Pearson sees exec shuffle unfolding

Harris, Cohen take new posts

In the wake of the recent $19 billion partnership between London-based Pearson Television and European conglom CLT-Ufa an executive shakeup is underway among Pearson’s domestic operation.

Brian Harris, formerly managing director of the program distribution division of Pearson Television Intl., will move to Los Angeles to head up all English-lingo production for international markets, with an emphasis on the United States. He will hold the title of chief exec of Pearson Television North America.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles-based Tony Cohen, formerly president of production in North America, will relocate from New York to London to serve as chief exec of worldwide domestic production for the United Kingdom, Europe, South America, South Africa and Australasia.

Jamie Bennett, formerly chief exec of worldwide productions, becomes chairman of the division.

Cohen will be responsible for serial drama and light entertainment as well as development of new reality, educational and kids programming. He’ll also coordinate with Pearson’s Enterprises division in developing online material.

Robert Turner, who has been Cohen’s New York counterpart, serving as president and CEO of Pearson Television North America, is likely to exit the company when his deal is up at the end of June.

There will also be some changes in the U.K. headquarters. Mike Southgate, chief exec of U.K. operations becomes managing director of resources, taking worldwide responsibility for human resources and info tech functions. Also based in London, Nick Humby is being promoted from finance director to chief operating officer.

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