The Biggest Moves in Media This Week

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Andrew Barnsley (CNW Group/Project 10 Productions Inc.)

Andrew Barnsley (CNW Group/Project 10 Productions Inc.)

These are the most notable hires, promotions, and departures within the media community in the last week. For executive news updated daily, check out The Org's People on the Move.

Executive Moves

WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar is negotiating his departure after being kept in the dark about AT&T and Discovery’s merger. Source | Full Story

Amazon has hired Jeff Blackburn, who had left the company in February, to serve as the SVP of its new Global Media & Entertainment division. He joins from Bessemer Venture Partners, where he had worked for just 5 weeks. Source | Full Story

The Recording Academy’s Board of Trustees has officially appointed Harvey Mason Jr. as its new President and CEO, effective June 1. He had held the position on an unpaid, interim basis since January 2020. Source | Full Story

Discovery has signed CEO David Zaslav though 2027 amid its mega merger with Warner Media. He has led Discovery since 2007. Source

Netflix has named Jenny Stjernströmer Björk, a former SF Studios executive, as its new Director of Nordics Original Series. Source

Sky has named Cécile Frot-Coutaz as the CEO of its production arm Sky Studios. She is the former CEO of Fremantle and currently head of YouTube in Europe. Source

Crown Media Family Networks’ EVP of Programming Michelle Vicary will leave her post as, the company’s lead programming and production executive at the beginning of June. Source

Endeavor Content has hired Sharon Liggins as its first SVP of Communications, effective immediately. Previously, Liggins served as VP, Publicity at Ava DuVernay’s narrative change collective ARRAY. Source

SAG-AFTRA's national executive director and chief contract negotiator David White is stepping down from the union later this spring. The union’s General Counsel and COO, Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, is reportedly in discussions to succeed White. Source

The International Documentary Association (IDA) announced the appointment Wednesday of Richard Ray "Rick" Perez as its new executive director, effective immediately. He most recently served as the director of acquisitions and distribution strategies at GBH WORLD Channel. Source

Liquid Media Group has tapped Ronald Thomson as its new CEO. Thomson is the founder and president of global business development firm Cameron Thomson Group. Source

The Toronto Film School has appointed Andrew Barnsley, the Executive Producer of “Schitt’s Creek,” as President. Source. Barnsley is also the CEO of Project 10 Productions. Source

The British Film Institute (BFI) has promoted Harriet Finney as deputy CEO and executive director of the newly formed corporate and industry affairs team. Finney joined the BFI in 2017 as Director of External Affairs. Source

Time’s Up Entertainment has named Chelsea Fuller its new VP of Communications. She joins from Blackbird, where she served as Deputy Director of Communications. Source

The Hollywood Reporter’s former Editorial Director Matthew Belloni has joined an unnamed startup. Source

APA has promoted SVP of Talent Sheva Cohen, VP of Scripted Literary Jack Leighton, and SVP of Physical Production Julian Savodivker to Partner. Source


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