Paramount Names Australia/New Zealand Chief; Rob & Romesh Return For BAFTA TV Awards; Denmark’s Mint Sets Up In UK; ZEE5 Global Adds Telugu Super Film ‘HanuMan’ To Offer — Global Briefs

Paramount Names Australia/New Zealand Chief

Paramount Global has named Beverley McGarvey President of Network 10, Head of Streaming and Regional Lead for Australia and New Zealand, effective immediately. This comes after the exit of the UK-based Maria Kyriacou, Paramount’s former President of Broadcast and Studios, who counted Australia among her responsibilities. It also follows a local restructure that saw the departure of Executive VP, Chief Operating and Commercial Officer and Regional Lead Jarrod Villani. McGarvey, previously EVP, Chief Content Officer and Head of Paramount+ ANZ, will now report to Pam Kaufman, President & CEO of International Markets, Global Consumer Products and Experiences. Kaufman said Australia was one of Paramount’s “most important, priority markets,” with McGarvey’s promotion reflecting that fact. McGarvey will have commercial and creative leadership of Paramount’s business in Australia, with oversight of Network 10 and its portfolio of brands, including streamer 10 Play. She will also retain her current duties, overseeing all original content out of Australia, such as crime drama Last King of the Cross, and leading Paramount+ in Australia, reporting to Marco Nobili, EVP and International General Manager of Paramount+, in that capacity.

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Rob & Romesh Return For BAFTA TV Awards

Rob Beckett and Romesh Ranganathan will once again host this year’s BAFTA TV Awards. The comedy duo-best friend pairing will take charge of the ceremony for the second year in a row on May 12. Nominations will be released Wednesday. “Rob and Romesh were utterly brilliant hosts of the BAFTA Television Awards with P&O Cruises last year, cementing their reputation as one of the nation’s most treasured comedy duos, so we couldn’t be happier that they are returning to host Britain’s biggest celebration of TV,” said Emma Baehr, Executive Director of Awards & Content at BAFTA.

Denmark’s Mint Sets Up In UK

Denmark’s Mint Copenhagen is launching a UK office to build out its studios and digital agency business. Mint is best known in TV circles for DR miniseries Darkness Between Us (Mørket Mellem Os), and has now hired children’s TV industry veteran Rob Doherty as SVP of Business Development to focus on the company’s slate of animated and live action IP. Doherty has previously worked for the likes of Disney, ITV, Endemol, Initial and Cake, and on shows such as Netflix’s Angry Birds: Summer Madness and Spa Team 4 and Disney’s Space Chickens in Space. “Mint draws on the strong Nordic tradition of storytelling to bring fresh ideas to its content,” said Doherty. I’m looking forward to developing our slate of creative, original IP working with new partners both in the UK and across Europe.” Mint said it is currently on its “first global IP for one of the world’s leading broadcasters.” Additionally, Shane Keane has been named Mint’s new Head of Growth, EMEA, responsible for growing Mint’s digital agency business.

ZEE5 Global Adds Telugu Super Film ‘HanuMan’ To Offer

ZEE5 Global has released Telugu superhero film HanuMan on its streaming platform. HanuMan is the second-highest-grossing film in India so far this year. Directed by Prasanth Varma, the film stars Teja Sajja as the titular character Hanumanthu and Vinay Rai as Michael. It was produced by Niranjan Reddy under the PrimeShow Entertainment banner.  HanuMan is set in an imaginary village named Anjanadri, where Hanumanthu gains the powers of Hanuman and fights for Anjanadri. “With Telugu content being highly consumed by audiences worldwide, this addition enhances our commitment to catering to the diverse tastes and preferences of our viewers,” said Archana Anand, Chief Business Officer at ZEE5 Global. “After a stellar theatrical run, the movie — with its outstanding cast, storyline mixing mythology and contemporary elements, and critically acclaimed production — is set to delight our global viewers.” HanuMan is available on ZEE5 Global in Telugu, with English subtitles for non-Telugu speaking audiences.

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