Pop has elevated David Mandell to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer at the CBS and Lionsgate-owned network. Mandell will continue as Pop’s General Counsel overseeing legal and business affairs, while adding content distribution, business development and operations to his responsibilities. He reports to Brad Schwartz, President of Pop.
“David’s innumerable contributions both as a legal and business advisor, as well as a team leader, have helped drive Pop’s growth and momentum during our launch year,” said Schwartz. “With our expanding programming slate and new market opportunities ahead, David will play an increasingly important role in managing and growing our rapidly evolving business.”
“Serving as Pop’s General Counsel during our rebrand and growth phase has been incredibly rewarding, and with the expansion of my role as COO, I look forward to working with Brad and the team to help Pop reach its greatest potential,” said Mandell.
Mandell’s tenure at the network (formerly TVGN) began in December 2013 as EVP and General Counsel. In addition to overseeing the network’s legal and business affairs, ranging from corporate development to programming agreements to intellectual property rights, he was instrumental in expanding Pop’s distribution, which adds AT&T U-Verse in 2016. Moving forward, Mandell will continue to oversee these areas, as well as build Pop’s digital distribution and content strategies
Previously, Mandell served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel/Corporate Secretary for Mandalay Digital Group, where he managed corporate development and strategic planning, business and legal affairs, and corporate governance and regulatory matters.