Turner Northern Europe Senior Vice President Pierre Branco Adds Middle East Responsibilities

Turner Northern Europe Senior Vice President Pierre Branco Adds Middle East Responsibilities

Turner Northern Europe Senior Vice President Pierre Branco Adds Middle East Responsibilities

Today (5th February), Turner Broadcasting System Europe has announced that they’ve restructured their regional management, Pierre Branco – the Senior Vice President of Turner Northern Europe (UK and Nordics) will have additional responsiblities over the MENAT (Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, also includes Cyprus and Greece) region from 1st April. In addition to Turner’s channels and services in the UK and Scandinavia such as Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito and the Toonix streaming service, Pierre will also have responsibility over Turner’s channels in the MENAT region which will include channels such as Cartoon Network MENA, Boomerang MENA, Cartoon Network Turkey, Boomerang Turkey, TCM MENA and the distribution of CNN International in the region. He will continue to report to Turner EMEA’s president Giorgio Stock.

In a statement about Pierre’s new additional responsibilities, Giorgio Stock said: “Pierre’s ability to bring fresh impetus and new thinking to our business has been proven across hugely diverse markets. Together with our talented regional management team, he will now help further our vision for Turner in MENAT to deliver outstanding branded destinations to our fans across the region.”

Pierre became SVP of Turner Northern Europe in 2017, before 2017, he was general manager of Turner France, Portugal and Africa. Pierre Branco replaces Tarek Mounir, who worked for Turner’s MENAT operations for eight years as commercial director and then general manager, during his time he launched localised premium versions of Cartoon Network and Boomerang for the MENA region replacing distribution of Cartoon Network Africa and Boomerang Africa in the region. He also developed a local content strategy including the animated show Mansour, he had a role in establishing Cartoon Network Studios Arabia and was also involved in the Cartoon Network Zone theme park deal with IMG Worlds of Adventure. Tarek will now be working for music streaming service – Deezer from April.





Cartoon Network VOD Service Launches On Cosmote TV In Greece On 1st November

Cartoon Network VOD Service Launches In Greece On 1st November

Cartoon Network VOD Service Launches On Cosmote TV In Greece On 1st November: Cartoon Network Returns To Greece

Greek telecoms company – OTE will launching a Cartoon Network VOD (video on-demand) service on its Cosmote TV platform, the new service will feature episodes of Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, We Bare Bears and many more. Cartoon Network VOD will launch in Greece on Thursday 1st November. In addition to Cartoon Network VOD, two other Turner properties have already launched on Cosmote TV on 1st October – news channel – CNN International and classic movies channel – TCM. TCM will be upgraded to a HD feed from January 2019. Boomerang MENA (Middle East and North Africa) is already available as a channel in Greece on pay-TV operator – Nova but not on Cosmote. Cartoon Network exited the Greek market in 2013 after its removal on the Nova platform (but not Boomerang), before 2013, Greece received the ex pan-European feed, Cartoon Network Africa (aka “Cartoon Network HQ” after the website domain as promoted on the channel). In neighboring Greek speaking Cyprus, both Cartoon Network MENA and Boomerang MENA are available.

Commenting on the launch of the Cartoon Network VOD service and the recent addition of CNN and TCM, Cosmote TV Executive Director Dimitris Michalakis said: “We constantly enrich our program through exclusive agreements with top studios and with new channels, some of which are own operated and branding COSMOTE TV channels. TCM is a significant addition, being one of the most historic and emblematic channels for classic cinema and old Hollywood films. We believe that our subscribers will enjoy this new addition along with the leading international news channel CNN International, as well as Cartoon Network on demand.”

Tarek Mounir, Vice President and General Manager of Turner MENA, Turkey, Greece & Cyprus also added: “We are very excited about our new partnership with OTE Group; being part of COSMOTE TV’s offering is a great opportunity to maximize our reach and will further help us to be closer to all our fans in Greece.”


Cartoon Network Arabic To Be Available On Yahlive Satellite Service

Cartoon Network Arabic To Be Available On Yahlive Satellite Service

Cartoon Network Arabic To Be Available On Yahlive Satellite Service

Yahlive, a Abu Dhabi based satellite broadcasting company has announced today (02/07/2017) that they will carry Cartoon Network Arabic on the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) beam on its Yahsat 1A satellite. Yahlive already has an existing deal with Turner Broadcasting System Europe to carry CNN International on its satellite service. Yahlive used to carry a short-lived high-definition feed of Cartoon Network Arabic on its satellite service in the Middle East, the HD version of the channel launched in 2012 and has since closed.


All channels on Yahsat 1A are free-to-air and the new deal will extend coverage of Cartoon Network Arabic to new audiences. Viewers who use the Yahlive service will now get to enjoy episodes of Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time, the Cartoon Network Studios Arabia animated production – Mansour and many more.

Regarding the deal with Turner, Sami Boustany, Yahlive chief executive officer said

“We are delighted and honoured to further expand our relationship with Turner. Our organisations first joined hands in 2012 and since then we have been working together to bring content people want to see to their television screens. Adding Cartoon Network Arabic to our MENA beam is in line with our vision of becoming the satellite broadcasting platform of choice for both broadcasters and viewers. North Africa region is a key focus for us and we are consistently looking to enhance our bouquet. Currently our viewers can enjoy a diverse mix of channels such as France 24, Abu Dhabi TV, Canal Sport, Face TV, Nay TV and Fashion One 4K on Yahlive. We have also added over 50 TV channels to our offerings this year and we are working closely with regional broadcasters to ensure that our audience have access to their preferred, popular channels”

Tarek Mounir, vice president and general manager of Turner in MENA, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus also added:

“We are glad to extend our partnership with Yahlive to offer international and local quality content to our viewers across the region. This agreement is step forward in strengthening our market presence and we are confident that Yahlive’s demonstrated success and industry knowledge will allow us to reach out and engage with new regional audiences and introduce them to our leading TV channels including Cartoon Network Arabic and CNN International.”