Following the resignation of Jeff Latch earlier this year, TVNZ has appointed Cat Slater as its new director of content, with Andrew Shaw announced as her deputy.
Slater joined TVNZ in 2013 and is currently in the role of general manager content rights and legal counsel. She also leads the company’s content licensing business.
With a background in law and design, Slater has previously worked with IMG in Europe, Australia and New Zealand in various roles negotiating content rights. During the Rugby World Cup, She was head of legal and business affairs.
“We’re proud to promote proven talent from within the business to such a critical role and we look forward to Cate’s contribution to our executive leadership team,” says TVNZ CEO Kevin Kenrick.
Shaw, TVNZ’s general manager of acquisitions, commissioning and production, will take up the role of deputy director of content.
“Andrew’s wealth of experience in a career spanning all areas of content production, commissioning, acquisition and programming is unrivalled in the local industry,” adds Kenrick.
“We know that our success in transforming TVNZ, from a TV broadcaster to being New Zealand’s leading video service provider, will be heavily dependent upon leadership. We’re confident that today’s new appointments will step change our focus on viewer needs and lead the delivery of compelling content that’s enjoyed and valued by New Zealanders.”
Latch announced in March he would step down as director of content after 10 years in the role and more than two decades at TVNZ.
The news of Latch's resignation came on the back of the broadcaster's announcement that it would be entering into consultation with its staff in relation to proposed changes that will see an overall reduction of roles in its media operations and news teams.
Slater and Shaw will assume their new roles from mid-June and will work with Latch to ensure a successful transition of content team leadership before his departure at the end of the month.