Turner has hired Riccardo Donato to serve as Vice-President of Commercial Development for the UK and Nordics. He will be based in London and will report to Turner’s Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Northern Europe Pierre Branco.
In his new role, Donato will be responsible for maximising revenue as well as identifying and delivering commercial opportunities for all of Turner’s UK and Nordic channels and services. This will include working across Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Cartoonito, Toonix, TNT, CNNI and TCM as well launching or developing SVOD, OTT, D2C and other new digital initiatives.
Riccardo Donato joins the WarnerMedia company from A+E Network UK, where he served as the company’s Director of Distribution and Digital Partnerships. In his time there, he was responsible for all aspects of the affiliate relationships across the UK, Western and Eastern Europe, MENA and Africa. Prior to A+E Networks UK, Donato also held roles at the BBC, Sky and Virgin Media.
“It is a very exciting time for Riccardo to join Turner – we experienced a record-breaking 2018 and have positioned this role to further increase our growth for 2019″, said Pierre Branco, Turner’s Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Northern Europe. “His unique skills and experience will focus on expanding both our linear and non-linear platforms and make a fantastic addition to our already successful team. I look forward to continuing to watch our company reach new heights and am delighted to have Riccardo as a part of it.”