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Following John Fellet’s departure from the CEO seat, Sky appointed Martin Stewart to the role. It’s no secret Stewart is joining a company in a time of struggle and he’s publicly criticised its performance. However, with that criticism came with it ambitious plans including notes on how he will change the streaming app Fan Pass.“I’m going to change the name, the price, what’s in it, and what you can do with it,” he told Newsroom.
Former MediaWorks chief executive Jason Paris is heading up Vodafone and he has a strong vision for its future. Days into taking on the chief executive role, he told Newsroom he sees the company’s role to be a content curator and aggregator through Vodafone, a different direction to Spark which has gone down the acquisition road. In face of the company’s recent fine for billing customers after their contracts had finished, Paris stayed firm on his view: "Every customer deserves an accurate bill every month. We clearly fell well short of that in this instance, and for that I apologise. If you get it wrong, you should put your hand up, acknowledge it, and make it right”.
Named the 2019 New Zealand Innovator of the Year, Ian Taylor is making moves in the media space. As the founder of Animation Research Ltd and Taylormade Productions, he’s a pioneer of the virtual world.
Shuttlerock founder and chief executive Jonny Hendriksen is playing with the likes of Facebook, Instagram and YouTube from his home in Nelson. Shuttlerock helps advertisers by creating video optimised to different platforms and in different languages. It was founded seven years ago and now has offices in Tokyo, Singapore, Berlin, the US and Paris.
With the paywall expecting to cost NZME $1.2 million this year, its implementation was a bold but necessary move. Within three years, between 70,000 and 100,000 people will need to be paying for NZME digital content in order to meet targets the company has adopted from the experience with online paywalls in Australia. While we wait to see if this is achieved, Boggs gets kudos for having the vision to put up the paywall.
Radio New Zealand’s executive producer of podcasts and series has been busy, growing the broadcasters’ offering. The Podcasts & Series tab on RNZ’s website delivers 70 items, delving into everything from science and nature to parenting, current affairs, sports, history, music, finance, sexuality, and popular culture.
TVNZ’s director of content has a big job with competitors in the broadcast and online space. TVNZ OnDemand is now a strong rival for Netflix with its full seasons of programmes and movies as well as being a catch-up place for broadcast television. It’s also got a point of difference from international SVODs with Slater placing importance on serving New Zealanders local content. And making sure there’s something for everyone, she’s also played a major role in the creation of Hei Hei, a child-friendly environment born from a partnership between NZ On Air and TVNZ.