Euro Dis ups Amselem as int'l TV operations realign

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Following the integration of Disney's European program sales and channel distribution operations unveiled this week, newly installed division head Tom Toumazis on Thursday promoted Simon Amselem to senior vp channel distribution across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (HR 2/20).

In a related move, Disney Channels Worldwide also announced the promotion of six executives to manage its continental expansion under Disney Channel Europe head John Hardie.

Amselem will head the integrated channel distribution team and build revenue across Disney's channel brands throughout the region, which includes Disney Channel, Cinemagic, Playhouse Disney and ESPN International.

Amselem, head of Disney Channel France, also will exploit opportunities in VOD, digital terrestrial, Internet and mobile, taking up the London-based post on April 1.

Following its move to basic tier distribution, Disney Channel's footprint has jumped from 14 million to 32 million homes across the continent.

Under Hardie, Disney is creating dedicated regional and management teams to manage the scale of growth.

Michael Cairns has been appointed vp and GM of Disney Channels U.K. and Ireland and will relocate from Sydney, where he is head of Disney Channel Australia.

Discovery Nets Germany channel head Lars Wagner will take over as head of Disney Channel Germany, following the departure of company veteran Michael Kreissl. Helene Etzi has been promoted to vp and GM in France, and Casper Bjorner has been promoted to vp and GM of Disney Channels Scandinavia and emerging markets, overseeing Scandinavia, Poland, the Middle East and South Africa.

Nicolella Gelli becomes vp brand marketing across Europe, and Anna Hill becomes executive director of marketing, Disney Channels EMEA.

Mimi Turner reported from London; Scott Roxborough reported from Cologne, Germany.
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