Levy, Bird named co-prexys, Richards to o'see Europe

NEW YORK — Three of Turner Broadcasting System Intl.’s fastest-rising executives have moved another notch up the corporate ladder in the wake of last week’s promotion of Phil Kent to president and chief operating officer of the CNN News Group.

David Levy, 38, and Andrew Bird, 36, have been tapped co-presidents of TBS Intl., succeeding Kent. Nan Richards, 39, who is president of TBS Europe News Networks, has been promoted to president of TBS Europe.

“We’re the most profitable international-network group in the world, and Levy, Bird and Richards represent another generation of talented people, a changing of the guard,” said Steve Heyer, president and chief operating officer of TBS Inc.

New York-based Levy and London-based Bird report to Heyer. Richards, also based in London, reports to both Levy and Bird.

CNN most profitable

The most profitable individual worldwide network within TBS Intl. is CNN, Heyer said, followed by Cartoon Network. Also successful internationally is Turner Classic Movies.

Levy and Bird will jointly run all of Turner’s cable and interactive businesses in Asia, Europe and Latin America, encompassing sales and marketing, programming and business development, distribution, joint partnerships and biz alliances outside the U.S.

Richards takes on sales, distribution, marketing, public relations and business development within Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies, Boomerang (a Cartoon Network spinoff) and CNN.

Steve Marcopoto continues as president of Turner Intl. Asia Regions, and Heyer says he’ll name a president of Turner’s Latin American operations in the next few weeks.

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