platform/channel media landscape.

Taking place in London on 1st October, it is being held alongside FRAPA (the Format Recognition and Protection Association), and the IFLA (the International Format Lawyers Association) and will share insights into:
  • Recent case law and the impact on worldwide commercial exploitation of TV formats
  • Key deal and contractual points for the successful monetisation of formats
  • The on-going European Commission-led public consultation on the scope of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and the potential impact on the monetisation and protection of formats.

Places are limited so to book your spot click here
Edinburgh TV Festival Report
This August saw the 40th Anniversary of the Edinburgh International TV Festival and there were the usual heated discussions, industry veterans in attendance, entertainment and announcements that everyone has become accustomed to. 

Discussion this year focused very heavily on the BBC and the potential funding cuts put forward by the Government, with Secretary of Culture John Whittingdale taking a public grilling and many putting on a united front for the future of our creative community.  
Events Calendar
  • Zurich Film Festival
    September 24th - October 4th
    “German actor Armin Mueller-Stahl is to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award... following the award ceremony, Mueller-Stahl will present Jim Jarmusch’s Night On Earth at the Arthouse Le Paris cinema on Sept 28.”
  • MIPCOM 2015
    October 5th - 8th, Cannes
    “Through its world-class conference and event programme, MIPCOM offers the global media industry the hottest entertainment trends focusing on new creative excellence.”
  • BFI London Film Festival
    October 7th - 18th, London
    “The festival will screen a total of 238 fiction and documentary features, including 16 world premieres, eight international premieres, 40 European premieres and 11 archive films including five restoration world premieres. The line-up also includes 182 live action and animated shorts.”
  • The Televisual Factual Festival 2015
    November 11th - 12th, London
    “The Televisual Factual Festival is the leading forum for business information and debate for factual television filmmakers, business executives and project leaders. If you work in the business of factual television there's only one event you simply have to attend.”
  • American Film Market
    November 4th - 11th, Santa Monica, CA
    “Over 8,000 industry leaders converge in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making, screenings, seminars, networking and parties."
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Newsletter Editor - James Cheetham, Group Marketing Executive - Lumina Search.
Opinions are his own, and do not express the views of Lumina Search.