Paybox names MGM alum international prez
Simon Sutton has been named president of HBO Intl. and will oversee the paybox’s worldwide TV ventures.Among his responsibilities will be the wholly owned Warner Channel in Latin America as well as partnerships around the globe including HBO Asia, HBO Ole, HBO Hungary and HBO India. Sutton will report to HBO chief operating officer Bill Nelson. He replaces Steve Rosenberg, who held the job for seven years but left last year in the wake of irregularities involving billings in Latin America. “With the HBO brand continuing to grow throughout the world, we found in Simon an executive who can quickly take the reins of HBO Intl.,” Nelson said. Sony casualty Prior to joining HBO, Sutton was exec VP of international TV at MGM, where he oversaw all sales and distribution activities for the Lion and for NBC Studios’ programming abroad in free, pay and pay-per-view categories. Sutton was one of the casualties of Sony’s takeover of MGM earlier this year. Sutton began his tenure at the Lion in 1996 as director of business development for the international TV group, advancing to VP and then senior veep of worldwide pay television. Before MGM, Sutton spent two years at United Intl. Holdings.