Martin Stewart
United Kingdom
2018

Orbit Showtime Network

Martin
Stewart

CEO

Since being appointed OSN chief in 2016, Stewart has started reversing the Dubai-based paybox’s previous subscriber slump by slashing costs with the launch of skinny bundle–streaming service WAVO while beefing up its content offer, most notably with a first-of-its-kind partnership with Netflix that gives OSN customers in the Middle East and North Africa access to the mega-streamer through a set-top box. WAVO hosts the region’s first curated self-publishing platform, ASLI, which represents a new opportunity for Arabic content creators.These moves mirror what Stewart, who is British, did as CFO at Sky, where the subscriber base doubled when he launched its digital platform.In 2018, he was named Broadcast Executive of the Year at the Dubai Digital Studio Awards.

Career

  • Sky plc
  • The Football Association
  • Orbit Showtime Network

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Martin Stewart Appointed CEO of Dubai-Based Pay-TV OSN

Martin Stewart Appointed CEO of Dubai-Based Pay-TV OSN

Martin Stewart, the prominent British executive considered instrumental to the succesful launch of pay-TV Sky in the UK, has been appointed CEO of Dubai-based pay-TV company OSN, in a clear signal of OSN’s stepped-up efforts as competition heats up in the Middle East and North Africa pay-TV arena.Stewart, served as chief financial officer at Sky from 1998 to 2005, when he quit, reportedly because he was beaten to the chief executive role there by James Murdoch, and became CFO of...

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