Ian McDonough


Ex-Turner chief McDonough joins media firm as CEO

Former Turner northern Europe chief and BBC Worldwide executive Ian McDonough has resurfaced at the helm of cloud video specialist Forbidden Technologies. McDonough left Turner, where he headed the broadcaster’s northern European operations, including the UK, in April. In his new post, he is charged with driving AIM-quoted Forbidden’s commercial growth and the continued development […]

Turner names McDonough replacement in Europe

Turner EMEA has promoted Pierre Branco to succeed Ian McDonough as head of its Northern Europe business. Branco will relocate from Paris to London to become senior VP of Northern Europe and general manager of the UK and the Nordics, reporting to Turner EMEA president Giorgio Stock. Former BBC Worldwide exec McDonough exited in April […]

Sony buys Turner’s UK truTV

Sony’s acquisitive channels division has Turner’s truTV in the UK. Turner rolled out the general entertainment channel in amid much fanfare in May 2014, but it struggled to gain a foothold with centerpiece launch series Conan removed from the schedule and an audience share of under 1%. The launch marked the pay TV group’s move […]

Turner deal gives Sky Adventure Time streaming

Sky has inked a deal with Turner that gives the pay TV operator the exclusive streaming rights to on-demand box sets of the channel operator’s hit shows Adventure Time and Gumball. The agreement means a raft of programming will be added to the Sky Kids app, including Cartoon Network’s hit toon series Adventure Time (above) and […]

Turner, Canal Digital ink channels, on-demand deal

Nordic pay TV platform Canal Digital has agreed a new carriage deal for Turner’s channels. The deal gives Canal Digital continued carriage of the CNN, TNT, Cartoon Network and Boomerang channels. The new agreement also covers a swathe of archive and fresh content from the Turner channels that the pay TV platform can make available […]

Turner poaches Viacom’s Brookman for UK

Turner Broadcasting System poached Viacom International Media Networks’s Vanessa Brookman to become VP, content and creative in the UK and northern Europe. Brookman leaves her post as VP, programming for MTV and UK network 5* to take on the newly-created role. At Time Warner-owned Turner, she will focus on content strategy for the media giant’s […]

Turner names Africa entertainment channels chief

Turner Broadcasting System has appointed Gulliermo Farré to the new role of head of general entertainment channels for Africa. Farré will oversee all editorial content for TBS’s channel bouquet across Africa, and the creation of the job comes as the continent becomes an increasing pay TV focus. He will also be in charge of general strategy, programming, […]

Raft of executive changes at BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide has created a new role for a chief of its high growth markets amid a raft of changes that include its formats chief leaving and its international production chief relocating from London to Los Angeles. Worldwide, the commercial arm of UK public broadcaster the BBC, reorganised last year along regional lines with region-specific […]

BBC Worldwide appoints Africa boss

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster, has hired Joel Churcher as vice president and general manager of its business in Africa. The role is a new one at Worldwide and follows the reorganisation last year of the business along regional lines. Based in Johannesburg, Churcher will be responsible for all BBC Worldwide […]

TBI’s 2013 in review – part three

In the third part of a review of 2013, we look at the ever changing face of the industry – is that former rival now your partner in crime in your acquisitions department? TBI runs down all the major comings and goings from the past twelve months.   SURPRISE DEPARTURES AND TOP LEVEL CHANGES David […]