Leighton to head up unit for Malone company

John Malone’s Liberty Global, the international cable operator serving 17 countries, has named Bob Leighton senior VP of programming.

Leighton, a 28-year veteran of the TV business, has run his own programming consultancy in the past few years, working with clients including Liberty Global and Comcast.

Before hanging up his own shingle, Leighton was exec VP of programming for Starz Encore Entertainment for seven years, riding herd on movie purchases, original-program development, production, on-air promotion and technical operations for 13 pay TV channels.

Leighton spent 17 years at HBO in a variety of programming jobs, rising to the post of head of operations for Eastern Europe, where he helped to launch a number of basic-cable and pay-cable networks.

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