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People on the move – January

22 January 2015
SMPTE Paul Stechly

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), has announced that the SMPTE Board of Governors has named the Society’s 2015 directors. New appointments include Paul Stechly (pictured), SMPTE finance vice president; William C. Miller, SMPTE membership vice president; Andrew G. Setos, Hollywood region governor; Douglas I. Sheer, New York region governor; Bob Edge, Paul Treleaven, Howard Lukk, SMPTE standards director; Karl Kuhn, North American membership director; Michael DeValue, V. Michael Bove, Peter Putman, Al Kovalick, SMPTE education director.

Broadcast systems integrator ATG Danmon has appointed Russell Peirson-Hagger as commercial director. He joins the company from Television Systems Ltd (TSL), where he led the team responsible for the delivery of all TSL projects.

Lionel VialaneixEuro Media Group has hired Lionel Vialaneix (pictured) as chairman of its subsidiary Euro Media France. Drawing on his experience and in-depth knowledge of the broadcasting industry, Vialaneix will be responsible for boosting the development and accelerating the transformation of Euro Media France.

Factory Media has appointed ex-ITV and Rightster senior digital video executive Jonathan Bates to the newly created role of creative director, partnerships.

Bill Hadsell joins Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, as the new product manager responsible for the Ignite automated production system and the Vertigo Suite for branding graphics automation and asset management. Hadsell brings to the position many years of experience in product management and design for the broadcast industry.

Imagine Communications has added two to its team: Richard Waldner, who takes the role of director, channel sales EMEA, and Edo van der Gaag as regional sales manager for Scandinavia, Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Alan BrightAlan Bright (pictured) will take up his new role as director of engineering at IMG Studios this month. He joins from Presteigne Broadcast Hire where he was director of operations and also responsible for the RF and special projects department, which counts the BBC and Sky Sports among its clients.

Intelsat has announced that current Intelsat president and chief commercial officer Stephen Spengler has been promoted to deputy chief executive officer. Under the company’s succession plan, Intelsat chairman and COO David McGlade will transition to the position of executive chairman, effective 1 April 2015, at which time Spengler will become CEO. McGlade will have served as the company’s CEO for ten years.

Thelma InterfacioIndustry search and recruitment business Interfacio has announced the appointment of well-known industry figure, Thelma McNeil (pictured) as a recruitment consultant in the newly created role of business development manager for the broadcast and video business.

Ivo Korčák will take over from Michal Kožíšek as CEO of Korčák’s focus will be to ensure continued success in the ongoing O2 TV project, expanding the service and growing user numbers year-on-year; and continuing the development of the IPTV/OTT platform.

Don Whaley has joined the team at Piksel as VP, global channels, to lead the company’s channel partner business. “We are looking to invest in channel sales significantly as part of our long-term strategy, and Don has the right industry expertise to help us recruit, develop and manage our growing roster of channel partners,” said Kevin Joyce, CCO, Piksel.

Presteigne Broadcast Hire has appointed well-known industry figure David O’Carroll as its new head of technology. He joins from outside broadcast company NEP Visions, where as technical manager he was responsible for major projects including the BBC Proms, Global X Games and Wimbledon.

Mark Young_482Mark Young (pictured), has been named senior vice president of distribution, UK, Africa and Ireland for Sony Pictures Television (SPT). “Mark has 20 years’ experience in the TV industry with an impressive track record of growing our sales and distribution business in a number of territories around the world,” said Mike Wald, executive vice president, international distribution.

Members of UK Screen, the association representing companies providing services to the Screen industries, have voted two new directors onto the board for 2015. Patrick Malone, Goldcrest Post Production and Julie Parmenter, Molinare, join re-elected directors Paul Bennett, Ivan Dunleavy and Alex Hope in the five available board slots.

UXP Systems, provider of the MINT Unified Services Platform for operators, has announced that Nikos Katinakis has joined its board. Katinakis brings more than 15 years of experience in the cable and telecom markets to UXP Systems.

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