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Cisneros promotes Lopez to pay TV chief

Venezuelan group Cisneros Media has promoted Cosme Lopez to oversee its worldwide pay TV operations.

Cosme LopezLopez will be senior VP and general manager of pay TV channels and services, effective immediately, working out of Cisneros’ Miami base and reporting to executive VP, content distribution Marcello Coltro.

He joined Cisneros in 2000 as general manager of cable network Cisneros Continental and went on to establish channels such as Venevision Plus, VmasTV and VePlusTV and expanding Cisneros business in Latin America and the Caribbean.

His new duties include overseeing Cisneros’ multiplatform pay TV business and overseeing telenovela OTT cahnnel Romanza+Africa, which is run in conjuction with Mexico’s Azteca and XP Africa.

“Cosme has done a remarkable job managing the daily operations and distribution of our linear channels, joint ventures and Pay-TV services throughout Latin America,” said Marcello Coltro, who took on his post earlier this year after joining from AMC Networks International.

Cisneros’ long-serving distribution chief Cesar Diaz exited the operation last month, as TBI revealed at the time. Coltro is now in charge of all distribution operations.