Sony Pictures Television Networks Shakes up EMEA Management Structure

3:11 AM PST 05/31/2012 by Stuart Kemp
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The studio outpost promotes Kate Marsh to lead Western Europe, while Lyle Stewart takes charge of Central & Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

LONDON – Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks is shaking up its management structure across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The studio outpost is to split the region into Western Europe, led by Kate Marsh, and Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMA), led by Lyle Stewart.

Marsh and Stewart will both report to SPT Networks Andy Kaplan.

Marsh, in the newly created role of svp for Western Europe, will continue to oversee U.K. and Italy, but also take on responsibility for Iberia and for developing opportunities in the Netherlands, Scandinavia and France.

Juan Romeu will continue as svp and general manager for Iberia, reporting into Marsh.

Stewart is elevated to svp for CEEMA, overseeing business across Germany, Russia, the Baltics and Africa while adding Central Europe to his remit and spearheading opportunities in Turkey, Greece and the Middle East.

Reporting into Stewart are John Rossiter (general manager, Central Europe), Sergey Plotnikov (general manager, Russia) and Bettina Hermann (territory director, German Speaking Europe).

Kaplan said: “Following a significant period of expansion in EMEA, it is clear that to accomplish the next stage of our growth it is time to look at the region in two parts. Kate and Lyle’s contributions to SPT Networks over the years have been significant, making them the right fit to lead these territories into the future.”

Marsh and Stewart will continue to be based at SPT Networks’ EMEA headquarters in London, jointly leading all operations.

SPT Networks portfolio across the EMEA region encompasses over 30 core feeds in more than 50 territories and 19 languages. SPT channel brands in include AXN, Sony Entertainment Television, Sony Movie Channel and Animax.

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