Endemol Shine has set leadership changes atop its German and Northern Europe divisions as Marcus Wolter, CEO of Endemol Shine Germany and Chairman, Northern Europe, has chosen to step down at the end of January. The veteran will be succeeded by Boudewijn Beusmans as Chairman, Northern Europe, in addition to his ongoing role as Joint CEO of Endemol Shine Netherlands. In the case of Endemol Shine Germany, its CFO, Ute März; Head of Strategic Development, Gabi Abegg; and Director of Reality & Docu, Rainer Laux, will lead the local business for an interim period, while a full-time successor is appointed. Wolter is leaving for a new venture after nine years with Endemol and the combined Endemol Shine. Sophie Turner Laing, CEO of Endemol Shine Group said, “I want to pay a wholehearted tribute to Marcus for his outstanding leadership of Endemol Shine Germany and the support he has given to our businesses across Northern Europe. When he leaves us next year, he will do so with our sincere thanks for the contribution he has made to our Group.” Under Wolter’s leadership, the company became the top indie in Germany, with an original slate that includes The Brain, Kitchen Impossible and Duel Around The World, and major drama series such as Netflix’s first ever German original, Dark.
Cisneros Media Chief Executive Adriana Cisneros has joined the board of TV data analytics firm Parrot Analytics. Cisneros, who oversees Venezuela’s leading TV network Venevision, will work alongside board directors including former AMC Global Networks President Bruce Tuchman, ex-Sony Pictures Entertainment President David Bishop and Adam Clark, founder of mobile banking firm M-Com to guide Parrot, which has developed a global, real-time TV audience measurement platform that can track viewers across SVOD services including Netflix and Amazon. Said Cisneros, “Over the past year or so, it has become abundantly clear to me that our conventional ways of measuring the popularity of content are vastly outdated and deficient. I made some sweeping changes within my own company to change our processes and, in so doing, became fascinated with big data analytics.”
Following last Friday’s FIFA World Cup 2018 draw, the BBC and ITV have divvied up which matches each broadcaster will air during next summer’s soccer showdown in Russia. The BBC will show England’s opening two games, as they face Tunisia (June 18, 7PM) and Panama (June 24, 1pm). The BBC will also have the first two choices of quarter final games, including England’s match if they progress. Both BBC and ITV will show the final. ITV gets the last England group game against Belgium and will have first pick in the round of 16. In the Group games, the BBC will also show the clash between Spain and Portugal, two peak-time matches with Argentina and two of the games with reigning champs Germany. Soccer is serious sport in England (particularly since the side hasn’t won a World Cup since 1966) and the BBC says it’s offering unprecedented access to Cup content across TV, radio, online and social media. ITV is also covering via the flagship channel as well as ITV4, the ITV Hub and on social. The proceedings will kick off with Russia’s opening game versus Saudi Arabia on June 14. ITV also has three Brazil matches, the first two picks of the first knock-out phase and the first pick of the semi-finals.