Channel, programs execs join forces
Disney-ABC Intl. Television (DAIT) is combining its Disney Channel and content distribution biz in the Asia Pacific region to speed up growth in an increasingly important market.DAIT Asia Pacific is the TV distribution arm responsible for licensing branded and nonbranded entertainment to all platforms. Its library includes films, TV series, ABC news programming, animation and specials, such as the Academy Awards. DAIT also oversees distribution of the Disney Channel and Playhouse Disney across the region. The new unit will be led by Rob Gilby, senior veep and managing director of DAIT Asia Pacific, and will include a new channel distribution team as well as a program distribution team. In the reshuffle, Raju Venkataraman becomes VP of channel distribution while Greg Johnson will continue as VP of program distribution. In Seoul, Shinbong Kong has been appointed executive director, media distribution, for Korea; in Shanghai, Dai Hua has been appointed VP, media distribution, Greater China. All four report to Gilby. For China, Dai Hua will also report to Stanley Cheung, who runs Disney’s Greater China unit.