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Factoria taps Stanley

Canuck TV exec to head Spanish niche channel packager

MADRID — Canuck TV exec Graeme Stanley has been tapped as general director of Spanish niche channel packager Factoria de Canales.

One of Stanley’s main goals at Factoria de Canales will be to consolidate the new company in Spain’s growing cable TV Spanish market, as well as to increase its offer of added-value services such as video on demand.

The 40-year-old Stanley has worked for more than 16 years in the pay TV business in Canada and Europe, occupying exec positions at KPN Kabel, Cable and Wireless Communications and ITV, among other companies.

Factoria de Canales is a joint venture formed early this year by the Barcelona-based TV producer Media Park (which owns a 51% stake) and Spanish cable operator Ono (49%).

A buoyant channel producer at the end of the ‘90s, Media Park suffered the adverse consequences of the merger in 2003 of Spanish satellite TV platforms Via Digital and Sogecable’s Canal Satelite Digital, which limited its channel distribution to the cable market.

Suffering from this crisis, in January Media Park sold its production installations in San Just Desvern, near Barcelona, to cash-rich production and services co Mediapro, in order to concentrate on contents packaging.

Teamed with Ono, Factoria manages and produces former Media Park’s four cinema channels (Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Showtime Extreme, Cinematek and Canal 18), children’s Super ENE, the youth-oriented Buzz and Natura. These channels reach near a million of Spanish houses, distributed by major cable operators such as Ono, Auna, Telecable and Euskaltel.

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