Chris Bettes was promoted to Senior Vice President of Brand Marketing & Creative at Twentieth Century Fox Television. Bettes will be responsible for leading the creative and brand strategy for the worldwide marketing team.
Vilynx, the artificial intelligence company with a platform focused exclusively on media, appointed CNN/U.S. President Jon Klein as president. Klein will build out a U.S. presence for the company, which counts MSNBC, NBC News and other major broadcast media companies among the customers for its machine learning platform.
Chris Thomas, BBDO CEO, Americas, is stepping down after nine years at the company. He will stay until a successor is found.
Tina Perry, Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs and board member of OWN, has been named General Manager, effective January 2019. Perry replaces Erik Logan, leaving after seven years to join the World Surf League as President of Content, Media and WSL Studios.
AppNexus co-founder and CEO Brian O’Kelley is stepping down and will serve in an advisory role at AT&T-owned Xandr, which bought AppNexus in June. “As Brian and I discussed the best path forward, we made the decision together that he would transition out of the daily operations of AppNexus,” wrote Xander CEO Brian Lesser in a note to employees outlining executive changes.
Company vet Andrew Scott has been named WPP’s Chief Operating Officer, Lindsay Patterson was promoted to Chief Client Officer, and Stephen Pretorius has been tapped to serve as Chief Technology Officer.
Sony Pictures Television promoted Elyse Seder to Senior Vice President, Reality & Syndication Programming. Seder will oversee U.S. development of SPT’s unscripted projects.
A+E Networks elevated three execs to the post of Vice President, Ad Sales. Christine Olson will oversee the company’s Chicago-based team; Lisa Mallen the Eastern region from New Jersey to Florida; and Heath Pisarcik the Los Angeles-based team covering the Western region.
Kristin Robinson joined Shondaland as Vice President of Brand Marketing and Communications. Robinson was previously at OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, where she led campaigns for the network’s drama series, specials and documentaries.
United Entertainment Group hired Michael Nuzzo as Senior Vice President, Executive Creative Director at the company’s NY headquarters. He joins from digital marketing agency 360i.
Kew Media Distribution appointed Graham Begg as Vice President, Business Development and Producer Relations. Begg previously established GB Media & Entertainment Consultants.
Woodcut Media named Koulla Anastasi, former Channel Director at A+E Networks UK, as Strategy and Development Consultant.
FOX Networks Group Content Distribution announced new hires: Enrique Juarez as Vice President Sales, Latin America and US Hispanic; Luis Gadea as Director Sales, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama; Joao Fonseca as Associate Director Sales, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay; Greg Emson as Executive Director, Marketing; and Andrea Dunn as Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs. In addition, Tom Batemen was promoted to Vice President, Finance, managing global finance teams.
ITV Studios Global Entertainment appointed Louisa Forsyth as Vice President, Global Content, Scripted. She joined from the Corporate Affairs team at Sky.
Matt Mitchell was tapped to serve as Vice President, Sales at Simulmedia. Mithcell joins from 4 Insights, where he was Vice President of Sales.
Refinery 29 hired Ashley Miles as Chief Client Officer, Head of Advertising in North America. She last served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Brand Partnerships for the company.
BuzzFeed named Eric W. Muhlheim as Chief Financial Officer. He previously led the Corporate Strategic Planning and Consumer Products arms of The Walt Disney Company.