Disney Int’l TV President Hulbert Quits in ABC TV Group Shuffle
Toumazis played a key role in driving distribution within the German pay TV platform, Premiere, the French pay TV platform, TPS, as well as a multi feature deal with the BBC in the U.K., while realizing the strong potential of the Central, Eastern European and Russian markets.
Prior to joining TWDC, Toumazis was md of Emap Advertising, a division of Emap Plc., responsible for an advertising business in excess of $250 million, 300 people, and was extremely successful in creating a high media profile for a diverse advertising business against strong competition in the marketplace. Earlier, Toumazis was responsible for all sales and marketing for Eurosport UK, where he built strong relations with trade and national press, cable operators, advertising agencies and clients, plus saw business revenues more than double during his tenure. Toumazis also worked as head of sales for various U.K. TV stations.
In commenting on the restructuring, Anne Sweeney, co-chairman, Media Networks, TWDC and president, Disney-ABC Television Group, said This reorganization is simply the next step in our ongoing efforts to increase effectiveness and streamline communication among our television properties in these important territories.
Out-going WDTV-I president Hulbert said My 10 years with Disney have given me the opportunity to work with a wonderful team on a great variety of projects all around the world. I wish the Disney TV team the very best as it implements its new structure. Personally, I shall be taking a short well-earned rest, and will then start looking for entrepreneurial opportunities in the media and software sectors.
During his 10-year tenure with TWDC, Hulbert made many contributions to building Disneys strong and growing television business, such as the launch of 23 Disney Channels, most recently in Japan and India, 92 branded shows in 66 countries and a host of deals with Pay and Free-to-Air TV operators. He also spearheaded equity investments in more than 10 international channels, such as Super RTL in Germany and GMTV and ABC1 in the U.K., plus the forthcoming video-on-demand service on U.K. cable. He leaves WDTV-I as one of the largest, most profitable international TV businesses in the world.
Sweeney added, We thank David for his years of service to the company, and wish him well in his future endeavors.