Movers & Shakers Report - June / July 2013

Movers and Shakers Newsletter


June/July 2013 no. 33

This month sees the spotlight on Women board members in Media companies.  At a recent international  Legal Conference I attended, we heard that Norway has been very successful implementing a quota of up to 40% of board positions, allowing women to finally smash through the ‘glass ceiling’. However this practice has not been widely adopted and only 13.7 percent of board members across Europe from large firms are women. 

Helen Black’s initiative  below is one of many ways that employers can actively support a more diverse senior workforce. Examples from outside our sector demonstrate that there should be no obstacles to Senior Board members reaching the very top of the tree as the article about Angela Ahrendts demonstrates. Lumina itself supports such initiatives and works with client companies to be more receptive to a more diverse short list of candidates.
Lumina continues to work with a very wide range of Media clients, both in the UK and increasingly internationally. Next month sees a meeting with senior executives in the Middle East where we’ll be exploring  areas of co-operation for Lumina and the Searchlight Group as a whole. A full report will appear in the next edition. 
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. Contributions always welcomed.
Have a good summer

Helen Black

SWIMMing to the Top

Senior Woman in Media Mentoring Scheme

“Be pro-active, don’t wait to be asked”; “Get the best possible team on board”; “Give up unrealistically high expectations of your self and others”; “Put your school dates in the diary first and organise your work around them”;  “Own your own career - no-one else will!”

These are just some of the tips picked up by this year’s SWIMM graduates.

The Senior Women in Media Mentoring Scheme (SWIMM) is an elite gathering of Chief Executives, Board Directors, and Senior Vice Presidents who mentor rising stars in the media industry.

It's tough at the top. C-suite roles can seem lonely, relentless, exhilarating, privileged, and powerful. Getting there is difficult and staying there is hard work too. Role models and learning from those who have gone before are invaluable.  

On average, FTSE-100 companies have only 16.7% female representation on their boards. SWIMM was created in 2009 by, amongst others, Dame Gail Rebuck, Chair and Chief Executive of the Random House Group and Elisabeth Murdoch, Chair of Shine Media Group to try to improve this picture.  The aim: to motivate and encourage women and to widen the talent pool available.

SWIMM supports women through challenges, shares coping strategies and gives practical advice on work/life balance: it’s a route map to success.

Full article here

- Appointments

Andrew Akman
Cineflix Media

Adam Bonnett
Disney Channels Worldwide
EVP Original Programming

Duccio Donati
E! and Style Network
EVP E! and Style Network

Emily Briggs
VP Digital Sales

Nancy Dubuc
A+E Networks
President & CEO

Linda Giambrone
Shine America
EVP & Head of Production


David Hovan 
Brightlight Pictures

Dirk Hoogstra
A+E Networks
EVP Development & Programming - History

Ward Platt
Fox International Channels

Rich Riley
Shazam Entertainment

Deborah Turness
NBC News

Click for full list


“Social media is taking over my life” you hear people cry, “twitter is the future!” But just how much of an impact have those 140 characters really had? Is twitter now really the epicentre of the internet universe?
Tony Wang, Twitter General Manager UK, recently addressed a BSAC audience of senior executives to discuss twitter and it’s achievements, covering a range of topics including what it has planned for the future. Not to worry, it’s not full scale world domination. Yet anyway.
First addressing the subject of television, Wang discussed the interactive nature it has brought to TV viewing, creating a springboard for broadcasters and bringing them closer to their audience.
With a simple hashtag being advertised on promos and title sequences, programme makers can now monitor reactions while viewers can bounce off each others opinions in real time. And while people complain that second screening has brought about a disengaged audience who focus more on tweeting that the action, Wang pointed out that tweets reach an all time high during the advert breaks.
Another positive that’s emerged from the social network is the return to linear TV viewing figures. 

Full article here

EMEA & Asia-Pacific
- Appointments

Jean-Thierry Augustin
Eurosport - France
Chief Executive Officer

Delia Bushell
Sky Italia - Italy
Chief Commercial Officer

Arjan Hoekstra  
Discovery International Networks - Singapore
President and MD, Asia-Pacific

Zulkifli Jalil
Asian Broadcasting Network - Malaysia
Senior Vice President, Content


Pavel Kejla 
FTV Prima - Czech Republic
Executive Director 

Jette Nygaard-Andersen
Modern Times Group - Denmark
EVP Group Nordic pay-TV Operations

Willem Schelling
Viacom - Germany

Magnus Ternsjö
UPC - Ireland
Chief Executive

Izabella Wiley
A+E Networks - Poland
General Manager

Click for full list

Mover & Shaker of the Month

Michael Ritchie

Director of Business Development EMEA
Red Touch Media

Following another successful placement by Lumina, Michael Ritchie joined Red Touch Media this May as the Director of Business Development, EMEA.

Having previously worked as a Digital Media and communication strategy consultant, Michael has work for a plethora of blue chip organisations and media companies including Warner Bros, Google, BBC, ITV, Sky, Microsoft and Sony Pictures, to name a few!

Salt-Lake City based  Red Touch Media are becoming big players  in digital content management and distribution solutions so the expansion of their operation to the EMEA territories London offices is in good hands as Michael opens  their London base.

We wish Michael the best of luck in his new role.

First woman to top pay league is Burberry Boss, Angela Ahrendts

While the top pay league has always been a male dominated area, Angela Ahrendts managed to topple her boardroom level contemporaries and become the first woman to top the league.

As the CEO of Burberry since 2006, Ahrendts managed to earn a rewards package worth £16.9m for her work in turning the Burberry label into one of the UK’s most recognised global brands.
With the other two women on the list being Alison Cooper who runs Imperial Tobacco and Carolyn McCall, the boss of easyJet, Deborah Hargreaves (director of the High Pay Centre thinktank) congratulated the three women but stated that women are still out numbered and more diversity is needed within corporate Britain.  
Despite this, Ahrendts’ achievement is a great forbearer for further developments in women earning executive pay for boardroom level roles.

Information courtesy of the Guardian: click here to read the full article

United Kingdom
- Appointments

Marco Bassetti
Banijay Entertainment

Ben Bowie
Darlow Smithson Productions
Managing Director

Satpal Brainch
Universal Networks International

Nicky Douglas
Universal Networks International
Managing Director UK

David Flynn
Chief Creative Officer

Anna Gordon
BBC Worldwide
Director of Global Sales Strategy, Business and Planning

Aleks Habdank
Chief Operating Officer, Pay TV Emerging Markets

Kasia Jablonska 
A+E Networks UK
Director of Distribution

Maureen Kerr
Core Media
Director of Business Strategy & Acquisitions

Tom Mockridge
Virgin Media
Chief Executive

Charlotte Moore
Controller BBC1

Nadine Nohr
Shine International
Chief Executive

Merrily Ross
VP of Formats

Jo Sherlock
Vice-President Sales, EMEA

Giorgio Stock
Turner Broadcasting
President of Turner Broadcasting Systems EMEA

Dana Strong
Virgin Media

KC Sullivan
CNBC International
President and MD

Kerry Taylor
SVP of Youth & Music, VIMN

Jonathan Thompson
Digital UK
Chief Executive

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