Euro Disney vet makes ITN news


Disney's European channel operations boss John Hardie is leaving the studio to take the top job at U.K.-based news producer ITN.

Hardie, who departs in June, has been executive vp and managing director of Walt Disney Television in Europe, the Middle East and Africa since 2005. He added the role of CEO at Disney's kids channel group Jetix less than two months ago.

Hardie will be replaced by Giorgio Stock, head of Disney channel operations in Italy, who will oversee a portfolio that includes Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney, Disney XD and Cinemagic in the EMEA territory.

Stock also will serve as a Disney representative on the board of SRTL, Disney's joint-channel venture with RTL Group.

Stock, who joined Disney in 1997, will relocate from Milan to London, reporting to Diego Lerner, the newly installed Disney president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

"Giorgio is a highly respected, superb executive who brings a wealth of experience to the job," Lerner said. "I have always been impressed by John Hardie and wish him every future success." (partialdiff)