Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, have been named MIPCOM’s 2015 Personalities of the Year. The pair “form an inspirational leadership team in the entertainment sector, having propelled Fox to global success through the quality of its creative programming, built largely on their unique relationships with top talent” said Paul Zilk, CEO of Reed MIDEM, organizer of MIPCOM. “In recognition of their outstanding parallel careers and achievements, we are delighted to honour them as MIPCOM 2015 Personalities of the Year.” This is the first time that two industry leaders have jointly received the award. They’ll be honored at a gala dinner at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes on October 7.
Brothers Mark and Carl Fennessy are staying put at Endemol Shine Group. The pair have been named joint CEOs of Endemol Shine Australia, it was announced today. “Since giving notice we have continued to work through a transition, producing our current slate of shows and assisting with a succession plan. Our pride in the local business coupled with a fierce loyalty towards our talented staff was always going to make departing difficult. They say a week’s a long time in television – so after further discussion and consideration we’ve decided to accept the opportunity of managing the merged company,” the brothers said in a statement.