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ITV Studios shakes up leadership

Bartlett, Blumenfeld exit international arm

LONDON — Two of ITV’s international toppers are ankling as part of management changes that include hiring a Disney executive at the underperforming web.

Global formats director Remy Blumenfeld and Lee Bartlett, former managing director of ITV Studios who used to work for Fox in the U.S., will both leave next month.

Bartlett, taken on amid much hype by former ITV chief Dawn Airey, has been predicted to quit for some time.

He was moved sideways following the recent appointment of Kevin Lygo, the former Channel 4 director of television who joins the broadcaster as managing director of ITV Studios next month.

But Blumenfeld’s decision is a surprise. It comes after ITV hired Maria Kyriacou, Disney’s senior VP of digital media distribution for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as managing director of global entertainment.

Starting at ITV in September, she will oversee international sales and distribution strategies.

ITV CEO Adam Crozier said: “A key part of the transformation ITV will go through over the next three to five years is the strengthening of our international content business. Kevin Lygo, Maria Kyriacou and the soon to be appointed chief operating officer will help lead” this process.

Blumenfeld, who helped mastermind the international success of “Come Dine With Me,” now in 34 territories, and “Four Weddings,” in 10 territories, said, “I have really loved my time at ITV and I am sorry to be going when there is so much more to be done.”

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