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YuppTV, the global OTT leader for South-Asian entertainment has roped in Rajesh Iyer, Executive Vice President and Business Head, & TV – ZEEL Group as the Chief Operating Officer for APAC and Middle East. A seasoned executive with a proven success record, Rajesh has over 16 years of experience leading functions and business with leading names in the broadcast media domain, including ZEEL, Viacom 18 and Star India. Rajesh will take charge of his new role from January 2018 onwards.

Part of the broadcast leadership team at ZEEL, Rajesh spearheaded the launch of its second GEC ‘& TV’ in 2015. Under his leadership ‘& TV’ was successful in creating a niche for itself in the market, within the first three years of the launch. Prior to this, Rajesh was also part of the launch of Colors, a GEC from Viacom 18, in 2008. Now stepping into the shoes of the COO of YuppTV, Rajesh’s responsibilities will include overlooking the operations in APAC and the Middle East, along with leading the task of content acquisition and spearheading the growth and expansion of YuppTV Originals.

Commenting on the appointment, Uday Reddy, Founder & CEO of YuppTV, said, “It gives me immense pleasure to welcome Rajesh to YuppTV. He comes with an excellent understanding of the entertainment ecosystem, having previously worked with some of the most renowned names in the industry. With Rajesh joining us and dedicated teams in each of the territory, we are affirmative for a multi-fold growth in the coming years especially in the new markets of APAC & ME.”

YuppTV is a global OTT platform of live, on-demand and catch-up video content for South Asian audience. It offers upwards of 300 live channels, 5000 movies and is widely distributed through multiple devices across US, UK/Europe, APAC, ME and India. More recently, YuppTV has been associating with the veterans from the South Indian film industry to host concepts beyond cinema with cinematic brilliance for YuppTV Originals like Edulika and Manna Mugguru Love Story.

Lawo is pleased to announce the hiring of David Antoine, CBRE, CBNT as the latest member of our Radio Technical Support team.

A distinguished radio chief who’s spent nearly 40 years in broadcasting, Antoine has held positions with some of New York’s most prestigious radio outlets, beginning with the legendary WNCN-FM and subsequently at WOR, WBLS-FM, and WQXR-FM, among others. Prior to joining Lawo, Antoine held the post of Director, Broadcast IT of Westwood One / Cumulus Media’s technical operations center in Purchase, New York.

“We’re very happy that David has chosen to join the Lawo family,” says Sam Schauland, Technical Director, Americas. “His familiarity with daily radio operations and expert knowledge of how to build, configure and administer AoIP networks and equipment makes him an invaluable addition to our growing North American team of technical experts.”

In his new position as a Radio Broadcast Engineer with Lawo, Antoine will provide clients with hardware and software technical support, systems installation assistance, system commissioning, equipment training and overall system design services.

“I love broadcast engineering, and I love helping people, so this position is a great fit for me,” says Antoine. “Lawo makes some of the world’s most powerful radio consoles. They’re are also pioneers in Virtual Radio technology, something that’s revolutionizing day-to-day radio operations. I’m looking forward to being part of that revolution.”

RTL Group announced changes to its executive management team. At his own request, Guillaume de Posch will step down as Co-CEO of RTL Group, effective 1 January 2018. He will continue to serve as a non-executive member of RTL Group’s BOD. Bert Habets, who has been Co-CEO of RTL Group since 19 April 2017, will now lead the Group as sole CEO, with overall responsibility for the strategy and day-to-day management of the Group. Bert Habets joined the Group in 1999 and became CFO of RTL Nederland in 2001. As CEO of RTL Nederland (2008 to 2017) he transformed the company from a traditional broadcaster into an all-round media and entertainment company. Elmar Heggen will remain CFO of RTL Group and will also become the Group’s Deputy CEO, taking over the portfolio responsibility for Groupe M6 and RTL Belgium within RTL Group’s Executive Committee.

Thomas Rabe, Chairman of the RTL Group BOD, says: “On behalf of the whole Board, I would like to express a big thank you to Guillaume de Posch for his leadership at the helm of RTL Group since 2012. He has been key to transforming RTL Group into the most digital European broadcasting company, and to re-invigorating FremantleMedia’s creative drive. High-end drama productions such as The Young Pope and American Gods stand testimony to this achievement. I regret, but fully respect his decision, and I’m delighted he will continue to contribute his expertise across broadcast, content and digital as a non-executive director on our Board.”

Thomas Rabe added, “With Bert Habets, RTL Group will be led by a digitally savvy media entrepreneur with an exceptional inhouse career development at RTL Group. He will ensure long-term continuity in the Group’s leadership, and accelerate the execution of its ‘Total Video’ strategy. This strategy includes a strong focus on fostering creativity and building more direct-to-consumer businesses in the video-on-demand domain. I look forward to continuing our close collaboration, and wish him – as well as Elmar Heggen – every success in their positions.”

Priya Mukherjee joins the top management team of Republic, Arnab Goswami’s new TV and digital media Tech Company, as Head of Distribution. She moves from Bloomberg Quint where she was the TV distribution head. As the much-awaited news channel prepares to make its debut, Mukherjee will look after the entire distribution portfolio as Republic will be available across India and international markets.

Goswami has recruited Vikas Khanchandani as the CEO of Republic and is in the process of announcing more names for his top level management, to be part of his editorial and digital team, who would make his new venture a comprehensive set-up for the new media landscape. Republic will be an independent platform for journalists and content professionals. The venture aspires to create a movement that will put the power of journalism into the hands of the citizens, and will be India’s first footprint into global journalism.

Commenting on Mukherjee joining his team, Goswami, Founder of Republic, said, “We are very excited to get Priya onboard our growing Republic team. She’s an exceptional professional with an outstanding track record. She is an emerging young leader in the television business. Priya will work closely with our CEO Vikas Khanchandani to take us into every home in the country.”

On her new role, Mukherjee said, “I am excited to be part of Republic, which I believe will play a significant role to revolutionize the news and current affairs genre cutting across segments of viewers and the public. This is going to be a wonderful journey.”

Mukherjee brings with her a wide experience of 17 years in the media industry with achievements in broadcasting and distribution operations. She has established an impressive track record of being part of launch teams of television channels across India, while successfully helping them make inroads in their genres. Mukherjee has built a stellar career with organizations such as Discovery Channel, One Alliance, Network 18 and Den Network.

AirBox Neo from PlayBox Technology forms the core of a newly commissioned broadcast playout system for the Washington headquarters of KBS-WATV. The solution was designed, installed and configured in partnership with PlayBox Technology USA by Seattle-Tacoma-based Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS).

KBS-WATV, is a digital cable network broadcasting programming entity for the local Korean American community in Western Washington. An affiliate of KBS World, it offers a wide range of Korean programming with English subtitles plus, live coverage of Korean news 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Transmitting on Comcast 351, it also produces local news six days a week.

“This is the latest in a series of highly successful AirBox systems we have installed for US-based broadcast channels in recent years,” comments ABS CEO Mark Siegel. “PlayBox Technology spearheaded the successful implementation of IT-based automated scheduling and transmission systems and continues to be one of the leading companies in the playout sector. AirBox Neo is a success at every level, scalable from a single-channel station up to a multi-channel network, easy to install and very popular with station operators.”

“The AirBox Neo we have configured for KBS-WATV includes a TitleBox Neo graphic preparation station and ListBox Neo scheduler, all with full protection and fast switchover from main to backup. We have also supplied an eight-input Blackmagic multiviewer switcher and SNS media storage management. The entire system occupies a single rack in the KBS-WATV apparatus room and is operated from the channel’s production control suite where all available inputs and output channels can be monitored on one 55-inch display.”

“The ABS team has an excellent industry pedigree dating back to some of the founding giants of the broadcast industry,” adds PlayBox Technology USA Director of Operations Van Duke. “ABS has exactly the right mix of technical knowledge and conceptual agility necessary to deliver reliable and future-proof solutions for today’s IT-integrated broadcast media world. Future-proof means exactly that, giving each AirBox Neo broadcaster the ability to transmit in SD, HD, UHD or indeed all three from a single playout server.”

“My goal is to develop KBS-WATV into a stepping stone for the political and cultural growth of all minorities in Washington state by providing programming that includes English and Chinese subtitles for people who do not speak Korean,” says Chae Pak, CEO of KBS-WATV. “The channel’s coverage extends from Blaine in the northern end of Washington state to Chehalis, 50 miles north of Portland.”

Seeking out a vendor and integrator who understood KBS-WATV’s business model and needs was of the highest importance to KBS-WATV Chairman Robert Kim. “ABS and PlayBox Technology provided a critical piece of technology that connects KBS-WATV and our viewers. They are strong allies to us and enabled us to achieve our goal. PlayBox Technology’s 24/7 support was important for us as we just started our business. It has been a pleasure to work with them. Their support department has always provided prompt and friendly response to service requests and clearly communicated with us issues that needed immediate action.”