Tag Archive: COO

  1. Banijay Finalises Executive Team with COO, Peter Langenberg

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    Banijay, the largest international producer distributor, today confirms Peter Langenberg as group COO, completing its central leadership team structure. Alongside oversight of Banijay Brands and IT, he will have operational responsibility for the UK, India, Benelux, Russia and Poland.


    Langenberg joined Banijay as COO back in November 2016, and has since led operations across the global footprint, while building synergies and increasing development opportunities. Prior to joining the business, he was VP Business Management at Warner Bros International TV Production, a role he held from 2011 to 2016. Before that, he was COO for R&D Media Holding and 3 Circles Media Holding.


    The Banijay exec also spent ten years with Endemol, where his roles included Executive Director of Operations for Latin America and later for the entire Endemol Group. Before leaving the business, he was Managing Director Entertainment for Endemol Nederland B.V.


    COO Langenberg played a pivotal role in the acquisition of Endemol Shine Group and has since led the integration efforts worldwide in terms of talent and systems, in partnership with Chief Executive Officer, Marco Bassetti, to whom he reports.


    Marco Bassetti comments: “Peter has been a key figure for Banijay in the acquisition process and subsequent integration. A valued member of our exec team, he is now at the forefront of our operations worldwide, leading a number of departments and a vast proportion of our footprint. Not only is he a great asset for the business but his appointment marks the completion of building an incredibly talented central leadership team.”


    Peter Langenberg comments: “The acquisition of Endemol marked a significant shift in scale for us as a business and with that comes vast opportunity and innovation, as we look to pull together the strengths of both organisations. While the integration has long been underway, we continue to assess the new needs of the business to marry the best talent and systems and looking to 2021, we are all confident we’ll be operationally strong, with the best people and products in place to drive quality and efficiency across the board.”

  2. Banijay Rights Expands Leadership Team

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    Banijay Rights, the leading distribution arm of Banijay Group, today announces it has bolstered its leadership team, with Roisin Thomas remaining as COO and John Richards taking up the post of CFO. Both reporting to Chief Executive, Cathy Payne, who today starts her new role, the newly devised team will oversee all operational and financial matters for the growing division.


    Since 2015, Thomas has served as COO at the distribution business, having joined Zodiak Media back in 2011 pre its merger with Banijay Group, where she served as Chief of Staff to two successive Group CEOs. She started her career as a corporate media lawyer and spent over five years at leading media law firm Olswang, where she advised on a range of high profile corporate and commercial deals. She also fulfilled roles at EMI Music and Matheson after qualifying in Ireland in 2004.  Moving forwards, she will support Payne in developing and implementing Banijay Rights’ overarching business strategy.


    Richards joins the company from Endemol Shine International, where, since 2015, he was Chief Financial Officer and before that, Finance Director of Endemol Worldwide Distribution.  There, he was responsible for providing direction and leadership for the finance team and working with CEO, Cathy Payne, to help achieve growth. Having also served for four years as Finance Director of Tiger Aspect Productions and Darlow Smithson Productions, he led the merger of both companies into Endemol Group in 2009 following their sale by IMG. Before that, Richards spent over seven years with IMG having qualified at PWC in 2000.


    Cathy Payne says: “As the business sits on the cusp of major growth, it was important to have a strong team in place to manage us efficiently through the changes. In Roisin and John, we have the perfect mix of financial acumen, operational nous and extensive industry knowledge, making us well-prepared for the future. I look forward to getting started with the new team today.”


    Roisin Thomas says: “We have a busy road ahead and as the business approaches a significant phase of growth, John’s expertise is very much welcome. I look forward to partnering with him and Cathy to take Banijay Rights to the next level with the support of our wonderful team.”


    John Richards says: “Banijay Rights boasts a sterling reputation, multitude of content and has an exciting future ahead. It’s great to be re-joining Cathy there and I am pleased to working with Roisin to drive further growth for the business.”


    Cathy Payne now serves as CEO of Banijay Rights, with Tim Mutimer taking up the post of EVP, EMEA Sales & Acquisitions.

  3. Noel Mpofu Appointed COO Of Screentime

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    Noel Mpofu has been appointed Chief Operating Officer of Screentime (a Banijay Group company), effective immediately.

    With extensive experience in finance in the media sector, Noel joined the company as Chief Financial Officer in 2017. Previously Group Financial Controller at Southern Star Entertainment (now Endemol Shine Australia) he went on to establish his own agency specialising in television production royalty and residuals management, with clients including Screen Australia, SPA, AWG, as well as numerous production companies and networks.

    Noel Mpofu said: “I am thrilled to be stepping up within the Screentime management team at this exciting time. Screentime is well known locally for producing high-quality premium drama and nonscripted entertainment, and as we enter this exciting next phase as a significant global player under the Banijay banner, I look forward to being a part of the innovation of our premium content business.”

    Highly regarded creative Anthony Ellis joins Screentime as Head of Scripted working alongside Head of Production (Scripted) Kerrie Mainwaring. One of Australia’s most experienced script executives, throughout his career Ellis has been involved in some of our most iconic productions including writing the pilot, co-developing and script producing Always Greener for Channel Seven, before being appointed Network Script Executive at Channel Nine where he oversaw the scripting of numerous productions including McLeod’s Daughters and Stingers. He then returned to Channel Seven where he co-developed, wrote the pilot and script produced the hugely successful Packed To The Rafters. Appointed Head of Scripted Content at Fremantle Media in 2012, Ellis was instrumental in the scripting of the multi-award-winning Wentworth, supervised scripting on both Wonderland and the telemovie Mary: The Making of a Princess, as well as the acclaimed six-part drama Picnic at Hanging Rock.

    Upon the announcement Anthony Ellis said: “I am delighted to join Screentime and look forward to helping secure and build on its legacy of innovative, compelling and hugely popular drama.”