Sales have traditionally been among the strongest areas of Turner. Now David Levy, Turner Broadcasting System‘s President, Sales, Distribution and Sports, has been upped to president of TBS as the company continues to realign its top management in preparation for chairman and CEO Phil Kent’s departure. Last month, John Martin was tapped to succeed Kent as CEO starting Jan. 1. Levy will add oversight of Turner’s domestic entertainment and animation & young adults networks, with Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks, and Stuart Snyder, president and chief operating officer of Turner Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media, now reporting to him. Levy, who reports to Kent, will now be in charge of all creative and business activity of the Turner networks TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim, as well as their digital brand extensions, in addition to continuing to oversee the company’s domestic revenue areas, ad sales and affiliate sales, as well as sports, with business-unit heads reporting to him, including Donna Speciale (Turner Entertainment & Animation Ad Sales), Greg D’Alba (CNN Ad Sales and Turner Digital Ad Sales), Coleman Breland (Turner Network Sales) and Lenny Daniels (Turner Sports). Per Turner: This new structure increases efficiency, focus and accountability for growth and results. “John Martin and I discussed the future of Turner and this new structure upon the announcement of John’s appointment as the company’s next CEO,” Kent said. With his enthusiastic support, we agreed David will provide outstanding leadership to his longtime colleagues Steve Koonin and Stu Snyder, and will be a significant managerial asset to John, as CEO, and Turner.”
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