5 items from 2013
Paris– Bruce Paisner has been re-elected president and CEO of the Intl. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for a two-year term.
Paisner, who has been at the helm of the Intl. Academy since January 2004, will begin his new term on Jan. 1.
“The International Academy has become a significant player on the global media stage, and I look forward to many new initiatives and activities,” said Paisner, who is also a long-term exec at Hearst Corp.
The 41st Intl. Emmy Awards Gala, set to take place this evening (Nov. 25) in New York, will be honoring J.J. Abrams with an Intl. Emmy Founders kudo and Anke Schaferkordt, Rtl Group’s co–CEO, with an Intl. Emmy Directorate nod.
Abrams is “probably the most interesting creative talent in the industry right now. He’s a great writer, producer, director and an amazing creator,” Paisner said. “He already at age 47 has a number of »
- Elsa Keslassy
New York, November 25, 2013 – The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that the Board of Directors re-elected its President & CEO, Bruce Paisner, for a two year term. Paisner has been at the helm of The International Academy since January 2004. His new term starts January 1, 2014. The election was held today, a few hours before the 41st International Emmy® Awards Gala during which film and television Creator/Writer/Director J.J. Abrams will receive the International Emmy® Founders Award and Anke Schäferkordt, Co–CEO of Rtl Group will receive the International Emmy® Directorate Award. “I am extremely proud of the great strides this organization has made over the last ten years, thanks to its dedicated staff and high powered Executive Committee,” said Paisner. “I am honored to be asked by my colleagues to serve again. The International Academy has become a significant player on the global media stage, and I look forward »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
His position is being eliminated. All executives who reported to Kessler, who was at HBO for 27 years, are now reporting to CEO Richard Plepler, who characterized the elimination of the role in an internal memo distributed around HBO as one that “does not best serve the most effective management process.”
“It is important to say that this in no way reflects on the extraordinary talents that Eric has so ably demonstrated in his 27 years at HBO,” said Plepler in the memo. “His accomplishments have helped shape the company throughout its modern history.”
The departure marks the second big exit in the executive ranks in recent weeks. HBO Entertainment president Sue Naegle segued into a production deal on Sept. 23.
With Kessler gone, HBO loses one of the most influential execs the company has had in its history. He led the net’s digital strategy, »
- Andrew Wallenstein
Updated: HBO‘s president and COO Eric Kessler is leaving the company after 27 years. HBO CEO Richard Plepler just made the announcement in a company memo (read it below), highlighting Kessler’s accomplishments that include launching the network’s signature “It’s Not TV. It’s HBO” marketing campaign. The COO position will not be filled as part of executive streamlining. For the time being, Kessler’s reports Rob Roth, Otto Berkes, Shelley Brindle, Pam Levine and Simon Sutton will report to Plepler, with Kessler staying on to help with the transition. The departure leaves Plepler as the sole executive atop HBO with Michael Lombardo as his top lieutenant, capping a six-year transitional period after the 2007 departure of chairman/CEO Chris Albrecht. The initial HBO management structure featured a quintet of top executives: Bill Nelson succeeding Albrecht as HBO chairman/CEO, with Harold Akselrad, Kessler and Plepler as co-presidents, and Lombardo as West Coast president. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
In a surprise announcement, HBO home entertainment president Henry McGee is stepping down from the post he’s held for 18 years to become a full-time faculty member at Harvard Business School, beginning in the fall. Sofia Chang becomes the division’s new leader, effective March 4, as executive vp and Gm, reporting to Simon Sutton, president of HBO International and Content Distribution. McGee at Harvard will be a senior lecturer, teaching courses and conducting research in leadership and business ethics. He is a 34-year veteran of HBO and became president of its home video division, now called HBO Home
- Thomas K. Arnold
5 items from 2013
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