Turner’s cable news net CNN International has hired Owen Wyatt for a newly-created digital and affiliate sales role.Wyatt joins from YouTube channel operator Base79. At CNN International he will be tasked with growing the range of affiliates the news channel works with and developing its training and consultancy services.CNN’s new recruit will report to Greg Beitchman, CNN International’s vice president, content sales and partnerships who joined the company from Reuters late last year. He said: “With Owen on-board CNN’s partners can expect even more innovation and enterprising commercial opportunities.”Wyatt said: “As the leading global player in news, CNN also has a huge opportunity to grow our distribution with out of home partners in mutually beneficial relationships that takes CNN content to an even greater audience on new and innovative platforms.”Prior to Base79, Wyatt was head of video at newswire Reuters and a producer at Sky Sports.CNN’s international said his appointment marked another step in Rani Raad’s restructuring of the commercial business since becoming chief commercial officer in February 2013.
Technology outfit Androme has launched what it describes as an all-in-one TV platform. According to the company, Androme.tv is already being deployed by Portuguese cable operator Nowo and Maltese cable operator Melita for their recently-launched advanced TV offerings, according to the company.Androme, which has developed services for Telenet and Liberty Global previously, is pitching Androme.tv as a multi-device end-to-end TV platform that enables services including live TV, video-on-demand, catch up TV, startover TV and local and network-based DVR across multiple devices.“Maintaining consistency in high user satisfaction is a challenge currently facing the market. In the coming years, this will remain important as telecom companies come under pressure to serve the right content to their end users via, for example, recommendations,” said Raf Van Ham, founder of Androme.tv.“With androme.tv, we offer the TV functionality that is desperately needed in the telecommunications and broadcast industry: the agile and cost efficient deployment of TV platforms. We focus on working this way so we can better adapt to new trends in the competitive and fast-moving TV ecosystem.”Portugal’s Nowo launched its new TV service early last year, with Androme supplying the user interface. Other technology partners include infrastructure provider VP Media Solutions, compression specialist AWS Elememtal, security provider castLabs and CDN specialist Broadpeak.Melita also launched its new TV service last year, tapping set-top supplier ADB for an RDK-based platform.
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.
ShareTweet COMEDIAN Jimmy Carr is bringing his one man show back to Derry next year.The TV star will take to perform at the Millennium Forum on Saturday, November 12, 2016.The show will be entitled, ‘Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour’. COMIC JIMMY CARR RETURNING TO DERRYMillennium Forum COMIC JIMMY CARR RETURNING TO DERRY was last modified: October 28th, 2015 by John2John2 Tags: Tickets for the gig, which are limited to a maximum of ten per person, will go on sale this Friday, October 30, at 10 am from at the Box Office and are priced at £28.50.His who opens at 7 pm and it is not suitable for under 16s.To book tickets from Friday telephone 71 264455 or visit www.millenniumforum.co.uk.