FtvS travels overseas for its new boss


Well-regarded Fox international executive Emiliano Calemzuk has been named president of Fox Television Studios.

He succeeds Angela Shapiro-Mathes, who departed in mid-April to become president and general manager of Discovery Communications Inc.'s TLC. (HR 4/18).

News Corp. president and COO Peter Chernin believes that with his background, Calemzuk "will bring a unique perspective to FtvS."

 "Emiliano is a talented executive who has helped build a very strong profile for Fox channels throughout Europe and Latin America," said Chernin, to whom Calemzuk will report. "He's accomplished this in large part due to his keen eye for programming and alternative genres."

But the choice of Calemzuk is certainly an unorthodox one. FtvS is comprised of five diverse divisions: alternative, scripted, international, Fox World and Regency TV, a co-venture with New Regency. While Calemzuk has strong background on the international side with stints at Fox International Channels Italy and Fox Latin America, he has no Hollywood experience. Two of the divisions -- scripted and Regency TV -- are focused on developing scripted programming, an area that is built primarily on relationships with the Hollywood creative community.

Although he comes in as an outsider, Calemzuk vows to reach out to Hollywood.

"I look forward to getting to know the FtvS team in Los Angeles and abroad, and to working with the entire community." he said. "FtvS was, at its inception, an 'alternative' studio, and with so many emerging technologies and business models in entertainment, this is a perfect time to live up to that moniker."

No immediate changes at FtvS are expected as Calemzuk takes time to assess the company. But some industry observers see the choice of Calemzuk as a possible indicator of a change in direction at FtvS away from scripted programming and focusing mainly on developing unscripted formats that would then be sold around the world.

This is not the first time a high-level FtvS executive has been recruited from News Corp's TV offices oversees. In 2002, the head of FtvS' Australian office, David Martin, was tapped as head of the company's alternative division.

Calemzuk joins FtvS after five years as president of Fox International Channels Italy, where he led Fox's 10-channel group to a market-leading position in the country. Based in Rome, Calemzuk has been responsible for day-to-day operations of the channels in addition to supervising the Fox channels in Spain, France and Eastern Europe as well as the National Geographic channel in Germany and Turkey.

Before joining FIC Italy, Calemzuk was vp and deputy managing director of Fox Latin American Channels. Based in Los Angeles, he supervised all operating divisions of the Fox channels across 19 countries. In 2000, Calemzuk became GM of Fox Kids Latin America, which he quickly turned into the fastest-growing children's channel in Latin America.

Calemzuk joined News Corp. in 1998 as associate director of marketing and promotions for Fox Latin America.

Earlier in his career he worked at Hero Prods. (currently Globecast North America) in Miami, where he led the startup of the music television network HTV.