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Dilnott-Cooper won't be part of merged ops

LONDON — The man responsible for spearheading the international activities of TV company Carlton, Rupert Dilnott-Cooper, is the latest high-ranking exec to exit the commercial giant ITV as Carlton and Granada complete their merger.

One of British TV’s most experienced managers, Dilnott-Cooper, currently CEO of Carlton Content, is said to be considering various options regarding his future; an announcement is likely in the next week or so.

With Granada people dominating the upper echelons of ITV, Dilnott-Cooper was perhaps too experienced and wide-ranging an executive to fit into the new structure.

Dilnott-Cooper began his TV career in 1979 working for Lew Grade’s ITC before joining Central Television.

Int’l presence

Well known on the international circuit, he oversaw Carlton’s program and film sales arm and American unit, as well as Carlton’s British production base.

There had been speculation that he would head the merged international activities of Granada and Carlton; the job of running ITV sales arm Granada Intl. is likely to go to Granada’s Nadine Nohr, rather than to her Carlton counterpart, Louise Pedersen.

However, Carlton’s director of programs, Steve Hewlett, may end up running Granada America after a decision by Granada’s director of entertainment and international production, Paul Jackson, not to apply for the job. Or the L.A.-based job could go to the prexy-CEO of Carlton America Stephen Davis.

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