RNS Number : 3530W
10 June 2008
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
ITV plc announces appointment of Lee Bartlett as Managing Director of ITV Global Content
ITV plc today announced the appointment of Lee Bartlett as Managing Director of ITV Global Content.
In this role, Mr Bartlett will be responsible for overseeing ITV plc's UK and international production and distribution businesses, including ITV Productions, one of Europe's leading commercial production companies.
Mr Bartlett joined ITV Global Content as Chief Operating Officer for the division at the start of April this year and has been acting as interim Managing Director since 29 April 2008.
He joined the Company from Fox Broadcasting where he managed Fox's production and business affairs departments, overseeing a programme budget of $1 billion.
He will report to ITV plc Chief Operating Officer, John Cresswell.
John Cresswell said:
'The appointment of Lee Bartlett on a permanent basis really does put the 'global' into Global Content. To meet the objectives of the Turnaround Plan and deliver 360 degree value to our content properties, we need executives with proven experience of the international market. I am delighted that Lee will be taking up the position, following a thorough executive search process.'
Lee Bartlett said:
'ITV is home to some of the world's most outstanding creative content. By taking advantage of the rapid technological and creative changes that are happening in the television business and bringing my international experience to bear, I believe I can deliver growth to the business and win new audiences for that creative content all around the world. I'm thrilled to be joining one of the world's most iconic media companies at such an exciting time.'
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For further enquiries please contact:
Tel: 020 7156 6000
Ruth Settle - Director of Corporate Communications
Andrew Sholl - Head of Press, Global Content
Christy Swords - Director of Investor Relations
Pippa Strong - Head of Investor Relations
James Tibbitts - Company Secretary
Tel: 0207 353 4200
Website: www.itv.com; investor information: www.itvplc.com
Lee Bartlett CV
Lee Bartlett is a senior media executive with over 15 years experience in managing business affairs and production matters including negotiation of high level production deals and content acquisition. Bartlett joins ITV from US broadcaster FOX where he served as Executive Vice President for Business Affairs since June 2005.
In that role, Bartlett managed the network's business affairs and production departments while overseeing a programming budget of about $1 billion. In addition to negotiating all entertainment related deals for FOX, he was largely responsible for overseeing the business relationship with the partners involved in 'American Idol', FOX's most important television asset and America's top programme.
Bartlett spent close to ten years at News Corporation-owned FOX. Prior to joining Fox Broadcasting Company, he was Executive Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for Fox Networks Group working with all entertainment cable networks. During his five years at FNG, Bartlett helped launch four new digital cable channels for the group, while innovating new economic models for the cable arena. He negotiated programming and talent deals for FX's award winning dramas The Shield and Nip/Tuck; Damages; and Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominated dramas Rescue Me and The Riches. He also negotiated deals for all of the critically acclaimed programming on National Geographic Channel.
A Los Angeles native, Mr. Bartlett received a Master of Law degree (LL. M.) in Tax and Finance from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University. He is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and has lectured on the impact of new media on traditional television, television business practices and the practical aspects of buying and selling television programming.
ITV Global Content
ITV Global Content is ITV plc's content division, bringing together all of ITV's UK and international production and distribution businesses: ITV Productions, ITV Worldwide (formerly Granada International and Granada Ventures) and international production companies in the US, Germany, Australia and Scandinavia. ITV's hit formats include 'Hell's Kitchen', 'Dancing on Ice', 'Come Dine with Me' and 'Saturday Night Takeaway'. It sells to more than 3500 buyers, including broadcasters, home entertainment partners and new media companies, in over 255 territories worldwide.
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