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Trouillet Upped To VP Tech & Broadcast Operations, Continental Europe

The Disney ABC Television Group has promoted Rodrigue Trouillet to the newly created position of vp technology & broadcast operations, Walt Disney Television International, Continental Europe. Trouillet will continue to be based in France and will be responsible for the broadcast operations management of the branded TV & Jetix channels based in the EMEA region (France, Germany, Italy, Iberia). He will lead the development and implementation of new businesses, acting as a central body of expertise with a focus on systems, processes and technology.

Territory technical operations directors based in Munich, Milan, Madrid, and, soon to be appointed, in Paris, will now have dual reporting relationships to both Trouillet and their respective local managing director.

Trouillet will also work with businesses/channels to help develop and manage internal and third party provided workflow processes improving the performance and efficiency of the businesses. He will also manage, in collaboration with U.K., U.S. and Asia business partners, the regions relationship with vendors and service suppliers to ensure efficient and coherent technical operation. Additionally, he will focus on the strategic commercial relationships and negotiations of regional service contracts for all service providers engaged by the company in the region.

Trouillet will be responsible for coordinating the regions media computing activities relating to all information systems needs and will also work on identifying technology strategy that enables new business opportunities in areas such as VOD, SVOD, Interactive/Enhanced TV and mobile telephony.

Long term, Trouillet will focus on technical and operational strategies, based on branded TV objectives, in terms of transmission, cost, production & post-production services and will continue to support branded TV Frances interests with Disneyland Resort Paris for all strategic operational development related to the attraction.

Trouillet joined The Walt Disney Co. in February 1997 and managed successfully the technical and operational launch of Disney Channel France. In 1999, he directed the project for the relocation and construction of the new Walt Disney TV France origination centre inside the Walt Disney Studios theme park based in Disneyland Resort Paris.

In 2002, Trouillet contributed significantly to the channel multiplex launch of Playhouse Disney, Toon Disney and Disney Channel +1 and, two years later, was instrumental in the relocation and technical integration of Jetix into the Walt Disney Television France origination centre. He also managed the development of attractions inside the TV facility for the Walt Disney Studios theme park.

Prior to Disney, he spent six years working in different facilities managing post-production and French dubbing activities for major broadcasters and distributors.

I am delighted that Rodrigue will be driving the operational efforts of our regional channel teams which play a key role in the future of our businesses, said Vince Roberts, evp worldwide technology and operations, Disney ABC Cable Networks Group and Walt Disney Television International, to whom he reports. This promotion recognizes Rodrigues contribution to date in building a strong operational team in France, as well as his strategic contribution, energy, and leadership skills.

Since 1995, Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney and Toon Disney have been successfully launched throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa and can currently be seen throughout 38 countries in the region. With local operations based in London, Paris, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Lisbon and Stockholm, each channel remains individual with a mix of local programming and the core Disney hit programming. There are also 40 Disney branded blocks, which can be seen in more than 30 countries, airing some 100 hours of Disney programming per week on free TV.