TV4 vet Mendes exits

Acquisitions topper hands in surprise resignation

AMSTERDAM — Tony Mendes, longtime Scandinavian acquisitions topper and one of the founding executives of broadcaster TV4 Sweden, resigned Thursday.

Mendes, head of acquisitions for the channel and considered one of the top dealmakers in the territory, told Daily Variety, “After 11 years in this position, I’m looking for a new challenge … bosses should not stay in one position for too long. This move is not only good for me but also for TV4.”

The topper has not revealed his future plans, but his surprise resignation has set the channel hunting for a successor.

Mendes came over to TV4 from Swedish TV (SVT) in 1990, when the channel launched as the first commercial outfit in Sweden. With a raft of U.S. and Euro acquisitions, including “Beverly Hills, 90210” and hot French format “Fort Boyard,” TV4 began grabbing market share from SVT’s two channels and for the past six years has held its position as Swedish market leader. It currently boasts a 28% aud share.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More TV News from Variety