Bruce TuchmanBruce Tuchman is leaving US cable group AMC after five years running its international channels operation.Tuchman is president of AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global, and one of the best-known execs in the international channels business, having built AMC’s global channels operation and done the same for US studio MGM prior to that.DTVE sister title TBI understands he will remain at AMC Networks until after MIPTV in April.Ed Carroll AMC Networks’ COO, is expected to assume his duties, with a like-for-like replacement not anticipated.AMC confirmed Tuchman’s departure.“Having been with the company since 2011, Bruce Tuchman, president of AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global, will be leaving AMC Networks this April,” AMC said.It added: “He has been instrumental in developing Sundance Channel into a global brand and successfully transitioning the MGM Channel into AMC Global, positioning the business for future growth. We wish him well in his new endeavours.”The departing executive told AMC colleagues about his exit from the US-listed business in a memo. He said he will take a “brief but welcome pause in criss-crossing the world so relentlessly” post-AMC. “This will allow me to focus on moving towards some exciting, yet different endeavours and priorities,” he added.Tuchman’s key successes at AMC include getting Sundance channel’s footprint to 70 international markets. He also oversaw the integration of the MGM channels into the fold, and their rebadging as AMC, bringing the US brand to the international market.That was made possible after AMC bought the MGM channels as part of a wider US$1 billion deal for Chyllomedia. More recently Tuchman has been at the forefront of a charge to secure key scripted series, such as Fear the Walking Dead and Into the Badlands, for the international AMC channel.This comes after several changes were announced at the AMC Networks International – Central Europe channels group last week.
US pay TV providers will lose 26% of their legacy subscriber base by 2030 amid growing competition from virtual pay TV providers, according to The Diffusion Group (TDG).The research and advisory firm said it expects legacy multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to experience “considerable subscriber losses” in the coming years.TDG tips legacy pay TV penetration to fall from 81% of US households in 2017 to 60% in 2030. Over the same time period it expects the penetration of virtual pay TV services – such as Sling TV, DirecTV Now and YouTube TV – to grow from roughly 4% of US households to 14%. This marks an increase of 350% but from a very small base.“TDG said early on that the future of TV was an app. Unfortunately, most incumbent MVPDs weren’t taking notes,” said Joel Espelien, TDG senior analyst.“The question is no longer if the future of TV is an app, but how quickly and economically incumbents can adapt to this truth and transition to an all-broadband app-based live multi-channel system.”Overall TDG’s report, ‘The Rise of the Virtual Pay TV Provider’, claims that the penetration of live multi-channel pay TV services will decline from 85% of US households in 2017 to 79% in 2030.It said that while this represents a loss of only 7%, it illustrates the “ongoing secular decline of a once healthy market space”.TDG predicts that by 2030, roughly 30 million US households will live without an MVPD service of any kind.
John WastcoatUS-based OTT video technology specialist Zixi has appointed John Wastcoat to the role of senior vice-president, alliances and marketing. Wastcoat will lead Zixi’s OEM, technology alliance and reseller ecosystem as well as directing corporate communications and messaging.Prior to joining Zixi Wastcoat served as vice-president of business development for Aspera, and in his eight years with the company grew the alliance community from 10 to 200-integrated partners, including partnerships with Akamai, Amazon, EVS, Microsoft, and Telstra. In addition to business development, he was part of the leadership team that merged Aspera with IBM after being acquired in 2014. Before joining Aspera, he held positions with Dexrex and Cantata Technology.“John has joined us with a great deal of success driving technology partnership revenue in Media and Entertainment and tangential Zixi verticals. We are thrilled to have his experience as we expand our product offerings and grow our worldwide customer and partner base,” said Gordon Brooks, executive chairman, Zixi.“Zixi is seeing the swift customer adoption with the success of its software solutions for broadcast quality video over IP. The company is uniquely positioned to help solve the problems associated with the transport of live streams at scale, and I am very excited to help further the company’s success,” said Wastcoat.