Sky Deutschland taps Jim Rudder

Appointed as svp of broadcast operations

BERLIN -- German pay platform Sky Deutschland has picked up a new team member, signing on News Corp. veteran Jim Rudder as the new senior vp of broadcast operations.

Rudder will also act as managing director of ad production outfit Creation Club, replacing Zeljko Karajica, who has moved to a new job as managing director of German sports channel DSF.

Rudder has spent the bulk of his career with News Corp. companies, acting as deputy director of Sky News in the U.K., director of interactive television at BSkyB, and, for the past five years, project manager at Sky Italia.

The executive shuffle at Sky Deutschland comes ahead of the pay channel's July 4 relaunch.