People on the move - August

Discovery Networks Western Europe has appointed the BBC’s director of operations Dominic Coles, as its COO and CFO.
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Discovery Networks Western Europe has appointed the BBC’s director of operations Dominic Coles (pictured), as its COO and CFO. The business comprises the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands, and has 24 channel brands across 22 territories. Dominic joined the BBC in 1997 as head of investment, and during his time with the Corporation his roles included COO of BBC Journalism, COO and CFO of BBC Sport and COO of the BBC’s 2012 Olympic Games operation.

Derl McCrudden (pictured) has been promoted to head of international video news at The Associated Press. The broadcast journalist joined AP in London in 2010 and has helped lead coverage of some of the biggest news events of the past 20 years, including the war in Syria, the election of President Barack Obama in 2008 and the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

The BBC has appointed Matthew Postgate as CTO, responsible for delivering the BBC's technology strategy, in a role which encompasses the delivery and management of broadcast and enterprise technology infrastructure as well as the Corporation's IT requirements.


Rian Bester has joined Exset as chief operating officer. He has been in the broadcast industry for over 15 years, working for Irdeto in various global management roles. Born in South Africa, Bester moved to the Netherlands in 2000.

FilmLight has added two figures from the world of post production to its team. Daniele Siragusano (pictured) and Ram Krishna Tripathi Samaveda will provide workflow information, consultancy and training to help Baselight customers.

Phil Jackson has been promoted from chief operations officer to chief strategy officer at Front Porch Digital. In his new position, Jackson is responsible for driving innovation and strategy for the company.

Daniele Siragusano, Workflow Consultant, FilmLight LR

Gearhouse Broadcast has promoted Ed Tischler (pictured) to head of projects. The broadcast engineer was previously technical projects manager and helped to oversee Gearhouse’s World Cup broadcast projects in Brazil.

NETIA has announced that Thierry Gandilhon has joined the company as its managing director. "His tremendous experience developing computer software in multicultural environments and his dedication to using complex technologies to create simple yet powerful solutions make him a smart fit for NETIA, and we're looking forward to achieving further success with the benefit of his guidance,” said Philippe Fort, president of NETIA.


Technical support engineer Liam Richards has been promoted by POLARaudio to the role of technical support manager. “Liam came to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience of the 'live' arena and has channeled that expertise over the last few years to the undoubted benefit of our customers,” commented POLARaudio MD John Midgley.

Prime Focus has made two staff changes. James Cregeen (pictured, left) has been promoted to head of operations. To meet increasing demand, a role has also been created to work alongside Cregeen for an operations manager in content services. Greg Mitchell (pictured, right) has therefore returned to the company, after a stint as the project manager at Loft London.


Rohde and Schwarz has added to its executive board numbers with the appointment of Peter Riedel. Riedel has been with the company for more almost 25 years, most recently as head of the radiomonitoring and radiolocation division. As the third member of the executive board, Riedel will work alongside president and CEO Manfred Fleischmann and president and COO Christian Leicher.

Rune Skogeng (pictured) has joined London-based start-up TVbeat as vice president of business development in the Nordics and Benelux. Rune has spent the last 10 years with Swedish media corporation Modern Times Group in a number of senior roles.

Rune Skogeng joins TVbeat in a senior management role