Turner Broadcasting System (TBS)’s new international chief Gerhard Zeiler has kicked off a review of the company’s EMEA business that will likely lead to redundancies.
The review, conducted out of the UK, will identify where redundancies across the entire EMEA region are possible or where other operational changes can be made.
Zeiler has appointed a new senior management team to oversee the review. This comprises Pete Flamman, who now oversees kids and central services; Jaime Ondarza, adding the UK to his roles at the top of Turner’s French and Italian operations; Domingo Corral leading Iberia; Hannes Heyelmann overseeing German-speaking territories; and Rani Raad heading up Turkey, the Middle East and Africa.
After a period of interim management, Heyelmann will add Benelux and Central and Eastern Europe to his remit, while Ondarza will add the Nordics. Raad also retains his role as senior VP of CNN International.
Each executive will report to Zeiler, who joined from European broadcaster RTL earlier this year. Turner’s channels in EMEA include Cartoon Network, CNN, Adult Swim, TCM, Boomerang and Cartoonito.
Today’s news comes after C21 revealed earlier this year that Turner’s EMEA president Jeff Kupsky was leaving the firm.