Industry

Mobile Interactive Group Secures Two-Year Contract Extension with ITV

Receives Regulatory Permission to Offer Phone-Paid Interactive TV
Forms Client Services Unit, Opens New R&D Centers
Mobile Interactive Group (MIG), a UK company which, as its name suggests, offers a range of mobile-based interactive services, has secured a two-year renewal of its contract with UK terrestrial broadcaster, ITV (note: the latter's name is an acronym for "Independent Television Network"), under which it provides the latter with mobile interactive services across a range of its programming, as well as consultation on mobile strategy. The contract renewal followed a competitive industry pitch. In...

Canoe Ventures Continues to Staff Up

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Canoe Ventures--the company that is implementing Project Canoe, the US cable industry's initiative to create a national unified platform for interactive and addressable advertising (it is backed by Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Charter, Cablevision and Bright House)--continues to staff up. The company--which earlier this fall named Arthur Orduna CTO (see [itvt] Issue 8.06 Part 1)--has named John Collins SVP of product development; Michael Davis general counsel; Bruce Dennler SVP and chief relationship officer, agency...

NDS Promotes Three Senior Executives

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Conditional access and interactive TV technology provider, NDS, announced three senior management promotions last month: Jesper Knutsson has been named VP and general manager of sales for NDS Americas (note: he continues to serve as a member of the NDS executive committee), following the departure of NDS co-founder, Dov Rubin, who has been named CEO of Israel-based Itamar Medical. Knutsson will be responsible for overall sales strategy in the US and Canada, as well as...

Clearleap Secures New Funding, Expands Senior Management Team

Clearleap, an Atlanta-based company that is developing a platform which it bills as making available "the virtually limitless diversity of video...such as any movie or TV show ever made, sports from international competitions to local high school football, special interest programs, and user-generated content...to viewers on their TV sets in the comfort of their living rooms," says that it has secured $3.3 million in venture debt financing from Silicon Valley Bank. Earlier this year, the...

Zappware Names Patrick Vos CEO

Appointment Signals Company's Intent to Target International Market
Launches ITV Apps for Music Choice, Socialistische Mutualiteiten, VT4
Company Secures VOD Deal with Polish Cable Operator, Toya
Belgian interactive TV technology provider, Zappware, has generated a fair amount of news over the past few weeks: The company has promoted Patrick Vos, who leads its international sales efforts, to CEO. He succeeds Zappware co-founder, Jan Stinissen, who will become a member of the company's executive board. According to Zappware, Vos's appointment "confirms a change in strategy that has been going on for two years now" and that sees the company focusing more on...

Concurrent Names David King Chief Marketing Officer

Elects Krish Panu to its Board of Directors
VOD technology provider, Concurrent, has appointed David King to the newly created position of chief marketing officer. He will be responsible for all aspects of the company's global corporate marketing strategy, strategic alliances and channel partnerships, and will report directly to its recently appointed president and CEO, Dan Mondor. King was previously VP of global marketing at NEC, where he oversaw all global marketing and public relations activities for the overseas business units of the...

BrightLine Names Phyllis Ehrlich SVP of Business Development

Interactive TV advertising agency, BrightLine iTV Marketing Specialists, has named Phyllis Ehrlich to the newly created position of SVP of business development. Reporting to CEO, Jacqueline Corbelli, she will be a member of the company's management team and will be based in its New York City headquarters. Ehrlich previously spent an 11-year stint at Turner Broadcasting System where she oversaw strategic ad sales and marketing for cable channels, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, and their...

Channel 4 to Cease Offering Red-Button Interactive TV Advertising

UK terrestrial broadcaster, Channel 4, says it will cease offering red- button interactive TV advertising on December 31st, because it has experienced a significant decline in demand for such advertising over the past year. The broadcaster shut down its red-button content services in late 2005. "Over the past 12 months we have seen a steep decline in demand for interactive TV advertising, and it is with regret that we are closing this area of business,"...

Zappware Names Patrick Vos CEO

--Appointment Signals Company's Intent to Target International Market
--Launches ITV Apps for Music Choice, Socialistische Mutualiteiten, VT4 Belgian interactive TV technology provider, Zappware, has generated a fair amount of news over the past few weeks :
--The company has promoted Patrick Vos, who leads its international sales efforts, to CEO. He succeeds Zappware co-founder, Jan Stinissen, who will become a member of the company's executive board. According to Zappware, Vos's appointment "confirms a...

Concurrent Names David King Chief Marketing Officer

--Elects Krish Panu to its Board of Directors VOD technology provider, Concurrent, has appointed David King to the newly created position of chief marketing officer. He will be responsible for all aspects of the company's global corporate marketing strategy, strategic alliances and channel partnerships, and will report directly to its recently appointed president and CEO, Dan Mondor. King was previously VP of global marketing at NEC, where he oversaw all global marketing and public relations...

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