Zodiak Launches Americas Division, Taps Johnny Slow as CEO

8:00 PM PST 07/11/2012 by Lacey Rose
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In a bit to increase its investment in the Americas, the reorganization combines Zodiak's existing production businesses in North, Central and South America.

Zodiak Media is launching an Americas division with the company’s COO Johnny Slow tapped as Zodiak Americas’ chief executive.

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The consolidation combines Zodiak's existing production businesses in North, Central and South America, and will require Slow to relocate from London to Los Angeles to oversee the increased investment in the region. The news comes mere weeks after Natalka Znak was named CEO of Zodiak USA, best known stateside for such unscripted efforts as ABC’s Secret Millionaire, Celebrity Wife Swap and truTV’s Hardcore Pawn.

“This move is a demonstration of the importance of these geographic markets to us and the pace with which we want to both broaden our activities in TV production and develop our international distribution and online media activities here,” said Zodiak Media CEO David Frank in a statement.

Added Slow: By supporting the existing CEOs, expanding into new regions and pursuing new commercial ventures, we're reinforcing our first and foremost goal – to marry the best of the Zodiak catalog with the greatest talent in the biggest and fastest growing television market in the world.”

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As part of his new responsibilities, Slow will be working closely with Zodiak USA’s Znak, as well as Harris Whitbeck (CEO, Zodiak Latino) and Carla Affonso (CEO, Zodiak Brasil). COO Tony Yates and CFO Andy Lennon will take on expanded roles as part of the reorganization.

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