Mumbai: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) has promoted Bruce Tuchman to president, MGM Networks. The announcement was made by MGM chairman & chief executive officer Harry E. Sloan, to whom Tuchman reports.
In this newly created position, Tuchman continues to oversee MGM Networks, the division of MGM which manages and develops the company’s interests in both MGM and non-MGM branded international television channels and services distributed via cable, satellite, IPTV, SVOD, Mobile and other platforms. He also continues to be based in New York City.
MGM Networks’ channels and programming services currently reach subscribers across 125 countries worldwide. In addition to the nearly 20 MGM channel feeds crisscrossing the globe, Tuchman also oversees MGM’s ownership stake in the Casa Club home and lifestyle channel, which targets viewers in Latin America and Spanish-speakers in the United States, as well as a variety of Pay TV movie networks run in conjunction with other major motion picture studios in Latin America, Australia and Japan.
When Sloan took over the studio in October 2005, he mandated channel growth as one of the key areas of expansion at MGM. Acting on that initiative, Tuchman accelerated expansion of The MGM Channel around the world. Recent accomplishments include the launch of The MGM Channel on Sky Italia and signing a landmark distribution pact for the Indian cable/satellite market with News Corp’s Star Media and DEN Digital Entertainment. Under Tuchman, MGM Networks has also expanded into the high definition arena, launching MGM HD channels in Poland and Israel.
In making the announcement, Sloan stated, "Under Bruce’s leadership, The MGM Channel has grown more in the last few years than in the past decade, all in keeping with our new mandate of global expansion. Since arriving at MGM, Bruce has transformed MGM Networks into a valuable asset and source of profit that has been yielding impressive growth each year since."
Most recently, Tuchman served as Executive Vice President, MGM Networks since joining the studio in 2001. From 1994 to 2001, he was an executive holding international channel and new media positions at Nickelodeon and MTV Networks.