Christine Fellowes Named MD Asia Pacific for Universal Networks Int'l

The appointment is part of NBCUniversal and Comcast's international business unit integration.

SYDNEY -- Christine Fellowes has been appointed managing director, Asia Pacific, Universal Networks International, as the integration between NBCUniversal and Comcast Media Group's business units internationally continues, it was announced by Belinda Menendez, president, Universal Networks International & TV Distribution, on Tuesday.

Fellowes, who moves into the position from her role as MD, Asia Pacific, Comcast International Media Group, will have oversight of Universal Networks International’s combined channel brands in the Asia Pacific region including: Syfy Universal, Diva Universal, Universal Channel, 13th St Universal, E! Entertainment, The Style Network and The Golf Channel.

Her appointment means Raymund Miranda, who has served as MD, Asia Pacific for Universal Networks International, will leave NBCUniversal to pursue other career opportunities.

“We are delighted to appoint Christine to lead our combined pay-TV channels business in the Asia Pacific region. As one of the most highly respected and talented regional executives, she will bring a unique and compelling vision that will be vital to driving our integrated growth strategy,” Menendez said.

"I’d like to thank Raymund Miranda for his tremendous contribution in building such a strong foundation for our regional channels business and wish him every future success,” she added.

Fellowes is charged with creating a more integrated regional organization, with greater cohesion and better efficiencies between NBCUniversal’s Asia Pacific television groups.

To that end, she will continue to work closely with Justin Che, SVP Sales Liaison, Asia Pacific for International TV distribution, based in LA, and Satpal Brainch, president of CNBC Asia, as well as other NBCUniversal businesses in the region. She’ll be responsible for all commercial aspects of the channels operation, building local strategic partnerships and maximizing business performance.

Fellowes will be based in Singapore. The appointment is effective immediately.

Fellowes is a director of pan Asia pay TV industry group CASBAA and is on the Advisory Council for Women’s Media Networks.