Riccardo Donato Appointed As Turner UK And Northern Europe VP Of Commercial Development
Turner Northern Europe (UK and Nordics) has appointed a new Vice President of Commercial Development – Riccardo Donato. In his new role, Riccardo will identify and develop new ways for the company to generate new revenue for its existing channel and digital brands including Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito and Toonix, as well as developing new SVOD (subscription video on-demand) and OTT (over-the-top) services. He previously worked for A+E Networks UK (better known for television channels such as History and Crime and Investigation) and has worked at BBC Worldwide before then. Riccardo will be based at Turner’s European HQ in London.
Turner Northern Europe performed well in 2018, Cartoon Network was was the top children’s pay-TV channel in the region last year and also the launch of the new subscription-based Toonix streaming service in Scandinavia in 2018 (launched as part of HBO Nordic’s streaming service in 2017).
Regarding Riccardo’s appointment, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Northern Europe, Pierre Branco made this statement:
“It is a very exciting time for Riccardo to join Turner – we experienced a record-breaking 2018 and have positioned this role to further increase our growth for 2019. His unique skills and experience will focus on expanding both our linear and non-linear platforms and make a fantastic addition to our already successful team. I look forward to continuing to watch our company reach new heights and am delighted to have Riccardo as a part of it.”