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RTL CBS hires programming, sales chiefs

RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network has hired programming and sales bosses, including one from Asian entertainment company Celestial Pictures.

Jennifer Batty - EVP Programming RTL CBS Asia Entertainment NetworkJennifer Batty has become executive VP, programming and Daniel Fung EVP, distribution at the CBS and RTL joint venture business.

Batty (pictured left) was most recently a consultant at RTL in Asia, where she helped to launched the Big RTL Thrill JV channel with Reliance. She was also head of programing at Viasat in Europe between 2005 and 2008 and held roles at Discovery and Alliance Atlantis.

Daniel Fung - EVP Distribution RTL CBS Asia Entertainment NetworkFung (right) joins from Celestial, where he was senior VP, distribution and TV Networks.

Both report into RTL CBS Asia Entertainment CEO Jonas Engwall, who said: “Jennifer and Daniel are heavyweights with tremendous experience in the Asian pay-TV industry and I am excited to welcome them to our team.

“Thanks to Jennifer’s profound understanding of regional audiences and in-depth content knowledge and Daniel’s exceptional distribution track record and industry connections, the launch of our first channel, RTL CBS Entertainment HD, has been a huge success across our key markets.”

The RTL CBS Entertainment JV launched in August, bringing together two of the world’s largest broadcasting businesses for the first time.