Anthem Appoints Andy Schuon President of AXS TV and HDNet Movies

Anthem Sports & Entertainment has appointed Andy Schuon president of its AXS TV and HDNet Movies television networks.

Schuon will oversee all aspects of AXS TV and HDNet Movies. With decades of experience developing and leading some of the world’s biggest music and entertainment brands, he has been the head of programming or CEO of six cable networks — three of which he founded.

“Andy Schuon is a true trailblazer in this industry, and a driving force behind many definitive pop culture landmarks that have left an indelible impact throughout the world,” Leonard Asper, president and CEO of Anthem Sports & Entertainment, said in a statement. “His reputation as a legendary brand builder is well-earned, and his breadth of expertise will be vital in ushering in an important era for both AXS TV and HDNet Movies.”

Schuon is the co-founder of Revolt Media & TV, an independently owned music and television brand. Schuon was EVP and GM of Warner Bros. Records and EVP, head of programming and production for MTV, MTV2, and VH1, where he was the executive producer for the VMAs and MTV Movie Awards and created the first celebrity reality show “Rodman World Tour” with Dennis Rodman.

As chief digital officer and president, artist services, for Ticketmaster and Live Nation, Schuon guided strategy and management of digital assets, investments, and partnerships. He was president of programming and marketing for CBS Radio, where notably he oversaw the execution of the biggest single-client advertising deal in radio history, and spearheaded content and audience strategy for CBS Radio’s network of 185 stations across major markets including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. He was also founder and CEO at Pressplay, later known as Napster.

“Len Asper and I have been talking about the opportunity to leverage the reach of AXS TV and HDNet Movies for some time. I was thrilled when he asked me to lead these networks, and take them to new heights and new platforms” Schuon said in a statement. “Connecting content, especially music related programming, with audiences has been my life’s work. At a time when music moves at the speed of social media, we are uniquely qualified to be the voice of record in the video presentation of music across all platforms.”

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Anthem’s portfolio includes AXS TV, a music, entertainment and sports television channel and digital media company; global film distribution company Gravitas Ventures; Fight Network, the world’s premier combat sports channel with broadcast distribution across 10-plus countries and available globally through multiple OTT platforms; TNA Wrestling, one of the world’s leading wrestling organizations; Invicta Fighting Championships, the all-women mixed martial arts promotion;  Game+, with sports wagering, Esports and gaming content; GameTV, the home of game shows and competition-based reality series; and HDNet Movies, which features theatrically released films and documentaries.

Research Firm Enact Insight Hires Mark Orne to Head New Home Entertainment and Gaming Division

Entertainment research agency Enact Insight is launching a global home entertainment and gaming division led by managing director Mark Orne.

Mark Orne

In his new position, Orne, who brings nearly 25 years of entertainment market research experience, will provide research solutions, expert analysis, and strategic recommendations to filmmakers, game developers, and retailers.

Orne will report to Greg Durkin, founder and CEO of Enact Insight.

“Mark and I have known each other for the majority of our careers,” Durkin said in a statement. “We respect each other and complement each other well. He brings a tremendous amount of experience in the home entertainment and gaming fields and instant credibility to the division he is leading.

“We’ve tested advertisements for every major theatrical and streaming title released in the past four years, but we’ve largely focused on the first window of release. Mark is the perfect leader to help us promote the holistic success of content across all windows and platforms.”

“I’m excited to join Enact, as they already have a large global presence in all the key entertainment markets,” Orne said in a statement. “Every week Enact is in the field in at least 12 countries, gaining insights from those global audiences to advise entertainment clients on creative optimization, competitive positioning, audience targeting, and viewership estimates across multiple platforms.”

Orne joins Enact Insights after leading the cross platform group at Screen Engine/ASI for more than eight years. As EVP, he focused on IP/Franchise management, title tracking, content development, creative explorations, user experience, play testing, and business development in the home entertainment, streaming, games, and technology markets.

Before joining Screen Engine/ASI, Orne created and led the global consumer and shopper insights group at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for more than 12 years. As executive director, Orne oversaw reporting on consumer trends, advised on new technology and business development, and led all home entertainment research projects, including intent-to-purchase and creative testing, for SPHE’s DVD, Blu-ray, and digital release campaigns worldwide.

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Prior to joining Sony in 2002, Orne served as a project director at Lieberman Research Worldwide, managing domestic and international market research studies for entertainment clients.

Kartoon Studios Hires Former DreamWorks Exec Gregg Goldin as SVP of Development and Production

Kartoon Studios has announced the appointment of Gregg Goldin, former creative executive at DreamWorks Animation, Cartoon Network and MTV, to the newly created position of SVP, development and production, as part of a “significant increase” in content production and development planned for 2024 for the company’s Kartoon Channel!, Frederator Networks and Mainframe Studios, as well as major broadcasters and streamers, including Netflix, Disney Channel, and others.

Kartoon Studios kicks off 2024 with a roster of properties in production and/or development, including Stan Lee’s Cosmic Crusaders and three series for Frederator Networks: “Land of Boggs”; “Chikn’ Nuggit,” in partnership with BuzzFeed Animation Lab; and an adult animated comedy series in partnership with Wheelhouse DNA, starring internet personality Adam W, who was named one of “The 20 Most Influential Creators” by Rolling Stone magazine with more than 50 million followers across his channels.

Gregg Goldin

Goldin joins Kartoon Studios with more than 20 years of experience in animation and live-action content development and production, overseeing movies and series across multiple genres, including DreamWorks Animation’s blockbuster franchises “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Kung Fu Panda” and “Fast & Furious.” In this new role, Goldin will be responsible for heading up development and production for both new and original IP to deliver to the marketplace.

Goldin will report jointly to Kartoon Studios’ chairman and CEO Andy Heyward and COO Michael Jaffa.

“We have significantly streamlined our operations and have built a highly scalable infrastructure,” Kartoon Studios’ CFO Brian Parisi said in a statement. “With the increase in content production and other initiatives to be announced in early 2024 to drive revenue, we are well on our way to achieving our goal of sustained profitability. It should be noted that our streaming service Kartoon Channel! achieved break even in 2023, only three years after launch, and is expected to move to profitability in 2024, alongside Netflix. Kartoon Channel! continues to dominate the User Rankings in the Apple app store among all services delivering kids’ content.”

“As we enter a significant phase of growth in our development and production pipeline this year, with productions in the works for our Kartoon Channel! and Frederator Networks, we are thrilled to welcome a creative executive with Gregg’s pedigree to drive our content business,” Heyward said in a statement. “He has managed the development of some of the industry’s most successful franchises while at DreamWorks and Cartoon Network, and he will be an invaluable asset as we continue to build our IP catalog for global distribution. As Kartoon Channel achieved breakeven this last year, and drives to enhance profitability in 2024, Gregg will be pivotal in fueling the service with top tier content, as he did so successfully for DreamWorks Animation at Netflix.”

“Andy has made enormous contributions to the animation industry over the years, and I’m thrilled to work with him and the team at Kartoon Studios as we significantly ramp up over the next couple of years with new IP coming to market,” Goldin said in a statement.

Goldin joins Kartoon Studios following a 10-year stint at DreamWorks Animation where he served as VP of current series, overseeing multiple series in production. In this capacity, he also generated and pitched show presentations to marketing, franchise partners, publishers, retail buyers and network/streamers, facilitating new series launches and providing opportunities for consumer product programs.

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Prior to joining DreamWorks Animation, Goldin guided the development and production of live-action and animated series and pilots at Cartoon Network, as well as a slate of original made-for-TV movies for seven years as director of development, current and original series. Projects included two “Ben 10” live-action features and “Scooby-Doo” prequel movies, among others. Previously, he served as director of development at MTV Films, contributing to the development and production of a slate of feature films that included Crossroads (Britney Spears), Jackass: The Movie, Save the Last Dance (Julia Stiles), Aeon Flux (Charlize Theron) and Fighting Temptations (Beyoncé).

Lionsgate Names Adam Fogelson Motion Picture Group Chair

Lionsgate has named Adam Fogelson chair of the Motion Picture Group. Previous chair Joe Drake, who initiated the transition, will be working with Fogelson over the coming months to ensure a smooth succession.

Drake rejoined Lionsgate in 2017 after having success with Good Universe Pictures, the second company acquired by Lionsgate from Drake. During his current tenure, the Motion Picture Group has achieved growth, profitability and creative risk taking, according to a Lionsgate release. Highlights include the multiple award-winning Knives Out ($312 million global box office), the last two “John Wick” movies ($766 million-plus combined worldwide box office), relaunching the “Hunger Games” franchise with The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes ($340 million-plus worldwide box office), and the latest installment in the “Saw” franchise ($111 million global box office). In 2023, Lionsgate achieved its first billion-dollar-plus year at the global box office ($1.08 billion) since 2019.

In addition to the 2023 box office success, Drake and team have been responsible for expanding the Lionsgate Motion Picture business across multiple platforms, including tripling the size of its multiplatform business with movies such as Shotgun Wedding, Silent Night, Sisu and the upcoming Simple Favor 2, establishing itself as the leader in the theatrical faith space with hits such as Jesus Revolution, and growing its library through production and strategic acquisitions, according to Lionsgate.

Adam Fogelson (Photo by Eric Charbonneau)

“Joe has been a great partner and a respected team leader, a truly entrepreneurial executive with one of the best business minds in the industry,” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said in a statement. “We are very fortunate to have Adam Fogelson, one of Hollywood’s most accomplished and innovative film executives, to succeed him.  Adam has the leadership experience at both the major studio and independent level as well as the strategic vision to keep our Motion Picture Group strong and vibrant in a fast-changing environment.”

“Despite unprecedented disruption over the last few years, we built a team that thrived throughout and achieved everything I could have imagined at Lionsgate,” Drake said in a statement.  “I am very proud we were able to reinvigorate our ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Saw ‘franchises, grow the ‘John Wick Universe,’ and successfully expand every aspect of our motion picture business.  When Jon and I engaged in succession planning, our goal was to build on the momentum and success we’d experienced over the last few years. Having worked side by side with Adam for the past 18 months, he is the perfect choice to lead the motion picture group forward to even greater heights.”

“I deeply appreciate the trust and confidence that Jon, Michael, Joe and the rest of the management team have placed in me and I look forward to embarking on this next chapter together,” Fogelson said in a statement. “Lionsgate unifies the two primary threads of my career: the scale and talent relationships of a major studio with the renegade, resourceful spirit of a start-up. I am dedicated to building and extending our extensive library of films and top-tier franchises which, as the last year has proved, still have lots of room to grow. I’m particularly grateful for the chance to continue working alongside this passionate and innovative team in a culture that is creatively audacious, entrepreneurial and supportive.”

Lionsgate is the third studio Fogelson will lead after serving as chairman of both Universal Pictures and the STX Motion Picture Group. At STX, he oversaw such hits as Hustlers, the “Bad Moms” franchise, The Upside, Greenland, The Gift, Molly’s Game and The Gentlemen, among others. Prior to leading the motion picture group at STX, Fogelson served as chairman of Universal Pictures for four years, leading that studio to its highest grossing performances at the worldwide box office at that time with hits including Despicable Me 1 and 2, Ted, Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect, Contraband, Safe House, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Snow White and the Huntsman, Identity Thief, Mama, The Purge and Les Misérables.

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He was instrumental in the growth of the “Fast” franchise, overseeing the release of Fast and Furious 5 and 6, and he led the relaunch of the “Jurassic” universe with Jurassic World and greenlit other major hits including Lone Survivor, Ride Along, Non-Stop, Neighbors, The Purge 2, Fifty Shades of Grey and Lucy.  He also managed the marketing campaign for Universal’s Tony Award-winning musical Wicked.

Tastemade Promotes McCall Gridley to Head of Sales and Partner Experience

Media company Tastemade has promoted McCall Gridley to head of sales and partner experience. She was previously head of industry.

She reports to Tastemade’s co-founder and CEO Larry Fitzgibbon.

In her new role, Gridley is responsible for driving Tastemade’s sales strategy, fostering key partnerships, and enhancing the overall partner experience in the United States. 

“Since joining Tastemade, McCall has consistently demonstrated exceptional leadership and a deep understanding of our partner’s needs,” Fitzgibbon said in a statement. “Her strategic thinking and passion for Tastemade’s mission make her the perfect fit for this crucial role. We’re thrilled to see her take on this new challenge and confident in her ability to propel the growth of our Sales and Partner Experience team.”

“I am honored to take on this new role and look forward to working with our exceptional Sales and Partner Experience team to deliver innovative solutions across streaming and social while delivering an outstanding client experience,” Gridley said in a statement. “Tastemade has always been a trailblazer when it comes to helping brands inspire and engage consumers through rich storytelling and best-in-class content and media; this will remain our north star as we continue to evolve and innovate upon our client solutions to meet the ever-evolving needs of our brand partners across social and our rapidly growing streaming channels.”

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Since joining the Tastemade team in 2015, Gridley has held numerous roles and has been instrumental in establishing Tastemade’s presence within the advertising community. Her notable accomplishments include spearheading Tastemade’s first global partnership and the first-of-its-kind menu innovation with Subway Restaurants as well as leading the expansion of the company’s advertising business across EMEA as the region’s director of sales. Most recently, Gridley served as head of industry, leading Tastemade’s biggest verticals including food and beverage and alcohol beverages in the United States, where she saw through the company’s recent multiyear, multimillion dollar partnership with Constellation Brands. Before joining Tastemade, Gridley held roles at BBC Worldwide and OMD Worldwide. 

Tastemade has a global audience of hundreds of millions of monthly viewers on all major streaming television and mobile platforms. The company creates video content and original programming in the categories of food, travel, and home and design. 

Hasbro Entertainment Leadership Team Announced

Toy and game company Hasbro has announced the newly appointed leadership team of Hasbro Entertainment, a division that will be dedicated to leveraging Hasbro’s most valuable brands to develop and produce premium content across platforms for audiences of all ages, following the close of Hasbro’s sale of eOne’s film and television business to Lionsgate.

The new division unifies Hasbro’s film, television, animation, and digital media expertise under one umbrella as the company increases investment in its priority brands.

Olivier Dumont will serve as president of Hasbro Entertainment, with Zev Foreman and Gabriel Marano serving as head of film and head of television, respectively. Foreman and Marano were primarily focused on Hasbro IP projects while at eOne and will continue this work in their new expanded roles directly for Hasbro. Dumont also comes from eOne.

“Entertainment is core to Hasbro’s strategy and its mission to entertain and connect generations of fans through the wonder of storytelling and exhilaration of play,” Tim Kilpin, Hasbro president, toy, licensing and entertainment, said in a statement. “Audiences can count on Hasbro to keep creating compelling and fun entertainment that brings to life our wide array of iconic brands, including Peppa Pig, My Little Pony, and Transformers, reaching audiences through varied platforms in ways that resonate in today’s fast-paced world.”

Olivier Dumont (eOne photo)

“We are thrilled to embark on this new chapter, building upon our rich heritage of storytelling to continue delighting audiences across generations,” Dumont said in a statement. “Gabe, Zev, and I look forward to working with the industry’s best creative talent, studios, and distribution platforms to push the envelope with innovative storytelling that will let fans engage with their favorite brands like never before, while also building exciting new worlds and the next wave of Hasbro franchises for a growing audience.”

Hasbro Entertainment is actively developing and producing more than 30 projects and is focused on priority brands including Dungeons & Dragons, Transformers, G.I. Joe, Nerf, Play-Doh, Magic: The Gathering, Peppa Pig and My Little Pony. Upcoming titles include Transformers One, directed by Academy Award winner Josh Cooley and starring Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and Jon Hamm; a live-action “Dungeons & Dragons” series for Paramount+; and a broad slate of ongoing animated series, including “Peppa Pig,” “Transformers: EarthSpark,” “Kiya & the Kimoja Heroes” and “My Little Pony: Tell Your Tale.”

Dumont is an established family entertainment executive who most recently served as president of family brands for eOne, overseeing content creation and distribution for a combined portfolio of Hasbro and eOne’s family brands driving more than $2 billion of annual retail sales. Previously, Dumont held a number of key roles in domestic and international children’s entertainment, including heading acquisitions and co-production for a major kids’ network, leading an animation studio, and managing a distribution business.

Zev Foreman (Photo by Eric Charbonneau)

Foreman served as president of film production for eOne, overseeing projects including Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves and Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. While at eOne, Foreman led all aspects of creative development and production. Foreman brings to Hasbro Entertainment an expertise accrued through his production work on numerous films, such as DC’s Blue Beetle, the Chris Pine and Thandiwe Newton-led All the Old Knives, Blue Bayou, and three-time Academy Award winner Dallas Buyers Club

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Gabriel Marano (eOne photo)

Marano was co-head of scripted development for eOne, overseeing development and strategy, primarily on Hasbro IP such as Paramount+’s upcoming “Dungeons & Dragons” series from Rawson Marshall Thurber and Drew Crevello, and Netflix’s “Power Rangers” series, from Jonathan Entwistle and Jenny Klein. Previously, Marano served as SVP of drama programming and development at Fox Entertainment, where he supervised the development and production of new and returning scripted series, including “9-1-1,” “9-1-1: Lone Star,” “Marvel’s The Gifted” and “Lucifer.” Earlier in his career, Marano was with A&E Network and Fox Television Studios, developing and overseeing such titles as “Bates Motel,” “Longmire” and “Burn Notice.”

Hulu Elevates Lauren Tempest to GM of the Service

Hulu has appointed Lauren Tempest, previously SVP of content partnerships, acquisitions and scheduling, to GM, effective immediately.

She will expand her current purview and assume responsibility for the Hulu business. Tempest will continue to report directly to Joe Earley, president of direct-to-­consumer, Disney Entertainment.

“As we enter our next, critical, phase of growth for Hulu, I can think of no one better to lead us through the evolution than Lauren,” said Earley in a statement. “Over the past eight years, she has proven to be an exceptional partner and leader, while continuing to deliver the most in ­demand content to our subscribers. The relationships she has built internally and externally have helped propel us forward, which is why I, and teams across Disney Entertainment, are excited for her to officially step into this role.”

“I have had the privilege of working with some of the most dedicated and passionate people during my time at Hulu, and I am excited to help lead and accelerate Hulu’s vision and strategy, particularly during such a major inflection point in the streaming industry,” said Tempest in a statement.

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Tempest, who was named to her previous position in May 2022, oversaw Hulu’s library of content, working closely with The Walt Disney Co.’s content engines including Disney Television Studios (20th Television, 20th Animation Television, ABC Signature), Hulu Originals, FX, 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures. In that role, she also worked with the company’s third-party partners to acquire top SVOD titles, which recently included the critically-acclaimed series  “Schitt’s Creek.” During her tenure with that team, Tempest was part of the group that established a new strategic scheduling framework and drove partnerships with TWDC content brands as they launched titles such as “The Bear” and “Prey.”

Tempest is based in Los Angeles where she joined Hulu in 2015 after six years with NBC Universal’s USA Network.

DEG to Honor Google’s Shalini Govil-Pai and USC Cinema Dean Elizabeth Daley With Hedy Lamarr Awards

DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group will present Shalini Govil-Pai, VP and GM of TV platforms at Google, with the 2023 Hedy Lamarr Award for Innovation in Entertainment Technology.

At the same time, the Hedy Lamarr Inspiration Award will be presented to Dean Elizabeth Daley of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, for her pioneering adoption of cutting-edge technology into curriculum and practice. 

In its seventh year, the Hedy Lamarr Awards recognize female executives in the fields of entertainment and technology who have made a significant contribution to the industry. 

Govil-Pai drove the creation of Google TV from the ground up, working to bring the best of Google — from Search, to Assistant, YouTube, Play and Nest — together to create a transformative experience for users, according to the DEG. She now leads a team of more than 300 engineers, product managers, UX designers, partnership managers, and others — a business within Google — and is a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially of women, as well as a respected international speaker and author on digital production trends, the DEG noted. Google CEO Sundar Pichai has called Google TV “one of the best products Google has ever made.” 

“I am thrilled that the Hedy Lamarr Innovation Award for 2023 will recognize Shalini Govil-Pai of Google, who is leading the way in providing consumers with smooth, intuitive, convenient and attractive user experiences to connect with all the content they want, when and where they want it,” DEG president and CEO Amy Jo Smith said in a statement. “There is no more important issue to the future of in-home entertainment.” 

“I am pleased and excited to accept the Hedy Lamarr Innovation Award from DEG,” Govil-Pai said in a statement. “My career has been dedicated to using technology to help storytellers connect with audiences and I am honored to accept this recognition of the role technology plays in telling our stories, and the role women play in technology.” 

Daley is the longest serving Dean at USC, where she has led the growth and technological transformation of what has been ranked as one of the most successful and important film and media arts programs in the world, according to the DEG. As part of the digital transition in the School of Cinematic Arts, Dean Daley founded the Entertainment Technology Center @ USC in the early 1990s to foster collaboration between academics, students and the media and entertainment industry. 

The Inspiration Award was created this year by the Hedy Lamarr Awards judging panel to recognize Dean Daley’s long influence on the next generation of content creators. Moving forward it will be presented only in those years when the judges encounter a candidate who demonstrates the highest level of technological leadership, generosity of talent and commitment to the growth of budding storytellers and technologists. 

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The 2023 Hedy Lamarr Achievement Award for Emerging Leaders in Entertainment Technology, honoring a female college student whose studies in the fields of entertainment and technology have shown exceptional promise, will be presented to two students for 2023: Lily Chen, an undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology majoring in Mathematics with Computer Science; and Memphis Grace MacPherson, an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California who is majoring in Art, Technology, and the Business of Innovation in the Iovine Young Academy, with a minor in Themed Entertainment in the School of Cinematic Arts. Each will receive a financial award to continue her education. 

UCLA student Ingrid Lee, a Computer Science and Engineering major with a Theatre minor, is recognized as a Finalist for the Award. 

“The judging panel was just blown away by the accomplishments of Dean Daley,” Smith said in a statement. “She can only be called visionary and the influence she has exerted on decades of aspiring content creators makes her one of the very most impactful people working in entertainment technology globally. It is because of leaders like her that we have an ever-growing pool of highly qualified student applicants for the Hedy Lamarr Award. Congratulations to Dean Daley and to our 2023 student stars, Grace MacPherson, and Lily Chen, who are so talented and already well on their way to careers in entertainment technology.” 

The awards will be presented during an in-person event in Los Angeles on Nov. 7, near the anniversary of Lamarr’s birth (Nov. 9, 1914). 

Austrian American actor Lamarr was a Hollywood legend who is best known for her roles in film classics including Samson and Delilah, The Strange Woman and Tortilla Flat. She was also a lifelong inventor whose innovative work included pioneering “frequency hopping,” which became the foundation for spread spectrum technology. Conceived by Lamarr and composer George Antheil for radio guidance systems and patented in 1942, this highly secure technology resists interference and dropout, and is used today for a variety of cellular, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth applications. 

To honor Lamarr, the Innovation Award seeks to recognize and commemorate female industry leaders who have made a similar impact in the field of entertainment technology. Past honorees include Geena Davis, founder and chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; Nonny de la Peña, CEO of Emblematic Group; Dean Willow Bay of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; Sara DeWitt, VP of PBS Kids Digital; Poppy Crum, former chief scientist at Dolby Laboratories; and Paulette Pantoja, founder & CEO of Blu Digital Group. 

To determine the award winners, DEG enlisted industry leaders including members of its Canon Club Advisory Board, which comprises a cross-section of senior executives representing the entertainment, technology, IT, and consumer electronics industries. Among other factors, the judging panel based its decisions on the candidates’ embodiment of the following principles: innovation, engagement and excellence. 

Carol Hanley Promoted to CEO of Whip Media

The board of enterprise software platform and data provider Whip Media has promoted Carol Hanley, a six-year veteran of the company, to CEO and has elected her to the company’s board.

Richard Rosenblatt has been named the board’s executive chair.

Rosenblatt had served as CEO of the company since it was founded in October 2014 as Whipclip. Hanley had been president of Whip Media since April 2021. Working closely with Rosenblatt, she scaled Whip Media’s global sales team, expanded customer relationships with content providers, broadcasters and operators and doubled worldwide revenues, according to the company.

“Carol is an experienced leader with a proven track record of driving revenue, customer satisfaction, and innovation throughout our company,” Rosenblatt said in a statement. “We share a common vision for Whip Media and I am excited to work closely with Carol as she leads the company into the future.” 

“I am honored to be appointed as the next CEO of Whip Media and excited about what the future holds for the company,” Hanley said in a statement. “There are seismic shifts in the entertainment industry and Whip Media has never been more strategically positioned or relevant for our customers. Now is the time to accelerate global growth with the strength of innovation, digital transformation, and continued focus on helping our customers.”  

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Prior to her role as Whip president, Hanley served as chief revenue officer of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, where she led the corporate sales strategy. Prior to joining Deluxe, Hanley spent 13 years as the EVP and chief revenue and marketing officer at Nielsen Audio. She also served as SVP and CRO of Arbitron before Nielsen acquired it, and as a managing partner at Morrison and Abraham.

The company’s clients include all the major Hollywood studios, top broadcasters, and the largest global MVPD operators in the world, according to Whip.

Parrot Analytics Appoints Jaime Otero VP of Partnerships

Parrot Analytics has appointed Jaime Otero VP of partnerships. 

Otero was formerly managing director of RightsTrade, where he was “intimately familiar with the needs of the leading global content buyers and sellers,” according to Parrot. He has an MBA and a background in business strategy, international sales, and film and TV production.

Otero will lead the charge in helping stakeholders across the entire entertainment industry, including SVOD platforms, studios, distributors, producers and agencies, according to Parrot.

“We are excited to welcome Jaime Otero to our team as VP, partnerships,”  Parrot CEO Wared Seger said in a statement. “His impressive background, coupled with his passion for innovation and strong leadership skills, make him the perfect fit for this role. Jaime’s appointment signifies our commitment to expanding our global footprint and we are confident that his expertise will enable us to further solidify our position as the industry leader in global entertainment analytics.”

“I first met Wared when he launched the company more than a decade ago and it’s impressive to see how Parrot Analytics has come to revolutionize the way the industry understands and measures global audience demand,” Otero said in a statement. “Now with content valuation, industry executives can quickly compare how much a piece of IP is worth in dollar terms at a regional and platform level. This is unprecedented and a game changer for the global entertainment community.”

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Parrot Analytics’ content valuation system allows entertainment companies to determine the financial value of any title for any distribution service in any region, measuring its historic and forward-looking impact on user acquisition and retention within each market.

“I am thrilled to join the talented team at Parrot Analytics and explore innovative business models that enhance the relationship between content creators and their audiences,” Otero said in a statement.