Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific (TBSAP), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS), has announced realigning of its corporate structure in order to pursue existing opportunities and challenges in regions like North Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia/Pacific. The company, through a press statement, informed that each of these regions will have a separate business setup with new management structure, which will be overlooked and supported by its Hong Kong office.
New Executive Team
Monica Tata will handle all of Turner’s India networks, as the company’s VP & GM Networks, with the assistance of dedicated business heads reporting to her.
Sunny Saha will be the new SVP & MD of Entertainment Networks, responsible for strategic planning across the company, while continuing to oversee the Hong Kong operations. He will also directly manage the company’s entertainment networks in Southeast Asia/Pacific, with Robi Stanton, the new General Manager, Networks Australia and New Zealand. Sunny will however remain as the company’s lead executive for all the company’s activities on its global properties such as Cartoon Network.
Anshuman Misra will be SVP & MD of Networks and Content Distribution (NCD) Asia-Pacific, responsible for Turner’s content sales and syndication sales across the region.Yew Ming Lau will manage the North Asian region, while Siddharth Jain will manage the South Asian region.
Ringo Chan will be responsible for CNN Broadcast Sales & Affiliate Relations, along with Networks and Content Distribution in Greater China. In addition, he will also carry out the liaison work for TBSAP with the PRC.
Jeremy Carr will be the company’s new VP Entertainment, Digital & Adsales, and will be responsible for growing TBSAP’s digital entertainment properties while Phil Nelson will be responsible for the business development of the company’s Asia Pacific operations.
Turner Asia Pacific currently operates 23 channels and 29 websites in nine languages, including news channels like CNN International, CNNj (Japan), HLN and entertainment channels like Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Pogo, truTV and Turner Classic Movies. In 2009, It had also bought 92% stake in NDTV’s Imagine for $126.5 million. Earlier this year, it had formed a joint venture with STAR India, DEN Networks, and Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd to consolidate its distribution business.
Other prominent partnerships includes a cross-platform content deal with Hungama for content distribution from Cartoon Network and POGO, across mobile, DTH and online platforms and a content partnership with Amar Chitra Katha, to produce two animated films and animated series on Amar Chitra Katha stories.